Board Of Directors

Dale Johnson

Dale established this non for profit, 501 C3, in 2008. He has gained his knowledge and experience to run this successful organization by managing dozens of employees at a time for Wegmans for 25 years. He was the Director of Soccer for ESM Youth Sports for 3 years. He also coached soccer and basketball for ESM Youth Sports, 5+ years, ESM Little League for 5 years and Pop Warner Football 3 years. Current soccer coach for the City of Syracuse School District. Established annual Tillie's Touch School Supply Giveaway in 2009. Created the Tillie's Touch soccer club in 2009 and the Holiday Wish program in 2012. He currently resides in East Syracuse, NY. 

President & Founding Father

Matt Johnson

Matt Johnson has served as the Vice President of Tillie's Touch since 2017. He is currently a student at East Syracuse-Minoa Highschool. He is also a member of Spartan Junior Honor Society, Model U.N. member, and a member of the Spanish club.

Vice President

Chris Fiello

Mr. Fiello is the Director of Leasing for Spinoso Real Estate Group where his primary duties include

handling all aspects of leasing, property development, and leading the entire leasing team. He brings

more than ten years of commercial retail real estate development experience, and a long history of deal

making and strong tenant relations. Prior experience includes accounting, finance, and operations. Mr.

Fiello holds a B.S. in Accounting from Northeastern University.

Prior to Spinoso Real Estate Group, Mr. Fiello was Vice President of Box Leasing for Rouse Properties,

Inc. He performed a similar role at Macerich, where he focused on box leasing for the east and central

regions, and held Finance and Leasing positions within Pyramid Management Group.

Prior to Pyramid, Mr. Fiello was Director of Accounting at Akamai Technologies, the leader in distributed

computing solutions and services. While at Akamai, he led in the integration of new systems and

controls, budgeting, product line analysis, and revenue accounting and operations. Mr. Fiello's career

also includes experience in the industries of wireless technology, software, and insurance.


Joyce Suslovic

Joyce M. Suslovic is an educator with 39 years of teaching experience and currently teaches Social Studies at Henninger High School and advocates to get busing for Syracuse City School District students. Joyce is a member of the Onondaga County Human Rights Commission.

Director of Academics

Lisa Lopez

Lisa Lopez is a New York State Registered Nurse, and the owner of Guardian Angels Healing Arts Center & Gift Shop located in East Syracuse, NY. She is a lifelong resident of East Syracuse and enjoys participating in activities and programs that give back to the community. Lisa has been a volunteer for Tillie’s Touch since 2011, and a Board Member since 2012. Lisa received the John Gridley Volunteer of Excellence Award in 2016. 



“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away."  - Pablo Picasso


Scott Fiello

Scott Fiello has been a part of the Tillies Touch organization for almost 4 years. He currently

holds the Director of coaching position at Tillies Touch. Scott has a long history of coaching soccer. He

has been the Varsity Soccer coach at Henninger High School in Syracuse, NY for the past 14 years. This is

also where he teaches Environmental Science. Mr. Fiello has been a teacher in the Syracuse City School

District for the past 16 years. Prior to coaching soccer at Henninger, he coached the boys modified at

Wellwood middle school in the Fayetteville Manlius school district. Mr. Fiello currently holds a class F

coaching license and is working towards his Class D certification. Mr. Fiello is the camp director at the

Syracuse Parks and Recs soccer camp for city youth. Mr. Fiello holds a BA degree from the State

University at Oswego in education with a science concentrate as well as a MS degree from Syracuse

University in teaching and curriculum. Mr. Fiello has been happily married for twelve years and has two

beautiful daughters. They currently reside in Baldwinsville NY

Director of Coaching

Brooke Tedesco

Brooke Tedesco is the School Supply Giveaway Co-Director

School Supply Giveaway Co-Director, Officer

Tanya Shufelt

Tanya Shufelt is the School Supply Giveaway Co-Director.

School Supply Giveaway Co-Director, Officer

Tasha Benjamin


Luke Cavanaugh

Luke Cavanaugh is the website manager for Tillie's Touch. 

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