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 the Komen SC Mountains to Midlands service area.

Board Members

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Laura Haight

Board President

Laura started her business Portfolio, a communications company, in Greenville, SC, in 2008. Before starting her own business, Laura had a 35-year career in the newspaper industry first as a journalist and editor, then as a technology executive. She came to the Upstate in 2003 to be vice president of Information Technology at The Greenville News.

Breast cancer runs deeply through Laura’s family. Her mother, grandmother and aunt all fought the disease twice. Laura joined the board in 2015. “Komen’s dual commitment to supporting local men and women with local dollars, and funding cutting edge research to end this disease are why I was honored to serve on the board,” Laura said.

Laura is a golfer, a reader and political wonk, who lives in Greer with her husband, Steve, and two dogs – Bogey and Kora.

 

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Mei Au

Board Treasurer

Mei is a certified public accountant and Senior Vice President of NFP Wealth Management in Greenville.

A member of the board since 2013, Mei’s mother passed away after a 5 1/2 year battle with breast cancer. Mei herself has been diagnosed with Atypical Ductal Hyperplasia, a collection of abnormal cells that significantly increase the risk of developing breast cancer. “I believe in bringing hope and encouragement to others in the midst of life’s struggles. Susan G. Komen exemplifies that hope for women diagnosed with breast cancer,” says Mei.

Mei and her husband, Darren Coish, live in Easley, with their son, Noah, and a French poodle, named Max. In what free time she has, Mei leads ladies Bible studies and contributes to daily devotions for women online.

 

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Staci Ezell Roberts

Board Secretary

Staci is the manager of clinical integration and community outreach at the Gibbs Cancer Center and Research Institute in Spartanburg. She has worked in one role or another at the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System since 2003.

Her passion and commitment to helping others and making a difference in her community, are also a big part of her involvement with Komen. “I am passionate about raising awareness for breast cancer both professionally and personally.  With several close family members affected by this dreadful disease, it drives my motivation to want to do more to educate the community about the importance of early detection.”

Staci and her husband, Kevin, have two daughters – Sydney and Olivia – and a dog named Kate. They live in Chesnee where Staci says she likes to play golf, share time with the family, and shop!

 

 

Donna Weinbrenner

Board Member, Immediate Past President

Donna is a PhD and professor who teaches biology, environmental science, microbiology, and bioengineering courses at Clemson University, Anderson University, or at the CU Patewood complex in Greenville, SC. She received the American Society for Microbiology outstanding research award in 1992 and the Sigma XI-South Carolina Academy of Science outstanding research award in 1993.

Her grandmother passed away from breast cancer in 1930. She has a strong passion to find edible plant extracts containing anti-cancer properties. Organic foods containing these properties could help prevent or eradicate breast cancer. Donna’s two year term as president of the board ended in June 2016.

Donna is a 5th Degree Black Belt Master Instructor in TaeKwonDo winning Gold Medals at the Senior National Championships in 1994 in both forms and sparring, and is an All-American Gymnast.  She has produced National and Junior Olympic Champions and brings her coaching style of teaching into the science classroom.

 

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Katrina Daniel

Board Member

Katrina has been involved with Komen for nearly 10 years. “I volunteered at the Race for the Cure and was awestruck by the emotion, strength, and courage of survivors and those still undergoing treatment. Their dedication and perseverance was inspiring. Watching some runners obviously still undergoing treatment coming through the pink balloon arches at the finish line brings tears to my eyes still 10 years later,” she recalls.

Katrina is a journalist and video producer whose company – Katwalk Productions – produces sentencing videos in federal cases.

Katrina is an equestrian, who also loves diving, biking, woodworking and is a passionate animal lover. She and her husband, Michael Rosen, a Miami, FL, attorney, divide their time between a homes in Greenville and Miami. They share their lives with three dogs and two cats.

 

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Glen DeKeyser

Board Member

Glen is a data analyst and Microsoft Excel programmer, who enjoys “working with facts and figures.” Glen studied for his MBA while working at Ford and since then has spent most of his career in Advertising, focusing on operations. “I enjoy finding ways to work smarter, not harder.”

Glen became active in Komen after his first wife died of breast cancer in 1999 at the age of 49. He became active in three-day breast cancer walks, which he continues to do each year.

Glen and his wife, Beth, live in Greenville with their dog, Gracie. In his free time, Glen likes to tackle home improvement projects.

 

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Mary Alice Godfrey

Board Member

Mary Alice is an attorney practicing in Greenville. Growing up on a farm in Marlboro County, SC, her father instilled in her the idea that women could do anything a man could. “He always said I should be a lawyer,” remembers Mary Alice, who finished college and became a teacher. “After his death,” she says, “I did go to law school – 10 years after college.”

Mary Alice is passionate about helping people and loves to hear them say that they “feel so much better after meeting with me!”

She joined the board in 2015. “For decades, I heard of the good work Komen does and I wanted to be a part of it,” she says. With breast cancer claiming members of her extended family, Mary Alice was drawn to Komen’s mission to find the cures.

She and her husband, Bill, live in Greenville. They have four children, four grandchildren and four dogs. For fun, Mary Alice likes to knit, cook and paint.

 

Cindy Parker

Board Member

Cindy is a licensed optician and president of Safety Rx Eyewear.

Cindy’s mother is a breast cancer survivor who was diagnosed just six weeks after her younger sister died of the disease. Cindy figures “I could cry or get busy to be sure my granddaughter would grow up in a world without breast cancer.”

Cindy is a passionate and involved member of the board. She likes to sew, garden and enjoys water sports. She and her husband Bill, an account executive at WSPA, live in Greenville. They have two sons and a granddaughter.

 

Matthew Smith

Board Member

Matthew is an OB-GYN practicing in Greenville.

Matthew’s mom had breast cancer in 1965 and survived for another 43 years. But in 2007, his wife, Laurie, was also diagnosed with breast cancer. Laurie has surgery and chemotherapy and is doing well now. Matthew has not only lived with breast cancer in those he loved, but it is something he sees frequently in his medical practice.

Matthew and Laura have three daughters, Amanda, 25, Gina, 23, and Emily, 20. They spend a lot of time together as a family including vacations: The family has been in 49 different states on vacation, as well as some international trips. Matthew runs to stay in shape and has run 38 marathons.

Since she was treated for breast cancer, my wife has started running as well. “She says she is ‘Only half crazy’, as she does half marathons,” Matthew says. “My kids have joined us for fun events like the Princess and Tinker Bell Half marathons at Disney.”