Board and Advisory Board of Directors

There is no greater gift one can give to another than the gift of their time. We thank the following individuals and are very fortunate for their time and support to our great cause, selflessly helping the thousands of women and breast cancer survivors counting on us to succeed in this crusade.


Alisa SavorettiHTI1445
Survivor, Founder, CEO
Life is what happens after we make the “master plan.”

Alisa considers herself a “serial entrepreneur” with a diverse background in fashion design and manufacturing, E-commerce and show business.  Alisa’s own story, having lived without her breast for nearly 3 years in her 30s because she lacked the means for reconstruction, prompted the birth of My Hope Chest in 2003.  “I didn’t choose My Hope Chest- it chose me.”  Feeling she could not be the only woman in this situation, she believes the charity is her calling to help breast cancer survivors find closureAlisa is passionate about her mission and has dedicated her life to helping and healing all women who desire breast reconstruction.

In 2009, Alisa relocated back to Tampa Bay. It was year 7 for her dedication to the charity, alas, My Hope Chest mission restarted in 2010.  Since returning to Tampa Bay Alisa has received numerous accolades and honors for her work on My Hope Chest:

The 2013 WEDU Be More Philanthropic Award, 2012 & 2009 Bay News 9 Everyday Hero and the 2011 Tampa Bay Lightning Community Hero Award  She was honored in ” O” Oprah Magazine as one of 3 “Breast Cancer Heroes.”    Alisa was a finalist in the Non-Profit category in 2010, 11, 12 and 16 for the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s “Women of the Year” for her dedication to her cause.  Most noteworthy was the October 2016 story in PEOPLE Magazine online.  Alisa’s vision to begin My Hope Chest was recognized in the “Inspiring Stories,” and as one of the 9 Names to Know in Breast Cancer in Reader’s Digest October 2012 issue, highlighting pioneers in the breast cancer movement.

Alisa is proud the charity has been able to serve it’s mission as a grassroots charity and thankful for the help from the community to “Create Butterflies” andAmy Divine 1 transform lives.  However, she feels the effort and number of women helped is “simply not enough.”  Fifteen years after her own cancer journey, she continues to work tirelessly to raise awareness and funds and eliminate the growing “wait list” and help more survivors move past this disease every year.  Her goal in 2019 is to make it My Hope Chest’s #bestyearever and elevate the organization “out of the grass.”  Alisa believes that until there is a cure for the disease, My Hope Chest’s services will always be needed.  Her long term vision for the charity is to eliminate it’s wait list and quickly help survivors in every city in America.

Outside of the charity, Alisa is a proud supporter of our military and helped start the Tampa Bay USO serving on the Advisory Board and providing the entertainment at kick off.  She is thankful to her father George, a Navy serviceman in the Koren war and long time Commander of the DAV for instilling the sense of service in her genes and pride in her work.  She credits her mother Betty, a 3-time cancer survivor,  family matriarch and MHC Heavy Hitter volunteer, for supporting her with after cancer, helping sustain the organization to help women across America.   “Mom is a warrior and the most wonderful, self-less person I know.  My Hope Chest, nor I, would be here without her support on all levels.” Alisa lives in Seminole, Florida with family and favorite kitties, Boots. Jake and Boston. 

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Andrew Moos – Board President

Andrew was newly elected as President of My Hope Chest in 2019. He  hails from New York City and moved to Florida in 1989.  His career in governmental and public relations spans 25 years bringing his experience to Metropolitan Media as their Government Affairs and Public Relations Liaison.

Breast cancer touched Andrew life and family.  He was drawn to My Hope Chest and resonates with our mission.  Andrew sees the charity as “special and wonderful and important” and believes, like MHC, “every women deserves to be made whole again.”

Andrew has long been a community supporter serving as the past District Governor of Lions in FL and Bahamas. He was also the Past Vice President of the Florida Jaycees.  In his free time he enjoys ballroom dancing and his favorite dance is the Rumba!  Andrew loves to travel and currently resides in Brandon.


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Donna Holck  – Board of Directors, Treasurer

Mrs. Holck is a long time supporter of My Hope Chest and serves as our Treasurer.  She and her husband Gary operate DGH Tax Consulting in Largo Florida. Donna is a Florida native, Seminole High graduate and Largo City Commissioner. When she is not working or volunteering, she loves spending time with her family and is an avid Lightning and Rays fan. Donna also serves on the Homeless Leadership Board of Pinellas County. Breast cancer has touched her life and why she is passionate about My Hope Chest’s mission helping survivors. She lives in Largo with her husband and her Bichion poodle, Elvis.


Barbara “BB” Bertucci ~ Secretary

BB is newly elected to My Hope Chest’s Board of Directors and brings a wealth of experience in business sales as a long time Nikken consultant in America and Europe.  Originally from New Orleans BB loves Florida.  She is a minister at First Unity in St Petersburg and passionate about her community and excited to serve on My Hope Chest’s Board.  BB is featured on HSN as a spokes-model and lives in St. Petersburg Beach. (more coming!)

 

 


Devon Taffel ~ Director

Devon Joined My Hope Chest in 2019.  “I joined the MHC board to help advance their mission because I believe that the healing process following a major life event is often overlooked by many.”  While Devon has thankfully not directly affected by breast cancer he has countless friends and their family members as well as former and current team members whose lives have been dramatically changed due to breast cancer. Devon is the General Manager of Miller’s Ale House in Seminole.  He has spent 17 years in the hospitality and is thrilled to be working for a company whose mission of connecting people aligns with the mission of MHC in making women whole again.

“It was a fortuitous opportunity that lead me to Alisa and My Hope Chest and I couldn’t be prouder of the work that she and our incredible board have accomplished. I feel truly fortunate to be a part of their team.”  A native New Yorker, in his free time Devon spends his freetime with his girlfriend and loves hiking botanical gardens and enjoying the Florida nature parks with their 4 year-old English Bulldog Abby.

 


 Advisory Board


gayosoDr. Antonio Gayoso ~ Medical Advisor

Dr. Gayoso was the first surgeon to help My Hope Chest in the Tampa Bay Area and is one of our Doctors of Distinction.

He was born in Gainsville, Florida and he completed his undergraduate education at Duke University and the University of Florida. His medical degree was completed at the University of Miami, Miami, Florida and his surgical training was completed at the Medical University of South Carolina, both in general surgery and plastic surgery.

Dr. Gayoso is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is an active member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He is currently the Chief of Plastic Surgery at St. Anthony’s Hospital and at Bayfront Medical Center. He is a member of The Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons and is a recent past president of the Tampa Bay Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Breast reconstruction is a large part of his practice and has touched his life. Dr Gayoso is passionate about My Hope Chest’s mission, attending events and he is a surgeon in our documentary short, “Breastless in America~ Still Waiting.”  In 2014, Gayoso Plastic Surgery featured MHC on a Billboard in Tampa Bay!  The office and staff of Dr Gayoso continue to show their support of our mission to provide closure and we are deeply grateful to them all.

 


Monica Varner smMonica Varner ~ Advisory Board

Monica is An experienced event planning professional and owner and senior planner of Elan Event Studio and Partner at Big City Events in Tampa.  She has been a supporter of My Hope Chest using her event experience and finesse since 2010, sponsoring decor and lighting for MHC’s signature “Boooobie Ball” and in 2014, and the charity’s signature event, the “Butterfly glowalk, 5K FUN Run and gloW PaRty.”

Monica and her event planning team are an integral part of the Gasperialla International Film Festival and has been involved since 2006. Originally serving serving as the volunteer coordinator, she served on the board of directors for three year. Varner is now the Executive Director.  As executive director for GIFF, Varner is responsible for managing the overall production of the festival from film submissions, sponsorships, scheduling, and events.  Monica lives in South Tampa with her husband and 2 boys and enjoys the Florida beaches with her family in her free time.


Lynn Posyton smLynn Posyton – Advisory Board

My Hope Chest is thrilled to have Lynn on our Advisory Board.  Originally from New Jersey, Lynn is the Community Outreach Director at Consumer Energy Solutions and very involved in her community…she is a dynamic spitfire!  Lynn is a proud American and spirit and enthusiasm light up a room!  Lynn works tirelessly for several causes and is passionate about a drug free world.  She has no free time!  Lynn hosts a weekly talk Radio show and lives in Clearwater with her husband and children.  In joining our Advisory board, Lynn is looking to help My Hope Chest in “any way needed.”

 

 


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Dr. William A. Zamboni, M.D., FACS ~ Founding Surgeon

Dr. Zamboni (1958 – 2015 ) was the Founding surgeon of My Hope Chest who sadly, passed away on July 11, 2015.  He will always be remembered by My Hope Chest as a kind man, with the vision and heart to bring our mission to heal women and our charity to life.  Thanks to the late Dr. Zamboni’s time and dedication, My Hope Chest was birthed and is still able to fulfill our mission and the change lives of women across America.

Dr. Zamboni is survived by his wife, Karen and their son in Henderson, NV.

 

 


susan jacobsSusan Jacobs ~ Advisory Board Member

As the Founder of Wheels of Success, a successful social service organization in Tampa Bay, Susan brings a wealth of knowledge and support to My Hope Chest.  Wheels of Success is dedicated to providing personal transportation solutions by partnering with the community in a circle of support to keep people working and sustain their independence.  Susan’s background includes running a staffing agency and owning and operating four clothing stores in the area.  She also served on the Board of Directors for Dress for Success Tampa Bay for four years. Those business skills have given her a knack for networking and team building for success. Susan graduated from the University of Florida with a double major in Psychology and Sociology.   She was a member of the University of Florida Hall of Fame, Who’s Who in American Colleges, and Universities and Phi Beta Kappa.  She has two children and lives in Tampa, Florida.


Dan ZinkDan Zink – Advisory Board
Originally from a small town in Ohio, Daniel Zink left the farm to join the United States Air Force when he decided to hold off on college to serve in the military.  Even after a rewarding and decorated career he has not stopped giving back to the community through his volunteer service.  Whether it is was through Habitat for Humanity, Community Radio WMNF 88.5 FM, Tampa Bay Blues Festival, Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, or My Hope Chest, Daniel, a father and grandfather, graciously gives his to time to help support many worthwhile local charities.  Most recently Daniel has supported My Hope Chest through his event volunteer management, as well as helping to expand the outreach network.  Professionally, he has enjoyed a successful post military career in Radiology and is currently a regional sales manager in the Southeastern United States.  Dan’s outgoing attitude and smart business acumen lends itself easily to the mission and success of My Hope Chest.  He’s also the proud parent of three grown children and two beautiful grand daughters.


National Advisory Board

Please contact us at info@myhopechest.org for more information on our National Advisory Board.  You, your company and your voice could provide a wealth of support to our mission.

Dr. Beth Dupree, MD FACS

Dr. DuPree is a dedicated surgeon, published author and keynote speaker who has and is giving tirelessly to the breast cancer community who has won numerous awards for her medical work as well as her humanitarian endeavors.  Beth serves as the Medical Director of The Holy Redeemer Breast Health Program, Adjunct Assistant professor of Surgery at The University of Pennsylvania and actively participates in breast fellowship education and training.  Her philosophy, “whatever it takes to help a person find healing and peace within should be an integral part of their treatment process.” With a strong dedication to patients with cancer, she established a non-profit organization called The Healing Consciousness Foundation in 2007, funding holistic and wellness therapies for women and men living with a breast cancer diagnosis.  Dr. DuPree served as a member of the Public Relations Committee of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and was previously the Chairman of The Board of Advocates for the ASBS.  In addition, she serves on the advisory board for Breastcancer.org, and The Susan G. Komen Foundation Philadelphia. Beth has a heart that never stops giving.  She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and is the mother of 2 sons.

 

Karen Bromley ~ The Bromley Group, NYC

Karen’s tenure in philanthropy spans decades.  She is the Founder of New Your based PR Firm The Bromly Group and co-founder of K.I.D.S, Kids in Distressed Situations. K.I.D.S. is recognized by the Better Business Bureau, Charity Navigator and Forbes as one of the highest ranked and most efficient charities in America.  Karen is driven to help others.

Charity work, comes from the heart.  Those who feel the connection to our mission and wish to be considered for a Local or National Board position, should contact us here today.