Board of Directors and Advisory Board
BAG IT Board of Directors
Direction for BAG IT comes from strong, dedicated leadership:
President and founder: survivor, teacher, behavioral health educator
Sherri Romanoski is the founder and president of BAG IT. She has 10 years of experience as a behavioral health educator and 25 years as a classroom teacher. Her skills as a grant writer, parent and teacher, education trainer, volunteer, and curriculum author helped develop the BAG IT program. She is a member of the Arizona Cancer Coalition Quality of Life Committee, Department of Defense Cancer Research Patient Advocate Program, Southern Arizona Oncology Nursing Society. Most importantly, she is a cancer survivor, mother of three grown sons, and a grandmother of three. Her husband, Joe, is a solid supporter.
Dr. Donald Brooks
Vice-President and founding member: oncologist with Arizona Oncology
Dr. Brooks specializes in Hematology and Oncology at Arizona Oncology Associates. Prior to joining Arizona Oncology Associates, Dr. Brooks served as Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Arizona Health Science Center in Tucson. He continues to serve the Center as a private practice and clinical assistant professor. Dr. Brooks is a member of the American College of Physicians; American Medical Association; American Association for Cancer Research; American Society of Clinical Oncology; and the Arizona Clinical Oncology Society. During his free time, Dr. Brooks enjoys spending time with his family, camping, and hiking.
Darlene S. Brady
CPA, CFP, Partner with Busby Sanford Brady CPAs PLC
Darlene received a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Arizona and has been engaged in the practice of public accounting for over 23 years in the Tucson area, working with individuals, privately-owned companies, non-profit organizations, estates, and trusts. She is a Certified Public Accountant as well as a Certified Financial Planner®. Darlene is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the American Woman’s Society of Certified Public Accountants. Darlene was on the board of the Tucson chapter of the American Women’s Society of CPAs in various board positions for about eight years before she was a member at large for several years. In her free time, Darlene enjoys running, hiking and gardening.
Secretary: physical therapist
Carla Livak is a friend of BAG IT and has had several loved ones who have experienced cancer. Professionally, Carla is a physical therapist with 30 years experience providing therapy services in public and private schools, home health, nursing home and hospital settings. Most recently Carla served as an assistant director at Lamb’s Gate Christian School developing a preschool program which fully includes special needs children in all activities. She is a lifelong volunteer; she currently volunteers with Interfaith Community Services and is the team leader of her church’s local outreach project. Carla and husband Mike are the parents of four adult sons and three grandchildren.
BAG IT Advisory Board
Tani Bahti, RN, CT, CHPN
Director, Passages – Support and Education in End of Life issues
Donald Brooks, MD
Oncologist, Arizona Oncology
Mark D. Gilbert, MD, FRCP (c)
Director, Mind-Body Medicine Skills Group Program, AHSC;
Director, Professional Development and Associate Director, Psychosocial Oncology,
Arizona Cancer Center;
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, University of Arizona
Debbie Green, Oncology RN
John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital, Phoenix
Program Chair, Phoenix Oncology Nursing Society
Jeanne Harvath, RN, LCSW
Social Worker, Arizona Oncology
Grace Hou, MD, FACS
Cathy Parsons, RN, CMS
University of Arizona Cancer Center
Nanette van der Sanden, RN, CMS