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 is now Executive 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. She is dedicated to improving access to and availability of quality information on the practical, insurance and financial issues surrounding a cancer diagnosis. Monica is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer for Triage Cancer, a national nonprofit organization connecting people to cancer survivorship information through a national speakers bureau, educational events and online tools.
Throughout her career, Monica has provided numerous educational seminars, written articles and blogs, and appeared on community television and radio shows discussing healthcare-related legal issues. Previously, Monica worked as Midwest Regional Director for a national disability 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, she focused on health, justice, civil rights and women’s issues.
Additionally, Monica is an adjunct law professor at John Marshall School of Law in Chicago, teaching a class on cancer rights, the Vice Chair for the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Breast Cancer Initiatives Executive Committee, and sits on the ABA’s Affordable Care Act Task Force and the Coalition to Protect Parenthood After Cancer.
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.
Rebecca V. Nellis, MPP
Rebecca V. Nellis is the Executive Director of Cancer and Careers. Since 2004 she has helped evolve the organization from early concept to national prominence.
Rebecca oversees Cancer and Careers’ long-term strategy for growth. 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 Inside Edition, Today.com, NY Daily News, Women’s Health, The Economist Intelligence Unit, Health Affairs, and Reader’s Digest, and broadcast on WCBS’ “Health and Well Being,” NBC New York and CBS Salt Lake City.
Over the years, Rebecca has launched many of Cancer and Careers’ breakthrough programs and services, including the 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 has served on numerous committees and working groups. Currently, she is on the steering committees for Workplace Transitions for People Touched by Cancer and Breast Cancer: A Story Half Told — Supporting Workplace Conversations, and the advisory committees for “Work Ability in Young Adult Cancer Survivors (WAYS): A Mixed-Methods Study,” at Wake Forest University, and “Women at Work: Multi-Ethnic Comparison of Cancer Survivors with Low-Status Jobs,” at University of South Florida.
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.”