Meet Our Staff

Oregon Staff Members

Becky, Co-Founder Becky Olson
Director of Community Outreach
Becky is responsible for all Community Outreach. She is the media contact and schedules public appearances on behalf of the organization. Becky also co-facilitates the prison outreach, and is the co-host of Breast Friends Cancer Support radio. Click here> for more information about Becky.
Sharon Henifin, Co-Founder Sharon Henifin
Director of Programs
Sharon is in charge of all Patient Programs. She created and facilitates the Thriving Beyond Cancer Retreats, and co-facilitates the prison program. She is co-host of Breast Friends Cancer Support Radio. Click here> for more about Sharon.
Allison Hancock
Executive Director
Allison became our Executive Director in January of 2018. She was first a volunteer with Breast Friends from September 2013, and became an official staff member in 2015. She is responsible for the smooth running of the overall organization. She is responsible for events and assists with budgeting, Allison is a twelve-year breast cancer survivor. Her husband and two teenage sons relocated to Oregon from Connecticut and have enjoyed exploring the Northwest.
Dianna-2015-small Dianna Bancke
Office Manager/Webmaster
Dianna started volunteering at Breast Friends in 2006. In January 2010, when Dianna was offered the position as Office Manager/Webmaster for Breast Friends she promptly accepted. Dianna is responsible for all electronic publications, website and office systems.
Yvonne Nydigger-sma Yvonne Nydigger
Patient Services Coordinator
Yvonne served on our Board from 2014 until June 2016, when she joined our staff as Patient Service Coordinator. She works tirelessly in support of patients, providing one-on-one support, and has created and facilitates our Warrior Women Workshops. She also assists with the planning of our Spring Gala, and serves as emcee of our Fall Survivor Luncheon.
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Project Manager
Chris is our newest team member joining Breast Friends in September 2016. As Project Manager, her duties are in the areas of procurement, coordinating volunteers and assistant to the Executive Director. She is a 36-year Intel veteran and just recently retired. Chris spent 12 years as an Event Manager for Intel’s North America Marketing team managing their customer events.

Pennsylvania Staff Members

Kelli Mercurio
Vivian Vega
These directors are two fabulous women, Kelli Mercurio and Vivian Vega who have been friends for many years. Vivian was diagnosed in 2004, and Kelli was diagnosed in 2010. They supported each other through their journeys, but after treatment they both realized that not all women are as fortunate. Many don’t have the level of support they each had and they began searching for a way to bring their passion and heart to help the many cancer patients in Pennsylvania.


Updated: 3/14/2018