|Board of Directors|
The directors of OGCC/Rhonda’s Club are all survivors of gynecologic cancer or those who have lost a loved one to gynecologic cancer.
Every director volunteers her time and expertise. No director is compensated.
The following individuals currently serve as members of the board:
JoAnn Symons, Chair
Clare Donelan, Treasurer
Patricia Teck Seggerman, Secretary
Paige Whitaker, Immediate Past Chair
Binnie B. Fry
Ann M. Mason
JoAnn Symons was diagnosed with Stage 1 B ovarian cancer at the age of 51 and has been cancer free for more than three years. OGCC/Rhonda’s Club members were among the many friends and family who supported her during treatment and recovery. Their generosity and her good fortune at being a survivor inspire JoAnn to work to ease the burdens of all women diagnosed with gynecologic cancers and their families. JoAnn is the Chair of the OGCC/Rhonda's Club Board of Directors and also speaks to medical students about her personal experience with ovarian cancer at OCGG/RC’s Medical Education classes. She and her husband, Howard, have two children.
Clare Donelan was diagnosed with Stage 1 ovarian cancer when she was 43 and credits that early stage diagnosis to the advice she got from her mother (who had advanced stage breast cancer at age 38) to be ever mindful of symptoms. Clare serves as Treasurer of OGCC/Rhonda’s Club and co-chair of the Survivor Education Committee. She has been a member of OGCC/RC since its inception. Clare came to the organization through her friendship with Rhonda Oziel when both were members of a cancer support group at George Washington Hospital. Because that first group was so large, another support group was formed at GW just for women with gynecologic cancers. From that experience grew her interest and commitment to raising awareness of women’s cancers so that more cancers are diagnosed at an early stage, and that more women benefit from the latest treatments and research available. Clare lives in Washington, D.C. and enjoys hiking with her husband, Kevin, and spending lots of time hanging out with nieces and nephews galore.
Patricia Teck Seggerman was 24 when her 53 year old mother Susan Teck passed away after a courageous battle with stage IV ovarian cancer. Susan was an otherwise healthy and active woman until the disease struck. Patricia has worked since then to spread the word about the early detection of ovarian cancer. Since 2002, she has helped organize an annual lecture on this topic at George Washington University Hospital in memory of her mother. Patricia serves as Secretary for the Board of Directors, is a member of the fundraising and survivor education committees, and speaks to local medical school students on the importance of early detection of ovarian cancer. In her free time, Patricia enjoys skiing, running, playing tennis and spending time with her husband John and dog Stella.
Paige Whitaker is a survivor of endometrial cancer who was diagnosed in her 30's. She became involved in OGCC/Rhonda's Club when one of the founders of the organization, the late Rhonda Oziel, invited her to a Survivor Education program. Appreciative of the opportunity to hear leading oncologists and researchers speak about advancements in treatments and quality of life issues, Paige soon became a volunteer for the organization. Paige is co-chair of the Survivor Education Committee, serves on the Governance Committee, and is the Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors. She is grateful for the opportunity to provide support to fellow gynecologic cancer survivors.
Binnie Fry has survived breast cancer diagnosed in 1989, and unstaged ovarian/peritoneal cancer initially diagnosed in 2003 as a result of a hysterectomy to investigate abnormal cells elsewhere in the reproductive tract. Her cancer was microscopic but metastatic. She had a recurrence in 2006 and underwent the intensive Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy. She has been cancer free since the end of treatment. Binnie has an intense interest in the newest information on the genetics of breast and ovarian cancer, as she does not carry a suspected BRCA mutation. She serves on the Medical Education Committee of OGCC/Rhonda’s Club and participates in the Survivors Teaching Students program in the area’s medical schools. She also mentors patients considering or just beginning IP Chemo. Binnie retired in 1998 from a career in business, and now works part time as a public art consultant and as a volunteer in the field of art and fine craft, particularly with the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Patricia Goldman was diagnosed with Stage II B ovarian cancer in 1993 and feels blessed to have been without recurrence since that time. Through the developing on-line advocacy community Pat met Rhonda Oziel, the woman for whom the OGCC/Rhonda's Club is named. Since retiring from her career in the aviation industry, Pat has focused her time on non-profit activities, in particular the development of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance of which OGCC is a partner member. She also serves as a patient advocate on the Department of Defense Ovarian Cancer Research Program and the NCI Gynecologic Cancer Steering Committee. Pat is grateful for the support and inspiration of the wonderful friends she has made through the ovarian cancer advocacy movement.
Erika Lunder joined OGCC/Rhonda's Club in 2009. After attending several OGCC/RC events due to a strong interest in women's health issues, she was inspired by the good works and tremendous spirit of the women involved to take a more active role in the organization. In addition to being a Board member, she also does the bookkeeping and tax return preparation. Erika works for the federal government at a legislative branch agency.
Ann Mason joined the teal sisterhood in 1996 when she was diagnosed with stage 3b ovarian cancer and joined OGCC/Rhonda’s Club at its beginning in 1997. Over the years, she has served Rhonda’s Club in a variety of ways, including chairing its Board of Directors (2002 through 2006). She currently co-chairs the Outreach Committee and serves on the Communications Committee. Along with Mary Jackson Scroggins, Ann has worked tirelessly to establish the Ward 7 Neighborhood Health Champions and serves as co-director of this innovative program. Ann served for three years as a consumer representative on the Department of Defense’s Consumer Working Group overseeing consumer involvement in the scientific review processes. For over ten years, she has worked actively with the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. Ms. Mason works as an association executive at a major trade association and directs the work of its not-for-profit research foundation. She loves sharing time playing, reading, and experiencing fun with her grandchildren and family.
Fran Stolusky is Chair of OGCC/RC’s Medical Education Committee, which provides panels of speakers to George Washington, Georgetown and Johns Hopkins medical students during their ob/gyn rotations. Fran finds a great deal of satisfaction doing this as it provides excellent interaction with the students as well as the volunteer speakers. The latter group consists of survivors, their family members and caregivers. Fran started attending OGCC’s public education programs a few years after she completed treatment (in September, 1998) for Stage IV ovarian cancer. She then volunteered for its speaker training program as it was a natural extension of her professional life. She has participated in health fairs, speaking engagements before various groups and organized the survivor panels for George Washington University Medical School. Since January 2009 she has been managing the Survivors Teaching Students program for the three schools mentioned above.
Cara Tenenbaum is the Vice President for Policy and External Affairs at the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (Alliance). While at the Alliance, she has been responsible for the public policy and educational efforts for the organization, including the Survivors Teaching Students program and federal appropriations, legislative and regulations affecting women with ovarian cancer. She has worked on laws and regulations related to health reform, safe and effective drug approvals and reimbursement practices. Additionally, Ms. Tenenbaum has been the spokesperson for the organization providing insight on important ovarian cancer issues to media outlets like the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Fox Business News. Ms. Tenenbaum holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park, a Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University and a Masters in Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University.
Susan Yaffe-Oziel has been proudly serving on the board of OGCC/Rhonda's Club since 2006. Susan's sister-in-law, Rhonda Oziel, was a founding member of the organization. It is Susan's goal to fulfill Rhonda's dream to make sure that ovarian and other gynecologic cancers be diagnosed early so that all women will be able to lead happy, healthy and productive lives. Susan is the current chair of the Fundraising Committee. Susan works full time as the director of TLC's Family Hearing Center in Rockville, MD.