Staff & Board
Dora Lipper has spent the greater part of her career in non-profit management. As a director in a community center and several children’s museums, Dora has worked to ensure that members and visitors of these organizations had the best possible experience. Helping develop staff and volunteers to grow while expressing the missions of the organizations has been a favorite part of Dora’s work throughout her career. Earlier in her career, Dora was a professional event planner, developing a skill set, which she knows will be an asset to Team Survivor Northwest.
After completing treatment for breast cancer in 2016, Dora was fortunate to learn about TSNW when a friend invited her to the retreat. This fortuitous introduction gave Dora exactly what she was looking for to reclaim herself. Dora joined the 2017 Fundraising Mountain Climb Team, though she’d never hiked much. The support of the team members gave her the confidence to push through as she learned a new sport and set out for new heights. That involvement led to Dora joining the Dragon Boat Team, which cemented her passion for this organization. Her hope is to be able to have as many women as possible experience the recovery of their strength and confidence after cancer.
Dora is married to Rabbi David Lipper and they have three grown children, Benjamin, Miryam and Dena Jo. She reached the pinnacle of parenting when she became a grandmother in 2017 to Hazel Leigh.
I was first introduced to Team Survivor Northwest in 1995, when a woman came into a gym where I worked. She told me about TSNW. Back then, Active Women, Healthy Women was at UW Physical Therapy department and several people would come to the class. I felt very privileged to supervise that class.
I was the Program Director there from 2006 – 2012. I loved everything about that job. My primary role was to keep things going, like planning the retreat and keep programs running and do check in with people, but I also did hikes and run/walks and bike rides. We moved to Spokane in 2012.
I am a certified trainer, 26 years and also have a certification in cancer and exercise.
I am so very happy to be back at Team Survivor Northwest!
Lisa Black - President
Lisa Black is a 7-year cancer survivor. Lisa recently retired from Intel after 17 years working as an engineering manager, program manager and senior operations manager. Prior to that she worked for various software companies delivering commercial software. Lisa has a BA in Anthropology from Wellesley College and a Masters degree from Seattle University in Software Engineering. She is currently immersed in transitioning from ‘for profit’ to nonprofit work. In addition to the TSNW board, she is serving in a one year Encore Fellowship working for Puget Sound Regional Services, a nonprofit that provides care for developmentally disabled adults. She is also on the board for Seattle Club SAKE Dragon Boat Club as treasurer. Lisa joined TSNW as a member in 2010, has served as a volunteer for the Fall Gala for several years, Dragon Boat Captain for two years and is now delighted to be able to continue to support TSNW as Vice President. She believes that joining TSNW is the silver lining in the dark cloud of cancer. She has no children, just 3 cats in Issaquah and her partner Bob Sterzinger.
Lynn Prunhuber - Vice President
Lynn Prunhuber has been a member of Team Survivor Northwest since 2013. She is a breast cancer survivor, a retired attorney, and an avid hiker and gardener. As her sweetheart says, the bad news is that Lynn had breast cancer. The good news is that she has a midweek hiking group that she loves. This group of strong, active cancer-surviving women is an inspiration to Lynn.
The midweek hiking group brought Lynn into Team Survivor Northwest. But then those enthusiastic dragon boaters sang their siren song at the 2014 retreat, and the Mt. Adams fundraiser climb also hooked her.
Lynn credits the medical studies showing that women cancer survivors who exercise have lower recurrence rates, but the real reason she is out there hiking and dragon boating, is that it is fun, and the women she has met through TSNW are amazing.
Lynn joined TSNW’s board early in 2015, became vice president in mid- 2015, and president in January of 2017. She hopes her work with TSNW’s amazing staff and board will help TSNW continue its great work.
Halle Hutchison - Secretary
Vicki Katzman - Treasurer
Kristin moved to Seattle in January 2016 while undergoing chemo for breast cancer. A few months later her social worker at SCCA told her about Team Survivor Northwest. Through Abbe’s guidance she found the Active Women/Healthy Women class at Swedish Cherry Hill and you can find her there on Saturdays. Kristin is continually amazed at how positively exercise contributes to her quality of life and she feels passionately about expanding TSNW’s programming throughout the Seattle region. Kristin joined the Board in Feb. 2018 and she is excited to bring her 15 plus years of marketing and business experience to Team Survivor. When she is not volunteering she is hanging and exploring with her 4 year old daughter.
Medical Advisory Board
- Julie Gralow MD
- Kristine Rinn MD
- Ann McTiernan MD PhD
- Denise Bundow, ARNP
- Sandi Johnson MSW
- Hannah Linden MD
- Kristi Harrington MD PhD
- Mary Heffernan ARNP
- David Zucker MD PhD
- Janice Connolly MD FHM
- Kim Dammann RN
- Patricia Dawson MD
- Lexi Harlow PT
- Katie Fitzmaurice