BOARD OF DIRECTORS
MICHELE LOUISE STERLACE, Esq., LLM
Michele Sterlace graduated magna cum laude from New York University. While a mother of four young children, Michele’s childhood experiences with familial poverty inspired her to advocate for vulnerable populations. She completed her Juris Doctor degree from the University at Buffalo School of Law and her Master of Laws degree from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine Law School.
Assistant to the Executive Director
Abigail Hyland earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Grove City College in 2018, and is currently earning her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Buffalo. Abby is the Assistant to the Executive Director at Feminists Choosing Life of New York, and also works full-time at Hillside Children’s Center.
In her free time, Abby enjoys reading, playing tennis, and skiing. Abby is a pro-life feminist because she believes that women deserve better than abortion!
Assistant to the Executive Director
Grace is in her final year at SUNY Brockport where she is finishing her Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Health Care. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Health Science from SUNY Brockport. She will always be proud to call Rochester, New York her hometown. Grace enjoys music, ocean air, and black coffee.
She has a passion for people and would ultimately like to see the health care system revolutionize to meet the needs of populations across demographics and cultures.
Grace is pro-life and pro-woman.
Caroline Bennett is in her final year at Cornell University, where she is pursuing her degree in Public Policy and Communications. She has been very active in organizing and participating in events which highlight Consistent Life issues. Miss Bennett has spoken at numerous pro-woman / pro-life events in Rochester, Cornell, and the March for Life in Washington, DC. Her passion for equality and focus on human dignity is evident in all that she does. Caroline is from Rochester, NY where she resides with her family.
Emma Bennett is a Freshman at Cornell University. She is a Nutritional Science major with the goal of one day becoming a doctor. Throughout high school, Emma volunteered extensively with the Leo Club, devoting her time to prepare meals at the Ronald McDonald House, assist students at the Batavia School for the Blind, and raising money for the Relay for Life. She also promoted literacy by being a Book Buddy at her local library, and participated in the Unified Basketball Program, sharing her love of basketball, while serving as a mentor to athletes with disabilities.
During high school, Emma also held many leadership positions including; class Vice President, Treasurer of the National Honor Society, and Captain of her soccer team. At Cornell, she is the social chairman of the Women’s Club Soccer Team, as well as a member of the Hall Council. Throughout her leadership and volunteer endeavors, Emma has always tried to promote her consistent life views, but has been eager to get involved with an organization that fully embraced her pro-life feminist views. She has found such an organization with Feminists Choosing Life!
Litasia Blanding has been involved in many nonprofit organizations throughout her life, including Teens Along Nonviolence (TAN), an organization she started with her mother in 2002. She served as president of the Black Student Union for two terms and was then re-elected to Vice Presidency at Monroe Community College. She is now pursuing a Masters degree in African Studies and History at the College of Brockport with the hopes of becoming an African Studies Professor while also teaching High School History. She is passionate about spending her life fighting for equal rights and being a humanitarian while raising her four amazing kids.
Kelly Vincent Brunacini is a longstanding board member with over 10 years experience educating legislators as well as advocating for pro-woman, pro-life policy in New York State.
She is a founding board member of the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum and former executive director of Feminists for Nonviolent Choices. Kelly lives in Rochester with her husband and children.
Amy Crossed currently teaches Spanish and is a diversity officer in the Fairport, New York, School District.
Before coming to Rochester, New York, she worked at The SHARE Foundation (Salvadoran Help and Research Education), assisting with Central American Refugee relocation. Amy is on the Board of Children Awaiting Parents. She has three adult children and when she is not correcting student papers, you will find her on the tennis court.
Carol Crossed has played a leading role in the American Indian movement, (promoting relations between native North American and Latin American indigenous peoples); in the Developing Countries Visiting Journalist Program; the Women’s Peace Encampment; the World Health Conference on Women and Children, and Bread for the World. Carol has spoken before the US Senate Judiciary on nonviolent civil disobedience; was awarded the World Food Day Stamp for the Food for People Network, and appears on the Women’s Wall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY.
She is currently on the Board of Directors of Consistent Life International, Inc. (formerly The Seamless Garment Network) a federation of over 200 organizations that support the consistent life ethic and oppose war, abortion, capital punishment, euthanasia, economic injustice, and racism. Carol was a founding member of the Network in 1988 and was its Executive Director from 1992-1998. In 1999, she co-founded Democrats for Life of America.
She is currently owner and president of the Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum in Adams, MA. In 2009, she received the Woman of Achievement Award from the Berkshires Business Professional Women’s Association. She has 6 children and 17 grandchildren.
Social Media Director
Cecelia Hayes is former art educator, illustrator, and professional crafter. Her crafting and entrepreneurial spirit have combined, resulting in the sale of products online, through regional crafting showing and within brick-and-mortar stores located in Chicago and Toronto. She enjoys coffee, sewing clothes for her kids, running outdoors and laughing with her husband.
Cecelia's children and family inspire her in all she does, in all she creates, and to seek a world of peace. Cecelia currently lives in Rochester NY with her husband and children.
Sarah Mullen graduated from The Catholic University of America with a Bachelors degree in Media Studies. Currently, she works in HR for a Rochester based small business and is working towards becoming a Certified Records Manager. Sarah’s passion for pro-life advocacy began at an early age, spending many of her Birthdays attending the March for Life in Washington, DC. Sarah enjoys lively discussions, reading, watching movies and spending time with her large extended family. Sarah lives in Rochester with her husband and daughter.
Candice Olin-Renaldo is currently a project manager for Gradeline Concrete, an award winning independent video producer and mother of three. She lives in Buffalo NY with her husband and children. After nearly a decade of living and working in Sweden as a journalist, entrepreneur, activist and business woman, she has moved back to the United States with a passion for women, children and family rights.
Candice graduated from Full Sail University with a degree in Film and Video and is currently enrolled in University of the People working towards a Master’s in Business Administration. She has served on multiple boards through the years and is an active member of groups like Women’s Business Center at Canisius and Churches in Action.
Jessica Shanahan graduated with a dual major at St. Joseph University, a Master’s in Higher Education from American University, and a Master’s degree in Hospital Administration from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Jessica has dedicated her life as a community activist and volunteer, serving on numerous non-profit Committees and Boards. Her commitment to women and consistent life issues is revealed through her involvement as a founding Board Member of Feminist Choosing Life of America, Women’s Care Center Board member, Feminists For Life of NY Board President, and volunteer at Focus Pregnancy Center and Embracing Options.