Bideawee is a vital part of New York City's rich history. For more than 112 years the organization has been a haven for pets and the people that love them. The leadership of the organization is dedicated to ensuring a bright and prosperous future for the organization by identifying new opportunities, employing technology to improve efficiency and finding creative ways to engage with people that love pets.  As needs change the entire organization has a commitment to remain current by evolving to meet the needs of today's pets and pet lovers. This commitment promises a very bright future for the organization and is evident when visiting any one of Bideawee's three locations.


  • Our President - Nancy Taylor

    Ms. Taylor joined Bideawee in 2008 and has an extensive background in both corporate and non-profit organizational leadership.

    Prior to accepting the position at Bideawee, Nancy was Chief Executive Officer for the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance in Silver Spring, Maryland.

    Before TS Alliance, Ms. Taylor served as Vice President of Global Alliances and Market Development at Transgenomic, Inc., a global biotechnology company headquartered in Omaha, NA where she developed the company’s first corporate giving program and created a consistent worldwide corporate identity throughout the advertising, sales collateral, seminars and trade show programs.

    Ms. Taylor also has served as CEO for the Interstitial Cystitis Association and the Montgomery Hospice Society and Foundation.  She is a licensed physical therapist and an avid animal lover, sharing a special affinity with all creatures great and small having grown up in rural New York State. Ms. Taylor, her husband, Ron moved to the New York area from their residency in Maryland and are now the proud parents of Bideawee alumni kittens, Kati and Squiggy.

  • Our Chairperson - Mary M. Luria, Esq.

    Mary has been a member of the Bideawee Board since 2002.

    She has served on the Manhattan Shelter Committee, the Nominating Committee and, most recently, the Executive Committee.

    A lawyer who graduated from Radcliffe College and Yale Law School, she and her firm, Davis & Gilbert LLP, provide pro bono legal services and support to Bideawee.

    Her own practice focuses on intellectual property protection and licensing, publishing and other media.

    Mary grew up with dogs and cats and now has seven cats, all of which are adoptions from shelters or from the outdoors of her house, ranging in age from six months to ten years.

    Her other extracurricular activities are gardening and photography.

    Prior to joining the Bideawee Board, she served on the Board of the Mercantile Library and the Publications Committee of the New York Academy of Sciences.

  • Board of Directors

    Mary M. Luria, Esq., Chair
    Joseph L. Sorbera, Jr., Vice Chair
    David Fazio, Treasurer
    Pamela Laudenslager, Secretary
    Nancy Taylor, President & CEO


    Pallavi Atluri, Esq.
    David Best, MD, MBA
    Leslie C. G. Campbell
    Andrew S. Frey
    Garth E. Griffiths
    Pat Haegele
    Guy B. Lawrence
    Keith Manning, DVM
    William S. McKeever
    Doug Ray
    Sally Wood
    Thomas W. Young


    Lewis H. Berman, DVM
    Elizabeth R. Cooke
    William A. Dueker Jr.
    Warren Eckstein
    Ellen C. Grimes
    Vivian Huebner


  • Advisory Council

    Laurie Bodor
    Kate Donner
    Elizabeth Healy
    Pamela Laudenslager
    Guy Lawrence
    Daryn Mayer
    Robin Reardon Nelson
    Michele Shenfeld
    Rose Smith
    Delia von Neuschatz

  • Executive Leadership

    Nancy Taylor - President & CEO
    Raymond Cushmore - COO
    Leslie Granger - Vice President, Development
    Dr. Shiann Simms - Vice President, Veterinary Medicine

  • 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 & Devin Shanahan
    Events Chair: Jillian Roberts
    Advertising/Marketing Chair: Nicole Badke
    Public Relations: Alana Rockland
    Acting Secretary: Mike Shanahan

    To inquire about membership or for more information about the Young Professionals Committee please e-mail

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