Faces Behind the Foundation


Lisa Bernard

Lisa BernardLisa Bernard is the widow of Dr. Robert L. Bernard and mother of grown daughters Samantha and Chelsea. Lisa and Robert were high school sweethearts and married in 1988. Professionally, Lisa is Founder and Principal of Lisa Bernard’s Word of Mouth, Inc., an oral communications firm based in Westport, Connecticut. An alumnus with her late husband from West Hempstead High School, there she established the Dr. Robert L. Bernard Memorial Scholarship through The CHELISAM Foundation. As an adjunct college lecturer, she established The CHELISAM Foundation’s Memorial Prize for Promise in a Healing Science for graduate students pursuing advanced degrees. A platform speaker, Lisa is proud to have brought her message to her alma mater Columbia University where she has twice addressed the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Opening Ceremonies. For the Barnard College Survivor’s Committee in 2011 she presented The American Cancer Society: The Caregiver’s Caretaker and in 2012 she delivered The Big “C” – Counter-Intuitive Communication for the Caregiver in the Crisis of Cancer. On both occasions she was introduced by her and Dr. Bernard’s daughter, Samantha Bernard.

John C. Haugh

John C. HaughJohn C. Haugh was a close business associate of the late Dr. Bernard and it was their strong work ethic, professional integrity, and a deep love of their wives and daughters that served as the glue in their relationship from the very beginning. After earning his degree from City University of New York, John Haugh spent twenty three years building a solid practice to serve the public. The last eighteen years he has done so through his company Pinnacle Benefits Group. From speaking at insurance and finance-related events to addressing educating his clients on their options for financial security, John Haugh’s energy and enthusiasm for his work is rivaled only by his passion for charity and good deeds. An astute financial professional, John understands the complexities business owners face each day as well as the needs of those whose life plans do not work out or whose resources are modest. He prides himself on finding just the right product for any client and the right kind of help for another human bring in need. For years he directed the Michelle Fund, a New Jersey-based charity softball tournament which raises funds to help disadvantaged youth participate in extracurricular activities. It’s this kind of expertise, enthusiasm and dedication that has made John Haugh a respected partner when working with attorneys, CPA’s and financial professionals as well as a skilled, reliable and insightful co-Trustee at The CHELISAM Foundation. He and Lisa Bernard have spoken in tandem to audiences ranging in size from 500 to 2000 in the effort to protect families from financial ruin and other concomitant fall-out from catastrophic illnesses.

Samantha Paige Bernard

Samantha Paige BernardSamantha Bernard serves as the Scholarships and Special Projects Coordinator for The CHELISAM Foundation, and she has been making award speeches and speaking publicly about the Foundation since she was six years old. Today, she has a unique eye for the connection between cutting-edge science and its application. In 2013, she received her B.A. in Psychology with a Neuroscience concentration from Barnard College of Columbia University. Samantha is devoted personally and professionally to matters of health and well-being. She worked as a Research Assistant under the mentorship of Dr. Suzette M. Evans in the Women’s Research Center, a division of the Substance Abuse Research Center at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, where she examined sex differences and stress as it relates to alcohol and cocaine use. As a volunteer in support of the American Cancer Society, she served from 2010 to 2012 on the Columbia University Relay for Life Survivor and Caregiver Engagement Committee. She was the President of Psyched: The Barnard Psychology Society for two years, and she also taught sixth graders in New York City as a teacher in Brainiacs, a program that brings neuroscience to enthusiastic, science-minded kids.

Chelsea Bernard Steinberg

Chelsea Bernard SteinbergChelsea Bernard Steinberg serves as Information Technology Coordinator for The CHELISAM Foundation keeping computers and communications up and running. A Music Education major with a concentration in Cello Performance at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Chelsea is called upon for insight into projects and proposals relating to music therapy. Performing in ensembles for a number of audiences and causes, Chelsea’s favorite continues to be Alzheimer’s patients and other residents at nursing homes and hospitals. For her bat mitzvah, Chelsea donated 100 per cent of her monetary gifts to The CHELISAM Foundation (see Press & Other Media section for article) and was later invited to address bar and bar mitzvah candidates convened at the United Jewish Appeal in Stamford, CT, encouraging them to consider charities as recipients for some or all of their gifts of money as well.