2821 Emerywood Parkway, Suite 203 Richmond, VA 23294
804-285-1200 • 800-345-8223

Who We Are

Educate. Advocate. Eradicate.


The Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation (VBCF) was founded in 1991 by five women – Phoebe Antrim, Judi Ellis, Patti Goodall, Mary Jo Kahn, and Sherry Kohlenberg – who met in an MCV support group. They were angered by the lack of progress in breast cancer treatment and inspired by a growing network of grassroots advocates across the country. VBCF, established as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in October 1992, is headquartered in Richmond, VA.

VBCF exists thanks to our many generous individual donors and volunteers. Our goals are to establish the end of breast cancer as a state and national priority, to advocate for the collective needs of people affected by breast cancer, and to educate all Virginians on the facts about breast cancer.

Contact Us

Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation – State Office
2821 Emerywood Parkway
Suite 203
Richmond, VA 23294

Phone:  804-285-1200
Toll-Free:  800-345-8223


Katy Sawyer
Executive Director

KATY@VBCF.ORG  | ext. 201

Lisa Boudreaux
Communications Manager

LISA@VBCF.ORG | ext. 200

Kirsta Millar
Policy & Development Manager
KIRSTA@VBCF.ORG | ext. 203

Erin Steigleder
Education Manager

ERIN@VBCF.ORG | ext. 202

Our Board of Directors


Clifford L. Deal III, MD, FACS, President
Surgical Oncologist, HCA Richmond Surgical

Salud Astruc, Vice President
Breast Cancer Survivor
Program Manager, Dominion Energy

Laura McCombs, Treasurer
Breast Cancer Survivor
Business Banker, First Citizens Bank

Sabrina Smith, Secretary
Manager Proprietary Products, Owens&Minor
Ruther Glen

Susan Siegel, Immediate Past President
Breast Cancer Survivor
Senior Claims Technical Specialist, Genworth Financial


Wendy Blankenship
President, TRAK Real Estate Services

Gabriele Conn
Practice Administrator, Peninsula Physical Therapy and Assoc.

Lisa DeFerrari, MBA
Breast Cancer Survivor
Retired, Federal Reserve System

Jackie Ford-Condelli
Breast Cancer Survivor
Retired, New Jersey Court System

Kimberly (Kim) Jennings
Breast Cancer Survivor
Senior Manager, Virginia Dept for the Blind and Vision Impaired

Josh Kelly, JD
Associate Attorney, Hirschler Fleischer

Marylinn Minor
Breast Cancer Survivor
Project Management Consultant

Michele Nedelka, MD
Radiation Oncologist, Bon Secours Oncology Specialists
Virginia Beach

Jessica Ramirez
Director of Advocacy & Public Relations, Rx Partnership

Andrea Weisman, Psy.D.
Breast Cancer Survivor
Mynd Matters Counseling


Our Staff

Katy Sawyer, MPA
Executive Director

KATY@VBCF.ORG  | 800-345-8223 ext. 201

Katy Sawyer is VBCF’s Executive Director, providing leadership and strategic management to fulfill the organization’s mission to eradicate breast cancer through education and advocacy for Virginians since 2012. Prior to this position, she worked with other statewide healthcare nonprofits including the Medical Society of Virginia Foundation, the Virginia Community Healthcare Association, and the Virginia Health Care Foundation. Katy holds a Bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Virginia, and a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in non-profit management from Virginia Commonwealth University. She was appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe to serve on the Virginia Council on Women in 2016 and is a 2016 graduate of Lead Virginia and a 2011 graduate of the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence’s Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Program (ENLP). She enjoys spending time with her husband and teenage daughter, reading, and caring for her dog, cat, and pet rabbit.

Lisa Boudreaux
Communications Manager

LISA@VBCF.ORG | 800-345-8223 ext. 200

Lisa Boudreaux is VBCF’s Communications Manager, overseeing the organization’s brand and developing communication strategies to build statewide and local community around breast cancer.  Lisa manages VBCF’s website and social media efforts, crafts external communications, and provides graphic design work. Lisa has been with VBCF since 2000, beginning as an administrative assistant and filling a number of key roles over the years.  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.

Kirsta Millar, MA
Policy & Development Manager
KIRSTA@VBCF.ORG | 800-345-8223 ext. 203

Kirsta Millar is VBCF’s Policy & Development Manager, increasing and diversifying the organization’s revenue and coordinating its breast cancer advocacy efforts. Some of her key projects include strengthening the annual fund, managing partnerships with community groups and businesses who raise funds for VBCF’s and organizing state and national advocacy days. Her experience includes program management and policy research and planning for the National League of Cities in Washington, DC and the Institute for Children and Poverty in New York City. Kirsta has a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Virginia Tech and an Master of Arts in Political Science with a specialization in public policy from Rutgers University.  In her free time, she loves to read and serves as taxi driver for her children.

Erin Steigleder, MSW
Education Manager

ERIN@VBCF.ORG | 800-345-8223 ext. 202

Erin Steigleder is VBCF’s Education Manager, managing our educational programming and maintaining breast health resources across the Commonwealth. Her key projects include educating local communities, raising awareness about VBCF’s services with health care providers and potential community partners, and maintaining accurate and relevant educational materials and resources. Erin has a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Studio Art from the University of Mary Washington and a Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to coming to VBCF, Erin worked for the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy in their health program, Virginia Consumer Voices for Healthcare. She is currently serving on Families Forward’s Young Professional Board and as Program Chair for the Board of Cancer Action Coalition of Virginia. Erin lives in Richmond with her husband, toddler son, and dog, Bucky. They love exploring neighborhood restaurants and parks and laughing at people who ask them if they have seen the latest movies. Unless they are Marvel movies, in that case, yes, they saw them.


The Nancy G. Dopp Volunteer of the Year Award was a statewide award given from 1992-2015 that recognized a volunteer or group of volunteers whose contributions of time, energy or talents had a significant impact for VBCF during the previous year. The award was given in memory of Nancy Dopp, a VBCF member who selflessly gave her time and efforts to help VBCF for many years, until she lost her battle with breast cancer in 1998. Learn more about the Award.

The Sharon (Sherry) H. Kohlenberg Healthcare Service Award was established in 1995 to recognize Virginians employed in the healthcare field who “exhibit a deep and abiding commitment to the fight against breast cancer.” The purpose of the award is to recognize healthcare professionals who go above and beyond what is normally expected of a competent, caring professional working with people affected by breast cancer. Learn more about the Award.

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Our Financials

We are committed to the honest and accurate disclosure of our programmatic and financial activities to ensure that our donors are confident about the charitable use of their funds. For more information about our financial history and spending, please review our IRS Form 990s and Audits posted below.

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