Katharine has 16 years’ experience as a strategic leader in the nonprofit cancer field. She has served in Brand, Communications, and Marketing leadership roles for several healthcare support organizations and has been integral to their program ideation, relationship development, and oncology outreach. In her patient advocacy work and as a long-term cancer survivor herself, her passion for supporting those with cancer has also included interpreting healthcare, patient support, the patient experience, and the latest in oncology care. Having led award-winning teams, Katharine has been named as a Chief Marketing Officer finalist in the Nashville nonprofit sector. She has long been active serving in the community and beyond as a volunteer and contributor to numerous cancer nonprofit organizations and cancer publications. Katharine has a M.A. in English and has also worked in the professional writing field for 32 years.
Robin is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and Certified Personal Trainer. She has served as Director and Manager of multiple health and wellness facilities, providing services for thousands of people in all facets of their health and lifestyle. Robin has 15 years experience in the Health and Wellness Field as a Health advocate for organizations such as Whole Foods, Lifetime Fitness and the American Heart Association-Go For Red For Women. She is passionate and committed to making a difference in the lives of others. She infuses hope, inspiration, love and transformation to help restore balance and improve health. Robin has many years experience in establishing training, research and nutritional coaching for people with cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Utilizing the latest proven research, Robin provides leadership in developing programs and offers hundreds of individual consultations, corporate wellness talks and classes on exercise and nutrition. Robin is also honored to have served in the United States Marine Corps.
Susan holds a BS in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics. She also holds a 2nd degree in food service management graduating from Tennessee Tech University. She has worked for over 20 years in all aspects of the food business including broker, dealer, sales, manufacturing representation, school nutrition and clinical dietary technician. She serves as a nutritional counselor to various cancer support groups in Middle Tennessee.
Touched personally by family members affected by cancer, Chef Laura was motivated to join the Heimerdinger Foundation to give back to the community. She has over twelve years of experience cooking, teaching, and mentoring teens. She learned to cook in Italy and studied the healing properties of food in Asia. After years of working in cooking schools and restaurants, she started her own organic farm to fork catering company and organic micro farm in Portland, TN.
Bijal Mehta – Volunteer Coordinator
Bijal holds a BS in psychology and began serving the Nashville community as a mental health specialist at the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital. She has 20 years of experience working in the mental health, substance abuse, and domestic violence fields.
She began her role as Volunteer and Situations Manager in the Jean Crowe Advocacy Center (JCAC), which seeks to provide safety and support for victims of domestic violence who are engaging in the criminal or civil court process. In a position of leadership within the agency, she trained and mentored the volunteers and interns, partnered with universities in the area to create internship opportunities that are specific to the needs of each student, and collaborated with individuals and other organizations in the Nashville community for donations.