Board Members and Staff

mara Mara Ginsberg, Esq.
President & Founder

Mara Ginsberg founded To Life! in 1998. She is an attorney and a breast cancer survivor.


President & Founder
Mara Ginsberg, Esq.

Mara Ginsberg is a breast cancer survivor and an attorney. Her vision has created this haven for all people affected by breast cancer. To Life!s programs and services enable people to become well-educated health care consumers and to partner with their physicians and health care providers. Mara lives in Delmar, NY with her husband and two children.

“Unlike the vast majority of breast cancer patients whom the disease takes by surprise, I had plenty of warning:  both my mother and her sister died of it at age 44. When that other shoe dropped with my own diagnosis at age 37, I launched into action.  I researched diligently, interviewed doctors, visited clinics, talked to friends and strangers.  Even so, I found that information about the disease, treatment options, post-treatment problems and ancillary services such as prostheses and wigs was either inadequate or very difficult to find.  I wondered, how do other women do this? Emotionally overwhelmed, weakened by the treatments, isolated by a disease that can be uncomfortable to talk about, how do those women cope? The answer distressed me.  In addition to fighting the disease itself, breast cancer patients must wage another battle of gathering information from diverse sources, trying to sort it out and make sense of it and hoping to find some kindred spirits to share the burden along the way.

While in treatment and back at work after my surgeries, I began to think about how to fill the enormous gaps in services to women with breast cancer.  I had a good sense of what had to be done.  I just needed to figure out whether I could do it, financially, physically, emotionally and without shortchanging the most important people in my life—my husband and two young children.  I left my dream job with the New York State Attorney General and devoted myself to developing a package of services I knew thousands of women in my community need and deserve.  In October 1998 I launched To Life! It is deeply gratifying to me that To Life! has struck such a responsive chord in our community.  We are beginning to see tangible changes in the quality of health care in the region.  By educating patients and encouraging them to advocate for themselves, To Life! equips cancer patients to act as partners with their healthcare providers.  Area physicians attest that To Life! has made a definite and positive impact on patient care.  Patients are routinely referred to To Life! by doctors and nurses and, most tellingly, breast cancer survivors who have benefited from its services.”

—Mara Ginsberg



Sorelle Brauth
Treasurer

Sorelle Brauth is the Director of Administration for the New York State Department of Public Service (DPS). She began her career with NYS Government in the Rockefeller Public Management Intern Program - for qualified candidates graduating with masters’ degrees in public administration or management.


Sorelle Brauth is the Director of Administration for the New York State Department of Public Service (DPS). She began her career with NYS Government in the Rockefeller Public Management Intern Program - for qualified candidates graduating with masters’ degrees in public administration or management.  Over the past thirty years her career has included; budgeting, holding policy and management level positions with the New York State Division of the Budget as well as the New York State Education Department.  She served as Director of Financial Administration for the Office of Attorney General. For the past seven years Ms. Baruth has served as DPS’ Director of Finance and Budget. In March of 2010, her position expanded to include Human Resources Management, Information Services and Administrative Management under the Department’s Director of Administration.

Ms. Baruth earned honors’ degrees from both Boston University (Master’s in Educational Administration), and the State University of New York at Oneonta (Bachelor of Science).  Presently she serves as Treasurer on the Board of To Life!, a breast cancer non-profit organization which provides free-of-charge breast cancer education and support services in a ten county region, including and surrounding Albany.  Additionally, she serves on the Program Committee for the State Academy of Public Administration, helping to bring timely discussions and relevant topics of importance to NYS Government.

Sorelle resides in Guilderland, New York and is the proud mother of three adult children, 21, 22, and 23 years young!



Catherine Black
Secretary



Jennifer Whalen
Board of Directors



Helen photo Helen Warner
Boutique Coordinator

Helen joined To Life! in January 2006.


Helen began her career as an Elementary Teacher for 16 years. She was a manager/buyer for 8 years in Prestige Clothing Store in Delmar, manager for 4 years in a gift store, and Assistant Manager for 5 years at Saratoga Shoe Depot. Her great eye for style contributes to her success as a wig fitter, and her caring compassion creates a warm environment where clients feel comfortable.

Helen enjoys decorating, reading and knitting.



Ann photo Ann Rose
Boutique Associates

Ann joined To Life! in January 2010.


Ann Rose is a Certified Fitter in Mastectomy. She worked as a Legal Assistant to a Family Law Attorney for 18 years prior to joining staff at To Life!. Ann’s friendly smile welcomes clients into the bra boutique, and her knowledge and helpful attitude lead women to the right product for them.

Ann is married with one son. She enjoys baseball, reading and cooking.



Leslie Moran
Board of Directors

Leslie S. Moran is senior vice president of the New York Health Plan Association (HPA) and HPA Council.  The association was established for the purpose of promoting the development of managed care plans within New York State and working with state lawmakers, regulators and policy makers to help shape public health policy in the state.


Leslie S. Moran is senior vice president of the New York Health Plan Association (HPA) and HPA Council.  The association was established for the purpose of promoting the development of managed care plans within New York State and working with state lawmakers, regulators and policy makers to help shape public health policy in the state.

In her role with HPA, Ms. Moran advocates on behalf of 28 member health plans before the legislature, regulatory agencies and wide range of groups seeking information on managed care.  She also acts as spokesperson for the organization and works closely with the media to help inform reporters and editors about managed care and the role of health plans in New York’s health care system.  In addition, she is a member of the New York State Department of Health’s Ovarian Cancer Advisory Council and represents HPA on the Department’s advisory group for its CDC Colorectal Cancer Grant.

Prior to joining HPA in 1992, Ms. Moran spent five years as the deputy press secretary to the Speaker of the New York State Assembly, and before that was a producer for the six-o’clock newscast at WNYT-TV in Albany, New York.

In addition to her association with To Life!, she is a member of the City of Albany Board of Zoning Appeals and works on Capital Neighbors, a quarterly newspapers about living in, working in and enjoying downtown Albany that is produced entirely by volunteers. Ms. Moran received her bachelor’s degree from the College of Communications at Boston University.



Lisa Anne Proskin
Board of Directors



Ruth Beer, MD
Advisory Members



Michael Kolodziej, MD
Advisory Members



eileen Eileen Howe Bird
Executive Director

Eileen joined To Life! in December 2011.


Prior to joining the staff of To Life! Eileen Howe Bird held positions at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Grainger Industrial Supply. Her background includes government contracting, program management, sales and customer service. Eileen attended State University College at Oswego then received her MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. To Life! became a familiar name to Eileen and her friends through volunteer efforts and attending many To Life! sponsored events.  Eileen and her family currently live in Delmar.



Arthur Sunkin, MD
Advisory Members



melanie Melanie Murphy
Boutique Associates

Melanie joined To Life! in 2009.


Melanie is a Certified Mastectomy Fitter. She worked at Glens Falls Hospital from 1990 - 2008 in Cancer Registry Management and as a Cancer Center Patient Liaison. Mel works out of the Saratoga Springs Boutique, and her cheerful smile and experience working with patients helps clients know they are in good hands.

Melanie enjoys gardening, baking, working on crafts and reading. She loves being a grandmother and treasures the wonderful times she spends with her grandchildren.



Martha McCormick
Program Educator

Joined To Life! in October 2013




Rita Cox
Board of Directors

Rita Joined the Board of Directors in January 2014






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Events & Programs

Walk2Health Program - To Life! in partnership with the YMCA
Monday, September 22, 2014
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October Breast Cancer Awareness Month Calendar
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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DZ Restaurants support To Life!
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
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“Survivors Shine” Fashion Show
Saturday, October 11, 2014
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Run 4 A Reason 5k
Sunday, October 12, 2014
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10th Annual Pink Ball
Friday, October 17, 2014
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Grand Opening of the The Pink Paddock at Stuyvesant Plaza - October 25, 2014
Saturday, October 25, 2014
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4th Annual Women’s Health Conference
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
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