Board of Directors

LCRF is led by a dedicated Board of Directors, each of whom has a personal connection to lung cancer. LCRF benefits from its board members’ diverse backgrounds, wide-ranging expertise and shared commitment to conquering
the disease.

Pippa G. Gerard

Having served on the board since LCRF’s inception, Pippa G. Gerard has played a key role in setting the Foundation’s strategic direction and helping it realize its goals. Throughout her tenure, Ms. Gerard has also served as co-chair of the Nominating Committee and chair of the Executive Director Search Committee.

In addition to her work with LCRF, Ms. Gerard served for seven years as the director of advancement at the Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School (LREI) in Greenwich Village, New York, after which she was asked to join the school’s board. She currently serves on LREI’s advisory council.

Prior to joining LREI, Ms. Gerard held sales and marketing positions in the cable television divisions of CBS and RCA before founding G&G Communications, a full-service marketing company specializing in the cable, entertainment and telecommunications industries.

A graduate of Kirkland College, Ms. Gerard is a member of Women In Development, New York. She also serves on the advisory council of the Humane Society of New York.

Kimberly Kravis

Kimberly Kravis has been a member of the LCRF Board of Directors since 2005. A year after joining the board, she stepped up to the role of Vice Chairman and has been helping guide the Foundation’s strategic direction ever since.

In addition to her work for LCRF, Ms. Kravis has extensive experience serving on educational boards. She is a trustee of both the Buckley School and the Spence School in New York City, and the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Connecticut. She sits on the Parents & Science Initiative Steering Committee at Rockefeller University as well.

Prior to her philanthropic work, Ms. Kravis held management positions at Morgan Stanley, as well as the retailers eStyle and Tiffany & Co. She received a BA in economics, cum laude, from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Mary Ann Tighe

Along with other members of her family, Mary Ann Tighe was one of the founders of Joan’s Legacy, later called Uniting Against Lung Cancer, created in honor of her sister Joan Scarangello McNeive. Mary Ann served as the Chairman of the Board at UALC before joining with Lung Cancer Research Foundation in 2015, at which point she became a Board Vice Chairman.

Ms. Tighe is the chief executive officer of the New York tri-state region for CBRE, a global real estate services and investment company. From the revitalization of Times Square and the rebirth of Downtown to the westward expansion of Midtown’s central business district, Ms. Tighe has been at the forefront of the transformation of New York’s skyline in her 30+ years in the industry. She has been responsible for over 90 million square feet of commercial transactions, and her deals have anchored more than 13.7 million square feet of new construction in the New York region, which is believed to be a record.

Ms. Tighe holds the record for winning the Real Estate Board of New York’s Deal of the Year Award for ingenious brokerage eight times. From 2010 to 2013, she served as chairman of the Real Estate Board of New York. She is the first woman to hold this position in the board’s 114-year history and the first broker in 30 years.

James B. Dougherty, MD

James B. Dougherty has been the scientific advisor for LCRF’s Board of Directors since 2001. He was the former Deputy Physician-in-Chief at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center from 1997 to 2001. He chairs the Scientific Advisory Board for the Foundation and oversees the grant program.

Dr. Dougherty is a general partner and co-founder of Arcus Ventures, an oncology-focused venture capital fund based in New York City. He holds a BS in biology from Georgetown University, an MD from Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Brendon M. Stiles, MD

Dr. Stiles was awarded a research grant from LCRF in 2013. He has served on the Scientific Advisory Board since 2014. Recently, he joined the Board of Directors and accepted the role of Vice Chair of both the Scientific Advisory Board and Scientific Steering Committee.

Dr. Stiles lost his father, Kenneth Stiles, to lung cancer in 2005.

In addition to his duties with the LCRF, Dr. Stiles serves on the Executive Board of the New York Thoracic Surgery Club and is the Vice President of that organization. He is a member of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Stiles is an Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery the Weill Cornell Medical College, New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He specializes in the surgical treatment of lung cancer. Additionally, Dr. Stiles is an active basic science researcher with a focus on lung cancer. He has received several prominent research grants and is a grant reviewer for the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Education and Research and for the Department of Defense.

Dr. Stiles completed his undergraduate degree, medical studies, and General Surgery residency at the University of Virginia. During that time he also completed a Research Fellowship in Surgical Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He then went on to complete a residency in Cardiothoracic Surgery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He currently lives in New York with his wife Diem Nguyen, PhD and with their two sons.

Aaron M. Tighe

Aaron M. Tighe was a founding board member and treasurer for Uniting Against Lung Cancer. After the merger between UALC and LCRF, Mr. Tighe joined the Board of Directors at LCRF, leveraging his background in finance to oversee and guide the Foundation’s treasury department.

Mr. Tighe is the nephew of Joan Scarangello McNeive, who died of lung cancer at age 47 and whom UALC was originally named after. He is committed to upholding his aunt’s mission of fighting the disease and finding a cure.

In addition to his work with LCRF, Mr. Tighe serves as co-chair of the Guggenheim Museum’s Photography Acquisition Committee and is a managing director at Credit Suisse, where he co-heads Emerging Markets Sales for North America. He holds a BA from Boston College where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude.

Laure Sudreau-Rippe

Laure Sudreau-Rippe has been secretary for the Foundation’s Board of Directors for several years. An attorney born and raised in Paris, France, Ms. Sudreau-Rippe was most recently senior counsel for the Louis Dreyfus Group, where she focused on energy, commodities and M&A matters in Wilton, Connecticut. Previously, she worked in business and legal affairs for Disney at ABC/Touchstone Television in Los Angeles.

Ms. Sudreau-Rippe earned her MA from the Université de Paris X-Nanterre Law School and her JD from Pepperdine University School of Law.

Meryl L. Bralower

Meryl L. Bralower has been a member of the LCRF Board of Directors since 2015. She was previously on the UALC Board of Directors for four years, before UALC merged with LCRF.

A nonsmoker, Ms. Bralower is a two-time survivor of lung cancer. Since her first diagnosis in 2005, she has been an avid lung cancer research activist, fundraiser and counselor for those learning to navigate the lung cancer medical terrain. In 2011, she was honored by Mass General Hospital for her contributions to the field of lung cancer research.

Outside of her involvement with lung cancer, Ms. Bralower is the founder of SVP Boston, an organization that funds local nonprofits and provides them with business expertise. In 2000, she consulted for Craig Newmark, founder of the well-known advertising website Craigslist, and helped set up the company’s Boston location, the first outside California.

Ms. Bralower began her career as a psychotherapist for 10 years before becoming an outplacement consultant to help major corporations with downsizings and terminations. Subsequently she worked with a variety of entrepreneurs including social entrepreneurs helping them develop marketing and business strategies. She received her BS from Cornell University and her MSSS from Columbia University and Boston University.

Raymond E. Chalmé

Raymond E. Chalmé has been on the Board of Directors at LCRF since 2015. Prior to joining LCRF, he was on the Board of Directors at UALC since 2008. Mr. Chalmé, along with his family, founded Elliot’s Legacy, an event devoted to fighting lung cancer. It is named for his father Elliot, who passed away from lung cancer at the age of 56. Elliot’s Legacy is an annual event that raises funds for LCRF to support research for and increase awareness of lung cancer.

In addition to being a dedicated advocate for lung cancer research, Mr. Chalmé has been working in the real estate industry for over two decades. A real estate owner, developer and manager in New York City, he is the chief executive officer and partner of Broad Street Development LLC.

David A. Hidalgo, MD

David A. Hidalgo has been a board member of LCRF since 2015. Before joining the Foundation, Dr. Hidalgo was a founding member of UALC, serving as its medical director. He established the organization’s committee of renowned lung cancer experts, designed and administered the online grant application process, and awarded grants to the most promising projects.

Dr. Hidalgo lost his mother-in-law and sister-in-law to lung cancer. Both were nonsmokers.

Dr. Hidalgo is a clinical professor of surgery at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and is currently in private practice in New York City. He is also a section editor for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and has published over 90 peer-reviewed articles in his specialty. He began his career at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center where he served as chief of the Plastic and Reconstructive Service in the Department of Surgery from 1992 through 2000. Dr. Hidalgo received his BS in biology and an MD degree from Georgetown University.

Amalia Dayan Lindemann

Amalia Dayan Lindemann joined the LCRF Board of Directors in 2014, following her mother’s battle with lung cancer. After witnessing the devastating toll of the disease and the urgent need for a cure, Ms. Dayan Lindemann became a passionate advocate for lung cancer research.

Ms. Dayan Lindemann completed her undergraduate studies at Tel Aviv University in Israel and her MA in art and business at New York University. In 2007, she co-founded Luxembourg & Dayan gallery, with locations in both New York and London. The gallery’s museum-quality exhibitions have included historical surveys of the work of Marcel Duchamp, Jeff Koons, Alberto Burri and Martial Raysse, Domenico Gnoli, among others. She lives in New York with her husband, art dealer and writer Adam Lindemann, and their two daughters.

Alan G. Mnuchin

Alan G. Mnuchin has been a member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors since 2012. In addition to his work with LCRF, he serves on the Board of Directors for Montefiore Medical Center and the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore.

Mr. Mnuchin’s mother lost her battle with lung cancer at the age of 68, far too young to die from this horrible disease. Mr. Mnuchin supports the research of lung cancer at LCRF in the hopes of finding a cure one day.

Mr. Mnuchin is a founder and managing principal of AGM Partners, a boutique mergers and acquisitions firm that focuses on companies in the media and communications industries. Prior to founding the firm in May 2003, he was global head of the media group in the Investment Banking Division of Lehman Brothers, Inc. Mr. Mnuchin has also been head of the Media & Entertainment Group in the Investment Banking Department at Bear Stearns and the vice president in the CME Group at Goldman Sachs & Co. He received his BS from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

David Monk

David Monk has been a member of the LCRF Board of Directors since 2014.
He is also on the board of Beit Issie Shapiro, having long been personally committed to supporting nonprofit organizations and the health of those
in need.

Outside of his philanthropic work, Mr. Monk is a senior vice president for Private Wealth Management at Goldman Sachs. He works with individuals and supports the financial investments of large hospitals, universities and the philanthropic arms of corporations, managing endowments and reserve funds, and guiding organizational investments.

Mr. Monk holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from the Pepperdine University School of Law. He lives in New York City with his two children.

Ronald D. Sernau

Ronald D. Sernau joined LCRF’s Board of Directors in 2015, after serving as a long-time board member for UALC. In addition to his work with LCRF, Mr. Sernau is on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the Forward Association, which publishes The Forward.

Mr. Sernau is co-chair of the Real Estate Department at Proskauer and has more than 29 years of experience in real estate law, representing sophisticated parties in particularly visible transactions involving trophy properties. He also created the Proskauer Commercial Leasing System, which automates the commercial leasing process, reducing the processing time for a commercial lease from several weeks to several days.

An expert on real estate topics, Mr. Sernau has had numerous speaking engagements, given lectures at New York University and been published in the New York Law Journal and the National Law Journal. In 2004, Realcomm, a real estate technology trade organization, awarded Mr. Sernau with its prize for the best use of technology in real estate law.

Mr. Sernau is a graduate of Cornell Law School. Mr. Sernau’s wife is Stephanie Sernau, a lawyer in New York. They have two sons, Ben and Eliot.

Lara Stein

Lara Stein is a member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors and also sits on a number of other boards, including Arts Across the Curriculum at Hunter College and the Lalela Project, an organization that provides educational arts programs to youth affected by extreme poverty.

Ms. Stein has held senior positions at numerous technology and media companies, including Microsoft, Marvel, Lifetime Television, Nelvana and WGBH. In 2008, she founded the TEDx program and oversaw the TED prize at the TED conferences. She grew TEDx from a concept to over 9,000 events around the globe, with millions of attendees in over a hundred countries. Currently, she is a consultant to Singularity University.

Rose Ann Weinstein

Rose Ann Weinstein first became involved with LCRF in 2006, following her mother’s battle with mesothelioma, a specific type of lung cancer. She spent three years as the co-chair of Strides for Life before joining the Foundation’s board.

Prior to her involvement with LCRF, Ms. Weinstein worked in the fashion industry for over 30 years, operating her own business—Rose Ann Designs—in Manhattan. She designed custom evening wear and couture lines and sold to most major specialty stores across the country, including I. Magnin. Ms. Weinstein is a graduate of the Parsons School of Art and Design. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and has three sons.

Former Board Members

The Foundation would like to thank its past board members for their exemplary dedication and hard work:

Lung Cancer Research Foundation

Laurie C. Carson, Founder
William Carson
Denis P. Coleman, Jr.
Julia McCormack
Elizabeth Peabody
William Rippe*
Ashkish Sanghrajka


Uniting Against Lung Cancer

Roxanne Donovan
Wendy Goldstein
Pavi Lawson
Thomas Scarangello