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.
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.
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
Nardos KingDr. Nardos King is a founding member and President of the Donna M. Saunders Foundation, Inc. . She currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Region 3 for Fairfax County Public Schools and has worked in the field of education for 30 plus years. Dr. King received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Virginia State University. She also received a Masters of Education Degrees from George Washington University, a Masters Degree in Education Leadership and Administration from George Mason University and Doctorate Degree in Education Leadership and Policy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute State University. Dr. 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. Dr. King is a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc and serves on the boards of both professions and civic organizations. She is married and has two adult children. She resides in Fairfax County, Virginia.
Stacia L. Shields
Ms. Shields is a proven leader with over 30 years experience in the Healthcare field, specializing in operations, client management and relations, service delivery and project management.
Ms. Shields is an active member of her community, an active and life long member of her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., owner of her own event planning company, Simply Elegant Events, LLC, and a founding member of the Donna M. Saunders Foundation, Inc.
Tracy L. BrownTracy L. Brown is a founding member of the Donna M. Saunders Foundation, Inc. and currently serves as Donation Manager. Ms. Brown is a Director 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.
Bronte MontgomeryMs. Bronte Montgomery is a founding member of the Donna M. Saunders Foundation, Inc., and currently serves as Treasurer and Board Member of the Foundation. Her familial ties to the disease and her passion for service to others motivate her to seek opportunities for the foundation to support breast cancer patients. Ms. Montgomery is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in 1987. Ms. Montgomery earned her Juris Doctor Degree from Rutgers University School of Law-Camden in 1991. In 2004, Ms. Montgomery was awarded a Master of Law Degree from the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, Charlottesville, VA. Ms. Montgomery retired from the U.S. Army in 2013 and currently serves as an attorney with the Federal Government.
Darlene Akers became a Board Director of the Donna M. Saunders Foundation, Inc. in March 2013. She now serves as the Volunteer Manager for the foundation. Ms. Akers is a cousin of Donna M. Saunders. She is a doTERRA Wellness Educator 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.
Ms. Akers passion is to care for others through her teachings and training of how to live naturally with essential oils. She loves to travel and spend time with her family.
Sonya BetheaSonya Bethea is a founding member of the Donna M. Saunders Foundation, Inc. and currently serves as Secretary. Ms. Bethea has been a Human Resource Executive in large global private sector organizations, as well as those that are more entrepreneurial. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Virginia State University. She resides in Prince Georges County MD and enjoys spending time with her daughter, international travel, and community service with her Sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Inc. Ms. Bethea’s corporate experience has been key to the strategic and organizational framework of the foundation.
Jacqueline LeeJacquie Lee oversees strategic partnerships for the Donna M. Saunders Foundation. She’s recognized as a marketing architect among her peers in the corporate, sports, and entertainment industries. Currently, Jacquie Lee is working in higher education raising funding for scholarships endowments and research. Prior to her current role, she just wrapped a nine-year stint as a consultant with an elite roster of clients such as, Credit Suisse, Overbrook Entertainment, and Sony’s Epic Records as well as the prestige portfolio of Moet Hennessy North America. She was sub-contracted by Front Row Productions, Inc. in 2011 to bring intrinsic and innovative marketing to Broadway as an Associate Producer for the historical production, A Streetcar Named Desire and caught the bug of producing every since.
With over 25+ years experience in global marketing and new business development, she continues to pursue her passion for developing strategic alliances since her historical impact of brokering the "game changing," $100 million strategic alliance with Sean "Diddy" Combs and Ciroc vodka. Ms. Lee earned her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Virginia State University. She has a beautiful daughter Brieanna and granddaughter Ella Soleil. Her philanthropic platform is Dress for Success, The National Urban League and is one of the founding members of the Donna M. Saunders Cancer Foundation.
Suzanne WalkerSuzanne Walker is a native of Camden, New Jersey and proudly served 26 years on active duty in the United States Army, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2004. During her Army career, she served in the Adjutant Generals Corps. Her duty assignments included protocol officer for the Chief of Staff Army, aide-de-camp to the Secretary of the Army, Army Review Boards Agency, and Army Casualty and Memorial Affairs. She has extensive experience in military personnel, survivor assistance, and military family services.
She has a bachelor’s degree in music from Virginia State University, a master’s degree in personnel management from Central Michigan University, and a Master of Education from Old Dominion University. She also is a Certified Meeting Professional and a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians.
She joined the staff of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) in 2004 as the association's meeting and conference director. Suzanne is a passionate volunteer and is affiliated with several community service organizations. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, The Links Incorporated and The Society for the Arts, Incorporated.
She was elected to the Board of Directors of the Donna M. Saunders Foundation in 2019 and serves as the events manager. Suzanne resides in Fairfax Station, Virginia and is married to Tommy Walker and they have three adult children and two grandchildren.