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LUNG FORCE Westchester Leadership Committee

The Leadership Committee is an elite group highly committed and dedicated to driving the nation’s largest lung health movement, LUNG FORCE, and reversing the course of lung cancer, COVID-19, COPD, asthma and other lung disease.

By banding together as one FORCE, we will defeat lung disease, improve the lung health of millions and ultimately, save lives.

You can find out more about the Leadership Committee here.

If you are interested in becoming a LUNG FORCE Walk Westchester Leadership Committee Member please contact Lisa Burdzy at 917-210-5651 or

Meet our 2021 LUNG FORCE Walk Westchester Committee Members

Mariann Casagrande

21508_mcasagrande.jpgOctober 23, 2020 marks 5 years since Mariann’s life changing diagnosis of Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. She joined the LUNG FORCE Walk Westchester in 2016 and is proud to be a voice for all on this journey. She remains positive, encouraged, and hopeful that increased awareness and funding will continue to keep expanding options in treatment and care.

Mariann was honored to be part of LUNG FORCE Advocacy Day in 2020. Though it was a virtual experience, it still had a powerful impact on the representatives that were contacted for increased funding and healthcare protections.

Together with her family and friends, she will continue to fight this fight for all!

Tracey Garzione

21508_tgarzione.png Tracey devoted her career life to the aviation industry, where she could “fix" uncertain situations. When cancer struck her family, she found herself in uncharted waters - not having any control over or being able to fix the situation.

Tracey joined LUNG FORCE in January 2016 after caring for her mother, Judi, who died within 6 months of diagnosis from a rare form of lung cancer - Large Cell Neuroendocrine Carcinoma. She decided that she had to be a part of this important initiative to help others and to keep her mother’s memory alive. Every year her team, 4u JuJu, walks -- for her and for everyone encumbered by lung disease -- to one day find a cure.

KatieLynn Mulligan

KatieLynn Mulligan KatieLynn Mulligan is the Marketing Coordinator for Martin Clearwater & Bell LLP, a defense law firm in Manhattan. She became involved with the American Lung Association after she lost her Mom, Patricia, in October 2017 to lung cancer.

To keep her memory alive, the Mulligan family hosts an annual golf outing in her name through Katie’s Dad’s business - Mulligan’s Fireside Pub, and donates all proceeds to The American Lung Association.

  When Katie was approached to join the leadership committee for LUNG FORCE Westchester, she did not have to think twice about joining. To “go above & beyond” was her Mom’s famous line, and Katie intends on doing just that in memory of her and for all those who continue to fight.

Lauren Nachstein

21508_lnachstein.png Lauren Nachstein is Head of Audience Insights and Research at RICS, a global professional body promoting and enforcing the highest international standards in the valuation, management and development of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure She became involved with LUNG FORCE in June 2018, just a few weeks after her husband, Andrew, was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic lung cancer at the age of 35.

Feeling lost and hopeless about Andrew’s diagnosis, Lauren joined LUNG FOCE to find optimism, to help find a cure for her husband, and also as a way to rally the troops and cheer him on through his battle. Sadly, despite Andrew’s fierce determination to live, he passed away on October 16, 2019, just 17 months after his diagnosis. Lauren remains involved in LUNG FORCE to raise funds in her husband’s memory, and in hopes of finding a cure for someone else; so that no other family has to face the pain her family experiences daily. She continues to walk and raise funds and awareness because she knows how important education and early detection are to beating this disease, and for the advancements of treatments so that they result in fewer side effects, something her husband faced consistently. Most importantly, Lauren hopes Andrew is proud of what she is accomplishing in his name.

Kristin Ohnmacht

Kristin OhnmachtKristin Ohnmacht has been the Director of Marketing for Bilotta Kitchens for 18 years. She became involved in Lung Force as a team member on Love Your Lungs in 2018, just after her brother-in-law, Andrew Nachstein, was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic lung cancer at the age of 35. Sadly, in 2019, Andrew lost his courageous battle against lung cancer leaving his family in incredible pain with a hole that will never be filled. In 2021, Kristin decided to join the Lung Force Westchester committee as a way to honor Andrew and support her sister, Lauren Nachstein, who was already a committee member working to promote and educate despite her own unimaginable grief.

Thank You to Our Local Sponsors

Thank you to our Silver Sponsors

Northwell Northern Westchester Hospital Northwell Phelps Hospital

Thank you to our Bronze Sponsor

White Plains Hospital

Thank You to Our Media Sponsor

Westchester Magazine

Thank You to Our Community Sponsors

Veracyte Jeffries

Thank You to Our National Sponsors

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Kindred Healthcare

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