Aspire Executive Bios

Laurie E. Cohn, Principal

Ms. Laurie Cohn is co-founder of Aspire Consulting, Ltd., a company committed to helping individuals and organizations strive to discover personal and professional opportunities and create measurable improvements which enhance long-term organizational success. 
Her passion and experience come from her highly successful 34 year career in the healthcare field where she held numerous managerial and leadership positions. As an organizational leader, she had extensive responsibilities in managing people and systems including administrative, operational and fiscal responsibilities for several nationally recognized and successful clinical departments and programs throughout the region.

Laurie has a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and has been continually active in her chosen clinical profession.
Laurie is a Certified Business Coach, and co-leads the Resource Associates Coaching Academy, a rigorous coaching certification.

Laurie serves as President of the Board of Trustees of the Vassar Warner Home, and is a New York Certified long-term care Ombudsman. As a member in the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Laurie is as a member of the Women's Leadership Alliance, serving on the Mentoring Subcommittee, is an affiliate of the Women Business Leaders of the US Healthcare Industry Foundation and Resource Associates Corporation.. Laurie has been a reviewer for one of the largest providers of evidence-based guidelines to the healthcare industry.

Aspire Consulting is a member of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, The Sleepy Hollow-Tarrytown Chamber of Commerce, The Northern Westchester Geriatric Committee, the Putnam/Dutchess Geriatric Committees, and the Central Westchester Geriatric Committee.

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Susan L. Lauer, Principal

Susan L. LauerMs. Susan Lauer is co-founder of Aspire Consulting, Ltd., a company committed to helping individuals and organizations that strive to discover personal and professional opportunities and create measurable improvements which enhance long-term organizational success. 

Her highly successful 25 year career in the healthcare field has strengthened her commitment to life-long professional and personal development. She has held numerous leadership positions with responsibilities that included managing personnel and systems across the health care continuum. She has been a clinical instructor and guest lecturer at the graduate level and has served as an expert in legal proceedings.

Susan has a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Connecticut, an Advanced Master’s degree with a clinical specialty in Orthopedic Physical Therapy and a Master’s in Public Administration from Long Island University.
Susan is a Certified Business Coach, and co-leads the Resource Associates Coaching Academy, a rigorous coaching certification.

Susan is a contributing author for “A Common Sense Approach to Sustainability", a book about accelerating your profitability through aligning your people and processes with the environment.

Susan was a writer for one of the largest provider of evidence-based guidelines to the healthcare industry and the Institute for Sustainability and the Total Quality Institute. She has also written for national, regional and local publications, with topics ranging from clinical to leadership and strategic planning.

Susan is a Board member of CAREERS for People With Disabilities, Inc.

Susan is an affiliate of the Women Business Leaders of the US Healthcare Industry Foundation. and Resource Associates Corporation. She is a member Sleepy Hollow – Tarrytown Chamber of Commerce Education Committee..
Susan is a member of the Communities that Care Coalition, Ossining NY.

Aspire Consulting is a member of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, The Northern Westchester Geriatric Committee, the Putnam/Dutchess Geriatric Committees, and the Central Westchester Geriatric Committee.

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Sharon Russitano, Director of Technology & Communications Sharon Russitano

Sharon joined Aspire Consulting in 2007. Her experience in the not-for-profit and corporate environment strenghtened her desire to help build, shape and achieve organizational goals. Her passion to develop and implement real soutions is built on insight, experience and a track record of success. She has hands-on, in depth experience in the Healthcare, Education, Business Services, and Finance sectors.

Sharon has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Marist College and a Master of Science degree in Educational Technology from Long Island University. In addition, Sharon holds New York State Teacher Certificates in K-6, and Special Education, as well as advanced training and experience with multiple technology platforms. Sharon is a member of the Board of Directors of the Arc of Dutchess, a member of the Outreach and Vocations committees at Dutchess ARC, and a volunteer at MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center.