Sage Bolte, PhD, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, CST
Sage Bolte received her bachelor’s degree in both psychology and social work at Hope College, in Holland, MI, and later continued her studies at the University of Michigan, where she received her master’s degree in social work. She received the American Cancer Society’s Doctoral Training Grant in 2008 and obtained her PhD in social work from The National School of Social Services at the Catholic University of America in 2010.
Dr. Bolte also has her certificate in sexual health from the University of Michigan. She is a certified sex therapist, known nationally for her work in sexual health and cancer, and respected as a leader in the field of oncology social work.
Sage joined the Life with Cancer (a program of the Inova Schar Cancer Institute) family 13 years ago, as an oncology counselor. She served as program coordinator at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital and recently became director of Life with Cancer. Dr. Bolte has grown the young adult support program at Inova and the annual young adult survivorship conference.
She has written or contributed to several peer-reviewed articles and books, including three chapters in the Oxford textbook The Handbook for Oncology Social Work.
Monica Fawzy Bryant, Esq.
Monica Fawzy Bryant is a cancer rights attorney, speaker, and author dedicated to improving access to and availability of quality information on healthcare-related issues. Monica is the chief operating officer for Triage Cancer, a national non-profit organization that provides education and resources on cancer survivorship issues.
Previously, Monica was midwest regional director for a national cancer rights organization, legislative counsel for U.S. Congresswoman Linda T. Sanchez and law clerk for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. During her time in Congress, Ms. Bryant focused on health, justice, civil rights, and women's issues.
Throughout her career, Monica has provided hundreds of educational seminars, written articles and blogs, and appeared on community television and radio shows discussing healthcare-related legal issues. Additionally, Monica is an adjunct law professor at John Marshall School of Law in Chicago, teaching a class on cancer rights. Monica is currently vice chair for the American Bar Association’s Breast Cancer Initiatives Executive Committee. She has co-authored a book on cancer rights law for the American Bar Association (to be released in 2016).
Monica received a Bachelor of Arts degree in law & society, with an emphasis in criminal justice, and psychology from the University of California Santa Barbara and a Juris Doctor from The George Washington University Law School. She is a member of both the California and Illinois State Bars.
Julie Jansen — author, executive and career coach, motivational speaker, and resume and LinkedIn profile writer — has helped senior executives, managers and professionals reach their fullest potential in today’s chaotic business world since 1999.
Julie works with clients in advertising, consumer products, entertainment, fashion, financial services, logistics, magazine publishing, manufacturing, new media, nonprofit, public relations and professional services. In 2015 she delivered presentations for Yale University, 1199 SEIU Healthcare, National Australia Bank, Wiggin & Dana and Webster Apartments, among others.
A fully revised, third edition of her book I Don’t Know What I Want, But I Know It’s Not This: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Gratifying Work was released by Penguin in March 2016. The book has also been published in the U.K., Germany, Austria, Romania and the Czech Republic. You Want Me to Work With Who? Eleven Keys to a Stress-Free, Satisfying and Successful Work Life…No Matter Who You Work With was published by Penguin Books in 2006. Julie is also the author of a Workplace Coach e-Booklet series on networking, enhancing your image, delegation, managing your career, time management and getting organized.
Joanna Fawzy Morales, Esq.
Joanna Fawzy Morales is a cancer rights attorney, author, speaker, and CEO of Triage Cancer, a national nonprofit organization connecting people to cancer survivorship information and resources through a national speakers bureau, educational events and online tools.
Joanna has spent more than 20 years working on behalf of individuals with cancer, including five as an adjunct professor of law at Loyola Law School, teaching a seminar in cancer rights law, and eight at the John Wayne Cancer Institute’s Psychosocial Care Program and Positive Appearance Center.
Joanna has presented hundreds of educational seminars on employment, insurance, healthcare, and advocacy issues throughout the country for patients, survivors, caregivers, healthcare professionals, advocates, lawyers, employers and the general public.
In addition, Joanna serves on numerous cancer community committees and boards, including as chair of the Board of Directors for the California Division of the American Cancer Society, the National Advisory Board of CancerForward and the Stupid Cancer Survivorship Advisory Council. She has also served on the Executive Committee of the American Bar Association’s Breast Cancer Task Force.
She has been published in a variety of publications, such as Psycho-Oncology, Coping with Cancer, Women and Ability Magazine. In 2009, she also contributed to a book entitled Work and Cancer Survivors. She has co-authored a book on cancer rights law for the American Bar Association (to be released in 2016).
Mrs. Morales has received numerous awards and recognition for her service to the cancer community and her work in the area of legislative advocacy, such as the 2009 Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Public Policy Advocate of the Year. In 2010, she was recognized by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of the Top 20 Attorneys in California Under the Age of 40.
She also serves as principal of North Star Alliances, a business and nonprofit consulting and service firm. Mrs. Morales received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, with an emphasis in international relations, from the University of California Los Angeles and a Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School Los Angeles.
Rebecca V. Nellis, MPP
Rebecca Nellis is the chief mission officer for Cancer and Careers. Since 2004 Rebecca has helped evolve the organization from early concept to national prominence.
Rebecca now oversees all mission-driven initiatives, including the long-term strategy and growth of Cancer and Careers’ many programs and services. As an expert on cancer-workplace issues, she travels the country speaking at national cancer conferences, leading hospitals, and community events — more than 100 presentations to date — about the intersection of life, work and cancer. Rebecca also serves as spokesperson to the press, with recent interviews published in The ASCO Post, Everyday Health, NY Daily News, Women’s Health, and AOL Finance, as well as on NPR, NBC New York and CBS Salt Lake City.
Prior to this position, Rebecca served as vice president of programs and strategy at Cancer and Careers. Under her leadership, the organization launched its National and Regional Conferences on Work & Cancer, accredited Educational Series for Healthcare Professionals and library of Spanish-language resources. As an active member of the cancer community, she is currently on the steering committees for Workplace Transitions for People Touched by Cancer and Breast Cancer: A Story Half Told — Supporting Workplace Conversations, and has served on committees for the Livestrong Young Adult Alliance (now Critical Mass) and Stupid Cancer.
Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from New York University and a Master of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University. Her graduate thesis was entitled “Implications of Cancer Survivorship on Financial Assets, Work Productivity and Employment Circumstances.”
Kate Sweeney is the executive director of the CEW Foundation and the co-founder of the Cancer and Careers program. She began with a vision — to eliminate fear and uncertainty for working people with cancer. Now 16 years strong, Cancer and Careers is the recognized authority on work-related support for cancer patients and survivors. The pioneer program boldly leads the discussion on where life, cancer and work intersect.
Under Kate’s leadership, Cancer and Careers serves more than 325,000 people online, in print and in person each year. Program highlights include launching a first-of-its-kind interactive career coaching center for survivors to get personalized advice from professional coaches; bringing direct services to remote and underserved communities in the U.S.; partnering with Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) to offer company-wide support within the workplace; and collaborating with QVC to present “Beauty with Benefits,” a two-hour beauty-product fundraising telecast that has raised more than $4M to date in support of Cancer and Careers’ free programs and services. In addition to running the $3M CEW Foundation, Kate continues to serve as an expert on the issues surrounding cancer in the workplace.