Komen South Carolina Board of Directors

The Board of Directors functions to advise, assist and aid in our efforts to meet the needs of Komen SC’s 45-county service area. Members of the Board of Directors are from the communities we serve.

Paulette Van Fleet                                                                                            President

Paulette is Chief Operating Officer at We Are Sharing Hope SC

Leslie Haywood
Leslie is owner of Charmed Life Products, LLC

Sarah Paul
Sarah is a Tax Manager at Elliott Davis Decosimo

Members at Large:

Wendy Anderson, Vice Principal Laing Middle School

Megan Baker, MD, surgeon, Roper St. Francis

Dr. Megan Baker is a high risk breast cancer specialist who comes to Mt. Pleasant Breast Specialists after 10 years as medical director of Comprehensive Breast Care at Hollings Cancer Center. Dr. Baker leads a team of experienced nurses and staff who are passionate about women’s health, and who understand the particular concerns and sensitivities related to cancers of the breast, particularly high risk breast cancer.

Bonnie Hancock, community advocate, breast cancer survivor

Bonnie is a former middle school teacher, community advocate and volunteer for 14 years in all areas of Komen (from race volunteer to breast cancer advocate in Washington, DC). She started a third party fund raising event, “Swing for the Cure” that has raised close to $200,000.00 in just 5 years.  Due to the success of the event, Swing for the Cure was adopted as an affiliate event in 2015. Most important of all, Bonnie is a breast cancer survivor.

Kristen Thompson, attorney at Carlock, Copeland & Stair, LLP

Kristen is an associate in the Charleston office where she practices general civil litigation. Her current practice focuses on cases involving medical malpractice, medical device defects, product liability, premises liability, correctional health care, hospitality and retail liability, automobile and motor carrier accidents, and insurance coverage disputes.

John Tripolsky, CEO JTE Marketing

A native of Metro Detroit, John spends his life surrounded by companies of all sizes, various industries and operating in many markets throughout North America. From this experience he knows firsthand that what drives any business is cutting-edge marketing (and a great team).

April Messimer, Wealth Management Advisor, Merrill Lynch

Steve Merchant, Financial Advisor, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch