Komen Philly Names New Board Vice President, Treasurer & Members


Esteemed professionals in their industries make the commitment to lead and drive the mission of the Delaware Valley’s leading breast cancer organization.

Susan G. Komen Philadelphia  proudly announced in March the election of a new Vice President, Treasurer and four new members for its Board of Directors. The new officers, starting their terms on the Board March 15 will be: Board Vice President, Melissa Ludwig, District Vice President of Macy’s; and Board Treasurer, Neal Cupersmith, CPA, Founding Partner, Cupersmith, Wilensky, Steiger, Sempler & Co. LLP. Also starting their terms are the following new Board members: Natasha Brown, Anchor, Eyewitness News, CBS 3/The CW Philly; Ellen Cavanaugh, Vice President, Support Services, PECO; Stanton Myerson, President, Hillgate Investments, Inc.; and Reverend Blane Newberry, Associate Pastor of Fellowship, Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church.

“Passion, integrity, resourcefulness – Komen Philadelphia requires our Board to bring a number of assets to the table. But first and foremost, all those things have to culminate in action,” said Elaine I. Grobman, Chief Executive Officer, Susan G. Komen Philadelphia. “Our new officers and members have proven through the past several years that they are doers in this mission. By accepting Board membership, they have made an even greater commitment to being advocates, leaders and activists. We haven’t gotten as far as we have in the fight against breast cancer by sitting around talking about what needs to be done… and I am confident with the latest additions to our Board, we’re going to see even greater progress in the next few years.”

“Our breast cancer movement has evolved beyond awareness and education. Now in addition to these objectives, we have more survivors to support, more data and insights to direct our outreach, more aspects than ever that define what Komen Philadelphia needs to do to fulfill our mission. Doing so requires bold actions, aggressive strategies, and fearless leadership. When our Board meets in April this is exactly the energy you’ll experience – exhibited by each individual member as well as by the group as a whole. I’m truly energized by what we can accomplish.”

Before starting their positions, each new Board officer/member has had special involvement in support of Komen Philadelphia. Each also holds professional and philanthropic positions enhancing their ability to serve the Komen Philadelphia Mission.

Melissa Ludwig
District Vice President, Macy’s
Vice President, Komen Philadelphia Board of Directors
Melissa joined the Board in 2013 as a member. Melissa has been hands-on with Komen Philadelphia for over five years and especially instrumental in forming and growing the organization’s partnership with Macy’s. Through Melissa’s work, Macy’s has supported Komen Philadelphia as corporate champion of its Young Survivors and The Big Pink Footprint program, presenting sponsor of its Teens for the Cure events, local presenting sponsor of the Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure and Race-day, and patron of the Pink Tie Ball gala. In addition, Melissa has spearheaded Macy’s year-round support of the organization in the form of donations of sponsorship funds and in-kind goods and services to incentivize giving/fundraising and

celebrate breast cancer survivors.

As District Vice President for Macy’s, Melissa is responsible for managing sales and is instrumental in strategic planning, talent development, succession planning, merchandise assortment and building community partnerships. She counts among her most recent career accomplishments the successful piloting of the MyMacys. In addition to Komen Philadelphia, Melissa is on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Convention Visitors Bureau and Philadelphia Fashion Incubator. She resides with her husband, a renown breast cancer researcher, in Wayne, PA and is a graduate of Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA.

Neal Cupersmith, CPA
Founding Partner, Cupersmith, Wilensky, Steiger, Sempler & Co. LLP
Treasurer, Komen Philadelphia Board of Directors
Neal joins Komen Philadelphia on the professional recommendation of several Board members and based on his various experience on the Board of several philanthropic organizations. Neal is a proud donor to Komen Philadelphia, and in the very short time since his Board election has immersed himself in the organization and its culture, participating in event committee meetings and events.

A member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Neal has been a practicing CPA since 1969 and for the last 30 years has provided a minimum of 15-20 hours per week to various charitable boards, using his professional skills to help raised funds, streamline budgets and establish sound financial controls and practices. His volunteer work has earned him numerous awards and recognitions including the Jewish Federation Community Award, the Jewish Community Center Leader of the Year Award, The Martin Luther King Community Leader Award and the Boys Town Jerusalem Leader of the Year Award. Neal currently serves as an active officer/director for more than a half-dozen charitable organizations. He is a resident of Voorhees, NJ and a graduate of Temple University.

Natasha Brown, Anchor
Eyewitness News, CBS 3 and The CW Philly
Member, Komen Philadelphia Board of Directors
Natasha has been active in the Komen Philadelphia family as long as she has been with CBS 3, the organization’s official media partner. While that road started in 2002, it was a year later when Natasha found her special role for the organization, becoming the “celebrity ambassador” for Komen Philadelphia’s Sisters for the Cure program, and serving as hostess of the program’s main event for all eleven years of its existence. In addition, Natasha is active in helping generate awareness and support for the organization year-round, especially during the Race for the Cure season.

The Emmy Award-winning anchor joined CBS 3 in 2002 marks among her career highlights the covering of several Presidential elections, the move of the Liberty Bell in 2004, and the emotional reporting of the Columbine High School shootings and the crash of Flight 93 in Somerset County. Natasha is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and has twice been named to the Philadelphia Chapter of the NAACP’s “Most Influential Black Women” list. Natasha resides in Philadelphia, PA and is a graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Ellen Cavanaugh
Vice President, Support Services, PECO
Member, Komen Philadelphia Board of Directors
As a breast cancer survivor, Ellen has a special connection to the cause and was instrumental in establishing the sponsor relationship between PECO and Komen Philadelphia, which over the past several years has meant significant sponsor dollars to support the mission, as well as exposure/awareness among PECO’s thousands of employees. While continuing to advance the relationship, Ellen took on the additional responsibility of Chair of the Komen Philadelphia Community Grants Program Review Committee, a position she’s held for the past three years. In this role, Ellen led the way in determining the distribution of nearly $2 million annually to hospitals to advance their breast health and breast cancer treatment initiatives in the local community.

At PECO, Ellen is responsible for all of the company’s Operations Support functions, including environmental and safety programs, training, real estate, and facilities and fleet maintenance. In addition to Komen Philadelphia, she served on the Board of Directors of the Mann Center for the Performing Arts and is member of The Forum of Executive Women. Ellen resides in Montgomery County, PA and is a graduate of Chestnut Hill College as well as Villanova School of Law, where she received her Juris Doctor Degree. 

Stanton Myerson
President, Hillgate Investments, Inc.; President, American Lawsuit Funding
Member, Komen Philadelphia Board of Directors
Stanton has been involved with Komen Philadelphia for three years, most actively serving on the committee for the Pink Tie Ball, the organization’s 1/2-million-dollar gala fundraisers. Stanton has also been a year-round donor and participant in other other Komen Philadelphia events, including the Race for the Cure.

In family business from a very young age, Stanton has grown his family business from one to five stores, and also works for a company he started focused on investment opportunities. Recognized for his “rise” in business through hard work and dedication, Stanton is a firm believer in paying it forward and has served and currently serves on a number of professional and philanthropic associations. Stanton resides in Philadelphia, PA and is a graduate of Temple University and Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, PA.

Reverend Blane Newberry
Associate Pastor of Fellowship, Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church
Member, Komen Philadelphia Board of Directors
Reverend Newberry first connected with Komen Philadelphia through the fundraising and breast health educational activities of the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church Cancer Ministry. For the past four years, he has helped lead his church in raising tens-of-thousands of dollars, opened up the community for Komen Philadelphia breast health empowerment events, and helped connect the organization with women in need in order to bring them free breast cancer services. Rev. Newberry has been a vocal advocate for the Komen Philadelphia mission and a donor, and has creatively leverages the church’s resources, such as their choir and drumline, to add to the success of the Race for the Cure and other Komen Philadelphia events.

After earning his B.A. in Sociology and Social Work, and his M.S. in the Administration of Justice, Rev. matriculated at Palmer Theological in Philadelphia where he currently pursues a Master of Divinity Degree. Reverend Newberry is a certified pre-marital and marital a counselor with the Gilead’s Balm Counseling Ministry, serves as guest facilitator and lecturer at marriage retreats, teaches discipleship classes, and facilitates a missionary class for the Lott Carey Baptist Global Missions Community.  He considers the highlight of his ministerial career to date as his 2007 missionary travels to Uganda, East Africa. Rev. Newberry resides in Philadelphia and is a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte SC (B.A.) and Shippensburg University


“Each one of our Board officers and members is clearly dedicated to being a mobilizing force in the Komen Philadelphia family,” said Grobman. “We have a knowledgeable, well-rounded and passionate board, backed by a community that is extremely dedicated to fighting this terrible disease. More victories in the breast cancer movement are certainly on the horizon, and, I have much hope that one day we will finish the fight we started nearly 30 years ago.”


Komen Philadelphia Board of Directors, as of March 15, 2016

President: Ronald J. Harper, Esq., Harper & Paul
Vice President: Melissa Ludwig, District Vice President, Macy’s.
Treasurer: Neal Cupersmith, CPA, Founding Partner, Cupersmith, Wilensky, Steiger, Sempler & Co. LLP
Secretary: Judy Kellem, Owner/President, Facilities Relocation Consultants, Inc.


  • Harris T. Bock, Esq., Director, Dispute Resolution Institute
  • Natasha Brown, Anchor, Eyewitness News, CBS 3/The CW Philly
  • Stephanie Capaccio, Director of Associate Relations, Wawa
  • Ellen Cavanaugh, Vice President, Support Services, PECO
  • Marc S. Cohen, MD, Owner, Drs. Cohen & Swartz Cosmetic Surgeons
  • Denise DiSimone, Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance, PNC Bank
  • Leon Levy, Founder/President, Leon L. Levy & Associates
  • Donna M. Massanova, CPA, Partner, Baker Tilly
  • Stanton Myerson, President, Hillgate Investments, Inc.
  • Rev. Blane Newberry, Associate Pastor of Fellowship, Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church
  • Sloane Six, CEO/President, Hazleton Oil & Environmental, Inc.
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