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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Mara.pngMara Ginsberg, Esq.

President & Founder

Mara Ginsberg is a breast cancer survivor and an attorney. She founded To Life! in 1998 and leads the organization as President of the Board and chief advocate for those dealing with 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.

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Lisa Anne Proskin

Vice-President

Lisa has served on the Board of Directors since 2007.  As an attorney with the Proskin Law Firm, Lisa has made issues related to women’s health a priority.  Lisa and her family live in Menands.

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Sorelle Brauth

Treasurer

Sorelle Brauth retired from a long and successful career in New York State Government in 2018.  Her most recent position was the Director of Administration for the NYS Department of Public Service (DPS).  Held since 2010, Ms. Brauth was promoted to oversee the budget and financial operations of the Department, in addition to Human Resources, and administrative management, including all contracting and building leases, as well as serving as the Agency lead for technology services. During Ms. Brauth’s 37 years with NYS, she held several additional key management positions, primarily in budget and finance, in the Division of the Budget and formerly, as DPS’ Director of Financial Administration as well as, in the same capacity, for the Office of Attorney General.  Presently, she serves as Treasurer on the Board of To Life, lending her fiscal and budget acumen to help guide the strategic direction of the organization.

Ms. Brauth earned honors’ degrees from both Boston University (Master’s in Educational Administration) and the State University of New York at Oneonta (Bachelor’s of Science). In addition to her duties with To Life, Ms. Brauth also serves on the Board for the State Academy of Public Administration, helping to bring timely discussion and relevant topics of importance for State and Local government.  Furthering Ms. Brauth’s dedication to community work, she takes additional pride in teaching Holocaust studies at Albany’s Congregation Beth Emeth for the past 20 years. In her spare time, Ms. Brauth has enjoyed participating and starring in numerous Community Theater productions in Albany’s Capital District. Ms. Brauth resides in Guilderland, New York and is married to Robert Pomeranz.  Together, they are the proud parents of five adult children.    

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Catherine Black

Secretary

Catie joined the Board of Directors in 2001.  She spent over 30 years in service to the State of New York, retiring from the Public Service Commission, where she most recently served as Director of Consumer Services. She has fond memories of her tenure on the staff of Sen. Alfonse D’Amato, where she served as Executive Director of the Capital Region District Office. In this role, Catie worked as a taxpayer advocate and sees a strong correlation and connection to her efforts with To Life!, advocating for families dealing with breast cancer and ensuring the education and support system are in place to help those diagnosed in the future have access to the resources they need. Catie's work with the Gala committee (serving as Co-Chair for more than 10 events) has helped To Life! raise much needed funding to carry on the mission. Catie has been a visible presence at our events and provided invaluable counsel behind the scenes, lending her considerable organizational experience to assist To Life! Catie has helped To Life! build a staffing foundation that serves our clients admirably, at times filling in when the position of Executive Director was vacant.

Catie will say that she is humbled by the community of volunteers that step up to support To Life!, dedicating their all. What we see is a formidable presence who serves as a role model to others and leader in the To Life! circle.

rita-cox.pngRita Cox
 

Rita is a breast cancer survivor who joined the Board of Directors in 2014 after utilizing the To Life! support programs during and after her treatment.  She often speaks on the importance of providing a “safe place” for those facing breast cancer.

Prior to starting her own marketing firm, Cox Marketing Solutions, Rita served as the SVP of Marketing and External Affairs at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Rita also has an extensive resume in the not-for-profit and volunteer world, having been Director of Development at Special Olympics NY and serving on volunteer committees and boards for Saratoga Hospital Foundation and Ronald McDonald House.  In addition to her work at To Life!, Rita currently serves on the board for Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership and is a SCORE mentor, providing guidance to start up small businesses.

In her spare time, Rita can be found in her gardens, at the gym, playing with her beloved dogs, or at a concert.  She lives with her family in Clifton Park, NY.

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Sandra joined the To Life! Board of Directors in November 2017.  Sandra is the owner of Evoke Style, a women’s apparel store in Stuyvesant Plaza.  Sandra has been helping women project their best image of themselves for her career.  Sandra and her family reside in Slingerlands.

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Kevin Dubner

 

Kevin joined the Board of Directors in 2012.  For over 30 years, he has guided investors toward pursuing their personal and financial goals while providing sound advice and superior service to each and every client. He currently serves as a Financial Advisor in the Albany office of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC.

In addition to his work with To Life!, Kevin sits on the board of directors for Albany Center Gallery, serving as president starting in 2018. Kevin volunteers his time and expertise in fundraising for numerous local charitable organizations. In 2007, Kevin was the recipient of the “You’re an Angel” award from To Life! for building the event management software program used by To Life! for many years. Kevin has shared his expertise with other local not for profit organizations including;  The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America of Northeastern New York and The Center for Community Justice and Albany Center Gallery. Kevin lends his expertise in finance to the To Life! organization. “It’s extremely rewarding to know you’re helping these great organizations make a difference in the community. It’s one of the best things I do.”

Kevin studied at the University at Albany with a double concentration in accounting and economics, and worked as an accountant before entering the investment business. Kevin holds his FINRA Series 7, & 63, as well as his State of New York Life & Health Insurance License and a CLTC (Certified in Long-Term Care) designation. He specializes in retirement planning, mutual funds, equities and tax free & taxable bonds.

Kevin joined the Board of Albany Center Gallery (a non-profit art space in downtown Albany dedicated to exhibiting skillful contemporary art from artists of the Mohawk Hudson region, and building a strong, knowledgeable audience for the visual arts) in 2014 and was elected Vice-President of that Board in 2015.

Originally from Brooklyn, Kevin made the Capital Region his home upon completion of college. In his spare time, he enjoys sports, travel, actively keeping up-to-date with his computer knowledge, wine tastings, and spending time with family and friends. Kevin and his wife, Cindi, currently reside in Albany, New York.

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Steven joined the Board of Directors in 2017.  He is an Associate Real Estate Broker with Vanguard-Fine, LLC where he has been since early 2008. He is responsible for the development of commercial brokerage activity, focusing on retail, office, and light industrial leasing and sales.

Steven has been a recognized and respected professional in the real estate and mortgage banking industries since he joined Roberts Real Estate in 1983. He quickly moved on to multi-family and commercial property sales and held several management positions until moving on to mortgage originations at National Savings Bank followed by Commercial Business Development at Cohoes Savings.

In 2001 Steven co-founded the First Rate Funding Corporation where, as Executive Vice President, he built a staff of over 20 people, with offices in Albany and Saratoga.

Steven has served on several boards and committees with organizations such as the Center for Disability Services, the Albany Jewish Community Center, and Congregation Beth Emeth. He was appointed to the Albany Convention Center Authority by County Executive Dan McCoy in September, 2012 and was elected Treasurer in January, 2014. In addition, he is a member of the Knights of Pythias Brotherhood, Albany lodge #540.

Steven resides in Albany with his wife Nancy. They have three children, daughter, Jennifer and Son in Law Jason Siegal who reside in Hartford, CT and son Matthew who resides in New York City.  Steven and Nancy are strong advocates for breast cancer support and have been active volunteers with To Life! for many years.

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Barbara MacDowell

RN

Barbara joined the Board of Directors in 2015.  She is an Oncology Nurse with 40 years of experience in the clinical and administrative Oncology arena and amongst the first group in the country to hold the designation as an Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN) She has held the positions as the Administrator for the Division of Hematology at Albany Medical Center, Administrator of the Bone Marrow Transplant Program (Cancer Center of Albany Medical Center) and currently is the Administrator for the Clinical Research Program for the Interventional Radiology Department for Community Care Physicians at Albany Med.

Barbara has served on the Board of Trustees for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) and is currently on the Board of Advisors for the American Cancer Society and involved in many fundraising ventures. She has successfully facilitated a Family Support Group for the LLS for an excess of 25 years. Since joining To Life!, she has co-chaired the Pink Ball with Rita Cox for several years and has taken an avid interest in the needs, challenges and support of those affected directly & indirectly with Breast Cancer, having family members and many friends affected with this disease.

Barbara lives in Delmar with her husband, Dr. Richard MacDowell where they are sufficiently busy with 4 children and 5 grandchildren.