Back to Top

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. 



Barron, Billie
Website Assistant, Event Registration, Medical Conference

Billie Barron is the Insurance and Claim Analyst at Kennesaw State University in the Insurance & 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 board member with 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 in 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.

Bradley, Dolores Ph.D.
Medical Conference

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-Martin, 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.

Cozzone, Deb

Fund Raising, Health and Wellness Fairs 


Deb Cozzone is a graduate of Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, with a BS in Mathematics and German. After 13 years as a technical and business analyst for EDS, she changed careers to become a stay-at-home mom. In 2018 she started a new career in collections management for the Computer Museum of America, in Roswell, GA. She enjoys spending her spare time with her husband Mike, and hiking, yoga and bicycling.

Day, Vicky
Event Chair, Medical Conference

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.

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

Dr. Shelley Smith DiCecco is a graduate of Clemson University with a BA in Special Education, with a Master of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine, and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (with her dissertation emphasis on female genital lymphedema) from Texas Woman's University. Dr. DiCecco became a Woman’s Health Specialist for pelvic floor disorders in 2000 and a Certified Lymphedema Therapist in 2001.  She completed her Lymphology Association of North America (LANA) Certification in 2013 and her Casley-Smith International Lymphoedema Instructor Certification in 2016. She started the lymphedema education company, LymphEd, LLC in 2017. Dr. DiCecco assisted with, or led several continuing education courses, conferences, and seminars, as well as presented at community events on lymphedema, pelvic floor disorders, and other orthopedic conditions over the years, both nationally and internationally. She has published articles on lymphedema and pelvic floor disorders. She is working on cadaveric research on the lymphatic system in Atlanta and is consulting on quality of life research for lymphedema internationally. She holds many different positions; she is the Director of lymphedema and pelvic floor services at The Sports Rehabilitation Center in Atlanta, GA; she is an Assistant Professor at the Georgia’s Campus for the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in the Physical Therapy Department; she is the Vice President for Casley-Smith International; and she is the LLN’s lead grant writer and contributed a chapter in LLN’s book on lymphedema, The Puzzle: An Inside Glimpse of Lymphedema.  She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and its Oncology, Women’s Health, and Education Sections, and is a member of LANA, the Lymphoedema Association of Australia, the Casley-Smith International Group, the lymphedema round table for therapists in Atlanta, and the pelvic floor therapist in Atlanta group.

Echols, Jacqueline L., OTR/L, CSLT

Jacqueline is a graduate of Texas Woman's University with a B.S. in Occupational Therapy, Minor in Social Works and Psychology.  She has worked in various settings Acute Care, Outpatient, Home Health, Skilled Nursing Facility and Shepherd Center.  Jacqueline is employed at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital in Outpatient Lymphedema Therapy.  She is certified in Casley-Smith Lymphedema Therapy since 2005.

Forbes-Kirby, Gwen, PT, CLT-LANAMedical 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.

Frank, Ellen

Ellen graduated from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio with a degree in psychology. After having 3 children she worked in the insurance industry as a claims adjuster for 30 years. When Ellen retired she began a career as a volunteer. She presently works many hours with The Assistance League of Atlanta.. Ellen developed lymphedema in the left leg in May 2019, cause unknown.

Gowens, Allison, MOT, ORT/L, CORS, CLT

Allison is an Occupational Therapist, Certified Oncology Rehab Specialist and a Certified Lymphedema Therapist at Emory Decatur Hospital. 

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
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.

Hammad, Rebecca, MHS, OTR/L, CLT 

Co-Administrator Bandages & Garment Fund - LTA Committee

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
Insurance, Medical Conference

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.



Labarthe, Debbie
Secretary, Parent Networking Medical Conference 

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.

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

Murphy, Charlotte


Charlotte joined the LLN in 2017 as Treasurer.  She learned of the LLN through her husband's therapist. Charlotte's husband has lower leg Lymphedema in both legs.  She has worked in the banking industry for 26 years, starting as a teller and worked her way through the ranks to her current position working in Commercial loans with BB&T.

Newman, Vera
Fund Development, 

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.

Saraydar, Stacy, PTA, CDT, CSLT

Medical Conference

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.

Smith, Janie, PT, CDT
Medical Conference, Administrator Bandages and Garment Fund

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.  Janie retired from Northside Hospital, Atlanta, GA where she was a Certified Lymphedema Therapist. 

Thompson, Beverly
Publicity,  Medical Conference, Health and Wellness Expos,  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."