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About Us

Our Story...

Is Much Like Your Own

The people who founded and lead Hope Trust know what it takes to live with and care for a loved one with special needs.

Each of us knows the unrelenting attention and effort required to ensure our children, siblings, parents or others with special needs get the help they need. These requirements extend beyond daily tasks, including assistance at school and at home. As caretakers, we feel responsible for making sure they receive proper medical care, counseling, social services and even legal representation when necessary. On into their adulthood, we manage their household needs, arrange food deliveries and transportation along with countless other tasks of daily life, providing financial support the entire way. We’re there when they need us – and that is often and at all hours – because we love them.

We’re there because there are no alternatives. Family members lack the time and training to handle the workload, and a traditional bank trust department is not prepared or equipped to provide the high-touch, round-the-clock service it takes to administer a special needs trust. Without us, our loved ones have nowhere else to turn for the essential help and support they need. We created Hope Trust because our families and the special needs family members we love deserve more.

Hope Trust is the first and only comprehensive, holistic solution that addresses the unique and ever-evolving needs of loved ones with special needs:

  • Expert trust and care planning services
  • 24/7/365 access to skilled care coordinators and fiduciary services
  • Instant access to products and services, whenever and wherever needed, in accordance with a detailed life care plan – all delivered with respect and empathy.

Hope Trust is both a labor of love and of critical necessity. We are here to provide your family with essential support, help you plan properly for the future of your loved one, offer peace of mind and welcome beneficiaries who will feel completely embraced for the 1st time by a corporate trustee.

We’re there because your family deserves the best.

Our Mission

Harness the power of technology and the dedication of skilled, knowledgeable professionals to serve and care for our clients and their families, enabling them to achieve their potential and live fuller, more rewarding lives.

Our Vision

We measure our success by the value we create:

  • Options that span the care spectrum, giving you the flexibility to choose and control the services you receive and ensure that all life needs are met.
  • Best-in-class, high-touch service and 24/7 accessibility, from our care coordinators dedicated to improving the life of every beneficiary entrusted to our care.
  • Service supported by technology that safeguards your interests, helping you preserve and manage your resources.
  • Experience in creating and managing special needs trusts, that help grantors and beneficiaries in ways that traditional trust companies cannot.
  • A culture of care, that is evident in everything we do – financial transparency for our clients, a singular focus on service, and an emphasis on social responsibility.

Our Team

Board Chairman & General Counsel
Russell J. Fishkind, Esq.

Russell is an attorney whose practice centers on trust and estate planning, with a focus on special needs planning, high net worth estate planning, business succession planning, and family office consulting. He also is the father of a special needs child.  Russell teaches at New York University and literally wrote the book on trust and estate planning as co-author of J.K. Lasser Pro’s™ Estate Business Succession Planning – A Legal Guide to Wealth Transfer. Russell has drafted more than 3,000 estate plans during his career along with several books and numerous articles, and appears regularly on CNBC, Bloomberg, MSNBC and U.S. News & World Report.

President & Board of Directors
Daria Placitella

Daria is a top-performing financial services executive with extensive experience in wealth and asset management, business development and sales leadership, risk management, policy and regulatory compliance, recruiting and team building, employee engagement, and merger & acquisition integration. Prior to joining Hope Trust, she was regional president of PNC Bank for the New Jersey market, where she guided revenue growth across corporate and institutional banking, led dozens of teams focused on wealth management and fiduciary services, and was responsible for over $20 billion of assets under management. Daria has a family member with special needs.

Chief Operating Officer
Joshua A. Fishkind, Esq.

Joshua is the former chief operating officer and general counsel of the Toussie Group, a billion-dollar real estate development company headquartered in New York City. He previously served as operations manager for the Reverse Mortgage Center, LLC and Sun West Mortgage Company. Joshua earned a master’s degree in business administration and a law degree from Rutgers University, where he served as an editor of the Rutgers Law Journal. Joshua is an active member of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania bars. He has a family member with special needs.

Chief Care Coordinator
Cynthia Boyer, Ph.D.

Dr. Boyer is a neuropsychologist with more than 30 years experience serving individuals with neurological, psychiatric, intellectual, developmental and substance abuse disorders. She has a strong background in clinical quality, strategic planning and program development. As the former Executive Director of Brain Injury Services, she administered residential, day, and out-patient programming throughout New Jersey while supervising clinical treatment. She is also a surveyor for CARF International and Clinical Assistant Professor, and Psychology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Care Coordinator
Jessica Fisher, M.S.W

Jessica is an experienced social worker with years of hands on case work experience. After earning her master’s degree in social work from Syracuse University, she went on to become a counselor in family preservation services at Catholic Charities. There, she developed treatment plans and conducted intensive, in-home crisis intervention. Following Hurricane Sandy, she rose to become a case management supervisor of the disaster relief effort. Since then, she has expanded her role in managing a team of case workers, overseeing county wide homeless prevention programs.

Board of Directors

Cuong Viet Do

Cuong is the executive vice president of Samsung’s Corporate Strategy Group and former chief strategy officer for Merck, Tyco Electronics, and Lenovo. He also served as a senior partner at McKinsey & Company, a leading management consultancy, where he spent 17 years leading the firm’s healthcare, high technology and corporate finance practices. Cuong co-founded and is a board member of Autism Speaks, a leading U.S. advocacy organization that sponsors autism research and conducts awareness and outreach activities.

Vincent Tizzio

Vince is the president and chief executive officer of Navigators Management Company, a publicly traded property and casualty firm with operations in the United States, Europe and Asia. Vince provides Hope Trust with guidance for evaluating and securing insurance coverage for risks associated with serving the special needs trust market.

Kirby Rosplock, Ph.D.

Kirby Rosplock, Ph.D. is the founder of Tamarind Partners, a research, advisory and consulting practice that works with affluent families and advisors and institutions connected to the ultra-high net worth family office market. A recognized consultant, researcher, advisor and speaker, Dr. Rosplock has authored numerous articles and books including The Complete Family Office Handbook, A Guide for Affluent Families and the Advisors Who Serve Them. She serves on the board of Family Enterprise USA, a non-profit advocacy organization, and is a fellow of the Family Firm Institute and co-trustee of the Harbeck Family Foundation.

Christopher Rooney

Christopher Rooney is a lobbyist, entrepreneur, and one of the owners of the Pittsburgh Steelers.  He’s also part of the leadership team of the Palm Beach Kennel Club. As a active Hope Trust Board Member,  he’s committed to helping individuals with special needs.

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