Staff & Board Member Bios
Catherine “Cathy” Black, BS, MBA
A native Long Islander, Ms. Black (Cathy) began her passion for volunteering in grade school. She holds a BS in Marketing and Management and an MBA in Marketing from Long Island University Post (LIU). For the past 25 years, she has been an adjunct professor of Marketing and Management both on the Graduate and Undergraduate levels for many colleges and universities in the NYC metro area. She also worked several years for JP Morgan Chase where she advanced her career through several promotions. Throughout her life, Ms. Black has been involved in religious, civic and political organizations on local, state and national levels. She resides on Long Island with her husband Jim and their two children, Chris & Alix, and a very spoiled Morkie, Bennington.
Donald Cavanaugh, CPA, MBA, CGMA
Mr. Cavanaugh is a Certified Public Accountant, who specializes in non-profit organization for over 30 Years, serving in various financial functions. He is currently the Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus at the St. Paul’s Council in Brookville, NY and serves on his Parish Annual Outing and Finance Committee.
Julia Chitos, LHS+
Julia Chitos, wife, mother of three and grandmother to eight. A long standing volunteer and board member of seven organizations: St. Mels Italian American Association; Rosary Altar Society; Cenacles of Life Prayer Group; Joint Parish Respect Life Committee; Rachel’s Helpers for Post Abortive Women; Vice President of The Bridge to Life and a 14-year member of Lieutenants of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre. Her mission has always been and will be helping all those in need with respect to the Sanctity of Life.
Catherine Donohoe, MS, RN
Ms. Donohoe’s pro-life activism started in grammar school when she attended the very first March for Life in Washington DC with her dad. Since then, she has been an advocate for the unborn and their mothers and started volunteering at Bridge when it opened in 1992. Besides her work at Bridge, Ms. Donohoe is also President of the Pregnancy Service Network of Greater New York; Lay Pastoral Minister of the Diocese of Brooklyn and member of the Joint Parish Respect Life and International Gift of Life Walk Committees. She also passionately advocates for the unborn within the local political community. An RN, she became a Nurse Educator after obtaining her MS degree. Ms. Donohoe has received recognition for her pro-life work including the 2016 Diocese of Brooklyn’s Provita Award. She is a wife and mother of two daughters and grateful to be able to serve other mothers and all women that seek our assistance.
Virginia “Ginny” Gallo
A Manhattanite who attended Cathedral High School and Hunter College, Ms. Gallo was employed by the CIA as a Secretary. During that time, she began volunteering at The New York Foundling Hospital where she interacted with toddlers showing them the love and attention they lacked. After marrying and raising four children, Ms. Gallo was employed as Administrator for a group of pulmonary and critical care specialists. She began volunteering at Bridge utilizing her administrative abilities as well as counseling women faced with an unplanned pregnancy. Subsequently, she successfully reorganized the Material Assistance Program and is presently its Coordinator; served as the Acting Executive Director from 2007 to 2017 and served as board Vice President and currently as the Assistant Treasurer. She is the proud grandmother of six who through her example also choose to help her with Bridge. Ms. Gallo is strongly committed and dedicated to Bridge’s mission of saving babies and helping mothers and their families in their time of need.
Shawnna Jannah, BS
A native New Yorker, Ms. Jannah is a graduate of New York University’s prestigious Stern School of Business. She has held positions in both online and broadcast arenas, retail management and most recently, human resources. She has participated in gospel choirs since the age of seven and competed in the McDonald’s Gospel Fest. Currently, she serves as Choir Director at Bethel Gospel Tabernacle in Jamaica, Queens. She is dedicated to her family, church and friends and also serves as a volunteer with several organizations, seeking a way to make a better day for everyone she meets.
Alice Lemos, PHD
Alice Lemos holds a PHD in Hispanic studies from Brown University, a bachelor’s in Spanish from Brooklyn College and a paralegal certificate from Adelphi University. She did her dissertation on Spanish Queen Esther’splays, published articles on the literature as well as on politics. Fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian, she is an amateur expert on Spanish history and culture including the Jewish history and the inquisition. Dr. Lemos has also published in Human Life Review and Bulletin of the Comediantes. She is the proud mother of a Marine and devoted to the pro-life cause speaking on Bridge’s behalf at various events. She is also a big flamenco music fan and balletomane.
Anthony T. Marsanico, AS
Mr. Marsanico is the owner and president of a heating and air conditioning contractor company called Irving Haase and Co, Inc. which began operations in 1977. He has been a long-standing member of the board where he brings his business expertise to the table. He’s lived in Queens with his wife Barbara since 1974, raised four grown children and has eight grandchildren in the Tri-state area. Mr. Marsanico has an Associate’s degree in Engineering and a strong accounting/business education. His wife, Barbara introduced him to Bridge long ago when she served as a labor coach to a client who chose “life“. His hobbies include ATV riding, hunting, camping and enjoying the great outdoors with his family.
Msgr. Sean Ogle
Msgr. Ogle is a native New Yorker and the son of Irish immigrants. He was ordained in 1977 for the Diocese of Brooklyn and has served in parish work, taught in the minor seminary and served in diocesan administration. He was also a national officer of the National Catholic Forensic League for speech and debate. He has been pastor of St Mary Star of the Sea in Far Rockaway and is currently pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel the “Mother Church of Queens County” in Astoria. Msgr. Ogle has served on a variety of community-based boards and has been a long-standing member of The Bridge to Life board.
Mary Beth Topczynski, BS
A NYC native but Midwest-raised since age seven, Ms. Topczynski brings a broad range of skills to Bridge’s board through three distinct careers. A BS in Journalism from Indiana’s Ball State University, she worked several years as a writer/editor in marketing communications pioneering desktop publishing. It was a natural migration from there into a 16-year career in Information Systems as a Programmer/Analyst advancing to Project Management. This led to a 13-month sabbatical as a Covenant House New York Faith Community volunteer following which she was offered the Government Grants Director position which she held for almost five years. She’s married and lives in Suffolk County, Long Island – once again a NY native.