Board of Directors

Warrior's Odyssey is a not-for-profit organization made up of people connected to Penelope Ruderman.


Lori Schneider, LCSW, Director

Lori has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York University School of Social Work. Lori has many years of experience in mental health, providing support in clinical outpatient settings, school settings and has maintained a private practice. She has provided services for children, adolescents and their families through individual, group and family psychotherapy. Lori and her husband Matthew have two children, Penelope and Felix. Besides being with her family Lori loves to run and this is a passion that she has passed down to Penelope.

Matthew Ruderman, Esq., Assistant Director

Matthew has a Law degree from the City University of New York at Queens College and a Master’s of Urban Planning degree from Hunter College. Matthew’s career is focused on the details associated with compliance of federal, state, and local regulations. Matthew is a musician and loves to sing and dance with his wife Lori and their two children, Penelope and Felix.

Alex Montalenti, Business Development

Alex Montalenti is a successful entrepreneur and passionate philanthropist. He owns and manages several technology and marketing firms. Alex is the Co-founder of and Montav LLC. He has a lot of experience in start up businesses and organizations, business development, marketing, website development, social media marketing and technology consulting. Although very busy with his businesses, he also dedicates a lot of his time to helping others grow on a personal and business level. Alex is very excited about the opportunity to help others directly and help save lives. He immediately joined the Bone Marrow Registry and is forever dedicated to Penelope’s Odyssey.



Cristina Montalenti, Marketing

Cristina is a passionate business woman, mother and philanthropist. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Scranton University with a Degree in Business and Marketing. She currently manages Client Relations, Marketing, Accounting, and Distribution Logistics for She is also a Licensed Realtor in New York. As the mother of a 2 year old daughter and with another daughter on the way she is excited to enhance the quality of life of all the children and adults that surround her.

Kenneth Schneider

Kenneth has a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science degree from Queens College. He has been practicing dentistry in Manhasset for over thirty years. In addition he taught at Long Island Jewish/Queens Hospital Center’s dental residency program for twenty five years. Although he enjoys dentistry, his true passion is being “Poppy” to his grandchildren, Penelope, Kaiden and Felix.

Joan Ann Schneider

Joan Ann has a degree in Social Work from Adelphi University. She has over twenty five years experience as an intake coordinator and social worker at Long Island Jewish Hillside Medical Center. She has also sat on several city-wide advocacy committees. In her spare time she enjoys playing bridge (she is a Life-Master), and being “Nanny” to her grandchildren, Penelope, Kaiden and Felix.