Our Board

Executive Committee

Jennifer Arminger, Treasurer

Jennifer Arminger, CPA is an Audit Partner with Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman CPAs, based out of Bethesda, MD, and specializes her skills and expertise in auditing and accounting for tax-exempt organizations.

She is an activist for woman’s health and joined the Board of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance in 2014, where she served as Treasurer for the subsequent two years.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Maryland in College Park and her M.S. in Accounting from American University. Ms. Arminger lives in Fells Point Baltimore, MD with her husband and also serves on the Board of Live Baltimore.

Jeff Boyd, PhD, Director

Professor and Chair Department of Human and Molecular Genetics Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Florida International University Director, Translational Research and Genomic Medicine Miami Cancer Institute Baptist Health South Florida

Jeff Boyd, Ph.D., is a professor and chair at Florida International University and the Director of Translational Research and Genomic Medicine at the Miami Cancer Institute. Previously, Dr. Boyd was the Senior Vice President at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Before joining Fox Chase, Dr. Boyd was the vice president for Oncology and Research at Memorial Health, and director of the Curtis & Elizabeth Anderson Cancer institute. He has a national and international reputation as one of the leading scientists in the study of the molecular genetics of women’s cancers and was named a Distinguished Cancer Scholar by the Georgia Cancer Coalition. Boyd came to Savannah from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, where he served as an attending biologist and director of the gynecology and breast research laboratory in the Department of Surgery and director of the diagnostic molecular genetics laboratory in the Department of Medicine. Boyd earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University and his Doctor of Philosophy at North Carolina State University. Throughout his career, Boyd has received more than 14 National Institutes of Health (NIH) or NIH-equivalent research grants totaling several million dollars. He has served on the editorial boards of five prestigious journals, including the American Journal of Pathology and the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Boyd has published more than 180 articles, reviews, and textbook chapters, and presented over 150 invited lectures nationally and internationally.

Dr. Boyd was appointed to OCRF’s Board of Directors as of December 2012.

Robin S. Cohen, Vice President

Robin Cohen has been the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation for 16 years. She is an oncology nurse at Lankenau Hospital in the Philadelphia area. She is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society, the Society of Gynecologic Nurse Oncologists, Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society and the Cambridge WHO’s WHO. In 2007, she was recognized as one of the 75 Greatest Living Philadelphians.

John W. Hansbury, Esq., Chair

John W. Hansbury, Esq., is Chair of the OCRA Board of Directors.  His late wife, the actress, Madeline Kahn, died in 1999 from ovarian cancer. She felt strongly that if her personal struggle with ovarian cancer was shared that it might raise awareness of this awful disease.  John vowed to campaign for improved ovarian cancer treatment and awareness and joined the OCRA Board in 1999.

John is an attorney in private practice in New York City.  He graduated from the Mount Hermon School, Oberlin College and received a JD from the Antioch School of Law in Washington, DC.

Tom Liebman, Director

Bio coming soon.

Dana L. Mark, Esq., Secretary

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Matthew Neal Miller, Director

Matthew Miller

Matthew Neal Miller is a management consultant with over twenty years experience in the public and private sectors helping organizations to solve their problems.  Matthew currently works for the technology company Red Hat.  He has led major projects and has been a career manager to multiple staff.  Matthew has also worked for PwC and Booz Allen Hamilton as a management consultant.  He has an MBA from Johns Hopkins University, a BA with Honors from Wesleyan University, and was a visiting undergraduate student at the University of Oxford.

In addition, Matthew is certified as a Change Management Advanced Practitioner from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and he has served as an adjunct instructor at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies.

Matthew resides in Washington, DC.  Matthew’s mother died of ovarian cancer in 1994.

Board Members

Natalie Auerbach

Bio coming soon.

Mona Baird

After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Connecticut and Masters in Business Administration from the University of California at Los Angeles, Mona Baird embarked on a successful career at Goldman Sachs in New York City. As a Managing Director in the Equities Division, Mona managed the International Equity sales trading group and worked on some of the largest global equity transactions in the firm’s history.

Possessing a strong work ethic and tenacity, Mona helped to build a world-class franchise, for which she was regarded highly by her colleagues. Mona dedicated thirteen years of service to Goldman Sachs and retired in 2006 to spend more time to raise her family. Currently, Mona resides on the Upper East Side of Manhattan with her husband and three children.

Susan D. Bazaar

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Jeannette Chang

Jeannette Chang in 2007 joined the brand management team of CR Fashion Book in partnership with PubWorX, a joint venture between Hearst Magazines Digital Media and Condé Nast, to manage production and distribution services for CR Fashion Book in print and to host CRFashionBook.com on Hearst's proprietary MediaOS platform. CR Fashion Book is a biannual publication from Harper's BAZAAR global fashion director Carine Roitfeld, which she launched in 2012.

Most recently, Chang was senior vice president and international publishing director of Hearst Magazines International (HMI), responsible for overseeing international advertising and marketing for 300+ editions of HMI's magazine brands including Cosmopolitan, Harper's BAZAAR, Esquire and Popular Mechanics. She was named to this position in March 2000, previously having served as vice president and publisher of Harper's BAZAAR since August 1994, where she was the first female publisher since the publication launched in 1867, and associate publisher of that title since June 1984.

Chang joined Hearst Magazines in 1973 as an advertising sales representative for Cosmopolitan. In 1977, she was promoted to fashion advertising manager, and two years later moved to Harper's BAZAAR as director of fashion marketing, until she was promoted to associate publisher.

Under Chang's leadership, Harper's BAZAAR US opened international advertising offices in Milan and Paris, with sales representatives in Munich and Tokyo. This foray into the international advertising arena paved the way to her positions with Hearst Magazines International, where she worked primarily toward marketing, promoting and supervising launches and re-launches of Harper's BAZAAR, Esquire and Town & Country.

Chang is a frequent speaker before international trade and business groups involved in the fashion and publishing industries. In 1992, she was inducted into the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers. Chang is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Fashion Group International, the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), Pratt Institute and the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF).

A graduate of Hunter College in New York City, Chang earned her Bachelor of Science while launching her publishing career at Scholastic.

Carmel J. Cohen, MD, Emeritus Executive Committee Member

Carmel Cohen

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology Mount Sinai Medical Center

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Founder, Division of Gynecologic Oncology
Mount Sinai Medical Center

Dr. Carmel Cohen is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Cohen previously served as the Vice Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science at Mount Sinai, where he founded the Division of Gynecologic Oncology and was its chairman for more than 25 years. Dr. Cohen has served as President of the New York Obstetrical Society, President of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, President of the Society of Pelvic Surgeons, Founding Member and Council Member for the International Gynecologic Cancer Society. He has just completed a term as President of the Eastern Division of the American Cancer Society, is a current member of the American Cancer Society’s National Board of Directors, and was invited to chair its Gynecologic Cancer Advisory Group during its current term. He had chaired this group when it rewrote the American Cancer Society national guidelines on cervical cancer screening. He past Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and serves on its Scientific Advisory Committee. His past research demonstrated the utility of platinum drugs in treating ovarian cancer and cytotoxic drugs in the treatment of endometrial cancer. Dr. Cohen has published extensively and trained numerous (40) fellows, many of whom have become leaders or important contributors to the discipline of gynecologic oncology.

Mei-Li da Silva Vint, Esq.

Mei-Li da Silva Vint is the Chief Compliance Officer, General Counsel, and Chief Administrative Officer at Brevet Capital, a New York based hedge fund.  She spent almost five years on the Bank Resource Management team at the investment bank of Morgan Stanley where she covered key institutional clients in the fixed income and equity space, beginning on the Institutional Securities Documentation team and then joining the Sales & Marketing Team.  During her time on the Sales & Marketing team, she sold securities financing products (via securities lending, repo, and derivatives products), managed a multibillion dollar exclusive securities lending portfolio, and sourced durable and sustained funding to manage the liquidity of the firm.

Her previous role on the Institutional Securities Documentation team at Morgan Stanley focused on cross-border (specifically Brazil) and local derivatives markets for fixed income, equities, and commodities.  Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, she was a corporate associate at McDermott Will & Emery, an international law firm, where she executed cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, restructurings, and venture capital and private equity related transactions.  She received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and her B.A. in English from Virginia Tech, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and was Phi Beta Kappa.  She is fluent in Portuguese, with a background in French.  She enjoys traveling around the globe and spending time with her husband and family.

Andrew Feuerstein, Esq.

Bio coming soon.

Stephanie Ercegovic Foster

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Ellen Fruchtman

Ellen Fruchtman is a senior marketing executive with over 30 years of experience building and repositioning brands.  Ellen spent the early part of her career as a journalist with Women’s Wear Daily and W Magazine in New York.  After returning to her hometown of Atlanta, she spent the next 20 years with Federated Department Stores and Macy’s.  There, she was part of the team that successfully converted Federated Department Stores’ regional brands to Macy’s, making it one of the most iconic retail brands in the world.

Ellen currently leads Public Relations, Cause Marketing and Community Affairs efforts for Mud Pie, a privately-held gift manufacturer based in Stone Mountain, Georgia.


As President of the Ovarian Cycle Board of Directors, she initiated the organization’s merger with OCRF in 2012 in an effort to expand the events nationwide.  She was inspired to raise money for Ovarian Cancer Research after losing her friend, Debbie Green Flamm and her aunt, Pearl Maskantz, to this horrible disease.   Her hope is that the money raised through Ovarian Cycle rides will support research leading to more effective diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer.

Shelley Golden

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Patricia Goldman

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Carol J. Hamilton

Carol Hamilton is the “grande dame” and one of the most respected executives of the American Beauty industry. During her 30-year career with L'Oréal USA, she has been integral to its direction in the U.S. and its international development. Carol joined L'Oréal USA in 1984 as Director of Marketing for L'Oréal Cosmetics. In 2002, she was named President. Under her leadership, the L'Oréal Paris brand became the largest beauty brand in the USA, growing from a – $150M to $1.5B Business. In 2008, Carol Hamilton was named President of the L'Oréal Luxe Division, overseeing all Luxe brands including Giorgio Armani, Lancôme, Kiehl’s Since 1851, Yves Saint Laurent, Viktor & Rolf, Ralph Lauren Fragrances, Clarisonic, Urban Decay, and most recently, the fragrance license of Proenza Schouler. During her 8 years running L’Oréal Luxe, she has moved from a $1B business to a $1.8B business, gaining market share and increasing its profitability in a strong and regular way. In January 2016, Carol Hamilton was promoted to Group President L’Oréal Luxe USA. She has now began to delegate the operational animation of the USA business and focus more on the animation of the existing US beauty brands DMIs, the search and evaluation of new acquisitions as well as their integration into L’Oréal, and contribute to the global division’s strategy with an American perspective. Carol Hamilton was recently named a 2016 Matrix Award Honoree. She is also the recipient of Cosmetic Executive Women’s (CEW) Achiever Award and the Oliver R. Grace Award for Distinguished Service in Advancing Cancer Research by the Cancer Research Institute. Carol Hamilton sits on the Board of Governors of Cosmetic Executive Women, the Board of Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance, The Harvard Kennedy School Women’s Leadership Board, FIT CFMM (Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management) Industry Advisory Board and the U.S. New York Regional Board for UNICEF.

Alison Hetherington

Alison Hetherington works for Cyrus Capital Partners, a 2.5 billion dollar hedge fund based in New York and London that focuses on the distressed debt market. Before joining Cyrus Capital, Alison managed the Abdul-Aziz Family Foundation for part of the Saudi Royal Family. Alison earned her BA in International Affairs from The George Washington University in 2007 and her MPA from New York University in 2010.

Alison was awarded fellowships from a variety of institutions including the Embassy of Israel, the Governor’s School of New Jersey, Public Policy and International Fellows at Carnegie Mellon University, IHS at the University of California at Berkeley and Susan Schiffer Stautberg Leadership Fellows. In addition to serving as a member of the Board of Directors, Alison founded the Junior Committee of Ovarian Cancer National Alliance in 2009. She is a past Treasurer and Board Member of Dusan Tynek Dance Theatre, and former Junior Board member of The Family Center.

Caroline Hirsch

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Veronica Jordan

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Beth Y. Karlan, MD

Dr. Karlan holds the Board of Governors’ Endowed Chair in Gynecologic Oncology, she is the Director of the Women’s Cancer Research Institute at the Samuel Oschin Cancer Institute, Director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology and the Gilda Radner Cancer Detection Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Karlan is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Karlan received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and Harvard-M.I.T. Program in Health Sciences and Technology.

Her postgraduate training included a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Yale-New Haven Hospital, a postdoctoral research fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine and a Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship at UCLA. She has published over 150 articles in peer reviewed journals including Gynecologic Oncology, Cancer, Cancer Research and Journal of Clinical Oncology. Dr. Karlan has served as the President of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists and as a member of the Gynecologic Oncology Division of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Karlan was appointed Editor-in-Chief to the Gynecologic Oncology Journal in 2008. Her research interests include early detection, biomarker discovery, inherited susceptibility, and targeted therapy. Dr. Karlan’s contributions include early detection, recognizing the importance of awareness, and individualizing therapeutic approaches of treatment.

Edward Labaton, Esq., Emeritus Executive Committee Member

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Ylain G. Mayer

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Lori Newcomb

Lori Newcomb is the co-founder and chairman of Newk's Cares, the philanthropic arm of Newk's Eatery restaurants created to increase the awareness and education of ovarian cancer. Mrs. Newcomb was diagnosed with Stage IIIC ovarian cancer in 2013 and after experiencing her own journey with the disease, committed herself to improving the rate of early diagnosis by helping fund research and create greater awareness about the early symptoms of ovarian cancer. Since launching the Newk's Cares initiative in 2014 she has helped raise more than $500,000 for Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance. In September 2015 Mrs. Newcomb was elected to OCRA's governing Board of Directors.

Before launching Newk's Cares, Mrs. Newcomb devoted her time to volunteer work in the Jackson, Mississippi, area as an active member of Junior League of Jackson as well as Placement Chairman on the Junior League of Jackson board and Co-Chairman of Mistletoe Marketplace Special Events. Additionally Mrs. Newcomb has served as President of Jackson Preparatory Parent Teacher Association and has been elected chairman of several Jackson area events, such as the Mississippi Society of Disabilities "'Tis the Season," and the Mississippi Arthritis Foundation's "Jammin' for Joints." Mrs. Newcomb's list of volunteer activities extends to the Jackson Symphony League, Diabetes Association, Girl Scouts of America and the Debutante Mothers' Club of Mississippi.

A devoted wife and mother, Mrs. Newcomb and her family have been members of the Jackson community for the past 40 years. In her spare time she enjoys spending quality time with her husband, Chris, co-founder and CEO of Newk's Eatery, and their three children: Madison, Blair and Hayes. A graduate of the University of Mississippi, Mrs. Newcomb has been a longtime supporter of Ole Miss and enjoys spending time in Oxford cheering on the Rebels.

John Orrico

John formed Water Island Capital, the advisor to the Arbitrage Funds, in 2000 and serves as Chief Investment Officer of the firm and President of the funds, leading the investment team. John has worked in the securities industry since joining Morgan Stanley in 1982, beginning in corporate finance, with additional experience in institutional equity trading, equity research analysis and portfolio management. John received a BA in Finance and International Management from Georgetown University in 1982 and achieved the CFA designation in 1988.  John joined the OCRA Board in December 2014, and now heads the organization’s Investment Committee.

Lisa Schreiber

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Bronwen Smith

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Robin Zarel

Robin Zarel, LCSW has been an OCRA Board Member since 1995. A 23 year survivor of ovarian cancer, Robin recognized early on the need for research, education, support and hopefully an eventual cure for women diagnosed with this insidious disease. She has the BRCA1 mutation and is also a two time breast cancer survivor. She serves on the Woman to Woman Committee of OCRA.

Robin is a psychotherapist in private practice in Manhattan with a specialty in helping individuals and couples deal with life threatening and chronic illnesses, bereavement, and relationship issues. She also developed, implemented, and currently manages The Employee Assistance Program for The Fashion Institute of Technology where she provides counseling and workshops for the employees of the college.