|Breast Cancer In Young Women|
|Breast Cancer In Young Women|
|Understanding Breast Cancer||Survivorship Phases|
|Understanding Metastatic Breast Cancer||Survivor Stories|
|Young Women at High Risk||Statistics and Disparities|
|Getting Back That Evening Dress Look||Living Your Best: Quality of Life|
|Handling the Details||Research|
|For Caregivers||Healthcare Professionals|
|Partners And Sponsors|
Several accomplished experts help provide YSC with the best and most current information so that we can continue to offer young women good advice, effective advocacy and strong support.
Jennifer Merschdorf, Chief Executive Officer
With over 15 years of experience in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, Jennifer brings a new voice to philanthropy. She excels at creating and implementing strategic growth plans, promoting an atmosphere of teamwork and ensuring proper organizational financial management.
Jennifer has the ability to merge traditional business strategy and large-scale nonprofit training with fresh and innovative thinking that utilizes new technologies and builds on the strategic planning of an organization. In merging her leadership skills, strong strategic planning, finance background and passion for nonprofit innovation, Jennifer embodies a new style of nonprofit leadership.
Jennifer strives to be a strong voice for all young women facing breast cancer, ensuring that they know they do not need to face this disease alone. As a breast cancer survivor herself, Jennifer understands the importance of ensuring all young women have access to YSC’s unique resources.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Jennifer began her career in the corporate world of marketing and sales. After several years, she transitioned her skills to the nonprofit community, driven by her desire to create social change. She began her nonprofit career with the national Sierra Club, where she became a Director of Operations & Finance, and later served as the Director of Development for New Yorkers for Parks after she met her husband and relocated to New York City. Most recently, Jennifer was the Director of Finance for Soliya, an innovative international nonprofit.
Learn more about Jennifer and view her Welcome Message here.
Stacy Lewis, CHES, Chief Program Officer and Deputy Chief Executive
Stacy bolsters YSC’s ability to serve its constituents, bringing over 12 years experience creating, developing and running services and programs for those with special healthcare needs. She leads programs effectively and delivers a rewarding product to YSC’s constituents. Stacy has big goals for YSC: enhancing our ability to run rewarding programs while leading new initiatives—including programs that address the needs of young women from diverse backgrounds and those living with metastatic disease.
For five years, Stacy served as the deputy director and director of programs for SHARE: Self-help for Women with Breast or Ovarian Cancer. Before that she served as the community executive and director of breast health for the American Cancer Society, Eastern Division. Stacy graduated from William Paterson University and earned credentials as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) from the National Commission For Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
Jenna Glazer, Director of Development
Jenna’s roots with YSC run deep: A seven-year breast cancer survivor herself, Jenna started with YSC as an active volunteer, donating her time for several years before becoming director of development. With a passion for breast cancer advocacy and awareness, Jenna has brought our voice to Capitol Hill and Albany. She also volunteers on the SHARE hotline, giving the gift of support and understanding to newly diagnosed women.
Jenna holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and graduated cum laude from Brooklyn Law School. She also earned certification from National Breast Cancer Coalition's Project LEAD®, an educational course for breast cancer advocates. In addition, Jenna brings years of law experience as a commercial litigation attorney. She is thrilled to be supporting a cause so important to her and many of her closest friends.
Ann Partridge, M.D., M.P.H., Head of YSC Medical Board
Dr. Partridge brings a wealth of medical knowledge and experience to YSC’s efforts on behalf of young women. The doctor serves as a medical oncologist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and teaches at Harvard Medical School, specializing in breast oncology. She completed her M.D. at Cornell University Medical College, served her residency in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and completed fellowships in medical oncology and hematology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
In addition, Dr. Partridge expanded her expertise with a master’s degree in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Her research focuses on several topics of importance to young women with breast cancer, including psychosocial, behavioral and communication issues surrounding breast cancer care and treatment. She leads several ongoing studies that will provide valuable information to our population, including research on adherence to hormonal therapies in women with early stage breast cancer, fertility issues in very young women undergoing breast cancer treatment, and communication with patients following participation in clinical trials.
In 2003, the American Society of Clinical Oncology honored Dr. Partridge’s valuable work on cancer communication issues with a Career Development Award. That same year, she acted as the primary investigator on a web-based survey of fertility issues in young women with breast cancer, collaborating with the YSC. Dr. Partridge plans to continue this important work by following a group of young women with breast cancer, gathering both short-term and long-term information about their medical and psychosocial results.