Standing from left: Susan Vierczhalek, Boriana Parvez, Katie Kelter
Seated from left: Roseanne Motti, Julie Bouchet-Horwitz
The New York Milk Bank is dedicated to improving the health and survival of infants in need by providing them with safely pasteurized donor human milk when their mothers’ own milk is unavailable or insufficient. We are dedicated to ensuring the safety and quality of donor milk and to reducing health disparities in the use and distribution of donor milk.
Our vision is that all women are supported in their breastfeeding and lactation goals and that all babies have access to safely pasteurized and affordable donor milk in situations where their mothers can't or won't breastfeed. We support families and their babies throughout the life cycle by educating and supporting families on the benefits of human milk.
The New York Milk Bank opened in 2016 after two years of hard work by five dedicated women who worked behind the scenes fundraising and gathering support. We opened at Andrus on Hudson a Senior Care Facility in Hastings and quickly outgrew our space. In 2018 we moved to a larger facility in Valhalla where we can triple our production of donor milk. Now that donor milk is a covered benefit through Medicaid for inpatients, we are working hard to ensure coverage for outpatients on a case-by-case basis.
Julie divides her time between her private practice at Hudson Valley Breastfeeding and NYMB. She loves to read, walk and meditate. On Saturday mornings you'll find her baking bread for the week.
Director of Community Relations
Roseanne is a founding member and former treasurer of NYMB. She came off the board in May of 2016 to run the daily operations of NYMB. She currently works with milk donors, milk depots, and oversees our volunteer and intern onboarding and community relationships. When not working at NYMB, Roseanne enjoys hiking, baking, reading, writing, and spending time with her four grandchildren.
Genna works with our recipient families and our hospital accounts getting donor milk to our state's littlest patients. Outside of NYMB, she loves the outside, cooking, and live music.
Susan lives with her husband and 3 children in Connecticut. She enjoys being active outdoors (running, biking), photography, yoga, and live music. And chocolate.
Blair lives in Upstate New York with her husband, six-year-old daughter, and their two dogs. She works remotely for NYMB and in her free time, she likes to go for runs or bike rides with her family.
Olivia graduated from Bard College in 2018. During her time there, she found a great interest in sustainable food production and consumer behavior. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, hikes, and listening to psychology podcasts!
Milk Bank Assistant
They spend their free time reading, eating, rigging, and teaching aerial arts.
Meet Our Board
Julie Bouchet-Horwitz, FNP-BC, IBCLC
President and Executive Director
Julie is a board-certified nurse practitioner and lactation consultant. She is the owner and sole proprietor of Hudson Valley Breastfeeding, a practice devoted exclusively to lactation. HVBF has a NY license to store and distribute donor milk and was instrumental in introducing donor milk into NY NICUs and into the community. Julie divides her time between her practice and NYMB.She has published articles on breastfeeding for Mothering Magazine, and the peer-review journals of Clinical Lactation, and ICAN: Infant Children and Adolescent Nutrition. She is past-president of the Westchester Putnam Rockland Lactation Consortium, the tri-county professional lactation organization. Her interest in milk banking began with the adoption of her youngest daughter who received donor milk as a supplement. Julie is also a clinical instructor with Columbia University School of Nursing and a mentor to lactation consultant candidates.
Susan Vierczhalek, MD., FAAP, FABM, IBCLC
Vice President and Medical Director
Susan is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine and is the medical director of the Bellevue newborn nursery, and of the Bellevue Breastfeeding Program and co-director of the high-risk newborn follow-up program. She serves as the American Academy of Pediatrics New York Chapter 3 Breastfeeding Coordinator, Chair of the New York State Breastfeeding Coalition and Vice-chair of the New York City Breastfeeding Leadership Council. She is a United Nations representative for the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine and a member of the Unicef Breastfeeding Advocacy Partnership Team. She is the medical director of the New York Milk Bank, Inc.
Boriana Parvez, MD, FAAP, FRCPC, IBCLC
Boriana is a Neonatologist at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, WMC, in the Regional Perinatal Center (RPC), one of the 17 designated by NYSDOH RPCs. She cares for some of the smallest and sickest preterm and full term infants in the state. She trained in Bulgaria, Canada and the U.S. and has practiced as Neonatologist for over 20 years in Canada and the U.S. She has a long standing interest in preterm infants’ nutrition and prevention of hospital acquired infection. She has been funded to develop a NICU based preterm donor milk program at her hospital. She is the Director of Development with The New York Milk Bank.
Katharine Kelter, MD, MPH, FAAP, IBCLC
Katie is a general pediatrician and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She attended the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York and completed her residency training in pediatrics at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx. Since 2007 she has worked at the Comprehensive Family Care Center of Montefiore Medical Group, a community based health center in the Bronx. After receiving her IBCLC certification in 2011, she started a breastfeeding program where she provides in depth consultations to mothers and infants with breastfeeding difficulties, runs a breastfeeding group clinic, and provides breastfeeding education and support to faculty, residents and staff.
Michael is a Managing Director at First Manhattan Co, an asset management firm founded in 1964. Prior to joining First Manhattan, Michael spent six years in Goldman Sachs’ Global Investment Research division. Previously, Michael held operating roles within the consumer product industry, primarily at Reckitt Benckiser. Michael has an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Richmond. He lives in New York with his wife and three children.
Scott Eisenberg is an experienced attorney working in the New York area, currently serving as the General Counsel of Symphony Communications, a web-based secure messaging platform. Prior to joining Symphony in 2015, Scott was senior counsel at inter-dealer broker ICAP. He began his career at the law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, after which he started his own company before moving to ICAP. Scott is also an alternate director on the board of FINOS, a non-profit organization dedicated to open source collaboration in the financial services industry. Having two young children of his own, Scott is grateful for the opportunity to contribute to an organization that recognizes the critical importance of and facilitates proper infant nutrition.
Teresa is a partner with Americas Capital Advisors Corp., a real estate investment and development company focused on Westchester ‘s residential markets. She is also an investment sales specialist with Houlihan Lawrence Commercial Group of Rye Brook, NY. Prior to her direct real estate investment and advisory roles, she was an investment analyst and portfolio manager with Alliance Bernstein LP (AB), leading global investment decisions across several basic resource industries and in real estate. Her real estate investment roles included developing and managing AB’s Global Real Estate equity securities investment product. Ms. Marziano has held management positions in Corporate Finance and Treasury in the US and abroad. She holds a Finance MBA from Columbia University and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Universidad Simon Bolivar (Caracas, Venezuela).
Karen Anne Smith
Karen Anne Smith started her career in banking with the Federal Home Loan Bank in San Francisco. After a break to pursue her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and achieve the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst, Karen moved to Financial Technology, first as a consultant and Product Manager for Fintech startups, to being the CEO of her own company. Karen then moved on to leadership roles in small to mid-sized financial institutions, most recently moving to New York to assume the role of CFO at Municipal Credit Union. Karen has served on multiple non-profit boards, primarily focusing on the empowerment of women and children.
Susan is the owner of Walker Bookstore, which provides new and used textbooks to k-12 schools across the country. She and her husband built the company up from a side business out of their garage to a thriving business that is now the sole income for their family. Before that, Susan worked mostly with disadvantaged youth who were in the judicial system, among the urban poor, or in foster care in wilderness therapy, camping, and group home settings. One of her passions is education and the health and wellness of children, which is what led her to the New York Milk Bank. She lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband and 4 children, along with 3 dogs, 25 chickens, 2 turkeys, and 3 horses.
Sandra Arevalo MPH, RDN, CDN, CDE, CLC, FADA
Sandra is the Director of Community and Patient Education at Montefiore Nyack Hospital. Her commitment is to provide culturally sensitive health care and education to the most underserved and diverse families. She is a recognized national expert on Latino culture, nutrition, and health. Her work on prevention and treatment of obesity, lactation, and diabetes has been presented at various national conferences, and featured in national and international TV, including Telemundo and NatGeo, as well as in numerous printed media outlets, radio, and peer-reviewed journals. She is an active spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Am Assoc of Diabetes Educators. She has served and still serves as leader of various local and national professional organizations. Among her numerous nominations and awards is the Award of Excellence from NEPDPG for Best Nutrition Education Program (2012), the Award of Excellence from the National Hispanic Medical Association for her leadership in nutrition for Latinos (2013), Mom On A Mission, next to Michelle Obama (2017), the Garden State Diabetes Educator of the Year Award (2018), and AND’s Preceptor of the year award (2019).
Thomas is Director of Operations at the PepsiCo Global Beverage R&D Center in Valhalla, NY, responsible for operations, maintenance and construction for the site. Thomas started with PepsiCo in 1988 at the Somers corporate HQ as a Facilities Manager, including supporting the PepsiCo Customer Service Center and corporate data center in Winston-Salem NC. Thomas graduated with a BS in Resource Development from the University of Rhode Island . He lives in Connecticut with his wife Wendy, and has three children and three grandchildren.
Medical Advisory Board
Suzanne A. Arinsburg, DO
Assistant Director, Blood Bank
Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY
Assistant Professor of Pathology
Assistant Director, Blood Bank and Transfusion Services,
Director, Cellular Therapy Laboratory
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai/Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY
Lorraine Boyd, MD, MPH
Bureau of Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Edmund La Gamma, MD
Westchester Medical Center
Mona Gabbay, MD, IBCLC
The Breastfeeding Doctor
Robert Lawrence, MD
Infection Disease Specialist
University of Florida
Scott Hartman, MD
University of Rochester Department of Family Medicine
Ruth Lawrence, MD
Distinguished Alumna Professor
Northumberland Trust Chair of Pediatrics
University of Rochester School of Medicine
Theresa Landau, MS, RD, CDN
Bronx, New York
Lawrence Noble, MD, IBCLC
Elmhurst Hospital Center
Pauline Nardella, RN, IBCLC
Richard Schanler, MD
Director. Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York,
North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System,
and Professor, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School Of Medicine
Christina Smillie, MD, IBCLC
Marina Stopler, MS, RD, IBCLC
The Bronx, NY