The Board of Directors for Support Connection, Inc., a Yorktown-based not-for-profit organization that provides free support services to people affected by breast and ovarian cancer, has appointed three new members.

The newly appointed board members are: Arber Balidemaj (Cortlandt Manor), real estate broker with Houlihan Lawrence-Yorktown in Jefferson Valley; Karen Cartelli Bobay (Cortlandt Manor) retired from Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson, Inc. in Pleasantville, where she was chief human resources officer; and Carol Cirieco (Yorktown Heights), real estate salesperson with Houlihan Lawrence in Somers.

Gary Wawrzycki, board President, said, “Support Connection’s mission is to provide emotional, social and educational support services to women, their families and friends affected by breast and ovarian cancer. Our central goal as the organization’s Board of Directors is to ensure the future well-being, growth, and scope of the available programs offered to so many by our amazing staff and counselors, so our mission continues and grows. We are extremely honored and excited to add so much experience, passion and energy to our terrific Board of Directors with the appointments of Arber, Carol and Karen. I am confident they will all help strengthen our mission.”

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The Support Connection Board of Directors is a group of volunteers who help the organization fulfill its mission. The board includes people whose lives have been affected by cancer, business leaders, and members of the community. In addition to providing governance for the organization, the board works to raise funds and pursue resources to enhance and sustain Support Connection’s programs and services.


Support Connection, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization that provides free, confidential support services and programs to people affected by breast and ovarian cancer. Founded in 1996, Support Connection is based in Yorktown Heights, but, through its toll-free hotline and website, serves people throughout the country. To learn more, call 914-962-6402 (toll-free: 800-532-4290) or visit