Board of Badasses
(Oh... um, we mean "Directors")
Sondra is a young wife, mother of 3 girls, and activist. Sondra co-founded the website ‘BS Breast Cancer’; a website geared towards creating education, support, and empowering breast cancer patients and their families. She has been interviewed for several publications, podcasts and videos - most recently a feature on NowThis that went viral. Sondra initially went the path of breast mound reconstruction at 28 - she had 2 lumpectomies in her early 20's - after her bilateral mastectomy, followed by an explant at 35 when her body rejected her reconstruction. She is passionate about modeling positive imagery of her flat body so others can see the beauty that exists in it even after a major trauma like cancer occurs. She brings her career experience of medical insurance coding and terminology to Flat Closure NOW.
Sondra Price | President
South Carolina, United States
Emily Hopper | Vice President
Wisconsin, United States
Emily Hopper is a young mother, wife and artist from Wisconsin who found her breast cancer at 29 (and pregnant). After her triple negative diagnosis at 31, she was inspired to use her breast cancer experience, passion for art and drive to advocate to create what is now one of the flat communities favorite tees; the #FLATAF tee. She is also the founder of the private Facebook community, "Flatties Unite"; which is focused on support for life after an aesthetic flat closure and has over 2,000 members. Her advocacy efforts have been featured on numerous media outlets, including The CanSurvivor podcast, The Intersection of Cancer and Life podcast, in The Daily Beast and Wildfire Magazine - and her t-shirts were featured in the 2019 AnaOno x Cancerland NYFW (which was featured by NPR!). Emily not only brings her creativity to our organization through website and graphic designs, but pre-cancer worked as a medical professional for one of Wisconsin's largest health systems before beginning her nonprofit path at a community action agency.
Katie P. Fink | Treasurer,
Michigan, United States
Katie is a wife, mother of five and a professional photographer who believes in advocacy for women's and children's issues; both nationally and internationally. In 2016, Katie was diagnosed with After finding cancer during a breast reduction, a breast cancer diagnosis and health issues related to mastectomy and reconstruction failure in 2016, Katie has established herself in the mastectomy communities online as a hilarious, inspiring role model for aesthetic flat closure. Her page, The Flat Advocate, is a must-follow for anyone who needs a pick me up from the cancer crap! She an administrator of the Mastectomy Support Group, Mastectomy Support Group Gender Non-Specific, and her personal page and IG account,The Flat Advocate.
Melanie Testa | Director
New York, United States
Melanie has been breaking down the barriers of invisibility for going flat since their diagnosis in 2011. They've been featured in numerous advocacy projects over the years including The Grace Project, Play Out underwear, Huffington Post, CNN/Great Big Story, Women's Health, NowThis and more. Melanie also founded My Flat Friends - a welcoming and supportive Facebook group for flatties. As the first well known flat advocate and role model in the breast cancer communities; they present images that are strong, sexy, inspirational and even sometimes confrontational - in an effort to normalize the experience a majority of women face with breast cancer diagnosis. You may also recognize Melanie from their artwork as well. They're a professional artist, fabric maker and seamstress with a published book!
Dara Dunbar | Director
Virginia, United States
Dara is an Army(r) wife, homeschooling mama of three and Veteran. She was diagnosed with breast cancer during her pregnancy with her first child; she was 22 years old. Dara did the standard treatment of chemo and radiation and wore prosthetics for the first decade of her survival. She now presents flat 24/7 and has been living non- reconstructed with an aesthetic flat closure for 19 years. Dara is an original contributor to Flat Retreat and currently serves as a beloved admin for flat-focused Facebook support groups, Flatties Unite (founded by Emily) and My Flat Friends (founded by Melanie). Within the flat community, she has co-created and hosted a weekly body positive focused program called “DGATT” (Don’t Give a Tit Tuesday) as well as a late night talk called Friday Night Live - both huge successes reaching over 16,000 flat community members. Dara advocates for lymphedema awareness, body positivity and hopes to encourage new and old survivors that there is a beautiful life to be had after breast cancer.
Melissa Jansen | Director
California, United States
Melissa currently works as a legal analyst and marketing advisor, and is an active board member for the Child Abuse Forensic Institute which specializes in cases regarding child sexual abuse and domestic violence. Her work includes serving as an advocate for protective parents and teaching deception, victimization, abuse and trauma to law enforcement and others working and responding to abuse situations. In 2017, Melissa was diagnosed with breast cancer and chose a unilateral mastectomy. When she went online to search for real life images of women who made the same choice, she came up empty handed. That experience inspired her to utilize her (other) degree (in design!) to create her fashion blog, I Don't Need Two which focuses on unilateral flat fashion and dressing a one breasted body without prosthetics. She has worked hard to post positive imagery of herself as a one-breasted woman to change the narrative on what a “normal” body means and has been featured and written content for many body positive campaigns including She Changed It, Salty World, Wildfire Magazine, Gypsy Nurse, Health Magazine, Curvy Couture as well as being featured as a one-breasted actor in a commercial and ad campaign for Blue Cross Blue Shield.
You can do what I cannot do.
I can do what you cannot do.
Together we can do great things.
• Mother Teresa •