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The American Red Cross Metro NY North Chapter recently welcomed Lisa Cooper as the new Chair of its Board of Directors. The Metro NY Chapter serves Westchester and Rockland counties, the US Military Academy at West Point, and Greenwich.

Ms. Cooper has served on the Metro New York North Board since 2010. Prior to becoming Chair, she held positions as co-Chair of multiple committees including Mission Preparedness, Youth Services, and the Red & White Ball.

Ms. Cooper is the Vice President of Business Development for Chief Executive Group (CEG) and directs support of CEO, Board, and C-level relationships in software technology, consulting services, hospitality, aviation, and insurance industries.

“We are so pleased to welcome Lisa Cooper as our new board chair. For more than a decade, Lisa’s humanitarian spirit has helped our chapter succeed in delivering its mission to help alleviate human suffering. Her unwavering commitment to helping others and her can-do attitude will provide excellent leadership as we continue to innovate around new ways to help others,” said Stephanie Dunn Ashley, CEO, American Red Cross Metro New York North Chapter.

“I am thrilled and grateful to be the Chair of the American Red Cross Metro NY North Chapter Board. The Red Cross mission means so much to me, and I look forward to leading the board and helping others learn more about the Red Cross. I’m excited to collaborate with our board members and extend our work across our community and beyond,” said Lisa Cooper, Board Chair, American Red Cross Metro New York North Chapter.

The Metro New York North Chapter also welcomed five new board members. Each will serve a three-year term:

  • Ted Berenblum, Investment Management
  • Adam Hellman, Director of Professional Services, Google
  • Joseph McHugh, Fire Chief, Greenwich Fire Department
  • Lauren E. Walsh, Philanthropist
  • Michele Wolfram, Philanthropist

“We are honored and grateful to welcome Ted, Adam, Chief McHugh, Lauren and Michele to our board. They each bring their unique talents and expertise to help support our work across our Metro New York North Chapter,” said Dunn Ashley.

Ted Berenblum 

Ted’s 40-year financial services experience includes global portfolio management, asset allocation, investment product management, financial market analysis, and international business development. He was the Managing Director and Head of Alternative Investments for BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Chairman of the Alternative Investment Strategy Committee, and President of the Mellon Optima Long/Short Strategy Fund. Ted earned his bachelor’s degree from Yale University and his master’s degree from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Adam Hellman 

Adam joined Google in 2008 and is currently the Director of Professional Services. He is responsible for defining and driving Google’s professional services strategy globally for Google’s top monetization partnerships. Adam came to Google from IBM Global Business Services where he was a Senior Consultant in the Public Sector Practice providing technical consulting on supply chain, change management, and data management engagements for clients including the U.S. Army and FEMA. Adam holds a B.A from the University of Pennsylvania and lives in Riverside, CT.

Joseph McHugh 

Joseph McHugh is the Fire Chief of the Greenwich Fire Department. He started at the Sound Beach Volunteer Fire Dept in 1984 and joined the ranks of the Fire Department of the City of New York in 1991 as a Firefighter in Manhattan. Chief McHugh is a fire service leader, Instructor, Investigator, Emergency responder, Mentor, and Expert witness and resides in Port Chester with his wife Pam, daughter Molly, and son Johnny. He graduated from the University of New Haven in 1990 with a B.A. in Arson Investigation.

Lauren E. Walsh 

Lauren Walsh is a philanthropist and community leader. She is deeply involved in several Greenwich nonprofits, including the American Red Cross Metro New York North Chapter, the Greenwich YWCA, and the Greenwich Emergency Medical Services. In addition, Lauren actively supports the Greenwich First Responders, including the Police, Fire and EMS Departments, and she is dedicated to the health and wellbeing of children and families through Greenwich Hospital’s pediatrics and NICU campaigns. She received her B.A. from Pine Manor College and has worked in retail and visual merchandising, including positions at J. Crew, Ralph Lauren, and Kate Spade.

Michele Wolfram 

Michele Wolfram, Chair of the Host Committee for both the 2022 and the 2023 Metro New York North Red & White Ball. Prior to retiring to raise her four children, Michele served as Assistant District Attorney in the NYC Special Narcotics Prosecutor’s office. Before her present position on the board of the YWCA of Greenwich, Michele was also a judicial clerk under the Honorable Eric Holder in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. She has been actively involved with Brunswick School, Greenwich Academy, Kids in Crisis, and Girl Rising.

Additionally, the Metro New York North Chapter is proud to announce the 2022-2023 executive committee members:


Patti Glassford – Board Vice Chair, Co-Chair, Nominations Committee

Co-Chair, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

CFO & Strategic Project Manager GE (Ret.)


Colleen Hempleman – Honorary Board Chair, Co-Chair, Service to the Armed Forces Committee



Janine Kennedy – Board Secretary, Chair, Board Engagement Committee



Andrew Amill – Co-Chair, Communications Committee

Chief Revenue Officer, Moffly Media


Todd Anderman – Co-Chair, Communications Committee

Chief Revenue Officer, Group Nine Media Group


Anna Cappucci – Co-Chair, Service to the Armed Forces Committee



Peter Carlson – Co-Chair, Philanthropy Committee

President, Carlson & Carlson, Inc.


Jill Coyle, Tiffany Circle NC Member, GNY Board Chair, Immediate Past Board Chair



Pam Farr – Co-Chair, MNYN PreResponder Building Campaign Committee, National Philanthropic Board Member



Jim Heavey – Chair, Mission/Community Preparedness Committee

Chief of Police, Greenwich Police Department


Madeline Liongson, MPH – Co-Chair, BioMedical Committee

Public Health & Human Development, Weill Cornell Medicine


Alessandra Messineo Long, Esq. – Co-Chair, Nominations Committee

Founder and President, Law Offices of Alessandra M. Messineo Long, LLC


Andres Moreira, MHA – Co-Chair, BioMedical Committee, Associate Board Member

Senior Director, Patient Experience & Patient Relations, Mount Sinai Health System


Kim Nichols, MD – Co-Chair, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Physician, Nichols MD of Greenwich


Brad Walker – Co-Chair, Youth and Young Professionals Committee

Owner, Shreve, Crump & Low


Lauren E. Walsh – Co-Chair, Red & White Ball Committee



Heather Wise – Co-Chair, Philanthropy Committee, Co-Chair, MNYN PreResponder Building Campaign, National Philanthropic Board Member



Tomas Fernandez Whitechurch – Co-Chair, Youth and Young Professionals Committee, Associate Board Member

Owner, Fairfield Integrated Systems


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