Our Team

MOCA staff and board members are united in a passion to make a difference against this disease.

We're honored to work toward fulfilling MOCA's mission.

Staff Members

Stefanie Gliniany Community Support Program Manager

Stefanie Gliniany

Stefanie Gliniany joined MOCA in October 2016 as the Community Support Program Manager. In this role, she manages MOCA’s Community Support programs such as community education meetings, support groups, MOCA Mentor Program, health fairs, as well as providing individual support to women, family and friends touched by ovarian cancer.

Before joining MOCA, Stefanie has provided mental health therapy to children, adolescents, and families in a variety of settings. Stefanie has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and a Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

As a cancer survivor, Stefanie has a strong passion for helping others affected by cancer. She feels humbled and excited to be part of such an amazing organization like MOCA.

Outside of MOCA, Stefanie enjoys spending time with her family, husband Tim, son Henrik, and her two dogs. She enjoys cooking, being outdoors, and going on new adventures.

(612) 584-3550
sgliniany@mnovarian.org

Annie Oakes Events Manager

Annie Oakes

Annie Oakes joined the MOCA staff May 2017. Annie started her journey with MOCA back in 2003 as her mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and made it to one Silent No More walk before passing. It seems fitting that Annie’s 15th year participating in the walk/run will be from the planning side of the event. Annie is in charge of both the events that MOCA hosts: Black, White & Teal Gala, Molly Cade Scramble, Teal Strides Walk/Run, Spin it Teal and the two new Duluth events, as well as those that put on by the community to benefit MOCA.

Annie has a BA from Gustavus Adolphus College. Her time at Gustavus fueled her passion to work with non-profit organizations to make a difference and her love of travel. She comes to MOCA after 11 years of event planning at Children’s Minnesota, and three years of experience at Friends of the Orphans (now NPH USA). Annie also runs the five nurseries at her church, Hope Community Church.

In her free time Annie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, crafting and being outdoors.

(612) 824-1297
aoakes@mnovarian.org

Molly Schroeder Administrative Assistant

Molly Schroeder

Molly Schroeder joined the MOCA staff in July 2017 as an administrative and database assistant. She assists with gift entry, and database work as well as keeping the office organized.

Molly has a BA from Hamline University. She had her first experiences in non-profits through college internships which solidified her desire to work toward making a difference in the community.

Prior to joining MOCA Molly worked at Hennepin County Medical Center as a Database Administrator for their foundation. Before that she also worked for a local education focused non-profit, AchieveMpls for four years in several different capacities. She is excited to bring her knowledge of Raiser’s Edge to MOCA to help support the work.

In her free time Molly enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She and her husband, Jeramy, enjoy staying active playing volleyball, racquetball, and getting away to travel as often as they can.

(612) 822-0500
mschroeder@mnovarian.org

June Miller Data Entry Specialist

June Miller

June Miller joined the MOCA staff in July 2015.  She was born in Minneapolis and has spent her entire life here, including raising her two children.

Finishing her career at Land O’Lakes after 29 years, she then became a volunteer at MOCA.  As a 15 year survivor, she has enjoyed the opportunity to support MOCA’s mission and goals, working in the office and at different functions.

June is excited to be part of the MOCA team and looks forward to continuing her office contributions and occasional volunteering.

Her spare time is spent enjoying her family, friends, and life partner, Patrick.

(612) 824-1043
jmiller@mnovarian.org

Becky West Finance Manager

Becky West

Becky West joined the MOCA staff in October 2014. As finance manager, she is responsible for the accounting functions as well as preparing financial statements, employee benefits administration, corporate insurance administration, preparing information for the annual audit, and ensuring compliance with Guidestar and Charities Review Council. She also compiles the annual budget with input from MOCA managers and oversees the financial duties at MOCA events.

Prior to coming to MOCA, Becky worked at CliftonLarsonAllen for 7 years in the Outsourcing Division.

Becky holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and finished a certificate program at the College of St. Catherine.

When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her two daughters and her husband, Bill.

Becky is excited to be a part of the great staff at MOCA. The amazing volunteers and passionate board members are wonderful. Becky is happy to have found a home of such dedicated individuals.

(612) 584-3548
bwest@mnovarian.org

Constance White Operations and Membership Manager

Constance White

Constance White joined MOCA in 2006. As the manager of operations and membership, she’s responsible for the organizations operations, website updates,  email communications about MOCA with an emphasis on MOCA’s mission, programs, services, events and support to women with ovarian cancer.  She also Manages the MOCA store, office volunteers, and graphic design needs at the MOCA office.

At the University of Minnesota, Constance studied general design with a minor in  business. She began her career in the U.S. Army, where she specialized in repairing aircraft propellers and rotors. She has also worked in a diverse range of corporate management and director roles, including licensing, buying, product design, inventory control, documentation, and financial account reconciliation. Past employers have included Banner EngineeringThe Musicland Group, and Jakks Pacific toy company.

Outside of MOCA Constance is happily married to husband Jerry, enjoys travel, gardening, skiing, creative projects and spending time with her daughter, son-in-law and her two grandchildren.

Constance says she is continually amazed by the generosity and resourcefulness of MOCA’s members and staff, and she’s grateful to be a part of such an outstanding organization.

(612) 584-3544
cwhite@mnovarian.org

Becky Lechner Communications Manager

Becky Lechner

Becky joined MOCA in October 2011. Having lost her mother to ovarian cancer in 2009, ovarian cancer outreach and education is a cause that is dear to her heart.

As MOCA’s communications manager, Becky spearheads marketing and public relations efforts for MOCA and manages media outreach. Becky manages MOCA’s internal and external communications, including the MOCA Messenger and MOCA’s social media pages. Becky also works to raise awareness of ovarian cancer symptoms through public awareness campaign, such as MOCA’s award-winning Tie it Teal campaign.

Before joining MOCA, Becky worked in public relations at Weber Shandwick for six years, spending time with both the healthcare and financial services practices. She is also a former journalist and worked as a reporter and producer at WEAU-TV in Eau Claire, Wis. Becky has a B.A. in journalism from the University of Minnesota and has taken graduate-level courses in public health from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health.

When Becky isn’t at MOCA, she can be found spending time with her husband and two young sons, trying out a new recipe, practicing yoga or running along one of Minneapolis’ many lakes.

(612) 584-3546
rlechner@mnovarian.org

Kathleen Gavin Executive Director

Kathleen Gavin

 

Kathleen Gavin has been the executive director of MOCA since 2002 when she became its first staff person. She provides strategic leadership to accomplish the goals and objectives of the organization and to identify and obtain needed resources. She also serves as the senior spokesperson for the organization and the leader of its grant-making activities.

Gavin also serves as a patient advocate on the Stand Up 2 Cancer Ovarian Cancer Dream Team and is an advocate on the national NRG Oncology (formerly Gynecologic Oncology Group) serving on the ovarian and developmental therapeutic committees. She is a co-chair of the Mayo Clinic’s Ovarian Cancer SPORE patient advocacy committee. In addition, she is a member of the University of Minnesota’s Masonic Cancer Center community advisory board.

Gavin holds a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University and was the administrative director of the Women’s Health Care Program at Columbia University for three years. She has also worked as the health and human services policy analyst for the governor of Vermont and as the director of planning and development of medical services for the state of Vermont.

Gavin was a founding member of the Institute for Sustainable Communities, a nonprofit organization that does environmental work in Central and Eastern Europe, and worked to build that organization for seven years.

She has served on numerous boards and provided consulting services to foundations and non-profit organizations.

Kathleen has two adult children and lives with her husband in South Minneapolis. She is loves to hike and is a fair weather bicycle commuter.

 

(612) 584-3549
kgavin@mnovarian.org

Board Members

Michelle Chaffee

Michelle Chaffee

Michelle Chaffee is an ovarian cancer survivor who joined the MOCA Board of Directors in May 2017.

Michelle is founder of alska, a caregiving technology solution she created as an extension of her professional patient advocacy service. As a caregiver, healthcare professional and most recently a patient herself, she is passionate about educating and empowering individuals and their caregivers with tools and support to reduce stress and better navigate the healthcare system to improve outcomes.

Teri Woodhill

Teri Woodhill

Teri Woodhull, active FORCE volunteer (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), joins the MOCA board this month as well. Teri, who has a family history of breast cancer, found herself with a shocking diagnosis: advanced ovarian cancer. After years of treatment, she is now stable and living life with a new appreciation. She likes to give back to the community through her work with FORCE and MOCA.

 

Stacy Lashinski

Stacy Lashinski

Stacy Lashinski joined the board in May 2017 after losing her mother to ovarian cancer in 2014 and watching her sister battle the disease as a 12-year survivor. She and her sisters have participated in numerous MOCA events over the years, including hosting an annual Golf Tournament to benefit MOCA in memory of their mother. She is dedicated to increasing awareness for ovarian cancer and wants to become even more involved now in her role as board member.

 

Kris Greer

Kris Greer

Kris Greer is a 16-year survivor of Stage 3 ovarian cancer and has advocated for the disease since. She is the creator of Light Duluth Teal and founder of Charlene’s Light…A Foundation for Ovarian Cancer, a nonprofit which has recently joined forces with MOCA. In addition to her altruistic pursuits, she is a firm believer in practicing good health as a marathon runner and certified Quantum Touch Healing practitioner.

 

Nancy Libbey

Nancy Libbey

Nancy Libbey was elected to the MOCA Board of Directors in May 2015.  She has served in many MOCA volunteer roles including: HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer Co-Chair, Walk/Run Store Co-Chair, Golf/Gala volunteer, Annual Meeting/Dream Awards volunteer, and MOCA office volunteer – where she became familiar with the internal workings of MOCA.

Nancy’s mother Cathy Morris was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in 2002, at which time Nancy became involved with MOCA.   Nancy’s mother was so impressed with MOCA that she helped initiate and run an ovarian cancer support group in Washington State until her death in 2014.

Nancy hopes to help further MOCA’s mission of creating ovarian cancer awareness, support, education, and advancing research to find a cure.

Her  volunteer experience includes:  Edina High School Event Committee Chair,  EHS Parent Council Directory Co-Chair, Courage Center  Multiple Sclerosis volunteer,  and Washington State non-profit Ovarian Cancer Together (OCT) Advisor.

She attended Washington State University and is a flight attendant with Delta Airlines.  She and her husband Scott have 3 boys and live in Edina, Minn.

 

John Wetzel

John Wetzel

John Wetzel joined the MOCA board in May 2015. His involvement with ovarian cancer began when his beloved wife Joy received a Stage IV diagnosis in January 2001. Throughout her recurrences and treatment at the Mayo Clinic, they became aware of and enamored with MOCA and volunteered in a number of areas, including several years as co-chairs of the day-of-registration for HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer. Joy served on the MOCA board for many years and served as a mentor to newly-diagnosed women and their families.

John accompanied Joy when she made presentations to medical schools and out-state clinics to present on the symptoms of ovarian cancer. They regularly attended cancer-focused events at the Mayo Clinic representing MOCA and MOCA education sessions, galas and board socials. They also attended three meetings of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. Joy succumbed to the disease on November 6, 2014.

An Industrial/Organizational Psychologist, John was educated at St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto and at the University of Minnesota. He has had leadership roles at IDS Financial Services (now Ameriprise Financial) and Right Management (a global HR consulting firm). He “encored” from Right in August 2013 and has volunteered (on almost a full-time basis) since then as a Career Counselor in the College of Liberal Arts Career Services area at the University of Minnesota.

John has served in leadership/board roles with the Minneapolis Aquatennial Association, Senior Resources (now a part of Volunteers of America / Minnesota), the Minnesota Career Management Association and the Minneapolis Job Support Workshop. He enjoys travel, time with family and giving back to the community.

Marcia Trevarthen

Marcia Trevarthen

Marcia was diagnosed with Stage II ovarian cancer and Stage I uterine cancer in June 2013. She completed 6 rounds of chemo in November 2013. After her surgery, while searching for information about ovarian cancer, she discovered the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance. During her first visit to the office, she was greeted with such support and kindness that even though she was anxious about chemo, she decided to sign up and attend the MOCA Mid Summer Night’s Gala the day before her first chemo appointment!

Throughout her treatment Marcia actively participated in a number of MOCA events including R.I.S.E. meetings, running and raising money at the annual HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer event, the Athleta Unleash the She race and Spin it Teal. She has completely embraced MOCA and its mission.

Joining the board in May 2014 was an exciting next step for Marcia as she wants to help spread the word about ovarian cancer symptoms and help women feel that their concerns are important and need to be heard by their doctors.

Marcia graduated from Michigan State University in Packaging Engineering and has worked at General Mills her entire career in the engineering, R&D and quality departments. She lives in Plymouth with her husband Don. Don and their daughter Sarah have been her biggest supporters and cheerleaders and are absolutely thrilled that that she found MOCA.

Sandy Tollefson

Sandy Tollefson

Sandra (Sandy) Tollefson was diagnosed with Stage 1C ovarian cancer in 1999, before MOCA was founded, and was unable to locate a good source of support at that time of her diagnosis.

Now, as a 15-year ovarian cancer survivor and MOCA board member, she sees her association with MOCA as both a personally and professionally rewarding opportunity and looks forward to supporting MOCA’s efforts to raise awareness and find an early diagnostic test for ovarian cancer.

In May 2016, Sandy was elected Secretary of the MOCA Board of Directors. She also serves as a committee member on the Black, White & Teal Gala committee.

Sandy is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire with a degree in journalism. She has spent most of her career in healthcare marketing and advertising both in hospitals and in agencies. For 17 years she ran her own business, Health Care Communications and most recently was the Director of Creative Network at StoneArch. Currently, she is a marketing and creative consultant for health care companies and agencies.

She and her husband Doug, live in Lakeland, Minnesota. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, reading and enjoying family and friends at their cabin in Amery, Wisconsin.

Mary Pat Oslund

Mary Pat Oslund

Mary Pat Olsund is the MOCA Board of Directors President. Mary Pat was diagnosed with Stage IC cancer in May 2005 at the age of 42. One year after completing chemotherapy she decided to celebrate her one-year anniversary by participating in MOCA’s annual Silent No More Walk/Run.

After experiencing the Silent No More Walk/Run and the wonderful volunteers of MOCA she knew she wanted to be a part of such a great organization. She joined the MOCA board of directors and has been a co-chair for HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer since 2011. Mary Pat learned that she was very lucky to be diagnosed at such an early stage and cares deeply about spreading awareness about the symptoms and educating others. She believes that the diagnosis of ovarian cancer should not be left up to luck.

Mary Pat and her husband David live in South Minneapolis with their three children. Mary Pat has a B.A. from the University of St. Thomas and is a project manager for U.S. Bank. Her hobbies include running, golf and tennis. She enjoys spending her free time with her family and friends.

Susan Kushner

Susan Kushner

An ovarian cancer survivor since 1997, Susan Kushner is one of MOCA’s founding members and was treasurer for the first three years of MOCA’s existence.  In May 2015, she transitioned to Honorary Board Member. Susan and her husband Barry have been the co-chairs of the Molly Cade Scramble for Ovarian Cancer since its inception, having brought the annual fundraising event to MOCA through their friendship with Michael Patterson of King Solutions, the tournament’s primary sponsor.

Susan’s story illustrates why MOCA’s work – especially our awareness efforts and medical education programming – is so important. When diagnosed in 1997 with Stage 3C, Grade 3 ovarian cancer, there was no MOCA.  Susan’s obstetrician/gynecologist did her surgery, as Susan wasn’t aware of the importance of a gynecologic oncologist.  Her main reason for being active in MOCA is to get the word out about gynecologic oncologists and also to help drive on progress that will one day bring about an early detection test.

As an active volunteer, Susan also serves on the board of directors of the Sisterhood of Temple of Aaron and on the board of the Midwest branch of Hadassah, the women’s Zionist organization of America.

Susan is thankful for her wonderful husband Barry, her children and her friends for all their love and support through this journey.

Meghan Hansen

Meghan Hansen

Meghan Hansen joined the MOCA board of directors in May 2013. She has previously served as Secretary of the Board and was named Vice President of the MOCA Board of Directors in May 2017.

Meghan has a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School and is an attorney in the business litigation group of Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly, LLP. She lives in Richfield with her husband Dennis, where they enjoy cooking, boating, and playing with their three dogs.

In 2000, Meghan lost her mother, Jane Anzelc, to ovarian cancer.  Personally contributing to the effort to make MOCA’s support and resources available to other women and their families and to advance ovarian cancer research is meaningful and gratifying to Meghan.

David Gehant

David Gehant

David Gehant joined the MOCA board in May 2014, after being a dedicated volunteer as a committee head for the HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer event since 2011. He was inspired to serve after recognizing the positive impact MOCA had on his sister-in-law when she was seeking support as a survivor, and in honor of his aunt who is fighting the disease right now.

He understands the sense of urgency in MOCA’s mission and is committed to the goals of providing support for those affected, raising awareness, and supporting research that could introduce early detection strategies and improve treatment options.

David, who has a B.A. in Cell Biology and Human Anatomy from Concordia College and an M.B.A from Hamline University, is a Senior Manager in Service Delivery at Symantec. In addition to appreciating the daily rewards of raising two kids with his wife, Kimberly, David enjoys playing/coaching hockey, traveling, and spending time at the lake with family. David resides in Bloomington, Minn.

Ellen Kleinbaum

Ellen Kleinbaum

Ellen Kleinbaum was elected to the MOCA Board of Directors in May 2014. She serves as MOCA’s Board Treasurer. A long-term survivor of ovarian cancer, she was diagnosed with Stage 3III ovarian cancer in July of 1991 and recurred in 1993 and 1994. She was also diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. In light of this history she underwent genetic counseling and testing and discovered that she is positive for the BRCA2 genetic mutation. This knowledge has changed her life and those of her family.

Ellen’s passion is volunteering with MOCA’s Survivors Teaching Students (STS) program, and she has spoken to many groups of medical students, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. She speaks of her story and the importance of genetic counseling when there is a family history. She believes it is a way of giving back to the wonderful people who helped her through many difficult times.

She is honored to be returning as a part of the MOCA Board of Directors for a second round on the Board and understands the importance of MOCA to those diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Ellen resides in Plymouth and works at the Minneapolis Jewish Federation in finance and human resources. She is a graduate of Metro State University with a Bachelor’s of Arts in accounting. She is blessed with 3 children and 4 grandchildren living in the Twin Cities. Ellen enjoys every minute she has with them.

Linda Linder

Linda Linder

 

Linda Linder is a Registered Nurse with over thirty years experience. Linda has a Bachelors of Arts in Nursing from the College of Saint Scholastica, with a previous certification in Informatics. A MOCA Board Member since 2011, she served for two years as MOCA Board President from 2015-2017. She has also served also co-chair of MOCA’s Black, White & Teal Gala.

Linda is a two time cancer survivor. Ovarian cancer first touched her life in 2004 when she was diagnosed with this disease in the Emergency Department of the hospital where she was employed.

Linda has been published and has lectured on various nursing topics and is now employed as a nurse clinician at the University of Minnesota-Fairview.

Linda enjoys an active life of travel, reading, cooking and entertaining. She resides in Victoria with her husband Jim.

 

Medical Advisory Committee

Jamie N. Bakkum-Gamez, M.D.

Gynecologic Oncologist

Mayo Clinic

Matthew Block, MD, PhD

Gynecologic Oncologist

Mayo Clinic

William A. Cliby, M.D.

Gynecologic Oncologist

Mayo Clinic

Colleen Evans, D.O.

Gynecologic Oncologist

Essentia Health

Sean Dowdy, M.D.

Gynecologic Oncologist

Mayo Clinic

Gretchen Glaser, MD

Gynecologic Oncologist

Mayo Clinic

Amanika Kumar, MD

Gynecologic Oncologist

Mayo Clinic

Carrie Langstraat, MD

Gynecologic Oncologist

Mayo Clinic

Andrea Mariani, MD

Gynecologic Oncologist

Mayo Clinic

Christopher Pennell, PhD

Assistant Director, Education and Community Engagement

Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

Andrea Wahner, MD

Gynecologic Oncologist

Mayo Clinic

John Weroha, MD, PhD

Gynecologic Oncologist

Mayo Clinic