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  • Jane Stewart Broderick

    President & Founder

     

    Jane Broderick is responsible for coining the phrase "How Big Is Your Brave", and is very proud to be one of the five Founders of HOW big IS YOUR BRAVE Foundation.  Jane is the Director of Golf at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.  Recognized in the Golf Industry as a very well respected Professional, Jane is the first ever Master Professional in both the PGA of America and the Ladies Professional Golf Association.  Through her career Jane has been honored as the 1998 & 2012 LPGA National Professional of the Year, the 1998, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2012 LPGA Southeast Section Professional of the Year, the 2011 South Florida PGA Merchandiser of the year, and the 2005 LPGA Spirit Award.

     

    During her thirty years in the Golf Industry, Jane as helped plan and organize hundreds of Charity Golf Tournaments, raising millions of dollars for many different causes.  One of the standout events is the Leta Lindley Prader Willi Classic which Jane helped create ten years ago.  Since then, the event has grown from a member-focused fundraiser to an event that annually funds a dedicated Prader Willi Research Team and Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, FL.

     

    Jane’s efforts with HOW big IS YOUR BRAVE Foundation are two-fold.  One is to give back to the community in a unique and inspiring way, and the second is to honor the memory of her parents who both dealt with cancer during their lives.

     

    CONTACT JANE STEWART BRODERICK

     

  • Kristen Dragseth Sweeney

    Vice President

     

    Kristen Dragseth Sweeney, BSN, RN, CCRC moved back to Stuart four years ago and began working at Martin Health System in the Research Department. In her role, she is responsible for the overall operations of the research department where she has established and implemented processes to facilitate good workflow, with a focus on quality patient care.

     

    Native to Stuart, FL, Kristen is actively involved in community organizations, such as the Business Development Board, Martin County, the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Committee, and Student Advisory Council at Jensen Beach Elementary.

     

    Most importantly, Kristen is an advocate for patients and families.  She appreciates the delicate balance of celebrating successes and lending a hand during sorrows. To demonstrate her compassion by giving back to the community through How Big is Your Brave Foundation goes beyond her expectations.

     

    Kristen holds Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Georgia Southern University and is a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator.

     

    CONTACT KRISTEN DRAGSETH SWEENEY

     

  • Carolyn Shore

    Founder

     

    Carolyn Shore, RN, OCN, CBCN, is a registered nurse and for the past 14 years has specialized in oncology, working with cancer patients in both the inpatient and outpatient setting.  The past 8 years she has worked as a Breast Health Navigator at the Robert & Carol Weissman Cancer Center at Martin Health System, guiding breast cancer patients from diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship by providing emotional and clinical support, resources and advocating for the needs of the patient.  Carolyn received her nursing education from Sault College in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada and maintains dual license to practice in Florida and Ontario.

     

    Carolyn is certified by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation as a Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN) and Certified Breast Cancer Nurse (CBCN). She is a member of the Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators (AONN) and the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). She is founder and past president of the Breast Health Coalition of Martin & St. Lucie Counties, Florida whose mission is to improve access to breast cancer screening, detection, treatment and services. She has served on numerous committees including past board member of the Canadian Alzheimer Society and Canadian Red Cross.

     

    Working as an oncology nurse has given Carolyn insight into the unique needs of cancer patients and their caregivers.  She is passionate about serving these needs.

     

    CONTACT CAROLYN SHORE

     

  • Alexis Navaretta Rackstraw

    Founder

     

    Born and raised in Martin County, Florida Alexis Rackstraw received a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Florida with a major in Therapeutic Recreation and minor in Education. Upon graduating Alexis was hired by the City of Ocala where she worked with senior citizens, as well as with adults and children who were physically, mentally and emotionally handicapped.  She developed programs, special events, and provided services to help them develop skills, care for themselves and function within the community.

     

    Alexis eventually made her way back to her hometown of Stuart, Florida where she began working as a Case Manager with a private company that was contracted by the Martin County School District.  She became a family liaison and advocate for needed community services for families and children and linked them to the appropriate services. She also advocated and represented her clients in the juvenile court system as needed. As a certified case manager, a certified teacher and trained in psychopharmacology and conscious discipline, Alexis became a Special Education teacher within the Martin County School District.  She performed this role for four years and then decided to leave after having her second child to be a stay at home mom where she now has three beautiful daughters.

     

    Throughout her life Alexis has witnessed and been involved with friends and family members who have been affected by cancer.  She has always been amazed by these individuals as they go through this terrible battle but somehow find an amazing inner strength to maintain a positive outlook and optimistic state of mind.  It gives her so much hope and gratification to see how these individuals are able to fight and yet find peace as they live through this vicious chapter of their life.  Because of this and her past professional work she is so excited to be part of the How Big Is Your Brave Foundation. Her goal is to give back to the community that she grew up in and to be a part of helping others to “Live their Lives and not their cancer.”

     

    CONTACT ALEXIS NAVARETTA RACKSTRAW

     

  • Jane Hudson Eaker

    Founder

     

    Jane Hudson Eaker is a native of Stuart, Florida with deep family roots to the area. She received a BS in Interior Design from Florida State University. Although she has worked in various sectors of the Interior Design, the most rewarding work came through healthcare design work during her time at Commons Medical Development. Some Projects include: Asheville Cardiology Center, Indian River Medical Associates, Florida Gulfcoast Endoscopy Center , and Bayou Bernard Professional Center. Although I have not work directly in the healthcare field, I felt the importance of well-being through design and environment.

     

     As a past participant of Team in Training for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, I felt the magnitude of what cancer does to not only the survivor, but the family as well. It seems we all have family, friends, or co-workers touched by cancer, so being asked to participate in How Big is your Brave Foundation was the perfect fit for me to encourage others through their fight and to help give back to our amazing community we have here in Martin County.

     

    CONTACT JANE HUDSON EAKER

     

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