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Mary Gorrell Jones, Founder

Following her breast cancer diagnosis in 2003, Mary Gorrell Jones created the Alight Initiative to provide adequate resources so others diagnosed with breast cancer could be better informed about treatment options and what to expect. In addition, she wanted to make sure each patient and their family had a support network to help them through the difficult times ahead. Mary's desire was to help ease the fear, panic, and disbelief of new patients so they could focus on the business of healing.


Who We Are

Melinda Madtes, Chairman of the Board

Welcome to Alight!

If you are a family member, friend, a survivor, a newly diagnosed breast cancer patient or supporter, we are here for you. As a six year breast cancer survivor, I know the importance of the educational, financial and emotional resources that Alight provides. To the generous donors and volunteers that allow Alight to provide services and resources to breast cancer patients, please accept my sincerest gratitude and appreciation. I am honored to be the 2013-14 chair of the Alight Foundation. It is a privilege to serve those who are taking the breast cancer journey -- they are friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family members.

Best wishes for a happy healthy future,

Melinda Madtes

Melissa Vogelsinger, Executive Director

Seven years after my own stage III breast cancer journey, I am forever mindful of what a privilege and blessing it is to have one-on-one contact with newly diagnosed patients to help ease the cancer burden.

If you're a newly diagnosed patient, then you have come to the right place! I want to assure you that calling our office for support is a positive step on the path to recovery. I encourage you to reach out to us.

If you are a breast cancer survivor and would like to give back to the cancer community, then I’d love to hear from you too! We hold peer mentor training quarterly and are always looking for positive role models to walk this journey with the newly diagnosed.

If you're interested in becoming an Alight volunteer or fundraiser, or have an event you'd like to discuss with us, then we’d be thrilled to get your call. We are always interested in opportunities to share our mission in the community as well as raise funds for our programming.

If you are a community member who would like to become a donor or corporate partner and want to hear more about how we touch the lives of every single breast cancer patient in the Cone Health Cancer Center, please contact me to schedule a meeting. I would love the opportunity to share our story with you.

Board of Directors

The Alight Board of Directors is essential to Alight in many respects: for input on the program of work and the knowledge of needs and gaps in patient care; for continued collaborations and relationships with the medical community; for access to patients; for survivor input and; for advocacy.

Front: Dr. Elizabeth Brown, Mrs. Melinda Madtes, Mrs. Mary Gorrell Jones, Mrs. Ashley Wall, Mrs. Lynn Jones
Back: Mr. Bill Porter, Mr. Skip Hislop, Dr. Gus Magrinat, Ms. Frostenia Milner, Mrs. Marti Smith, Ms. Tami Knutson, Mrs. Chris Bean,
Mrs. Glorial Daniel, Dr. Kalsoom Khan, Mrs. Donna Warrick, Mrs. Donna Lee, Dr. Stacey Wentworth, Mr. Bob Bessey

Not Pictured: Dr. Margaret Bertrand, Mrs. Frances Bullock, Ms. Cindy Farrand, Dr. Celia Hooper, Mr. David Howard, Mr. David Johnston,
Mrs. Wanda Martin, Mrs. Allison Morrisette, and Mrs. Joy Shavitz

2014 Board of Directors

Chris Bean, Treasurer
Community Advocate

Margaret Bertrand, MD
Solis Bertrand Breast Center

Elizabeth Brown, MD
The Breast Center of Greensboro Imaging

Frances Bullock, Past Chairman
Community Advocate

Gloria Daniel
Guilford County School System

Cindy Farrand
Greensboro Women’s Hospital

Skip Hislop
Moses Cone Health System

Celia R. Hooper Ph.D.
UNCG, School of Health & Human Science

Lynn Jones
Children’s Home Society of NC

Dr. Kalsoom Khan, MD
Medical Oncology, Cone Health Cancer Center


Donna Lee, Secretary
Community Advocate

Melinda Madtes, RN, Chairman
Community Advocate

Wanda Martin, RN, MPH, FCN
Moses Cone Congregational Nurse Program

Allison Morrisette, Vice-Chairman
Community Advocate

Erin Rosen
Community Advocate

Cheryl Smith, PhD
Community Advocate

Marti Smith, PT, CLT
Cone Health Outpatient Rehab Team Supervisor

Carole Snider
Community Advocate

Donna Warrick
Community Advocate

Stacy Wentworth, MD
Radiation Oncologist, Cone Health Cancer Center


Emeritus Members
Mary Gorrell Jones, Founder
David G. Johnston, CPA
Ashley Wall

Advisory Board

Bob Bessey
Director, Volunteer Services Cone Health

Gus Magrinat, MD
Oncologist, Cone Health Cancer Cente

Terry Moore-Painter
Chaplain, Cone Health Cancer Center

David Newman, MD
Surgeon, Central Carolina Surgery

Bill Porter
Vice President Fund Development, Cone Health



The concept of a local breast cancer support organization grew out of a vision shared between Mary and her radiologist Dr. Gilda Cardenosa. Mary was touched by the exceptional compassion and care Dr. Cardenosa offered her patients and her great concern for those facing financial challenges. With the help of like-minded friends, buy-in, collaborations, and partnerships, Alight was established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit in 2005 and launched its first program of work.

Significant to the successful start-up of Alight were the relationships developed with the medical professionals, Moses Cone Health System, UNCG's School of Health and Human Performance, and The Junior League of Greensboro. In addition to Mary, the first Alight Board of Directors included members: David Johnston, CPA; Dave Perrin, PhD, UNCG; Ashley Wall, community advocate; and Cristin Flynt, PhD, who served as Executive Director.


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