Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition Announces New Executive Director to Lead Agency
Beth Krallis, Communications Director
Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Inc.
302-778-1102 ext. 1014
WILMINGTON, DE (November 29, 2016) – The Board of Trustees of the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) is pleased to announce that Eileen Filliben Edmunds, JD/MBA, will become the new Executive Director of the statewide nonprofit organization. Ms. Edmunds, a two-time breast cancer survivor and a former volunteer and board member of the Coalition, is eager to start her new role in January 2017.
Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition is Delaware’s only nonprofit organization solely focused on breast health issues. It provides outreach, support services, and education to women and men throughout the state and in the neighboring areas in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey. In addition, with the latest in digital imaging equipment, DBCC’s mobile health screening van provides mobile mammography services to low income, uninsured women in Delaware. DBCC programs have been developed and implemented to meet the unique needs of diverse populations including young women with breast cancer, African-American women, Latinas, lesbians, and women with disabilities. DBCC has conducted educational sessions for the general public through corporate and community organizations to train women to become advocates for their own breast health. In addition, DBCC has referred thousands of adults for free or low-cost cancer screenings and has removed barriers to cancer screenings and treatment by providing interpretation, transportation, and mammography services.
Eileen, a native of Wilmington, Delaware, attended St. Mary Magdalen grade school and Archmere Academy high school. She was awarded a Jefferson Scholarship, a full four-year merit scholarship, to attend the University of Virginia as an undergraduate. After receiving her JD/MBA from the University of Virginia, Eileen started her legal career in corporate governance, commercial litigation and labor and employment law at Willie Farr & Gallagher in New York City before moving back home to Wilmington and practicing at Potter, Anderson & Corroon. A published author and featured speaker, Eileen is currently a principal of ModernThink LLC, a human resources and organizational development consulting firm that, among other things, researches and sponsors the Great Colleges to Work For® Program.
As a two-time breast cancer survivor who was first diagnosed at the age of 31, Eileen has unique insight into the challenges many survivors face and is creating a film based on her experiences. After her second diagnosis in 2008, she had a double mastectomy. Unfortunately, following multiple complications, her reconstruction failed on the left side. Eileen lived for over six and a half years with no left breast resorting to breast forms and specially made bras and bathing suits. In 2015, she chose to pursue a DIEP flap reconstruction. Hoping to demystify the experience for other survivors and their caregivers, she decided to make an educational film about her surgery as well as other post-mastectomy options – including no reconstruction at all. The film’s aims are to empower survivors to better understand their options, ask probing questions and make more informed decisions.
Active in her community, Eileen is a former Trustee of both the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition and the University of Virginia’s Alumni Association Board of Managers. She is currently a Visiting Lecturer at the Darden School of Graduate Business Education. Eileen also coaches one of St. Maximillian Kolbe’s girls CYO volleyball teams and serves on the University of Virginia’s Regional Selection Committee for the Jefferson Scholars Program. She has been awarded a Susan G. Komen Award for her cancer advocacy efforts. Eileen lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania with her husband Nathan, her son Austin, and her daughter Kelly. Her step‐daughter Carson lives and works in Alabama.
The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition’s current Executive Director Vicky Cooke will retire effective January 2017. In 2000, Vicky was hired as DBCC’s first Executive Director and has expanded the agency from an all-volunteer organization to a vibrant statewide nonprofit developing programs and services that address the breast health needs of women and men in Delaware and the tristate region. Her career has encompassed over 48 years of nonprofit management and program development experience. She is also a two time breast cancer survivor. Vicky is the mother of three grown daughters and has nine grandchildren.
The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition is a 501(c)(3) organization offering statewide programs and services of education, outreach, and early detection and treatment of breast cancer. Its mission is to create a community where every person diagnosed with breast cancer is a survivor, and fear and doubt are replaced with knowledge and hope.
Headquartered in Wilmington with offices in Sussex and Kent Counties, DBCC’s programs reach diverse communities to deliver messages that address their unique concerns about breast cancer and early detection. Recognizing the barriers of language, culture, and economics, DBCC trains community advocates to educate and encourage women to take responsibility for their own breast health. DBCC helps women with low incomes or those with little or no insurance to receive free or reduced-cost care.
DBCC also supports the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s advocacy efforts to end breast cancer. All funds raised for DBCC stay local to support programs in Delaware and the neighboring areas in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey.
For more information about the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, call 866-312-DBCC (3222) or visit the website at http://www.debreastcancer.org.