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OUR HISTORY

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The Donna M. Saunders Foundation For Breast Cancer Education and Support was founded in January 2012. The foundation was created to honor a remarkable daughter, sister, aunt and friend, who lost her battle with breast cancer in August 2010. The goals of the foundation are to provide educational awareness to the public about the disease and financial support to breast cancer patients. It is our hope to provide support to those in need as they receive treatment for breast cancer and to ensure that people are educated about the disease to assist in the prevention. The founding members were Nardos King, Stacia Shields, Tracy Brown, Darling Richards, Jacqueline Lee, Rodney Ramsour, Sonya Bethea and Bronte Montgomery. Darlene Akers replaced Rodney Ramsour in March 2013.

OUR MISSION

The Donna M. Saunders Foundation, Inc. is committed to providing educational awareness to the public about breast cancer and financial support to breast cancer patients.

THE LANDSCAPE

About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2015, an estimated 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 60,290 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer. About 2,350 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men in 2015. The financial impact of a breast cancer diagnosis is devastating. Our services help families throughout the Washington DC Metro area who need help paying for everything from medical treatment to basic living expenses. We also host and support events to bring awareness of the disease in efforts to increase early detection.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

About

Nardos King

Nardos King is a founding member of the Donna M. Saunders Foundation, Inc. and currently serves as the President.  She currently serves as high school principal for Fairfax County Public Schools and resides in Fairfax County, Virginia.  Ms. King received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Virginia State University.  She also received two Master of Education Degrees from George Washington University and is currently working on her Doctorate Degree.  Ms. King spearheaded the efforts to start the foundation and to keep her promise to Donna, her college roommate, to continue the fight for breast cancer patients.

About

Stacia L. Shields

Stacia L. Shields is a founding member of the Donna M. Saunders Foundation, Inc. and currently serves as the Vice-President.  Ms. Shields is a Senior Consultant with OptumInsight and resides in Prince George's County, Maryland.  Ms. Shields received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Virginia State University.  Ms. Shields’ wealth of experience in the health care industry and management are key to the operation of the foundation.

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Tracy L. Brown

Tracy L. Brown is a founding member of the Donna M. Saunders Foundation, Inc. and currently serves as Secretary. Ms. Brown is a Partner for a Global Information Technology Company and resides in Prince George's County, Maryland.  Ms. Brown received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and a Master of Education Degree from Hampton University.  Her corporate and technical experiences have been key to the establishment and growth of the foundation. 

About

Bronte Montgomery

Bronte Montgomery is a founding member of the Donna M. Saunders Foundation, Inc. and currently serves as Treasurer of the Donna M. Saunders Foundation, Inc.  Ms. Montgomery is an Attorney and resides in Fairfax County, Virginia.  Ms. Montgomery received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Juris Doctor Degree from Rutger's School of Law, and a Master of Law Degree from The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School.  Her legal background has served to facilitate the establishment and organizational aspects of the foundation. 

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Darlene Akers

Darlene Akers became a Board Director of the Donna M. Saunders Foundation, Inc. in March 2013, replacing Mr. Rodney Ramsour.  Ms. Akers is a cousin of Donna M. Saunders.  She is the Site Administrator for Sunshine Senior Living and resides in Charles County, Maryland.  She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Networking from Strayer University.  As a relative of Donna Saunders, Ms. Akers also has first-hand experience of the needs of breast cancer patients and will serve the foundation in ensuring that its vision remains close to the spirit of Ms. Saunders.

About

Sonya Bethea

Sonya Bethea is a founding member of the Donna M. Saunders Foundation, Inc. and currently serves as a Board Director.  Ms. Bethea is a Human Resources Executive for a major defense contractor and resides in Prince George's County, Maryland.  She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Virginia State University.  Ms. Bethea's corporate experience has been key to the strategic and organizational framework of the foundation.

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Jacqueline Lee

Jacqueline Lee is a founding member of the Donna M. Saunders Foundation, Inc. and currently serves as a Board Director.  She's the President of Jacqueline Lee International, LLC and resides in Manhattan, New York.  Ms. Lee received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from Virginia State University.  Ms. Lee is a marketing innovator and brand strategist extraordinaire.  Her knowledge and foresight will serve to brand the foundation and establish strategic alliances with corporate partners.

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