Young Professionals Committee

Komen Greater NYC’s Young Professionals Committee (YPC) is a group of rising young executives and professionals whose goal is to engage a new generation in the culture of philanthropy — inspiring them to join our mission: No one should die from breast cancer.

Since 2008, the YPC has raised $1.6 million for Susan G. Komen Greater NYC. The YPC has invested in life-saving research, as well as provided breast health screening, treatment, education and support services to medically underserved women, men, and families here in New York.

The YPC is dedicated to finding new ways to raise monies to fund innovative grassroots breast health programs that provide services to underserved residents in New York City, Long Island, Westchester and Rockland Counties, as well as to raise breast cancer awareness. Your donations and participation in YP events support these goals.

Each year, the Young Professionals Committee hosts two events:

  • Winter FundraiserPaint the Park Pink on February 20, 2020 from 7-11pm at Tavern on the Green @ Central Park
  • Pink Rocks the Rock — the annual YPC summer celebration and Komen Greater NYC Race for the Cure kick-off event, which has been held at the Rink Bar in Rockefeller Center since 2011.

Who we are

The YPC was founded by Sandra L. Kozlowski, who served as its chair. Executive committee members were: Steve Simmons, Jill Surdyka, Pablo Ogarrio, John E. Petzold, Dawn Reinholtz and Nicole Sebastian.

Get Involved

You can get involved in the Young Professionals Committee in one of several ways:

  • Become a member
  • Sponsor an event
  • Attend an YPC or Komen Greater NYC event
  • Make a donation

Learn more about becoming a YPC member or joining a YPC committee. Contact Susan Jacobson, at

Founding Advisory Board

Sandra L. Kozlowski (Founder), Pablo Ogarrio, Dawn Reinholtz, and Nicole Sebastian

Executive Committee

Katie Seigel, Esq. (Co-Chair), Ava Farshidi, Esq. (Co-Chair), Stephanie Melnick (Social Chair), Taylor Tharrington (Networking Chair), Lia Barber (Membership Chair), Maneet Ahuja (Chair Emeritus), Ashley Baldev (Chair Emeritus)

General Committee Members

Fahiemah Al-Ali, Mark Albert, Megan Alexander, Shannon Allen, George Assoud, Kareem Bakr, Orisel Bejaran, Elizabeth Blazey, Alex Blumberg, Sarah Bodin, Eric Brinker, Jillian Carey, Renata Ciampi, Caitlin Demkin, Olivia Derbabian, Allyson Disterhoft, Caitlin Doheny, Allie Edelman, Elle Erickson, Brian Fallas, Lauren Flick, Chris Foley, Anna Franzini, Laura Garzon, Carli Geller, Jennifer Gewant, Victoria Green, Andrew Hastings, Meryl Honig, Julie Joyce, Cheryl Kozlowski, Serena Machi, Melissa Matson, Hali McCelland, Drew McColley, Lydia Mesler, Jessica Meyers, Josh Michaels, Marisa Moore, Marta Mota, Jennifer Murphy, Connie Rhodes, Jennifer Schanes, Jaclyn Seigel, Ilana Springer, Lexi Strickland, Wan-Hui Su, Eleanor Terrett, Angela Trostle, Neil Vasan, Bobby Waldele, Jennifer Zink