Who We Are

When Unite for HER founder Sue Weldon was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, she began searching for information on therapies that would complement the medical treatments she was receiving. What she discovered was a lack of easily accessible resources on topics like nutrition, acupuncture, massage, yoga, counseling and other ways for breast cancer patients to enhance their wellness and care for their emotional, spiritual, and physical needs.

Since its establishment as a nonprofit organization in 2009, Unite for HER’s cornerstone has been to bridge that gap for breast cancer patients, focusing on wellness initiatives that will positively impact their health, as well as the health of all women and girls.

Our Values

Integrity     Commitment     Trust     Communication     Empowerment     Teamwork     Compassion

Our Mission

Our mission is to bridge the gap between the medical and wellness communities by funding and delivering complementary therapies that support the physical and emotional needs of those with breast cancer during treatment and beyond. We educate our women and the community about the role of healthy lifestyle choices in the prevention of disease and the promotion of wellness.

Staff

Cathy BrosnanBookkeeper
Cathy is responsible for managing the financial data for Unite for HER. She originally learned about UFH as a parent volunteer for the student programs at Rustin High School. Due to a strong family history of breast cancer, she immediately appreciated the need for, and the value of, the services UFH offers to breast cancer patients. Prior to joining UFH, Cathy spent almost thirty years in various auditing, accounting and project management roles. Cathy received a B.S. in Accounting from Fordham University in New York. She is the mother of three and her family lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Cameron CotrufelloSpecial Events Manager
Cameron is responsible for the special events of the organization. Her background developing and executing special events was just what Unite for HER needed as we continue to grow. Leading the Students Unite for HER program and coordinating the new events and fundraisers for the organization, Cameron is expanding Unite for HER’s awareness and markets. Cameron received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Drexel University. She currently lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Gail KellyWellness Day Program Director

Joining Unite for HER in July 2014, Gail is responsible for providing administrative and execution support for UFH’s outreach programs. She manages the Wellness Day program and the network of professionals that provide therapy services. Prior to this, she spent 25 years in various business development and management positions in the chemical industry. Gail received a B.S. in Engineering from Drexel University and an MBA from Villanova University. She resides with her husband and two daughters in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Tara KlickWellness Day Program Manager
Tara is responsible for Managing the Wellness Day program and the network of professionals that provide therapy services. Prior to this, she spent 10 years in the medical device industry in various sales positions. After being diagnosed with Breast cancer in 2012, Tara went through a Wellness Day at Bryn Mawr Hospital. She has been a volunteer and massage therapy provider for UFH her several years. Tara received a B.S. in Psychology from Penn State University. She resides with her husband and two young sons in Havertown, Pennsylvania.
Jan NowellAdministrative Assistant
Jan is an administrative assistant for the UFH office. She was on the Unite for Her Board for 6 years as the secretary, as well as a volunteer. Her term of office was over in June and she joined the staff in July. In 2015, she retired from Chichester Middle School where she taught for 38 years as a math teacher. Jan met Sue in 2007, where both sons were playing lacrosse at Rustin. Jan graduated from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania with a BS in mathematics and earned a Masters of Education from West Chester University. She is the mother of four boys and resides in Thornton with her husband Tim and their dog Ravin.
Erin Pellegrin RD, LDNNutrition Manager
Erin Pellegrin RD, LDN joined Unite for HER full-time as the Nutrition Manager after working as a nutrition counselor since 2013. She begins the nutrition discussion at each Wellness Day. She also provides hands-on education with both grocery store tours and in-home cooking, and is a contributor to the UFH blog. Prior to joining UFH, she worked as a clinical dietitian at Hahnemann University Hospital where she worked primarily with the inpatient and outpatient oncology population. She received her nutrition degree from LaSalle University and has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication/Journalism from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York. She currently lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Mary RueggFundraising Manager
Mary is responsible for managing the fundraising program at Unite for HER. After graduating from West Chester University, she enjoyed a successful career in advertising sales with CondeNast and most recently Philadelphia Style Magazine. Mary began working with UFH as a volunteer after her good friend, Eileen Raab, had a life-changing experience and recovered through the support she received from Unite for HER that gave her hope during one of the darkest times of her life. Mary is the mother of two, grandmother of six, and lives with her husband in Glen Mills.
Corianne SchrimMarketing & Social Media Manager
A new resident of the Philadelphia region, Corianne moved from Carlisle, Pennsylvania, to join the UFH team in May 2017. As Marketing and Social Media Manager, she is responsible for all graphic design, web development, print and digital content creation, and marketing and public relations strategy and outreach. Corianne is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, where she studied Public Relations (B.A), French (B.A.), and Psychology (Minor). She currently lives in Malvern, Pennsylvania.
Maia TolsdorfDirector of Strategy and Development

Maia works on a variety of initiatives in the areas of strategy, finance, development, and operations, with a goal of maximizing Unite for HER’s reach and impact. She works closely with many members of the Unite for HER team, including staff, directors, volunteers, and donors. Maia came to Unite for HER five years ago as a volunteer grant writer with background in the law, event and volunteer leadership, and extensive nonprofit board experience. She served on the Unite for HER Board of Directors, including as the Chair, before being hired as staff in the fall of 2016. Maia also is an avid photographer, and is often the one behind the camera at our special events! Maia has a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, and a B.A. from Yale University. She lives in West Chester with her husband, Chris, their three children, two dogs, two rabbits, eight chickens, and revolving door of foster kittens.

Sue WeldonCEO & Founder
When Sue Weldon was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 39, it was her children she thought of first. She wanted to be there to raise them, to see them grow up, and to be strong for them. As she went through surgery and chemotherapy she watched the pounds she didn’t have fall away, lost her hair, her energy, and the color in her face. The conventional treatments that rid her body of cancer—surgery, chemotherapy, and reconstruction—brought a host of mental and physical side effects, including nausea, headaches, fatigue, neuropathy, muscle and joint pain, anxiety and depression. These traumatic symptoms were debilitating, and lasted for a full year after Sue’s treatment was complete. Adding to all of these challenges was the psychological pain of losing both breasts, premature menopause, as well as changes in her body image and sexuality, adding even more stress to a very difficult situation.

When Sue’s treatments were finished, she was told that she was cancer-free. Despite this wonderful news, she hardly recognized the woman she saw in the mirror, a shell of her former vibrant self. Determined to regain some control of her health, Sue discovered that an abundance of research had shown that integrating complementary therapy with mainstream medicine could significantly improve patient well-being during treatment and beyond. She began incorporating acupuncture, massage, yoga, exercise, and nutrition into her recovery plan, and experienced significant reduction in pain, an increase in her energy, and improvement in her overall wellness. She learned that the astounding benefits of complementary therapies are widely accepted within the medical community, but since the treatments generally are not covered by insurance, most patients do not have access to or even know about them. Sue recognized that very few breast cancer patients in active treatment and/or recovery have both the time and the energy to do the research and the financial means to commit to the treatments.

Fueled by the powerful impact that complementary therapies had on her, in 2009, Sue founded Unite for HER (Helping to Empower and Restore) to bridge this gap between the medical and wellness communities and bring complementary therapies to all breast cancer patients, regardless of income. In just over eight years, what started as a small program at Paoli Hospital, has grown to a partnership with 22 hospitals that has served more than 3,500 breast cancer patients in the Philadelphia region. Sue is a respected leader in the community and an effective proponent of integrating traditional and holistic modalities to provide a comprehensive plan to treat the whole woman.

Sue has received numerous awards for her impact on the breast cancer community. She was awarded the “Norma E. Ciccarone Award of Hope” by ‘Cuddle My Kids’ in 2011, was named a Top 23 Power Women Local Game Changers by Main Line Today in 2013, as well as one of the Top 20 Philanthropists Who Care in Main Line Today, April 2016. Last November, she had the honor of being named the 2016 Health Hero by Philadelphia magazine for her work as a wellness advocate, and also received the 2016 award for “Community Breast Cancer Foundation of the Year” from Breast Cancer Wellness magazine.

Sue is a guest speaker at various events throughout the area, inspiring both men and women with her compelling survivorship story and healthy lifestyle tips. Prior to founding UFH, Sue spent 25 years as a coach at AJS Pancott Gymnastics National Training Center, and has served as a Junior Olympic National Team coach. She is a graduate of West Chester University with a degree in Communication which she used in her career in advertising sales for 10 years. Sue and her husband Chip have three children and reside in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Board of Directors

Karin RisiChair/Executive Committee

Karin leads Vanguard’s Retail Investor Group, the company’s largest division, serving more than seven million investors. Since joining Vanguard in 1997, she has held various leadership roles within the company’s Corporate, Institutional, and Retail divisions, including Vanguard Personal Advisor Services®. Prior to joining Vanguard, Karin was an investor relations analyst with Sunoco, Inc. She holds a B.S. and an M.B.A. from Villanova University. Karin is a breast cancer survivor and an active advocate for compassionate care, treatment, and support of those affected by the disease. Karin and her husband, Sean, live in Malvern with their two children.

Dr. Linna LiVice Chair/Executive Committee
Dr. Linna Li graduated with a Bachelor in Arts from University of California, Berkley in 2002 with high honors having a double major in Immunology and Cell Biology and Social Welfare. She went on to graduate from Drexel University College of Medicine in 2006. She did an internship with Drexel University School of Medicine in Internal Medicine and went on to do a radiation oncology residency at Fox Chase Cancer Center, becoming Chief Resident in 2010. She came to Bryn Mawr Hospital as an Attending Radiation Oncologist in 2011. Linna has authored several articles for peer-reviewed journals and presented research at professional oncology meetings, many relating to breast cancer. She has been the recipient of several awards such as; the Women in Excellence award in 2006 and the National Cancer Center Network Fellowship Award in 2008 and the RSNA Roentgen Award in 2010.
Amy GalloMember/Development Committee
Amy is Director of Sales at Independence Blue Cross where she leads Mid-Market Account Management teams responsible for customer and broker relations, customer retention and growth. Since joining Independence Blue Cross in 1993, she has held various leadership roles including New Sales and Account Management in both the Small and Mid-Market segments. In addition to her Sales experience, she is responsible for strategic planning and business development and has served in a leadership capacity for corporate strategic initiatives throughout her career.

Amy holds a B.S. Degree from Villanova University and an M.B.A. from St. Joseph’s University with a concentration in Healthcare Administration. Amy is a breast cancer survivor and an advocate for those affected by this disease. Amy and her husband Frank live in Glen Mills with their twins, Abby & Matthew.

Robert GriesemerTreasurer/Finance Committee
Bob holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Management at Syracuse University. He also holds a Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant designation from the American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania and is a partner in Financial House located in Centerville Delaware. He specializes in retirement and estate planning, serving the needs of individuals and small business owners. Bob has held many leadership positions in professional organizations, and is the past director of the Delaware Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals. He resides with his wife and two daughters in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Parker CarrollMember/Development Committee
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Parker has spent the last 30 years in the software industry working in sales management and executive positions . He is a graduate of Lehigh University where he received a B.S. in Marketing. He and his family have been volunteers and supporters of Unite for HER from its beginning. Parker and his wife, Mary, live in West Chester, PA and have 3 children.
Meghan McVetyMember
Meghan McVety, is a Principal and Co-Founder of Capacity for Change, LLC, a consulting group dedicated to inspiring greater community impacts through smart strategy consulting. Meghan has expertise in strategic and business planning, organizational development, facilitation, and philanthropy, and she works with nonprofits and foundations throughout the Philadelphia region and at the national level. Meghan previously served on the Boards of Directors of the Chester County Community Foundation and Coatesville Youth Initiative, and currently serves on committees with Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia and Volunteer English Program. She earned her Master of Public Administration from the University of San Francisco. Meghan lives with her husband and two sons in West Chester, PA.
Jeff ShapiroMember/Finance Committee
Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from West Chester University. After graduating from college, Jeff went to work in the textile industry and had a 30 year career in the business. In 2013, he sold the textile manufacturing company that he owned for 24 years. He fulfilled his obligation to work for the new company for a year and a half and then retired. He is a past board member of Foundation for Learning In Tredyffrin/Easttown. His hobbies and interests include golf, cars, motorcycles and travel. Jeff and his wife, Maureen, live in Berwyn, PA and have three boys.

Development Committee

Parker Carroll – Chair
Gillian Armstrong
Maureen Shapiro 
Cynthia Belliveau
Julie Elicker
Marion Guthrie
Linda Kozitzky 
Denise Nissle
Linda Farrell
Laura Sweeney Derrico
Corinne Heim
Eileen Raab
Basil Joy
Koren Patterson
Sarah Nurry
Andrea Jones
Graceann Palmarella