"You can do what I cannot do. I can do what you cannot do. Together we can do great things."
~ Mother Teresa
Sondra Price, President
Sondra is a wife and mother of 3 girls. She chose a career path in the insurance industry and has a proven ability to create and deliver solutions that meet corporate objectives tied to business production and performance. Once she left the corporate world, she self-taught herself how to build and develop websites, and has now designed websites for several other non-profits and businesses. Her story is featured on The Cancer Care Parcel. Sondra co-founded the website ‘BS Breast Cancer’, a website geared towards creating education, support, and empowering breast cancer patients and their families. Diagnosed for the 3rd time by 28, following 2 lumpectomies and then a bilateral mastectomy, Sondra initially reconstructed, and after several years of dealing with complications from her implants, she explanted and went flat.
Emily Hopper, Vice President
Emily Hopper is a young mother, wife, artist and activist. In 2017, Emily was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. She was 31 years old, with a one year old daughter. After her double mastectomy, Emily created EMPOWERHAUS - breast cancer awareness shirts and gifts that aren't pink - to help raise funds for her treatment and change the conversation on breast cancer. She is also a visible advocate in the breast cancer and flat communities, and the founder of the Facebook support group "Flatties Unite". She has been featured on The CanSurvivor podcast, The Intersection of Cancer and Life podcast, in The Daily Beast, in Wildfire Magazine and as a guest in the 2019 Young Survival Coalition Summit breakout session, "Breast Cancer Advocacy - Raise Your Voice" with Catherine Guthrie. Emily is an artist skilled in photography, photo editing, graphic design & web design.
Melissa Jansen, Secretary
Melissa Jansen is the creator of “I Don’t Need Two” a fashion based website for women who have had a unilateral mastectomy without reconstruction. Although Melissa’s first degree is in design, she chose to pursue a career in the legal field where she specialized on cases regarding child sexual abuse and domestic violence. Melissa worked as an advocate for protective parents and taught deception, victimization, abuse and trauma to law enforcement. Shortly after her decision to leave legal work behind, Melissa was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017. While searching for images online of women who had unilateral mastectomy without reconstruction she came up empty handed. Utilizing her degree in design, Melissa now writes articles on how to dress without wearing a prosthetic. She has worked hard to post images of herself for women who have yet to decide their treatment plan. She takes pride in being a “uni.”
Katie King Fink, Treasurer
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. Katie is passionate about creating awareness and support of these issues through education, action and support. Since Breast Cancer and health issues related to mastectomy and reconstruction failure in 2016, Katie has established herself in the mastectomy communities online as 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, Body Positive Ambadassador
A role model for ‘flat reconstruction’, Melanie presents 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. Breaking down the barriers of invisibility for this reconstructive choice has been a focus for Melanie since her diagnosis in 2011.