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 3 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 return 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.