North Fork Breast Health Coalition Expands Board of Directors

Riverhead– The North Fork Breast Health Coalition welcomes two new directors to the
non-profit, all-volunteer organization’s board, which now totals eleven dedicated women and men. Luisa Gatz of Riverhead and Bernadette Tuthill of Baiting Hollow are the most recent additions. 
Luisa Gatz was born in Costa Rica, and moved to New York 15 years ago.  She is married and the mother of two young girls. She says she loves being a stay-at-home mom, which gives her the opportunity to volunteer her time and give back to the community.  
“When I heard about NFBHC from a board member, I knew right away I wanted to get involved. Helping others has always been part of me, and it boosts my happiness and drive to give back even more. I consider myself to be a kind and caring person, which I believe is fundamental to connecting to a wider community and contributing to social well-being,” Gatz said.
Bernadette Tuthill is a graduate of Riverhead High School, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Ithaca College, and graduated summa cum laude from Touro College Jacob D. FuchsbergLaw Center. 
Tuthill is currently a Senior Associate at Twomey, Latham, Shea, Kelley, Dubin & Quartararo, LLP in Riverhead. Her law practice focuses on the areas of estate planning and taxation, estate administration, corporate law and elder law. 
As a committee member for the 2019 Pink Pearl Gala, Tuthill has already had the opportunity to work with members of the NFBHC board. (Gatz also served on this committee.) Tuthill also volunteers weekly at the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center in Hampton Bays caring for injured and sick wildlife.  
Currently led by President Susan Ruffini, the NFBHC board also includes Vice President Melanie McEvoy, Secretary Annie Baulch, Treasurer Susie Bandiera and At Large Directors Anton DeMartino, Phyllis DeMartino, Lori McBride, Denise Vasilakos and Janice Jay Young.
NFBHC supports local breast-cancer patients with programs such as the Helping Hand grants. Funds raised also allow the group to continue to provide free services such as gentle yoga, massage therapy, reflexology and guided mediation to breast-cancer patients and survivors.  
The next major fundraiser will be the “5K Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness” on Sunday, September 22, at Tanger Outlet Center. For more information about that event, the NFBHC or the services that the organization provides to breast-cancer patients and survivors who reside in the North Fork area, visit