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Children’s Non-Profit Names Two New Board Members

Friends of Karen, a non-profit that helps families in NY, NJ and CT who have a child diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, names two new board members.

North Salem, NY, February 01, 2017 --( Friends of Karen, which supports critically-ill children and their families, has added two new members to its Board of Directors, New York City residents, Laura Salerno and Sara Colodner.

With nearly a decade of public relations experience, Laura Salerno is a communications and media relations strategist. Prior to launching her own consulting practice in 2015, she was a VP at Havas, a publicly-traded, multinational advertising and public relations company. Previously, Laura was a VP at Rubenstein Public Relations, where she spent more than seven years overseeing PR and media relations strategy on a variety of high-profile accounts.

Laura was introduced to Friends of Karen as a teenager when her father, who sat on the Long Island Advisory Board, brought her along to the organization’s annual Tribeca Rooftop fundraiser event. Ever since, she has served on the Tribeca Rooftop Committee, New York City Advisory Board, and initiated the Young Professionals Leadership Committee, which organizes a series of events to raise awareness of Friends of Karen amongst young professionals in New York City.

Laura received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University and resides in Manhattan.

Sara Colodner is the Director of East Coast Sales at Kin Community, a digital media and entertainment company that specializes in millennial women’s content including food, fashion, beauty, DIY, home, health, wellness, and entertainment. Previously, Sara was a Sales Director at StyleHaul, Inc. and BlogHer. Sara began her professional life as a Teach For America Corps member (Public School Special Education teacher) and she has always been a passionate advocate for children in need.

Sara has been a lifelong supporter of Friends of Karen, having been introduced to the organization by her parents at a young age. She has been engaged and involved ever since.

Sara lives in Manhattan with her husband, son and two dogs.

About Friends of Karen: Friends of Karen is the only organization in the NY, NJ, CT area that provides one-on-one support for the whole family. Their team of experienced social workers ensures that each family receives an individualized program of assistance, at no cost, to relieve their daily needs and concerns so they can remain stable and functioning. No family should have to go through their child’s illness alone. Friends of Karen is a lifeline of support. Charity Navigator, the independent evaluator of thousands of U.S. charities, has given Friends of Karen their highest 4-star rating for 8 consecutive years; only 2% of all U.S. charities receive this distinction. 83 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to Friends of Karen’s family support program.

For more information, visit or call (914) 277-4547.
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Friends of Karen
Barbara Wilkov
(914) 617-4042

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