Team

Meet Our Team

Executive Board

Lori E. Ross – Founder & Board Chair
Lori E. Ross is a founding member of The Libby Ross Foundation and has served as its Chairman since inception in 1999. The Libby Ross Foundation was founded in loving memory of Lori’s mother, Elizabeth “Libby” Ross who lost her battle with breast cancer in 1998.

Over the last ten years, Ms. Ross has used her extensive experience working with charitable organizations to educate and promote research, early detection, and treatment of breast cancer. Lori’s vast communication skills have enabled her to organize and supervise successful fund-raising events that have positively impacted the lives of thousands of breast cancer survivors. Through her compassion and desire to help others, Lori has created two unique support programs based in New York that benefit women who have been diagnosed with the disease. The Pink Ribbon Kit Program and The Yoga Program provide valuable resources, emotional support, and a sense of healing and well-being to the breast cancer community.

Ms. Ross has been actively involved in such charities as The Marc Buoniconti Fund, American Athletics with Disabilities, Girls Scouts of Northern New Jersey, The American Red Cross, and The Alan T. Brown Foundation, and she has served on the advisory board for Cancer 101.

Lori was named NY1 New Yorker of the Week in 2006 and has been featured in on-air press pieces in New York City and numerous other network affiliates, and University of South Carolina Sports Radio.

While tirelessly furthering the Foundation and its mission, Lori maintains a position with HBMJ Consulting LLC in New York. She was previously employed at the Trammell Crow Company and has widespread experience working with commercial real estate properties. When she relocated to New York from South Carolina she served as a model for Wilhelmina and IMG Models.

Lori attended the University of South Carolina, where she majored in criminal justice, and resides in New Jersey.

Kathryn Harvey – President
Kathryn Harvey joined The Libby Ross Breast Cancer Foundation in 2001 as a founding volunteer. Originally from Spartanburg, South Carolina (the hometown of Libby Ross), Kathryn has lived in Manhattan for more than 10 years. During that time she has held many active roles with LRBCF, including Volunteer Coordinator, Gala Co-chair, Event and Program Coordinator, and most recently as a member of the board of directors. Her passion for the foundation and its mission is a direct result of seeing the effects LRBCF’s unique support programs have on women and their families who are affected by cancer.

Kathryn is a graduate of New York University with a BS in Communications. She worked for several years in advertising before expanding her nonprofit role in 2008 as the director of consumer marketing for Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street and The Electric Company.

Pamela Cauthen Meriwether – Vice President
Pam first began volunteering with the Libby Ross Foundation in 2007, when she hosted the Foundation’s inaugral free yoga class for cancer survivors in South Carolina. She began teaching regular free weekly classes to cancer patients and survivors at Amsa Yoga in Columbia, South Carolina in 2010, and continues today. Additionally, she works with students individually to create specific, yoga practice plans to address unique needs in regards to treatments, pain and disease. She joined the Libby Ross Foundation Board of Directors in January 2011.

Pam currently has over 2,000 hours of teaching experience, and is registered as an experienced yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance at the 500 hour level. She completed the Yoga for Women Cancer Survivors training under the guidance of Tari Prinster, and co-leads the Libby Ross yoga retreats at Wild Dunes, Isle of Palms each Fall with Tari. Pam is currently continuing her yoga studies with Rod Stryker of Parayoga. She is the co-founder of the Sakhi Yoga Teacher Training Program, in which she teaches others yogis the art, science and philosophy of how to teach yoga.

Pam graduated from the University of Georgia with a BFA in art and interior design. She is the mother of two sons and the step mother of two other sons. She lives with her husband, children, and rescue dog in Columbia, South Carolina.

 

Board of Directors

Francesca Brenner – Volunteer Committee
Francesca Brenner is a breast cancer survivor who brings a wealth of business experience to the Libby Ross Foundation. Her passion is advocating for early detection awareness so that woman receive the support they need from the LBRF. She has been an active participant at many events over the past five years and recently joined the LBRF board of directors.

Francesca, the former vice president of National Marketing Services, was responsible for implementing and developing the Human Resources department. In her 19 years there she was an integral part of the growth of the company, from 150 employees to 1500 employees.

Francesca is a graduate of Pace University and is currently an insurance consultant with Pinnacle Risk Solutions in Pine Brook, New Jersey. She resides in Somerset, New Jersey, with her husband and two sons.

Hernando Courtright – Corporate Sponsorship Committee
Hernando Courtright, former major record label executive (Warner Bros, A&M) and President of Courtright Management Inc., has more than 25 years of experience representing clients whose combined record sales exceed 120 million units.

Hernando is an advocate of women’s issues and breast cancer awareness. Through his record label Fore Reel Entertainment, Hernando advocated for women’s issues and breast cancer awareness with the CD “It’s About Eve”: Music for the Cure (featuring Joan Jett) in 2002. The project was dedicated in honor of his cousin, who lost her fight with breast cancer in 1999 at the age of 40. Through “Eve” Hernando was introduced to The Libby Ross Breast Cancer Foundation and became a supporter. He joined the board in 2009.

Hernando is the Vice Chair, East Coast, for IPalpiti Artists, board member of Chamber Players International, serves on the TJ Martell Foundation’s Family Day Event Committee, and is a referral director for Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

Gabrielle Deveaux – Volunteer & Events Committee
Gabrielle Deveaux has been with The Libby Ross Breast Cancer Foundation for more than seven years. After being an active volunteer for a number of years, Gabrielle took on the role of Volunteer Coordinator. She has since served as Event Coordinator, Gala Co-Chair, and is current an advisory board member. She is excited about LRBCF’s fund-raising efforts toward finding a cure but she is also passionate about the impact LRBCF has in providing cancer awareness and supporting women and their families affected by the disease now.

Gabrielle is a graduate of New York University and Hunter College. She is currently working as a Special Education Instructional Specialist with the NYC Department of Education in West Harlem.

Amanda Murdock – Pose for Pink Yoga Program Committee
Amanda joined the Board in January 2011 after being a seasonal volunteer for several years prior. She is the newest Pose for Pink Yoga Progam Instructor, leading the Foundation’s bi-monthly classes for survivors at Yoga Vida NYC. Originally from Spartanburg, SC , Amanda moved to NYC six years ago to work for Rubenstein Communications as a publicist, and has since joined with Kimara Ahnert (one of our veteran sponsors) for the past three years as the VP of Business Communications. Amanda is currently a certified yoga instructor at PURE Yoga East where she mentored with the world renowned Alanny Kaivalya. In addition to the Yoga Vida Classes and Retreats for survivors, Amanda organizes the Pose for Pink Awareness class taught by the renowned Kay Kay Clivio, sponsored by Zobha Circle of Grace, and hoste by PURE Yoga East. All proceeds directly benefit The Libby Ross Foundation’s Pose for Pink Yoga Program.

Amanda studiend Marketing at Northeastern State University, and currently resides on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Lindsey Pearson – Pink Ribbon Kit & Events Committee
Lindsey has been a volunteer with the Foundation since 2001 and was inducted to the Board in 2011. In her 10 years of service she has chaired the annual Foundation Galas as well as coordinated and hosted LRBCF Winter Warm Up and Drink for Pink event at the Pierre Hotel. In 2010 Lindsey was fortunate to attend her first Pose for Pink Yoga retreat and credits this life-changing weekend as her inspiration for bringing the unique program to more women.

In her work outside of the Foundation, she has helped NBA players Paul Pierce, Al Jefferson, and Charlie Villanueva launch charitable programs and attended The Clinton Global Initiative in 2010. Lindsey has a graduate degree in Communications from New York University and is currently a PR consultant for Seeking Serenity apparel.

Tari Prinster – Pose for Pink Yoga Program Committee
Starting her first term as a board member in 2009, Tari Prinster has been involved with The Libby Ross Foundation since 2003. She is a ten year breast cancer survivor and yoga teacher specializing in yoga for women cancer survivors, therapeutic yoga for managing chronic disease and pain.

Tari lead the first foundation yoga retreat in East Hampton, NY, and every year since including: San Jose, CA; Birmingham, AL; Rinebeck, NY; Monterrey, CA; and Charleston, SC. Since 2003 she has taught weekly yoga classes at OM Yoga in Manhattan where she is Director of Yoga for Women Cancer Survivors Program. In 2007 she created a yoga teacher training program bringing her unique experience working with cancer patients and survivors and knowledge of yoga to a national platform. And she is honored to be the Yoga Program Director of The Libby Ross Foundation.

Tari presented her published article, One-Size-Does-not-Fit-All, at SYTAR Conference, 2007, sponsored by Intentional Association of Yoga Therapists and is a frequent presenter at Yoga Journal Conferences. She is currently working on a book entitled, The Yoga Prescription: Yoga Through and After Cancer, to be released soon.

Tari started a yoga practice at age 50. Today at age 66, she considers herself an example that it is never too late to start change. Tari is a resident of New York City and Stowe, VT.