Sherrill Jackson (RN,MHSA,BSN,CPNP)/ President - Co-Founder
As a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and supervisor of a radiology department, I knew a lot about breast cancer, but never thought I would have breast cancer." Sherrill Jackson is President and Founder of The Breakfast Club, Inc. She was diagnosed in 1992 and chose to have a modified radical mastectomy followed by eight months of chemotherapy. The chemotherapy plunged her into early menopause. Breast cancer, its treatment, and effects were all experiences to which Sherrill and her husband, Ronald, would have to adjust. Sherrill realized there was a need for a special kind of support in her community. Although a member of her church for 40 years, it took her five years to publicly admit to being a breast cancer survivor.
Survivor since 1992
Kenita Collier (BS,MBA,CSM) / Vice President
I joined the BCI a month after being diagnosed with breast cancer. The members were with me as I underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments. I vowed to do what I could to help the organization accomplish its mission to support and educate women concerning breast health and breast cancer. Through my active fight against breast cancer, I hope that one day my daughter will not have to worry about the dreadful disease.
Survivor since 1999
Iva Barfield-Lambert (RN,MSN,CCM)/ Treasurer
I was a Co-Survivor and care giver to my sister who died from breast cancer. The BCI gave me just the right environment to deal with the loss, even though it was from a retrospective point of view. BCI allows me the opportunity to work with men and women in the African American community.
Barbara Davis (RN,BS)/ Historian - Co-Founder
My knowledge of breast cancer awareness and breast self exams started when I was a teenager by the direction of my mother, who had a benign breast module removed. By the age of 15 a benign nodule had been removed from each of my breasts. Many years later, in 1992, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I am a charter member and co-chair of the Program Committee of The Breakfast Club. It has been a great source of strength and spiritual awakening, not only to me, but to women with similar experiences. I am proud to be a part of this admirable organization.
Survivor since 1992
Renata Sledge / Board Member
My passion and mission is focused on collaborating with people and families impacted by chronic illness in improving quality of life, promoting positive family adjustment, encouraging self-management of chronic illness with a focus on relationships and connection. I have published and presented on areas ranging from music therapy in cancer care, depression, and distress management with end-stage renal disease and cancer, ethics, decision-making, and technology in social work practice. I graduated from Saint Louis University with a Ph.D. in Medical Family Therapy, from Indiana University with a Master of Social Work degree, and from St. Mary of the Woods College with a BS in Music Therapy.
Dr. Lannis Hall-Daniel (MD,MPH)/ Board Member
Board Certified Radiation Oncologist. Recognized as a "Best Doctor in America" in the August 2011 issue of St. Louis Magazine. Dr. Hall's practice is part of BJC Medical Group of Missouri. She is a graduate of Howard University and Saint Louis University.
Dayle Sandler / Board Member
At a time when she can be most vulnerable, I am proud to offer women who have had breast surgery a special haven. As Director of Breast Prosthesis Center at Medical West Healthcare Center; we are known for our attentive and kind manner, our staff serves as advocates for each woman. Our vast selection of in-stock product and unique fitting experience results in greater satisfaction. With gratitude to our clients whose special fitting needs have inspired me to develop creative alterations that produce more comfort and a balanced appearance.
Napoleon Carter (BA,MA,MS)/ Board Member
I am a career Air Force Officer and Educator. The Breakfast Club came into my life at a time when I was just realizing that I would be the primary caregiver for a breast cancer survivor. The members of the organization embraced me and my family and taught us how to fight. Now I am inspired to help the group meet its goals and purposes and to support others who find themselves in a situation like mine. It is an honor and a privilege to serve as a member of this board.
Gwendolyn Smith / Board Member
I was born and raised in St. Louis and have been a STL city educator for 10 years. I joined the Breakfast Club as a board member because my mom is a breast and colon cancer survivor, and I thought it was my duty to learn about and help educate other women with the challenges they face as breast cancer survivors. In addition to the Breakfast Club I am also a member of several organizations including: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, Top Ladies of Distinction, and the National Council of Negro Women.