Meet Our Team

Our Team


Founder and President

Ty Canty is Founder and President of Fashion Fights Cancer. Prior to founding FFC, Ty was owner of Enigmatology Boutique, and co-owner of Archives New York. He has been featured in W Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar,, Huffington Post, and participates in New York Fashion Week. Ty has developed programs and partnerships with Beth Israel, American Cancer Society, Memorial Sloan Kettering, and POETIC (which has 10 hospitals across the nation). He is also a board member of the Eugene Gasana Jr Foundation, which helps kids defeat cancer throughout Africa and the World.



Co-Founder and Senior Vice President of Marketing

Kara Solomon is a co-founder of Fashion Fights Cancer. She has over 15 years of experience as a marketing professional with notable institutions including the American Lung Association, PFLAG NYC, and Touro College.



Senior Vice President for Program and Business Development

Based on her experience in developing programs that meet critical community and health needs, Alice brings FFC successful community collaborations that result in stronger services, programs, and partnerships. Alice is an education and organizational consultant, former school principal, Director of Federal and State Programs, State Education Director, and Reading Specialist. She is also a successful grant writer, with $150 million written in the last four years.


CHAYO MATA, In Memoriam

Fashion Photographer Lost to Cancer

Chayo Mata was a Latina beauty and fashion digital photographer working and living in New York City. She earned her B.A. in Commercial Photography from East Texas State University and was an exclusive photo assistant with Steven Meisel for three years prior to beginning her own professional studio. Editorial, advertising, and fashion designer clients included: L’Oreal, In Style, Aldo, I-D Magazine, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Lucky Magazine, BCBG, Club Monaco, Parallel, Oprah Magazine, Emanuel Ungaro, Ungar Marie Claire, Frette, and many others.

Ms. Mata was Fashion Fights Cancer’s original board member and provider of FFC workshops. We love her and miss her. She is a constant inspiration.



New Yorker Connie Angeles, a cancer survivor, is a participant in FFC workshops and programs. 



Jennifer Breslow, art therapist and psychotherapist, has been using the creative process inherent in artmaking as a source of expression, joy, refuge, and self-understanding throughout her life. Following her passion for art and a deep interest in psychology, she earned her Master’s in Art Therapy from New York University and her B.A. in Graphic Design from the University of Notre Dame. Post Graduation, she received Level I Training for the Treatment of Trauma from the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, completed Trauma Courses at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies Training Institute, completed the Intensive Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program at the William Alanson White Institute, and got her Certificate of Training at the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement.



Amy Duquette is an art therapist in New York City and is passionate about using art as a catalyst for healing. She earned her Master’s in Art Therapy at the School of Visual Arts in NYC in 2004, became a nationally registered Art Therapist in 2005, board certified in 2006, and achieved her professional license to practice Art Therapy through the State of New York in 2006. 



Medine is an American author best known for The Man Repeller, a humorous website for serious fashion. She describes the title of her blog as, “Good fashion is about pleasing women, not men, so as it happens, the trends that we love, men hate. And that is fantastic”. In 2012, Medine was featured in Forbes‘s ‘Top 30 Under 30’ as one of the year’s “most influential trendsetters”, while The Man Repeller was recognized in TIME‘s ‘25 Best Blogs of 2012’ and received ‘Best Overall Blog’ at the 2012 Bloglovin Awards. In that year, Medine also topped Adweek’s ‘Fashion Power 25’ recognizing those “who truly mattered in fashion and style,” beating the likes of Lady Gaga, Michelle Obama, and Anna Wintour. In 2013, Medine was featured in Fast Company Magazine’s ‘100 Most Creative People issue.



Tess Giberson was born in 1971 in a small town in New Hampshire. Her parents, both artists, had moved to the country after graduating from Rhode Island School of Design in the late 1960′s and raised their family with an emphasis on traditional craftsmanship and creativity.

After graduating from RISD in 1996, Giberson moved to New York and began her career working at Calvin Klein as a sweater designer for the Men’s Collection. After two years she left and free-lanced for several companies until she was ready to launch her own collection. The TESS GIBERSON collection began in 2001 and the following season she received one of the first Ecco Domani Fashion awards.

The collection, initiated from conceptual and thematic ideas, was known for the experimentation with traditional craft and detailed handwork, as well as continuous collaborations with artists and musicians. The fashion shows, incorporating music, writing, video, performance and installation, moved beyond a single collection blending outward into many fields of experience. Giberson has collaborated closely with Jon Widman, both husband and artist, as well as other artists and musicians, including a longtime collaboration with her sister, Petrova Giberson. Tess has served as an advisory board member since 2012.



Penny Karabey is founder and artistic director of Luxury Next Season, a New York City based luxury fashion collective dedicated to procuring and bringing the rarest and most sought after fashion pieces to the New York market. With over 15 years of experience in both the fashion and IT industries, Penny combined the two, launching Luxury Next Season in 2015 when she saw a gap in the market for unique luxury pieces. Penny is known for her unique personal style and for never wearing black, she has been featured in Yahoo Style, Haute Living, Betches and Thrive. Penny joins FFC to further her mission of fighting cancer after her beloved father lost his battle with the disease.



YDE is a luxury women’s Prêt-à-Porter Brand Based in Copenhagen. The poetic and feminine style of the collection is conceptualized and created by acclaimed Danish designer Ole Yde. The 34-year-old designer was born and raised in Odense, Denmark. At the age of 18 he moved to Copenhagen to attend Denmark’s design school. In 2002 Ole left school short of graduating to pursue his dream of starting his own label. He began his career by creating one of a kind dresses for private customers, which he still continues to do now. YDE was launched in 2005 for which Ole subsequently won ILLUM’s design prize. In 2010 Ole Yde won both the Silver Thread award for new talent of the year and the GINEN award for designer of the year.



Fashion Designer

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, designer Erin Fetherston graduated from UC Berkeley before attending Parsons Paris to study fashion design. In 2005, Erin presented her eponymous label in Paris, establishing Fetherston’s signature feminine, whimsical and romantic sensibility. In 2007, Fetherston moved her operation to New York City and was a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist. ERIN, her contemporary collection was debuted in 2011, which is sold in top retail boutiques worldwide. Fetherston recently married her longtime beau, platinum selling recording artist, Gabriel Saporta. They live together in TriBeCa with their two dogs Koala and Tulipan.



Fashion Designer

Pooja Kharbanda is an industry leader in swimwear & women’s apparel. Her brand, 6 Shore Road, has playful yet subtly edgy silhouettes that can be worn from dusk to dawn. Inspired by lazy beach days at sunset beach in shelter island, 6 Shore Road captures the spirit of carefree days amongst friends. Intended for sipping champagne at the bar and dancing as the sun goes down, the effortlessly sexy beach to bar styles easily transition from day to night. Pooja continues to take inspiration from old and new travels. She was born in India, spent her childhood in Hong-Kong and her teenage years in Panama City, Panama. After developing an affinity for design in high school she moved to New York a few years later. She currently resides & works in NYC.



Accessories Designer

Awards: CFDA Swarovski Award for Accessory Design Winner 2013; CFDA Lexus Eco Challenge for Sustainable Design Winner 2012; CFDA Swarovski Award for Accessory Design Nominee 2012; CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Runner Up 2011; CFDA Swarovski Award for Accessory Design Nominee 2011; Ecco Domani Fashion Fund Winner 2011; CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Finalist 2010.



Accessories Designer

Awards: In 2009, Péan was one of the recipients of the prestigious CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award. In the same year, she was the winner of the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation award for accessories. In 2010, Péan was selected as “One to Watch” in Fortune magazine’s “40 Under 40” and was named by Oprah Magazine as one of its “Ten Women on the Rise.” In 2011, she was awarded the first ever CVFF and Tiffany & Co. development grant.

Additionally, she is a founder of Yale’s Career Advancement Program, in collaboration with Management Leadership for Tomorrow and Yale School of Management. This program provides networking and mentorship opportunities for post-MBA minorities.



Alison Snow is the Coordinator of Social Work Services with the Continuum Cancer Centers of New York—located at Beth Israel Medical Center, St. Luke’s Hospital, Roosevelt Hospital, and The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. The Continuum Cancer Centers of New York (CCCNY) include some of the most widely respected oncology programs in the city and country They provide care for 6,000 new patients each year and follow more than 24,000 cancer survivors.



Dr. Trippett is a pediatric oncologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. She specializes in the care of children with lymphomas, especially cancer that has returned despite prior treatment. She is the co-founder of POETIC (Pediatric Oncology Experimental Therapeutics Investigator Consortium), a collaboration between multiple centers around the country whose mission is the development of biologically-targeted therapies for cancers that have recurred in children.

She is involved on the national level in the Children’s Oncology Group, where she serves as Chairperson of the Hodgkin’s Biology Committee and Vice Chair of the Hodgkin’s Disease Committee.

Dr. Trippett has received several awards for her work, including getting named a Diamond Member of the International Association of Pediatricians and The Leading Physicians of the World in 2010.



After a succession of jobs in the fashion industry, immersing herself in modeling, styling, and design interning, Parsons graduate Kristi Vosbeck made her move and formed KRISTI VOSBECK LLC March 2009.  She represents the new voice of couture high fashion in legacy (vintage) designs with a fresh, edgy twist.  Each design is a unique work of art that pairs elegance with her special brand of creativity.

Kristi is a visionary who is influenced by different cultures, and invokes her memories of Paris, Greece and Madrid with intricate designs that are strikingly classic, in the most opulent, luxurious fabrications, and couture attention to detail. Kristi became a board member of Fashion Fights Cancer in 2011.



Emma J Purvey is a model, actress and writer based in NYC. Her career as a model began at age 7 with a campaign for Tesco. While studying for her degree in broadcast journalism at London College of Fashion. Emma got a taste of NY while interning at Good Morning America on the ABC network. Her work has allowed her to work with many talents, including Janet Jackson, Oscar De La Renta and Iman. Upon graduating, Emma had the opportunity to live and work in Miami Beach. Represented by the prestigious Michele Pommier Model Agency, Emma discovered acting while shooting for Royal Caribbean in the Bahamas. Her passion and natural talent were soon noticed, and Emma was casted as the wife to the lead actor in the short film, A Ballad of A Soldier. After huge festival success, Emma relocated to NY to study at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and later Rada in London.

Emma has remained connected to her fashion roots while building her body of work as an actress. Working as the featured fashion editor for Social Life Magazine and as the fashion host for AVideoMagazine, Emma is very passionate about giving back and spreading awareness. Her mother is in remission for Ovarian Cancer.



Belinda is a cancer survivor and cherished participant in Fashion Fights Cancer workshops and programs.



Dr. Winell is the Director of Psychosocial Services in the Department of Psychiatry at Beth Israel Cancer Center in New York City. Dr. Winell practices psycho-oncology, a psychiatry specialization focusing on the evaluation and treatment of the emotional impact and psychiatric complications of cancer and cancer treatments. Dr. Winell graduated from New York Medical College in 1999, did his residency in psychiatry at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York City from 1999-2003, and a fellowship as a Consultation-Liaison in Psychiatry/Psycho-oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City from 2003-2005.



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