Komen Charlotte Board of Directors

The Board of Directors functions to advise, assist and aid in our efforts to support breast cancer education and outreach programs serving Komen Charlotte’s 13-county service area.


Honora Gabriel
Senior Director at Archbow Consulting

“I volunteer with Komen to be part of a community that is fighting to end breast cancer. The fact that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer is simply unacceptable. In my family this represents at least one of us in my generation and the one after me .. I’m fighting so that these women will not have to imagine a life with breast cancer.”




Andy Bullins
Vice President
CPA and Manager of Financial Accounting at Nucor Steel

“As a husband and father of two daughters I know the work Komen Charlotte does today will make an impact on their lives or the lives of someone close to our family.  Once you meet the Komen Charlotte TEAM and the volunteers it’s no wonder why so many come back year after year to support such a wonderful effort.”






Ed McMenamin
Retired SVP with HJ Heinz Company

One of our close friends was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago, which allowed me to become familiar with what Komen, and particularly Komen Charlotte, does through the research they support, as well as the testing and treatment they provide to those in Charlotte and the surrounding communities. Since joining the board and getting a closer look at the dedication of the Komen Charlotte team, I’m even more impressed by the difference they make for the women and their families impacted by breast cancer.”



Robert Meyer

Partner, Poyner Spruill

Like so many families, mine has been directly affected by breast cancer.  I am honored to serve on the Board of Komen Charlotte, an organization dedicated to helping those in our community similarly affected and in need of vital services and support.”




Michelle Adams

Strategic Plan Co-Chair

Wells Fargo and breast cancer survivor

“As a survivor, the Race for the Cure is very emotional for me.  Seeing others who have fought or are currently fighting a similar battle reminds me of the unnecessary challenges far too many of us go through.  Komen’s funding of research to find the cures and reduce deaths related to breast cancer is something we should all want to contribute to. 

As a board member, I am proud to be a part of Komen and Race for the Cure.  Philanthropy is about giving back to those in need.   We are raising money to help those who must fight the battle, and do not have enough resources to do so.  I can’t think of a more worthy cause.”


Martha Alexander, ED


Former Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly and breast cancer survivor

“As a breast cancer survivor, I am aware of the difference Susan G. Komen Charlotte can make in the lives of others.  I am especially excited about the grants that are made to local programs within the 13-county service area where screening, diagnosis and education take place. 

I am pleased that Komen Charlotte is able to lend support to cancer patients, cancer survivors and their families. The support from donors is so important in realizing that these programs, as well as monies that go to cancer research, makes a difference.  Thank you to all of our Komen Charlotte supporters.”


Jason Bernd

Board Member at Large
President & COO
Novant Health Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital

“I have grown up in a healthcare family and working at Novant Health over the last decade I have been privileged to see the miracles and the challenges that come with battling “The Emperor of All Maladies” as cancer is described by one doctor. 

In addition, our breast cancer program is a Komen Community Grant recipient so I have seen firsthand the impact that Komen makes through education, prevention, and early detection in our community.  Finally I have walked alongside friends and family members who have battled breast cancer and I am thrilled to be able to serve an organization that has such an impact in our community.”



Andrea Frohning
Board Member at Large
Chief Human Resources Officer at Patterson Companies Inc.

“I choose to be involved with Susan G. Komen Charlotte because this organization is comprised of employees and volunteers within our community who are dedicated to support men and women of our local community in receiving the care they need.”





Shelly Hill Crawford
Board Member at Large
Director of Programming, Research & Community Affairs at WBTV

“I work for WBTV, we have been the television partner for Race for the Cure for 20+ years.  I have always admired the work Susan G. Komen Charlotte does in our community.  The staff is dedicated and some of the hardest working people I know.

Another reason why I chose to be involved with Susan G. Komen Charlotte is personal.  I lost my mother-in-law to breast cancer July 15, 2018.  My sister-in-law is a two-time survivor of the disease; her first diagnosis came at age 29.   A close friend was also diagnosed and went through treatment in 2017.  Breast cancer has touched my life in many ways!   

In addition to all the services Susan G Komen Charlotte provides our community, the national Susan G Komen organization provides critical funding for research that will help find a cure!”



Debbie Kleman
Board Member at Large 
Partner, Board of Directors of the Firm at Parker Poe

I am privileged to be part of this energized, passionate and dedicated group with such an important mission that is so personal to me and my family.  At a relatively young age and with no family history, I was hit with a breast cancer diagnosis followed by a long and grueling treatment plan.  My “why Komen” includes my daughter and my niece who will now have to begin mammograms far earlier than normal, and the many women to whom Komen Charlotte offers resources, support, community and hope.”




Shundrikka Owens
Board Member at Large
Chief Marketing Officer at Benestar Brands

“I’m involved with Susan G. Komen Charlotte to make an impact on the Charlotte community surrounding a movement that hits close to home many times over.  Working with Komen Charlotte also allows me to leverage my professional skills in a new capacity that is meaningful to a population which depends greatly on volunteerism and sponsorship.”



Melissa A. Perez
Board Member at Large
CPA, Audit Senior Manager at KPMG

Breast cancer has no boundaries, knows no race or gender. As a Hispanic woman, it has targeted three generations in my family, all of which are survivors due to early detection. This organization raises awareness, creates outreach opportunities and is dedicated towards funding research in hopes to one day find a cure.  These are all reasons for my continued commitment and involvement with Komen Charlotte.”



Ryan Richmond

“Nothing really prepares a person for the traumatic words “You have cancer.” And, the shock is not lessened when those words are told to someone you love.  Although my grandmother passed away from breast cancer when I was in high school, it didn’t fully prepare me for when my beautiful wife and soulmate, Rae, was diagnosed just a few years after our son was born.  I am happy to say that Rae is now a “Survivor” of seven years.  Contributing as a member of the Komen Charlotte Board is such an honor for me.  The contributions that Susan G. Komen Charlotte makes to women (and men) in our community help lessen the fear and uncertainty that come from hearing those traumatic three words.

Last year, I learned that one of my lifelong friends from college, Sabrina Brees, was again battling breast cancer.  Sadly, in July, Sabrina lost her battle leaving behind her husband and two young daughters.  I know she would be proud that we are still fighting this disease for her.  We work together to defeat this disease so that the only statistic that a mom, daughter, sister or loved one will be in the future is that of another “Survivor.”



Dr. Terry Sarantou
Medical Advisor
Surgical Oncologist and Professor of Surgery in the Division of Surgical Oncology at Levine Cancer Institute and Atrium Health

“My professional and personal experiences with breast cancer bring me a deeper understanding of the struggles women, and men, face from the moment of diagnosis through treatment, to reconstruction and beyond.  This disease affects every gender, race and economic status.”






Dante’ Taylor-Anderson
Board Member at Large

“A close friend from college was diagnosed with breast cancer a year ago. Her ask from friends and family was two fold; take care of your health now and get active in the fight against cancer in a constructive manner. Her spirit of selflessness motivated me to take action. Breast cancer is one of many negative health outcomes in which disparate communities over index. It’s not acceptable.”