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Our Leadership

Executive Leadership Team

  • Wendy Stark
    President & CEO

  • Keith Corso
    Chief Development Officer

  • Gillian Dean
    Chief Medical Officer

  • Dawn J. McClary
    General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer

  • Rosalba M. Messina
    Chief Financial Officer

  • Samuel Mitchell
    Chief Operating Officer

  • Dipal Shah
    Chief External Affairs Officer

  • Lisa Williams
    Chief of Staff

Wendy Stark
President & CEO

Wendy Stark joined Planned Parenthood of Greater New York in October 2022, a defining moment for the reproductive rights movement and the affiliate.

As a life-long champion for equitable access to sexual and reproductive health care, Wendy brings nearly 30 years of leadership and advocacy experience in the health care space to PPGNY. From attending abortion rights rallies with her mother in high school to working as a patient care associate at a New York abortion center right out of college, Wendy has fought tirelessly to preserve and expand our right to reproductive freedom – advocating for both abortion access and LGBTQ+ rights, while providing high-quality care to communities in need.  

In her previous role as Executive Director at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, Wendy was instrumental in the growth of the organization, doubling its healthcare capacity and expanding its geographical presence.  Under her leadership, the organization started a formal research and education program to advance LGBTQ+ health data as well as a policy and advocacy program to work toward health equity and justice. Wendy has played a critical role in numerous positive legislative advances in New York State to improve care for the communities PPGNY serves.

Wendy is a proud parent who loves cold brew coffee, word games of all kinds, and big dogs.

Karen Seltzer
Board Chair

Karen Seltzer is the Board Chair of Planned Parenthood of Greater New York (PPGNY).  A passionate advocate for women’s healthcare and reproductive rights, she has been an active member of Planned Parenthood boards for over 15 years, serving as Board Chair of Planned Parenthood of Nassau County before serving as the inaugural Board Chair of PPGNY.  Karen has extensive knowledge of how to manage nonprofit boards and an ability to collaborate and bring people together, which has helped to achieve meaningful results in the recent merger of five New York Planned Parenthood Affiliates.                                                       

Over the past 30 years, Karen held many volunteer leadership positions in Port Washington — serving on the boards of The Community Synagogue, The Community Chest of Port Washington, and holding many leadership roles in the community including President of Parents Council of the Port Washington School District. She also currently serves as Board Chair of the MB and Edna Zale Foundation in Dallas and was recently recognized as one of Nassau County’s Women of Distinction 2021.     

Karen grew up on Long Island where her family instilled strong philanthropic values with a desire to help others. After graduating from Tulane University, she had a short career in retail before working in Development where she honed her fundraising and volunteer management skills, setting the stage for a lifelong passion for volunteering.  She returned to Long Island where she and her husband Steven raised their three daughters.

In her free time, Karen enjoys playing tennis, reading, and going for long walks.

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