The Young Leadership Council of the Basser Center for BRCA serves as a forum for young adults to become more engaged with the mission of the Basser Center, stay informed about the latest advances in BRCA-related cancer research, and advocate and raise awareness of the Center. Through personal philanthropy and fundraising events, this committed group supports innovative BRCA-related cancer research, patient care, and educational priorities. 

An Evening of Storytelling with the Young Leadership Council

The Basser Center Young Leadership Council (YLC) presented An Evening of Storytelling on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at Hudson Terrace in New York City. Over 120 attendees heard poignant, humorous and thought-provoking reflections on life with a BRCA mutation from our three wonderful storytellers, Taylor Harris, Rob Sorin, and Erika Stallings.

Dr. Kim Reiss Binder, the 2017 YLC Young Investigator thanked the YLC for supporting her research to investigate less toxic treatment options for patients with BRCA-related pancreatic cancer. The event was held in support of young investigators and clinical fellows' BRCA-related cancer research at the Basser Center. View a recap of the event below.

Erika Stallings, Co-Chair


Erika Stallings is an intellectual property attorney and currently works in the legal department at Broadcast Music, Inc. She received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to that, she received an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she attended as a Morehead-Cain Scholar.

In the summer of 2014, Erika underwent genetic testing and counseling and discovered that she carried a BRCA2 mutation. Later that year, she underwent prophylactic surgery and reduced her risk of breast cancer to less than that of the general population. Since then, she uses her spare time to educate other young women about risk for breast and ovarian cancer. She has also written about her experience as a BRCA mutation carrier for O Magazine, Jezebel, The Cut, and Huffington Post.


Suzanne Zuppello, Co-Chair


After learning of her BRCA1 mutation in March 2015, Suzanne found ways to connect with and educate other young men and women grappling with the weight of their mutation. She’s written about her experience with surgery, dating after surgery, and her decision to freeze her eggs for publications including Refinery29, Elle, SELF, Romper, and Huffington Post. Suzanne wanted to write the story she did not find in her own research, the one of a young, single, and childless person faced with a high risk of cancer.

Suzanne is a New York native, growing up in Oyster Bay before moving to Manhattan, where she attended New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, graduating in 2009. She lived for a year in Honduras, working for a non-profit in public health before returning to New York to earn an MPA in Public Policy and Non-Profit Management from NYU's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. She worked in the sustainable food industry before leaving the industry to work full-time as a freelance writer. She currently resides in her hometown, but dreams of living at the foot of the Rockies. Suzanne joined the YLC in 2016 and has since become the group’s co-chair.



Louis Abrams
Robyn Alexander
Kelly Baldwin Heid
Callum Beale
Jodi Berger
Jonathan Berger
Maureen Boesen
Perri Brendzel
Kathryn Buckley
Jamie Burak
Andrea Calabrese
Cherie Hankin Calingasan
Kristen Carbone
Lindsey Chasteen
Chelsea Cohen
Jourdan Cohen
Sarah Cook
Chié Dambara Sánchez
Ashley Dedmon
Katherine DiLullo
Lisa Donnelly
Elizabeth Drake
Sara Edelman Lustgarten
Peri Edelstein
Dorie Eisenstein
Cydney Engle
Galia Farber
Alex Fleischman
Denise H. Frederickson
Amy Gallagher
Nicole Garcia

Martae Giometti
Emily Goldberg
Lindsay Goldblatt
Jackie Goodman
Emily Guskin
Suri Helwani
Shannon Hennessey Pulaski
Raven A. Holzer
Lindsay Jacobson
Shaina Kalin
Michelle Kaplan
Ilana Katz Sand
Stacey Klimchuk
Carlette Knox
Jodi Leigh Kreizer
Sarah Kremer
Alison Kucharski
Kevin Kucharski
Eliberty Lopez
Jamie Ludwig
Stephanie Marton
Sonal Mayekar
Carolyn McAnlis
Margaret McConville
Alona Metz
Chelsi Meyerson
Heather Milburn
Frannie Neal
Jessica Newshel
Dani Nodelman
Kaitlin Nordby

Calle Norman
Marti Norman
Laura Perilstein
Caroline Plank
Lauren Pleener
Rachel Presser
Lauren Profis
Jessica Radestky
Jen Reilly
Laura Reinke
Hillary Rieger
Caroline Rodman
Sarah Roth
Paulina Rugart
Michael Sand
Kelly Scheib
Erin Schonbraun
Sarah Selkirk
Jackie Silver
Sara Simon
Natalie Skaf
Jenny Sorin
Bridget Stillwell
Gabby Stoller
Ashley Talamo
Rebecca Uber
Jamie Vento
Joanna Warden
Katrina Wells
Jenny Wikoff
Vanessa Woodman Fuss

To learn about how to become involved in the Young Leadership Council of the Basser Center for BRCA, contact Carolyn Brown or call 215.573.0550.