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.
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
Thomas C. Liebman is a resident of the Chicago area, and President of Coilcraft, a manufacturing company in the electronics industry. Liebman was introduced to the organization when his wife was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1997. Liz Tilberis’s memoir, No Time To Die, was inspirational to Liebman’s wife Beth, and brought Beth & Tom to OCRA. Liebman has been a strong supporter of the OCRA role as a national hub for ovarian cancer research funding.
Dana L. Mark, Esq., Secretary
Dana L. Mark is a Partner in the Private Client Services Practice in Smith, Gambrell & Russell’s New York office. Ms. Mark focuses her practice on tax, estate and trust planning, charitable giving, and tax-exempt organizations. She has extensive experience involving sophisticated tax planning, the probate and administration of estates and trusts, qualified retirement plan assets and IRAs, and the preparation of pre- and post-nuptial agreements.
Ms. Mark advises executors and trustees in the administration of estates and trusts from the initial probate to the preparation of estate tax returns, fiduciary income tax returns, the preparation of accountings, and the settlement of the estate or trust. She also represents beneficiaries.
Ms. Mark has assisted families with the tax-efficient transfer of wealth, including planning matters involving the family businesses. She works closely with family advisors in designing and implementing succession plans. Dana also provides advice to charitable organizations and in connection with the establishment and operation of tax-exempt organizations.
Ms. Mark is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel where she is an active member of the Fiduciary Income Tax Committee. She is a member of the American Law Institute where she is on the Members Consultative Group of the Principles of the Law of Nonprofit Organizations, Restatement Third, Property (Wills and Other Donative Transfers) and Restatement Third, Trusts. She is also a member of the American Bar Association and its Section of Taxation and Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, the New York State Bar Association and its Section of Taxation and the Trusts and Estates Law Section, the City Bar, and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
Dana is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance, serves on its Executive Committee, and heads the Governance Committee, she is a Member of the Board, Vice-President and Treasurer of Animal Zone International, and a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Jean Baptiste High School in Manhattan.
Ms. Mark has been recognized in US News & World Report and Best Lawyers in New York Trust and Estates and has been named by Super Lawyers as one of the top 50 women lawyers in New York. She is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America.
Matthew Neal Miller, Director
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.
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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 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
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.
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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 is a native Detroiter who now resides in Bal Harbour, Florida with summers spent in Northern Michigan.
She graduated from Wayne State University and received her Master’s Degree in Psychological Counseling from Oakland University. She was in private practice facilitating both Parenting Groups and counseling for Problems of Daily Living.
Shelley is a four time ovarian cancer survivor (better known as a “THRIVER”!!!!!), and a frequent speaker on women’s health issues with an emphasis on the prevention and management of ovarian cancer. She has devoted much of her time helping women cope with the disease in the most positive way while serving on many boards including Hospice of Southeastern Michigan. Shelley is currently on the board of Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance in New York.
She is the co-founder of SEE, one of the largest single name optical boutiques in the country. SEE is dedicated to raising money and awareness for many pet causes including ovarian cancer, animal welfare and human rights.
Shelley has been married to her High School sweetheart, Richard, for 50 years. They proudly have two married children and four grandchildren. She is a true lover of life!
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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 begun 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 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 is the founder and owner of the New York comedy club Carolines on Broadway and the New York Comedy Festival. Located in the heart of New York City’s vibrant Times Square district, Carolines on Broadway is widely regarded as “America’s Premier Comedy Nightclub,” presenting the best live comedy entertainment. Carolines first opened as a cabaret in 1981. A lifelong comedy fan, she soon began booking comedians, which included now legendary performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Allen, Rosie O’Donnell and Jay Leno. “Carolines Comedy Hour” on A&E ultimately won a CableACE award for “Best Stand-Up Comedy Series.” Hosting countless large-scale fundraising benefits every year, Carolines has been the home of OCRA’s Stand Up for Madeline, which honors the late Madeline Kahn, since 2002, raising over $2 million to date for ovarian cancer research. Caroline is also a founding partner of the New York Comedy Festival, a highly successful five-day comedy festival that has showcased comic luminaries such as Dane Cook, Denis Leary, Howie Mandel, Bill Maher, Damon Wayans, Roseanne Barr, Drew Carey, Artie Lange, Rosie O’Donnell, Mario Cantone, and Steven Wright, just to name a few.
Carolines on Broadway stands as the crowning achievement of Caroline’s extraordinary 35-year career. As the reigning diva of the New York Comedy scene, she has proven that she is both an innovator and visionary in the fast-paced, constantly evolving entertainment industry. Caroline joined the OCRA board in December, 2014.
Veronica Jordan, PhD
Dr. Jordan is an experienced entrepreneur, corporate executive and board director. Her areas of expertise include strategic planning, general management, sales and marketing, business development, alliance management, corporate governance, global operations and mergers and acquisitions. She is the founder and CEO of BioInnovation Advisors, a consulting practice that advises companies developing novel healthcare products and services. Previously she has served as President and CEO of a venture capital-funded medical device company in the women’s health area, and in various senior executive positions at a major international firm providing worldwide clinical research services. Her considerable board experience includes Albany Molecular Research Inc.; Vermillion Inc.; the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance; the Boston Club; and the Board of Overseers for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Jordan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in biochemistry at Cambridge University, England, and her Ph.D. in biochemistry/cell biology at Oxford University, England.
Edward Labaton, Esq., Emeritus Executive Committee Member
An accomplished trial and appellate lawyer and partner with Labaton Sucharow, Edward Labaton has devoted his 50 years of practice to representing a full range of clients in class action and complex litigation matters in state and federal court. He is the recipient of the Alliance for Justice’s 2015 Champion of Justice Award, given to outstanding individuals whose life and work exemplifies the principle of equal justice.
Ed has played a leading role as plaintiffs' class counsel in a number of successfully prosecuted, high-profile cases, involving companies such as PepsiCo, Dun & Bradstreet, Financial Corporation of America, ZZZZ Best, Revlon, GAF Co., American Brands, Petro Lewis and Jim Walter, as well as several Big Eight (now Four) accounting firms. He has also argued appeals in state and federal courts, achieving results with important precedential value.
Ed has been President of the Institute for Law and Economic Policy (ILEP) since its founding in 1996. Each year, ILEP co-sponsors at least one symposium with a major law school dealing with issues relating to the civil justice system. In 2010, he was appointed to the newly formed Advisory Board of George Washington University's Center for Law, Economics, & Finance (C-LEAF), a think tank within the Law School, for the study and debate of major issues in economic and financial law confronting the United States and the globe. Ed is an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights under Law, a member of the American Law Institute, and a life member of the ABA Foundation. In addition, he has served as a board member of Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance since its inception in 1996, and was a long-standing officer and member of the Executive Committee.
Ed is the past Chairman of the Federal Courts Committee of the New York County Lawyers Association, and was a member of the Board of Directors of that organization. He is an active member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, where he was Chair of the Senior Lawyers' Committee and served on its Task Force on the Role of Lawyers in Corporate Governance. He has also served on its Federal Courts, Federal Legislation, Securities Regulation, International Human Rights, and Corporation Law Committees. He also served as Chair of the Legal Referral Service Committee, a joint committee of the New York County Lawyers' Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He has been an active member of the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Council and the New York State Bar Association, where he has served as a member of the House of Delegates.
Ylain G. Mayer
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Lori Newcomb, in memoriam
Lori Newcomb (1970-2019) was the co-founder and chairman of Newk's Cares, the philanthropic arm of Newk's Eatery restaurants created to increase awareness and provide education about 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. She joined OCRA's governing Board of Directors in 2015.
While Lori lost her physical battle to ovarian cancer on February 28, 2019, her mission to help all women and all future women affected by the disease will continue to live on through Newk’s Cares. Everyone at Newk’s Eatery is committed to supporting ovarian cancer research and awareness, and with each community’s support, every woman can have a fighting chance. Since launching the Newk's Cares initiative in 2014 she helped raise more than $1,000,000 for Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (OCRA).
A graduate of the University of Mississippi, Mrs. Newcomb was a longtime supporter of Ole Miss and enjoyed spending time in Oxford cheering on the Rebels. Before launching Newk's Cares, Mrs. Newcomb devoted her time to volunteer work in the Jackson, Mississippi, area. A devoted wife and mother, Mrs. Newcomb and her family have been members of the Jackson community for the past 40 years. She is survived by her devoted husband, Chris, co-founder and CEO of Newk's Eatery, and their three children: Madison, Blair and Hayes. Mrs. Newcomb’s legacy lives on through the continued and dedicated efforts of Newk’s Cares and OCRA in our shared fight against ovarian cancer. To learn more about Lori's mission please visit www.NewksCares.com.
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.
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Elle Simone Scott
Chef Elle Simone is a culinary maverick. Always drawn to creative food culture, Elle has been dazzling the culinary world since 2003, quickly becoming a highly sought after freelance Food Stylist and Culinary Producer. Elle has collaborated and contributed her unique styling abilities to Food Network, Food Network Magazine, The Cooking Channel, The Katie Couric Show, CBS Corporation, ABC’s The Chew and Bravo’s Chef Roble and Co.
Diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2016, Elle is a chef, a trailblazer, and a survivor. As the creator of SheChef Inc., a professional networking organization for women chefs of color and allies, Elle shares her passion by mentoring, teaching resource building, business consultation/development and most importantly, Food Social Justice.
Elle continues to inspire others and break glass ceilings, as she is currently the resident Food Stylist & On-Air Talent on America’s Test Kitchen on PBS and the first African-American woman to do so.
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Brownen Smith is the founder and owner of B Floral, a New York event design and production company. While attending festivities and celebrations for family and friends had its own excitement, her favorite events were those she would help to create. She has always found a sense of magic in watching spaces transform from a blank canvas to a stylish and decorative setting uniquely framing an event. The most alluring aspect of each transformation was the way in which floral artistry highlighted and defined the space.
Upon graduating from Duke University in 2002, she quickly returned to NYC, as her career began with the intensity of Wall Street. While that was not her ultimate destination, she happily found her way back into events, achieving success in managing, marketing and developing events within the sports and entertainment industries.
Along with her artistic training from The New York Botanical Garden and The Flower School of New York, her experience in finance and marketing drives B Floral’s unique approach to events and a vision that helps brands bloom. Passionate about giving back, Bronwen is an active member of the Board of Directors for both Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance and Change for Kids.
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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.