Susan G. Komen local affiliate announces new board members


BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (May 7, 2013) – Charlie Myrick, executive director of Susan G. Komen’s Southwest Florida affiliate, and new board president Noreen Thomas announced five new appointments and two recent appointments to the organization’s Board of Directors.

Marjorie Kasell-Johnson, community relations director at Vi at Bentley Village, was appointed to the board and to the foundation committee. A Southwest Florida resident for more than 12 years, she also serves on the board for The Speakers Assembly and is co-chair of the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program. Kasell-Johnson explains that she joined Susan G. Komen’s board because she wants to be part of an organization that keeps the dollars raised locally to help people locally.

Kenneth A. O’Donnell, the Florida market president for Busey Bank, is chair of Komen’s development committee. He has supported breast cancer research and fundraising for many years and is eager to bring to the board his business and volunteer experience in the community. O’Donnell is the immediate past chair for the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, and serves on the Horizon Council board. He is also chair of Fort Myers/Lee County Enterprise Zone and the Southwest Florida Enterprise Center.

Barbara Oppenheim, president and CEO of the Guadalupe Center, has joined the board to increase awareness of Komen’s services in the community, particularly in Immokalee. Her professional background includes educational administration, curriculum and supervision.

Bill Rice, vice president of advancement at Spring Point Project, has been named a board member at large to generate more local exposure and increase fundraising. A Lee County resident since 2011, he previously served on boards for the CYO of Cincinnati and the Roger Bacon High School Advisory Board.

Marci Sanders, one of the founders of local Komen affiliate, previously served as chair for more than four years and has now been re-appointed as vice president. She is the director of operations for the Shelter for Abused Women & Children and is also a breast cancer survivor.

Steven Ershowsky, JD, CFP® , financial advisor at Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. has served on the board for about one year and has just been named Treasurer. He also serves on the board of AMIKids SWFL and is a member of the downtown Fort Myers Rotary Club.

Gayla Wright, board member at large, is the local sales manager at Waterman Broadcasting where she has worked for 37 years. One of her major initiative is to garner sponsorships for upcoming Komen events. She has also served on the board of the American Heart Association.

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