Staff Biographies

Andrea Oct 2014

Andrea Herzberg

"The women of SHARE were there for me 17 years ago when I was diagnosed with late-stage ovarian cancer. I am lucky to have done well, partly because of prolonged treatment and partly because a friend and fellow survivor at my doctor's office led me to SHARE. The personal experiences, wisdom and humor of our community go a long way toward easing the upheaval created by life-threatening illness. It is a gift to now work with volunteers who supply information and encouragement to others affected by the disease that impacted my life so strongly."

Andrea is the Coordinator of SHARE's Ovarian Cancer Helpline.

(212) 937-5572

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Arlene Matlick

"I first became involved with SHARE as a volunteer on the breast cancer helpline and quickly learned how valuable, necessary and appreciated a survivor's support is to a newly diagnosed woman. When the corporate Pink and Teal Seminars program was initiated in 2009, I became part of SHARE's staff. I was and am still thrilled to be part of this dynamic program that educates employees in their workplace about breast and ovarian cancers and empowers them to be proactive about their health. This work, and all the work at SHARE, is challenging, but it has great purpose and is incredibly rewarding!"

Arlene is the Pink and Teal Director.

(212) 221-1593


Beth Kling

"I came to SHARE after answering a job ad several years ago and found a warm, welcoming, and open environment where I was encouraged to contribute to a worthwhile mission. I'm happy to work for an organization that helps people cope at a very difficult time in their lives."

Beth is the Communications Director

(212) 937-5573

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Christine Benjamin, LMSW

"I first worked with SHARE as a consultant in cultural competency and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. I was impressed by the many programs, services and support offered by SHARE's dedicated and passionate women. When I was asked to apply for my current position, I felt honored to be considered. Now I feel honored to be a part of such a dynamic organization. My areas of particular interest include programming, training, and support services for women with metastatic disease, BRCA-gene-related cancer and triple-negative breast cancer. As a clinical social worker who has been treated for breast cancer, I hope to build a program that meets the unique needs of women with advanced disease."

Christine is the Breast Cancer Program Director.

(212) 937-5586


Deb Hackenberry

"In a doctor's office I saw SHARE's Program Guide. The breadth and depth of support and information SHARE provides for women in their hour of need really impressed me. I wasn't sure where I was going to do the greatest good but I just knew that I wanted to part of SHARE. Four years later I continue to co-facilitate a  DCIS support group and am a peer on the Breast Cancer Helpline."

Deb is the Data Manager.

(212) 937-5587


Diane D'Angelo

"I was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2012.  It was then that I discovered SHARE's Breast Cancer Helpline.  My mentor called me every week and helped me get through every doctor's visit, chemotherapy and radiation.  She inspired me to get through each day and gave me hope.  SHARE was there when I needed them and I wanted to become the lady on the receiving end of the phone.  I wanted to help others, listen and give compassion to women who are facing breast cancer.

I became a breast cancer helpline volunteer in November 2013 and in March 2014 I joined the staff.  I continue to work on the helpline and have become the Breast Cancer Helpline Scheduler.  I am proud to be part of SHARE."

Diane is the Breast Cancer Helpline Scheduler.

Donna Faranda

"I first came to know SHARE when I was diagnosed with breast cancer back in July 2001.  At the suggestion of a friend, I came to a support group at SHARE. I was able to find support, compassion and  comraderie based on mutual experiences there with the other women in the group. Impressed with how eager and committed everyone was to help others, I decided to volunteer, answering calls on the helpline. I was able to give back to others what I had received here. It was fulfilling and gratifying, and in 2009, I came on staff. Here I am today at SHARE, still involved with the wonderful, rewarding work of supporting others as the Helpline Coordinator."

Donna is the Helpline Coordinator.

(212) 937-5577

Gladys Udewitz

"I learned about SHARE through the American Cancer Society. After participating in support groups and reading SHARE's newsletter, I wanted to become more involved. I became a volunteer nearly eight years ago and later a staff member. I am a survivor and a volunteer on the breast cancer helpline. I feel that providing support for women with cancer is extremely important."

Gladys is the Development Assistant.

(212) 937-5587

Ivis Sampayo

"I am a proud 21 year two time breast cancer survivor and have been with SHARE for over 18 years! Originally I was the LatinaSHARE Director and worked with a wonderful group of volunteers and part time staff to accomplish the many goals our program had. We were able to enrich this program from 1 educational program a year to over 57 programs and we also increased our community efforts and Spanish support groups! Now as the Senior Director of SHARE I am able to work with a wonderfully dedicated staff to enrich all our programs and to increase diversity. SHARE continues to amaze me with all the love, support and hope we bring daily to other survivors and their families and friends."

Ivis is the Senior Director of Programs.

(212) 937-5576


Jackie Reinhard

"I knew about SHARE's fine reputation from my work at the Lymphatic Research Foundation, and I learned the value of peer support from my own experience with breast cancer. Once diagnosed, I turned to my best friend, who was also being treated for breast cancer, for advice. Now I feel privileged to lead this organization that is accomplishing so much to support people affected by breast and ovarian cancer."

Jackie is SHARE's Executive Director.

(212) 937-5570

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Jennie Santiago

"I became involved with SHARE as a member of the LatinaSHARE support group in Queens when I was diagnosed 10 years ago. I soon realized how fortunate I was to be bilingual and able to advocate for myself as a patient. Many of the women in the group were native to South America, spoke little or no English, and were in this country alone facing a major health crisis. I began volunteering and was so impressed by LatinaSHARE's efforts to help Hispanic women that I recommended that it be honored at the Annual Gala of the Latino Lawyers Association of Queens County, which recognized LatinaSHARE with a generous donation and an award for community service."

Jennie is a Co-Director of LatinaSHARE.

(212) 937-5585

Leah Cooper

I first came to SHARE after nearly two decades in development at performing arts organizations. SHARE has given me the opportunity to use my skills and experience in a critical area of women's health. It is a privilege to work alongside a committed and caring group of volunteers, staff, and board members who are dedicated to providing the best support and information to all women.

Leah is the Development Director.

(212) 937-5584


Maria Estrella

"I am an 11-year breast cancer survivor who became involved with SHARE six years ago through the breast cancer hotline. I am very passionate about my work at LatinaSHARE, and I believe in all the strong women whom SHARE supports."

Maria is a Co-Director of LatinaSHARE.

(212) 937-5582


Marina Mazina 

"After working at SHARE for 18 years I was diagnosed with breast cancer myself.  SHARE became the best place I could be for my situation.  I had the best of everything - the best advice in every little step starting from the surgery and going through chemo, radiation and recovery, and I had the best support I could ever have.  I was in exactly the right place at the right time."

Marina is the Program Manager.

(212) 937-5580

Marissa Napoli Bianco
"It's been one of my dreams to create content in Spanish and to use my Spanish language skills in a significant way to empower the Latina community. I'm especially excited by my work translating medical articles into Spanish, which gives this community access to information it wouldn't have otherwise. My mother has also been in remission from breast cancer for just over 13 years, and she's now volunteering with LatinaSHARE!"

Marissa is the LatinaSHARE Program Associate.

(212) 221-1626

Melissa Sakow

"I came to SHARE because I wanted to use my writing and design skills for a cause I care about. I'm passionate about women's health, especially since various kinds of cancer run in my family. I love the work SHARE does to enhance women's quality of life through its programming and peer support, and the way it reaches out to under-served communities. I'm proud to be part of a strong network of women helping themselves."

Melissa is the Communications Assistant.

(212) 937-5583

Savannah Shyne

"I came to SHARE as a staff member, with a background in Reproductive Health and Patient Education. I was drawn to this organization because of the peer support model and what I have found here is a group of dedicated, empowered people committed to supporting women and caregivers going through cancer.  My areas of particular interest include program planning, enhancing support services for women with ovarian cancer and patient-centered outcomes research."

Savannah is the Ovarian Cancer Program Director.

(212) 221-1539

Tolaysha Williams

"I first came to SHARE in December 2015 to serve as the administrative manager. I'm excited to work at an organization that supports people facing cancer, which is personal for me because I lost a cousin to cancer, and my aunt is a breast cancer survivor. My goal is to assist SHARE staff and volunteers with organizational operations and to contribute in any way I can to helping SHARE succeed."

Tolaysha is the Administrative Manager.

(212) 937-5574

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