Board of Directors

Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D., is a gynecologist, director of the New York Menopause Center, a Clinical Assistant Professor of  Obstetrics and Gynecology at  Weill Cornell Medical College, and an Assistant Attending Obstetrician and Gynecologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital (1985-present). She is a board certified fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Allen is also a member of the Faculty Advisory Board and the Women’s Health Director of The Weill Cornell Community Clinic (WCCC), a student-led initiative aimed at providing high-quality and equitable health care to uninsured individuals in New York City. She is a member of the North American Menopause Society.

The president and a founding member of the board of Women’s Voices for Change, Dr. Allen is a spokeswoman on women’s health. She was the inaugural speaker for the Iris Cantor Lecture Series on Women’s Health at the American Hospital in Paris, and has been interviewed by The New York Times, USA Today, regional newspapers and major television news programs on women’s health issues. Dr. Allen joined the board of the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum, a non-profit, literary event dedicated to showcasing renowned authors and interviewers in Louisville community, conversations then nationally distributed on PBS under the title “Great Conversations.”


Laura Baudo Sillerman

Laura Baudo Sillerman is president of a New York City-based charitable foundation and an active board and committee member for many educational and literary organizations, including the American Museum of Natural History, The 92nd Street Y Poetry Center and Poet’s House. She is a published author and poet.


Colleen Caslin

Colleen Caslin is currently Chief Operating Officer of Verdura, a venerable jewelry company which operates salons in New York City and London as well as Verdura boutiques in Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Betteridge Jewelers in the United States. Named Chief Operating Officer in 2008, Ms. Caslin has been responsible for the strategic brand development and growing the brand recognition. She is an active member of several industry organizations. Ms. Caslin was born in New York and graduate of Fashion Institute of Technology, Georgetown University, and St. John University.


Faith Childs

Faith Childs is a literary agent who represents writers of literary fiction and serious nonfiction, many of whom have won major literary and journalism awards. For more than two decades, she has headed her own agency in New York. Her representation includes these latest books: “Them,” by Nathan McCall; “Of Blood and Sorrow,” by Valerie Wilson Wesley; and “That Mean Old Yesterday,” by Stacey Patton. A lifelong reader and lover of literature in all its forms, she became an agent in order to make literature and the written word central to both her personal and professional lives. In the decade before becoming an agent, Ms. Childs was an attorney.

Ms. Childs is active in publishing education programs, particularly those designed to increase the representation of people of color in the publishing industry. She lectures frequently at university publishing programs, writers conferences, and graduate creative writing programs on the centrality of literature to our culture, the publishing industry, and the relationship between the writer and literary agent.

A founding member of Women’s Voices for Change, she has served on the boards of The New Press, the only non-profit press in the public interest, the Advisory Board of the New School University’s Creative Writing Program, and the PEN Open Book Committee.


Elizabeth Hemmerdinger

Elizabeth Hemmerdinger is a born-and-bred New Yorker as well as an award-winning playwright and screenwriter.   She is the founder of “Behind The Scenes at Tisch,”  a program dedicated to developing new works by new writers at New York University, where she received her MFA in 2003.  Her plays have been presented in a number of venues in New York and Los Angeles as well as at the Williamstown Theater Festival and The Denver Center.  Her full length piece Squall is available through Playscripts, Inc., which is also publishing a volume of her short works this fall.  She is currently working with Larry Gatlin on a musical about Rosie the Riveter.

Hemmerdinger is a founding board member of Dancing Dreams, a program specially designed for children with physical challenges that focuses on establishing an environment where children, aided by a teenage volunteer, participate in the art of dance, giving them the chance to experience the pure joy of movement. She is affectionately known as “Grambo” to her five delicious grandchildren.


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Lisa McCarthy is currently President of Bernard Maisner Studio, a fine stationery and gift line, which operates in Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and GUMPS. Ms. McCarthy is responsible for strategic brand development, brand recognition, and sales.

Lisa is also a passionate animal welfare advocate. She works tirelessly on behalf of Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, currently serving as their president.  A private pilot, Lisa promotes, plans, and performs the transportation of animals from overcrowded homes to new, qualified families. She and her husband Brian McCarthy, also a private pilot, reside in Manhattan and in Bridgehampton.

Her passion for animal welfare is boundless. There really isn’t anything she wouldn’t do to help one of her four legged friends, including flying back and forth from a high kill shelter in South Carolina to East Hampton to find safe homes in the same day.


Karen Mehiel

Karen Mehiel moved to New York in 2000, leaving Los Angeles and a 20 year career in manufacturing.  In New York, she married and dedicated much of her time to raising her daughter.  She became an active supporter of the Democratic Party and studied culinary arts and interior design.  In 2011, she returned to the manufacturing world, becoming majority owner and CEO of Kampack Inc. a corrugated manufacturer headquartered New Jersey.  Kampack Inc. became a proud member of the Women Business Enterprise National Council in 2012.

She remains a political activist and works with organizations that focus on the environment and global health.  She also stands as an acting board member to Artadia, Amani Global works, Eleanor Legacy and Women’s Voices for Change.


Darlene Pasquill

Darlene Pasquill is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Investment Banking division, based in New York. She is the Head of Equity Sales in the US and a member of the Americas Equity Operating Committee and the Global Equity Operating Committee. Ms. Pasquill completed the MAG and Talent Agency Programs at Credit Suisse and served as a member of the Managing Director Evaluation Committee (MDEC) during 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Ms. Pasquill joined Credit Suisse in November 2000, when the bank merged with Donaldson, Lufkin, and Jenrette (DLJ). Prior to joining DLJ, she worked for the Stryker Corporation in San Jose, CA as an orthopedic marketing and manufacturing manager, and at Owens Corning Fiberglas as a technical sales specialist in Chicago and the Southeast.

Ms. Pasquill has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Northside Center for Child Development, has been active in Harvard Business School Reunion Fundraising, and has participated in the Student Sponsor Partners Program.

Ms. Pasquill received her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and her B.S., with honors, from the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth. Ms. Pasquill is married, has a son, and resides in New York City and Massachusetts.



Elizabeth Poynor, M.D.

Dr. Elizabeth Poynor is a practicing gynecologic oncologist and pelvic surgeon in private practice in New York, focusing on cancer diagnosis, prevention and treatment. Dr. Poynor graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University in 1984. She then graduated from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1988 and completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania in 1992. Dr. Poynor completed her fellowship in gynecologic oncology in 1995 at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and remained on the surgical attending staff until July of 2006. While developing and maintaining a busy surgical practice as an Assistant Attending Surgeon at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cornell Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences, she also obtained a Ph.D. in cell biology and genetics from Cornell. Dr. Poynor is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology.

Kathleen Rogers

Kathleen Rogers worked at Bankers Trust in the late 1980s and early 1990s, first as a trader and market-maker in U.S. Treasury notes and bonds, and later as a proprietary trader of bonds, equities and currencies. In the 1990s, she shifted gears toward journalism, putting her financial background to work at CNBC and Time Warner Television.  While raising her two daughters, now 7 and 12, she finds some time to write about finance and parenting.

Kathleen grew up in Northern California and attended Stanford University, graduating with a B.S. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Management. She holds an M.S. from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.


mksagainMary Kelly Selover, Executive Director

Mary Kelly Selover has been a writer and editor for national consumer publications for more than 20 years. While in her late twenties, she started a magazine aimed at the 50-plus demographic which grew within three years to more than 1 million subscribers. Mary Kelly has also served as a spokesperson throughout the U.S. for a Fortune 100 company and has consulted on numerous marketing and public relations efforts.


Catherine Wood, Chair

Catherine Wood works in New York City for AllianceBernstein where she is a senior vice president and portfolio manager as well as chief investment officer of Strategic Research, a division of AllianceBernstein. She lives in Wilton, Conn., with her three children.