About Us‎ > ‎

Meet our Board

We are very fortunate to have the leadership of our Board of Directors. Each Director brings to Sisterhood of Survivors unique qualities. Our by-laws require the Board be comprised of no less than 3 and no more than 7. The majority of the Board members shall be breast cancer survivors. There must be at least one Director representing each of the following professional categories: medical (physician, physician's assistant, registered nurse, etc; legal (attorney, paralegal, etc); and financial (accountant, bookkeeper, etc); A Director may be a breast cancer survivor and also represent one of the professional categories.
Our Mission: Sisterhood of Survivors assists newly diagnosed breast cancer patients and their families and offers on-going support to those affected by breast cancer through peer support and educational resources. 

Shary Wofford, Supporter

Shary is an Area Manager for AT&T and has been with the company for over 17 years. She has tons of experience ranging from design-engineering to project management. Shary earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and worked towards a Master’s degree in Technology Management. The majority of Shary's free time goes to raising her "tween" daughter, Sasha - her heart!

Shary's closest friend is a breast cancer survivor and Sisterhood of Survivors was there to offer support for her during her journey. Shary volunteered with her friend on the SOS Membership Committee and has helped with several fundraisers over the past years. She now contributes her professional and personal talents by serving on the Board of Directors. Although Shary is not a survivor, SOS means a lot to her and she fully supports the SOS mission. By volunteering, Shary hopes to ensure that SOS is a group that will be around for the next survivor like they are for her best friend. Shary hopes to bring a different perspective to the Board of Directors and perhaps offer her exceptional insight.

Shirley Rasmussen, Survivor

Shirley is retired from AT&T after 33 years of service and brings her excellent office and customer service skills to SOS. Shirley has two grown children and one amazing grandson who she loves to spend time with in Pismo. Shirley and her husband love traveling. 

Shirley is a breast cancer survivor since 2009. She had two lumpectomies and ultimately underwent a nine-hour procedure (Transverse Rectus Abdominus Myocutaneous or TRAM Flap). Like many, Shirley didn’t know anything about breast cancer, only that it's scary. One of the ladies in the doctor's office gave Shirley's name and number to another survivor. This woman called Shirley and chatted with her; she turned out to be the co-founder of SOS. Shirley began attending the monthly SOS luncheons, which gave Shirley an opportunity to talk to other survivors and supporters. Knowing you are not alone sometimes is half the battle. She felt very welcomed and immediately felt a part of the SOS family. She finally had people to talk and learn from. This was a great burden lifted. She joined a committee to help reach out to others in the same situation. Shirley joined the SOS Board, became an integral part of SOS, and feels grateful for what SOS has offered her. Shirley wants to do all she can to ensure the same support that was available to her is available to everyone else.

Blanca Gonzales, Survivor

Blanca is a breast cancer survivor for more than 7 years. In addition to serving on the SOS Board, she spends a lot of her free time with her 90-year old mother, volunteers at her church, attends cancer walks and fundraisers. Blanca has 6 married children who have blessed her life with 26 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren who all help with her volunteer work.
Blanca’s breast cancer diagnosis was difficult to accept, but her strong family support and solid faith gave her the spiritual guidance to keep her from letting cancer get her down. While she followed her doctor's instructions, she delved into learning about her cancer. She met and shared her story with other cancer survivors that helped make a difference through her treatment. Blanca is on our “Tote Delivery Team” and now helps other women with breast cancer, leads the catering needs for our fundraisers, and donates much of her time to SOS. Blanca works for California Health Collaborative – Every Woman Counts program; a service for qualified women to receive free mammograms and pap smears. Blanca’s advice to others is, “You’re not alone, there are hundreds of programs and organizations available to support women with cancer; just look and you’ll find what will meet your needsThis is how I found SOS!”

Kailey Gorham, Supporter

Kailey is currently attending college to one day become a Nurse Practitioner. In addition to her studies, she love spending time with her family. Kailey was touched by breast cancer when her mom Christine was diagnosed October 2016. She is one of her mom’s biggest supporters and began looking for a local support group. Through social media, Kailey and Christine found SOS and was immediately contacted by an SOS survivor.
 
Although Kailey is not personally a survivor of breast cancer, SOS is something that she feels was a huge help for her and her mom to get through the battle against cancer. Kailey has received several academic awards, recognition, and scholarships. Her mom describes her “a real go-getter.” She has volunteered at multiple SOS events and activities and is always by her mom’s side. Kailey caring and loving heart drives her to find ways she can help to make a change for other people’s lives and is excited to be a part of SOS to do so.

Christine Gorham, Survivor

Christine diagnosis with breast cancer was October 2016. She and her daughter Kailey were looking for support and was told about SOS from a friend who put her in touch with us. A tote was quickly delivered to Christine by an SOS survivor and was invited to attend the monthly luncheons. Christine brought her support team with her to her first SOS luncheon (mom, daughter, husband, and sons). She’s become a regular attendee at the luncheons, “loves being there for others that are newly diagnosed,” and delivers our special totes to newly diagnosed patients. 

She and her entire family have volunteered at several SOS events and activities. She says, “Cancer has change my life so much, I want to let others know we are here for them. I love being a part of Sisterhood of Survivors; it has helped my family and me.” Christine is married and has four children. She is a stay-at-home mom, licenses manicurist, and a woman with a HUGE heart for others! We love her outgoing and fun-loving personality. 

Ki Kim, Supporter

Ki Kim is a California licensed lawyer in Fresno as Deputy Public Defender IV. Ki Kim is originally from San Francisco, graduated from law school at University of Cincinnati College of Law, and has an undergraduate degree from University of California Berkeley. He was admitted to The State Bar of California on June 1, 2006. 
Ki came to Fresno for his first attorney job. While in Fresno, he met his wife at the church, which they are very active. Ki and his wife have decided to stay in Fresno to raise three young children. Ki has been involved in fund raising along with his colleagues and wanted to find a local charity to contribute his time and talents to support. SOS is excited to have Ki join our Board of Directors!