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Shedding Light On Lymphedema

Joan White

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White, Joan

Joan White is the founder of the Lighthouse Lymphedema Network.  Ms. White attended Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan.  She has Lymphedema in her left leg, ankle, foot, and abdomen.  Joan is a member of the Lymph Science Advocacy Program (LSAP) through the National Lymphedema Network. Her hobbies include bridge, knitting, gardening and riding her wave runner.

Larry Ashmore

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Ashmore, Larry CPA, Ph.D.

Larry  Ashmore teaches the Master's Seminar in Internal Auditing as well as Principles of Accounting at Georgia State University, and is also a member of the Advisory Council of the University's School of Accountancy. He additionally works part-time with the public accounting firm, Kilpatrick, Rea and Associates in delivering assurance and tax services. Larry retired from SunTrust Banks, Inc. during 2012, after 25 years with the company, the last several being Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Audit Services. His earlier professional career included the firms Ernst & Young and KPMG. Larry is licensed in Georgia as Certified Public Accountant and holds a Doctorate in Business Administration. Larry has lymphedema in right arm and hand, as result of blood clots from a chemotherapy port.

Barron, Billie

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Barron, Billie
Website Assistant, Event Registration, Medical Conference

Billie Barron is the Insurance and Risk Coordinator at Kennesaw State University in the Enterprise Risk Management Department.  Billie serves on the board of Lighhouse Lymphedema Network as our Event Registration Administrator and on the Conference Committee. She is also the Website Assistant. Billie is a Crisis Coordinator at Kennesaw State University and is also a CERT volunteer in Kennesaw. She is also a member of the Southern Loss Association. She volunteers in her community through her church, Oak Leaf Church in Canton, Georgia. Billie  is an advocate for teen and single mothers need, and through her church she heads a community outreach program that provides baby showers for these mothers. She is very passionate about her volunteering, her church and her family. She is  also an avid dog lover.

Dolores Bradley

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Bradley, Dolores Ph.D.
Medical Conference, Book Committee, Website Committee

Dr. Dolores Bradley is Associate Professor and Vice-Chair, Psychology Director, RISE Program, Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia. She is a Research Associate Professor, Division of Sensory-Motor Systems, Yerkes National Primate Research Center of Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Bradley has primary lymphedema in both legs.

Cannon, Samantha

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Cannon, Samantha, MSOT, CLT
Fund Development, Medical Conference, Health and Wellness Fairs

Samantha Cannon is a graduate, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia. She also holds an OT Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy, Belmont University. She obtained a certification in Complex Decongestive Therapy for Lymphedema management, Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy. Ms Cannon serves on Gwinnett Medical Center's Cancer Committee, Community Outreach Committee and Breast Cancer Leadership for Northside Hospital, Cumming/Forsyth, Georgia. She consults with physicians on a regular basis to educate them on the diagnosis of Lymphedema and swelling complications. She is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist at Northside Hospital - Forsyth, Cumming, Georgia.

Deb Cozzone

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Cozzone, Deb
Bandages and Garment Fund Administrator, Fund Raising, Medical Conference, Health and Wellness Fairs, Book Committee

Deb Cozzone is a graduate of Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania with a BS in Mathematics and German. After 13 years as a technical and business analyst for EDS, Ms. Cozzone changed careers to become a stay at home mom. She is active at her sons’ school and her church, and she is a Substitute Teacher at the elementary level, Fulton County Schools, Atlanta, Georgia.

Day, Vicky

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Day, Vicky
Cookbook Committee, Fund Raising

Vicky Day received her BA from Auburn University thereafter receiving her Master of Speech Communication also from Auburn. Ms. Day is a member of the National Charity League (mother/daughter philanthropic organization). She is affiliated with the Wesleyan School – Grade Parent Representative. She is a Life-on-Life Disciple Leader – Perimeter Church. Ms. Day is the mother of Courtney Blaire Day who has been diagnosed with primary lymphedema. Courtney and her certified lymphedema therapist, Emily A. Smith-Francis, have written a book entitled “A Leg Up on Lymphedema”. The book is a personal account of the experiences of a teenager with primary Lymphedema.

Shelley Dicecco

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Dicecco, Shelley, PhD, PT, CSLT, CI-CS
Grant and Fund Development, Medical Conference

Shelley Smith-Dicecco is a graduate of Clemson University with a BA in Special Education. Ms. Smith-Dicecco holds a Master of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine.  She completed a Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Therapy, Dissertation emphasis on Female Genital Lymphedema, Texas Woman's University.  Ms. Smith-Dicecco is Program Supervisor for acute and outpatient services; outpatient physical therapists; women's health therapist; lymphedema therapist; Steering Committee; Service Excellence co-chair, Outpatient Committee co-chair, and Rewards and Recognition Committee Chair, The Sports Rehabilitation Center, Atlanta, Georgia. 

Driggers, Melissa

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Driggers, Melissa

Melissa Driggers is a legal analyst with a large healthcare IT corporation, with over 25 years of professional experience in her vocation.  She is a graduate of Kennesaw State University, with a BA in Finance, and also has various professional certifications.  Melissa is an itinerant speaker/teacher and a contributing writer to several faith-based blogs and publications, with a deep passion to help others find hope and healing in the midst of grief, loss, and during difficult times.  She serves the community locally and beyond, through her church and various other ministries with whom she partners.  Melissa was diagnosed with lymphedema in her left leg in 2011, after a radical tissue excision to remove malignant melanoma and subsequent removal of left inguinal lymph nodes.  She is a devoted “Mom” to her canine kids, loves to travel, enjoys cooking and entertaining at home, and is an avid reader. 


Forbes-Kirby, Gwen

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Forbes-Kirby, Gwen, PT, CLT-LANA
Medical Conference, Speakers Committee

Gwen Forbes-Kirby is a graduate of the University of California at Davis, California with a BS in Community Research and Analysis and Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Florida, Physical Therapy. Ms. Forbes-Kirby is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist with the Casley-Smith School, Adelaide, Australia. She is a Board Member, Lymphedema Association of North America (LANA). She is the Oncology Rehab Committee Chair for Piedmont Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia. She is also a Certified Lymphedema Therapist, Piedmont Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia.



Jade Gross

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Gross, Jade, OTD, OTR/L, CSLT

Jade Gross is a graduate from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and thereafter received a doctorate of occupational therapy from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She received her certification for lymphedema therapy through the Casley-Smith School.  Ms. Gross currentlyworks as an Occupational Therapist and Certified Lymphedema Therapist at Dekalb Medical Hillandale.

Gunter, Elaine

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Gunter, Elaine, MT(ASCP)
Newsletter Chair, Database Administrator, Medical Conference, Fund Raising, Legislation

Elaine Gunter is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a BS in Biology. Ms. Gunter completed a number of post-graduate courses in microbiology at Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia. She was chief of the NHANES Laboratory at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and Deputy Director of the Division of Laboratory Sciences at CDC. In 2006 she retired from the CDC and created her consulting company, Specimen Solutions, LLC providing expertise in specimen banking and laboratory management. She continues to work in a number of public health areas. Elaine is the president of the CDC Chapter of the National Association for Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE). Ms. Gunter is the Newsletter editor and serves on 3 committees for the International Society for Biological & Environmental Repositories (ISBER).


Gunter, Gary

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Gunter, Gary
Website, Newsletter, Fund Raising, Medical Conference, Legislation

Gary Gunter is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a BS in Biology. Mr. Gunter completed his medical technology training at Watts Hospital, Durham, North Carolina. Mr. Gunter holds a Master's Degree in Laboratory Management, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia. He was Chief of the Grady Hospital clinical laboratory and worked in the Division of Laboratory Sciences at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention until he retired in 2004. Mr. Gunter is Secretary and newsletter editor for the CDC NARFE chapter.

Rebecca Hammad

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Hammad, Rebecca, MHS, OTR/L, CLT

Rebecca Hammad is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist and Occupational Therapist. She currently works as a Therapy Manager in the Post-Acute program at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA. Shepherd Center provides rehabilitation services post spinal cord injury, brain injury, and other neurological conditions, including multiple sclerosis. Rebecca has worked as a clinician at the Shepherd Center since 2006 across their inpatient and outpatient programs. In working with her patients she wanted to be able to provide better therapeutic interventions for managing swelling post neurological injury. Therefore, she set out to become a certified lymphedema therapist and start an edema management program at the Shepherd Center. This became a reality in late 2013. Shepherd Center now has 11 certified lymphedema therapists to be able to promote improved rehab outcomes for their clients across the rehab continuum. Rebecca earned her Bachelor of Science Education in Health Promotion Education from the University of Georgia and her Master of Health Science in Occupational Therapy from the Medical College of Georgia. She completed a 135-hour certification course in the Casley-Smith method of Complex Lymphatic Therapy. When she is not working Rebecca enjoys spending time with her husband Ramsey and two children, Benjamin (4) and Caroline (2) in Midtown, Atlanta where they live. She loves to travel, go to the ballet, and get in some exercise by running or kickboxing!




Hoffman, Laura

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Hoffman, Laura
Insurance, Legislation

Laura Hoffman is a graduate of Hope College, Holland, Michigan with a BA in Psychology and Sociology and a Minor in Dance. Ms. Hoffman is certified in Compression Fitting and is a Insurance Specialist. She is Coordinator of Compression Therapy at Piedmont Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia.



Stephanie Kirkpatrick

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Kirkpatrick, Stephanie, DPT, CLT-LANA
Medical Conference

Stephanie Kirkpatrick is a graduate of Indiana University with a BS in Exercise Science. She holds a Master of Physical Therapy, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. Ms. Kirpatrick received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of South Alabama.  She is certified through Lymphology Association of North America (LANA) 2006.  Ms. Kirkpatrick is also a member of the APTA, American Physical Therapy Association Oncology Section, PTAG.  She is a certified lymphedema therapist through the Academy of Lymphatic Studies 2002.  She currently works at the Lymphedema Clinic, The Emory Clinic Radiation Oncology Department, Atlanta, Georgia.


Debbie Labarthe

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Labarthe, Debbie
Secretary, Parent Networking Medical Conference, Book Committee

Debbie Lebarthe received her BA degree in Secondary Business Education from the University of Central Florida and taught Computer Applications at the middle school level for twelve years.  Ms. Labarthe is also certified in Early Childhood Education and has taught at the preschool level for seven years. In 2003 her grandson, Carson Sollenberger, was born with primary lymphedema in his right leg and pelvis.  She was instrumental in having his case reviewed and diagnosed by the Vascular Anomalies Center at the Children's Hospital of Boston.  She joined the LLN Board of Directors in 2004, has served as Secretary since 2006, and is also the LLN's primary representative for Parent Networking.


Peggy Meyer

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Meyer, Peggy

Medical Conference

Peggy received her BS in Education from the University of Georgia and a Master of Education from the University of West georgia.  She taught for over forty years for the Cobb County School District where she received numerous honors including Teacher of the Year and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award (most recently).  Ms. Meyer is currently an active member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an honorary sorority for educators, and a past member of the Cobb County Senior Council Executive Board, an advocacy group for seniors. Peggy is a supporter of United in Pink, a breast cancer advocacy group in Macon, Georgia



Nettles, Molly

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Nettles, Molly OTR/L, CLT-LANA 

Molly Nettles has over 18 years’ experience as an occupational therapist and over 15 years’ experience as a certified lymphedema therapist.  She has specialized in the management of swelling associated with Lymphatic disorders through her roles as Clinician and Program Coordinator of Lymphedema and Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Services at The Institute of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation located in Peoria, IL and most recently as Clinical Coordinator of Lymphedema Services at Georgia Regents University Cancer Center located in Augusta, GA.  Molly was instrumental in developing The Pink Pumpers Program which is an evidence based training program for those suffering from or at risk for development of Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema.  She has demonstrated a commitment to her patients through securing numerous grant awards to provide funding of compression garments for those who are underinsured.  She has written numerous articles for publication promoting Lipedema and Lymphedema awareness, served as a professional consult for Vein Experts online, presented as an invited speaker at the University of Illinois’ Department of Surgery’s Breast Cancer Symposium in 2009, 2011, and 2012.  Currently, she is an active Board member of Lighthouse Lymphedema Network; she is also an active member of The Lymphology Association of North America and The National Lymphedema Network.  Molly continues to volunteer her time on the local level speaking to Lymphedema and Lipedema support groups, offering presentations regarding Lymphedema and Lipedema related topics to professionals and community members, and supporting awareness activities.


Vera Newman

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Newman, Vera
Fund Development, Book Chair, Cookbook Committee

Vera Newman joined the LLN in 2007, wanting to get involved with a group that advocated for people with lymphedema.  Vera's husband has secondary lymphedema.  Although born in Peabody, Massachusetts, she spent most of her childhood and education in Miami, Florida.  While working in the banking industry in Miami during the early years of her career, she completed her undergraduate studies at University of Miami, and later returned to complete her MBA.  She moved to Atlanta and took a lengthy leave of absence to be a stay at home mom with her children.  Ms. Newman later returned to the work place advancing in a large medical group to the position of Administrator.  Opting for early retirement, Ms. Newman now devotes her time to her passions; her husband and four children, extended family, gardening, traveling, reading, music, theater and enjoying friendships.  She currently serves on the Board of the LLN and is Vice President of the Board of Trustees at her synagogue.


Stacy Saraydar

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Saraydar, Stacy, PTA, CDT, CSLT

Stacy Saraydar graduated from St. Petersburg Junior College, St. Petersburg, Florida with a BS in PT Assistant.  She graduated from Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida with a Major in Psychology and Minors in Art History and Humanities.  She is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist through the Academy of Lymphatic Studies and Casley-Smith School.  Ms. Saraydar is a Physical Therapy Assistant and Certified Lymphedema Therapist at Piedmont Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia.


Janie Smith

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Smith, Janie, PT, CDT
Medical Conference, Legislation

Janie Smith is a graduate of Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia with a BS in Physical Therapy.  She holds a Certification for Lymphedema through the Academy of Lymphatic Studies, Sebastian, Florida.  Ms. Smith is a United Way volunteer.  She is currently a Certified Lymphedema Therapist at Northside Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia.  

DeCourcy Squire

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Squire, DeCourcy, PT, CLT-LANA
Medical Conference, Book Committee, Speakers Committee

Decourcy Squire is an Honorary Board member of the LLN.  Ms Squire is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore with a BS in Physical Therapy. She  is a Certified Instructor in the Casley-Smith Method of Treatment for Lymphedema.  She serves on the Best Practices Document Committee of the American Lymphedema Framework Project (ALFP). We all know that DeCourcy has longed to move back to the north especially to Minnesota.  October 2012 found us saying our goodbyes to DeCourcy as she accepted a position starting a lymphedema program at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Beverly Thompson

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Thompson, Beverly
Publicity, Legislation, Medical Conference, Health and Wellness Expos, Cookbook Committee, Fund Development

Beverly Thompson is a graduate of Georgia State College for Women, Milledgeville, Georgia.  Ms. Thompson holds a Masters in Educational Administration from the University of Georgia, Athens. She is a member of the Joy Council and Kitchen Angel for the Johns Creek United Methodist Church. Formerly, Ms. Thompson was a classroom teacher, studio teacher and principle for Fulton County Schools in Atlanta. "The LLN is an impressive organization.  I feel honored to be a part of helping them to educate and create awareness about lymphedema."