Linda Griffith and her husband Graham chose to raise their two children in Wellesley 31 years ago, and highly value efforts to sustain Wellesley’s environment. Working as a Director in Marketing Programs, Communication and Business Development for various technology companies globally, Linda focused on healthcare applications, education and targeted initiatives or events to increase public awareness. For the last 10 years, as a volunteer, Linda has worked as an elected Officer and a member of the Long Range Planning Committee for the Quonochontaug Central Beach Fire District in Rhode Island to develop and execute policies and practices that will help sustain the natural resources in this beach community. As a recent breast cancer survivor, and the daughter of an ovarian cancer survivor, Linda brings to the Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project a desire to increase the awareness, participation and knowledge of Wellesley residents regarding actions they can take to protect the community from environmental factors that contribute to cancer.
Quentin Prideaux is a Partner in the management consulting firm Alder
Associates and lives in Wellesley with his wife, Delissa, and two children; Alex (15) and Samantha (10). Quentin is originally from the UK and came to the US and Wellesley in 2000. Professionally he helps clients get clarity about their priorities, and then helps them organize to act on that clarity. Outside of work he co-leads Sustainable Wellesley, is a Toastmaster, and speaks regularly on global warming and its implications. Quentin is a cancer survivor and is delighted to join WCPP to continue the work to reduce of
exposure to toxins and other environmental risks.
Theresa Keresztes, a breast cancer survivor and founder of My Girls Skin Care, non-toxic OTC skincare line for people with compromised, sensitive skin resulting from medical treatments such as radiation therapy and chemotherapy. After her diagnosis at the age of 40 shortly after the birth of her son, Ms. Keresztes became more aware of healthier lifestyle choices that deal with nutrition and exercise and about a potential causal relationship to cancer. After treatment, she was asked to join the WCPP board due to her interest in prevention and dedication to providing comfort to people undergoing treatment. Theresa holds an MBA from Babson College’s Olin School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts from Fordham University.
Phyllis Yawitt, Psy.D. has been a licensed clinical Psychologist for 26 years. Her interest in cancer, disease prevention and health promotion began with her training fellowship in Rehabilitation Psychology and Health Psychology at the University of Miami/ Jackson Medical Center. In addition to primary prevention, her focus is on the “Precautionary Principle”. It purports that if the state of evidence is strong regarding a substance’s harm, it is withheld or withdrawn from the market. In particular, Dr. Yawitt is highly motivated to protect all children in the community and beyond, threatened by toxic products in our midst. She believes that knowledge is power, and that education through consciousness-raising, advocacy, and activism is warranted to accomplish the goal of a friendlier, healthier environment. Family incidences of various cancers have struck her grandmother, grandfather, uncle, father and husband. Dr. Yawitt has lived in Wellesley for 27 years with her husband and West Highland terrier. She has four adult children, two children-by-marriage, and several grandchildren.
Aurelie Cormier has been working as a Clinical Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist or Nurse Practitioner for the last 35 years, 28 of which have been focused in Oncology, especially Women’s Cancers. She received her BS in Nursing and her MS in Rehabilitation Oncology, both from Boston University as well as a Post Masters Nurse Practitioner Certificate from the University of Massachusetts/Worcester with a sub-specialty in Cancer Prevention and Control. She currently works at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her special areas of interest are Successful Survivorship, Healing, Wellness Promotion, Prevention, and Women’s Health. She has done a considerable amount of writing, lecturing, and staff and patient education. She is a contributing author for the book, Clinical Manual for the Oncology Advanced Practice Nurse (2nd Ed), and has written a chapter for the book, Multimodal Therapy in Oncology Nursing. Most recently she launched Beyond Cancer Survival, beyondcancersurvival.com, and her online community blog pages, facebook.com/pages/Beyond-Cancer-Survival, as a resource for families of cancer survivors or those from cancer prone families to prevent or reduce risk of cancers, especially in their children. As a 10 year resident of Needham and a mother of a 14 year old daughter, she is thrilled to be part of the WCPP and to be in the company of such a vibrant and dedicated community, passionate about the environment and the prevention of cancer.
Patrick Rafter, is Principal and Co-Founder of Rafter Communications, a consultancy that provides public relations, marketing, social media and content services and programs for innovative technology, healthcare, environmental corporations and nonprofits. He and his wife Sheila moved to Wellesley Hills in 1993 and are the proud parents of three “children”: Twins Olivia and Liam (21 in 2016), and Eliza (13). Patrick is a cancer conqueror having been diagnosed and treated for a rare Ewing’s Sarcoma of the skull when he was 40 years old. After his cancer adventure (at Dana Farber/Brigham & Women’s Hospital which included two craniotomies, 15 months of in-patient chemo and 6 weeks of daily radiation that gave him his distinctive shiny bald pate)—Patrick has since been active as a patient advocate, booster and fundraiser for cancer nonprofits (PMC, Partners Research Accelerator Program, American Childhood Cancer Organization, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, The Julie Fund, and others). A graduate of Tufts University, Patrick grew up in San Francisco, Washington, DC, Tunis, Tunisia, and Rome, Italy. Rafter is honored to join the WCPP and hopes to put his expertise in PR, public education, events, speaking, online media, and fundraising to help advance the great work and mission of the Project.
Leslie Tellalian, is the Director of Lifelong Learning at the Boston University School of Public Health. She is a multiple cancer survivor who has been addressing this disease for over twenty years. Through her experience she has developed a keen interest in better understanding the potential environmental, chemical and genetic determinants of cancer, and the importance of nutrition, physical and mental well-being in maintaining a healthy life. Leslie is very happy to be working with WCPP and the community to develop programs that support better understanding of all of these factors, increase awareness and share preventative initiatives. She resides in Wellesley with the best group of supporters – her husband, Haig and their four children ranging in age from 10 – 17 years.
Board Fellows 2016/2017
Matthew Hogan – MBA Candidate 2016
Babson College | F.W Olin Graduate School of Business
Matthew Hogan is WCPP’s Babson Board Fellow for the 2016-2017 academic year. Matt works as a Wealth Mangement Advisor for TIAA in Waltham and is working towards completing his MBA at Babson College for the winter of 2016. Matt grew up in Needham, graduated from St. Sebastian’s school in 1999 and Assumption College in 2003. Matt lost his wife Melissa to lung cancer in 2012. During the course of his wife’s illness, Matt traveled the North Eastern United States and parts of Europe with Melissa seeking both alternative and conventional treatments. Matt’s hope is that he can help spread WCPP’s message throughout Norfolk County and the Greater Boston area.
Amy Collins M.D.
Sarah Little, Ph.D
Sarah Frost Azzam