Nominating Committee

Our Nominating Committee

The Man & Woman of the Year Nominating Committee consists of former candidates and community leaders who volunteer their time and resources to nominate candidates and support the campaign. The team meets monthly and works on recruitment of candidates, sponsorship, public relations and logistics.


Laura Petrovic, Renaissance Albany Hotel

AJ Bodden, Townsquare Media

Committee Members:

Rob Bellizzi, Bank of America

Kelsey Carr, The Chazen Companies

Zac Conley, Cresa Albany

Peter Connolly, Keeler Motor Car

Kate Fruscione, Albany Business Review

Holly Garofano, Nuance Salon

Todd Garofano, Saratoga Convention & Visitors Bureau

Stacy Myron, Staples

Brendan Noonan

Jeffrey Schwartz, Phillips Lytle LLP

Ilana Smith, Allstate Insurance

Brad Wagner, Merrill Lynch



The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Man & Woman of the Year campaign is a fundraising competition among a select group of individuals in the community. While each candidate conducts their own campaign, all candidates are united by one goal: to use their leadership skills to raise funds to help blood cancer patients live longer and more fulfilling lives.

By accepting the nomination, candidates will have 10 weeks beginning the day of the kickoff to accumulate the most "votes." Every dollar raised counts as one vote. The male and female candidates who raise the most votes during the campaign are named the Upstate New York/Vermont Chapter's Man & Woman of the Year at the Grand Finale Gala on May 8, 2015.

Candidates run in honor of the Boy & Girl of the Year, who are local blood cancer survivors and sources of inspiration. Candidates are people who are passionate about finding cures for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. From corporate presidents to ultra marathoners, the diverse candidates and nominees always have two qualities in common: humanity and passion.

More than 1 million people in the United States are living with, or are in remission from a blood cancer. Someone new is diagnosed with a blood cancer every four minutes. New cases of leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma will account for nine percent of the 1.5 million new cancer diagnoses in the United States this year.

We rely on the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations. Proceeds from the 2015 Man & Woman of the Year support our mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.


If you or somone you know is interested in supporting the Man & Woman of the Year campaign, please contact Susanne Keller at



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