Helen FieldsExecutive Director
Helen Fields started as Executive Director in July of 2014 following a search for support for a family member diagnosed with ovarian cancer. When she discovered the ED position opening, she felt a calling to nonprofit service. It seemed that her background in financial services, sales, telecommunications project management and community service could all be useful. Soon she was managing the operations for this statewide organization, eager to grow and expand its services. Having lost her own mom to breast cancer, Helen had seen how survivor volunteers could give a new patient and her family immediate support and hope for the future. Helen is a South Carolina native, a graduate of Francis Marion University and President of Women’s Ministries at Devenger Road Presbyterian Church. She enjoys the variety in the executive director’s responsibilities, the opportunities to introduce new ideas and working alongside ovarian cancer survivors who inspire her every day!
Anne WoodsBoard Member
Carmen BrothertonBoard President
Alishia LandrumBoard Member
Stephanie Rudisill HenkinBoard Member
Stephanie Henkin has always had a passion for helping others. She became involved with the South Carolina Ovarian Cancer Foundation in 2009 shortly after her Mother lost her eight year battle with ovarian cancer. Stephanie grew up in Hickory, NC and moved to Greer, SC in 2009, where she lives with her husband and six children. Stephanie knew with the history of her mother’s ovarian cancer and her grandmother’s breast and colon cancer that the chances of having a positive BRCA gene were high. With the knowledge and experience she has had with the foundation Stephanie had genetic testing done and luckily she did not test positive for the breast or ovarian cancer gene (BRCA); however, with information from her doctor she was able to guide her sister to be tested where the results showed the gene mutation was present. With this knowledge, her family has been able to get guidance and support, and has developed an even deeper understanding of ovarian cancer and the BRCA gene mutation. Stephanie, along with her sister and family, are currently taking steps to learn as much as possible and exploring preventive care options to ensure long and hopefully breast and ovarian cancer free lives.
Sonya ShepherdBoard Member
Janet HallBoard Member
Janet Hall always had a desire to help others. As a Stage 3C ovarian cancer survivor, she has spent the past 17 years offering support and educating women about ovarian cancer symptoms. She was diagnosed on April 1, 2000, and unfortunately it was not an Aprils fool’s joke. Once she started her treatments it was over 4 months before she met anyone else that had ovarian cancer. Her diagnosis changed her life forever that terrible day in 2000, but it lit a burning passion in her to educate women about this terrible disease and to offer hope and support. Hopefully no woman in South Carolina will have to wait 4 months to meet a cancer survivor that she can relate to.
Janet is originally from Spartanburg but has lived in Florida for the past few years where she was associated with an ovarian cancer group in Orlando. She moved back to Spartanburg at the beginning of 2017, and one of the first things she did was look for an ovarian cancer support group in the area. She was very pleased when she found the South Carolina Ovarian Cancer Foundation. They were a perfect fit and Janet has been involved ever since. Janet has found that there is nothing more rewarding than being able to take some of the fear away from a woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer — sometimes by nothing more than sharing her own story and offering some hope and encouragement. A cancer diagnosis changes your life in so many ways but it truly changed Janet’s for the better. It made her appreciate how rewarding nonprofit work can be and especially how encouraging it is to be able to replace the fear on a newly diagnosed woman’s face with a smile.
Dr. Larry PulsMedical Advisor
Larry Puls is the Medical Director for the Division of Gynecologic Oncology for the Greenville Health System. In 1999, Dr. Puls worked together with two of his patients to start the South Carolina Ovarian Cancer Foundation. The Foundation was initiated for three general purposes. The first pillar was to educate women about the signs and symptoms, as well as the risks for ovarian cancer. The next pillar was to build support for those affected by the disease. It was, and has been, the belief of the Foundation that women should have strong viable partners as they journey down the road of cancer. And finally, the foundation supports efforts towards of research, to perhaps more effectively tackle this dreaded diagnosis.