Making THE Difference in the Fight Against Breast Cancer in Women of Color
Consuelo Ross, CPN - President, is Founder and CEO of Surviving the Odds, Inc. as a breast cancer survivor herself, she realized her true mission is to educate, support and bring awareness pertaining to breast cancer and how it affects women of color. Her efforts resolve in the minority communities and her desire is to empower a minority woman's breast cancer movement of health, wellness and a "take action" attitude and to decrease health disparity. Under her direction, the organization has implemented outreach initiatives that include programs, conferences, workshops, survivor support group, community health worker training and patient education seminars all to solidify the mission of STO. From advocate to speaker, Ms. Ross is in demand for her personal insight, inspiration and passion to see minority women becomes thrivers of this devastating disease that impacts African American and Latin women more than any other ethnic group. Ms. Ross is also a founding partner and President of the KC Cancer Equity Alliance, addressing the overwhelming disparity of late stage diagnoses in African American women in Wyandotte County, the quality of care and equity of service for the uninsured and underserved communities. She also serves in an advisory capacity for Art Bra KC addressing the needs of uninsured cancer patients in the underserved and rural communities.. She is an alumni of Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO and continues to seek education regarding the latest in cancer technology, treatment and policies.
Terra Bonds Clark, M.S. - Vice President, is committed to making the world a better place, and has been working toward this goal for over 20 years. Terra understands that this is no small goal, and that significant change can start by helping one person, one family, one community at a time. She believes the positive impact of starting small, in her sphere of influence, can have a ripple effect that in fact can permeate the larger society. Throughout Terra's career, she has worked at the federal, state, and local level with agencies whose mission was to provide support, services, consultation, and training to young children, youth, and families, small business owners, and educators. Terra is also involved in volunteer activities in her community, and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Annette M. (Johnson) Jackson-Taylor - Secretary, is a native of Kansas City, Kansas. She graduated from the University of Kansas, School of Law, and was engaged in the private practice of law for twenty years. In addition, she served as staff counsel for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitative Services. She has edited several books and treatises and authored a trilogy of children's books under the title And God Saw it Was Good. Her diverse interests have taken her from Israel to France to Egypt to the Caribbean, and she received the Award of Merit from The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for her work on international child custody disputes under the Hague Treaty. Her community involvement includes her service on local boards for a battered wives' shelter and the American Red Cross. For several years, she was an active member of the Pregnant Teens Speaker's Panel. Today, she is active with several women's ministries and is a featured writer, lecturer, and speaker at Christian gatherings and other community events.
Board of Directors
Stephanie Adams - Treasurer, has over 25 years experience as a nonprofit finance manager. Her focus of service and management has gravitated towards the breast cancer arena due to her own personal experience and her desire to increase awareness and opportunities of health equity for the betterment of women and men battling with this breast cancer. Stephanie has established a strong working network with like organizations within the community she serves demonstrating her focus on her personal goals and the mission she supports. She has worked intricately through Susan G. Komen, The Black Health Care Coalition and Swope Parkway Health in her efforts to build relationships between providers and communities we serve.