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. 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 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.
Stacey N. Stewart, MSA - Vice President, is a native of the Kansas City, Missouri. She is degreed from the University of Central Missouri with her B.A in Biology & Middle School Certification, Central Michigan University with an MSA in Health Service/Business, the University of Missouri of Kansas City with an Education Specialist in Administration/Urban Leadership in Secondary school and Middle school. She is currently working on her doctorate degree through Grand Canyon University. Her life has been dedicated to helping others through her personal and professional life. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., an organization that focuses on sisterhood, scholarship, and service.
Working in public health in the capacity as a trainer has fueled and unlocked the passion to educate and inspire others. Stacey transitioned into the field of education and has spent her time the last 17 years as a Middle school science teacher, Secondary Coordinator of Instruction, Dean of Students, Principal and Director of Instruction. Stacey’s educational philosophy is to develop skills and increase knowledge of learners. This philosophy has served as a transition into educating the community regarding breast cancer awareness through the Surviving the Odds, Inc.
Jennifer L. Murphy, is Co-Founder of Surviving the Odds, and inspiring philanthropist. She is currently working as Lead Medical Support Assistant at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. She received her Bachelors of Health Care Administration from University of Phoenix in 2015. With over 22 years in healthcare she has broad experiences in several sub-specialties including Women’s Health, Orthopedics and Mental Health. Jennifer’s love for the underserved is what drives her today. One of her favorite quotes from her late Grandmother, “No matter where you are or what you are doing, remember to let your light shine!”
Stephanie Stewart has spent over 15 years as an educator of students in the inner city and currently a Middle School teacher in Kansas City, KS where the Hispanic community is over 51%. The school district services students from over 20 countries who experience trauma and disparity daily. As a product and a parent of students in the public school setting, I believe we have a responsibility to develop and enrich the lives of our youth through positive relationships that are inclusive of race, socio-economic status, gender, and religion.
Stephanie received a Masters in ESL with an emphasis on Servant Leadership. As a life-long learner, Stephanie continues her education by pursuing an additional Masters in Counseling. Stephanie is passionate about convening diverse groups together in efforts to bring about change and promote a “better you”, and will continue to use her education and background to assist STO with the various outreach initiatives that connect women to needed services, programs and support.