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Pictured left to right: Monica, Debbie, Judith, Ellen and Alison


Meet our Warriors — the women behind this Foundation and whom tirelessly support its cause.

Alison "Head Chick" Caxide
President, Board member since 2010
Our foundation President celebrated her first anniversary as a Pink Ribbon Warrior in 2010. (clap, clap!) Alison and Judith have been girlfriends since the 7th grade when the then 14 year olds bonded over a Social Studies project. Their project back then? A cookbook, of course! Alisonís personal breast cancer journey with her bestie as cheerleader is chronicled in our latest book, Towanda Celebrates with Her Bosom Buddies. Her extensive experience in managing volunteers and projects for non-profits make her a natural fit for the role of "Chick in Charge" of Team Towanda. Her passion for the cause combined with her talents as an administrator are exactly what TTF needs as we enter our SECOND DECADE since our founding!

Debbie "Flex Chick" Garten
Vice President, Board Member since 2003
She handles a variety of projects: Chairs FUNdraisers, Coordinates the Towanda Tote program for three hospitals, Maintains the three Towanda Cheer Carts for chemotherapy patients, developed and manages the TTF Press Kits for media.

Ellen "Moolah Chick" Hollister
Treasurer, Board Member since 2009
Keeps our balance sheet balanced and makes sure we file all the necessary documents that keep us out of trouble with the IRS. Ensures we stay within budget and she can track every penny that comes in and goes out of TTF.

Monica "Tech Chick" Smith
CIO, Founding Board Member, 2002
Our Web Witch and resident Techie who can conjure up info out of our database. Great at graphic design and develops cool looking presentations for us. Single handedly organizes hundreds of volunteers for our FUNdraisers. Maintains the TTF database and is responsible for all e-communications and cookbook printings.

Former Board Members (but never former friends!)
Linda Crawford
Sue Gray (Founding Member)
Nace Hayden
Gretchen Hegwood
Lynne Lantagne
Judith Melchreit (Director Emeritus, Former President, Founding Member & the reason this whole big adventure began!)
Jennifer Merrit (Founding Member)
Karen Murphy
Carina Oltmann-Jimenez
Sue Sikora
Betsy Sommers (Founding Member)


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