The Women’s Leadership Council

IMPACT.

The women stakeholders of Columbia Athletics-Columbia and Barnard athletic alumnae, parents and friends, administrators, coaches and student-athletes-are committed to sustaining Columbia Athletics' standards of excellence.  Through leadership gifts, these women are making their voices heard and their influence known in the athletics program.


MEANING.

Support from women, not only for women's sports programs but also for the athletics program as a whole, makes a statement. Women are and will continue to be significant investors in the present and future of Columbia's Athletics.


CONNECTION.

The Women's Leadership Council strengthens ties in three important ways: within the athletic alumnae community, among alumnae and student-athletes, and between student-athletes. Together, these women enhance the experience of being part of Columbia Athletics for our entire constituency.

 

 

JOIN US!

“The Women's Leadership Council embodies the lasting legacy of our female student-athletes. The community created by the Council transcends our individual sports and affords our student-athletes, alumnae, parents, and friends exposure to a diverse network of female leaders.”

Head Soccer Coach Tracey Bartholomew

Information

The Women's Leadership Council, founded in 2007 by Lisa Carnoy'89CC, Donna MacPhee'89CC, Dr. M. Dianne Murphy, and Philippa Portnoy'86BC, '90BUS, is a leadership giving recognition society for women.


Since its inception, The Women's Leadership Council members have contributed over $3 million in leadership support to the Athletics annual funds.


In Fiscal Year 2016, The Women's Leadership Council comprised 144 members who contributed more than $490,000, making it the most successful year to date.


In Fiscal Year 2015, new levels of membership within the Council were rolled out: Silver membership, marked by cumulative annual gifts of $2,500 or more to The Fund for Excellence and/or Columbia Athletics' 31 varsity sports programs over the course of the fiscal year (July 1 – June 30), and Blue & White membership, marked by cumulative annual gifts of $1,000.


Through a special challenge match made possible by Helene Halperin Tagliaferri'83SEAS, nearly 100 women joined the Council on Giving Day. For the second consecutive year, all fifteen women's sports had representation on the Council.


Gatherings throughout Fiscal Year 2016 included a fall reception at Barneys New York, a negotiations seminar with Women's Basketball alumna and Columbia Business School Professor Valerie Purdie-Vaughns '92CC, hosted by Linda Gerstel '83BC P'19CC, a spring trip to the American Museum of Natural History, and a summer golf session and reception at Chelsea Piers.


 

 

2015-16 Women's Leadership Council Members

Silver

Kimberly Ambrose P'16CC
Kyra Barry '87CC P'17CC
Tracy Pierce Bender '92CC
Megan Bramlette '02SEAS
Margarita 'Ari' Brose '84BC
Joan Campion '92CC
Lisa Landau Carnoy '89CC
Diana Caskey
Patricia Chalian '97BC
Nancy Cornacchia P'17CC '19CC
Susan Loring Crane '89CC '92LAW
Ashima Aggarwal Dayal '89CC '96LAW
Carolyn Epling
Susan Feagin '74GS
Maryellen Feeley P'16CC
Tina Fischer '88CC
Elaine Freibott P'16CC
Catherine Froman '88CC
Teri Galluccio P'15CC
Elaine Gerson P'18SEAS
Linda Gerstel '83BC P'19CC
Leslie Gittess '88CC
Judith Goldberg P'14CC
Archie Gottesman P'17CC
Clare Gurbach P'17CC
Helene Halperin-Tagliaferri '83SEAS
Molly Sellner Harris '93CC
Julie Hassan '93CC
Marilyn He '14CC
Michelle Meersand Heller P'18CC
Agnes Mentre Jacobs P'17CC
Britta Wilson Jacobson '96CC
Debbie Joy P'17CC
Peggy Kalamaras P'18CC
Rachel Flax Kaplan '03CC
Katie Lynch Keeffe '01CC
Debra Lau-Block '87BC
Donna MacPhee '89CC
Devon Martin '90CC
Julie Matthews P'19CC
Samara Bernot Meshel '92CC P'18CC
Lisa Mendelson P'18CC '20CC
Cheryl Milstein '82BC P'09CC P'10CC
Pnina Milstein P'18CC
Ashley Mistele '10CC
Whitney Weems Mogavero '00CC
Caitlin Mullins '11CC
Kathleen Mullins P'11CC
Margaret Munnelly '90CC
M. Dianne Murphy
Teling Peterson P'19SEAS
Cheryl Petrovich P'17CC
Philippa Portnoy '86BC '90BUS
Michelle Pujadas P'18CC
Anne Redhead '87CC
Melissa Reilly '93CC
Mary Ross '94BUS
Teresa Saputo-Crerend '87CC '92BUS
Michele Smith '93CC
Tina Steck '80BC
Anne Stuzin P'19CC
Elizabeth Taylor P'18CC
Joanne Van Emburgh P'19CC
Cathy Weiss
Shirley Wes P'17CC
Kathryn Yatrakis '76GSAS '81GSAS P'94CC '96CC '05CC
Helen Doyle Yeager '85BC

 

Blue & White

Joyce Anderson '02CC
Penny Apollaro '93CC '95SW
Cristina Aragona P'19CC
Corey Aronstam
Stacy Ashby P'19CC
Debra Barnet P'16CC
Tracey Bartholomew
Katie Day Benvenuto '03CC '12BUS
Ashley Bernhard P'18BC
Carol Berry P'17CC
Jen Beubis '91CC
Sarah "Tink" Bolster*
Ellen Bossert '86CC
Linzi Cavanaugh P'19SEAS
Hyoshin Chang P'17CC
Natalia Christenson '11BC
Jaclyn Chu '02CC
Patricia Cloherty
Kaye Condon P'16CC
Lynn Crane P'18CC
Jane Croft
Manju Dawkins '01CC
Jenny Drake '97CC
Christina Dugger '89CC
Lauren Dwyer '11CC
Catherine Yatrakis Economakis '94CC
Carol Ewertsen P'19CC
Deirdre Flynn '92CC
Sheila Goggin P'15CC '19CC
Lauren Harrison '03CC
Allison Hartstone P'18CC
Lianfeng Huang P'18CC
Maggie Johnson '11CC '14SPS
Therese Kalberer P'17CC
Brie Katz '07TC
Jane Kim P'15CC '16CC
Madeline Kokes P'19CC
Su-San Lancoon '84SEAS
Ilene Lederman '87CC
Caroline Bierbaum LeFrak '06CC
Carol Linde P'17SEAS
Michele Lynch P'18CC
Karen Manion P'18CC
Kristin Martinez '05CC
Marina Masch P'19SEAS
Lisa Mazur P'16CC
Angela Mills
Lori Mosca
Jessica Mullin '06CC
Erin Mullins
Suzanne Neshat P'18CC '18CC
Susan O'Connor P'17CC
Deanna Pilling
Jackie Johnston Powers '92CC
Saiya Remmler '85CC
Charlene Ridgeway '90CC
Virginia Ruesterholz P'17CC
Nicole Sanders '94CC
Shiraz Sanjana P'18BC
Cheri Schipper P'19CC
Catherine Schwoeffermann P'15CC
Katie Sheehy '03CC '06LAW
Sabrina Stables P'19CC
Grace Sterritt '05CC
Heather Braunagel Stupi '13CC
Nancy Teague P'17CC
Ellie Thomas '10CC
Diane Thompson P'18SEAS
Andrea Tobin '03CC
Caylei Vogelzang '03CC
Nita Walsh P'19CC
Amy Weeks
Ilene Weintraub '02CC
Amanda Wiss '06BC
Madeline Yule P'19CC
Soonae Zou P'13CC

*Deceased