Board of Directors
Lisa J. Frank, President
Lisa was diagnosed with stage-I breast cancer in 1998 at the age of 36.
As one of 13 founding members of Young Survival Coalition (YSC) Lisa has provided leadership and strength to the organization. Her first role in the YSC was co-chair of fundraising for the new organization. She has also served in several other key roles as a member of the YSC SurvivorLink program (formerly Peer to Peer support), the Development Committee, Vice-President of the YSC Board of Directors and now President of the YSC Board of Directors. As an avid cyclist, Lisa co-founded the Tour de Pink (TdP) — a 220+ mile, multi-day charity ride to benefit YSC.
In 2004, while Lisa worked to organize the first Tour de Pink, she was diagnosed with a recurrence, stage-II breast cancer and was unable to ride that year or the following year. While never wavering in her commitment to Tour de Pink and YSC, Lisa got back on her bike in 2006 with over 50 other riders and rode from NYC to Hershey, PA in the 2006 York Tour de Pink. As a co-founder of the event and lead member of the TdP leadership committee, Lisa continues to rally support for the ride’s ongoing success in its numerous locations. The event now raises over $1 million a year for YSC.
Most recently Lisa was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer and continues her fight to rid herself of this disease while supporting other women through their journey.
Lisa continues to give of herself by sharing her story with other young survivors, providing support and hope. She is a lifeline to others in her work as a SurvivorLink member for YSC and continues to ride in support of other causes she cares about like MS and Autism.
Lisa graduated Syracuse University College of Law in 1987 and has practiced law at prestigious law firms and cutting edge technology companies. Lisa is currently Vice President - Managing Counsel of the Small Business Services Division of ADP, Inc. the leading payroll processing company in the U.S. Lisa resides in Red Bank, N.J., with her longtime partner Steve.
Karen Borkowsky Kennedy, Vice President
Karen Borkowsky Kennedy is a breast cancer survivor and has been involved with the Young Survival Coalition since 1999, when the organization was newly formed. Her breast cancer diagnosis in 1998 ignited a deep passion in her for the issues related to young women with breast cancer. As the only organization with a mission solely dedicated to this issue, YSC became an integral part of her life. She has spent more than a decade as a volunteer for many of YSC’s outstanding programs and events including the annual C4YW conference, In Living Pink, as well as various committees. In 2007, she joined the Board of Directors and was recently appointed Vice President.
Prior to her diagnosis, Karen was a women’s shoe buyer at Macy’s, where she was responsible for a business that generated $140 million in sales. She left Macy’s in 1999 to dedicate her professional life to fundraising for breast cancer, and, as a result, she developed a wealth of knowledge and expertise from the nonprofit and fundraising world. She was the Director of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer at the American Cancer Society in New York City for several years before becoming the National Director of the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer at the Avon Foundation for Women. Her leadership and management skills enabled these events to set record revenue growth during her tenure.
Karen left her position at the Avon Foundation for Women in 2008 to focus on building her family. Fertility was a challenging ordeal for her as it is for many young breast cancer survivors. She and her husband Bob, adopted their daughter Abigail in 2009, and, with the help of fertility treatments, she gave birth to twins, Isabel and Jake, shortly thereafter. She is now a full-time mom to these three amazing children.
Karen graduated from Franklin and Marshall College with a B.A. in Business-Psychology.
John Hennessy, Secretary
John Hennessy is vice president, operations for the Midwest Oncology Division of Sarah Cannon, the global cancer enterprise of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). His focus areas at Sarah Cannon are medical oncology, survivorship, and palliative care.
Hennessy has held several leadership positions in oncology for more than a dozen years, including his role as the executive director of the Kansas City Cancer Center. Through this leadership, he has led the adoption and implementation of cancer care pathways, in addition to other innovative programs. Having served in the health care industry for more than 25 years, he has experience in physician practice, hospitals, and managed care and health plans. Hennessy received his Bachelor of Arts in English from Colorado College, and a Master in Business Administration degree from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC), and on several committees for the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO), including the Clinical Practice Committee. Hennessy has been a speaker in the oncology field for many years including ASCO, ACCC, Society for Gynecologic Oncology, Medical Group Management Association, and a number of state and local healthcare meetings from Boston to Hawaii.
Michael Wirth, Treasurer
Michael Wirth is the President of Quiddity Group LLC, which provides strategic and business consulting services to companies in the financial services and real estate industries. Mr. Wirth was formerly the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Kohlberg Capital Corporation, a business development company focused on debt and equity investments in middle market companies. Mr. Wirth has over 30 years experience in the financial services sector and has managed over $2 billion in real-estate debt and equity securities and advised or structured over $30 billion in real-estate assets and debt. During his career as a CFO, he has led and executed five Initial Public Offerings of real estate or finance companies. He also serves as an independent director on the board of Quontic Bank and serves as its Executive Committee and the Audit Committee. Mr. Wirth is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Joy Simha, Founder
Joy Simha, diagnosed with Stage 2B breast cancer in 1994, is one of the three Co-Founders of the Young Survival Coalition (YSC) an innovative and unique support network for young women affected by breast cancer. She represents the YSC on the Board of Directors of the National Breast Cancer Coalition. Joy graduated NBCC's Project LEAD® in 1998 and has served as an educated consumer advocate as a member of the Integration Panel of the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program since 2009, Joy was a member of the CDC Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women from 2010-2013 and has served as a panel member on the Institute of Medicine's Evidence Communication Innovation Collaborative.
Joy was co-chair of The Young Survival Coalition's 2013 Research Think Tank in order to insure researchers and educated advocates worked together to define the research priorities that would make the greatest impact in the quantity and quality of life for young women affected by breast cancer. She currently lives and works as a writer and consultant out of her home in New Jersey.
Dinamarie joined the YSC in 2001 when her friend, Lisa Marie Muccilo, founded the New Jersey Networking Group. After Lisa lost her battle with breast cancer, Dinamarie served as president of the YSC’s Northern New Jersey Affiliate from 2003 to 2007. She has helped to raise over $400,000 for YSC and launched numerous programs and partnerships within the service area. Dinamarie played an integral role in the Northern New Jersey Group, reaching affiliate status. Involved on both the local and national level, Dinamarie has served on the YSC's National Volunteer Development Committee, Affiliate Leadership Conference Planning Committee and National Affiliation Committee. She is a Lifetime Television Breast Cancer Hero and recipient of the YSC National Lisa Muccilo Award for Excellence in Volunteering. Dinamarie also plays a key role in other nonprofits throughout the Northern New Jersey community, including Komen for the Cure, Scleroderma Foundation and Girl Scouts. In both 2006 and 2007, she earned the President of the United States' Volunteer Service Award — Gold Level.
Dinamarie is the logistics manager for a leading apparel manufacturer. With over 15 years experience in the fashion industry, her strengths lie in budget forecasting, operational efficiency and team building. Dinamarie earned a B.S. in marketing from the College of New Jersey and an M.S. from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Lise Geduldig brings to YSC more than two decades of public relations and strategic healthcare communications experience, including work on advanced oncology treatments. She currently serves as Principal of her own healthcare communications consulting business, which is based in New Hope, Pa., and provides communications counsel to clients across the life sciences spectrum. Her client portfolio includes global and specialty pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies and medical device manufacturers. Prior to founding Lise Geduldig Communications Consulting in 2006, Lise held senior-level positions in corporate and product communications in the health insurance and pharmaceutical sectors.
Lise has been involved with YSC breast cancer awareness and advocacy through volunteer activities, fundraising and participation in its YSC Tour de Pink ride to benefit young breast cancer survivors for several years. As a friend to many women affected by breast cancer, Lise views improving care for young women with breast cancer and the need for increased research, resources and education as critical issues that she can help advance through her involvement on YSC's Board of Directors. She is an alumnus of Bucknell University.
Courtney Hagen joined YSC after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2006 at the age of 33. She brings to the YSC Board of Directors a passion for supporting young women diagnosed with breast cancer, plus over 15 years of strategy, marketing and human resources experience through her career in executive search and management consulting. She currently leads Executive Talent Acquisition for PepsiCo globally. Courtney joined PepsiCo from Russell Reynolds Associates, where she led searches for marketing, sales and HR executives. Earlier, Courtney was a Founder at Beldon Partners, providing talent development advice to professional services firms, and led business development for co-branded card partnerships at American Express. Courtney started her career with management consultancy Bridge Strategy Group/Renaissance Worldwide, where she led strategy consulting engagements for Fortune 1000 companies in the US, Europe and South Africa. Courtney received her B.A. from Wellesley College and her M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.
Courtney participated in her first YSC Tour de Pink bike ride just six months after her treatment ended to celebrate being cancer-free and has continued to volunteer and fundraise for YSC through Tour de Pink and the In Living Pink gala committee.
Karen has been involved with YSC for nearly a decade. In 2013 to honor her 10-year anniversary as a breast cancer survivor, Karen increased her commitment to YSC’s important efforts and joined the Board.
Karen is the Chief Financial Officer and a partner of Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG), which includes some of New York’s most beloved restaurants—from Union Square Cafe and Gramercy Tavern to Blue Smoke and Shake Shack, among others. Karen joined USHG in 2005 following a career in financial services which included a decade on Wall Street working in private equity and investment banking. To those who know her well, it came as no surprise that Karen found her way to USHG as her passion for food and restaurants had long rivaled her financial services career. A successful battle with breast cancer in 2003 compelled her to pursue that passion and join the company she had long admired.
Karen received an undergraduate degree in international relations from Stanford University and earned an MBA with distinction in finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She also serves as a director of Greyston Foundation, a nationally recognized leader in social enterprise.
Ann Partridge, M.D., M.P.H. (Chair, Medical Advisory Board)
Ann Partridge, M.D., M.P.H., is an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and serves as the director of the Program for Young Women with Breast Cancer in the Breast Oncology Program at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Her clinical research focuses on psychosocial, communication and survivorship issues in breast cancer, with a particular interest in the unique issues facing young women with breast cancer, including fertility concerns.
Dr. Partridge serves as a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Survivorship Task Force, Fertility Preservation Guidelines Committee and Health Services Committee. She is also co-chair of the Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB) Committee on Advocacy, Research Communication and Ethics (CARE) Committee. She has received awards and grants for her research, including an ASCO Career Development Award, Tracy Starr Breast Cancer Research Fund Award and Lance Armstrong Foundation Cancer Survivorship Award.
Dr. Partridge graduated from Georgetown University, earned her M.D. at Cornell University, trained in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and completed hematology- and medical-oncology fellowships at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She also received a master's degree in public health at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Anna Cluxton, Past President