About / Board of Directors
Regina Bodnar, Chair is the Director of Clinical Services for Gilchrist Hospice Care and is an RN with more than a quarter century experience in oncology nursing, hospice care and nursing administration. As Director of Clinical Services, she is responsible for overseeing all clinical disciplines at Gilchrist nursing, social work and chaplaincy. She received her certification in Palliative and Hospice Care Nursing in 2000. And besides now leading the JMNMF, Bodnar also currently serves as the Vice President of the Hospice & Palliative Care Network of Maryland.
Debbie Brown, Vice-Chair is Director, Marketing & Communications, Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, where she has worked since 2006. Prior to 2006, Debbie was the Public Relations Manager at the Fire Museum of Maryland and Public Information Specialist for the Maryland State Highway Administration with direct report to Governor Schaefer. She received a B.A. in Communications from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. Debbie is a stage II melanoma survivor.
Denise Nicolay Safko, Secretary/Treasurer is a Senior Program Manager with Arbitron, Inc. Denise holds a M.S. Degree from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. Degree from West Virginia University in Computer Science. Joanna was Denises mother and a huge inspiration throughout her life.
Greg Safko, President prior to serving as President of the Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation, Greg was President of the Board of Orthotist/Prosthetist Certification (BOC) and formerly served the State of Maryland as the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. His non-profit management experience is also highlighted in his 15-year executive service for a national trade association and attainment of the association management designation, Certified Association Executive, awarded by the American Society of Association Executives.
Susan Bancroft is a graduate of Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. Susan was a close friend of Joannas and lost her father to skin cancer.
Nancy Crawford works as a Physician Assistant in the Preoperative Evaluation Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is married with two children. Her 23 year old daughter has a history of stage 1 melanoma.
Martha Rushford Herman is a graduate of the University of Maine Orono. She is an avid athlete and participates in marathon and triathlon events. Her Mother was diagnosed in 2007 with Stage 4 Melanoma and lost her battle in 2013.
Esther Hoffberg is a graduate of Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY with a BSN in Nursing, specializing in pediatric intensive care. Shes been a La Leche League leader for over 25 years, and a District Advisor for the Montgomery County area for over 13 years. Shes discovered the “Sprint triathlon” thru the Melanoma Foundation, which has led to marathon running & 1/2 century biking.
Jennifer Martin attended Towson State University and earned her Paralegal Degree from Villa Julie College. Jennifer is a member of the Coalition for Skin Cancer Prevention of Maryland. Jennifer is a Stage III melanoma survivor.
Donna Nicolay works for LifeBridge Health as a medical secretary for a surgical oncologist. In her current position, Donna works closely with melanoma patients. As a niece of Joanna, Donna seeks to bring awareness and support to melanoma patients through the Foundation.
Jane B. Shapiro is the third generation in her family to have melanoma. The disease claimed her father and her grandmother. Jane is a melanoma stage III survivor.