• Our President - Leslie Granger

    Leslie has a long history with Bideawee, having overseen marketing, development, volunteers, and brand identity for the organization for more than six years. She began her career at Bideawee in early 2010 as the Vice President of Development, eventually taking over additional responsibilities and becoming the Chief External Relations Officer. In 2016, Leslie took a brief hiatus from Bideawee while helping to reestablish the New York City Opera, but after 14 months returned to lead the organization as Bideawee President and CEO in September of 2017.

    Leslie’s professional tenure also includes the role of Director of Development for ACDS and the Senior Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving for North Shore Animal League.

    A lifelong avid animal lover, Leslie shares her Long Island home with two dogs, three cats, and her human family.

  • Chair - Joseph L. Sorbera, Jr.

    Chair - Joseph L. Sorbera, Jr.
    Mr. Sorbera was elected to the Board of Directors in March 2010 and was elected as Vice Chair in 2012. He is the President and CEO of  JLS Cost Management Systems Inc., a capital projects management company based in NYC. Mr. Sorbera lives in Staten Island, NY with his wife, Diane, their three children, his three year old “prince of the house”, a golden retriever named Chewie (short for Chewbacca), and Max, a Bideawee dog who adopted the Sorberas as his new family. In addition to serving on Bideawee’s board, Mr. Sorbera is a former member of the board of Trustees of the University of Scranton and Loyola School of New York. Mr. Sorbera earned his degree in management from the University of Phoenix.

  • Board of Directors

    Joseph L. Sorbera, Jr., Chair
    Leslie C.G. Campbell, Vice Chair, Administration
    Todd B. Richter, Vice Chair-Strategic Planning
    Steven R. Victorin, Treasurer
    Pamela Laudenslager, Secretary
    Leslie Granger, President and CEO


    Kurt A. Abrams
    David H. Best, MD, MBA
    Kevin Davis
    Patricia Haegele
    Lynn Killeen
    Robert G. Koen
    Keith Manning, DVM
    Doug Ray
    Patricia Stewart
    Thomas W. Young


    Lewis H. Berman, DVM
    Elizabeth R. Cooke
    William A. Dueker Jr.
    Warren Eckstein
    Ellen C. Grimes
    Mary M. Luria, Esq.


  • Executive Leadership

    Leslie Granger - President and CEO
    Raymond Cushmore - COO
    Dr. Shian Simms - Vice President, Veterinary Medicine
    Heather Reynolds - Vice President, Marketing and Development



  • Young Professionals Committee

    On June 19, 2014 Bideawee established the Young Professionals Committee with the goal of putting a new generation at the forefront of supporting Bideawee and its mission. Made up of volunteers, former and current staff, and friends of Bideawee, the YPC has been hard at work planning events, fundraising activities, and outreach programs.

    Co-Chairs: Joe Sorbera, III & Jillian Roberts
    Advertising/Marketing Chair: Stephanie Lee
    Public Relations: Nicole Passmore
    Acting Secretary: Mike Shanahan

    To inquire about membership or for more information about the Young Professionals Committee please e-mail YPC@bideawee.org.