*Diane Groff, M.A.: Longmont, CO- President
Advocate for People with disabilites, 28 years at the Center for People with Disabilites.
Brooks Running Company, Inspire Daily Bluestreak Team Member and Ceili Irish Dancer
Bring Joy to Living!!!
NATS Board Term: 2008- Present
How did you become involved with Team Survivor?:
"During treament for my second diagnosis with Breast Cancer, I picked up a brochure for our local Team Survivor program and had my first 'Hallalujah!' moment as a 2 time cancer patient. I needed to know that there were active women cancer survivors living life to the fullest, so that I could better navigate the free fall of cancer treatments. Thanks to the information and support of my Team Survivor Affiliate, Rocky Mountain Team Survivor, I literally, landed on my feet and took off running. Crossing the finish line of my first 5K race, three weeks after my last Chemo treatment is the most significant race of my life!"
Describe your vision for Team Survivor: "Team Survivor is a grassroots organization, with a strong peer to peer model of support. A majority of our programs are managed and perated by women who have a passion for fitness and have been personally affected by cancer. Providing a platform for women to share their expertise and experiences is essential to getting the message to newly diagnosed women, to instill hope and momentum towards moving forward and getting the most out of each and every day. It is an honor to be of service to the amazing women of Team Survivor."
:Senior Software Architect, eIS Business Solutions
Co-Leader, Team Survivor Tri-State, Breast Cancer Survivor - Diagnosed in 2005
*Michelle McLendon: Federal Way, WA-Vice President
Professional Background: Marketing Associate, Sysco Foods
How did you become involved with Team Survivor?: "While training for my first Danskin triathlon in Seatlle, I watched with admiration as the wave of cacer survivors launched. I discovered Team Survivor suring research the following week and I have been involved ever since."
Describe your vision for Team Survivor:"I believe that fitness is the key to being mentally and physically sound and should be an integral part of everyone's life. As a group fitness instructor myself, I an able to see first hand how fitness can transform lives. My hope for our organization is that our mission of bringing fitness to women afftected by cancer can find its way to every community in the nation while we wait for a cure."
*Kirsten Norslien: Madison, WI
Professional Background:Program Manager, Gilda's Club
How did you get involved with Team Survivor? I was in treatment for breast cancer, in 2003, when I first learned about NATS. I am a paddler, and was newly out of surgery. I heard of this group of women paddling a large canoe, and doing this thing called Dragon Boating. What I found was a great group of women of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels, who were working together to live fully today. I was hooked!
Since then I worked with a committee to develop our mission/vision statement, led bike rides, hikes, participated in 3 triathlons, many dragon boat festivals, and help the DB team by paddling and steering our boat for practices.
Vision for Team Survivor? I would like NATS to be known to women with a cancer diagnosis as a resource to connect with each other, and rediscover their strength. It would be great to create connections within the cancer community, helping women to rally the support that would help them through their journey.
*Mary Katherine Ibbetson: Albany, NY Treasurer
Professional Background: Chief Operating Officer:Lavelle & Finn, LLP Founder /Owner: Running High Tees, LLC (www.runninghightees.com) ACSM Certified Personal Trainer: Because Mary Says So Program Trainer for survivors: Moving On- YMCA/ Well on our Way- Ciccotti Center Founder & President: Team Survivor Albany Volunteer Coach: No Boundaries 5k Survivor Division 2010 NENY Komen Make a Difference Award Recipient Blogger: The Runners Blog (http://blog.timesunion.com/running/author/mkibbetson/) Cancer survivor
NATS Board Term
: Since 2009
How did you get involved with Team Survivor?: "I started out as a Swim Angel during the triathlons with some encouragement from my aunt, Ardis Bow, and it grew from there."
Describe your vision for Team Survivor?: "I'd love to see Team Survivor gain more recognition for the good work that is being done and in turn grow the organization to serve more people fighting, and beating cancer. Physical activity is such a critical part of the return to health. It builds your mind, spirit and body."