Oregon Board of Directors

Trustees in Support of the Mission

Breast Friends’ governing body is made up of a national board including the two co-founders, executive officers, and board members who oversee the Oregon Affiliate. We also have a Local Advisory Board in our Pennsylvania affiliate.

Executive Officers

Updated: 1/15/2019

Becky, Co-Founder Becky Olson
Co-Founder & Director of Community Outreach

Professional Speaker & Author
Retired-Sales Manager-Dex Media
Diagnosed 1996, 2004, 2009, 2017 and 2018
Becky is a five-time survivor of advanced stage breast cancer, diagnosed in 1996, 2004, 2009, 2017 and again in 2018. She left her job as a sales manager for Dex Media in 2005 to pursue her role as Co-Founder and Director of Community Outreach of Breast Friends. She is the co-host of Breast Friends Cancer Support Radio on Voice America. Becky has also developed her skills as a motivational speaker and now travels all over the country sharing her experience and inspiring her audiences. She is the published author of, The Hat That Saved My Life,” which was published in 2004 with a second printing in 2007, as well as a contributing author of several other books. She is a wife of over 38 years, mother of five, and grandmother of four, with an amazing rescue dog, Swayze. Learn more about Becky.
Sharon Henifin, Co-Founder Sharon Henifin
Co-Founder & Director of Programs

Certified Life Coach
Retired-Sales Manager & Trainer-Dex Media
Diagnosed 1993
Sharon co-founded Breast Friends in 2000. She was a Sales Manager and eventually a sales trainer at Dex Media where she spent 30 years. Finally in 2006, she retired to work full-time in her role as co-founder of Breast Friends. She became a Certified Life Coach in 2008 and expanded the Breast Friends survivorship program. She is a published author with chapters in two publications and is presently working on her first book. She also speaks, facilitates her workshops and sells her photography around the area. She has three grown children and four grandchildren. She lives in Tigard with her husband.​
Gail LeVine
Board President – 2015
Board Member since 2014
Gail has been a strong supporter of Breast Friends since 2012. Gail is a Community Ambassador and promotes the valuable psycho-social support that Breast Friends provides within Oregon’s cancer clinics. She works for Incyte educating the oncologists in Oregon. She has been recognized by Eisai Inc. for her work with Breast Friends and won the 2014 Human Health Care Activity Award for the Americas and the Global HHC Encouragement Award. She received the Breast Friends coveted “Angel Award” in October 2014.
Linda Adams, Board Member Linda Adams
Board Member since January 2014
Board Secretary
Diagnosed 2010
Linda brings with her a real passion for Breast Friends and its mission to help cancer patients. She has been a valued volunteer since 2010 and has been a speaker at the Joy of Life Fundraiser and Survivor Luncheon. As a board member and volunteer she strives to always be available to help in any way necessary from taking women to medical appointments for Breast Friends, chairing our decorations committee, or speaking at community events. Linda is also a spokesperson for early detection, she is passionate about speaking on the importance of breast self-exam. She received the Breast Friends coveted “Angel Award” in October 2017.
No Photo Available Charlie VanRossen
Board Treasurer – 2016
Board Member since 2016
No bio available

Board Members at Large

Geff Zamor
Media/Marketing Specialist
Bio to come
David B Page David B. Page, MD
Board Member since January 2016
Medical Oncologist
Providence Medical Group
Providence Portland Medical Center
In addition to providing compassionate and individualized care for patients with cancer, Dr. Page’s mission is to improve the quality of that care by dedicating himself to clinical research and by reflecting upon the unique experiences of each of his patients. Dr. Page’s research investigates new cancer treatment approaches that harness the ability of an individual’s immune system to recognize, attack, and eliminate cancer. Dr. Page grew up in Niagara Falls, New York, and spent much of his childhood cooking at his family-owned restaurant. He did his fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, N.Y. He is excited to join the Portland community, where in addition to advancing breast cancer care, he continues to be an avid cook, camper and dog owner.

Linda Read

Board Member Since May 2018
PGE
Bio coming

Tricia Weaver

Board Member Since January 2018
Eisai Inc
Tricia has been an passionate supporter of the Breast Friends Board since 2012. Tricia works in the cancer community as an Oncology Sales Specialist for Eisai Inc previously at Myriad Genetics Lab plus has wealth of experience in business. Originally, she joined Breast Friends through sponsorship/playing piano for the the annual Joy of Life Gala. Having lost both her mom and mother-in-law to cancer Tricia is especially touched when she meets friends who feel isolated in their disease and connects them to Breast Friends for support. She knows her Mothers’ would be thrilled to know their light is going forward to help other women.

 

Advisory Committee

Brad Lebowsky
Non-profit Consultant
For more than 30 years, Brad has successfully managed national and international Fortune 250 companies exceeding in operational excellence and the training and development of top managers. In addition, he has a strong commitment to the community exhibited by volunteering and consulting with local and national nonprofit organizations. For more than 20 years Brad has been successful in fundraising, strategic planning, and leadership training for board members which has resulted in millions of dollars in donations. He helps us with strategic planning, grant writing and wise counsel to help our organization grow.
Scott Fish
32 Degrees Digital Marketing
Board Member since March 2015
Scott’s company 32 Degrees Digital is helping businesses find and cultivate the best digital channels to successfully forge meaningful relationships with customers. He has offered his assistance to take Breast Friends to the next level with website improvements, social networking and his overall marketing expertise.
Gary McGee
Certified Public Accountant – Non-profit tax professional
Gary is the founder and managing director of Gary McGee & Co., a firm that focuses exclusively on providing accounting, audit, tax, and management advisory services for nonprofit organizations. He has worked in the tax-exempt community for more than 25 years and practices extensively in the areas of charitable giving and solicitation, trust administration, and federal grant and contract compliance. He lectures frequently on nonprofit subjects and provides counsel to tax-exempt institutions throughout the country on financial, accounting, and tax matters.
Kayla Victor
Public Affairs Liason
Kayla
is an expert in building professional relationships. She uses her expertise as a communications consultant and community outreach professional to help Breast Friends make new contacts; create awareness and help with advocacy.
Tatiana Melendez-Rhodes, Ph.D. LMFT
Dr. Melendez-Rhodes is a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). She received her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Connecticut. She is also a licensed Clinical Psychologist from Peru. She was awarded with the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship allowing her to pursue her studies in the United States. Dr. Melendez-Rhodes has been teaching graduate courses of marriage, family therapy and supervision in the US and she has taught undergraduate courses in the Department of Psychology in several universities in Peru. She incorporates her extensive clinical experience and teaching to her research. Dr. Melendez-Rhodes has presented her work in national and international conferences. She plans to create a research project showing how important emotional support is to quality of life and its effect on healing.
Marjorie Elken, Attorney, Buckley Law PC
Margie delivers exceptional value for closely-held business owners. Her clients know that with one phone call they can pass off their legal issues, and Margie will either handle them or get them to the right person. Margie also advises companies navigating the rapidly evolving laws and regulations for legalized marijuana. Prior to going to law school, Margie worked in both local government and the insurance industry – two entities that businesses often have to face. Margie’s insight into how these entities function helps her find practical and efficient solutions for her clients.