The Young Leadership Council of the Basser Center for BRCA serves as a forum for young adults to become more engaged with the mission of the Basser Center, stay informed about the latest advances in BRCA-related cancer research, and advocate and raise awareness of the Center. Through personal philanthropy and fundraising events, this committed group supports innovative BRCA-related cancer research, patient care, and educational priorities.
An Evening of Storytelling with the Young Leadership Council
The Basser Center Young Leadership Council (YLC) presented An Evening of Storytelling on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at Hudson Terrace in New York City. Over 120 attendees heard poignant, humorous and thought-provoking reflections on life with a BRCA mutation from our three wonderful storytellers, Taylor Harris, Rob Sorin, and Erika Stallings.
Dr. Kim Reiss Binder, the 2017 YLC Young Investigator thanked the YLC for supporting her research to investigate less toxic treatment options for patients with BRCA-related pancreatic cancer. The event was held in support of young investigators and clinical fellows' BRCA-related cancer research at the Basser Center. View a recap of the event below.
Erika Stallings, Co-Chair
Erika Stallings is an intellectual property attorney and currently works in the legal department at Broadcast Music, Inc. She received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to that, she received an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she attended as a Morehead-Cain Scholar.
In the summer of 2014, Erika underwent genetic testing and counseling and discovered that she carried a BRCA2 mutation. Later that year, she underwent prophylactic surgery and reduced her risk of breast cancer to less than that of the general population. Since then, she uses her spare time to educate other young women about risk for breast and ovarian cancer. She has also written about her experience as a BRCA mutation carrier for O Magazine, Jezebel, The Cut, and Huffington Post.
Suzanne Zuppello, Co-Chair
After learning of her BRCA1 mutation in March 2015, Suzanne found ways to connect with and educate other young men and women grappling with the weight of their mutation. She’s written about her experience with surgery, dating after surgery, and her decision to freeze her eggs for publications including Refinery29, Elle, SELF, Romper, and Huffington Post. Suzanne wanted to write the story she did not find in her own research, the one of a young, single, and childless person faced with a high risk of cancer.
Suzanne is a New York native, growing up in Oyster Bay before moving to Manhattan, where she attended New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, graduating in 2009. She lived for a year in Honduras, working for a non-profit in public health before returning to New York to earn an MPA in Public Policy and Non-Profit Management from NYU's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. She worked in the sustainable food industry before leaving the industry to work full-time as a freelance writer. She currently resides in her hometown, but dreams of living at the foot of the Rockies. Suzanne joined the YLC in 2016 and has since become the group’s co-chair.
Kelly Baldwin Heid
Cherie Hankin Calingasan
Chié Dambara Sánchez
Sara Edelman Lustgarten
Denise H. Frederickson
Shannon Hennessey Pulaski
Raven A. Holzer
Ilana Katz Sand
Jodi Leigh Kreizer
Vanessa Woodman Fuss
To learn about how to become involved in the Young Leadership Council of the Basser Center for BRCA, contact Carolyn Brown or call 215.573.0550.