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About Us

Since 1993, HopeWell has been dedicated to the psychosocial support of people with
cancer... any diagnosis, at any stage . .. in treatment, long-term survivorship, or
facing the end of life. They, their families and friends are invited to join an inclusive
community of people who share the common bond of cancer. Our community spirit,
deep values, and comprehensive programs help participants develop their own,
self-determined ways of coping and are conducive to inspiring hope.

Our setting is a warm, inviting farmhouse and contemporary Amish-built barn on over eight acres of meadowland tucked conveniently near the junction of I-695 and I-83 on Falls Road just north of Baltimore City, located next to Meadowood Regional Park and across from Greenspring Station.

Our Mission

To create a community for all people with cancer, their families and friends, that encourages an exchange of

information, the development of a support system, and the presence of hope.

No Charge

At HopeWell there are no barriers, no bureacuracy and no fees. We are here for you without question or  hesitation.

HopeWell does not charge for its programs

because we are a community of care and

support. We are people with cancer, their loved ones, professionals from many fields,

donors and other committed friends all

dedicated to the well-being of HopeWell participants. 

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Independent

HopeWell has been changing people's 

experience of cancer as a non-profit organization since 1993.

We are Baltimore region's premier source of comprehensive psychosocial cancer support that is Independent, free-standing, non-institutional and community-based.

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Community

Each member of HopeWell plays a valueable role and has something unique to offer. We welcome all and come together as equals ensuring that people are not alone in their journey with cancer.

In our community, hope is discovered, redefined and substained. Hope is the heart of HopeWell.

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Administrative Staff

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Veronica Land-Davis, LCSW-C

Executive Director

 

Veronica Land-Davis is the Executive Director of HopeWell Cancer Support. Her visionary, executive leadership coupled with her extensive clinical expertise builds on HopeWell’s three decades as a values-based, one-of-a-kind cancer care community.

vdavis@hopewellcancersupport.org

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Wanda Harrison, MSW

Program Manager

 

Wanda Harrison is a clinical Social Worker who has been in practice for over 30 years and has been associated with HopeWell since 2001.  While she feels her area of expertise is with children and families, she is very comfortable working with adults facing challenging situations.

wharrison@hopewellcancersupport.org

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Gwen Myers

Database Manager

 

​ Gwen Myers has been part of the HopeWell family since 2004, working behind the scenes in various areas.  As Database Manager, she ensures that HopeWell’s database of participants and donors is maintained with quality and integrity.  Gwen’s life has been touched by cancer in many ways personally, and she believes fully in HopeWell’s mission, finding her work full of meaning with much love for the beautiful, inspiring Hopewell community.

gmyers@hopewellcancersupport.org

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Danielle Eichner, ATR-BC, LCPAT, MAAT

Family and Young Adult Program Coordinator, Art Therapist

 

Danielle is a licensed and registered board-certified clinical Art Therapist with over 14 years of experience working with the oncology population.  

deichner@hopewellcancersupport.org

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Terry Weigel

Development Director

 

Terry Weigel joined HopeWell Cancer Support on April 3, 2023, as the Development Director. Terry has 30+ years of experience in fundraising, event planning, and marketing/communications for a variety of non-profit organizations.  Terry specializes in annual giving programs, although she has also raised major gifts and has been awarded grants from foundations.

tweigel@hopewellcancersupport.org

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Jeremy Roman

Administrative Coordinator

 

Jeremy Roman is the son of two members of the United States Air Force who was born overseas and has lived in several countries and states. Because of this, he was exposed to people of diverse backgrounds, languages, and cultures. He has always been outgoing and is often described as a “people person”.

jroman@hopewellcancersupport.org

Board

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Gaetane Delva- Brunson, RN, MSN

Gaetane Delva-Brunson has been with Care First BlueShield/Blue Cross for over a decade and is a manager with the Clinical Appeals /Health Services unit. Gaetane brings over 30 years of medical experience as a nurse working in multiple clinical settings to HopeWell. She serves on the development committee.

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James Jones

James Jones makes vision a reality through sound administration, analytics, implementation, and financial operations. As the chair of the finance committee and treasurer of the Board, James brings HopeWell his strong background in strategic thinking, financial data, administrative governance, and compliance. 

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Lori M. Reitenauer

Lori Reitenauer is Senior Vice President and a Senior Fiduciary Manager at PNC Bank in Baltimore. She brings to Hopewell her years of experience in estate and financial planning. She currently serves as the Chair of the Governance Committee. 

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Ian Slepian, M.D.

Ian Slepian is a board-certified internist who has practiced in several medical groups in the greater Baltimore area since 1986. He joined the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group at the Kaiser Permanente South Baltimore County Medical Center until his retirement in 2018. Ian brings his strong background in medicine and patient-focused care to HopeWell. He serves on the governance committee.

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Scott Walton, PhD 

Dr. Scott Walton is the co-founder of the Cooper Consultant Group LLC based out of Harford County, Maryland. His background as a college instructor, business owner, consultant, and trainer allows him to bring a dynamic approach and wide perspective to our board. He serves and leads the Development committee.

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Donna Clare

Donna Clare has over 30 years of experience as a professional fundraiser and has worked in education, social services, and medicine. Now, at Johns Hopkins University, Donna has been a director of development in medicine for more than a dozen years. Donna is currently the elected chair of the board and serves on several committees. In addition to her extensive development and fundraising expertise, she brings to HopeWell her experience as a cancer survivor. 

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Elise Ziv

Elise Ziv has been a participant and volunteer at HopeWell Cancer Support since 2007, when her husband was diagnosed with brain cancer. Her background in Human Resources, Benefits Administration, and Communications has benefited the Board for many years, and she now serves on the Governance Committee. 

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Emily Fusting

Emily Fusting is a corporate law and public finance attorney and a partner at the Baltimore-based law firm McKennon Shelton & Henn LLP. She brings to HopeWell her years of experience assisting non-profits and businesses with day-to-day needs and corporate governance. She currently serves on the Governance Committee. 

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Paula Silverman

Paula Silverman is an inspiring advocate, educator, and liaison who has built a career devoted to supporting and assisting cancer survivors. She was a patient navigator and community organizer at Johns Hopkins Kelly Gynecologic Oncology Service from 2017 to 2021. Paula brings to HopeWell her professional and personal background in cancer-focused advocacy and project management. She serves on the development and finance committees.

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Dr. Stephanie Wellington

Dr. Stephanie L. Wethington is a board-certified Gynecologic Oncologist. An accomplished academic clinician, she has authored or co-authored more than fifty peer-reviewed articles. Stephanie brings her expertise in cancer survivorship, health equity, and clinical quality improvement to the Board. She currently serves on the Governance Committee. 

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Donna Costa, MA, MHS

For over 20 years, Donna Costa has focused on oncology program development, project coordination, and disparities outreach. She has served on local and nationwide committees focusing on health initiatives. Donna brings her strong background in community outreach and organization to HopeWell. Hopewell has been a guiding presence in Donna's professional life since 1995 and has served as a board member since 2020. She serves on the development committee.

Facilitators & Instructors

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Tambra Chisolm, LCSW-C

Tambra Chisolm, LCSW-C, holds a Master of Social Work degree from Hunter College, New York and a Master of Arts in Spiritual and Pastoral Care from Loyola University, Maryland.

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Pia DiSciullo May, LCSW-C
Part-time Group Facilitator

​Pia is a Clinical Social Worker and Board Approved Supervisor, and has been working with children and families for over 30 years. She began facilitating groups at HopeWell in 1999.

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Susan Glore, LCPC

Susan has over 30 years of experience providing adolescent and adult psychotherapy at McDaniel College, Rape Crisis Intervention Services of Carroll County, and in private practice.

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Penny Graf, LCSW-C

MSW, University of Maryland School of Social Work MA, University of Baltimore; BS, University of Maryland I previously worked in a hospital oncology unit and an outpatient cancer center.

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Becky Halagarda, MSW, CCLS, CTRS

I have 18 years of experience working as a certified child life specialist in a hospital with children, who have blood disorders and cancer, and their families.

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Megan Hearron, LCSW-C

Megan Hearron is a clinical social worker who has facilitated groups at HopeWell since the spring of 2021. She has facilitated the brain cancer support group and caregivers support groups.

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Stacee Johnson, RYT

Stacee Johnson has been practicing yoga since 1999. Through the Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts, Stacee completed both her 500-hour certification and prenatal yoga training.

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Evangeline “Jamila” Keita, MA.

I always knew I would have a “retirement job,” so in 2014, my love of yoga led me to Professional Yoga Teacher training, (YT200) with Yoga 4 Life at Anne Arundel CoCC.

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Jeanette McTegart, RYT

Jeanette is a yoga teacher with 5+ years of teaching experience.  Her slower-paced classes move students through a flowing sequence that focuses on warming up the body…gaining strength, balance, resiliency and flexibility while accepting ourselves where we are with love and compassion.

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Anita Menzter, LCSW-C

Anita Mentzer, LCSW-C has been a social worker for 38 years. She has experience providing general social services, medical social work, & working with individuals & families  living with life altering illnesses.

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Nancy Mulherin RN, OCN, MSN

A diagnosis of breast cancer introduced me to Hopewell in 1995.  In 1996, I became part of the team as a facilitator for the Breast Cancer Support Group.  In addition, I am a certified oncology nurse and also have a Master Degree in Nursing Education.

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Kelley Shannon, LCSW-C

Kelley has been working as a clinical social worker since 1997.  Her experience includes working in hospice, in long term care settings, and on dementia units.

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Michele Tsonis, CFI, CMT

Mind-Body Facilitator Certified Massage Therapist, QiGong Instructor As a lifelong teacher and fitness professional, I truly believe in helping others through movement and wellness  practices.

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Donna Yaffe, Ph.D.

Dr. Yaffe has been a licensed psychologist and a behavioral medicine/health psychology specialist for 25 years.

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