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 in seeking insurance reimbursement for babies in need.
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 in breastfeeding and NYMB. On Saturday mornings you'll find her baking bread for the week.
Director of Operations
Roseanne has 4 children, 4 grandchildren, 2 cats, and a very bold dog. When not working at NYMB, Roseanne enjoys reading and hiking and traveling with her husband of 38 years.
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.
Katherine fills orders for our donor milk and can fill any other position such as screening donors, receiving and pasteurizing donor milk. When not at the bank, she's baking homemade treats or having an adventure outside.
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.
Milk Bank Assistant
Outside of NYMB Maggies enjoys going into NYC and finding hidden gems, running and hiking.
Jacques is a graduate of the University at Albany. He possesses a B.S. in Human Biology and his ultimate goal is to become a Pathology Assistant. In his free time he enjoys hanging out with his friends, listening to music, and playing basketball.
Gil lives with his wife & son in NY. At NYMB Gil is able to use his microbiology & sterilization experiences to receive & pasteurize donor milk for infants while ensuring overall safety & quality. Gil enjoys being active, cycling, or hiking on the weekends with his family in addition to exploring all the NY State has to offer.
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, eating, hikes, and listening to psychology podcasts!
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.
Debjit is a leader in Bain’s North America practice and has worked for many fortune 500 companies prior to joining Bain. He is a senior supply chain & operations leader known for creating significant value for investors and corporations through financial and operational performance improvement & business turnaround. Results-driven professional with an accomplished career assisting companies with planning, designing and implementing solutions for their most difficult operational challenges. Debjit received his Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Bangalore University in India and his MBA from Cornell university. Prior to joining Bain he has served many fortune 500 corporations like Reckitt Benckiser, BP and Tyco in different leadership roles spanning manufacturing, planning and logistics. Debjit lives in New Jersey with his wife Indrani and daughter Devanshi.
Laura Candelaria, PhD, RN, MS, FNP
Laura is an assistant professor of nursing at the Molloy College Hagan School of Nursing in Rockville Centre, NY. She received her baccalaureate of science and nursing (BSN) at Molloy College, her master’s in science and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) at Stonybrook University and a PhD in Nursing Research at the Molloy College Hagan School of Nursing. She has over 20 years of nursing experience in both the hospital and private practice setting in the areas of neonatal intensive care, women’s health and pediatrics. Dr. Candelaria teaches maternity and pediatric nursing, nutrition and pathophysiology and mentors graduate and doctoral students. She sits on several college committees, acts as an academic advisor and is an avid researcher. Dr. Candelaria’s primary research focus is in the area of human milk science, and milk banking and donation in which she has published several peer-reviewed studies. Her focus on the NYMB Board is to research concepts, trends, and facilitating and motivating factors of milk banking and donation.
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.
Rhonda Valdes-Greene, RN, MSN, IBCLC
Rhonda’s experience and expertise has been in the area of High-Risk Obstetrics and newborn care, both full-term and preterm. She singlehandedly drove the lactation program at Westchester Medical Center and developed the needed processes and procedures while participating in key research that impact breastfeeding, mother’s milk, and newborns receiving human milk. She was awarded the Exemplary Nursing Award at WMC in 2016 and was a key member in the establishment of the Pre-Term Donor Milk Program. Rhonda participated and held several positions on the Executive Board of Westchester Putnam Rockland Lactation Consortium for 15 years.
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
Edmund La Gamma, MD
Westchester Medical Center
Robert Lawrence, MD
Infection Disease Specialist
University of Florida
Ruth Lawrence, MD
Distinguished Alumna Professor
Northumberland Trust Chair of Pediatrics
University of Rochester School of Medicine
Lawrence Noble, MD, IBCLC
Elmhurst Hospital Center
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
Lorraine Boyd, MD, MPH
Bureau of Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Mona Gabbay, MD, IBCLC
The Breastfeeding Doctor
Scott Hartman, MD
University of Rochester Department of Family Medicine
Theresa Landau, MS, RD, CDN
Bronx, New York
Pauline Nardella, RN, IBCLC
Christina Smillie, MD, IBCLC
Marina Stopler, MS, RD, IBCLC
The Bronx, NY