About Us

Karen Koeningsberg

Karen Koeningsberg was born and raised in Woodside, NY.  She has a bachelor of arts in Psychology with a minor in Political Science from Marymount Manhattan College. Karen served in student government for her school and became politically involved by interning with Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer.  Senator Schumer awarded her with the Fellow Leadership Award.  Karen continued to work and collaborate with Presidents and CEOs of several corporations to promote clients, products, and marketing.  She is heavily involved in charitable organizations that help make a difference.  Karen’s inspiration to create Cherished Feet came from her experience as a child traveling with her mother to the poorest parts of developing countries to provide clothing and shoes to abandoned orphans. Karen was inspired by her mother's passion to help children/families in need.

Karen's mom educated her on how important shoes are for foot protection. Not only does footwear provide hope but it also protects one's health.  Karen decided to follow her mother's footsteps in the effort to try to make a difference. Her goal is increase global awareness by bringing people together. Children are our future and by providing them footwear, we are providing a path, for a brighter future.



Christina A. Poopatana
Vice President

Christina A. Poopatana, MPH was born and raised in Elmhurst, NY.  She currently serves as board member and co-chairperson of the Public Health Association of New York City (PHANYC) Student & New Professionals Committee.  Christina has a bachelor of arts in Natural Science with a minor in Economics from Fordham University. Christina was heavily involved with multiple sclerosis research to find the cause and cure for this disabling disease. In addition to multiple sclerosis research, Christina pursued and received her masters in public health with a concentration in community health education from Hunter College.  She has presented and co-authored several abstracts at various conferences in both multiple sclerosis and public health including the American Academy of Neurology, Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ACTRIMS), Hunter College School of Health Professions and Boston University Health Literacy Conference. Christina’s inspiration to join Cherished Feet came from her experiences volunteering at various hospitals, supporting organizations, writing reports and presenting abstracts that focus on factors that affect poor young children’s development.


Lindsay McCormick

Lindsay McCormick was born and raised in Houston, TX. She is currently the Host of "The Fan" on Comcast SportsNet, appears on "Rip City Live,"  She is a reporter for the Trail blazers and has appeared on ESPN.com. She is a sports analyst and has covered NFL games for ESPN The Magazine. She is pleased to be a part of Cherished Feet and supports the mission. Her goal is to grow and expand Cherished Feet throughout the community and beyond. To reach a broad scope of supporters and networks who can assist in the mission to provide footwear to underprivileged and impoverished children in developing countries.

Melissa Chu
Director of Communications 

Melissa Lynn Chu was born and raised in Elmhurst, NY. She currently serves the community as a nurse working with the neurosurgery, orthopedics and rehabilitation team. For the past 9 years, she has been involved with the care of geriatrics and young adults working in different nursing homes and assisted living. Melissa is currently working as a staff nurse at Elmhurst Hospital . Some of her goals are patient teaching, prevention and quality of care. Melissa is excited to be part of Cherished Feet and to help those less fortunate in our communities.