Who is BCAG?
Board of Directors - Biographies
I am a retired newspaper editor and publications manager. At present I am the joyful matriarch of a large extended family. Current interests include reading, traveling, hiking, attending performing arts events and doing anything with family and friends. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001 and joined the BCAG Board in 2002. Support groups are an important part of my life and I feel that BCAG is an extension of that – supporting women who have the additional hardship of financial difficulties related to their breast cancer.
I am treasurer of the Breast Cancer Assistance Group of Monterey County and have been on the BCAG Board of Directors since 2002. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999. I am married and live in Carmel with my husband of 43 years. My hobby is showing and training Golden Retrievers. Also, I enjoy traveling, gardening roses, and family and friends. Being a member of this entirely volunteer and devoted group of women adds a very important and satisfying layer to my life.
I have lived on the Monterey Peninsula since 1994. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 and feel every day is a blessing. My hobbies include tennis, mah jong, reading, and traveling. I am also involved with several events and fundraisers for my synagogue. I am married and have 3 grown daughters. Being on the board of BCAG gives me the opportunity to help other women diagnosed with breast cancer through financially difficult times.
Since my life has been centered on the Monterey Peninsula it is an honor and blessing to assist women with breast cancer in this community. I moved to Monterey when I was six, met my husband here, had my children here, and it was here that I lost my Mother to breast cancer. When I was diagnosed in 2003 and had finished treatments, I knew I wanted to help others with this disease. I love activities with my family and friends, tennis, travel and my book club. I have been on the BCAG board for two years and currently am Education Chairman.
One month after retiring from a career in high technology I was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer. My cancer was HER2+ and I completed treatment in May 2015. Dealing with breast cancer is emotionally and physically exhausting. Working with the Breast Cancer Assistance Group provides me the opportunity to help women who do not have the support or financial ability critical to recovery. I have lived in Monterey County for two years and my hobbies include playing golf, traveling, reading and bowling.
I am a 2-time cancer survivor with a family history of cancer. I feel blessed to have received excellent medical care here in Monterey County, and completed my treatment for breast cancer in late 2014. Serving with the Breast Cancer Assistance Group allows me to participate in a local non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial help to those struggling with the impact that breast cancer has in their lives. My family moved to Monterey County in 1997. I retired from the University of California Observatories headquartered at UC Santa Cruz. I enjoy gardening, reading, all kinds of music, fishing, art, church, baseball (Go Giants!), basketball (Go Lakers!) and spending time with friends and family.
I am a psychotherapist in private practice in Monterey. For BCAG, in addition to wanting to support individual women who are going through breast cancer treatment, I am interested in developing educational programs for the breast cancer community. I live with my family on the Monterey Peninsula.
Jane, initially a secondary teacher and career counselor, is now almost retired from a market research business, which she has owned locally for 17 years. In 2005, she was diagnosed with Stage II cancer of the right breast for which she received two years of treatment, followed by 5 years of the drug Arminidex. She loves world travel, reading, and spends time enjoying her two great dogs. She and her husband give many hours as volunteer guides at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. She also volunteers as a Cancer Navigator, through Community Hospital. The opportunity to "give back" and help other women as they navigate the challenges of breast cancer is a vital part of her survivorship program and commitment to BCAG.
The year 2016 marks 25 years since my diagnosis with breast cancer. I have been a board member for BCAG for ten years. My tenure with the organization began the same year I retired from teaching. I taught in Washington State, Japan, and in California wherever my husband's Navy career sent us, finishing up as an ESL Language Arts teacher for Salinas High School Dist. I love being part of a group of women who are breast cancer survivors, all volunteers, and all advocates for women who are being treated for or recovering from breast cancer. The organization listens to the applicant's needs and is able to expeditiously help with the most basic requests, relieving stress and allowing the woman to focus on her recovery.
I am a university librarian who relocated from the East Coast to Monterey in 2006 for a new job. Five months into the new job I was diagnosed with invasive lobular breast cancer and my odyssey through the fabulous Monterey Peninsula medical and breast cancer support systems began. I remain stunned by the extremely high cost of diagnostic tests and treatments so I welcome the opportunity to join BCAG and help other women during their own difficult breast cancer journeys. I want as many women as possible to join us as we enjoy Life ABC (After Breast Cancer).