Board Members

Ana Vega

Former Coordinator of the Health Services Station;
The Consulate of Mexico

Ana was born in Chihuahua, Mexico. She has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology by Universidad Anahuac in Mexico City. She coordinated the Ventanilla de Salud and Mobile Health Program at the Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago for four years. In 2011, Ana received the Hispanic Heritage Hero Award from American Airlines and the Chicago Fire Soccer Club, this award recognizes eleven Hispanics heroes who contribute to the well being of the local Hispanic community.
Ana is pursuing her Masters Degree in School Counseling at The University of Texas at El Paso.

Judy Guitelman

Executive Director/Founder, ALAS-WINGS

Founder and Executive Director of Asociación Latina de Asistencia y Prevención del Cáncer de Mama (ALAS-Wings) is originally from Argentina. Bicultural and fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and English.  Judy is a breast cancer survivor. Her true passion is affording Latina women with breast cancer health resources, survivorship programs and improving their chances for longevity as well as enhancing their quality of life. Judy’s joy is her two adult daughters.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer, Judy a speech therapist by training and Spanish language educator, reached out to other Latinas diagnosed with breast cancer and the Latino community by volunteering with Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization (formerly Breast Cancer Network of Strength™). She continued at Y-ME as the Latino Outreach Coordinator from 2007 to 2010. Judy’s mission was to provide breast health awareness programs to underserved Hispanic/Latina women with the objective of detecting cancer as early as possible. Judy provided cancer patients, survivors and their care-givers with access to mammograms, educational and support programs in Spanish.  Mastectomy bras, prostheses and wigs were given at no cost for those who could not otherwise afford them.

Judy founded ALAS-Wings in 2011 as a non-profit organization with a mission to provide underserved Latinas diagnosed with breast cancer with support, education, and innovative programs designed to provide a broad platform of support and quality of life improvements. One of ALAS-Wings’ most innovative programs is “ALAS on Wheels-The Mobile Salon™” This program enhances self-esteem and physical appearance by providing bras, prostheses, wigs to the uninsured/underserved in the Latino community. Helping a woman feel good about herself after a lumpectomy or mastectomy, and the loss of hair are important components of treating the whole person. ALAS-Wings provides this program in partnership with several hospitals and organizations throughout the Chicagoland area.

Judy Guitelman’s desire for creating awareness and opportunities for more resources within the Latino community has led her to be involved in research.  Judy is the community co-principal investigator of Breast Cancer Disparities in the Hispanic/Latina Community in Chicago. Working in partnership with Judith Abramson, MD, the academic co-PI at Northwestern University and funded by the Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) a component of the Community-Engaged Research Center (CERC) at Northwestern University’s Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATS) Institute.  Judy is a consultant in partnership with the MAESTRA study, Managing Adverse Events and Symptoms with novel Technologies and Real-time Assessment of the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. The study seeks ways in which survivors can be supported using information technology and related supportive tools and devices. Judy is a consultant in partnership with the ESTOY LISTA study, Eliminating Stress, Tension & Overweight thru Yoga & Lifestyle Interventions – Survivors Taking Action, in partnership with the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine (OCIM) at Northwestern University. The benefits of yoga specific to breast cancer survivors will be measured through evaluations, biomarker assessments and blood pressure/BMI measurements.

Media Participation

Judy Guitelman is an advocate of Latinas faced with a breast cancer diagnoses and has been featured in “La Raza”, “Hoy”, “Selecciones”, “Saludify.com” and has appeared on Telemundo Chicago, Univision Chicago, Vida Mujer, CAN TV, Univision Radio, Radio Cosmos, La Ley Radio.

Awards and Recognition

  • -In October 2014, Ms. Guitelman received the Government’s Latino Heritage Award for “Excellence in Public Health Outreach” granted by The Illinois Department of Public Health and Governor Pat Quinn. She was nominated for this award by her peers from Logan Square Neighborhood Association
  • -In April 2016, Ms. Guitelman received the ARCC 2016 Community-Engaged Research Partnership Award in recognition of their “Exemplary Research Approach and Impact on the Health of Chicagoland”.

 

Mariana M. Arroyo

Breast Health and Community Health Outreach Coordinator; Cancer Care Center, Rush-Copley Medical Center, Aurora, IL

 

Nilda Garcia RN

CLC, CEIM, CPMT, Faith Community Nurse-Healthy Step Specialist, Chicago

 

Pattie Cagney Sheehan

Owner; Second Act Cancer Recovery Boutique, Chicago

Pattie Cagney Sheehan’s parents both died of cancer. In 2008 she left a 25 year career in marketing/advertising to open Second Act, a cancer recovery boutique accredited by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics.

A BOC Certified Mastectomy Fitter, Pattie belongs to the American Association of Breast Care Professionals and is one of only a handful of individuals in the Midwest trained to fit Radiant Impressions Custom Breast Prostheses. She is also trained to fit compression bras and sleeves to assist in the treatment of lymphedema, and fits wigs for patient experiencing chemotherapy induced alopecia.

A thought leader in post-cancer surgery aftercare, Pattie has produced Completing the Circle of Care, a video that explains how to navigate the post breast surgery process and highlights the items available to make that journey easier. She has appeared on numerous broadcasts, podcasts and radio shows including NBC-5 and CBS-2 Chicago, as well as contributing editorial to the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Today’s Chicago Woman magazine and Cancer Fighters Thrive, the official publication of Cancer Treatment Centers of America. She has also been featured on the Campaign for Better Health Care website, the Chicagoland Chamber and US Chamber of Commerce websites.

Pattie and Second Act also give back through a variety of non-profit activities including as a sponsor of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure; a partner in A Silver Lining Foundation's Chicagoland Cancer Information Coalition (CCIC) and an honorary chair of their 2011 Gala; a board member of ALAS, Asociación Latina de Asistencia y Prevención del Cáncer de Mama (Latina Association for Breast Cancer); and as a volunteer mastectomy fitter for ALAS and the ACS Stroger Hospital programs for uninsured breast cancer survivors.

As a business professional, Pattie has been a panelist and moderator discussing entrepreneurship at the Illinois Women's Diversity Conference 2010 and 2011, Business Network Chicago and the American Business Women's Association (ABWA). She won the 2010 City Of Chicago "Elevator Speech" contest and has been a panelist at the City of Chicago Small Business Expo. She also shared her words of wisdom to her "scrappy 20-year- old self" about career and life in the e-book "Words of Wisdom from Kick-Ass Women". 

Second Act was named New Venture of the Year for 2009 by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Chicago and a 2010 Small Business Blue Ribbon winner by the US Chamber of Commerce. In 2013, Second Act was included in the inaugural class of the City’s World Business Chicago, small business SEED program.

Sandra Arellano

Coordinator of Network Development for Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

Sandra Arellano is the Coordinator of Network Development for Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, she joined Advocate Healthcare in 2005 – present. Her responsibilities include the community outreach efforts of Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for their primary and secondary service areas which include the communities throughout the Northeast, Northwest, West and South of Chicago. Ms. Arellano, works the senior market and coordinates health education, patient navigation and community resources for senior housing and senior centers she also assists families who are need of healthcare resources and/or need an understanding of the affordable healthcare program. Overall, she’s a connector of healthcare and community resources for the areas she serves.

In addition, she has spent 25 years volunteering and serving communities throughout the Northeast side of Chicago in the areas of affordable housing and healthcare. Prior to her transitioning to healthcare community services she worked for Jane Addams Hull House for 17 years managing public housing for the Chicago Housing Authority as Senior Property Manager of Senior Housing and Scattered Site Housing for families.

In 2006 she joined the Board of Directors at Centro Romero an organization that serves the needs of Latino refugees and immigrants on the northeast side of Chicago in the communities of Edgewater, Uptown and Rogers Park and Chicagoland area. In 2011, she was elected Board President and currently still serves as the Board President overseeing an annual budget of $1.3 million and providing services to those with the fewest options which covers over 11,000 families.

In 2003-2007, she served as a board member for the Northside Community Credit Union in the Uptown community area. Under her term she assisted in developing programs and services which included financial literacy, predatory lending education, and 1st time home buyer’s programs and participate in outreach and marketing as well as collaborations with other agencies like Centro Romero, with the New American Loan program.

Ms. Arellano received her A.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences from St. Augustine College, Chicago Campus. She has been recognized by her peers for her dedication and work in the development of programs and participation in councils such as ALAS-Wings a Latina Cancer Support Program at Advocate Illinois Masonic and other organizations throughout Chicago, City of Chicago’s Senior Northeast Provider’s Council, City of Chicago Wellness Task Force for Seniors, CHA Health, Wellness Program for Seniors and Age Options Take Charge of Your Health Program facilitator.