Katya Lezin is a writer, living in Charlotte, North Carolina, who uses her own life as inspiration. Katya has authored both fiction and non-fiction books, and writes a weekly column for The Charlotte Observer. Her most personal manuscript to date is But I Just Grew Out My Bangs! A Cancer Tale, in which Katya chronicles her battle with ovarian cancer. She was first diagnosed with the disease in May 2011, and is currently battling a recurrence. Despite the fact that her cancer journey has included six surgeries, and months of chemotherapy, Katya believes that having the disease has brought more good than bad into her life. When she is not on the tennis court or competing in a Scrabble tournament, Katya enjoys cooking, exercising and spending time with her family.
Jenny Allen is best known for her skill as a writer. Her essays and articles have appeared in numerous magazines, the New York Times, and the Huntington Post. Jenny is also the author of a book of fables for grown-ups. In addition to her writing, Jenny performs stand-up comedy, and has earned high acclaims from The Associated Press and others. Jenny is also well-known for her one-woman show that infuses the subject matter from her real-life journey that began with her diagnosis with ovarian cancer. “I Got Sick Then I Got Better” has been praised as an honest, witty, warm, and bittersweet experience, in which Ms. Allen shares her personal battle with cancer. Using truth and humor, she inspires, informs, and beautifully touches all who view her performance. The New York Times, The Chicago Sun Times
Cheryl Saenz, MD
Dr. Saenz is a clinical professor in the Department of Reproductive Medicine. Dr. Saenz, who is board-certified in both gynecologic oncology and obstetrics/gynecology, has been at UC San Diego Health System for more than 12 years. She specializes in the preventive, educational and treatment aspects of gynecologic cancer care. Dr. Saenz completed her fellowship in gynecologic oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York and her residency in reproductive medicine at UC San Diego. She earned her medical degree at UC Irvine College of Medicine, and her Bachelor of Arts in biopsychology at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. She is featured as a “Top Doctor" in San Diego Magazine’s annual “Physicians of Exceptional Excellence" survey by the San Diego County Medical Society. Dr. Saenz is a recipient of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award, a member of the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG), and Chair of the Education Committee for the Foundation for Women’s Cancer.
Dr. Lewin is an Assistant Clinical Professor in Gynecologic Oncology at
David Alberts, MD
Dr. Alberts is the Director of the
Dr. Farley is a board certified gynecologic oncologist in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at
Dr. Ritu Salani, MD, MBA
Dr. Salani is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the
Dr. Gray is Associate Professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Gray obtained her undergraduate degree in biology at the
Susan Bratton, Chief Executive Officer
Susan founded Meals To Heal in 2011 after a career on Wall Street where she represented and focused exclusively on early and growth stage healthcare services and insurance companies. Susan brings to Meals to Heal over 25 years of industry experience in healthcare and business as well as expertise in strategy, finance and management. Susan was a member of the healthcare groups at firms including Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Robertson Stephens and Wasserstein, Perella & Co. Susan earned a B.A. from Duke University and an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business. She is actively involved in a number of industry associations including Women Business Leaders in Healthcare and the Healthcare Business Women’s Association. She also serves on the Advisory Board of HCap, the national leading venue for healthcare providers and capital to meet. In addition to her professional responsibilities, Susan volunteers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s Pediatric Oncology Unit and is a marathon runner representing MSKCC on Fred’s Team to raise money for cancer research.
Carolyn Muller, MD
Dr. Muller is a Professor and Chief of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of New Mexico. She is a trained physician-scientist who is both active clinically, and in collaborative research, with an emphasis on clinical-translational trials. Dr. Muller's research focus is in the surgical and medical management of ovarian cancer, and has special expertise in intraperitoneal cancer treatment. Dr. Muller is nationally recognized for her scientific contributions in gynecologic oncology. With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Muller serves as a scientific reviewer for several National Institute of Health and Department of Defense Committees. She continues to practice comprehensive contemporary management of all issues facing women with gynecologic cancer.