Speakers

Learn more about the speakers for Thriving Together: Virtual Conference on Metastatic Breast Cancer. 

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Elpida Argenziano
On-demand content speaker
Elpida Argenziano was diagnosed, in 2015 at age 40, with what doctors thought was stage II hormone receptor-positive breast cancer, but a post-mastectomy scan revealed a single bone metastasis and she was re-diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. 

 


Melissa Berry
On-demand content speaker
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.

 


Anne Blaes, MD
On-demand content speaker
Anne Blaes, MD, is an associate professor in the division of hematology/oncology at the University of Minnesota and director of cancer survivorship services and translational research within the Masonic Cancer Center.

 


Michelle Bronzo, MA, LPC, LMHC, CT
Breakout session speaker
Michelle Bronzo, MA, LPC, LCPC, LMHC, CT, is a licensed clinical professional counselor specializing in grief counseling and loss. Based in Montgomery County, Maryland, she is licensed to practice in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and New York.

 


Lori Burwell
Advisory Committee member
Breakout session speaker

Lori Burwell is a former CPA and retired high school math teacher. She is a wife, mother, grandmother, tennis player, gym rat, gardener, member of the 2020 Hear My Voice Metastatic Advocacy Program, and friend both in real life and virtually.



Fatima Cardoso, MD 
Keynote speaker
Fatima Cardoso, MD, is director of the breast unit of the Champalimaud Clinical Center in Lisbon, Portugal. She is board certified in medical oncology and internal medicine. 

 



Amanda Celeste, MS, CCC-SLP
Advisory Committee member
Keynote panelist

Amanda Celeste is a former elementary teacher turned speech-language pathologist. Amanda and her husband, Tony, together have 3 children.





Tony Celeste
Breakout session panelist
Tony Celeste is a middle school teacher. Tony is married to Amanda, who is living with stage IV metastatic breast cancer. They have three amazing children, and two dogs.





Shonta Chambers, MSW 
Breakout session speaker
Shonta Chambers, MSW, is a nonprofit executive and public health professional whose career spans more than 20 years’ experience in chronic disease prevention, health promotion, community engagement, and women’s health. 




Steven J. Chmura, MD, PhD 
On-demand content speaker
Steven J. Chmura, MD, PhD, has served as the director of Clinical and Translational Research for Radiation Oncology at the University of Chicago for over a decade and now is the scientific director of the cancer clinical trials office at the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

 

Penney Davis 
Breakout session speaker
Penney Davis has played the role of caregiver four times for loved ones diagnosed with breast cancer. Penney was by her mother’s side when she was diagnosed and treated for early-stage breast cancer twice and is currently helping her navigate life with metastatic disease. 


 

Monica Fawzy Bryant, Esq. 
Breakout session speaker
Monica Fawzy Bryant, Esq., is a cancer rights attorney, speaker, and author, dedicated to improving access to, and availability of, quality information on healthcare-related issues. 





Patricia Fox
On-demand content speaker
Patricia Fox is a breast cancer advocate who was diagnosed in 2013 at 26 years old. Since then, she has been committed to contributing to the visibility of Black women and young adults braving this disease.

 


 

Lesley Glenn 
Advisory Committee member
Keynote panelist

Lesley Glenn has been living with metastatic breast cancer since 2013. Her experience drives a desire to partner with communities, researchers, and organizations to fund research for a cure. 
 



Tufia C. Haddad, MD
On-demand content speaker
Tufia C. Haddad, MD, is an associate professor of oncology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science and a consultant in the Department of Oncology. Her clinical practice and research program is dedicated to breast cancer.
 



Shenise Nicole Henderson, MBA, MSS LCSW, RYT
Keynote speaker
Shenise Nicole Henderson MBA, MSS LCSW, RYT, has been working in the field of social work for over 17 years. She has dedicated her work to trauma-informed care and practice with children, adults, families, and communities.




Joy Jenrette
Keynote panelist
Joy Jenrette was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer in 2008 at age 25, then had an early-stage recurrence in 2012. She was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2018 and is living and working in Atlanta.

 


 

Maimah Karmo 
Breakout session panelist
Maimah Karmo is the founder and CEO of the Tigerlily Foundation. She was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer in 2006 and lived to become a leader in the women’s health field, creating and carrying out national health initiatives for women and girls with the goal of eliminating disparities of age, stage, and color. 

 

Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN, CPT 
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 and companies understand how to apply the latest discoveries in nutrition science to their personal goals. 

 


Nancy U. Lin, MD 
Keynote speaker
Nancy Lin, MD, is the associate chief director of the division of breast oncology and director of the metastatic breast cancer program at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and is an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.  

 


Stephanie McLeod-Estevez, LCPC 
Breakout session speaker
Stephanie McLeod-Estevez, LCPC, is a licensed clinical professional counselor and an art therapist with a practice in Portland, Maine. She was treated for triple-negative breast cancer and was the caregiver for her mother, who died of metastatic breast cancer when Ms. McLeod-Estevez was 26.



Cynthia Moore, PhD 
Breakout session speaker
Cynthia Moore, PhD, is the associate director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center’s Marjorie E. Korff Parenting At a Challenging Time (PACT) Program, and an assistant professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School. 




Christiann Moses
Advisory Committee member
Christiann Moses was born and raised in the Carolinas. Christiann is a wife and mother of three children. In addition to her role as a health educator, Christiann has a special interest in legislative reform and research, as well as over 10 yearsin nonprofit health advocacy issues, including domestic violence, diabetes, and STD/HIV.



Steven A. Pergam, MD, MPH
On-demand content speaker
Steven A. Pergam, MD, MPH, is an associate member in the clinical research and vaccine and infectious disease divisions at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. 





Tatiana M. Prowell, MD
Breakout session panelist
Tatiana M. Prowell, MD is breast cancer scientific liaison at the Food and Drug Administration and an associate professor of oncology in the breast cancer program at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Prowell is a frequent public speaker and a passionate medical educator, clinician, and mentor.



Jamil Rivers
Breakout session panelist
Jamil Rivers was diagnosed with de novo metastatic breast cancer at age 39. Determined to do everything to be here for her children, husband, and family, she researched vigorously how to best prepare for breast cancer and treatment.




Debu Tripathy, MD 
On-demand content speaker
Debu Tripathy, MD, is professor of medicine and chair, department of breast medical oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. His clinical research focuses on the evaluation and development of new therapies in breast cancer, specifically growth factor receptor pathway targeting and biomarkers that predict sensitivity and resistance.



James Tulsky, MD 
Keynote speaker
James Tulsky, MD, is chair of the department of psychosocial oncology and palliative care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, chief of the division of palliative medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and professor of medicine and co-director of the Center for Palliative Care at Harvard Medical School.



Katherine N. Weilbaecher, MD 
Breakout session speaker
Katherine N. Weilbaecher, MD, is the Oliver M. Langenberg Distinguished Professor for the division of oncology at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Weilbaecher serves as co-director of the Breast Cancer Research Program at the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center and is also a professor of medicine and cell biology and physiology.



Anusha Wijeyakumar, MA, CPC, RYT 
Keynote 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. She has delivered keynote speeches for executives at Fortune 500 companies and top ranked universities across North America and the United Kingdom. 



Odessa Williams, MSN, RN, AGPCNP-BC 
Breakout session speaker
Odessa Williams, MSN, RN, AGPCNP-BC, is an adult nurse practitioner currently working at the breast and imaging center at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She has practiced as an adult nurse practitioner on the breast medicine oncology service at the Dubin Breast Center at Mount Sinai

 

Peggy Wonder 
Breakout session speaker
Peggy Wonder flew from Northern California to Philadelphia to accompany her sister through chemotherapy for metastatic, HER2-positive breast cancer. Peggy keeps a detailed diary of their experiences.