Board of Directors and Medical Advisory Board

BAG IT Board of Directors

Direction for BAG IT comes from strong, dedicated leadership:

Mindy Griffith
Executive Director
Mindy Griffith, M.Ed worked as a Program Coordinator at the University of Arizona, an elementary school teacher and a school administrator before joining BAG IT in 2016.  Mindy has been engaged with a number of non-profits in volunteer, board and leadership roles, having served as President of both the Junior League of Tucson and St. Luke’s Home, an assisted-living community for low-income Elders built on health & wellness.  Mindy recently completed the Greater Tucson Leadership Class which uses a nationally recognized leadership curriculum, Positive Leadership.  Mindy’s family has been touched by cancer and she is eager to ensure people have the tools they need to navigate their journey and Fight the Fear of cancer.  In her free time Mindy enjoys traveling, volunteering, reading and scrapbooking.

Donald BrooksDr. Donald Brooks
Board chair 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
After volunteering for several years, Darlene was pleased to take on the role of BAG IT’s Treasurer in 2013. While she’d known about BAG IT since its inception in 2003, it became very personal when her daughter, Lori, was diagnosed with cancer in 2006. Throughout treatment and recovery, both mom and daughter found the contents of the bag to be incredibly helpful and empowering.
Prior to her retirement from Busby Sanford Brady CPAs, PLC in 2015, Darlene was engaged in public accounting for 30 plus years, working with both for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations. In addition to her understanding of nonprofit organizations, Darlene brings first-hand knowledge of the impact the bag information has for patients and their families, and she’s a passionate supporter of the BAG IT mission.
In her newly found free time, Darlene enjoys being with family and friends, hiking, running, gardening, attending community events, and much more. You can usually find Darlene and Lori stationed somewhere on the hiking trail during the annual Take a Hike for BAG IT event.

Emily Carlson
Operations Manager for the Cancer Prevention and Control Programs at the Arizona Department of Health Services
Emily Carlson has served as the Operations Manager for the Cancer Prevention and Control Programs at the Arizona Department of Health Services since July 2013. In this position, Emily manages the CDC- and state-funded Well Woman HealthCheck Program which provides breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services for approximately 7,000 uninsured, low-income Arizona residents. Recently, Emily has acquired the responsibilities of coordinating the Arizona Comprehensive Cancer Control Program and supporting the work of the statewide Arizona Cancer Coalition.
In 2013, Emily received her Master of Public Health degree specializing in Social and Behavioral Health from the University of Nevada, Reno. Emily’s contract work with the Nevada Department of Health & Human Services in 2012 prompted her master’s degree project that explored access to health care and health information among Nevada’s youth.
In her free time, Emily enjoys traveling, yoga and swimming, and trying new recipes.

Virginia Warren
Office Chief of the Cancer Prevention and Control Programs at the Arizona Department of Health Services
Virginia Warren serves as the Office Chief of the Cancer Prevention and Control Programs at the Arizona Department of Health Services. Virginia is responsible for providing Arizona’s communities with services in the areas of breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening and executing collaborative statewide planning to reduce Arizona’s cancer burden. Virginia is a recent recipient of the 2014 CDC Carol Friedman Award for Extraordinary Leadership and Exemplary Mentorship in Comprehensive Cancer Control. In 2015 she was awarded the Colon Cancer Alliance’s Visionary Sapphire Award. In April of 2016 she received Komen Arizona’s Joyce Gooding Spirit of Komen Award.

Virginia earned her Masters of Public Administration degree from the University of Arizona. The focal points of her course work included health administration, health economics, and finance. During her thirty-year health care career, Virginia has served Arizona residents in hospitals, managed care settings, academic clinics, federally qualified community health centers, and the state department of health.

Her interests outside of the workplace include walking, cooking, and reading in addition to spending as much time as possible with her three adult sons and her granddaughter.

Monica Vera
Tax Supervisor for BeachFleischman
Monica Vera is a Tax Supervisor for BeachFleischman. She has provided accounting, tax, and consulting services for a variety of privately held companies in public accounting since 2012. Monica is a member of the firm’s Not for Profit and Healthcare Taxation Service Groups. She is a licensed CPA in Arizona and has developed an expertise in Not-for-Profit taxation.

Monica earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting and her Masters of Accounting at the University of Arizona. She is a member of the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants. In her free time, Monica enjoys spending time with family, reading and baking.

SherriSherri Romanoski
Founder: survivor, teacher, behavioral health educator
Sherri Romanoski is the founder 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 five. Her husband, Joe, is a solid supporter.

BAG IT Medical Advisory Board

Donald Brooks, MD
Oncologist, Arizona Oncology

Mark D Gilbert, MD, FRCP(c)
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Arizona.
Former Director, Mind-Body Medicine Skills Group Program, AHSC;
Former Director, Professional Development and Associate Director, Psychosocial Oncology,
Arizona Cancer Center

Deborah A Green RN MSN
Clinical Faculty Nursing
Grand Canyon University, Phoenix

Grace Hou, MD, FACS
Breast Cancer Medical Director
Oncological Surgeon

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