Rising up against ovarian cancer

Board of Directors

Jodie Shagrin Kavensky, Founder/CEO

Jodie is the second child and oldest daughter of Norma Yecies Shagrin. Her first volunteer job was as a candy striper in a local hospital at age 13. After receiving her BA in Journalism/PR from The Ohio State University and her MA in Advertising from Northwestern University, she spent seven years working in advertising in Chicago where her clients included the Mayo Clinic Health Letter and Michael Reese Hospital among others. When she married, she moved to Rock Island, Illinois where she became a marketing consultant and volunteer in the non-profit sector -- primarily for health and arts organizations, including a start-up mail order pharmacy. She is currently a board member on the Illinois Arts Council and is a sustaining member of Junior League of the Quad Cities. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Experience Quad Cities and the Rock Island Mayor’s Arts Advisory Committee.

Jane Fleming, Vice Chair

Jane Fleming has survived ovarian cancer twice and is on a mission to save other women’s lives from this disease (and see her grandbabies grow up). She received her BS in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Iowa and retired in 2014 from her position as a medical scheduler for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics after her second bout with the disease. Jane leads the Survivors Teaching Students program at the University of Iowa Medical School and has been instrumental in starting a gynecologic cancer support group in Iowa City. She also serves as a volunteer liaison on many oncology projects at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Helping other women live a better quality of life when faced with this disease is a driving force in her efforts.

Kimberly Shagrin Buckley, Treasurer

Kimberly is Norma's third child and youngest daughter. She received her BA in Sociology/Criminology from The Ohio State University. Her career has included jobs as a Student Loan Specialist at Bank One Corporation and as a Sales Assistant for PaineWebber and Shearson Lehman/Saloman Smith Barney. She currently works as Collections Manager at MVI HomeCare and Hospice Care in Youngstown, Ohio. She has volunteered for many years at Heritage Manor Jewish Home for the Aged and for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. She is also member of the Board of Trustees at Congregation Rodef Sholom.

Margaret Ortiz, Secretary

Margaret Ortiz lost her sister, Beth Roberts Bayer, to ovarian cancer; the experience inspired her to raise awareness about the importance of early detection. She owns and manages the Massage Envy Spa in Davenport, Iowa and is passionate about helping others. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Saint Ambrose University and earned her Certificate in Executive Management through the University of Notre Dame. She has held executive positions at the Missisippi Valley Blood Center and United Way of the Quad Cities. Margaret brings her knowledge of the non-profit sector and her enthusiasm for improving lives to NormaLeah’s board.  

Steve Landauer, Treasurer

Steve Landauer received his Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of Iowa. Prior to becoming a self-employed CPA in Davenport, Iowa, he worked at Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. in Des Moines, Iowa. He was appointed by the U.S Treasury Department as Iowa's representative to the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel. He is a member of several professional organizations including the American Institute of CPAs, the Iowa Society of CPAs, and the National Society of Public Accountants. For the past twenty years, he has served on the Board of Directors of numerous civic organizations in the Quad Cities (Iowa-Illinois).

Deborah Hantman Briggs

Deborah is Leah Yecies Hantman's only daughter and middle child. She received her BA in Psychology at UCLA/CUNY and her MA in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. As an independent businesswoman, she owned several Gymboree and Huntington Learning Center franchises in New York City. She has also served as Second Vice President at Chase Manhattan Bank, Special Projects Manager for Citigroup, Regional Director for Learning Force, Inc. and President of Boca Raton Theatre Guild. Presently, she is consulting with new/startup businesses, volunteering as a Counselor for SCORE and is President/Founder of the not-for-profit Dancing Classrooms of Southeast Florida. She has two grown children -- a son and a daughter -- who she hopes will never again suffer the pain and loss surrounding ovarian cancer.

Elizabeth De Long

Elizabeth Anne De Long is the youngest child and only daughter of Anne Potter De Long, who died of ovarian cancer just a few weeks after diagnosis. Elizabeth received her degree in Interior Design from The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and worked with Beechcraft and Raytheon Corporation designing interiors for aircraft. Elizabeth worked for The Kreiss Collection and eventually started her own Interior Design Studio. After her mother's passing, Elizabeth elected to return to the Quad Cities to be a full time stay-at-home mother, dedicating her time to her two daughters, staying involved in their school activities, serving on several boards, and volunteering in the community. She is currently a designer for Knilan’s Furniture in Davenport, Iowa.

LuAnn Haydon

LuAnn recently retired from John Deere after working there since 1972 in a variety of positions. She has been a very active volunteer in the Quad City community and has served on the Board of Directors of many important organizations including Family Resources, American Heart Association, American Red Cross, United Way, Race for the Cure, Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau, River Music Experience, MidCoast Fine Arts and Junior League to name a few. She has also received numerous awards for her contributions to our community. Her mother died of ovarian cancer and LuAnn brings a high level of passion and knowledge to our organization. She and her husband Kirk have one grown son.

Melissa Wright

Melissa received her BA in Psychology from St. Ambrose University and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Iowa. She had spent many years in mental health rehabilitation before joining Gilda’s Club Quad Cities, almost 20 years ago, currently serving as Program Director. Melissa is a certified yoga teacher, has served on the board of directors for the Quad City Animal Welfare Center and Cancer Can Kiss My A**. As a board member of the Iowa Cancer Consortium since 2006, Melissa has served on several committees, and chaired the Patient and Family Resources Implementation Group. Her mother survived ovarian cancer for many years and Melissa brings a unique and valued perspective to NormaLeah’s programs.

Jean-Marie Stephan, MD.

Dr. Stephan received his BS in Biology from the American University of Beirut before earning his Doctor of Medicine from the same institution. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Miami before joining the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for his gynecologic oncology fellowship and now serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor in gynecologic oncology. He is a skilled surgeon in minimally invasive procedures and has enrolled many patients in clinical trials. He serves as NormaLeah’s medical advisor and through his clinical work strives to achieve a balance between delivering high-quality patient care and contributing to the education of medical students.

Gary Rowe

Gary is the fortunate husband of a 20+ year ovarian cancer survivor and is dedicated to educating others about this disease. Gary received his BS in Journalism from the University of Illinois and his MA in Journalism from the University of Iowa. He also holds a Certified Fund Raising Executive Accreditation from CRFE International. Throughout his career, Gary has served in directing and development capacities for organizations such as Western Illinois University, Bethany for Families and Children, Mississippi Valley Girl Scout Council, Visiting Nurse & Homemaker Association of Rock Island County, Illowa Health Systems Agency, Cleaveland Insurance, Modern Woodmen and United Way of the Quad Cities Area. Gary has held numerous board positions on a variety of community organizations. He brings a tremendous amount of non-profit experience and a depth of understanding of the disease to our board.

Marie Rossmann

Marie has been a volunteer with NormaLeah since the beginning. Her mother passed away from ovarian cancer in 1995, after battling the disease for two years. Marie received her BA in Elementary and Special Education from the Univeristy of Dubuque and a Master in Technology and Telecommunication from Western Illinois University. She spent 15 years at Kaplan Univeristy as the Director of the Student Success Center before joining the Osterhaus Pharmacy in Maquoketa, IA. As a Midwest Divisional Leader for Relay for Life and the director of the Preston Girl Scout Service Unit, she brings a wealth of volunteering experience.  She has two grown children and five grandkids who she hopes will never hear the words “you have cancer.”

Anna Kyer

Anna received her Bachelor of Business in Accountancy and Master of Accountancy from Western Illinois Univeristy. As a Certified Public Accountant, she is a member of the American Insitute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society. She is an Audit Senior Manager at RSM US LLP in Davenport, Iowa. For the past few years, Anna has been a steadfast supporter of her mother who is undergoing ovarian cancer treatment. She is dedicated to sparing other women what she is witnessing with her mother. With three young children at home, Anna keeps very busy.

Nikki Mysklinski Goff

Nikki received a BS in Nursing from the University of Scranton (PA) and a MS in Nursing, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of Cincinnati (OH). She has held several nursing positions Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C. (Registered Nurse II), Johns Hopkins Hospital (Nurse Clinician, Nurse Practitioner) and others before joining the University of Iowa Gynecology Oncology department, where she works closely with ovarian cancer patients to assessing their needs, determining chemotherapy eligibility, and managing their chemotherapy reactions and side effects. Nikki also participates in a weekly tumor board discussion and is dedicated to the best patient care and outcome.

Advisory Board:

Elizabeth Eagle

Elizabeth Eagle is an attorney at the law firm of Eagle & Eagle in Rock Island, IL.

Dr. Randall Oyer

Randall A. Oyer, MD, is Program Director for the Lancaster General Health Oncology Program and directs the Cancer Risk Evaluation Program at Lancaster General Health. Additionally, Dr. Oyer sees patients at Hematology/Oncology Physicians of Lancaster, PA. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology.

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