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:

Leigh Chapman

Kathy Daniels

Clare Donelan,  Treasurer

Patricia Goldman

Susan Lee Kim

Mary Kinler

Erika Lunder

Rosemary Reed Miller

Dawnyel Pryor

Patricia Teck Seggerman, Secretary

JoAnn Symons, Chair

Paige Whitaker

Susan Yaffe-Oziel

 

Biographies 

 

Kathy Daniels was diagnosed with stage 3c ovarian cancer in October 2011.  Prior to this diagnosis she enjoyed a very healthy lifestyle.  She resumed that healthy lifestyle once she completed chemotherapy.  Kathy is determined to remain cancer free and has pursued a holistic approach to remaining healthy, including nutritional and other alternative treatments.  She joined the board of Rhonda’s Club after meeting Susan Yaffe-Oziel who shared with her the story of her sister-in-law Rhonda Oziel.  Kathy is retired from the Drug Enforcement Administration, is a health and wellness coach and a blogger for the Huffington Post.

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 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.

Susan Kim was introduced to ovarian cancer awareness a few years ago when a close friend discussed the loss of her mother to ovarian cancer.  She soon met fellow OGCC/Board member, Leigh Chapman, who connected her to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA) and OGCC/Rhonda's Club.  In the past year, Susan has volunteered with both organizations to help educate others about ovarian cancer and its risk factors.  Susan works as an attorney in Washington, DC and is a graduate of Columbia University and the University of Chicago Law School.  She is also the co-Race Director of Washington, DC's Cupid's Undie Run, an annual event which raises money for the Children's Tumor Foundation.  Her hobbies include pole fitness and cheering on the New York Jets.

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. I  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. 

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, son Oliver and dog Stella.

JoAnn Symons was diagnosed with and treated for Stage 1B ovarian cancer at the age of 51 and has been cancer free ever since.  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 as a survivor inspire JoAnn to work to improve awareness of this disease and to ease the burdens of all women diagnosed with gynecologic cancers and their families.  JoAnn is Chair of the OGCC/Rhonda's Club Board of Directors and also manages the Survivors Teaching Students: Saving Women’s Lives ® program locally to teach medical students about the risk factors and symptoms of ovarian cancer.
 

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.

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 works full time as the director of TLC's Family Hearing Center in Rockville, MD. Susan lives in Rockville, MD with her husband David.

 

 

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