"Taking this journey with her was the hardest thing I have ever done. Every day of the fight, I never believed we would lose. Every day we found something beautiful and positive to be grateful for. Angelina taught us many things, and when others looked at her with pity, I always saw her dignity, her passion for others and her strong faith.
Music was and still is important to us. It has lifted our spirits some days and on others made us cry, but regardless of how it moves us, the point is that it makes a difference.
I am proud to have loved her, cared for her, cried with her, laughed with her. I am proud of the direction she is taking me now. I feel her guiding me every day to help other children. She will never be forgotten. This foundation is our legacy to her memory" Nicole said.
LOUIS D. MIELE
"There is nothing that can prepare you for the loss of a child. I had heard this many times throughout my life, but never did I imagine I would have to experience the loss of one of my own. Angelina was special, not only in her passion for giving, but her faith in God. Although I live now every day in agony over her loss, I feel grateful for the 11 years I had her here with me," Louis said. "After she passed, we knew we needed to do something to keep her memory alive. We explored many different options, but realized through our journey with her and seeing the struggles of some of our friends with cancer, that music is universal to all.
I am passionate about this cause and about keeping Angelina’s name alive. I look forward to sharing the power of music with many in need."
ANGELINA'S SONG: BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Secretary + Treasurer
"As a member of the Angelina’s Song Foundation I am excited to help others, as Angelina would have wanted," Sortman said. "As a parent who has witnessed the devastation of cancer, it reminds you daily just how precious life is. I would not want any parent to endure what Angelina’s parents have gone through. I look forward to the help this foundation will bring to the suffering children, the hardship and suffering of parents, and eventually the cure to children’s cancer."
Sortman is a Regional Manager for a corrugated manufacture and works with those in similar experiences, he said. He also is an elected township supervisor. He is married to Jamie and together they are the parents of Neve and Preston.
"I have worked for TouchTunes since 2001 where I met Lou and Nicole," Henderlong said. "Watching helplessly as the Miele family suffered during Angelina’s battle affected me deeply. Angelina was a true inspiration to so many people — family, friends, acquaintances, and complete strangers. I feel so privileged to be able to honor her legacy by being a part of such an amazing and unique organization."
During her tenure at TouchTunes, Henderlong has worked in customer service, sales, and currently is the Director of Customer Experiences working with customers in North America, she said. She has a passion for music, photography, nature, and helping others. Henderlong, of Colorado, is married to Ryan and together they have a daughter, Riley, and a rescue dog, Lucille.
A Brooklyn native and graduate from Wellesley College, Spence has worked with TouchTunes for over 10 years where she fostered her passion for music and technology.
"I am blessed to have the Mieles' in my life and watching Angelina battle a devastating diagnosis with grace, courage, and dignity changed my life," Spence said. "During Angelina’s fight, I would have done anything, given anything, to bring her and her family a little peace and joy. I remember visiting her in the hospital and the only time she seemed truly happy was when she was singing her fight song, 'Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You),' by Kelly Clarkson. If you could have seen her sing that song, you too would believe in miracles and understand the profound healing effect that music can have on people suffering from illness."
With over 25 years of management experience, McAllister is the president and COO of BuyBack Booth, Inc. He was previously the general manager of the Americas for digital sign software company Scala.
He also worked in management for 14 years with TouchTunes Interactive Networks. McAllister is a graduate from Babson College, in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and studied marketing and entrepreneurial studies.
"I bring charitable organization experience to the team from my involvement with Michaels Way, where I served on the Board of Directors. Michaels Way helps support families with children who are battling cancer. I also participated in helping raise money for Young Survivors Coalition, which runs the Tour de Pink three-day cycling event and helps young women battling breast cancer," he said.