Our Team

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


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

  • Amy Hoffar Cheronis

    Managing Director

    Chicago, IL

  • Winn Claybaugh

    Dean and Co-Founder
    Paul Mitchell Schools

    Santa Ana, CA

  • Susan Flinn Cobian

    EVP, Managing Director

    Chicago, IL

  • Melissa Skoog Dunagan

    Founder & President
    SKOOG Productions LLC

    Chicago, IL

  • Jill Erickson

    Chief Revenue Officer

    Chicago, IL

  • Julia Feldman

    Managing Director
    Goldman Sachs

    San Francisco, CA

  • Kerhyl Gantt

    Brand Director, North America Retail

    Portland, OR

  • Susan Goodenow

    Vice President of Marketing & Communications
    Chicago Bulls

    Chicago, IL

  • Eileen Goodman

    Partner & Interior Design Director
    Moody Nolan

    Columbus, OH

  • Cynthia Harriss

    Executive VP of Stores
    David’s Bridal

    Orange County, CA

  • Laura Kane

    Head of Large Enterprise Sales, North America

    San Jose, CA

  • Veronica Katz

    VP/GM of Large Enterprise Growth

    Westchester, NY

  • Ellen Ryan Mardiks

    Vice Chairman

    Chicago, IL

  • Denise McClanahan


    Chicago, IL

  • Ryan Phillips

    VP, WP Global Partners

    Chicago, IL

  • Alicia Quarles

    Journalist & On-Air Personality

    New York, NY

  • Puja Rios

    Director of Sales

    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

    Chicago, IL

  • Anne Warehime

    Senior Analyst
    Invesco Ltd

    Chicago, IL

  • Ben Weiss

    Sales Director
    Vertical Markets, CDW

    Chicago, IL

  • Katie Thiede


    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 responsible for developing Bright Pink's strategy to inspire, broaden, and deepen the support of individual donors. She provides leadership, vision, and management of the organization's fundraising efforts. Madalyn is currently pursuing an MBA.

  • 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.

  • Julia Mikula

    Sr. Manager of Development Operations

    Julia is a lifelong Chicagoan and a graduate of Lake Forest College. She is excited to bring her commitment to women's health to Bright Pink. As a member of the Development Team, Julia enjoys working on many of the behind-the-scenes aspects of fundraising, including data management, research, and reporting and metrics. Outside of work, Julia's favorite pastimes are traveling, exploring Chicago, and spending time with her dog, Ringo.

  • 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!

  • Brynn Draguesku

    Development Manager

    Brynn has been with Bright Pink for over two years, since graduating from the University of Southern California. She works on the Development Team overseeing signature events and Bright Pink fundraising initiatives around the country. In her spare time she teaches Irish Dancing and is passionate about promoting a healthy and active lifestyle.

  • 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.


Bright Pink’s governing Board of Directors meets quarterly to support

strategic initiatives and help lay the foundation for game-changing


  • Lindsay Avner

    Founder and Board Chair
    Bright Pink

    Chicago, IL

  • Taryn Aronson


    Chicago, IL

  • Janet Foutty

    Chairman & CEO
    Deloitte Consulting, LLP.

    Chicago, IL
    Formal Term Begins in 2018

  • Gregg Kaplan

    Operating Partner
    Pritzker Group Private Capital

    Chicago, IL

  • Kurt Malkoff

    President/Founder, Matrix Psychological Services

    Columbus, OH

  • Tara Montgomery

    Executive Vice President, Head of Unscripted Programming OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

    Chicago, IL
    Formal Term Begins in 2018

  • James Toney

    SVP of Technology & Innovation
    20th Century Fox

    Los Angeles, CA

  • Stacey Wexler

    Vice President, Legal
    Google Inc.

    San Francisco, CA
    Formal Term Begins in 2018


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