Board and Staff


mara Mara 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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 dsc2103 - copy Sorelle Brauth

Sorelle Brauth is the Director of Administration for the New York State Department of Public Service (DPS). She began her career with NYS Government in the Rockefeller Public Management Intern Program - for qualified candidates graduating with masters’ degrees in public administration or management. Presently she serves as Treasurer on the Board of To Life!, lending her fiscal acumen to guide the strategic direction of the organization. Sorelle resides in Guilderland, New York and is the proud mother of three adult children.

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Catie black Catherine Black

Catie joined the Board of Directors in 2001

Catie 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.

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Board of Directors

Lisa Anne Proskin

Lisa joined the Board of Directors in 2007

Rita cox Rita Cox

Rita joined the Board of Directors in 2014

Rita is the SVP of Marketing and External Affairs at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Rita also has an extensive resume in the not-for-profit and volunteer world, having been Director of Development at Special Olympics NY for three years prior. She holds board postions at several local foundations in Saratoga as well as volunteering for To Life! and other not for profits.

Costantini board picture Gene Costantini

Gene joined the Board of Directors in 2015

Gene currently work’s for Genentech, a large bio-oncology company, as a Clinical Oncology Specialist. Over the last 10 years, he has worked with Health Care Professionals in the Capital Region who serve breast cancer patients. Gene also has a Master's in Public Administration from Sage Graduate School and a Master of Science in Psychology from SUNY Albany. He lives in Delmar with his wife and 2 children.

Dubner photo Kevin Dubner

Kevin joined the Board of Directors in 2012

For over 30 years, Kevin Dubner 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, New York, office of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC.

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 dsc2094-2 Barbara MacDowell

Barbara joined the Board of Directors in 2015

Barbara MacDowell, RN is an Oncology Nurse with 40 years 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.

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Advisory Members


 dsc2413 Helen Warner
Boutique Coordinator

Helen joined To Life! in January 2006.

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eileen Eileen Howe Bird
Executive Director

Eileen joined To Life! in December 2011.

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melanie Melanie Murphy
Boutique Associate

Melanie joined To Life! in 2009.

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Martha2014 Martha McCormick
Director of Education

Martha joined To Life! in 2013

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Marjorie photo 2016 Marjorie Maniccia
Development Manager

Marjorie joined To Life! in June of 2016.

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Executive Assistant

Emily joined To Life! in February of 2017. 

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