Us TOO Names New Board Officers, Another Member for 2011  
At their December 4, 2010 meeting, the Us TOO International Board of Directors elected new officers for the coming year, and approved another new Board member. Continuing their service are Executive Committee members Fred Mills of San Antonio, TX, re-elected Chairman of the Board for the third year, Kay Lowmaster, MSW, LCSW, of Pittsburgh, PA, serving year two as Vice-Chair, and David Houchens, PhD, of Columbus, OH, also serving a second year as Treasurer. Ridge Taylor of Lake Oswego, OR, was elected Secretary, previously serving on the Executive Committee as Assistant Secretary/Treasurer last year. 

Howard Kaczmarek, New Director
Howard Kaczmarek of Rainier, OR, was appointed to serve a 3-year term beginning January 1, 2011. Mr. Kaczmarek is a prostate cancer survivor and advocate. Diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2001, he underwent a radical prostatectomy followed by several years of hormonal treatment, during which his PSA remained undetectable. He has been on a Lupron break since August 2009.

Kaczmarek is currently active in the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) Prostate Cancer Support Group, and the OHSU Prostate Cancer Program Advocacy Group. He serves on the Pacific Northwest Prostate Cancer SPORE in Seattle, Washington, and is a Consumer Reviewer for the Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program. He has participated in several OHSU clinical studies regarding patients with prostate cancer, and in various Portland area fundraisers for prostate cancer education and research.

He is a retired quality assurance / electrical engineer with extensive experience in the field of building and operating nuclear powered, electrical generating stations, and the construction of nuclear waste treatment facilities.

Born and raised in the Chicago area, Howard has spent the last 20 years in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Howard has been happily married to Karin for 46 years, has two grown daughters and one grandson, and makes frequent trips back to the Midwest to visit family and friends.

Continuing their service on the Us TOO International Board of Directors are: Jerry Hardy, Detroit, MI; Jean Jeffries, Meridian, ID; David Lubaroff, PhD, Iowa City, IA; Rick Lyke, Charlotte, NC; Jim Rieder, Powell, OH; Dexter C. Rumsey, III, Irvington, VA; Jack Shaff, Portland, OR; and Tom Kirk, President & CEO, Us TOO International, Downers Grove, IL.

The Board bid a fond farewell to two long-serving members, Greg Bielawski of Wheaton, IL, and Carl Frankel of Pittsburgh, PA, recognizing their dedication and exceptional service as they completed their terms on December 31, 2010. Board Chair Fred R. Mills speaks of each:

Carl Frankel, Esq., retires after serving 6 years on Us TOO Board
"Carl Frankel, Pittsburgh, PA, served from January 2005 – December 2010. Carl’s legal background and his knowledge and expertise in legal matters were invaluable to the Board. Carl guided the Board as we were fortunate to receive several bequests in recent years. Carl served as Secretary to the Board and was the Chair of the Membership committee. We wish him the very best and look forward to having him involved in future committee activities." 

Greg Bielawski, retires after serving 8 years on Us TOO Board
"Greg Bielawski, Carol Stream, IL served two years of an unexpired term from May 2003 – December 2004 and two elected terms from January 2005 - December 2010. Greg served as Treasurer and was a great asset to the Board and management because of his residence in the Chicago area. Greg represented Us TOO as co-chair of the organizing committee for the 2009 Chicago SEA Blue run/walk. Greg’s background in city management and budget oversight were especially helpful. We wish him the very best and also look forward to having him involved in future committee activities." 

"We will miss both of these prostate cancer survivors on our Board, but know that they will continue to help us keep the organization focused on our mission of helping men and their families make informed decisions about prostate cancer detection and treatment through support, education and advocacy." 

The Annual Board Meeting dinner on Friday night featured the Bill Blair Memorial lecture by Rabbi Ed Weinsberg on "Not Tonight Dear – Sex after Prostate Cancer," and included recognition of special corporate guests Catherine Bonetti from Accuray, Suzy Geroux from American Medical Systems, Janice King, PhD, from Medivation, and Mildred Kowalski, RN, PhD, from Novartis. Additional corporate representatives were in attendance for the Us TOO Prostate Cancer Business Leadership Council meeting, held prior to the dinner event, featuring a presentation by Jenny Carloss, Manager, Avalere Health, Washington DC, on "An Evolving Healthcare Environment." 

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the 2010 Edward C. Kaps Hope Awards, given to outstanding chapter support group leaders nominated by their peers. Honorees included: Willie Cotton, retired Chapter Leader Us TOO Sierra Vista, AZ; George Melton, Chapter Leader Us TOO Peoria, IL; Henry Plunkett, Chapter Leader Us TOO Texoma, TX; Craig Schmidt, Chapter Leader Us TOO Mather Memorial Hospital, Port Jefferson, NY; Judi Sumoski. Chapter leader Us TOO Lancaster, PA; and Bill Whitmore, Chapter Leader of Us TOO Sunderland and Springfield groups, MA. More information about these tireless volunteers can be found in the January 2011 issue of the Us TOO Chapter NEWS

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