LI Advisory Council

Your Pink Aid Long Island Support Community (With the Help of Many Others).

Ali Mitchell

Co-President, Pink Aid Long Island

Ali Mitchell is Vice President of Pink Aid’s Board of Directors, and Co-President of the Long Island Chapter of Pink Aid. Ali led the launch of Pink Aid Long Island in 2014, and co-chaired Long Island’s first two annual Luncheons at Mitchells in Huntington. She has served on the chapter’s Grant Committee for four years. Prior to launching Pink Aid Long Island, Ali worked in advertising and marketing in New York City and Los Angeles, for agencies including Ogilvy & Mather, Young & Rubicam and Grey Advertising, focusing on new product development for clients such as Kraft and Colgate-Palmolive. She also worked in the retail industry, managing the jewelry department of Bergdorf Goodman in Manhattan. Ali has served on the Boards of St. Johnland Nursing Center and Huntington Country Club, and has been a member of the Huntington Hospital Gala Committee since 2012. Ali was named one of Long Island Business News’ “Top 50 Women in Business” in 2016. Ali graduated from Dartmouth College, where she met her husband Chris. She currently resides in Lloyd Harbor, raising their two children.

Rosemary Connors

Co-President, Pink Aid Long Island

Rosemary Connors is Co-President of the Long Island chapter of Pink Aid and served as Co-Chair of the 2017 Annual October Luncheon. Prior to that, Rosemary served as Auction Co-Chair for two years and on the Grant Committee for three years. In addition to Pink Aid, Rosemary has spent the last 15 years volunteering in local schools as President of West Side School PTG, President of Cold Spring Harbor Central Parents Council, President of Our Lady of Mercy Academy Parent Guild. She also served on the Board of The Winter Club. Rosemary graduated from Boston College School of Management. She went on to work in buying and then as Vice President of Sales, Merchandising and Design for a clothing manufacturer. She is currently the business manager for a real estate home staging company in Cold Spring Harbor where she lives with her husband, son and daughter.

Tammy Winter

LI Advisory Council Member

Tammy Winter is a Pink Aid board member and was instrumental in founding Pink Aid Long Island, serving as a co-chair of its inaugural luncheon. She serves on the Grant Committee and is thrilled to be instrumental in initiating Pink Aid Long Island’s Pink Purse program Tammy graduated with a marketing degree from Syracuse University. She is currently volunteering at The Meeting House in Manhattan, a socialization program for special needs children. Tammy is married with 2 children and lives in Dix Hills.

Chris Mitchell

LI Advisory Council Member

Chris has been involved with Pink Aid in Long Island since its inception. As Chair of Corporate Sponsorships, Chris has been instrumental in initiating and building relationships with our top Pink Aid sponsors. He also is a member of the Pink Aid Grant Committee. Chris is the current “owner in residence” in LI at Mitchells Huntington. Giving Back is an important family value in the Mitchells Family. Chris is involved with and helps support many local charities and organizations such as the Huntington YMCA (VP Board of Directors), The Don Monti Memorial Foundation and Huntington Hospital. Chris lives in Lloyd Harbor with his wife Allison (Co-President Pink Aid Long Island) and his two children.

Laurie Cohen

LI Advisory Council Member

Laurie Cohen was honored to be a Celebration of Life Model for Long Island’s inaugural luncheon. She co-chaired the event in 2015. She has been a member of the grant committee since 2014. In addition she co-chaired the Giving Tree for the annual Luncheon’s first two years and the Celebration of Life Fashion Show the following two years. Laurie currently serves on the Interim Reporting Committee for Grants, is a grantee liaison and Co-chair of the Survivor Connection. She has raised money for the American Cancer Society through the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk for 20 years. She has also volunteered her time and support to women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Being a two- time breast cancer survivor and being able to give back to those in need is a truly rewarding experience. Laurie has a BS in Marketing and a Masters in Accounting. She is married with 2 daughters and lives on Long Island.

Susan Cohen

LI Advisory Council Member

Susan Cohen is the Advisory Council Secretary for Pink Aid Long Island. Susan was event Co Chair for Long Island’s 3rd Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show, and a model in the Survivor Fashion Show the previous year. Prior to her involvement with Pink Aid, Susan was a member of the Executive Board of Long Islanders Against Breast Cancer. She received the Humanitarian Honoree Award from the American Cancer Society in 2007 and remained actively involved in their annual Gala of Hope for many years. Most recently Susan was a member of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Association board. Through the support of Susan’s husband, her three children and all of her family and friends she will continue to move forward as an active volunteer, fundraiser and advocate for cancer research in the hope that it will one day be eradicated.

Dr. Inna Gellerman

LI Advisory Council Member

Dr. Inna Gellerman has been a dedicated supporter of Pink Aid for many years, as both a sponsor and committee member for the organization’s annual Luncheon and Sweat 4 Pink events. She currently leads Pink Aid Long Island’s School Fundraising initiative and provides guidance in the area of health care policy. For more than fourteen years, Dr. Gellerman and her team have treated children, teens and adults at Gellerman Orthodontics. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and an Invisalign Diamond Provider. Dr. Gellerman received her dental and orthodontic degrees from SUNY Stony Brook’s School of Dental Medicine and Post-Doctoral Orthodontic Program. Dr. Gellerman serves on several boards, including the Junior Welfare League of Huntington, The Heckscher Museum of Art and Dentists for a Better Huntington. For six years, she has presented Kiss Cancer Good-Bye fundraising events to support pediatric cancer patients. Long Island Business News named her a Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business in 2015.

Lauryn Koke

LI Advisory Council Member

Lauryn Koke is the Chair of Pink Aid Long Island’s Grant Committee and has served on the committee since 2014. Lauryn co-chaired the Auction Committee for the 2017 Annual Luncheon, and the Gift Bag Committee for the prior two years. Lauryn attended Northeastern University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy. During her 16 year career as a Physical Therapist, Lauryn also managed multiple outpatient offices and more recently has focused on pediatric patients. She currently also works as a real estate agent in Cold Spring Harbor. Lauryn resides in Lloyd Harbor with her husband and three children.

Diana Mitchnick

LI Advisory Council Member

Diana Mitchnick is Pink Aid Long Island’s Social Media chairperson and currently serves on the Grant Committee. Diana served as a Co-Chair for Pink Aid Long Island's Inaugural Annual Luncheon and also co-chaired and participated in the Celebration of Life Fashion Show at the 2015 event. Diana was an honoree in 2016 for Integrated Medical Foundation’s Blue and Pink Ribbon Event which helped to raise funds for Pink Aid. Diana received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from SUNY @ Binghamton and completed the Human Resources Certificate Program at New York University. Diana has a background in Human Resources and worked for several Manhattan companies, including First Boston and Information Builders, Inc. Diana is active at Dix Hills Jewish Center where she is a member of the sisterhood and is a teacher at their Early Childhood Academy. Diana and her husband have two daughters and resides in Dix Hills, New York.

Michele Pincus

LI Advisory Council Member

Michele Pincus is co-chair of the Survivor Connection. She was a member of the Grant Committee for three years, serving as its chair for two years. She was also a member of the Sponsorship Committee. Michele was a Celebration of Life model at Pink Aid’s 2014 luncheon. Michele is a graduate of Emory University and The National Law Center of George Washington University. Michele has had an extensive legal career practicing in zoning, land use, real estate litigation and tax certiorari. She is currently Of Counsel to the firm of Schroder & Strom, LLP a boutique tax certiorari law firm where she focuses on assisting individuals and businesses in reducing the burden of their real estate taxes. Her firm has been an annual sponsor of the Pink Aid Luncheon. Michele holds leadership roles in numerous organizations. She was a three time honoree by Long Island Business News as a top influential woman. She is a past President of the Women Economic Developers of Long Island (WEDLI). Michele currently serves on the Executive Board of the Real Estate Institute @ SUNY Stony Brook. She is on the steering committee of the Women’s Collaborative, sponsored by the Long Island Association and the Advisory Committee of the Long Island Index. Michele has a daughter and lives in Commack, New York.

Pamela Praetorius

LI Advisory Council Member

Pam Praetorius is Co-Chair of Pink Aid’s Pink Purse and previously served on several luncheon committees including Sponsorship, Wall of Compassion and Auction. She has had an extensive music industry career spanning record production, publishing, touring and talent management, guiding the careers of platinum-selling artists and assembling a portfolio of Top 40 hits achieving gold and platinum sales. Having co-founded and served as COO of several diverse organizations, Pam has first-hand knowledge and experience with the challenges facing artists and owners of private asset-based companies. Now, in her current role with Morgan Stanley, Pam's goal is to assist individuals in preserving their wealth and maximizing returns. A graduate of Hofstra University and an active member of the Long Island Greek community, Pam has founded The Good Neighbor Fund and the Holiday Spirit Program which provide financial relief to health and poverty stricken individuals here at home. In addition to serving on the board of the Women Economic Developers of Long Island (WEDLI), Pam also serves as a member of the board of the Maurer Foundation for Breast Health Education. Pam currently resides in Huntington, New York, with her husband. She has two grown sons with careers in media.

Carolyn Walkin

LI Advisory Council Member

Since 2014 Carolyn has been an active committee member of Pink Aid Long Island. In early 2015 she kicked off the first Play for Pink activity for the Long Island chapter, Skate for Pink. Since then she has led the Long Island initiatives for Sweat 4 Pink, Play for Pink and created the Pink lemonAid Stand fundraiser. Carolyn has co-chaired several Luncheon committees, has been the high school volunteer liaison and a passionate Grant Committee member. Carolyn is currently the Marketing Director at a development firm and is an area director for a local community publication. Prior to working locally on Long Island, Carolyn held senior Director roles at the largest media and advertising companies in the world including Clear Channel, Publicis and WPP. Carolyn resides in Huntington, NY with her husband and two young Pink Aid fundraisers.

Bonnie Williamson

LI Advisory Council Member

Bonnie has been with Pink Aid LI since its inception in 2014. She was Co-Chair for the first two annual events and has worked on Committees over the last two years as well as chairing the successful Gents Auction in 2017. Bonnie also serves on the Grant Committee. Bonnie graduated from the University of Michigan as a language major in French and Russian and studied at the Sorbonne in Paris. She has a Masters in French literature and was a flight attendant for Pan Am where she did the Russian announcements for the inaugural flight to Moscow and later taught French in a Middle School. She is currently an Associate Broker and Director at Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty, an annual major sponsor of the Pink Aid Luncheon. Having raised three children, her extended family now includes two daughter in laws and three grandchildren. Bonnie is on the Huntington Library Foundation Board and the Gala Committee for Huntington Hospital. The youngest of 5 siblings, she has two sisters who are breast cancer survivors which helped instill her passion for Pink Aid.