Living Beyond Breast Cancer welcomes new members to board of directors

Patient advocates, experienced corporate officers, and healthcare veterans bring valuable perspectives to LBBC board
April 21, 2021

Living Beyond Breast Cancer is thrilled to welcome six new members to our board of directors in 2021. Donna Noce Colaco, Joy Jenrette, Esq, Susan Swanson, Marissa Thomas, BSHCA, Marella Thorell, and Shehzin Tietjen bring a wealth of experience and varied backgrounds, from corporate boardrooms to patient advocacy. Each has been affected by breast cancer in her own way, and they all are committed to supporting our mission to connect people with trusted breast cancer information and a community of support.

“Our new members join a dedicated board of directors that brings expertise from a variety of fields to further our mission and vision,” says Jean Sachs, MSS, MLSP, the CEO of Living Beyond Breast Cancer. “We look forward to working alongside them to work toward our vision of a world where no one impacted by breast cancer feels uninformed or alone.”

The board provides long-term planning strategies and fiscal oversight for Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s future, in addition to the important fundraising support they lend our efforts.

Introducing our new members:

Donna Noce ColacoExecutive Board Chairwoman, Matilda Jane Clothing Co.
Board Chairwoman, Haygain Ltd.
CEO and Founder, DNC Retail Advisors

Ms. Colaco is a longtime supporter of Living Beyond Breast Cancer. She attended the Butterfly Ball in 2007, where she learned about LBBC and the work we do for people affected by breast cancer. She comes with years of experience as a leader at national corporations, such as White House Black Market, Pier 1, and Matilda Jane Clothing Co. Ms. Colaco received the Founders Award, Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s highest honor, at the 2015 Butterfly Ball. In 2018, the Donna Noce Colaco Going Beyond Award was named in honor. It is given annually to women who have used their personal experience with breast cancer to help and inspire others.  


Joy Jenrette, EsqDirector, Business Optimization, BrandSafway

Ms. Jenrette was first diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer in 2008 at age 25. After an early-stage recurrence in 2012, she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2018. Joy is an alumna of LBBC’s Hear My Voice Metastatic Advocacy Program and has been featured in numerous programs on self-advocating, living with metastatic breast cancer, and disparities in the care and outcomes for Black women in the U.S.


Susan SwansonBreast Cancer Advocate

A volunteer with our Breast Cancer Helpline and dedicated advocate, Ms. Swanson has been living with metastatic breast cancer for over 6 years. Her experience working with people affected by breast cancer and in advocating for that community with pharmaceutical companies to improve clinical trials brings a unique perspective to the board.


Marissa Thomas, BSHCACo-Founder, For the Breast of Us

Ms. Thomas was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 35 and is an alumna of LBBC’s Young Advocate Program. A program coordinator and medical assistant from Seattle, she comes to the board with an understanding of healthcare systems and a dedication to racial and cultural diversity in programs and organizations.


Marella ThorellHead of Finance, Centessa Pharmaceuticals

Ms. Thorell was introduced to Living Beyond Breast Cancer through a friend who had been diagnosed with breast cancer and wanted trusted resources. She saw that what LBBC provided went beyond simply information, with a diverse and dedicated community of people affected by breast cancer who share their experience and encouragement with people when they need it most. Her background as a financial officer will provide valuable insights as we plan for our future.


Shehzin TietjenSenior International Trade Manager, Georgia Department of Economic Development

Ms. Tietjen was diagnosed in 2015 and is an alumna of LBBC’s Young Advocate Program. Through her advocacy and participation in programs focused on research, community outreach, and public policy, she has gained valuable insights that she is eager to bring to our work. Ms. Tietjen comes with an interest in the needs of young women diagnosed with breast cancer and those from minority communities that face disparities in treatment.

We look forward to the valuable perspectives and experiences these women bring to Living Beyond Breast Cancer.  Learn about volunteer opportunities with Living Beyond Breast Cancer.

Living Beyond Breast Cancer is a national nonprofit organization that seeks to create a world that understands there is more than one way to have breast cancer. To fulfill its mission of providing trusted information and a community of support to those impacted by the disease, Living Beyond Breast Cancer offers on-demand emotional, practical and evidence-based content. Nearly 30 years since its inception, the organization remains committed to creating a culture of acceptance—where sharing the diversity of the lived experience of breast cancer fosters self-advocacy and hope. For more information, visit or call 855-807-6386.

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