Meet Our 2019 Honoree & Leading Ladies
Deborah Spector – 2019 Honoree
Deborah doesn’t allow lung cancer or lung disease to stop her from what she loves. She hopes to inspire and help others through education and shared knowledge through her new blog deborahspector.org .
“I thought I was born to be a dancer. I spent hours and hours in the dance studio even while I studied and worked. An untimely accident led me down a different path, but not before I was imprinted with a lot of discipline and an uncanny ability to stretch my days to make everything fit!
While in graduate school I was invited to work on my first nonprofit project. First, I co-wrote a grant for Georgia’s first rape crisis center. Then I was charged with developing and implementing a comprehensive PR plan, that included community outreach.
I was hooked! My subsequent successes were fostered by a number of mentors who guided me on this path.
I soon discovered that my real strengths involved strategic marketing communications planning & implementation and special events. All my work is focused on helping organizations cut through the noise in the marketplace while raising much-needed funds.
In 2017 my life changed forever. I had a cough that came and went. I figured I’d developed allergies. After all, I live in Atlanta, and virtually everyone I know is allergic to something.
Well, I didn’t have allergies. The working theory is that significant exposure to toxic black mold ‘woke up’ something called Bronchiectasis that had been dormant since I was a child.
Fast forward to late November when I had surgery for lung cancer. I am fortunate that it was found early.
The Bronchiectasis, however, decided it likes being awake and plans to stay!
Now my life revolves around growth, increased knowledge and a commitment to being healthy.
I have so much to be thankful for, and no complaints. I get up every day committed to feeling good and trying to do good.”
Vickie Beckler – 2019 Resilience In Healthcare Recipient
Vickie Beckler has dedicated her life work to increasing lung cancer screenings and to change the perception that lung cancer is a smokers disease. She is passionate about educating the community that anyone with lungs is at risk for lung cancer
The resilience in Healthcare Award is a nominated honor in which a healthcare professional that has dedicated their life passion to lung cancer and lung disease is honored. The nominee is a voice and example of what passion, compassion and care exemplify in their field. It is someone who tirelessly works to always put patient care and outcomes as top priority. They are individuals who are always striving for knowledge and opportunities for improved care and drive change and advancement in their field.
Meet Our Leading Ladies
Founder & CEO of The Mauldin Group
Innovator that she is, Bonnie Mauldin quickly realized her true calling was in Digital Marketing and Business Consultation. Bonnie’s passion for Digital Marketing combined with an intuitive talent for rallying clients and a desire for immaculate customer service, lead to her to create one of Atlanta’s premier marketing agencies, The Mauldin Group aka TMG. The mission of TMG is to offer small to mid-sized corporations creative, results-driven, lead generation and branding solutions.
Since its creation, The Mauldin Group has continued to grow, establishing itself as not just a leader in the Atlanta market but as an international company. Bonnie is an Ambassador with the Great North Fulton Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Marketing Advisory Council at Gwinnett Technical College. She is passionate about helping the American Lung Association, because she has several close family members with Asthma, COPD and Bronchitis.
Cara Gilligan, DC
Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine – Corrective Chiropractic Decatur
Dr. Cara Gilligan received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life University in Atlanta, GA. She completed her undergraduate training from Temple University in Elementary and Special Education. While pursuing her chiropractic career, Dr. Cara wanted to implement her knowledge of early childhood education and special needs by focusing on pediatrics, pregnancy and family care.
She is proficient in Webster Technique for expecting mothers and has received advanced training through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). She is currently working towards the completion of all certifications in pediatrics and pregnancy.
Dr. Cara is passionate about fitness and nutrition. For several years she ran a wellness program focusing on strength and conditioning, as well as, proper whole food nutrition. For this reason you will often find her running, hiking or practicing yoga outside of the office.
Dawn Sams is Realtor who is a Multi-Million Dollar Top Producer. She was the winner of the Reader’s Choice Awards for Woodstock Realtor in; 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017. The mission and focus of the American Lung Association is extremely personal to Dawn as she personally has asthma and has lost someone close to her to lung cancer. She now has a second person close to her with stage 4 lung cancer. Had it been caught sooner, maybe it would have had a different outcome.
Dominique Bayard, MD
Dr. Dominique Bayard is a board certified pulmonary and critical care physician. She moved to Atlanta in 2015 to join Northside Hospital Pulmonary and Critical Care of Atlanta after completing her specialty fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Dr. Bayard is a graduate of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and received her undergraduate degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she also later received her Masters’ in Health Care Policy and Management.
Dr. Bayard is passionate about helping patients with lung diseases. As director of the Northside Atlanta pulmonary rehabilitation center, she helps patients with lung disease maximize their exercise capacity in order to live their lives to the fullest. She also devotes a significant part of her practice doing interventional pulmonology to help patients diagnose and stage lung cancer.
In her personal time, Dr Bayard loves to run, do yoga, and most of all, spend time with her family.
Kim was nominated by our 2019 Co-Chairs Audrey Findley and Barbara Rowe
Business Owner – Toni Love’s Training Center LLC
Toni Love is an international platform stylist and educator, holding instructor’s licenses in Cosmetology and Barbering; she is a Certified Instructor and a twice-published author. A graduate of the Hair Design Academy, Toni has taught students in both private and public schools. She currently owns Toni Love’s Training Center L.L.C., located in Atlanta, Georgia.
Her book, Tips To Passing The Cosmetology State Board Exam, can greatly improve the odds of passing the state board exam. She also authored The World of Wigs, Weaves and Extensions, a must-have for all successful stylists using artificial hair. Released December 2001, and published by Milady Publishing, it can be purchased directly from Toni and is available in topnotch bookstores like Books-A-Million, Barnes & Nobles and Border Books as well. Additionally, Toni is a contributing writer for Milady’s Standard Textbook of Cosmetology.
Ms. Love has an extensive background in higher education, which is reflected in her writing and teaching. A graduate of Alabama’s Stillman College, she holds a degree in business administration and management. Toni continued her education by earning a Master’s Degree from the University of West Alabama and went on to obtain additional training as an educational specialist from Alabama A & M University. Toni has also completed the cosmetology instructor’s program at Shelton State Community College.
In addition to these degrees, Toni holds the following credentials and credits:
- Board Certified Professional Cosmetologist
- Board Certified Cosmetology Instructor
- Certified Barber
- Platform Artist
- Educator – Private and Public Sectors
- Author of Wigs, Weaves and Extensions
- Author of Tips to Passing the Cosmetology State Board Exam
As an educator, Toni has traveled extensively to areas such as London, England, where she served as the International Commentator for Hawaiian Silky Products. She has also worked as a platform stylist for Sally’s Beauty Supply and has performed at many major trades shows:
Toni served as the Director for Advanced Programs for Dudley Cosmetology University (DCU), one of the nations most advanced training institutions based in Kernersville, NC. Also, Toni served as the Director of Education for Bronner Brothers, Inc. based in Atlanta, GA. The Bronner company has been in business for over 70 years and is known for the Bronner Brothers International Beauty Show which brings thousands of beauty professionals to Atlanta from around the world.
Marsha Suber, Vice President Oncology Services and Chief Nursing Officer
As Vice President of Oncology Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, Marsha Suber oversees Oncology Clinics, Infusion, Inpatient and Surgery operations, Scheduling, New Patient Experience, Quality and Risk, Medical Staff Office, and Education at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Atlanta.
Mrs. Suber joined CTCA® Atlanta in 2012 prior to the opening of the hospital. She brings more than 30 years of operational and clinical experience that includes medical, surgical, intensive care, intermediate care, stem cell transplant, emergency services, cardiac, psychiatry, discharge planning, utilization management, risk management, cardiopulmonary and neurology service lines.
When she’s not working at CTCA, Mrs. Suber enjoys time with her family, cooking, playing golf and cycling. She serves on the board of the Newnan/Coweta Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta and as an Executive Advisory Board member for the Kennesaw State University Healthcare Management and Informatics Program, Coles College of Business.