Berrie Center Leadership Council

The Berrie Center Leadership Council is a committed group of professionals, business and community leaders who share a common passion for the Berrie Center’s mission to advance innovative diabetes research programs and patient care initiatives through advocacy, fundraising, and leadership.

Led by Co-Chairs Will Gahagan and Mike Lazar, Council members attend regular meetings, participate in Berrie Center events, generate and contribute annual financial support for the Center, and host an annual Diabetes Leadership Summit. 

The work of the Council is accomplished through four committees that achieve a defined set of goals and move the mission forward. Committee membership involves a reasonable time commitment and an agreement to bring resources to the table for the Berrie Center that will strengthen its ability to deliver on its promise to provide the care and the cure. 

Committees include:

Fundraising: The Berrie Center relies upon philanthropic funding to grow and sustain its critically important programs in care and research in diabetes. The mission of the Fundraising Committee is to support these programs through help with fundraising events and to work in conjunction with Berrie Center leadership and the Development team on establishing new funding opportunities and relationships. The Annual Giving Committee is Co-Chaired by Joshua Bloomstein and Joseph Fink. 

Events: Through a variety of events and activities, the Events Committee raises funds and awareness for the Berrie Center, while building a community of supporters and extending the Berrie Center’s volunteer network. Upcoming events include a diabetes research panel on April 2, an annual active lifestyle event (run/ride), a gala, and other social events. The Events Committee is Co-Chaired by Stephen England and Cherie Serota.

Outreach: The Outreach Committee provides an introduction to the Berrie Center for new patients and families, upon referral by their clinicians, who would like more information about volunteer opportunities at the Berrie Center or who wish to connect with the Berrie Center patient and family community. Committee members serve as liaisons to new Leadership Council members. The Outreach Committee is Co-Chaired by Sabrina Chosed and Scott Chosed.

AdvocacyThe Advocacy Committee assists with effectively communicating the Berrie Center's mission, excellence, purpose, and needs to the general public and within the diabetes community. Members of the committee will provide counsel and advice while actively identifying resources to execute ideas and accomplish goals. The PR/Marketing Committee is Co-Chaired by Randy Hustvedt and Nancy Rabstejnek Nichols.

Frequently Asked Questions:


Q:  What is the purpose of the Leadership Council?

A:  The purpose of the Council is to raise awareness and financial support for diabetes research and care at the Berrie Center.

Q:  Is there a financial commitment?

A:  Members make an annual gift, commensurate with their personal financial capacity, to support the Berrie Center’s research and clinical programs. They also contribute by generating support from their family, friends and colleagues through Council fundraising events.  

Q: What is the required time commitment?

A:  All members join a minimum of one Committee, attend a majority of Committee meetings, and invest an adequate amount of time to accomplish Council and committee goals.    

Q: What benefits do members receive?

A:  The Council offers unprecedented access to some of the world's leading diabetes physicians and scientists, provides an incredible forum for learning about strides being made in diabetes care and cures, and brings together a superb group of professionals throughout the Greater New York City business community.


To learn more about becoming a Leadership Council member, please speak to your Berrie Center physician or contact Development Director, Jamie Gutter at or at 917-484-0090.