Scott L. Cupples Appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation

NEW YORK, March 4, 2022 – The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation (VBF), the leading not for profit in the world for children and adults affected by vascular birthmarks, anomalies, or related syndromes (VBARS), announced that Scott L. Cupples has been named as Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective February 28, 2022. 

In his new role, Cupples will lead the organization’s operations, finance, and communications efforts. Cupples will work closely with VBF Founder and President Linda Rozell-Shannon, Ph.D. and the Executive Board/Board of Directors to manage the transition and set a seamless plan for the VBF team to continue to execute its strategic plan with operational excellence. He will be based out of his home office in Maple Shade, N.J.

“A commitment to VBF’s mission, a track record of leadership and project management across operations and finance, and the dedication to the VBF Global Ambassador base will be critical to the continued success of VBF,” said Jeffrey Bergen, Ph.D.,  Chair, VBF Board of Directors. “I’m thrilled that we are adding a leader like Scott, who will bring stability, continuity, and prosperity to VBF and the vascular birthmarks community.” 

Cupples, who has served as the Director of the VBF Global Ambassador program, is credited with the launch, growth, and mobilization of this base of 1,200 volunteers. Cupples has served in the Air National Guard for nearly 20 years in positions of increasing responsibility as part of the 108th Security Forces Squadron, with experience spanning Operations, Security Forces, and Quality Control.  In addition, he brings 15 years of extensive training, education, and experience across finance and accounting roles within various industries. Cupples holds a B.A. in Accounting from Kean University; an MBA in Management, Rowan University; and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Business Management and Organizational Leadership, Thomas Edison State University.

“After spending five years leading the VBF Global Ambassadors, I’ve become very passionate about being a role model for this community,” Cupples explained. “As a child, I didn’t have anyone to look up to that looked like me. There wasn’t an organization to steer my parents towards a timely and accurate diagnosis. I’m very excited to have a more impactful role in the organization, and hope to leverage this opportunity to help our VBARS community by growing the VBF into the future.”

About The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation

The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation (VBF) is an international charitable organization that networks families affected by a vascular birthmark, anomaly, or related syndrome to the appropriate medical professionals for evaluation and/or treatment, provides informational resources as well as sponsors physician education, mobilizes medical missions trips, and supports research and programs that promote acceptance for individuals with vascular birthmarks. VBF has networked over 125,000 children and adults into treatment since 1994. Established in 1994, by Founder and President, Linda Rozell-Shannon, Ph.D., VBF is the leading vascular birthmarks foundation in the world for patient education. For more information about vascular birthmarks, tumors or related anomalies and treatment options, please visit

Gina Rothe

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