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(Hawthorne, NY) – Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic (PPHP) is pleased to announce the appointment of Eillene C. Leistner to the position of Senior Vice President, External Affairs.  At PPHP, Ms. Leistner oversees the Development, Public Affairs, and Education and Training Departments, while serving as a member of the Senior Management Team.

Ms. Leistner brings to PPHP 26 years of not for profit experience as well as expertise in corporate image marketing, most recently serving as the Executive Director of Sharsheret (a not for profit organization dedicated to providing support services for women experiencing breast cancer) in New Jersey.  As the Associate Director of Development at DOROT in New York, she focused on donor cultivation and planned giving.  As the Vice President of Development for the Youth Consultation Service in New Jersey, she directed public advocacy and strategic planning while serving as their chief operating officer of their Foundation. Ms. Leistner has 14 years of fundraising experience for art schools, museums, and emerging artists.

Ms. Leistner holds a Masters of Arts from Northwestern University and a Bachelors of Arts from Lehman College.  She is an active member of the Holocaust Commemoration Committee of the Jewish Community Council of Teaneck.   


Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, Inc (PPHP) is the 17th largest affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and operates 13 medical centers in Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam Counties.  In 2007, PPHP has provided services to over 37,000 patients in over 73,000 visits.  We conducted over 1,700 education programs reaching more than 32,000 youth and adults, and mobilized approximately 10,000 advocates to protect reproductive health care rights.  PPHP has served the community for 75 years, and is dedicated to educating and empowering individuals to make responsible choices regarding their sexuality and sexual health.  Planned Parenthood has done more to reduce the incidence of abortion and unintended pregnancy than any other health care provider or advocacy group.  PPHP is headquartered in Hawthorne NY. For more information about PPHP services and programs, visit http://www.pphp.org/


Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, Inc.


Beverly Katz (914) 467-7341


January 09, 2009