Bideawee is a vital part of New York City's rich history. for more than 113 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 - Dolores Swirin-Yao

    Dolores Swirin-Yao brings to Bideawee more than 25 years of experience in the leadership and management of complex, multi-faceted non-profit organizations. Prior to accepting the position at Bideawee, Dolores was Vice President for Institutional Advancement of York College of the City University of New York (CUNY) in Jamaica, Queens.

    Before working at CUNY, Dolores served as Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York, the largest girls-only leadership organization working in the five boroughs of NYC. She previously served as Executive Director of the New York City Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and held senior management and development positions at the American Red Cross of Greater New York, the Beth Israel Medical Center in NYC, and the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia, PA.

    Ms. Swirin-Yao earned both MA and BA degrees in French Literature at Columbia University. Dolores is an avid animal lover who understands the importance of the bond between people and pets. Ms. Swirin-Yao lives with her husband, two children and two gerbils in Brooklyn where - until recently - they shared their home with Sgt. Pepper, their late Cocker Spaniel senior rescue. Dolores is delighted to have Cricket as her office cat. She and her family soon plan to offer a forever home to a Bideawee pet.

  • 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 – Administration
    Sally Wood, Vice Chair – Strategic Planning
    Guy B. Lawrence, Treasurer
    Pamela Laudenslager, Secretary


    Pallavi R. Attluri, Esq.
    David H. Best, MD, MBA
    Leslie C.G. Campbell
    Kevin Davis
    David Fazio
    Andrew S. Frey
    Garth E. Griffiths
    Pat Haegele
    Keith Manning, DVM
    William S. McKeever
    Doug Ray
    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

    Dolores Swirin-Yao - President & CEO
    Raymond Cushmore - COO
    Jennifer Goodwin - 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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