Our Team

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Board of Directors & Operations

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Donna Klassen, LCSW

Co-Founder, CEO, Let's Talk Menopause

Donna is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 30 years of experience. Her areas of practice include trauma, infertility, and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. In addition to her private practice, Donna served as admissions and clinical director at the Motherhood Center of New York from 2017-2020, and has held supervisory roles at SUNY Stony Brook, the Jewish Board of Children and Family Services, and Safespace.

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Samara Daly

Co-Founder; Chair, Board of Directors, Let's Talk Menopause; Co-Founder, DalyGonzalez; Partner, Bolton St. Johns

Co-founder of DalyGonzalez, an M/WBE boutique government and community affairs firm, and a partner at the government relations firm Bolton St.Johns, Samara nurtures public-private partnerships to facilitate development projects in the cultural, workforce, and tech sectors. Previously, as director of strategic partnerships for Macro-Sea, she helped foster several iconic NYC initiatives, including the New Lab at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and the restoration of the Chelsea Hotel. In addition to Let’s Talk Menopause, Samara serves on the board of directors of SBIDC and Grow NYC, member of AllinBklyn and the advisory boards of the Service-Learning Project NYC and Girls Inc of Dutchess & Ulster Counties.

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Tamsen Fadal

Let's Talk Menopause Board Member & Ambassador,
Primetime Evening News Anchor, Host of the Podcast Coming Up Next, and Menopause Advocate

As a primetime evening news anchor, the host of the podcast Coming Up Next and menopause advocate, Tamsen Fadal has spent the past three decades as a journalist, storyteller, and women’s health advocate. While reporting is her profession (she is honored to have earned 13 Emmys for her reporting on Hurricane Sandy, the Columbia Shuttle crash, and the war in Afghanistan among others), her passion is amplifying women’s stories that often happen behind the headlines.

But it was her own experience off-camera that changed her life. Tamsen landed on the bathroom floor as the result of severe menopause symptoms. Feeling isolated, ashamed, and experiencing these very severe symptoms with her hormones all over the place, in an industry that values youth – Tamsen decided it was time to change the narrative and talk openly about the uncertainty and fear that goes along with the intersection of midlife and menopause.

Today, she is a menopause advocate for women, including in the workplace. She has taken her advocacy to social media where she releases new videos each day to talk to other women who are going through the same life change. She has garnered a passionate, loyal social media following by sharing her journey of midlife, menopause and finding meaning.  She is working on her 4th book and first documentary.

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Jessica Levin

Chief Program Officer, Let's Talk Menopause

Before joining Let's Talk Menopause, Jessica Levin had over 30 years of experience launching and advising education organizations/initiatives, developing education policy, conducting research, and organizing parents and communities to improve their schools. Among her leadership roles, she co-founded Education Leaders of Color (EdLoC); launched The New Teacher Project’s research and policy practice; developed policy at the US Dept. of Education; and taught at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Jessica’s first step into the menopause space was in 2018 when she published an article about her own (not happy) menopause experience.

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Marie Capozzi

Operations Manager, Let's Talk Menopause

Marie is a nonprofit professional with over 20 years of experience in marketing, operations, fundraising, workforce development, advocacy, and community relations, among other areas. She has worked in leadership capacities for the NY-based nonprofit organizations SBIDC, Stockade Works and the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Prior to her nonprofit career she was a marketing and advertising executive in the music industry. Marie currently serves on the boards of Stockade Works, 78 Youth Sports, and the NY Public Radio Community Advisory Board.  She holds a BA from Rutgers University and a Developing Leaders for Nonprofit Professionals Certificate from Columbia Business School. Marie is thrilled to be working with the extraordinary team at LTM.

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Robin Noble, M.D.

Chief Medical Advisor for Let's Talk Menopause. Gynecologist, InterMed.

Dr. Robin Noble, Chief Medical Advisor for Let's Talk Menopause, has been a practicing gynecologist for more than 20 years. She completed her medical training at Columbia and her OB/GYN residency at Yale. Following a fellowship in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and an academic position at NYU, she has built a practice helping her patients through the menopausal transition. She is a certified menopause provider through the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), a co-chair of the New England Chapter of the Yale Alumni NonProfit Alliance, and a member of the board of directors of Intermed, where she currently practices.

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Risa Aronson

Vice President at The Knot Worldwide

Risa Aronson is Vice President at The Knot Worldwide, the authority on wedding planning, offering everything couples need to take their celebration from inspiration to reality—from ideas, advice and the perfect local vendors to creating and managing all guest experiences, wedding registries and invitations.  Ms. Aronson oversees the Global Media Solutions team handling client global partnerships across a variety of mediums including digital, video, social and print. She is a proven leader with a successful track record in driving revenue growth and profitability. Ms. Aronson is an executive leader with expansive management and media experience in publishing leading sales teams, marketing, and business development.

Prior to joining The Knot Worldwide, Risa spent over 20 years at Conde Nast where she worked on world class brands such as The New Yorker, Bon Appetit and W where she was responsible for growing revenue across all categories and platforms. Ms. Aronson also oversaw the Luxury Category from clients marketing objectives, business challenges, targeting capabilities all while providing opportunities across Conde Nast brands and products.

Ms. Aronson lives in New York City with her husband and their twin boys. She volunteers with a number of organizations, including Park Avenue Synagogue, Dorot, Scope and is a founding member of the 18417 Networking Group, an organization created to help mentor and grow young talent.

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Julissa Ferreras-Copeland

Owner, Sunrise Consulting Group & Partner, Hollis Public Affairs

Julissa Ferreras-Copeland has represented District 21 on the New York City Council since 2009. She is the first woman, the first person of color, and the youngest person ever to chair the Council’s influential Committee on Finance, which oversees the city's budget process. The daughter of Dominican immigrants, Council Member Ferreras-Copeland is a leading voice on matters of immigrant and women’s rights and transparency in government. Recent accomplishments include establishing the Flushing Meadows Corona Park Alliance and helping to pass the groundbreaking menstrual equity package, the first law in the nation to guarantee access to menstrual hygiene products in schools, prisons, and shelters.

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Katie Fogarty

Katie Fogarty, Founder, The Reboot Group & Host of 'A Certain Age' podcast

Katie is a podcaster, pro-aging advocate, and the founder of The Reboot Group, a communications consultancy that helps clients and companies to tell better career and brand stories. A former journalist (CNN, NY1) and PR executive, Katie now hosts A Certain Age, a podcast that spotlights women reinventing midlife and celebrates women who are aging out loud.

Katie is a longtime champion of organizations that connect women with resources to thrive in career and life. She is on the advisory council of Flow Health, supports the work of WAKE: The Women’s Alliance for Knowledge Exchange as an advisor in Cambodia and the U.S., and is a featured expert in Mika and Ginny Brzezinski’s book “Comeback Careers.”

She began her career on Capitol Hill working for Senator Bill Bradley (D-NJ).

Katie and her husband Mike, three kids, and rambunctious pandemic puppy Lilah live on Long Island.

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Deborah Juantorena

Vice President, Analytic Tools & Platforms, Pfizer Inc.

Debbie Juantorena is the vice president of analytic tools and platforms, at Pfizer Inc, where she is responsible for developing and managing analytics tools, platforms and data related products and services that help to deliver insights to improve Pfizer’s impact on health outcomes. Debbie is a member of ALLINBKLYN, a women’s giving group, and serves on the board of the Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn.

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Terry Kung

Director of College Guidance, The Hewitt School

Terry Kung holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Columbia College, Columbia University, and a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University, and is working on her doctoral degree in K-12 School Administration at Seton Hall University. She is an ardent Columbia alumna and alumni leader who was the founding president of the Columbia Alumni Association of Singapore, interviewed hundreds of applicants for Columbia’s Alumni Representative Committee (ARC), and currently serves as the inaugural president of the Columbia Alumni Association of Brooklyn. She was also Columbia University’s Assistant Director of Admissions in charge of Asia, Hawaii, and California, while directing the ARC, which has thousands of alumni interviewers around the world. Ms. Kung has spent over two decades working in schools from Columbia University to Oakwood School and Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles, and Brooklyn Friends School in New York City. In addition, she serves/has served on numerous boards ranging from the College Board, to education tech companies, to the Counselor Advisory Board at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Cathy Rought Jacobson

Public Affairs, Government Relations and Political Operative

Long-time public affairs, government relations and political operative, and an alumnus of BerlinRosen and The Podesta Group, Cathy designs and leads complex and multifaceted campaigns designed to move the needle in many of the most prominent policy debates. During her time at BerlinRosen, she ran external affairs programs to secure large-scale state offshore wind procurements, advocated successfully for the renewal of economic development tax incentives, extricated a complicated portion of Medicaid reform from the NYS Budget, cultivated bipartisan support and passage of dedicated funding for the National Park System, developed a framework to disrupt systemic racism and inequity around maternal health outcomes and secured funding for supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness. She is a proud Ulster County resident and enjoys spending time with her husband Tommy, 4-year-old daughter E and two very over-privileged cats.

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Jennifer Weiss Wolf

Author and Executive Director at Birnbaum Women's Leadership Network

Attorney, advocate, and author Jennifer Weiss-Wolf is the executive director of NYU Law’s Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network. Prior she was vice president and the inaugural women and democracy fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice. She also leads partnerships and strategy at Ms. – the feminist movement-making magazine. A passionate writer on and advocate for issues of gender and politics – and menstruation and menopause – Weiss-Wolf was dubbed the “architect of the U.S. campaign to squash the tampon tax” by Newsweek; her 2017 book Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity was lauded by Gloria Steinem as “the beginning of liberation for us all.” Her forthcoming book, Period. Full Stop. The Politics of Menopause will be published by NYU Press in 2025. Weiss-Wolf’s scholarship has been published by the NYU Review of Law and Social Change, Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, and William and Mary Journal of Race, Gender, and Social Justice. Her writing and work have also been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, TIME, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, Teen Vogue, NPR, PBS, and NowThis, among others.

Medical Advisory Board

Elizabeth S. Albertini, MD

Supervising Attending Psychiatrist, The Motherhood Center of NY

Dr. Kelly Casperson

Urologist, Podcaster, Female Hormone Expert

Judith Joseph, MD, MBA

Chair of the Women in Medicine Initiative at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons; Clinical Assistant Professor at NYU Langone Medical Center Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Principal Investigator of Manhattan Behavioral Medicine, where she leads over a dozen women researchers in mental health and neuroscience clinical research studies.

Sheryl Kingsberg, PhD

Clinical psychologist and Chief of the division of behavioral medicine at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center; Professor in Reproductive Biology, Urology, and Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University

Rajani G. Lowe, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine at NYU Grossman School of Medicine

Sharon Malone, MD

Alloy, Chief Medical Advisor

Erin D. Michos, MD, MHS

Director of Women's Cardiovascular Health, Associate Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease

Mary Jane Minkin, MD

Clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at Yale University School of Medicine; Co-director of the Sexuality, Intimacy, and Menopause for cancer survivors’ program at the Smilow Cancer Center

Margaret Nachtigall, MD, FACOG

Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NYU School of Medicine

Sameena Rahman, M.D., F.A.C.O.G,

Founder of Center for Gynecology and Cosmetics, Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Rachel S. Rubin, MD

Urologist and Sexual Medicine Specialist, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Urology, Georgetown University

Amy Shapses, PT, CLT, CERT. MDT, PYT(C)

Owner and Founder, Flow Physical Therapy

Laura R. Sirulnik, MD

Assistant Clinical Professor, Psychiatry, New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Lauren Streicher, MD

Clinical professor of OBGYN at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, founding medical director of the Northwestern Medicine Center for Sexual Medicine and Menopause, NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioner, and Author

Dr. Maria Uloko, MD

Urologist, Comprehensive Sexual Medicine, Prosthesis and Reconstruction, San Diego Sexual Medicine, Assistant Professor University of California, San Diego

Lisa Weinstock, MD

Lisa Weinstock, M.D., Reproductive Psychiatrist

Advisory Board

Omisade Burney-Scott

Black Girls Guide to Menopause

Iris Chan

Partner, DLG (Digital Luxury Group)

Julie Gordon White

CEO, Bossa Bars, LLC

Janet Hanson

Founder, 85 Broads

Susan Jang, PhD

Cognitive Science and Education, Former Professor of Media Studies, Columbia University

Lorrie King, MBA

Co-Founder, Caire Beauty

Celeste Lee

Co-Founder, Caire Beauty

Jaclyn Levin

President, Shriver Media

Stacy London

American Stylist , Co-host, What Not to Wear

Laurie Michaels, PhD

Founder, Open Road Alliance

Christine C. Quinn

President & Chief Executive Officer, Women In Need (WIN)

Samantha Skey

Chief Executive Officer, SHE Media

Iris Weinshall

COO, New York Public Library


Let's Talk Menopause is grateful to our creative, talented, and innovative partners. Together, we are changing the conversation around menopause.

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