We are individuals passionate about helping others and dedicated to the safety and security of Syrian refugees and others affected by conflict.  



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Lexi Shereshewsky: Executive Director

Lexi Shereshewsky was inspired to start The Syria Fund after spending time living and studying in Damascus, Syria throughout 2009 and 2010. In addition to her role as Executive Director, Lexi works in digital marketing for a variety of publishers and brands. Lexi uses her extensive experience in branding and communications to craft The Syria Fund’s story and bring it to life for the 1000s of donors around the world. Lexi leads partnerships and communications with TSF’s team on the ground and with organizations and foundations across the US.



Demetri lived in Damascus, Syria from 2009-2010 studying Arabic and teaching English before moving to New York to attend Columbia Law School. In addition to co-founding and serving as Chief of Business Affairs of The Syria Fund, Demetri Blaisdell is an associate at the New York office of the law firm Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, where he specializes in complex commercial litigation.





The Syria Fund has a board of directors that work to drive the organization into the future.  All members are passionate about the mission and bring specific skills to the organization.


Jerry Shereshewsky brings over 45 years of experience in marketing and branding and a passion for philanthropy to The Syria Fund.  Jerry is the co-founder and Chief Grownup at Grownup Marketing and the recipient of dozens of awards in his field.  He uses his extensive experience to help engage a wide network to support the organization's mission.  Having spent time traveling in Syria in 2010, Jerry is committed to helping those affected by the conflict.  


Ken Bernhard is a principal in Cohen and Wolf's Municipal, Business & Corporate, Real Estate, and Family Law Groups, representing municipalities and a wide range of businesses, as well as individuals, in litigation, real estate, matrimonial and commercial matters. Ken is a passionate philanthropist and has volunteered around the world to support impactful projects and promote education and prosperity to those in need.  


Yasir is a New York-based entrepreneur and product manager with expertise in technology and innovative solutions.  He has created numerous apps and digital platforms for global companies, including Harpercollins Publishers, Verizon, General Mills and more. Yasir has a personal connection to The Syria Fund's mission because he lived in Syria for over three years as a refugee from Iraq.  Yasir has worked for several years with the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting refugees in life-or-death circumstances.


Mary Murano is a successful media executive with over 25 years experience in television content distribution, contract negotiations and client relations.  She has held leadership positions in several media companies including NBCUniversal, Oxygen Media, Rainbow Media (now AMC Networks) and most recently Al Jazeera America.  Throughout her media career, Mary has supported socially relevant industry organizations especially Women in Cable Telecommunications where she served on both the national Board of Directors and local chapter Board for many years.  Mary is excited to use her business experience and media industry contacts to help expand funding for The Syria Fund. 


Melissa Carden is a creative marketing communications specialist with over 20 years experience in strategic communications and brand building programs in the consumer goods, fashion and hospitality industries.  Her areas of expertise include sponsorships, events, video production, cause-related marketing campaigns and corporate charitable giving.  Career highlights include spearheading the sponsorship program of The Swarovski Star at Rockefeller Center in New York City, Swarovski at the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center and Swarovski’s multi-year cause related marketing campaign with the American Heart Association. Melissa is a native Rhode Islander now living in the Philadelphia suburbs.  She is also a volunteer with the Philadelphia chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

Dr. Martine Stilwell - Board Member

Martine Stilwell is a retired Psychiatrist and Physician based in Vancouver, Canada. Born in The Hague, Holland, Martine lived in Australia, Tasmania, Indonesia, and Ecuador before finally settling in Canada with her husband and children. In 2014, after coming into a substantial inheritance, Martine went to Jordan and founded The Azraq Center with the help of Catherine Ashcroft of HRJ. Martine plays an integral role in the management of the Azraq program and travels to Jordan multiple times per year to help out.

If you are interested in finding out ways to get involved, please reach out to us at contact@thesyriafund.org.  We are excited to meet other passionate people who share our desire to make a difference!