We have been supporting people with cancer and their loved ones since 2007.

We help you attend to your emotional well-being, so you can deal more effectively with your disease. We have so many activities to relieve isolation and stress as well as providing you with the information you need! Most importantly, we are a community that can connect you with others going through experiences like yours. While our professionally facilitated services are free of charge we think that the emotional support, education and wellness they provide is priceless.

Who’s on our team?

Meet our President and CEO and the staff that oversees the programming and administration of the Center.

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Teresa Click

Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator
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Patricia Jackson

Outreach and Development Manager
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Mary K. McCusker

President & CEO
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Stephanie Stern, LCSW-C

Program Director
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Meet the ones who provide people with cancer and their loved ones a welcoming, safe and informative experience at Hope Connections.

Clinical Staff

Nonie Akman, LCPC
Clinical Facilitator

Denyse Fritz Joefield, LCSW-C
Clinical Facilitator

Holly Funger, LCSW-C
Clinical Facilitator

Chester McCoy, LCSW-C
Clinical Facilitator

Monique Presbury, LCSW-C
Clinical Facilitator

Stephanie Stern, LCSW-C
Clinical Facilitator

Tom Sumser, LCSW-C
Clinical Facilitator

Roderick Wellington, LCPC
Clinical Facilitator

Mind/Body Instructors

Johnnette Armstrong
Pink Ribbon Pilates

May Benatar, PhD, LCSW-C
Guided Mindful Meditation

Larry Bricker, M.Ed., Reiki Master
Relaxation & Tranquility

Eric Govan
Mind-Body Boxing

Marlene Hayman
Katy's Book Club

Judy Goldstein
Expressive Art

Afie Lattimer, Reiki Master
Inner Peace & Healing

Amy Morrison, RYT-200
Gentle Yoga

Delana Oliver, RYT
Gentle Yoga

Don Pelles
Hypnosis for Symptom Reduction

Kym Sevilla, 
Certified Medical Exercise Specialist Strength and Balance

Jill Studley
Pink Ribbon Pilates

Kathryn Winsberg
Knitting, Stitch & Chat

Cynthia Word
Movement for Health

Katheryn Yasuoka 
Tai Chi

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Medical Board

We are lucky to have the support of top medical professionals in the area to provide us with the latest information about the best clinical, behavioral, and social science on topics related to cancer and survivorship. We are grateful that many of these practitioners giver their time to present educational programming to our community.

See the list of these dedicated professionals >

Board of Directors

Of equal importance is our Board of Trustees. These community leaders provide strategic guidance and financial support, as well as participating in many of our social events. If you come to a party at Hope, you will be able to meet many of them and share stories.

Find out who they are and what motivates them to work so hard for us here >

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Our Mission:

To help people with cancer and their loved ones deal with the emotional and physical impact of cancer through participation in professionally facilitated programs of emotional support, education, wellness, and hope.

We were founded in 2005 by 3 people, who understood the importance of cancer care and support. We have been growing ever since.

Find out why Hope Connections came to be, who helped us to grow, and how we plan to move into the future.

Getting Started, Getting Around, and Getting the Help You Deserve

Get to know us before you even walk in the door: visit our FAQ page.

People Talk… What Do They Say About Us?

Rex’s Story

The second time my wife sprained her ankle for seemingly no reason, it seemed odd, but not worrisome. Her primary care doc wasn’t worried and sent her to an orthopedist…

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Irene’s Story

We asked Irene how critical Hope Connections was to her, after she was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer.  Here’s what she said:  “Like a 10 out of 10. It…

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Janelle’s Story

When my mom was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, it didn’t fully register that, as a family, we would be dealing with cancer. I can’t remember how long it took before…

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