Meet our Founding Ambassadors
Barbara R. Banke is the co-proprietor of Jackson Family Wines, headquartered in Santa Rosa, California. A dedicated mother, compassionate community member and respected leader, Mrs. Banke remains one of the most successful female winery owner/operators in the world.
Along with her husband, Jess Jackson, Mrs. Banke has helped build Jackson Family Wines into one of the most successful family-owned companies in the United States. In addition to the flagship Kendall-Jackson Winery, Mrs. Banke and her husband have developed more than two dozen small, high-image wineries both in the United States and abroad. Mrs. Banke and Mr. Jackson are also the co-owners of two of America's top thoroughbreds, Curlin and Rachel Alexandra, who is the first filly in 85 years to win the Preakness Stakes. Barbara's own Grace Stables of New Orleans (Grace stands for "Girls rule and competently endure") owns superfilly, Hot Dixie Chick.
Before entering the wine industry nearly 25 years ago, Mrs. Banke spent more than a decade as a successful litigator, establishing her own law practice and working on a number of landmark cases that were argued in the United States Supreme Court and in several Courts of Appeal.
In addition, Mrs. Banke plays an active role in community philanthropic efforts, focusing on the needs of children and education. She and Mr. Jackson are the co-founders of Sonoma Paradiso Wine Auction, raising more than $6 million since its inception in 2004. Mrs. Banke is also a founding board member of the Sonoma Academy campus, an independent high school in Santa Rosa, and helped establish the Sonoma Country Day School. She also serves on the board of the Sonoma County Community Foundation.
As a breast cancer survivor, Mrs. Banke passionately supports cancer research and education, and is a major supporter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Mrs. Banke and Mr. Jackson proudly donated a portion of Rachel Alexander's 2009 winnings to Komen for the Cure.
Barbara and Jess make their home in Sonoma County with their daughters, Katherine and Julia, and son, Christopher.
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Safra A. Catz has been President of Oracle Corporation since January 2004 and a member of the Board of Directors since October 2001. She served as Oracle's Chief Financial Officer from November 2005 to September 2008, as Executive Vice President from November 1999 to January 2004, and as Senior Vice President from April 1999 to October 1999. In May 2008, Ms. Catz was also appointed to a three-year term as member of the board of directors for HSBC Holdings plc, one of the world's largest banking and financial services organizations. Prior to joining Oracle, Ms. Catz was at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, a global investment bank, where she was a Managing Director from 1997 and had previously held various investment banking positions since 1986.
Born in Holon, Israel, Ms. Catz moved to Brookline, Massachusetts at the age of six. She earned a bachelor's degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1983 and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1986. In 2009, Ms. Catz was ranked by Fortune as the 12th most powerful woman in business. She and her husband have two children and reside in California.
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Frederick H. Chicos is the Chairman of Christie & Associates, LLC. A 1976 graduate of Harvard University, Mr. Chicos is a nationally renowned business leader. He is the former Founder, Chairman and CEO of The Chickering Group, the nation’s leading provider of student health insurance, which was acquired by Aetna Insurance Company in 2003. He is the Chairman of The Christie Foundation, a charitable corporation established by Mr. Chicos focusing on higher education and global studies.
Mr. Chicos is a member of the Board of Trustees of Boston University and a member of the Boston University Trustee Executive Committee. He serves as Trustee of Mount Auburn Hospital, trustee of Belmont Hill School and as Vice Chairman of the Board of the YMCA of Greater Boston. He is also a member of the External Executive Board of the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University and a Founding Director of The Gorbachev Foundation of North America.
Mr. Chicos is the former Chairman of the Committee on Athletics at Boston University, former member of the Board of Visitors at Boston University School’s of Medicine, former member of the WBUR (local NPR affiliate) Advisory Board and a former member of the Board of Directors at Century Bank. In addition, Mr. Chicos is a former Trustee of Newbury College and a former Trustee of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. He is also a former member of the Board of Directors of Syratech Corporation and a former Limited Partner of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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Cynthia Friedman is active in the fields of business, education, the arts, and national politics. The owner of a commercial and residential real estate firm in Pittsburgh, PA, she also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
In 1993, Ms. Friedman co-founded the Women's Leadership Forum (WLF) of the Democratic National Committee, an organization formed to encourage women to participate in the national Democratic Party. The organization has grown to include several hundred thousand women across the country who raise significant funds for the Party and who take an active role in political affairs. In 2009, Ms. Friedman became Chair Emeritus of the Women's Leadership Forum.
For the past three years, Ms. Friedman has been a member and supporter of the American Friends of the Louvre, an organization of American and French art lovers. She previously served as a member of the Collector's Committee of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC for eight years. Having received a Presidential Appointment from President Bill Clinton in 1999, Ms. Friedman served on the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities for three years. The 33-member Committee was created to encourage private sector support and increase public appreciation of the value of the arts and humanities.
Ms. Friedman is the mother of three grown children. Her husband, Milton Friedman, was founder, President and CEO of Emglo Products Corp. for over 30 years. The firm manufactured equipment for the construction industry and the company is presently owned by the Black and Decker Corporation.
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As founding Partner of Excellentia Global Partners, a global lifesciences-focused investment bank in New York City, Beth oversees origination and execution of private placements with corporations, financial sponsors, venture capitalists, hedge funds and mutual funds. In addition, Beth remains involved in cross border M&A, Licensing and Partnering in the life sciences arena.
Beth has served in senior executive roles in her twenty five years of experience in both investment banking and in the corporate sector. On the advisory side, she recently served as Managing Director / Partner of BIO-IB, a life science boutique investment bank in New York. In the corporate sector, Beth was most recently Senior Vice President for Laureate Education Inc., a $3 billion market cap company in the education sector. She worked across all business units in a corporate development role with a distinct focus on identifying and executing opportunities in China.
Beth received an MBA from American University in Washington, DC in conjunction with the School of Foreign Service, a BA, cum laude, from Boston College, and also studied at the Centre d'Etudes Internationale in Geneva, Switzerland.
Beth serves as Vice Chairman of the Friends of the Budapest Festival Orchestra Board, Director of EF Foundation, and Director of William J. von Liebig Medical Research Foundation.
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Linda Law is the founding partner of Law & Associates, one of the only women-owned real estate development firms undertaking institutional-quality development in the United States. Law & Associates is currently acquiring portfolios of distressed debt.
Ms. Law is an alumna of University of California, Berkeley and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is a currently Chair of the Harvard Real Estate International Advisory Board (a venture between the Harvard Business School, the Harvard Kennedy School of Public Policy, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Harvard Law School and Harvard College). Ms. Law additionally serves on the national boards of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, ORT America, Silicom Ventures and InCellDx. She is also an RNC Regent and a member of the Founder's Circle at Stanford University.
Ms. Law was recently honored with the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Pacific Research Institute.
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Becky founded Levin & Company, an executive search and
governance consulting firm, in 1985 to address the emerging life sciences
marketplace. The organization grew and
expanded into multiple industries, including medical devices, pharmaceuticals,
instrumentation and health services, in addition to its origin in biotechnology. Levin & Company has offices throughout
the United States including Boston, Philadelphia, Springfield (MO), San
Francisco and Los Angeles, including a London affiliate. The firm has successfully advised a variety
of companies ranging from small start-ups to multiple national corporations in
their executive and governance hiring needs.
Over the years, Becky
has served on a number of Boards, including The Schwartz Center for
Compassionate Care and the Newport International Film Festival. Becky is actively involved as a philanthropist
with regards to children’s issues, the Arts and Healthcare, including the
building of a hospital in Rwanda. Pavone
Images, Inc. (www.pavoneimages.com) is an art-based company she co-founded
which contributes to many international and national charities. Becky and
her family founded a non-profit titled The Possible Project, based in
Cambridge, MA that exposes teens to entrepreneurial concepts. Lastly, she
serves as Co-Chair of the Komen Art for the Cure annual Boston event and is a
World Ambassador for the organization.
received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, magna cum laude,
from the University of
North Carolina, Greensboro. Becky was chosen as the Joseph M. Bryan
School of Business and Economics' 2008 Distinguished
recipient from UNCG.
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Perri Peltz is a distinguished television news journalist and public health advocate. Most recently she served as an anchor and reporter for WNBC-TV and NBC News where she focused on issues relating to poverty and health.
Ms. Peltz first joined WNBC in 1987, serving as a reporter, then as a co-anchor, of the weekend editions of "Today in New York" and the evening newscasts. She went on to serve as a contributor for NBC's "Dateline" and as one of the first anchors at MSNBC. A news correspondent for ABC's "20/20" from 1998-2000, Ms. Peltz won numerous awards including several for her reporting on the misdiagnosis of melanoma. She also worked at CNN as a reporter and anchored the award-winning show "CNN.com."
Both in and outside journalism, Ms. Peltz has pursued her passion for public health and medicine. Working at the Robin Hood Foundation, she developed volunteer programs to assist organizations in their fight against poverty. Her contributions to public health advocacy were honored by the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center and she continues to serve on the board of the Irvington Institute for Medical Research.
Ms. Peltz holds a master's degree in Public Health from Columbia University and recently completed a year of medical school at Mount Sinai. A life-long New Yorker, Ms. Peltz resides in the city with her husband and three sons.
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Vanessa Reed has been a breast cancer advocate for six years, raising money for breast cancer education and research. Ms. Reed is a trial attorney with more than eighteen years of commercial litigation experience before state and federal courts throughout the country. Her practice focuses on Medicare and Medicaid healthcare fraud and abuse. She has served on the boards of leading national educational, public service and philanthropic organizations.
Currently, Ms. Reed sits on the Board of Directors for Sasha Bruce Youthwork, the District of Columbia's only youth shelter. She is also a passionate advocate for greater educational opportunities and serves on the National Leadership Council for Communities in Schools, the nation's largest and oldest drop-out prevention program. Ms. Reed is a member of the Board of Trustees for The Ford's Theatre and Gala Vice-Chair for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. She is active with the non-profit community service organization, The Links Incorporated.
Ms. Reed was raised in Northern Alberta, Canada and currently resides in Northern Virginia with her husband, Thomas, and their three children.
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As a fine jewelry designer and Founding Ambassador, Kara Ross designed the signature Susan G. Komen for the Cure Ambassador pieces. Designed to celebrate the hope and empowerment created by Komen’s life-saving work, each piece will recognize Susan G. Komen for the Cure Ambassadors at their unique engagement level.
Mrs. Ross translates her passion for contemporary art, literature and fashion into unique pieces of jewelry and most recently an exotic skin handbag collection.
A certified gemologist, Mrs. Ross began designing fine jewelry over five years ago. Since, she has been featured in top fashion magazines such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, W, Town & Country, InStyle and Elle, as well as by A-list celebrities including Oprah, Cameron Diaz, Charlize Theron, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Kate Beckinsdale and Eva Longoria. Mrs. Ross has become a designer who is known for her modern twist on luxury fashion.
A graduate of Georgetown University, Mrs. Ross sits on their Board of Regents, and is also involved with the photo acquisition committee at the Museum of Modern Art. She currently lives in Manhattan with her husband and four children.
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Mr. David M. Rubenstein is a Co-Founder and a Managing Director of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms, which currently manages more than $100 billion from 27 offices around the world. Mr. Rubenstein is Chairman of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and President of the Economic Club of Washington, D.C.
Mr. Rubenstein is a regent of the Smithsonian Institution and serves on the board of directors or trustees for numerous cultural and academic institutions including Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Chicago, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Institute for Advanced Study, the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution and Ford’s Theatre.
Mr. Rubenstein is President of the Economic Club of Washington and is also a member of The Business Council, Visiting Committee of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, the Dean’s Council at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton, the Advisory Board of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum, and Harvard Business School's Board of Dean’s Advisors.
In 2007 Rubenstein purchased the only copy of the Magna Carta held in private hands, and has placed it on permanent loan at the National Archives. He has subsequently purchased a rare copy of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Lincoln, which has recently been placed on display in the Oval Office, and a rare copy of the Declaration of Independence, which is on permanent loan to the U.S. Department of State.
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Karee Sampson is a senior partner in the Dix Sampson Ratchford Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors. With more than 26 years of investment experience, she has developed keen insight into the increasingly-complex financial world. Her focus extends the critical aspects of the wealth-management process to include fiduciary risk management, capital preservation, estate planning and wealth transfer. Mrs. Sampson joined Wachovia Securities in 2006, after 22 years with Morgan Stanley where she was Vice President of Investments.
Since 1996, Mrs. Sampson has been an integral leader and volunteer for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. From her service on the Komen Dallas Affiliate board of directors to her position as Co-President of the Dallas Affiliate to her role as an advisor to Komen Headquarters, Mrs. Sampson has brought unprecedented success to both the Komen Dallas Affiliate and Komen Headquarters. In 2001, Mrs. Sampson received the Macy's Heart & Soul Award; in January 2002 she received the Komen Cameo Award; and at the end of her four year service as Affiliate President, in February 2002 the Komen Dallas Affiliate received the Founder's Award, which is given each year to one Affiliate and selected by Nancy Brinker.
In addition, as a Trustee of the Jim & Joanie Hatcher Charitable Trust benefiting breast cancer survivors in the Dallas area, Ms. Sampson serves as multi-year chair of theannual Survivors Brunch for over 1,400 survivors. (Komen is beneficiary of the Trust).
Ms. Sampson and her husband, Greg, a board certified estate planning lawyer, are both active in various philanthropic endeavors. Mrs. Sampson's other board service includes Children's Medical Center Women's Auxiliary, Community Partners of Dallas – the partnership, and Educational First Steps. Mrs. Sampson holds a bachelor of science in economics from the University of Utah, and all applicable securities registrations and insurance licenses.
Mr. and Mrs. Sampson currently reside in Dallas, TX. They have two daughters, Emily and Natalie who attend Tulane University and The Hockaday School, respectively and who are both very actively involved in community service. Emily served as Co-President of Hockaday's Komen Club as well as a summer intern for Komen. As a Hockaday freshman, Natalie is now Co-President of the club.
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Ambassador Ned L. Siegel was sworn-in as the Ambassador of the United States of America to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas on October 26, 2007, by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.During his 15-month tenure as Ambassador, he resided full-time in Nassau, serving as Chief of Mission responsible for all operations of Embassy Nassau.In May 2009, Ambassador Siegel was presented with the United States Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award.
Ambassador and Mrs. Siegel returned to their home in Boca Raton, Florida, in January 2009, where he resumed his duties as chairman of The Siegel Group, Inc., a real estate development, investment and consulting firm active in all aspects of residential development, commercial development and realty management. Prior to serving the country as Ambassador, Mr. Siegel was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as a Representative of the United States to the United Nations, where he served in New York from September 2006 – January 2007 under Ambassador John R. Bolton as a Senior Advisor to the U.S. Mission to the 61st Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
In 2003, Mr. Siegel was honored by President George W. Bush with a Presidential Appointment to the board of directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), which was established as a development agency of the U.S. government in 1971 to help U.S. businesses invest overseas. Mr. Siegel served as a member of the OPIC board of directors until September 2007.
As chairman of The Siegel Group, Mr. Siegel played a major role in some of South Florida's largest commercial real estate ventures including the Blue Lake office park in Boca Raton and Miami One Centre, Inc. in downtown Miami.His most recent venture is Boca Village, a strategic blend of national retailers, restaurants, professional offices, a bank, fitness center and mass transit facilities.
While building a very successful career in real estate and business, Mr. Siegel has managed to remain committed to volunteering his time to personally important civic, Jewish, educational and political causes. Mr. Siegel has a close personal interest in many Jewish causes where he served as a member of the national board of directors of the Republican Jewish Coalition in Washington, D.C., as well as chairman of the Republican Jewish Coalition of Florida. He also served on the board of directors of The American Jewish Committee, South Central Florida Chapter and is active in the Israel Bonds program, Bar-Ilan University in Israel and his Temple, B'nai Torah, in Boca Raton, Florida. Mr. Siegel received the "2005 Man of the Year" award by the Chabad-Lubavitch of Greater Boynton Beach and was recognized in 2003 with the Tree of Life Award from the Jewish National Fund for his commitment to the Jewish community here at home and in Israel.He also served as co-president of the board of the Jewish National Fund's South Palm Beach County region. Mr. Siegel currently serves as a member of the board of directors of the American Friends of the Yitzhak Rabin Center.
Education is a key interest of Mr. Siegel's. He was a member of the University of Pennsylvania Parent Leadership Committee, and was appointed to the PennDesign Board of Overseers. He also served on the NYU Parent Committee, and is a member of the NYU College of Arts and Science Dean's Advisory Council.
Mr. Siegel graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Connecticut in 1973 and received a Juris Doctorate from the Dickinson School of Law in 1976.A long-time resident of Boca Raton, Florida, he is married to Stephanie Moak Siegel, and they are the parents of Justin, Joshua and Jillian.
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Stephanie Moak Siegel, a native of New York City, is a respected businesswoman and philanthropist, active in supporting many charitable, political and Jewish causes.
Mrs. Siegel's early business career was that of an accomplished Designer and Couture Buyer for Associated Merchandising Corporation, which represented the Federated Department Stores. However, she found her true passion in support of the arts and education. Mrs. Siegel has been involved with the Boca Ballet Theatre and served on the board of directors of the Miami City Ballet School at Delray Beach, Florida. She has also been active for many years in the activities of Saint Andrew's School in Boca Raton, Florida, establishing The Siegel Family Student Center. More recently, Mrs. Siegel along with her husband, Ned L. Siegel, established The Siegel Family Scholarship Fund at the University of Pennsylvania, where they also served as members of the Parent Leadership Committee. The Siegels also served as members of the NYU Parent Committee.
Throughout her husband's tenure as the U.S. Ambassador to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Mrs. Siegel served as the inspiration and driving force behind The Bahamas Breast Cancer Initiative, where she actively spoke out on behalf of education, early detection and treatment for all women of The Bahamas. A breast cancer survivor herself, it was her vision to bring Susan G. Komen for the Cure to The Bahamas in cooperation with the United States Embassy, The Bahamas' Ministry of Health, The Bahamas Christian Council, the Cancer Society, The Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute and Bahamian Health Care Professionals in establishing The Bahamas Breast Cancer Foundation and The Cancer Society/Susan G. Komen for the Cure Stride for Life Walk. Mrs. Siegel sits on the Komen Advocacy Alliance Board in Washington D.C., and is a member of the executive committee of the board. She also serves as a member of The Bahamas Breast Cancer Foundation board of directors. Mrs. Siegel served as the honorary chair of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure South Florida luncheon in October 2009 and of the Race for the Cure in January 2010. Mrs. Siegel is a Member of the board of directors of the American Friends of the Yitzhak Rabin Center.
She resides in Boca Raton, Florida, with her husband, Ambassador Ned L. Siegel. They have three children: Jillian, 24, a graduate of New York University and currently a graduate student at the Pratt Institute in New York; Joshua, 25, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Fordham Law; and Justin, 29, a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, who now resides in Los Angeles, California. Justin is president of The Siegel Group, Time Act-Music.
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A "journey of dedication," for more than 36 years, Annie S. Totah has been widely recognized as not only a dynamic activist in local, national and international politics, but also an effective leader and philanthropist for human rights, cultural, health, religious, and educational causes worldwide.
Of Armenian heritage, she came to the United States from Beirut, Lebanon in 1971. Since the demise of the Soviet Union in the early 1990's, Mrs. Totah has helped raise more than $1.5 billion in foreign aid for the Republic of Armenia. As the first and only women to serve as Chair of the Armenian Assembly of America, Mrs. Totah is recognized as a serious advocate for the Armenian issues on Capitol Hill. She is also the co-founder and co-chair of the largest Armenian American Political Action Committee (ARMENPAC).
In addition, Mrs. Totah has spearheaded countless Jewish initiatives, from managing the design, funding and construction of the Moorish-style, Sephardic synagogue in the Nation's Capital, to raising $6.5 billion in Israeli Bond sales in a single event hailed as "Oscar night" in Washington, D.C. For the "Women of Middle East Peace Legacy" tribute gala, Mrs. Totah's careful planning and execution raised $.25 million for Tel Aviv University's Center for Tolerance and Understanding, $5 million for Save a Child's Heart Foundation, and was televised nationwide. Mrs. Totah also remains the mastermind behind galas, tributes and fundraisers for the Magen David Sephardic Congregation, the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, American Friends of Hebrew University, American Friends of Tel Aviv University, American Sephardic Federation, Operation Embrace and others.
Serving on several boards, Mrs. Totah has initiated and chaired several major fundraisers in her own home and at other venues for dozens of charitable organizations like CARE, Washington Performing Arts Society, Washington Ballet, Heifetz Music Institute, Strathmore Music Center, Best Buddies, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Marshall Legacy Institute, Phillips Collection, Young Concert Artists and others. Mrs. Totah has also played a key role in organizing and fundraising for national political figures, including former President Bill Clinton, and former Presidential candidates John Kerry, Al Gore and Michael Dukakis, and an array of legislators including Senator Paul Sarbanes, Senator Hillary Clinton, Senator Carl Levin, and many other House Delegates, State Senators, and County Council members.
Annie is the recipient of many honors and awards, including the "Ellis Island Medal of Honor," "The Shining Star Award" of Sibley Memorial Hospital, the United Nations "Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Contributions to Human Rights and others.
One of Annie's greatest challenges involved facing breast cancer. However, thanks to her positive spirit she not only remains a healthy survivor, but also a devoted advocate for targeted breast cancer research and offers counseling and mentoring to help women through the cancer's difficult phases. Recently, Mrs. Totah chaired the Sibley Memorial Gala to benefit breast cancer treatment and research, which exceeded its goal and reached almost $1.5 million in one evening. Internationally, she has supported health issues around the globe and served as gala chair for CARE.
Mrs. Totah and her husband, Sami, live in Potomac, Maryland. They have four grown children, Tamara, Nicole, Elliot and Karina, and two grandsons.
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Karen Webster is President, Market Platform Dynamics (MPD), a management consulting firm that helps companies profit from industry disruption. She serves as an advisor and member of the board for a number of companies operating in the payment, mobile, technology and digital media industries. Her history of consulting experience includes serving as Managing Director of Global Marketing and Planning for PricewaterhouseCoopers and serving as Chief Operating Officer for a consulting subsidiary of the MMC family of companies.
Karen is a passionate philanthropist. She is on the Board of Directors for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Advocacy Alliance®. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where she serves as a member of its Executive Council for the Women's Cancer Program, the Board's Committee on Quality. She is a member of the science committee of the Board of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay. Karen is the co- founder of twoAM (Two Women on A Mission), a fundraising initiative focused on raising awareness and funds for breast and ovarian cancer research. Karen recently launched Living Conversations (www.livingconversations.com), a web-based community of breast cancer survivors, which was recently profiled on The Today Show.
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In 1991, Rodger D. Young founded the civil litigation boutique, Young & Susser, which specializes in complex business litigation trails. With extensive experience in complex commercial litigation including antitrust, high technology, telecommunications, trade secret, automotive, shareholder/partner disputes, and construction matters, Mr. Young has won forty-five of forty-nine jury trials in federal and state courts and it is common for clients and law firms around the country to retain him as trial counsel in large and high-profile commercial cases. As a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Oakland County Bar Association, and the Wayne County Bar Association, Mr. Young is admitted to the following courts: United States Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st, 2nd, 6th, 9th and Federal Circuits, in addition to numerous district courts throughout the United States.
Mr. Young's honors in the legal profession include being appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court to the State Bar Board of Commissioners. The Supreme Court has five such appointments to this governing body of the legal profession in Michigan. Further, Mr. Young was elected to the Michigan Bar Foundation, a State Bar of Michigan organization for attorneys showing outstanding legal ability and dedication to public service, and inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers, the leading organization for trial lawyers in the United States.
Mr. Young is the co-author of West Group's current treatise Michigan Civil Trials and Evidence. He is also co-author of Effective Use of Demonstrative Exhibits and Demonstrative Aids (Michigan Bar Journal, November 2000); and The Impact of Kodak on Antitrust Litigation, (Michigan Bar Journal, December 1993). He is the author of Separate Products in a Tying Case, ALI-ABA course materials, December 1991; Defining Relevant Markets in High Tech Industries, ALI-ABA course materials, January 1995; Protecting Software and/or Interoperability, ALI-ABA course materials, April 1997; and Trade Secrets and Protecting High Technology Markets: Substantive and Discovery Issues, ALI-ABA course materials, March 1998.
In 2001, Mr. Young was named Chairman of the Bush Administration's Federal Judge and U.S. Attorney Qualification Committee by Governor John Engler and Michigan's Republican Congressional Delegation. From 2006 through 2010, Mr. Young has been honored with his inclusion in Best Lawyers in America, named in Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business, named a Michigan "Super Lawyer," and named as one of the "Top 100 Lawyers" in Michigan by the Detroit News. He was also named by The New York Times and The American Lawyer as one of the top commercial trial lawyers in the United States.
In 2007, President George W. Bush appointed Mr. Young to be United States Representative to the United Nations General Assembly along with Governor George Pataki, the former three term Republican Governor of New York. Mr. Young and Governor Pataki served in New York and their term expired in 2008. The post carries Ambassadorial Rank.
Mr. Young also is a member of the Board of Directors of Grubb & Ellis Company (NYSE), a worldwide real estate firm, and the Detrot Medical Center.
In 2011, Mr. Young was named a Global Ambassador to the Susan G Komen for the Cure breast cancer foundation.
Born in Montana, Mr. Young graduated from the University of Montana with honors. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Minnesota and currently resides in Michigan.
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