|Lynn Fass, Co-President
I am both an RN and a Certified Lymphedema Therapist. I have been managing primary lymphedema of my legs since 1974 and of my arms since 1998. I enjoy sharing “tips” on lymphedema management with others with the goal in mind of improving their quality of life.
|Julie Venn, Vice President
“Trust your heart and know that there is always a part of us that questions and worries. It is not a matter of making that voice go away but rather how and what I do to honor the doubts and still move forward. What steps do I need to take that safeguard the concerns?” My lymphedema and compression garment business focuses on the many steps to move forward with each person’s lymphedema. After my diagnosis of breast cancer in 1994, my lymphedema showed up. I was able to get intensive training to treat lymphedema as a massage therapist in private practice. I facilitate a Lymphedema Networking Group in Puyallup once a month and am happy to support the NW Lymphedema Center’s mission statement. Send Julie email.
|Stephanie Ray-Solum, Treasurer
I joined the NWLC board after working with Lynn on their books and learning about the great work done at the Center. I have been in the accounting world for over 25 years and I started my bookkeeping business in 2007. I am the bookkeeper for several other Non-Profits, and enjoy helping them plan for their future goals. I am looking forward to helping the Northwest Lymphedema Center continue its great work, helping patients understand and manage the challenges of lymphedema.
|Dr. Julia Overstreet, Medical Advisor
After 20 years in private practice as a podiatric physician and surgeon, I now devote my efforts to the education of patients and medical professionals in the area of diabetic foot care, wound care and amputation prevention. I have worked with lymphedema patients for over 15 years as part of my wound care practice. As a breast and ovarian cancer survivor myself, I understand what my patients go through. Having recently joined the Board of the Northwest Lymphedema Center, I hope to contribute both empathy and enthusiasm to the Center’s clients and activities.
|Elaine Eigeman, Board Member
I joined the NWLC Board to support its mission to educate LE patients so they understand how their lives can be full & active if they learn how the lymphatic system works & how to effectively manage their LE. I am also devoted to getting laws passed that require insurance coverage for LE treatment & compression. In 1999 I developed LE in both arms & hands while being treated for bilateral breast cancer. I was lucky to live in Seattle where pioneering therapists had learned effective treatment methods & compression from Europe & Australia. The NWLC was started by some of those pioneers at a time when treatment was available in only a few US cities. Send Elaine email.
|JoAnn Rovig, Board Member, Founder & Medical Advisor
My cancer diagnosis was during the last month of my massage training where I was fortunate to see a demonstration on Manual Lymph Drainage. Realizing I was at risk for lymphedema, after having 22 lymph nodes removed and seven weeks of radiation, I headed for Austria to continue my education as a lymphedema therapist. In 1992 I opened the first lymphedema clinic in the Northwest. One of my first patients, Jane Gordon, and I immediately recognized the need to expand lymphedema awareness in our community, and we co-founded the Northwest Lymphedema Center as an educational facility for patients and their caregivers. The Center has produced three self-care videos and has been offering classes and consultations for the last 16 years. Send JoAnn email.