HERA Announces New Board Members

May 1, 2012

Four Community Leaders Join Fight Against Ovarian Cancer

DENVERMay 3, 2012The HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation, a nationally-recognized ovarian cancer nonprofit, announces the addition of four community leaders to its board of directors. Judy Bradt, Tonya Clement, Hilary Silberman, and Briann Zimmermann were recently elected to the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation board.

Judy Bradt of Alexandria, Va., is chief executive officer of Summit Insight, a consulting firm that has provided business development and government procurement policy advice to more than 6,000 clients since 1988.  Tonya Clement of Boulder, Colo., has more than 25 years of domestic and international product sales, marketing, and supply chain experience in organizations ranging from small start-up entrepreneurial businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Hilary Silberman of Salt Lake City, is a clinical supervisor in the department of communication sciences and disorders at the University of Utah Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic. Briann Zimmermann is pursuing her master’s degree in library and information studies at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. 

“We are so pleased to welcome these four people to the HERA board,” said Jill Slansky, board president. “They bring a wealth of knowledge, breadth of experience and wonderful new ideas to the organization. Each is deeply committed to HERA’s mission to stop the loss of women from ovarian cancer and to empowering women to take control of their health.”

Based in Denver, the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation was established in 2002 while Sean Patrick was recovering from her seventh ovarian cancer surgery. HERA’s signature fundraisers are its Climb4Life events, a series of rock climbing and hiking weekends held in four cities around the country:  Boston, Mass.; Boulder, Colo.; Washington, D.C.; and Salt Lake City, Utah.  What started as a single event in Salt Lake City has grown into a multi-city program attracting hundreds of participants and numerous partners. 

“All of these individuals bring their passion for rock climbing to the organization,” said Meg Steitz, executive director. “They have all been involved with HERA for many years, so their participation on the board is a natural fit.”

Through its 2012 Climb4Life series, HERA aims to raise more than $100,000 for ovarian cancer research and awareness initiatives. The organization commits approximately 88 percent of the funds raised for scientific research and community grants, as well as education and awareness initiatives for ovarian cancer.

About the HERA Foundation:

Established in 2002, the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to stop the loss of women from ovarian cancer by promoting Health, Empowerment, Research, and Awareness. As a nationally recognized ovarian cancer organization, HERA provides funding for cutting-edge research grants to scientists at respected medical institutions. In so doing, HERA attracts more young researchers to expand the scientific understanding of ovarian cancer while improving the lives of those battling the disease. In addition, HERA awards grants to local community groups to raise awareness about the disease in novel and unusual ways. More information is available at www.herafoundation.org.

Media Contact:

Stacey Sepp, APR
Xstatic Public Relations


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