Someday, fewer than 75% of ovarian cancer patients will discover their cancer before it reaches stage 3 or 4. Someday, those patients will have a lower than 70% rate of recurrence, and higher than 30% rate of survival. Someday, there will be fewer ovarian cancer patients because women will know that they are at risk for ovarian and other cancers before it develops. Our mission is to make that “someday” today.
We plan to do this through three action points: we will educate our community with truths about ovarian cancer, provide financial assistance to ovarian and other gynecological cancer patients who cannot afford critical genetic testing, and provide funding to research organizations whose goal it is to discover new ovarian cancer (markers).
Education: We endeavor to spread the word about the most frequently-noted symptoms of ovarian cancer and impress upon women the critical need to investigate those symptoms. One of the most important symptoms is a family history of breast or ovarian cancer.
Support: We cover out-of-pocket costs of genetic testing for gynecological cancer patients for whom genetic testing has been deemed medically necessary, but would be a financial hardship.
Funding: Each year we select worthy organizations that are leading crucial research initiatives in ovarian cancer detection (and treatment), and to whom we believe our contributions will make the most impact.
Board of Directors
Janice Coggins is a cancer survivor, educator, spiritual leader, and author of Ovarian Cancer? You can Not be serious! She is a retired social worker who passionately advocates for ovarian cancer awareness. Janice’s own journey with cancer keeps her motivated to finding funds and resources for women with ovarian cancer. Janice participates in Survivors Teaching Students(sharing her story with medical interns) a national program sponsored by Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. She is the founder of the Teal It Up Foundation and she serves on the board of Sisters in Survival.
Mike Janicek, M.D
Dr. Janicek graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, and received his medical degree from the Harvard Medical School – MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology, followed by an OB-Gyn residency at Johns Hopkins. His fellowship was completed at the University of Miami, where he stayed on faculty as the Gynecologic Oncology Laboratory Director and Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology. He is currently the Medical Director of the Virginia Piper Genetic Risk Assessment Center, Medical Director of the Phoenix Division Arizona Oncology Genetics Program, and Director of Gynecologic Oncology at Scottsdale Healthcare.
Alison Selleck is an Account Manager for Equifax Workforce Solutions. During her ten years with the organization, she has managed clients in all industry type and size, working with senior executive level personnel. She is familiar with training and development and participates in several special projects, including Lean Green Belt. She also leads a committee for continuing education efforts to her peer community. Alison has worked in the H.R./Personnel Administration, Accounting and Management field since 1982, with an emphasis in Unemployment and Tax Management since 1992.
Alison became aware of the impact of Ovarian Cancer at the age of 11, when her mother Joan, 41 died within 7 months of being diagnosed with Breast and Ovarian Cancer. Alison’s dear friend was diagnosed in 2010; the realization that Ovarian Cancer still, all these years later did not have enough exposure in the community prompted her to become involved with Teal It Up Foundation, in the hope that one day through the importance of genetic research women will be diagnosed earlier.
Rhonda Hall began her business career as an owner and operator of 6 fine dining restaurants in the Chicagoland area. A move to TX then provided an opportunity for her to start a new company which supplied key personnel to the petrochemical industry. She also obtained her degree as a Registered Nurse and worked in administration as Assistant Director of Nursing for a Home Health Agency. Rhonda’s dear friend is an ovarian cancer survivor, whose first symptoms were overlooked. She is adamant about educating the public on the importance of early detection of this disease as well as raising funds for continuing research.
LeeAnn has worked in business management consulting and accounting in the valley for the last 22 years and is Owner and President of SPS Business Services, Inc. She is committed to providing a financial environment of transparency and accuracy to business clients so they can make informed decisions.
LeeAnn has several close friends that are surviving ovarian cancer and is dedicated to the mission of funding research and providing support for women diagnosed with the disease. She serves as treasurer of the Teal It Up Foundation.
Beth Framjee is a cancer survivor. She has been in the Fine Jewelry business for the past 20 years and has her GIA Certification since 2007. She participates in Ovarian Cancer Awareness. She became involved with Teal It Up because of her Foxhole Buddy “Janice”. Beth participates in Survivors Teaching Students (sharing her story with medical students) a national program sponsored by Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. Beth’s journey with Ovarian Cancer gives her compassion to help others in the same situation. “Give Us Faith To Go Out With Courage”
Andrea Zampella, a breast cancer survivor with a strong family genetic link to ovarian cancer is passionate about genetic testing. Knowledge is power, after being tested she then had the answers she needed to feel in charge of her health. Andrea is a glass artist and animal lover living here in the valley transplanted from New Jersey. Her goal is to educate and assist women with cancer.
Kelly Colonello CRNP, MSN
Kelly Colonello graduated from Jacksonville State University with a BSN in Nursing and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Masters Degree in Nursing as a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner in Women’s Health Care. With over 21 years experience in Gynecologic Oncology, Kelly has dedicated her life to the care of women with Gynecologic malignancies with a particular passion for women with Ovarian Cancer. She is a true patient advocate and has been involved in many Ovarian Cancer organizations in both Pittsburgh and Phoenix.
Kelly, originally from Pittsburgh, moved to Arizona ten years ago to persue and further her career in Oncology working with Dr. Mike Janicek and Arizona Oncology. She feels it is a privledge and honor to be working with Jan and the other amazing people on the board of directors with Teal It Up.
Amy Magaziner Robertson
Amy currently works at Arizona Oncology in their marketing department. She is a patient advocate who is very involved in many foundations in the cancer community. Working in oncology and like most has been touched by someone battling cancer. Her mission is to help spread awareness, prevention messaging and find a cure through fundraising to donate to research.
Nancy Keane is an award-winning television and radio anchor, reporter, and producer, who serves as the Arizona Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations for Safeway. Prior to joining Safeway Nancy spent 9 years as Arizona Director of Marketing and Communications for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.
With over two decades of reporting experience, Nancy has delivered thousands of live television news reports, from breaking news to high-profile court cases to national human interest features. Her talents have taken her across the country to a variety of television markets in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Texas, and most recently Phoenix where she is most at home. Upon returning to the Valley, Nancy worked as a reporter for KNXV-TV (ABC-15) and a news anchor/reporter at KTAR-620. In addition, she has also worked as an associate faculty member in journalism at Arizona State University. Nancy has contributed articles to many publications including, Phoenix Magazine, Arizona Woman magazine, AZ Business magazine, and Tucson Lifestyle magazine.
Throughout her career she has been recognized for her work as a journalist in the following areas: U.S. Western Region – (AP) Associated Press Award – Outstanding News Coverage/Journalism – Overall Excellence, Outstanding Journalism, Breaking News; U.S. Southeastern Region – (AP) Associated Press ‘Mark Twain’ Award – breaking > 200 stories; Distinguished Honor Award – American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) – Outstanding Media Coverage – Elderly Issues – Biloxi, MS.; Outstanding Media Coverage Award – United States Air Force – Recruiting/Military Issues – Southeast U.S. Region – Little Rock Air Force Base and was selected to fly with the United States Air Force Thunderbirds F-16 fighter – Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. and serves as an on-air host – KAET-TV – PBS 8 – Phoenix fundraising drives.
Yvonne spent 25 years in various administrative capacities, with the latter being Director of the Professional Convention Management Association’s Meetings Databank office; providing a lead generation service to hotels and resorts around the country through database marketing. She is currently retired from the business world and is now co owner/artist, along with her husband, of “Got It Made, unique jewelry creations.”
“My world changed when I received a call from a dear artist friend a week after our art show season was over. She said I cannot believe I’m going to tell you this but I have ovarian cancer! She seemed just fine. She lost her battle after 1 1/2 years. One year later, my own sister, the oldest of our five siblings, called informing us that she had just been diagnosed. She fought hard but lost her battle just after 9 months at age 66. There is no doubt in my mind that I have been lead toward the folks with Teal It Up. I can’t think of anything more satisfying than to help raise funds for continued ovarian cancer research and perhaps touch someone along the way with what I’ve learned through my own experiences.
Jennifer Caraway is the founder and Executive Director of The Joy Bus (thejoybus.org) and The Joy Bus Diner (www.thejoybusdiner.com). In 2011, as Caraway watched her friend, Joy Seitz-Butts, slowly but gracefully die of ovarian cancer, she made a promise that something good would come from her death. Caraway had been delivering home-cooked meals to Joy, and realized that the meal – as well as the conversation – brought much, well, joy, to them both. And, so, The Joy Bus was born – a service that delivers meals and encouragement to the terminally ill. “We all need a purpose,” Caraway says. “I’m just happy I found mine.” Her many, many years in the restaurant industry have prepared Jennifer for this journey and the community has taken notice with such accolades as ‘Best Food for a Good Cause’ Phx New Times, ‘Best of 2015 Movers and Shakers’ PHX Magazine and ‘Honoree of the 100 Award’ Mass General Cancer Center to name a few.