Pushing Pink Elephants
 

Our Board of Directors are volunteers who are passionate and dedicated about our mission. We work together to push beyond cancer awareness, inspiring and empowering healthy lifestyle choices. We take your financial support very seriously and we are dedicated to serving the community and helping others. If you are interested in joining our board or leaning more about our orgnization and the work that we do please contact us at info@pushingpinkelephants.org.   

 

 

Erin Yale

President & Co Founder

Employed at Legg Mason

Vice President - Finance

 

   

Where did you go to school? Wilmington College in New Castel DE.

  

What path led you to working with Pushing Pink Elephants? After my Breast Cancer diagnosis in early 2012 (just before my 31st birthday and 4-months after the birth of my daughter) I realized I needed to do more toward raising awareness beyond the pink ribbon. I wanted to do more then just raise money walking in the Breast Cancer races, I wanted to really contribute to the community. We are bombarded with pink passion, and it has done wonderful things to bring breast cancer to light and has opened doors for many women affected by Breast Cancer. The pink has done its job, awareness is everywhere and women feel empowered to take control of their health. It has given us the voice we desperately needed years ago when Breast Cancer was whispered in hushed tones. But at the same token, we need to do more. Women are still being diagnosed and continue to face mastatic cancers, many missed during a mammogram. 
  
How is serving on the Board of Pushing Pink Elephants helping you to achieve your personal goals? Sharing tools and resources with my community is something I feel strongly about. I cannot possess the knowledge I have learned without sharing it with others. Being involved in this organization will keep me focused on my own health and at the same time help others become more proactive and less reactive. I truly hope though my story and the story of other strong individuals we will be able to connect with the community in and around Baltimore and empower everyone to embrace change the best possible ways possible.  I want my daughter to grow up and make smart and educated decisions related to her health and hopefully though the changes I make she will be able to sift through the unhealthy aspects of life and choose the healthy alternative.

 

What do you want to accomplish by serving on the Board? The words "empower", "broadly", "differently" and "possibilities" stick out to me. In fact, when we were developing the mission statement for Pushing Pink Elephants three of these words were included (they did not however make the final cut) but I knew I had seen and heard them before and I finally realized it was in the mission of my department at Legg. The mission of the finance department of Legg Mason currently states "you are empowered to think broadly and differently about the possibilities for Finance".  I want to empower the community to think broadly and differently about cancer prevention and the possibility of a healthier future, if not for ourselves for our children.  What changes can we make today that will help the children of our future? I truly hope we can give you the information and tools you need to make this happen.

  

What personal interests are you passionate about? Based on my very wordy answers to some of the questions above, you can clearly see where my passion lies. I am also passionate about my family especially my husband Steve and our daughter Charlotte. Also, learning everything I can about preventing cancers and better understanding the factors that cause them. My health has taken a different meaning and I am passionate about learning everything I can related to healthly lifestyles and how the choices we make affect our overall health.   
  
Where can we find you on a typical weekend? If I am not working on Pushing Pink Elephant stuff, I will be spending time with family/friends. running errands, going to the park, working out and reading. I also love taking vacations where I can recharge my batteries and enjoy relaxation away from the hustle and bustle of real life. 

 

 

 

Emily Riley

Vice President 

Employed at Arrow Child & Family Ministries of MD 

Associate Vice President

 

  

 



Where do you live? Abingdon, MD

 

Where do you work? Arrow Child & Family Ministries of Maryland, a nonprofit child welfare agency that serves to help kids and strengthen families through services such as foster care, special education, and group home care for some of Maryland’s most vulnerable children.       

 

Where did you go to school? Grove City College, Grove City, PA

 

What path led you to working with Pushing Pink Elephants? Many of my loved ones have battled cancer. With life-threatening diagnoses on both sides of my family, I realized that cancer prevention is something I need to take seriously. I thought I was fairly well-educated about cancer prevention and healthy living until my close friend (and Founder of Pushing Pink Elephants) was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. Through Erin, I was exposed to an abundance of information that led me to make important changes in my family’s lifestyle. By seeing the positive impact these changes had on my family’s health in a short amount of time, I’m now passionate about sharing my experiences with healthy living and cancer prevention with others. When Erin, Founder and President of Pushing Pink Elephants, shared her vision with me, I was excited for the opportunity to equip others with the resources that have made a huge impact on my overall health.

 

What excites you most about the work of Pushing Pink Elephants? I value that Pushing Pink Elephants is made up of a group of everyday people whose passion and experiences can make a difference for others. None of us started this journey as experts, but I’m excited to see how our resources will encourage other everyday people, just like us, to make changes, big and small, to improve their health.

  

How is serving on the Board of Pushing Pink Elephants helping you to achieve your personal goals?

I believe that we are each called to live generously and serve others with the time, resources, and talents with which we have been blessed. Pushing Pink Elephants is an opportunity for me to encourage others by sharing resources like those that have greatly impacted me.

  

What do you want to accomplish by serving on the Board? My primary goal for serving with Pushing Pink Elephants is to lead others to resources like the ones that have influenced me so that they are better educated about breast and ovarian health and are encouraged to make positive changes that will have a lasting impact on their overall health.

  

What personal interests are you passionate about? I love to cook! I try new recipes weekly and enjoy searching for new recipes almost as much as I enjoy making them. I also enjoy reading and always have a stack of books on my nightstand covering everything from historical fiction and chick lit to parenting, healthy living, and faith-based reads.

 

Where can we find you on a typical weekend? I love the saying “work hard, play hard.” I work hard during the week so that my family can enjoy the weekend with one another and our friends. We love to grill, watch movies with our neighbors, and crash our friends' pool.

 

 

 

 

 

Lauren Crosse

Secretary  & Treasurer

 

 

 

 



Where do you live? Conowingo, MD

 

Where do you work? I am a former elementary school teacher. I taught 3rd grade for 3 years and 1st grade for 6 years. Now I am a full-time mommy while tutoring a few evenings a week and substitute teaching as often as I can.  

    

Where did you go to school? I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Salisbury University in 2005 and a  Master’s Degree in Instructional Education from Towson University in 2010.

 

What path led you to working with Pushing Pink Elephants? A dear friend of mine (and Founder of Pushing Pink Elephants) was diagnosed with breast cancer at the young age of 31 and was a new mommy at the time.  Through Erin’s research and encouragement, I was introduced to many new lifestyle changes that I wanted to embrace in an effort to be as conscious about my health as possible. Cancer has also touched my life through my grandmother, grandfather, and more recently, my mother.  It has now become my mission to not only be my healthiest self, but to also inspire those in my life to do the same.

 

What excites you most about the work of Pushing Pink Elephants? I am most excited about seeing what the future holds for Pushing Pink Elephants.  I am so excited to be a part of this organization and cannot wait to see where the future takes us!

  

How is serving on the Board of Pushing Pink Elephants helping you to achieve your personal goals?

Helping others has always been important to me. I feel that it is important to give back, and what better way to do so than with a cause I believe so strongly in? I am excited to share all the information I have learned over these few years, and know that even if we reach someone in the smallest way possible, it was all worth it.

  

What do you want to accomplish by serving on the Board? My hope is to reach as many people possible in order to share the mission, goals, and research of Pushing Pink Elephants. I want to help people to be their best self and spread awareness of risk factors for breast and ovarian cancer.

  

What personal interests are you passionate about? Spending time with my husband and son is what I find most enjoyable. I also love to cook, practice yoga, and enjoy the process of turning my newly built house into a home.

 

Where can we find you on a typical weekend? On a typical weekend, I am most likely spending time with family and friends.  Weekends are family time for us where we can create lifelong memories for our son.

 

 

 

 

Graham T. Bauer

Member

Employed at Hayes Financial Advisors

Financial Planner

 

 

 

Where did you go to school? University of Baltimore, Baltimore MD

 

What path led you to working with Pushing Pink Elephants? As a child, my father was diagnosed with bladder cancer. At that young age, in my mind, cancer meant certain death. I watched as my father battled it for many years, eventually removing his bladder all together. Watching him push through the struggles was very inspiring. When I was asked if I was interested in being a part of PPE, I was so excited to be a part of an organization that was helping others push through their battles.

 

What excites you the most about the work of Pushing Pink Elephants? Helping an organization like this grow and prosper as we educate, inform and help others.

 

How is serving on the Board of Pushing Pink Elephants helping you to achieve your personal goals? I really enjoy giving back to others.  This is one way that I can use my time and skills to help. Plus, with my involvement I get to learn and expand my views on healthier eating and healthier lifestyle choices. Surrounding myself with other likeminded people helps to keep me on track.

 

What do you want to accomplish by serving on the Board? My hope is to help grow and expand the amount of people that we can reach, educate and help while I am on the board.

 

What are some of your personal interests? I love spending time with my wife, friends and family. I also really enjoy being outdoors. I spend a lot of time fishing, boating, hunting, camping and hiking.

 

Where can we find you on a typical weekend? As the weather changes you will find me in many places, but most of them include the outdoors. I will either be 60 miles off the coast of Ocean City chasing fish, crabbing on the bay, or deep in the woods somewhere enjoying creation! If I am not doing one of those, I will either be working around the house and yard or at a gathering with friends.

 

 

 

 

Mary Erikson

Member  

 

 

 

 



 

Where do you live? Joppa, MD

    

Where did you go to school? Auburn University Montgomery ( One day I'd like
to return to finish my degree.)

 

What path led you to working with Pushing Pink Elephants? My breast cancer Diagnosis led me to PPE. I was grateful for the support that PPE gave me during my battle with cancer, and I wanted to give back. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in October of 2016, I was the most physically fit I had been in decades. I also ate a healthy diet and juiced daily, I believe that these things helped me get through the chemo treatments and surgery far better than those who had not led a healthy lifestyle prior to their diagnosis.

 

How is serving on the Board of Pushing Pink Elephants helping you to achieve your personal goals?

I believe that God gives us gifts that we should share with others. Through PPE, I hope to be able to use those gifts to provide hope and encouragement to others battling cancer. I also would like to share
the natural cancer treatments I have used such as, mistletoe therapy. I think that Western medicine is far behind Eastern medicine in natural treatments for cancer, I hope that through PPE local patients will learn more about possible alternative treatments..

  

What do you want to accomplish by serving on the Board? I would like to reach out to others who have been diagnosed with cancer. I would like for them to know that they're not alone, and to know that there are so many natural things they can do to help them through their battle with cancer. To let them know that they should get more than one opinion and to become their own advocates. The biggest accomplishment for me, would be to know, that I was able to help someone else through a very difficult time.

  

What personal interests are you passionate about? I am passionate about my faith, my family, my friends, and my health. I love to run, I even get to run with Erin at times! I am passionate about cooking good food, that is also healthy. I love to teach my children about the importance of putting
the right foods into their bodies. I love to travel, prior to kids, I was a Flight Attendant for a major airline which took me all over the world. I also love learning about foreign cultures, and taking a stab at their
languages. I was blessed to have been able to learn Spanish and Swedish at a very young age.

 

Where can we find you on a typical weekend? You will find me spending time with my family. We love hiking, biking, and going to Mariner Point Park. Sundays are all about church and lazy afternoons.

 

 

 

 

 

Suzanne Foppiano

Member

Emoloyeed at Edgewood Chemical Biological Center 

Research/Technical Librarian

 

 

 



 

    

Where did you go to school? University of Richmond, VA (BA-Education); City University of New York (MLS))

 

What path led you to working with Pushing Pink Elephants? After I was diagnosed with Stage 3a breast cancer in October of 2015, a friend told me about PPE and encouraged me to sign up for a PUSH basket. When my basket arrived, filled with both practical and inspirational gifts, it made me feel less alone, and helped get me through my treatments and surgeries. Once I recovered, I very much wanted to give back. 

 

How is serving on the Board of Pushing Pink Elephants helping you to achieve your personal goals?

As a librarian, helping others by acquiring, organizing and disseminating knowledge as always been important to me. PPE allows me to do that for a cause I care deeply about.

  

What do you want to accomplish by serving on the Board?

I want to support cancer prevention, by educating people on what they can do as individuals to reduce their own cancer risk, contribute to reducing cancer causing toxins in the environment, and raise funds for cancer research.  I also want to connect with others who have been recently diagnosed and do whatever I can to help them navigate the often scary, lonely and overwhelming world of cancer.

 

What excites you most about the work of Pushing Pink Elephants? I am excited to be involved in an organization that focuses on cancer prevention, while also providing support to patients and family members fighting the cancer battle.  

  

What personal interests are you passionate about? In addition to my family and friends, I have always been passionate about holistic, healthy living and the connection between mind, body and spirit.  I enjoy investigating, learning and sharing ways to explore and build those connections.  

 

Where can we find you on a typical weekend? On weekends you will find me spending time with family, cooking, attending yoga class, meditating, and time permitting, watching old movies or binge watching a show.

 

 

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Our focus:

Baltimore, MD and the Surrounding Communities  

Pushing Pink Elephants is a

501(c)3 tax exempt organization


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