LI ADVISORY COUNCIL

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

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Founder Pink Aid Long Island, VP Pink Aid Board of Directors

Ali Mitchell

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.
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President
Long Island

Rosemary Connors

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.

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Vice President
Long Island

Lauryn Koke

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.

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LI Advisory Council Member

Tammy Winter

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.

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LI Advisory Council Member

Chris Mitchell

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.

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LI Advisory Council Member

Rosanne Cavallaro

Rosanne Cavallaro has been involved with Pink Aid since its first event on Long Island.  She has served and continues to serve in several capacities, the Advisory Council, the Grant Committee, the Pink Purse Committee and is the Co-Chair of the Gift Bag Committee for the annual luncheon.  Rosanne was honored to Co-Chair the successful 2016 Pink Aid luncheon. In addition to Pink Aid Rosanne has been a board member of Family and Children's Association for 14 years and was their 2006 honoree.  Her work on Long Island as a strong community advocate also earned her the  Family and Children’s Association’s, “Woman of Distinction Award.” Rosanne has also been involved with serval other local charities, including Long Island Cares, Guiding Eyes for the Blind and Cocoon.  Rosanne is an accomplished fund raiser, hosting many events at her Rockville Center restaurant, Gabrielle’s Brasserie. For fun, Rosanne enjoys traveling  with her husband, Rich.  When they are not traveling Rosanne feels most blessed enjoying time with her five children and three grandchildren.

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LI Advisory Council Member

Katherine Cirelli

Katherine has served on the Pink Aid Committee since 2018, first as Invitation Co-Chair and this year she is excited to tackle the Auction Committee. This is her first year as a member of the Advisory Council.  Katherine has worked in the Corporate Office of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty as the Creative Director of Special Marketing Initiatives for the past 13 years. Prior to her role at Daniel Gale she worked for Rhode Island PBS, as Auction Director and Brown University as an Event Planner. She attended the University of Vermont where she graduated with degrees in both German and English. In addition to supporting Pink Aid, Katherine has also served as the Huntington Hospital Gala Co-Chair for the past three years. She lives in Huntington with her two young sons.

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LI Advisory Council Member, Co-Chair Corporate Sponsorship

Susan Cohen

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.

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LI Advisory Council Member

Julie Frendo

Julie Frendo has served as the Co-Chair of the Long Island Grant Committee and the Co-Chair of the Auction Committee, for the annual luncheon, since 2018. She had an extensive medical device career in New York City along with experience in integrated ad sales for a top television network. She also sits on other committees within her community as she is determined to make positive changes in the world.  She currently resides on the the north shore of Long Island with her husband and and 2 sons.

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LI Advisory Council Member, Co-Chair 2020 Pink Aid Long Island Luncheon

Dr. Inna Gellerman

Dr. Inna Gellerman is pleased to be Co-Chair for the 2020 Pink Aid Long Island luncheon. She has been a dedicated supporter of Pink Aid LI for years, as well a sponsor and committee member of the annual luncheon and Sweat 4 Pink events. For more than sixteen 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.

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LI Advisory Council Member

Diana Mitchnick

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.

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LI Advisory Council Member, Co-Chair Corporate Sponsorship

Maria Pappas

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.

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LI Advisory Council Member

Pam Praetorius

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.

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LI Advisory Council Member

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.

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LI Advisory Council Member

Bonnie Williamson

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.

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