LI ADVISORY COUNCIL
Your Pink Aid Support Community (With the Help of Many Others)
Ali Mitchell is Vice President of Pink Aid’s Board of Directors, and Founding Past 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 six 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 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. The couple moved to Long Island in 2005 for Chris’s family business, the Mitchells Family of Stores, and currently live in Lloyd Harbor raising their two children.
Diana Attner is Co-President of the Long Island Chapter of Pink Aid, has served as Vice-President, and has been co-chair of the Long Island Grant Committee since 2020. Previously, Diana was a committee member of Pink Purse and Sweat 4 Pink and has served on several luncheon committees including Wall of Compassion and the General Committee. Diana is a breast cancer survivor who has been involved with Pink Aid since 2017 when she participated in the Celebration of Life Fashion Show. She is an attorney in Garden City, New York, practicing in all areas of commercial litigation. Diana received her law degree from St. John’s University School of Law, where she was a St. Thomas More Scholar and a published member of the St. John’s Journal of Legal Commentary. She received her undergraduate degree in finance from St. John’s University College of Business Administration. Diana’s community involvement also includes serving as the past President of the Board of the Team Suffolk Swim Club, a nationally ranked Long Island based competitive swim team, partnering with Swim Across America in 2011 to start the inaugural Team Suffolk Swim to Fight Cancer, and serving as a past president of the Chestnut Hill Elementary School PTA in Dix Hills. Diana and her husband have three grown children and reside in Melville, New York.
Rosanne is honored to be Co-President of Pink Aid Long Island. Rosanne has been involved in the Pink Aid mission for 9 plus years. During that time she served as Co-Vice President, member of the Advisory Council, Co-Chair of the Grant Committee, Pink Purse Committee and Co-Chair of the Gift Bag Committee for the annual luncheon and was honored to be Co-Chair of the annual luncheon in 2016.
In addition to Pink Aid Rosanne serves as a board member of Family and Children’s Association for 20 years and because of her dedication to the Family and Children mission, serving those in need from Pre-K children to Seniors in our community, Rosanne received the distinguished “Woman of the Year” award. Rosanne has also been involved with several other local charities, including Long Island Cares and Guiding Eyes for the Blind.
For fun, Rosanne enjoys an active lifestyle, she loves playing tennis and traveling with her husband, Rich. When they are not traveling Rosanne feels most blessed enjoying time with her five children and six grandchildren.
Lauryn Koke is the Vice President of the Long Island Chapter of Pink Aid and served as Co-Chair of the 2019 Annual Luncheon. Lauryn has previously been co-chair of the Long Island Grant Committee since 2014 and also co-chaired the auction and gift bag committees for the annual Luncheon. Lauryn attended Northeastern University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy. During her 20 year career, she was a manager of multiple outpatient offices and then shifted to working with the pediatric population within Long Island school districts. She currently works as a real estate salesperson at Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty in the Cold Spring Harbor office. Lauryn resides in Lloyd Harbor with her husband and three children.
Rosemary Connors is President of the Long Island chapter of Pink Aid, was Co-President for two years 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 five 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 Buyer/Manager of a women’s boutique in Cold Spring Harbor where she lives with her husband, son and daughter.
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 (President Board of Directors), The Don Monti Memorial Foundation and Huntington Hospital. Chris lives in Lloyd Harbor with his wife Allison (Founder of Pink Aid Long Island) and his two children.
Susan Cohen is the Co-chair for Corporate Sponsorships for Pink Aid Long Island. Susan has been involved with Pink Aid for many years. In 2019 she served as Long Island’s Co-President and was a member of the Pink Aid Board of DIrectors. She 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. Susan also served as 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
Dr. Inna Gellerman has been a dedicated supporter of Pink Aid LI for years. She was a Co-Chair of the 2022 Annual Luncheon, sponsor, as well as committee member of the annual luncheon and Sweat 4 Pink events for many years. For more than seventeen 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 Invisalign Diamond Plus Provider, in the top 1% of all Invisalign providers nationwide. Dr. Gellerman received her dental and orthodontic post- doctoral degrees from Stony Brook’s School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Gellerman serves on several boards, including the Junior Welfare League of Huntington and Dentists for a Better Huntington. Long Island BusinessNews named her a “Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business” and she was presented with the Best Practice Award for Customer Service” from The New York Enterprise Report.
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.
I attended Stony Brook University where I played Division I soccer for the Seawolves and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Multidisciplinary Studies: Business, English and History.
I began my career as a Marketing Manager for Ralph Lauren. As a Marketing Manager overseeing advertising, public relations and promotions for the Polo Jeans Company brand I worked on highly recognized marketing campaigns and spear-headed the brands promotions and events ranging from movie premieres to magazine-sponsored department events. My most highly acclaimed campaign in 2005 entailed a month long series of denim drives and sales programs held on college campuses in the Northeast, ultimately becoming a nationwide initiative partnering with Habitat For Humanity.
Following a successful run at Ralph Lauren I turned to sales for the L’Atelier Group, a boutique showroom representing high-end brands such as Milly, Splendid, and Ella Moss.
Fast forward to ten + years later, I am now a proud mother of three, happily volunteering on many school and charitable boards as well as my most current desire to continue my efforts with the Pink Aid Organization. I first joined Pink Aid as a Co-Chair for the gift bag committee during its second Fashion Show & Luncheon event. After continuing for two years, my leadership role for the committee became more prevalent. I continued to spearhead the gift bag committees efforts, procuring quality gift bag items for over 100 bags.
Maria Pappas is a breast cancer survivor who walked in our Celebration of Life Fashion Show in 2015. Her passion continued as a co-chair of Sweat4Pink. Maria continued to be an integral part of our luncheon as co chair of the Wall of Compassion. She became an Advisory Council member in 2019 and serves as AC secretary. Maria co chaired the Celebration of Life committee in 2019. She is a fitness enthusiast and currently works as a Yoga Boutique Manager. Maria commits to various charitable organizations such as Ride for a Reason for Saint Jude. She has dual masters from Adelphi University in teaching and exercise physiology. Maria lives in Huntington with her 2 children.
Pam Praetorius is Co-Chair of Pink Aid’s Pink Purse and previously served as Luncheon Co Chair and 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.
Deserie Saunders, originally from Stony Brook, now lives in Cold Spring Harbor with her husband Allen and their 3 children. She attended FIT studying fashion merchandising and management. While attending school she was able to work in both Hong Kong and London. Deserie started her career at Coach leatherware in planning then moved to merchandising. After many years at Coach she took the position of accessory buyer at New York and Company. This position included buying and design for the newly developed line. Deserie has sat on many boards within the Cold Spring Harbor school district. Currently Deserie is the Committee Chair at Cold Spring Harbor High School. Deserie joined Pink Aid on the auction committee in 2021. She then became auction chair in 2022. Her kind, compassionate and friendly nature combined with a wealth of relationships will help us to raise even more funds to help women in need.
Utilizing a wealth of experience gained as a Talent Agent and then founder and owner of a talent management firm in Beverly Hills, Abby is responsible for promoting and maintaining the Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty brand in its offices and divisions spanning Long Island’s “North Shore.” As a Director of Marketing in one of the top residential real estate markets in the nation, she is among the leaders of an award winning marketing team that has set a standard for excellence in the real estate industry.
A graduate of the University of Southern California with a degree in film, Abby began her career in film industry management, working with and placing “below the line” talent, from cinematographers to writers to directors and other behind the scenes players. She later formed her own talent management company, helping develop the careers of film industry personnel and manage intellectual property including original screenplays through strategic campaigns, business development and negotiation of contracts with major studios, cable and other entertainment companies, independent producers and the networks.
Abby returned to her native Long Island in 2003, applying her skills as director of an art gallery in Oyster Bay. An artist in her own right, Abby is a well-regarded photographer, with a specialty of photographing children. Abby has served on the board of Save The Children for several years. She joined Pink Aid as a volunteer and most recently served as the Auction Chair for Pink Aid Pinkchella 2022.
CAROLYN KELLY WALKIN
Since 2014 Carolyn has been an active and committed 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 LemonAide stand fundraiser and for several years to date has been the Community Outreach Chairperson. Carolyn has co-chaired several Luncheon committees, has been the high school volunteer liaison and a passionate Grant Committee member. Carolyn owns a successful marketing communications business and is the publisher of a community magazine here on Long Island’s North Shore. Prior to working locally, 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 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.
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.