Steeped in history and inspired by the first event held 10 years ago, the mission of the Tides of Change Gala is simple: to raise money for cancer research, education, advocacy and service - to benefit patients, survivors, and their families.
Please join the American Cancer Society and the Tides of Change Committee as we honor:
Healthcare Professional of the Year
Thomas L. Bauer II, M.D., is a board certified thoracic surgeon and general surgeon and an expert in lung, esophageal and thoracic disease. Prior to joining Hackensack Meridian Health in 2014, Dr. Bauer had been a practicing thoracic surgeon for 12 years at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center at Christiana Care in Newark, Delaware where he served as the Chief of Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Bauer has also been Associate Professor of Surgery at Jefferson Medical College and held academic appointments for over a decade.
Specific clinical expertise includes: aero-digestive tract stenting, CyberKnife, minimally invasive trans-thoracic and trans-hiatal esophagectomy, mediastinal tumors, laparoscopic repair para-esophageal hernias and Heller myotomy VATS and robotics. In addition, Dr. Bauer has significant expertise in advanced diaphragmatic pacing, reconstruction and plication programs.
Dr. Bauer is devoted to continuing education and has developed numerous clinical research and educational programs sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Bauer has written and contributed to over 130 academic presentations, abstracts, and journals. He is a fellow/member of numerous professional organizations and has authored peer reviewed articles in the New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of the American Medical Association, Annals of Internal Medicine, and The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. He is also on the editorial board of Journal of Surgical Oncology and Annals of Surgical Oncology.
Humanitarian of the Year
Realtor-Associate, SRES, ABR, MilRes, CNE
Tina Pilot began a quest and thirst for knowledge at a young age. Growing up and going through the Brick School System she was a softball player and long distance track member. After graduating Brick Memorial High School in 1984 she attended Ocean County College before heading to Newark, NJ and being placed in The Prudential Financial Building on Broad Street from 1990-1998. While working in Newark she attended Essex County College and Caldwell College.
In 1996 she bought her first home in 1996 in Brick and transferred to the Prudential Building in Holmdel and left the company in 2004 to pursue a more entrepreneurial position. Mortgage Lending and Title insurance were the first tries after Prudential. In 2007 she obtained her Real Estate license and began as a full time Realtor in 2010 at RE/MAX.
With encouragement from fellow Realtors and friends she joined the Ocean County Board of Realtors Realtor Community Service Committee. It is here where community service and giving back to the community brought back memories of working at Prudential’s Social Responsibility team and found the matching gifts program to help so many charities throughout New Jersey.
RE/MAX is a proud sponsor of Children’s Specialized Hospitals. Tina sponsors many charities in our Ocean County Area.
In March of 2017 Tina took a leap of faith and started her own Real Estate Group at RE/MAX Real Estate, LTD in Brick, NJ. Working with like minded individuals supporting local charities helped make this decision and return to Brick and Wall area where her family is located.
Karen Symmington and Dana Nicole Mauro have been extremely supportive with 5under40.org and Relay for Life in Point Pleasant, NJ to support the American Cancer Society.
Tina is a full time Realtor-Associate and was named Realtor-Associate of the year, 2013 from the Ocean County Board of Realtors and New Jersey Association of Realtors.
Receiving an award for outstanding community service was most meaningful.
Tina belongs to:
Monmouth Ocean Regional Realtors
New Jersey Association of Realtors
National Association of Realtors
Ocean County Military Support Committee, member and sponsor 2018
Ocean County Tourism and Business Advisory Council, Board of Directors
Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
Ocean County College Foundation 100 Women
Women’s Council of Realtors, Monmouth Chapter
Women’s Club of Lacey
Toms River Field of Dreams, Casino Night Committee
Matthew Pitera Volunteer of the Year
Community Medical Center
Tish is a Recruiter at Community Medical Center for the Nursing Division. She is part of Nursing Leadership & works closely with the Departments ensuring the best candidates and is their contact throughout their employment.
Tish graduated from Seton Hall University and has been an RN for almost 40 years working at various hospitals in Pediatric Oncology, Maternal Child Health and Human Resources as Staff and Management.
She has been touched by Cancer as a caregiver to her patient’s, family and friends.
She has been an active member of Tides of Change Gala for the past 4 years & she is also involved in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk of Point Pleasant.
Survivor of the Year
I am a wife, mother and long-time runner and triathlete. I’ve completed many races and triathlons of all distances including 11 IRONMAN triathlons and qualified for the IRONMAN World Championship twice. I have been a competitive age group triathlete who started running in the mid 90's and then found triathlon shortly thereafter. I founded an all women’s triathlon club, co-founded the Jersey Girl Triathlon in 2012 and am a member of the IRONMAN Women for Tri Board of Advisors since its inception in 2015, working with IRONMAN and Lifetime Fitness to increase women’s participation in triathlon and encouraging them to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.
In April of 2017 I had qualified and was scheduled to run my sixth Boston Marathon. Instead, after a routine mammogram I was diagnosed with triple negative invasive ductal breast cancer on March 17, 2017 followed by a lumpectomy on April 7th. I had planned several triathlons for the 2017 season including IRONMAN Lake Placid on July 24th. Instead, I had my fifth of eight rounds of chemotherapy that week. This was followed by 20 rounds of radiation treatments and ended with my last treatment on September 26th. I am now part of a clinical trial of a drug for women with triple negative breast cancer.
I remained active throughout my treatment and decided to share my experience throughout my treatment on my blog at moirahoran.com in the hopes of encouraging women to schedule their routine mammograms and to possibly support other women on the same or similar journey as me. The response to this has been overwhelmingly positive.
I am planning on returning to triathlons in 2018, with my first race scheduled for May of 2018 and that postponed IRONMAN Lake Placid in July of this year.
Visionary of the Year
Patty Ostaszewski, RN, MS, CRRN, LNHA
CEO, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Toms River
Patty has enjoyed many years of employment at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Toms River. She was originally hired as the evening nursing supervisor, promoted to the chief nursing officer, and assumed her role as chief executive officer in 1996. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from New Jersey City University. Patty is a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN®) and a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator (LNHA) with many years of administrative and clinical experience. Patty was the former chair of the American Hospital Association’s Governing Council for Long Term Care and Rehabilitation. She currently serves as the Chair of the New Jersey Hospital Association’s (NJHA) HealthPAC Committee, and is a member of NJHA’s Rehabilitation Advisory Council, Executive Committee, and Chair’s Advisory Committee. Additionally, she is a member of HealthSouth’s National Nursing Advisory Board, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus’ Foundation and the American Cancer Society’s Board of Advisors. Patty integrates HealthSouth in the central New Jersey community by participating in meaningful local organizations. Patty has been married to her husband Ted for over 30 years. She enjoys spending quality time with her family including her two beautiful daughters, Lindsey and Jennifer, as well as her son-in-law Jim and first grandchild, Grace.
We look forward to sharing more information about these inspiring honorees.
If you would like to support our honorees by purchasing a sponsorship, congratulatory advertisements or event tickets, please contact Jennifer Lefthand.
Senior Manager, Community Development
For more than a 100 years, The American Cancer Society has been leading the fight to end cancer. With your support, we have helped usher in an era where more people survive cancer than ever before. By translating our research findings into action, we've seen a 20% decline in US cancer death rates since the early 1990s.