Our Board and Volunteers

All board members and advisors to The Weathervane Foundation serve on a volunteer basis, and without compensation.

Fran Padgett, Founder and Executive Director
Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001, Fran left her successful business career to pursue her passions for painting and writing, and her new calling – finding a cause and a cure for breast cancer. Recognizing her dedication to the cause of breast cancer, BMW named Fran a Houston 2005 Hero in connection with BMW’s Ultimate Drive for the Cure, which raises funds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Fran is a charter member of the Cypress Creek Museum of Fine Arts, and author of “Breast Cancer Recovery: No One Wrote a Manual,” winner of six national literary awards, and “Breast Cancer: No One Chose This Journey,” due in bookstores Spring of 2009. More about Fran

Board Members:

Debra Stuckey, Chairperson
Debra is a branch supervisor at the Hempstead location of Trustmark Bank. Her extensive business background included a focus on customer service at Southwest Airlines and General Motors as well as owning her own business. She had also served for two years with the City of Yuma Arizona Art Museum and Theatre assisting with sales and fund raisers.

John O. Skagerberg, Secretary
Jack is a retired licensed Texas attorney who specialized in the business of regulated real estate reclamation and rehabilitation. He is a Principal, Senior Project Director, Central Region of the international accounting firm of Thompson, Cobb, Brazilio & Associates, LP, based in Washington, DC. Besides his work with The Weathervane Foundation, Mr. Skagerberg is also an active member of the Dean's Advisory Board at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Elaine Johnson, R.N./E.M.T., Nurse Navigator, Treasurer
Elaine has over 30 years experience in the medical field and is currently working part time at the Houston Northwest Medical Center Breast Center. She has served as the president of the Cypress Creek EMS. Her current affiliations include Facilitator for the American Cancer Society, CPR instructor for the American Heart Association, Program Coordinator for the Bluebonnet CISM, and a volunteer for a team for critical incident de-briefing.

Amber Levine, Board Member, Recording Secretary
Amber currently is a neuroscience graduate student at Baylor College of Medicine. She has a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Houston. She has volunteered at various places and works with the Tomball Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Linda Tate, LVN, Member at Large
Linda Tate LVN, Member at Large, Linda is a retired LVN. She is a 7 year breast cancer survivor. Originally from North Carolina, has been a Houston resident for 24 years. In the past has enjoyed being a Harley rider.

Special Advisors to the Board:

W. Douglass Larson, President, Suntech Building Systems, Inc.
Doug shares his business knowledge and expertise with the board. He is a native of Houston and a graduate of the University of Houston with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He is owner and President of Suntech Building Systems, a commercial general contracting firm, a member of Windwood Presbyterian Church, and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Esther Valdez, R.N., MammaCare Specialist
Esther is a certified Nurse Navigator and the Charge Nurse at the Houston Northwest Medical Center Breast Center, sharing breast cancer information from the aspect of her nursing background.

Sandy Lawrence, President, Perceptive Marketing
Sandy generously assists The Weathervane Foundation in the area of marketing and media/public relations.

Bernadette Jacobs
Manager of Schroeder Road Storage. Bernadette crochets and sews for the Care, Share and Be Aware support group at the Houston Northwest Medical Breast Center.

Nicholas Levine, Personal Trainer
Nicholas is a certified Personal Trainer and a cum laude graduate of the University of Houston with a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology. He is currently at Texas Women's University studying for a Masters in body mechanics.

Lyn Fitzpatrick
Lyn teaches Spanish to middle school students at a Houston private school. Lyn was active in Culture Shapers for many years as the Program Director.

Yvonne Denbina
Yvonne is the owner of Garden of the Dragonfly art studio in Old Town Spring. She is an artist and skilled at healing touch.

Beverly Denver
Beverly is a breast cancer survivor and for ten years the publisher and editor of HOUSTON WOMAN MAGAZINE.


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