Staff

Katy Sawyer, MPA
Executive Director

katy@vbcf.org  | 800-345-8223 ext. 201

Katy Sawyer is the Executive Director of the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation. Prior to this position, she served as the Medical Society of Virginia Foundation’s interim executive director and the director of physician leadership training for six years. Previously, Ms. Sawyer managed fund development activities for the Virginia Mentoring Partnership and the Virginia Community Healthcare Association. She handled federal and private foundation grant proposal writing and reporting and oversaw individual and corporate fundraising efforts by the organizations. She also served as a senior program officer at the Virginia Health Care Foundation for more than four years, providing oversight to health care safety net provider grantees throughout the state. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Virginia, and a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in non-profit management from Virginia Commonwealth University. Ms. Sawyer is a 2010-11 graduate of the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence’s Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Program.

Lisa Boudreaux
Communications Manager

lisa@vbcf.org | 800-345-8223 ext. 200

Lisa Boudreaux is the Communications Manager of the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation where she works with VBCF staff, chapters and other partners to develop information and materials to build community around the issue of breast cancer.  Lisa also manages VBCF’s website and social media efforts. Lisa has been at VBCF for over twelve years, filling a number of roles.  She has also done freelance design work for other non-profit organizations.  A Virginia native, Lisa grew up in Chesterfield County and attended Virginia Commonwealth University.  She now lives in Henrico County with her husband, their dog, cats and numerous koi in their backyard pond.  In her spare time she enjoys reading and photography and is currently battling an addiction to pinterest.

Vernal Branch
Contractual Public Policy Manager

vernal@vbcf.org | 800-345-8223 ext. 203

Vernal H. Branch is currently the contractual Public Policy Manager of the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation and a past member of the Board of Directors. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995 at the age of 45, and shortly thereafter began her scientific advocacy with Y-ME. She is a graduate of each of the National Breast Cancer Coalition Project LEAD course, and was an advocate mentor for the Project LEAD Institute. She has been an Ad-Hoc member of the DOD Breast Cancer Research Program, a national recruiter for NIEHS/Sister Study, and a member of the NCI/Director’s Consumer Liaison Group. She just finished a term on the external advisory board for the Duke Cancer Institute, is a member of Virginia Commonwealth University Institutional Review Board and serves as a scientific advocate with the University of Virginia, Duke Cancer Institute, and the California Breast Cancer Research Program. She has been a speaker on healthcare issues, most recently at the White House and hearings to U. S. Congressional committee on healthcare reform.

Jennie Southworth
Volunteer and Funds Manager

jennie@vbcf.org | 800-345-8223 ext. 204

Jennie Southworth is the Volunteer and Funds Manager at Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation and has been with VBCF since February 2010. Jennie began her career in banking, and after taking off several years for full-time parenting, started bookkeeping. Jennie also provides support to VBCF’s five local chapters across the state and to VBCF’s innumerable community volunteers.  Jennie received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. A Richmond native, she currently lives in Hanover with her husband, two teenage sons, and three rescued mutts.

Jaime Strohhacker
Education & Events Manager 

jaime@vbcf.org | 800-345-8223 ext. 202

Jaime Strohhacker is the Education and Events Manager at the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation where she works to plan, promote, implement and evaluate educational outreach and programming.  She also provides logistical management for VBCF benefit events. Jaime has been at VBCF for more than five years. Previously she was employed by the Cooperative Extension Service, first as Extension 4-H Assistant at North Carolina State University, and later as 4-H Extension Agent for Chesterfield County. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Appalachian State University, and a Master of Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. A North Carolina native, Jaime moved to Virginia in 2002. She now lives in Hanover County with her husband, three small children, and dog.