Our Team

Bright Pink is successful because of the incredible dedication, individual commitment, and outstanding contributions made by every person involved in our organization.

EXECUTIVE BOARD

Bright Pink is proud of the incredible dedication, individual

commitment and outstanding contributions made by this collection of

change-makers nationwide.

  • Mark Achler

    Managing Director
    MATH Venture Partners

    Chicago, IL

  • Joanna Anderson

    Managing Director
    Cortland Capital Market Services, LLC.

    Austin, TX

  • Winn Claybaugh

    Dean and Co-Founder
    Paul Mitchell Schools

    Santa Ana, CA

  • Susan Flinn Cobian

    EVP, Managing Director
    HYChealth

    Chicago, IL

  • Jill Erickson

    Chief Revenue Officer
    Shiftgig

    Chicago, IL

  • Julia Feldman

    Managing Director
    Goldman Sachs

    San Francisco, CA

  • Kerhyl Gantt

    Brand Director, North America Retail
    Nike

    Portland, OR

  • Susan Goodenow

    Vice President of Marketing & Communications
    Chicago Bulls

    Chicago, IL

  • Cynthia Harriss

    Executive VP of Stores
    David’s Bridal

    Orange County, CA

  • Debra Hokin

    Senior Associate, Marketing Strategy and Operations
    Grubhub

    Chicago, IL

  • Laura Kane

    Head of Large Enterprise Sales, North America
    PayPal

    San Jose, CA

  • Veronica Katz

    VP/GM of Large Enterprise Growth
    PayPal

    Westchester, NY

  • Ellen Ryan Mardiks

    Vice Chairman
    Golin

    Chicago, IL

  • Denise McClanahan

    Philanthropist

    Chicago, IL

  • Ryan Phillips

    VP, WP Global Partners

    Chicago, IL

  • Alicia Quarles

    Journalist & On-Air Personality

    New York, NY

  • Puja Rios

    Director of Sales
    CareerBuilder

    Chicago, IL

  • Mel Speaker

    Onboarding Programs Representative
    United Airlines

    Chicago, IL

  • Stephanie E. Szymanski

    Institutional Portfolio Management

    Evanston, IL

  • Alysia Tan

    Managing Director
    Lincoln International

    Chicago, IL

  • Stacey Tank

    Chief Communications Officer
    The Home Depot

    Atlanta, GA

  • Kelly Twohig

    Head of Brand Strategy
    Google

    Chicago, IL

  • Anne Warehime

    Senior Analyst
    Invesco Ltd

    Chicago, IL

  • Ben Weiss

    Sales Director
    Vertical Markets, CDW

    Chicago, IL

  • Meg Wright

    Executive Director, Associate General Counsel and Asst Corp Sec
    CME Group

    Chicago, IL

  • Katie Thiede

    CEO

    Katie is a tireless champion for women’s health and has dedicated her entire career to serving organizations that exist so that people, especially women, can live their best lives. Prior to joining Bright Pink, Katie served as the Vice President of Development at Planned Parenthood of Illinois.  As Bright Pink's CEO, she leads the organization's strategic growth and programmatic initiatives that empower women to become strong advocates for their breast and ovarian health.

  • Deborah Lindner

    Chief Medical Officer

    Dr. Deborah Lindner, FACOG, graduated from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. As Bright Pink's Chief Medical Officer, she was instrumental in the development of the Women's Health Provider Education Initiative, which teaches women's health providers how to better stratify and manage patients based on their breast and ovarian cancer risk.

  • Carli Feinstein

    VP of Brand & Experience

    Carli oversees marketing & communications, creative & content production, cause marketing sponsorships, and ambassador engagement to bring Bright Pink's programs, initiatives, campaigns, and fundraisers to life. Outside of the Bright Pink office, you can find this Chicago native cheering on her beloved Chicago Bulls (or dreaming of a championship win during the offseason).

  • Madalyn Kenney

    SVP of Development

    Madalyn is a seasoned professional with over a decade of experience in Individual Giving and board development. As a steadfast advocate for women’s healthcare and rights, Madalyn is responsible for inspiring, broadening, and deepening the support of individual donors, and providing leadership, vision, and management of the department’s staff and fundraising efforts. Prior to joining the Bright Pink family, Madalyn served as the Director of Major and Planned Giving for Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL) and directed the Annual Giving program at The Field Museum of Natural History. Madalyn graduated from Loyola University Chicago and recently received her MBA from Roosevelt University with a concentration in Strategy.

  • Meg Lassar

    SVP of Strategy & Advancement

    Meg has devoted her career to promoting women's health and rights. She comes to Bright Pink from Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL) where she served as Director of Institutional Advancement. Meg is a life-long Chicagoan and enjoys experiencing all that the city has to offer with her husband, Jason, and son, Owen.

  • Traci Dawodu

    VP of Finance & Operations

    As a CPA who has dedicated her career to serving non-profit organizations, Traci comes to Bright Pink with a wide range of experience leading finance departments through day-to-day operations, financial planning and reporting, and systems optimization. She is devoted to helping non-profit organizations maximize the impact of their dollars for the communities they serve. Traci graduated from Bradley University with a master’s degree in Accounting. She is a native of Central Illinois, but now calls Chicago home. Outside of the office, you can find Traci visiting farmers markets, gardening, experimenting in the kitchen, and trying new restaurants with her husband.

  • Kim Henke

    Director of Product Development

    Kim has called Chicago home for most of her life. She recently transitioned into the non-profit world from Motorola Solutions where she worked for 10 years in product management, services and learning. She is excited to bring product management experience to Bright Pink’s live-saving programs. Outside of work, Kim enjoys spending time with her husband and their French bulldog “child,” Gus.

  • Lindsay DeThorne

    Sr. Strategic Engagement Manager

    A Chicago-native, Lindsay was an event planner for Ronald McDonald House Charities before joining the Bright Pink crew. Lindsay oversees Bright Pink's line-up of incredible cause marketing partners that reach millions of women online and in stores with life-saving information. When Lindsay isn't at the office, you'll find her playing golf or cheering on the 2015 Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks!

  • Chelsea Bliven

    Corporate Partnership Manager

    Chelsea is new to the midwest and fell in love with Bright Pink’s life-saving mission immediately after moving to Chicago. She comes from the social impact sector and has a personal tie to the services Bright Pink provides. She is excited to bring her experience with corporate engagement to the role and oversee Bright Pink’s amazing brand partners in order to reach women in all aspects of their life. Outside of work, Chelsea enjoys exploring Chicago with her husband, traveling and trying new restaurants.

  • Brooke Eanet

    Program Manager

    Brooke studied journalism and strategic communication at the University of Missouri before charging into the content marketing world. While developing articles and blog posts within a wide range of industries, Brooke gravitated toward health brands and nonprofit organizations. This led to discovering (and admiring) Bright Pink’s programs. The rest is history!

  • Amanda Korcal

    Community Engagement Coordinator

    Amanda is a Michigan native and a member of Bright Pink's Programs Team. After gaining experience with several health non-profits and a discovering her passion for helping young women become advocates for their own health, Amanda found Bright Pink. When she is not working she is typically traveling to spend time with her family and friends.

  • Sydney Levison

    Community Engagement Coordinator

    Sydney coordinates the efforts of our 100+ education ambassadors to deliver our programming, including the Brighten Up Educational Workshop, in their local communities throughout the country. She is responsible for outreach to establish new programmatic partners, scheduling and logistics, ambassador recruitment and training.

  • Jeff Dritz

    Legal Counsel

    Born and raised in the Chicago area, Jeff has been handling Bright Pink's legal and contractual work since 2008. Outside the office, Jeff is the founder of the iPhone app Howla.

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