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Passionate. Committed. Caring.

A Board of Directors governs the International Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

These distinguished community leaders have a strong, personal interest in breast cancer and share a commitment to the IBCRF mission and to bold, aggressive breast cancer care.

Regular meetings of our Board of Directors are held quarterly. Any director may participate in any meeting of the board or of a committee by means of a conference telephone call or other similar communications equipment.

Consider lending your passion, expertise and talents to our work. If you are interested in becoming a member of our Board of Directors, contact admin@ibcrf.org

OUR DIRECTORS:

DENNIS ANDERSON - GURNEE, ILLINOIS

Dennis AndersonDennis Anderson spent sixteen years in state public health programming, working on issues related to public school health screening, maternal and child health, preventive health services, adult health and chronic disease.

Dennis is now retired after seventeen years as a university research administrator, most notably at the University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center of Loyola University Chicago.

Related experience includes membership on the Clinical Protocol Review Committee of the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center and service as an alternate on the Institutional Review Board of Hazleton Laboratories-America. Dennis has also served on the Board of Directors of the Dane County (Wisconsin) Humane Society, the Board of Directors of the Southern Wisconsin Second Harvest Food Bank, and the City of Madison (Wisconsin) Ethics Board.


KATHERINE BLANKENBURG - VERONA, WI

Katherine BlankenburgOver the course of her career, Katherine has held executive positions at multi-billion-dollar institutions in Minneapolis, Nashville, Baltimore, Madison, WI, and more. She returned to the mid-west to “retire” and instead found yet another opportunity to build a high-impact sales culture in the financial services industry.
Katherine is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business. For 5 years she had her own consulting firm, speaking at national conferences and working with a variety of large regional banks.

Having lost both her mother and grandmother to breast cancer, she has been an active participant in Dr. Love's research programs for more than 20 years. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000 and now a 10-year survivor, she has first hand experience with what IBCRF's innovative research can do to save lives.


SHARON CHAMBERLAIN - MADISON, WI

Sharon ChamberlainSharon is the president and founder of Chamberlain Research Consultants, Inc.

Previously, she was Director of Consumer Affairs at the Wisconsin Gas Company and the first Executive Director of the Wisconsin Citizens Utility Board. She is on the Board of Directors and Executive Board of Downtown Madison, Inc., as well as on the Board of Directors of Johnson Bank and Madison Cutting Die.

Sharon has been named one of 5 Women of Distinction for 2009 in the annual YWCA Madison Women of Distinction Awards. Honorees’ community service, professional achievement, integrity, leadership and dedication to the lives of others and to the quality of life for all stands as a reflection of the YWCA’s historic mission and values. Nominations are solicited from area civic clubs, community groups, YWCA members and past Women of Distinction honorees.


MARY HOUGHTON - CHICAGO, IL

Mary HoughtonMary Houghton is the former President of ShoreBank Corporation, a $2.3 billion-asset regulated commercial bank holding company in Chicago that works in low income markets in the U.S. and in Africa and Asia. She received an M.A. in international studies from Johns Hopkins University and B.A. cum laude from Marquette University.
Houghton was named 2004 Community Banker of the Year by the American Banker. She and Ronald Grzywinski of ShoreBank jointly received the 2008 Theodore Hesburgh Ethics Award, University of Notre Dame business school and 2007 America’s Best Leaders Award, US News and World Report

She is a director of the Calvert Foundation and Womens World Banking and a member of the Steering Committee of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values.


CHRISTINA OSBOURN - WICHITA, KS

Christina OsbournChristina Osbourn is a Sales Executive at McKesson Provider Technologies, selling their Emergency Department Facility and Physician Coding solution. Previously, she was the first Executive Director for the Mid-Kansas Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and had various roles at McKesson that included Field Marketing, Implementations and Project Management, and Sales. Christina graduated from the University of Kansas where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with a major in Marketing and a concentration in Psychology. Christina is an active volunteer in her community. Her passion for finding a cure is derived from witnessing her mother's battle with and survival of breast cancer on three separate occasions.


PAULA A. ROCHON, M.D., MPH, FRCPC - TORONTO, CANADA

Paula RochonDr. Rochon graduated from McMaster University with an Honours B.A. and an M.D. She completed speciality training in internal medicine and geriatric medicine at the University of Toronto. She did fellowship training in geriatric medicine in London England, and obtained an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Rochon’s research proposes real-world solutions to the complicated challenges of prescribing to older adults with complex medical histories. Her research focuses on how medications can be used to improve the health of older adults - particularly women. Her work also explores the late effects of cancer treatments, and the interactions between cancer and other chronic conditions. By using cancer registries, comprehensive patient-level data, and cutting-edge research methods, her work will better our understanding of the long-term effects of cancer treatment. Dr. Rochon has authored more than 150 research papers and reviews.

Dr. Rochon was appointed Vice President of Research at Women’s College Hospital in 2009, a historic institution dedicated to improving women’s care. She is a Professor for the Departments of Medicine and Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, and is a Senior Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.


JANE WEGENKE

Jane Wegenke is the former Associate Director of Administration at the University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center UWCCC. In that role she provided oversight for all of the elements of the UWCCC mission and the support required to accomplish the mission. Major areas of responsibility included clinical research programs, laboratory research programs, research support services, grant preparation and administration, fiscal management of all resources, educational programs, outreach activities, facility planning and expansion, and fundraising.


GERI WEINSTEIN-BREUNIG, Ph.D - EDGERTON, WI

Geri Weinstein-Breunig has a Master of Science in Cultural Geography and a Ph.D from the University of Wisconsin. She has held the position of Director of Horticulture and Forestry for Central Park, New York City, and Director of Landscape Policy for the Chicago Park District.

Her written cultural histories of Midwesternrivers have been a catalyst for citizen stewardship initiatives. Currently Geri is working with Madison-based Center for Resilient Cities to help transform a four-acre site on the city’s south side into a world-class urban agriculture and green design campus.


JAMES WOODS, M.D. - BELLINGHAM, WA

James WoodsDr. Woods practiced at Milwaukee General and Vascular Surgery, S.C. specializing in comprehensive breast care, until he retired in 2008.

Dr. Woods has received numerous honorary degrees and awards - a four-time recipient of the Physician Recognition Award from the American Medical Association, ranked 4th in “The Best Doctors in America” listing, and in 2000, awarded “Teacher of the Year” by the Medical College of Wisconsin.


OUR ADVISORY BOARD:

JOHN E. NIEDERHUBER, M.D. - POTOMAC, MD

John NiederhuberJohn E. Niederhuber was Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), one of the National Institutes of Health, from September 2006 until July, 2010.

In addition to his previous work as a cancer surgeon, professor, laboratory investigator, department chair, medical school senior associate dean, associate dean for research, and university cancer center director, Dr. Niederhuber had also served as the Chair of the National Cancer Advisory Board, as an external NCI advisor and grant reviewer, and as a laboratory investigator supported by NCI and the NIH.

Prior to coming to NCI, Dr. Niederhuber was Director of the University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center and a professor of surgery and oncology (member of the McArdle Laboratory) at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine.


MAUREEN TRUDEAU, M.D. - TORONTO, CANADA

Maureen TrudeauDr. Trudeau is a medical oncologist, specializing in breast cancer. She is currently Head of the Division of Medical Oncology/Hematology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and leads the Systemic Therapy Program at the Odette Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook. She is an Associate Scientist at the Sunnybrook Research Institute and Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. As co-chair of the Breast Cancer Disease Site Group in the Program in Evidence-Based Care of Cancer Care Ontario, Dr. Trudeau is involved in practice guideline development.

She is the former Provincial Head of the Systemic Treatment Program for Cancer Care Ontario (January 2006 - December 2009), and was responsible for leading the development of indicators, guidelines and standards for systemic therapy in Ontario and for the dissemination and transfer of knowledge around these products. Dr Trudeau's research interests include long-term survivorship and targeted neoadjuvant therapies in breast cancer. Her research has been published in many professional medical journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Clinical Oncology and Breast Cancer Research and Treatment.


GARY WOLKSTEIN - MIDDLETON, WI

Gary WolksteinGary Wolkstein is an Administrative Law Judge in Madison and as such conducts administrative hearings and writes decisions in diverse areas of social services, employment issues, medical issues, environmental and personnel issues. Mr. Wolkstein is also a Supplemental Court Commissioner for Dane County, Wisconsin.

Mr. Wolkstein is also an accomplished pianist who was an assistant professor of piano at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music and taught during the summers at Interlochen Music.



OUR BOARD MEETS IN PERSON AND BY TELECONFERENCE.

Regular meetings of our Board of Directors are held quarterly. Any director may participate in any meeting of the board or of a committee by means of a conference telephone call or other similar communications equipment.

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