Sustain Inspire Survive (SIS) is committed to improving the quality of life of patients facing a breast cancer diagnosis.
Board of Directors
Profession: Financial Planner
Why I support SIS: Ken is no stranger to giving back. In addition to lending his financial expertise to SIS in the board officer position of treasurer, he is also involved with other organizations in the community, including one organization dedicated to restoring dilapidated houses into livable homes for families in need. He serves on the board of directors of the local Financial Planning Association. At home, he loves spending time with his wife and family – for they are his most important investment.
Why I Support SIS: Mark Gunther joined the board in 2011 after recognizing SIS’s commitment to the local community and the direct and dramatic impact its grants have on so many people with nowhere else to turn. He was particularly impressed with SIS’s simple yet effective philosophy. Mark is a practicing attorney and lifelong Rochester resident. When he isn’t working, Mark enjoys physical fitness, traveling and fishing.
Dr. Marilyn Ling
Profession: Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Rochester, and practices at Pluta Cancer Center.
Why I Support SIS: She is known for being actively involved in finding the best treatment modalities and lifestyle modifications to help breast cancer patients cope with their situations, emerge from treatment as successfully as possible, and live their lives with a lessened threat of cancer recurrence. Dr. Ling has given numerous presentations at local educational and fundraising events, and has been featured in the Democrat & Chronicle and Rochester Woman Magazine. She has been a Board Member of SIS since its inception. She resides in Pittsford with her husband Dr. Leway Chen, a cardiologist, and their three children.
Profession: Chief Medical Information Officer, IT in Practice Consulting and Pediatrician
Why I support SIS: I support SIS because I have witnessed first-hand how a medical diagnosis can upend people’s lives. SIS can provide much needed financial support so patients and their families can focus on their treatments and getting back to health.
Profession: Human Resources professional at a local university full time.
Why I Support SIS: I have been a volunteer with SIS since 2007, and was appointed to the Board of Directors August 2013, and Secretary in May 2014. I was inspired by my mother, who was a tireless volunteer for her children’s activities, and lost her own battle with cancer at age 59. I have a passion for fundraising, event organization and writing. My ultimate goal is to have SIS be a topic of conversation somewhere in the counties it serves 365 days a year, and to help coordinate fundraising so that no application for assistance is ever turned away. Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Lizanne is a one of those passionate sports fan with allegiances to the Eagles, Flyers, and 76ers, as well as the Bills and Sabres.
Tracey was introduced to SIS through the SIS Paddle Tournament. As a breast cancer survivor, she was seeking opportunities to give back and support women on their personal journeys confronted by this diagnosis. She is grateful to be part of an organization with the mission of providing financial support to women enduring breast cancer. Tracey joined the board in the summer of 2016 and is truly looking forward to dedicating her time and energy to such a positive organization that provides support to help diminish additional burdens during a time when a focus needs to be maintained on one’s health.
Tracey is employed at Monroe Community College as a counselor in Student Services. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons.