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

  • Melissa Skoog Dunagan

    Founder & President
    SKOOG Productions LLC

    Chicago, IL

  • Jill Erickson

    Chief Revenue Officer
    Shiftgig

    Chicago, IL

  • Julia Feldman

    Managing Director
    Goldman Sachs

    San Francisco, CA

  • Janet Foutty

    Chairman & CEO
    Deloitte Consulting, LLP.

    Chicago, IL

  • Kerhyl Gantt

    Brand Director, North America Retail
    Nike

    Portland, OR

  • Eileen Goodman

    Partner & Interior Design Director
    Moody Nolan

    Columbus, OH

  • Cynthia Harriss

    Executive VP of Stores
    David’s Bridal

    Orange County, CA

  • Gregg Kaplan

    Operating Partner
    The Pritzker Group

    Chicago, IL

  • Veronica Katz

    VP/GM of Large Enterprise Growth
    PayPal

    Westchester, NY

  • Denise McClanahan

    Philanthropist

    Chicago, IL

  • Ryan Phillips

    VP, WP Global Partners

    Los Angeles, CA

  • Alicia Quarles

    Journalist & On-Air Personality

    New York, NY

  • Puja Rios

    Director of Sales
    CareerBuilder

    Chicago, IL

  • Julie Smolyansky

    President, CEO, Director
    Lifeway Foods, INC

    Chicago, IL

  • Stacey Tank

    Chief Communications Officer
    The Home Depot

    Atlanta, GA

  • Pam Wallack

    President & CEO
    David’s Bridal

    Philadelphia, PA

  • Anne Warehime

    Senior Analyst
    Invesco Ltd

    Chicago, IL

  • Ben Weiss

    Sales Director
    Vertical Markets, CDW

    Chicago, IL

  • Stacey Wexler

    Legal Director
    Google Inc.

    San Francisco, CA

  • 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 Development

    Carli leads Bright Pink’s strategic business development and integration, establishing and managing key stakeholder relationships to enable the organization’s life-saving impact. 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).

  • 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.

  • Liz Perri

    Director of Peer Support

    Liz is a licensed clinical psychologist. She is in private practice in downtown Chicago, and specializes in working with adults coping with medical concerns. Liz helped launch Bright Pink’s peer support initiative, PinkPal®, in 2008, and has loved running the program ever since.

  • Elise Geiger

    Team Operations Manager

    Elise was raised in Illinois though she feels like a displaced West Coast girl. She has successfully spent her career thus far in sales, community relations, management, human resources and as an entrepreneur. She welcomes any opportunity to connect with and help people. In her spare time she also paints, gardens, and loves her American Bulldog, Bodhi McFlinch Snorster.

  • Jessica Wrobel

    Growth Marketing Manager

    A graduate from the College of Media at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Jessica is thrilled to bring her energy to Bright Pink. With experience in a range of service, product, marketing, system, and project management, Jessica is focused on spreading the news and gathering supporters of Bright Pink's mission. Outside of the Bright Pink's cozy home, you'll find her dreaming up travel plans with her husband, Sam and daughter, Eleanor.

  • 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.

  • Cristina Ochoa

    Development Coordinator

    Cristina originally joined the Bright Pink Team as an intern after leaving the news biz. As a full-time member of the Development Team, Cristina helps scout new partners, supporters, and brands to join forces with Bright Pink. A newbie to the nonprofit world, Cristina gets energized by using her sleuth skills to find new audiences to introduce to Bright Pink's life-saving mission.

  • Julia Johnston

    Marketing and Communications Coordinator

    Julia is a Chicago native and a DePaul University graduate, who was searching for ways to use her marketing powers for good when she met her match with Bright Pink! When she's not behind the scenes of social media she enjoys petting dogs, performing improv on various Chicago stages, and watching people cook (on TV).

  • Sydney Levison

    Community Engagement Coordinator

  • 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.

  • David Samolczyk

    Office Manager

    David has lived in the Midwest his entire life and has called Chicago home for 4+ years. Prior to joining the Bright Pink team, he was a CNA - an example of his passion for helping others and being a part of the healthcare field. He began volunteering for Bright Pink after his mother passed away - his goal was to keep his mom's spirit and dedication to volunteering alive and thriving.

BOARD of DIRECTORS

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

strategic initiatives and help lay the foundation for game-changing

impact.

  • Lindsay Avner

    CEO and Founder

    Chicago, IL

  • Taryn Aronson

    COO, Tovala

    Chicago, IL

  • Joan Hilson

    David's Bridal

    Philadelphia, PA

  • Kurt Malkoff

    Matrix Psychological Services

    Columbus, OH

  • James Toney

    Fox

    Los Angeles, CA

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