Meet our Honoree & Featured Speaker:
Honoree: Susan C. Pouch
Susan Cambria Pouch, a native of Brooklyn, New York, is a graduate of Bernard Baruch College of the City University of New York and of Pace University.
Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1987, Pouch’s career spanned work in the international maritime transportation business at Crossocean Shipping Company, Evergreen Marine Corporation (Evergreen Line) and Barber Ship Management, Inc., until the progression of her MS eventually led to her retirement.
Since then, Susan has devoted her energy to understanding and managing her MS and serving her community. She was a Trustee and Corporate Secretary of the Dobbs Ferry Community Hospital for 20 years, and currently serves on the St. John’s Riverside Hospital’s Riverside Health Care Foundation.
She’s also served as Director of the Southern New York Chapter (which merged with the New York City Chapter three years ago) and assisted in the development and operational planning of the MS Cross Hudson Swim Challenge. She has supported Women on the Move and other outreach programs to help people living with MS and encourage them to lead active and productive lives.
Susan, married to Captain Robert H. Pouch, resides in Ardsley on Hudson, New York. She is step-mother to William and Catherine and grandmother to Christopher and James.
Featured Speaker: Lauren Bedford Russell
Lauren Bedford Russell is a businesswoman, fine jewelry designer and television personality.
In 2012, she starred on season three of Showtime’s critically acclaimed reality TV series “The Real L Word,” where cameras followed her daily as she lived out her life between New York City and Los Angeles, CA.
A native of La Jolla, California, Russell graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.A. in Communications. She launched her fine jewelry line — LYON — in July 2011 spearheading it to become one of the most sought after jewelry lines in the country.
Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the summer of 2012, Russell has embraced her diagnosis with the latest design in her collection, the “Positivity” bracelet, to inspire people living with MS. She donates 15% of the proceeds to the National MS Society. As a supporter of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgendered (LGBT) community, Russell created the “The Equality Bracelet” which was inspired by the historic movement to end the legal inequalities that the LGBT community faces regarding marriage, housing and employment. She donates 20 percent of the proceeds from the sale of each bracelet to the non-profit group Friendfactor. Also new to her bracelet line is the “Rock the Vote” bracelet where 15% of the proceeds are donated back to the program of the same name.
Russell currently resides in Los Angeles, where she enjoys sketching drawings, traveling, walking her two dogs Olive and Luna, and volunteering.