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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.

Susan Gonsalves, Survivor

Susan Gonsalves is retired from Fresno County after a long career in Mental Health Services.  She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and since retirement has been an adjunct faculty at California State University, Fresno, in the Department of Social Work Education.  Each spring semester she teaches a Public Mental Health Services class which focuses on the Recovery Model. 

 

Sue was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2009. During her journey she learned first hand from mental health consumers what being a survivor entailed as she witnessed consumers survive incredible psychiatric challenges everyday. Sue also realized the importance of peer support in providing hope and helping each individual learn more about their own inner strengths. She found this hope and support from the wonderful and brave heroines she met at the Cancer Treatment Center while waiting for her treatment. She also had the support and love from friends and family. 

 

She loves serving on the Sisterhood of Survivors Board and it is her desire to provide hope and support to others diagnosed with breast cancer.

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!”

Nancy Christensen, Supporter

Nancy brings 26+ years of nursing experience to SOS. Nancy earned her BSN-PHN degree through University of Missouri-Columbia and currently serves as the Clinical Coordinator for Every Woman Counts program through the California Health Collaborative. Nancy is married to her best friend Ken and they have a combined total of 11 children and 18 grandchildren.

Nancy’s first experience with breast cancer was when her paternal grandmother died of breast cancer before she was born and before there was such a thing as “early diagnosis.” This one event changed her viewpoint on breast cancer forever, so she thought, until her sister Rebecca was diagnosed with breast c
ancer a few years ago. She was very distraught and Nancy was advised to contact Sisterhood of Survivors on her sister’s behalf. Nancy spoke with Gail who said she would assist Nancy’s sister. Gail sent Rebecca a tote and when she received it, she was overjoyed. Rebecca called Nancy and said, “You will not believe this Nancy. They sent me this wonderful tote with lotions and all sorts of information.” At that moment, Nancy’s sister knew she was not alone; she knew other women went through what she was experiencing and they would stand with her and fight this terrible disease. This is why Nancy serves as a SOS Board Member and knows we can assist women to understand they are not alone with this fight!