Speakers

Maja Adolfo-Piwek
Diagnosed in 2018 with triple-negative breast cancer

Breakout session speaker
Maja Adolfo-Piwek is a social media vlogger and the founder of “TNBC Sisters of Canada” — the first Canadian support group for triple-negative breast cancer on Facebook. Read more.

 

Roberta Albany
Diagnosed in 2013 with hormone-receptor positive breast cancer

Breakout session speaker
Roberta Albany’s advocacy began with LBBC's Young Advocate Program in September 2015. She was diagnosed in December 2013 with stage II, hormone receptor-positive breast cancer. Read more.

 

Angela "Jersi" Baker
Diagnosed in 2011 with metastatic breast cancer

Breakout session speaker
Angela “Jersi” Baker was born and raised in northern New Jersey and now resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is the mother of one son, who is the light of her world. Read more.

 

Melissa Berry
Founder, Cancer Fashionista
Diagnosed in 2013 with Stage 1 triple-negative breast cancer

Discussion group moderator
Melissa Berry is the founder of Cancer Fashionista and someone who has been treated for triple-negative breast cancer. Melissa struggled to look and feel her best during such a difficult chapter of her life, which included chemotherapy and surgery.  Read more.

Cynthia Besteman
Founder, Violets are Blue

Keynote speaker
After a Breast Cancer diagnosis in 2011, Cynthia Besteman left her job as a top real estate broker in New York City to focus on her health. Her journey led her to learn that it not only matters what we put in our body, but what we put ON our body. Read more.

 

Otis W. Brawley, MD, MACP, FASCO, FACE
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Oncology and Epidemiology
Keynote speaker
Otis W. Brawley, MD, MACP, FASCO, FACE, is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Oncology and Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University. He is a board-certified medical oncologist and an epidemiologist. Read more.

 

Alex Capano, DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC
Chief Science Officer, Ecofibre Limited

On-demand content speaker
Alex Capano, DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC, is the chief science officer at Ecofibre Limited, a global biotech company focused on hemp-derived supplements, food, textiles, and medical devices. She is also a senior fellow at Thomas Jefferson University and a board certified family nurse practitioner. Read more.

Lisa A. Carey, MD, FASCO
Deputy Director of Clinical Sciences, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
Jacobs Preyer Distinguished Professor in Breast Cancer Research, Department of Medicine University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

On-demand content speaker
Lisa A. Carey, MD, FASCO, is the Richardson and Marilyn Jacobs Preyer Distinguished Professor in Breast Cancer Research in the Department of Medicine at the University of North. Read more.

Darah W. Curran, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C
Manager, Oncology Navigation and Counseling
Life with Cancer
Inova Schar Cancer Institute

Breakout session speaker
Darah Curran MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, joined Inova Health System’s Life with Cancer department in September 2009. She has provided therapeutic support to both pediatric and adult oncology populations in inpatient and outpatient settings.  Read more.

Dana Donofree
Designer & Founder, AnaOno

Breakout session moderator
Diagnosed with breast cancer at 27, Dana Donofree founded AnaOno, a company that makes bras and loungewear for women affected by breast cancer, out of her own necessity and desire for pretty, sexy, beautiful lingerie. Read more. 

Gregory D. Garber, MSW, LCSW
Director, Oncology Support Services
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University

On-demand content speaker
With more than 20 years of experience as an oncology social worker, Mr. Garber has worked extensively with people diagnosed with cancer as well as their families, helping them better the quality of their lives before, during and following treatment. Read more.

Monique Gary, DO, FACS 
Breast surgeon
Medical Director, Cancer Program at Grand View Health

Keynote speaker, keynote panelist
Dr. Gary is a board-certified, fellowship-trained breast surgical oncologist and medical director of the Grand View Health/Penn Cancer Network in Sellersville, Pennsylvania. She has served as director of the breast program there since its accreditation in 2015. Read more.

Pamela J. Ginsberg, PhD
Licensed Psychologist, Private Practice

Doylestown Hospital
Medical Advisory Board, Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia
Breakout session moderator
Pamela Ginsberg, PhD, is a licensed psychologist who specializes in women’s health and wellness. Read more.

Chery A. Hysjulien, RN, PsyD
Clinical Psychologist
Sanford Health Roger Maris Cancer Center

Breakout session speaker
Chery Hysjulien, RN, PsyD, is a registered nurse and licensed clinical psychologist at the Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center specializing in health psychology with further specialization in psycho-oncology. Dr. Hysjulien has worked in health care for over 40 years. Read more.

Claudine Isaacs, MD
Professor of Medicine and Oncology
Associate Director of Clinical Research
Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C

On-demand content speaker
Dr. Isaacs has served as the primary investigator of a number of clinical trials in early-stage and metastatic breast cancer, and as primary or co-investigator on a number of peer-reviewed grants including those examining the role of novel screening or prevention measures in high-risk women. Read more.

Joy Jenrette
Diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer

Breakout session speaker
Joy Jenrette was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer in 2008 at age 25. She was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2018 and is living in Atlanta. Joy is a Living Beyond Breast Cancer Hear My Voice advocate. Read more.

 

Sarah Kelly
Co-Founder of SaltyGirl Beauty

Keynote speaker
Sarah Kelly was diagnosed with stage III, triple-negative breast cancer while 32 weeks pregnant in 2015. Realizing her cancer was not hormone-driven or genetic, Sarah started to examine her environment. Read more.


 

Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN, CPT 
Co-Founder, Wellness Guides Personalized Nutrition & Fitness 
Adjunct Faculty, Simmons University

Keynote speaker
Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN, CPT is a nutrition and fitness expert, educator, and keynote speaker with more than 20 years of experience helping individuals, companies, and professionals reach their goals with the latest discoveries in nutrition science. Read more.

Cathy Knowles
Diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer

Breakout session speaker and Conference Advisory Committee Member
Cathy Knowles has been living with de novo metastatic breast cancer that is hormone receptor-positive and HER2-positive since January 2017. Cathy has no evidence of active disease and is getting treatment with trastuzumab (Herceptin) infusions every 4 weeks and anastrozole daily. Read more.

 

Yvonne McLean Florence
Diagnosed with breast cancer

Conference Advisory Committee Member
Yvonne McLean Florence is a breast cancer advocate. During her diagnosis her husband Calvin of 17 years was her caregiver and remains her greatest supporter. Read more.

 

Rita Nanda, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine

Director, Breast Oncology
Section of Hematology/Oncology
The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
On-demand content speaker
Dr. Nanda is an associate professor of medicine and co-director of the breast medical oncology program at The University of Chicago. Her research interests include identifying new treatments for breast cancer, with a focus on triple-negative disease. Read more.

Kate Pickert
Author of Radical: the Science, Culture and History of Breast Cancer in America

Keynote moderator
Kate Pickert is the author of Radical: The Science, Culture, and History of Breast Cancer in America and someone who has herself been treated for breast cancer. Ms. Pickert is a former staff writer for TIME magazine, where she covered health care, politics, and trends in modern American life. Read more.

Leah Robert
Co-Founder of SaltyGirl Beauty

Keynote speaker
Leah Robert has always had a passion for health and wellness, which lead her into her career as an oncology nurse. Her passion and expertise in helping cancer patients was reinforced when her sister Sarah was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer in 2015. Read more.

 

Jean A. Sachs, MSS, MLSP
Chief Executive Officer
Living Beyond Breast Cancer

Keynote panelist
As CEO of Living Beyond Breast Cancer, Jean A. Sachs, MSS, MLSP, guides the daily and long-term success of one of America’s most trusted breast cancer charities. Read more.

 

Sarah Sanders
Diagnosed in 2020 with triple-negative breast cancer

Breakout session speaker
Sarah Sanders is a 35-year-old marketing and public relations professional currently living in New York City on the Upper West Side. Read more.

 

Marianne Sarcich
Diagnosed in 2016 with early-stage breast cancer
Breast Cancer Survivor and Patient Advocate

Keynote panelist
Marianne Sarcich, an advocate and someone who has had breast cancer, founded and runs the breast cancer peer support group In This Together Philly Wilmington. Read more.

 

William Schaffner, MD
Professor of Preventive Medicine in the Department of Health Policy
Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

On-demand content speaker
Dr. Schaffner is a member of the COVID-19 Vaccines Work Group of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the COVID-19 Advisory Panel of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and has consulted with Nashville’s Board of Health on COVID policy. Read more.

 

Suzette Simon
Diagnosed in 2020 with early-stage breast cancer

Breakout session speaker
Suzette Simon is the founder of NYLaughs, a New York-based nonprofit that produces free comedy events in public spaces to inspire audiences, enrich the lives of New Yorkers, and connect them through humor. Read more. 

 

Jasmine Souers
Co-Founder & Chief Visionary Officer
For the Breast of Us
Diagnosed in 2016 with early-stage breast cancer

Keynote moderator
Jasmine Souers is a nonprofit marketing maven by day and a Breast Cancer Baddie by night. Diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer at the age of 26, Jasmine turned her pain into purpose by co-founding For the Breast of Us, the first inclusive breast cancer community for all women of color. Read more.

 

Shelby Terstriep, MD
Medical Oncologist
Sanford Health

Breakout session speaker
Shelby Terstriep, MD, is a board-certified physician specializing in hematology, medical oncology, and palliative medicine at Roger Maris Cancer Center. She is also the enterprise medical director of Cancer Survivorship at Sanford Health. Read more.

Kelly Thomas
Diagnosed in 2018 with Stage 3C triple-negative breast cancer
Founder, @tnbc_thrivers

Discussion group moderator
Kelly Thomas is a social media blogger and founder of TNBC Thrivers, at 33 years old, Kelly was diagnosed with stage III triple-negative breast cancer in January of 2018. Kelly has documented her journey with triple-negative breast cancer and created a platform for women thriving with TNBC to share their stories with the community. Read more.

Robyn Tiger, MD, C-IAYT, RYT-500
Physician & Certified yoga instructor
Founder, Yoga Heals 4 Life
Faculty, Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy

Yoga class instructor
Dr. Robyn Tiger is a physician and certified yoga therapist who integrates western and eastern philosophies for complete physical, mental, and emotional well-being serving those touched by cancer, anxiety, and stress related disorders including PTSD. She guides individuals to holistically achieve optimal health and become the best version of themselves.

Celeste Vaughan-Briggs, LCSW
Oncology Social Worker
Program Manager, Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson

Keynote moderator
Celeste Vaughan-Briggs, LSCW has more than 27 years of social-work experience and now serves as Manager of the Free Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program at Thomas Jefferson University’s (Jefferson’s) Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center in Philadelphia. Read more.
 

Stephanie Walker
Diagnosed in 2015 with de novo metastatic breast cancer
Metastatic Breast Cancer and Patient Advocate

Keynote panelist
Stephanie Walker was diagnosed in July 2015 with de novo metastatic breast cancer. Stephanie is a registered nurse with close to 40 years of clinical practice and secondary teaching experience. Her experience has included pediatric and adult critical care, working in level one trauma centers for critical access hospitals. Read more.

Nikhil Wagle, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Medical Oncologist, Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Institute Member, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

On-demand content speaker
Dr. Wagle leads a translational research program in the field of breast cancer genomics and precision (or “personalized”) cancer medicine. The major goals of his work are to better understand the biology of metastatic breast cancer and to develop new ways to overcome or prevent medicine resistance in people with advanced breast cancer. Read more.

Anusha Wijeyakumar, MA, CPC, RYT, Dip Mentoring
Founder, Shanti Within Wellness
Hoag Hospital Wellness Consultant 

On-demand content speaker
Anusha Wijeyakumar, MA, CPC, RYT, is the founder of Shanti Within Wellness and a sought after motivational speaker around the world on the science of mindfulness and meditation. Read more.

 

 

 

Kate Williams
Diagnosed in 2019 with triple-negative breast cancer

Breakout session speaker and Conference Advisory Committee Member
Kate Williams is a married mother of three children ages 9, 6, and 1. She has her own elder law and estate planning practice in her home town near Cleveland. She was diagnosed with stage II, triple-negative breast cancer on December 19, 2019 while in Walt Disney World with her young family. Read more.