The most recognized male figure skating star in the world, Scott Hamilton has won 70 titles, has been inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame and the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame, and has received an Emmy Award nomination.
He captured the world’s attention 30 years ago with Olympic Gold performances in Saravejo. And today he inspires as a speaker, philanthropist, and cancer survivor. For all these reasons and more, we are proud to name Scott as Honorary Chair of SURVIVORville 2015! You won’t want to miss his inspiring message!
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Vice President, Support and Survivorship Programs – LUNGevity Foundation
Katie Brown has worked in nonprofit and patient advocacy for more than 13 years. She is the Vice President of Support and Survivorship Programs for LUNGevity, a certified Patient Navigator, and is the foundation’s social media strategist.
Her transition from the corporate world to nonprofit happened in November of 2002, shortly after her father’s small cell lung cancer diagnosis. She is the co-creator of Lung Cancer Support Community, the first website of its kind to provide active forums and an online lung cancer support network for lung cancer patients and their family members. Today it holds over 400,000 posts.
She is the event founder for Breathe Deep Dallas-Ft. Worth, facilitated DFW’s first ever in-person lung cancer support group at the Arlington Cancer Center, lobbied with Smoke Free Texas and for CPRIT, has been a delegate for Livestrong.
Since 2006, Katie has been recognized with many awards and nominations for her work in nonprofit and patient advocacy and for her work online. She contributes to articles with a special interest in raising awareness, patient support, advocacy training and the use of social media to promote good works and speaks at conferences, hospitals, support groups, and events. Katie is a 19-year young adult cancer survivor.
Dr. Nancy Fawzy
SURVIVORville welcomes Nancy Wilkens Fawzy, DNSc, RN. Ms. Fawzy will present an Empowerment Session entitled “Don’t Stress The Stress.” Ms. Fawzy received a Masters Degree in Oncology Nursing and a Doctorate in Nursing Science, from the U.C.L.A. School of Nursing. She was named one of the “Sixty Most Influential Graduates” in the UCLA School of Nursing 60th Anniversary Magazine.
She has worked with cancer patients for over 40 years and has always been interested in the importance and impact of the psychosocial issues faced by patients and family members. She participated in landmark research demonstrating that a short-term structured psychoeducational intervention helps newly diagnosed cancer patients to cope more effectively and to feel better emotionally. This research also demonstrated a small but statistically significant survival benefit 6 and 10 years later.
Rebecca V. Nellis
Chief Mission Officer – Cancer and Careers
Rebecca V. Nellis is the Chief Mission Officer for Cancer and Careers. Since 2004 Rebecca has helped evolve the organization from early concept to national prominence.
Rebecca now oversees all mission-driven initiatives, including the long-term strategy and growth of Cancer and Careers’ many programs and services. As an expert on cancer workplace issues, she travels the country speaking at national cancer conferences and community events–nearly 100 presentations to-date about the intersection of life, work and cancer. Rebecca also serves as spokesperson to the press, with recent interviews published in The ASCO Post, Everyday Health, NY Daily News, AOL Finance, NPR, and on NBC New York.
Allison Schaffer, MSW
Program Manager – Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer (VICC) Center Patient and Family Resource Center
Ali Schaffer LCSW is the program manager of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer (VICC) Center Patient and Family Resource Center. In this role, she oversees the management of the Resource Center and collaborates with medical professionals and local and national organizations to plan and implement educational programs for people impacted by cancer.
Ali graduated with a BA in Psychology from Emory University and a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia. Most recently, she was the social worker in the REACH for Survivorship Clinic at Vanderbilt providing psychosocial support to both pediatric and adult cancer survivors and their families.
Sara Goldberger, MSW
Cancer Support Community
Joanna Morales and Monica Bryant, Esq.
Cancer Rights Attorneys, Speakers, and Authors
Joanna Morales and Monica Bryant co-founded Triage Cancer, a national, nonprofit organization connecting people to cancer survivorship information and resources through a national speakers bureau, educational events, and online tools.
Throughout their careers, Joanna and Monica have individually provided hundreds of educational seminars, written articles and blogs, and appeared on television and radio shows discussing employment, insurance, finances, and other practical concerns after a cancer diagnosis.
Sara Lewis, MS, BS
Licensed Certified Genetic Counselor (LCGC)
Assistant in Medicine
Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center – Hereditary Cancer Clinic
Sara Lewis is a licensed and certified genetic counselor in the Hereditary Cancer Clinic with the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Evansville in 2003 and Master of Science in medical Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006. She has been certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling since 2007. She has severed on the executive committee of the Tennessee Genetic Counselor Association and is an active member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors. She believes in helping patients and families better understand their risk of cancer development, enabling them to be proactive in making healthcare decisions.
Dr. Sage Bolte is a licensed clinical social worker, specializing in how cancer and its treatments affect the sexual self and relationships in persons of all ages, at all stages of cancer survivorship. She has given numerous national and international presentations and contributed to a number of publications on this topic. In 2008, Dr. Bolte received the American Cancer Society’s Doctoral Training Grant.
In addition to sexual health research and education, Dr. Bolte has spent the last several years of her career exploring the needs of two of the most under-recognized and under-served populations: young adults and those living with a chronic or incurable cancer.
Sage received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hope College in both Psychology and Social Work and later received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. She has served as adjunct faculty at The Catholic University of America and George Mason University. She received her PhD in Social Work from The Catholic University of America School of Social Service where her dissertation explored the sexual selves of young adult cancer survivors as compared to their healthy peers.
Sage is currently Director of Life with Cancer, a not for profit INOVA Cancer Services program and an educator at Capital Caring a palliative and hospice care organization.
Kim Randolph, MSN, FNP-BC
Integrative Medicine Nurse Practitioner
Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Southeastern Regional Medical Center
Kim Randolph has been a nurse practitioner since 1998, providing care for a diverse population, from chronically ill patients of all ages to college students and their families. Randolph has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, which she received from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1995. She worked as registered nurse at hospitals in Tennessee between 1995 and 1999 while completing her Master of Science in Nursing at the Vanderbilt University in Nashville in 1998. Randolph was a nurse practitioner in Tennessee, South Carolina and Texas from 1998 until joining CTCA. At CTCA, Randolph works in the Quality of Life Department, where she cares for patients with a range of conditions. Her goal is to treat the medical symptoms of her patients while making them as comfortable as possible. Randolph is board-certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is trained in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Daniel Kellman, ND, FABNO
Clinical Director of Naturopathic Medicine
Cancer Treatment Centers of American/Southeastern Regional Medical Center
Dr. Daniel Kellman is committed to helping patients fight cancer by strengthening the body’s ability to heal itself and supporting the whole person. Kellman is Clinical Director of Naturopathic Medicine at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Newnan, Georgia. A graduate of the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona, Kellman has been in practice since 1998. His experience includes general naturopathic family practice, pain management, advanced immunology and integrative cancer care. He also has experience with herbals, homeopathic medicine, nutritional supplements and pharmaceuticals. In addition, Kellman has lectured on a variety of health topics and has mentored naturopathic medical students. Kellman has been a naturopathic oncology provider at CTCA since 2006, first at our hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and then at our Newnan hospital in 2012. He works alongside medical oncologists, nutritionists, psychologists and other naturopathic oncology providers as a vital part of the integrative medicine model. Kellman is past President of the Oklahoma Association of Naturopathic Physicians. He is also a member of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the Georgia Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Society for Integrative Oncology.
Crystal Langlois, RD, CSO, LD
Clinical Oncology Dietitian
Cancer Treatment Center of America/Southeastern Regional Medical Center
Board certified in oncology nutrition, Crystal Langlois has been working in the field for more than a decade. A clinical oncology dietitian with CTCA at Southeastern Regional Medical Center, Langlois’s interest in nutrition therapy for patients fighting cancer began during an internship, where one of her rotations included working with oncology patients. Crystal Langlois earned a bachelor of science degree in nutrition and dietetics from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. Prior to joining CTCA, she was a registered dietitian at various hospitals throughout Mississippi, and also worked as a consulting dietitian at a community living center. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association), Mississippi Dietetic Association and Oncology Dietetic Practice Group.
A resident of Newnan, GA, since 1995, Karen Barber, PT, knew she wanted to be a part of Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) as soon as she learned that Southeastern Regional Medical Center (Southeastern) was coming to her hometown.
Karen Barber, PT
Director of Oncology Rehabilitation
Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Southeastern Regional Medical Center
Karen Barber earned a bachelor of science in recreational therapy from West Georgia College and a bachelor of science in physical therapy from Georgia State University. With over 17 years of clinical rehabilitation experience, Barber has worked in a variety of settings. She served as a physical therapist in the Fayette County School System, was the Director of Rehabilitation and Fitness at Fayette Community Hospital and also opened her own private practice. Most recently, she was the Clinical Coordinator/Manager Outpatient Rehabilitation Services for a hospital.
Cancer patients often feel blindsided by their diagnosis and wrestle with questions of faith, says Reverend LaWanda Long, a Chaplain at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Newnan, Georgia.
The question, “Why?” is common but can put someone in a “vicious cycle of pity,” says Rev. Long, who joined CTCA in April 2013. Instead, she encourages patients to ask questions that will move them toward healing and restoration.
Rev. Long answered her calling to the ministry in 2005, after 17 years as a Bible study teacher and women’s speaker in Venezuela, Germany and throughout the United States. She completed her Master of Divinity at Emory University in Atlanta in 2008. Rev. Long then had a three-month Clinical Pastoral Education internship at Emory University Hospital Midtown in Atlanta. Following her internship, Rev. Long’s Clinical Pastoral Education residency was at the Atlanta VA Medical Center in Decatur, Georgia, throughout 2009. There, she provided spiritual care to veterans, patients and employees. Rev. Long conducted spiritual assessments of those she served and led worship services and spirituality groups. Rev. Long was ordained in 2009 at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Covington, Georgia. She currently serves on the ministerial team at Enon Baptist Church in College Park, Georgia. Prior to joining CTCA, Rev. Long worked as hospice chaplain in Roswell, Georgia, between 2010 and 2013.
Rev. Long is a member of the Progressive National Baptist Convention. In her free time, Rev. Long enjoys spending time with her family and reading.
Chaplain, Cancer Treatment Centers of America
“I enjoy working in such a positive environment,” says Clare Schade Whitlock, Chaplain at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA). “A positive, hopeful attitude gives people the desire to fight and fulfill the purposes of their individual lives.”
After working for several years as an ophthalmic technician, Whitlock became a preschool teacher at a church in Rome, Georgia. Gradually, she became increasingly focused on theology for her life’s work. After transitioning from preschool teacher to administrative assistant at First Baptist Church in Newnan, Georgia, she became Minister to Women in 1998, also working closely with new community members.
In 2003, Whitlock began her academic theological training. She completed her Bachelor of Christian Ministry, with a minor in Psychology and Women’s Ministry, at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisiana in 2012. She is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Care at the same seminary.
Whitlock joined CTCA in 2013. She provides spiritual care for patients, caregivers, and staff members in a manner that is consistent with pastoral care and each individual’s belief system. She meets with patients and caregivers during their initial stay at CTCA, and stays in close contact during treatment. She remains on-call for patients and families, ensuring her availability during times of need. She provides counseling, conducts worship services, and facilitates education as needed.
“Patients may be fearful of what the future holds,” says Whitlock. “In pastoral care, we emphasize the importance of living today, and living each day to the fullest.”
During her free time, Whitlock enjoys entertaining family and friends, and taking quiet retreats to strengthen her spirituality.
Kathryn Kloberdanz, MSW, LCSW
Pillar Guide, Reimagine
Kathryn Kloberdanz, MSW, LCSW, a cancer survivor of ten years, is a specially trained ‘Pillar Guide’ and facilitator for Reimagine, a clinically proven program that provides you with the tools to take control, manage stress, and move forward.
Kathryn holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Denver, and has focused this training to practice as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for hospice patients and caregivers in Boulder, CO. To expand her skill-base, Kathryn has also received life-coach training from Newfield Network in Boulder, CO.
Marjorie J. Avent, MDiv, EdS
Pillar Guide, Reimagine
Marjorie J. Avent, MDiv, EdS is a Pillar Guide for Reimagine as well as Co-Founder and Program Coordinator for Center for Enrichment & Renewal in Charleston, SC.
Marjorie holds a Master of Divinity degree from Mercer University and an Educational Specialist degree in Counselor Education from the University of South Carolina, where her concentration was in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy. Prior to joining Reimagine, she worked as Chaplain to Oncology Services in a community healthcare system, then as Clinical Therapist in the system’s outpatient Cancer Center. She has extensive experience working with individuals, families and groups around the challenges associated with a cancer diagnosis.
At the tender age of just 33, Joanne Hampton was diagnosed with breast cancer. But, with so much life left to live and two beautiful children, she was not about to let this hinder her. 11 years later she has taken this experience and used it to her advantage: becoming a community advocate, appearing on radio and television programs, and being at the head of countless committees and fundraisers. She enjoys her work as Public Relations and Marketing Director with Breast Investigators where she can see first hand how she and her work are impacting the lives of women on this journey behind her. It has become her mission to use her experiences to bring hope to the lives of others.
Metastatic Cancer Survivor and Founder, Say YES to HOPE!
Suzanne Lindley is a long time survivor of advanced colorectal cancer and the co-founder of YES (www.beatlivertumors.org). She has been married to her husband Ronnie for twenty-seven years and has three daughters. Suzanne has survived colon cancer for the past fifteen years undergoing surgery, chemotherapy, SIR-Spheres, radiation, radiofrequency ablation, cyberknife, and three clinical trials.
Suzanne has appeared on the Today Show, Hardball, and The Economic Report, and has been featured in New You Magazine, Coping, Cure Today, All You, New York Magazine, and numerous newsletters. She has been guest speaker for numerous medical events and symposiums throughout the United States, as well as internationally in Ireland, Spain, Belgium, and Germany.
From local events and rodeos to the red carpet of the Emmys, the Grammys and the Oscars, Suzanne’s voice has carried her constant and passionate message of hope. Her enthusiasm for patient options, access to multidisciplinary care, and survivor communication, especially for those living with metastatic or end-stage disease, is strong and evident in her personal life and advocacy endeavors.
In February of 2003, Ruth Bachman was a left-handed woman, wife and mother; with a vibrant life in community service; and apparent good health. Today, she is all of those things plus the grandmother of 4; except now, after diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue sarcoma, she is a right-handed amputee with a renewed purpose for her life – a mission to share a message equipping individuals with the perspective and resources necessary to navigate the inevitable changes that occur in life, by design or by happenstance, while recognizing the powerful potential for transformation by embracing “what is.”
Ruth is an educator, a nationally recognized speaker, and an award-winning writer. She brings a timely message about the one constant in life – change. Since 2003, she has contributed her time, her resources and her talents toward fostering the collaboration of the science that heals the body, with the critical role that mind and spirit play toward that end.
Her book “Growing Through the Narrow Spots” was awarded first place in the Inspirational Gift Book category by the Midwest Independent Publishers Association in 2014.
Ruth is a certified convener in The Art of Convening. She serves as Chair of the Community Advisory Board of the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, and conducts Healing on Purpose workshops for the Center for Spirituality & Healing, University of Minnesota. She is a member of the Fairview Southdale Hospital Board of Trustees, a member of the Minnesota Cancer Alliance Steering Committee, a contributor to the MN Cancer Alliance Cancer Support Network, a speaking ambassador for Community Health Charities Minnesota, and a spokesperson for the Rein in Sarcoma Red Flags of Sarcoma Campaign. She participated in a remarkable trip to Nepal where she climbed 2 2/3 mountains with Above and Beyond Cancer – the only 64 year old in the group to make it to 19,200 feet!