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Angela Beard

Angela C Beard, PhD
Executive Director
(206) 832-1270

Angela C. Beard has been a nonprofit practitioner, board member and scholar for nearly 30 years. Dr. Beard began her fundraising career as the grants manager for Pacific Northwest Ballet and has held leadership positions in fund development at ArtsFund, the Museum of History and Industry, the Seattle Repertory Theatre and Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras. Dr. Beard has provided consultant services to numerous local and national organizations including Delridge Neighborhood Development Association and a year-long national project studying fundraising practices in social justice organizations with the Research Center for Leadership in Action at New York University. In 2011 she received her doctorate in public administration from the Robert F. Wagner School at New York University, specializing in nonprofit management, financial management, applied statistics and survey/sampling techniques. Dr. Beard has also served on the boards of several nongovernmental organizations in both the arts and human service sectors and is an adjunct professor in the Arts Leadership MFA program at Seattle University. In her spare time, she loves to read, travel, craft, rollerblade and chase after her two critters Tinsel (Chihuahua) and Raven (sleek black kitty).

Basha Brownstein
Community Program Manager
(206) 832-1275

Basha came to Cancer Lifeline in 1998 to develop the Healing Arts Program that is so successful today. She continues to inspire the artist in all of us as she manages Cancer Lifeline programs at the Dorothy S. O'Brien Center and Northwest Hospital. Before Cancer Lifeline, Basha worked with public housing tenants, the homeless and senior citizens and was the Director of the Street Life Gallery. Basha lives in Seattle with her feline friends Sebastian and McCavity.

Tina Burrows

Tina Burrows
Program Coordinator
(206) 832-1277

Tina Burrows is the Program Coordinator for Evergreen Hospital Medical Center and Valley Medical Center. Tina has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington where she studied Women Studies and Human Rights. She has a wide variety of experience including her work as a Crisis Intervention Specialist at YWCA Angeline’s Center for Homeless Women and with the Crisis Clinic as the Disability Program Specialist and Information and Referral Specialist. Tina loves to travel and has had the good fortune to experience places such as Italy, South Africa and Mexico. She also enjoys baking, reading, and playing with her two miniature dachshunds Gary and Bailey. Tina currently lives in Shoreline with her Fiancé and their dogs.

Brenna Driver 2013

Brenna Driver
Program & Direct Services Assistant
(206) 832-1294

Brenna comes to Cancer Lifeline after graduating from the University of Washington with a degree in Psychology. After volunteering at Cancer Lifeline for a year, Brenna accepted the position of Program and Direct Service Assistant in which she provides support in the financial assistance programs and assists clients directly on the Lifeline and with additional resources. In her free time Brenna likes to cook, read and take walks around Chambers Bay Golf Course.

Michelle Hewitt

Michelle Hewitt
Director of Finance & Operations
(206) 832-1276


Jeanne Lamont

Jeanne M Lamont
Development Manager
(206) 832-1273

Jeanne came to Cancer Lifeline in July 2013 as the Development and Communications Manager. Her primary responsibilities include Annual Fund, Volunteer Services and Board Relations. Jeanne has a BS in Finance, a certificate in non-profit fundraising from UW, and is currently pursuing a certificate in Graphic Design from Bellevue College.

Before Cancer Lifeline, Jeanne worked for 15 years at Virginia Mason Hospital Foundation in events, annual fund, operations and Bailey-Boushay House. Prior to that, she worked for Neighborhood House and Seattle Emergency Housing Service.

In her spare time Jeanne likes to garden, watch movies, watch the sun set on her back porch, and talk to her Wheaton Terrier Lexi.

Peggy 2012

Peggy McMillen
Finance Assistant
(206) 832-1295

Peggy is happy to return to her same position she held several years ago. She provides administrative support in the areas of finance and payroll. Previously Peggy was a real estate appraiser and managed a local commercial real estate office. She and her husband raised their sons in Lake Tahoe and are now enjoying the delight of grandchildren and traveling to different cultures. Peggy enjoys reading, cooking, gardening and playing outside.

Mary Ellen Shands, RN, MN
Clinical Program Manager/Family Consultant
(206) 832-1279

Mary Ellen coordinates the support group program, and facilitates Family, Parenting and Share the Care Meetings. Mary Ellen also provides Workplace Consultations.  In addition to her work at Cancer Lifeline, Mary Ellen is a member of the Family Functioning Research Program at the University of Washington School of Nursing since 1987 studying the impact of cancer on families. Mary Ellen and her husband live with their two children in Lake Forest Park.

Deserie Sjouwke 2013

Deserie Sjouwke
Administrative & Direct Services Assistant
(206) 832-1284

Deserie provides administrative support to the program and development departments. She also provides Lifeline callers with emotional support and resources. Deserie's education in Human Services, personal experiences with cancer, and love of supporting local nonprofits makes her a perfect fit for Cancer Lifeline. Deserie is passionate about music, business, the West Coast, reading and her familia.

Meghan 2012

Meghan Wilkins
Lifeline & Financial Services Coordinator

Meghan comes to Cancer Lifeline from Swedish Cancer Institute where she acted as a counseling intern while completing a Master’s of Science degree in Professional Counseling. Her focus as a counselor was to enable cancer patients and family members to find the best within them and use this as a tool to create healthy, strong and capable champions through and after cancer treatment. Meghan is now the Lifeline & Financial Services Coordinator, where she hopes to bring those philosophies into action. Meghan loves to spend her time with family and friends, especially having fun with her daughter, Lila. She is passionate about the rain, line dancing, entertainment, cooking, creative writing and frivolous reading.

Joseph 2012

Joseph Yurgevich
Program Director
(206) 832-1283

Joseph oversees Cancer Lifeline’s hospital and other site-based programs as well as the Lifeline and Financial Services programs.  His other responsibilities include the development and programming of classes for Cancer Lifeline at EvergreenHealth and Cancer Lifeline at Valley Medical Center. With 20 years of non-profit experience, Joseph previously worked managing programs at Bastyr University's Natural Health Clinic and as a volunteer for Lifelong AIDS Alliance. A native Texan, he is a huge fan of the Northwest where he has been a licensed massage therapist, and loves music, movies, his dog Lulu and creating art.

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