|Peggie D. Sherry
Faces of Courage Foundation
Phone: (813) 948-7478
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|Cassandra Pannwitz Leonard, MBA, CHC
Chairman, Board Development, Media
Co-Chair, Bylaws, Budget, Website Committee
Market Power Associates, Inc. and AHCA, LLC
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Chairman, Fundraising Committee
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|Tiffany DiFore Dodge, PA-C
Chairman, Community Relations
USF Family Medicine
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Chairman, Care and Nomination Committee
Land O Lakes, Florida
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Coming from Palm Beach, FL Peggie D. Sherry has lived in the Tampa Bay area since 1975. Her first career was as a Banker for 14 years; leaving banking she became a Television Producer for PBS, then in 1999 she began her work with cancer patients by providing day outings, educational events and weekend camps. She serves and has served on numerous committees and grants at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center since 2005. Ms. Sherry has been grant reviewer for Department of Defense, Susan G. Komen and the Hillsborough Education Foundation. Ms. Sherry also continues to produce/edit for television and video which she has been doing since 1993.
Ms. Sherry has been honored with the many awards most notably 2015 USF College of Public Health’s Exceptional Community Partner Award; Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine’s Advocate of the Year 2014; Aetna Foundation’s Voices of Health Award; US Commerce Association’s 2011, 2012, 2013 Tampa Award for Cancer Information Services; Tampa Bay Buccaneers Football Team’s Distinguished Breast Cancer Survivor; eBay’s Grand Prize Winner “Every Mom’s a Hero” International contest; Honoree Miles for Moffitt Priscilla Mack Survivorship Award; NASA Honoree for Breast Cancer Survivors; Yoplait Yogurt National Champion; American Red Cross’ Good Neighbor Award; WEDU’s (PBS TV) Speaking of Women’s Health Award; Florida State Daughters of the American Revolution FL State Community Service Award; FOX News Hometown Hero; Krewe of Agustina Diamond Volunteer Award, Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) Award for Philanthropy and Hillsborough County Children’s Services Volunteer League’s Award of Appreciation. Ms Sherry has also been awarded three Telly Awards for video excellence, Videographers Awards, distinguished Producer/Editor and two Communicator Awards.
Community Service has always been a passion for Ms. Sherry. She is the Founder of the Gasparilla Krewe of Agustina de Aragon and the Krewe of Agustina Scholarship Fund. She has served on various committees on the local, state and national level for the Daughters of the American Revolution and Daughters of the American Colonists.
Current memberships include: DAR; DAC, Chapter Treasurer; Krewe of Agustina, Board of Directors; FOC, Board of Directors; New Tampa Rotary; Rotary’s Camp FL, Operations Committee; Beth Waters Friendship Foundation, Board of Directors; and Hillsborough Grants Collaborative, Executive Board.
As a spokesperson, motivational speaker, author and advocate Ms Sherry has appeared/quoted NBC Dateline, Boston Globe, USA Today, Washington Post, Miami Herald, PBS specials, Huffington Post, Heal Magazine, DuPont Registry Magazine, In the Field, Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine (cover photo/story), Healthy Cells Magazine (cover photo/story); along with over 100 local TV/Radio/Print media interviews.
Cassandra Pannwitz Leonard, MBA, CHC
Cassandra, has been a part of the Faces of Courage foundation since 2006 and held previous positions on board as VP and is now current elected President. It is her goal to continue the forward momentum, vision and mission for Faces of Courage to maintain its goals: to acquire land, progress with Fundraising activities/events that will allow FOC to offer more camp programs that include a men’s program, outings, camper adventures; as well to become a State and Nationally recognized Non Profit Organization for what FOC does to help their Cancer patients, survivors and families. Cassandra’s experience is comprised of 26 years in the Corporate Operations and Marketing Management field for companies in a variety of industries to include Healthcare, Nuclear Medicine Radiology, industry technologies and food/beverage. She is the founder and CEO of Market Power Associates, Inc., a diverse Marketing and Management Consultancy that provides experience and strategies to successfully assist start up ventures and current business practices in the medical or retail industries. In addition Cassandra is a certified Health Coach / Advocate and founder of the Association of Health Coaching and Advocates, LLC (AHCA, LLC). A company that guides/support people (patients) who are in need of a health care advocate and navigation toward better health, wellness and the healthcare system.
Cassandra is a Tampa, Florida native, retired professional Equestrian, Stage III adenocarcinoma -cervical cancer survivor, bilingual-German, and holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration with Bachelors of Arts in Human Resource Management/Marketing Management, Certified Health Coach and Certified in Health Research. Since her win against cancer, it’s been her life mission to share inspiration, advocacy, and knowledge with others through her experience and education. She is married to her wonderful husband Chris who is a recent pancreatic cancer survivor. She is a caregiver to her family (parents and husband) to include her four legged daughter named SIG who is being trained by her as a therapy pet to provide “Pawsitive” words and inspiration to others in the community.
Yvonne Scalise was born and raised in Tampa and is a fourth generation native. Yvonne is very passionate about her heritage and community. A graduate of Hillsborough High School. Past V.P. Board of Directors for Learning Gate Community School, Past Board Member Ybor City Museum Society, and past Board member Ybor City Saturday Market.
Yvonne began volunteering with Faces of Courage 9 yrs ago as a volunteer for the Camps. Since that time Yvonne’s focus has been not only to raise funds to support camps but also to bring awareness of the organizations mission through Community Outreach. She is an integral part of our FOC Board Member family, through her vast connections, experience and dedication.
Yvonne’s personal goal is to see that the organization’s Mission is accomplished and to be part of the team that takes it to the next level of success.
Tiffany DiFore Dodge, PA-C
Graduate from University of South Florida with Bachelor in Social Work and Master in Public Health. Additional Graduate from Barry University with Master’s of Clinical Medical Sciences-Physician Assistant Studies in 2015.
Currently working at University of South Florida at Morsani Medical Center in Family Medicine as a Physician Assistant. My professional interests are: diabetes management, gastrointestinal conditions, mental health, and prevention medicine. I also serve on the social committee in my Pasco community of Asbel Creek where I am part of a team that plans and hosts neighborhood events to promote good neighboring and fun to where we live.
I have always truly enjoyed volunteering in my community as giving back not only helps those in need, but brings joy to my heart. This passion is how I became to know of Faces of Courage. In my graduate program at USF I found out via email about our Santa’s Workshop weekend and I was a buddy my first year. Then, the following year I quickly replied and was able to be given an overnight counselor position and from there I have never turned back having volunteered each year. I have quickly fallen for our campers, and made some close connections with some parents. I am also now involved with the Teen Camp and will be experiencing the women’s camp this year, 2017, for the first time.
I love the mission and efforts of Faces of Courage. I may not be a cancer survivor, but I know of people who are currently battling and those who have survived.
I have recently been accepted onto the Faces of Courage Board and I could not be more excited to work hard to continue to spread the word of camp. As media relations chair, I will be the main contact/poster of our Facebook page. I will also be taking a large part in fundraising, for camp may be free to campers, but there is cost to camp, of course.
Judith comes to us from San Diego California after extensive traveling. Her father was a Commander in the service and traveling the country was a way of life for many years. Judith graduated from University of Virginia. and has been a Surgical Nurse in Tampa for 30 years working at TGH Hospital, Florida Hospitals, Hudson Eye Center and South Bay Hospital. For the last several years Judith has been an IV Nurse for a local physician. Judith has attended USF taking Graduate courses in Aids Education, Women’s Studies and Psychology. She is certified in Adult and Child CPR.
She is an active volunteer for the Migrant Farm Workers Ministry of Florida . Collecting and delivering donations of food, clothing and Xmas gifts for our area workers. Judith is active in her community of Land O Lakes Florida with an active program to help and support our indigent homeless people, and she also volunteers for the Learn To Read Program in Hillsborough County.
Judith volunteered for her first Faces of Courage Children’s Camp 4 years ago and was an instant part of the camp family. She has worked as “Nurse Judy “ ever since and feels joy at every camp she attends. Being on the Board of Directors will enable Judith to expand education and initiate self help programs the local people in need. Knowledge and self awareness is paramount to the healing process of cancer patients, Judith is not only a nurse, but a cancer survivor with the communication skills to bring this understanding to others.
Judith retired from the medical field 3 years ago. Lives with her husband in Land O Lakes and enjoys fishing and reading. She has five children, eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren whom visit often to liven things up to keep her young.
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