Nancy G. Brinker
Nancy G. Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, has been dedicated to ridding the world of breast cancer for nearly 40 years. Ms. Brinker served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Hungary from 2001 to 2003, and U.S. Chief of Protocol from 2007-2009. In 2008, President Bush appointed her to The Kennedy Center Board of Trustees. That same year she was named one of TIME magazine's "100 Most Influential People.” In 2009, President Obama honored her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and she was also named Goodwill Ambassador for Cancer Control for the United Nations' World Health Organization. The following year, Ms. Brinker released her memoir, “Promise Me,” which became a New York Times best-seller. She is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Accolades for her work include the Mary Woodard Lasker Award for Public Service, the Champions of Excellence Award from the Centers for Disease Control, the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health’s Porter Prize, the Forbes Trailblazer Award, Ladies Home Journal's 100 Most Important Women of the 20th Century, the Anti-Defamation League Americanism Award, and Biography Magazine's 25 Most Powerful Women in America. Ms. Brinker is a member of the Harvey Milk Foundation’s leadership and serves as a Global Advisor to HOLOGIC, Inc. She has a B.A. from the University of Illinois.
David Brodsky possesses more than 50 years of experience as a successful entrepreneur and investor. He has been involved in the support of breast cancer research since 1977, when his wife was first diagnosed with the disease. Mr. Brodsky has served as Chairman, Audit Chair and Lead Director at a number of New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq companies, and has served on and taken leadership positions on numerous civic and cultural boards in both Rhode Island and Florida. Mr. Brodsky received his degree from Brown University.
Michael Dennis, MD
Dr. Dennis is a retired plastic and reconstructive surgeon and the Founding Chair of the Florida Atlantic University Schmidt College of Medicine and the Co-Founder of the
Southern California Breast Cancer Institute. He is also the Founder and President of Hand-XTenders. For 29 years, Dr. Dennis spent several weeks per year volunteering with multiple organizations to provide pro bono correction of congenital defects such as cleft palates, cleft lips, and hand deformities in 19 countries around the world. He is an Officer of the Florida Institute for Health Innovation, and a Member of the Finance Committee of the Health Care District of Palm Beach County. Dr. Dennis founded the Medical Education Forum of the Palm Beaches and funded the preparation, publication, and distribution of the 2013 Regional Medical Care Guide for residents of Palm Beach County. He served as Chairman of the Palm Beach Medical Care Commission from 2005 to 2008, and has chaired and sponsored the Palm Beach County Medical Society's Future of Medicine Summit for the past five years. Dr. Dennis is President of the Palm Beach County Medical Society's Service Board. Dr. Dennis received his Bachelor of Science degree from Harvard and his M.D. degree from the University of Florida, with extensive externships at Guy's Hospital, London, and Johns Hopkins. He completed his internship and surgical residency at Stanford.
Julie Fisher Cummings, MSSW is a philanthropist and advocate for vulnerable women and children. She is the founder of Lovelight Foundation, which focuses on domestic child sex trafficking, underserved women and girls and quality early childhood education. She has dedicated more than 40 years to civic leadership, including serving as a Presidential appointee to the Corporation for National and Community Service, a Member of the Board of both the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and Children’s Hospital of Michigan, and has held Board positions with the United Way and with local Community Foundations in both Florida and her home state of Michigan. Ms. Cummings also serves as Vice Chair of her family’s foundation, the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation. She has been awarded the Distinguished Alumnae Award from Cranbrook Schools, the Woman of Distinction Award from Palm Beach Atlantic University, the Role Model of the Year Award from Alternatives for Girls, Woman of Achievement Award from the Anti-Defamation League, and the Leadership, Equity and Diversity Award from Women’s Funding Network. Ms. Cummings received a B.A. from Palm Beach Atlantic University and an M.S.S.W. from the Columbia University School of Social Work.
David Dodson, MD
Dr. Dodson has practiced Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease in West Palm Beach since 1985. That year he founded the Travelers Medical Service, and has counseled thousands of travelers over the years. Dr. Dodson served as Chairman of the Governing Board of Good Samaritan Hospital and has been Chief of Staff at Good Samaritan Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital and Intracoastal Health System. He has also been affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. His educational activities have included over 200 TV and Radio interviews. Dr. Dodson has been recognized as a Best Doctor by Castle Connolly Guide, a Top Doc by Miami Metro magazine and a Top Doctor by South Florida magazine. He has served on the Board of Directors of FoundCare, Hope House and Palm Healthcare Foundation. Dr. Dodson is double board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease, is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and is certified by Cornell in Plant Based Nutrition. Dr. Dodson is a graduate of Cornell and Cornell University Medical College. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia and his Infectious Disease Fellowship at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Shannon Hawkins is Director of Community Engagement at Quantum Foundation, a role she assumed after first joining the organization in 2008 as Program Associate. She has led three successful initiatives: Health Navigation, an initiative designed to help individuals obtain health insurance; Quantum in the Community (QIC), a program which funds the grassroots organizations that provide basic needs to support good health and Capacity Building for Nonprofits, a series of workshops that equip nonprofit leaders with skills to improve overall governance, administration and operation. Prior to joining Quantum Foundation, Ms. Hawkins served as an Administrative and Program director for the Palm Beach County Community Health Alliance (PBCCHA) from its inception in 2005 through 2007, working to improve access to health care for uninsured county residents. Before joining PBCCHA, she worked at OMEGA of Palm Beach County from 2001 through 2004, and the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center from 1995 through 2000 in both operations and patient advocacy roles. She earned her degree from Palm Beach State College.
Laurie Silvers practiced law in South Florida for more than 10 years before starting her career as a media entrepreneur. She is an owner of Home Town Cable Plus and Treasure and Space Coast Broadcasting, Co-Founder and President of Hollywood Media Corp., co-CEO of Hollywood.com, and a member of the Board of Directors of MovieTickets.com. Silvers was Co-founder of the Sci-Fi (now SyFy) Channel, of which she served as Chief Executive Officer from January 1988 to March 1992 and Co-Vice Chairman from March 1992 to March 1994. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Miami, is Chair of the Board of Directors of WPBT Channel 2, the public broadcasting station for Miami; Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, and a member of the Board of Directors for the town of Palm Beach United Way. She also served as 2010 Chair of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County. Ms. Silvers’ awards include the 2011 Excalibur Award from the Sun Sentinel, the 2013 Empowerment Mentor Award from the Women of Tomorrow Program, and the 2015 Outstanding Philanthropist Award from the Palm Beach Chapter of the Association Fundraising Professionals, Palm Beach County Chapter. Ms. Silvers received a J.D. degree from University of Miami School of Law.
Todd Lazenby is the Chief White-Boarder and Founder of Victory Partners and Royal Ascot Partners. His 28 years of private equity, investment banking and corporate finance experience include serving as a Founding Principal of Affinity Finance, LLC and Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco. He also served as the Chairman and CEO of MPTH, LLC, the holding company that owns and operates the Maryland Proton Treatment Center, a state-of-the-art cancer treatment center located on the University of Maryland BioPark campus. Mr. Lazenby serves or has served on several company and charity boards, including Undaunted Holdings, LLC, Maryland Proton Treatment Holdings, LLC, California Proton Treatment Holdings, LLC, Optimium Heath, LLC, KwikBoost, LLC, Varaha Systems, LLC, TXP Corporation, FOH, Inc., HomeBanc Inc., CMG Bancorp, Inc., Automated Data Sciences, Inc., Morningstar Energy, LLC, Zyvex Technologies, LLC, InTelegy Corp. and Loggerhead Marinelife Center. He is a former member of the Dallas Chapter of the Young Entrepreneurs Organization and the Baylor University Executive MBA Committee. He holds a MS from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, a MBA and a BS in Communications from Florida State University, and a BSBA from Barry University.
Amy joined Ballard Partners in September, 2000 and is the Managing Partner of the West Palm Beach office. Amy began her career as a legislative intern in Governor Bob Graham’s office. She subsequently served as a legislative aide for The House Republican leader as well as an aide to the first Hispanic legislator elected in Florida. She later joined the private sector as political affairs coordinator for one of the largest trade associations in the state of Florida. Two years later, she was recruited to join a national law firm. Amy has specialized in women’s health care issues for over three decades. She has many long-standing clients including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Women’s Care Florida, VitalMD, the Florida Society of Ophthalmologists and the Florida Society of Pathologists. Young has been awarded numerous honors from her clients and was voted one of the top five female lobbyists in Florida by her colleagues.
Young served a two year term as the governmental affairs chairman for the Florida Society of Association Executives and has also served on the board of the Florida Network of Youth and Family Services, Armory Arts Center Operation Art, The Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Board of Directors of the Potentia Academy of Palm Beach and currently serves as a member Emeritus on the Arc of Palm Beach Board of Directors and is a member of the Bizpac Executive Committee and a Bizpac Trustee.
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