I’ve been involved with Community Cancer Services since the beginning as a friend and supporter of Heather & the original Heather’s House project. In 2005 and 2008 I found myself a client of the organization, mostly in need of information and hugs! I've also been a wine pourer, speaker, model and guest at CCS events over the years. I joined the board a couple years ago and now find myself in a position to work for the organization and continue to support our community members affected by this disease.
bambi lassen, LCSW
"I have so much passion to provide care at Community Cancer Services, and I love my job. I am honored to continue to provide such a valuable service. I have 17 years of experience in the field of Social Work, and I continue to grow and learn on my professional journey. I am dedicated to providing quality care."
In January of 2008 Lassen was hired as the Social Worker for Community Cancer services. She went on to pass the Licensed Clinical Social Work examination in 2009. She is honored to be a part of the CCS team and continues to work at Sandpoint Psychotherapy and Associates as a clinician with children, teens, adults, and families. She specializes in providing cancer patients and family members Cognitive Behavioral and Mindfulness tools to reduce anxiety and increase affect tolerance. Along with providing a safe place to explore the many emotions cancer brings to individuals, family members, and caregivers. Lassen also specializes in guiding clients through the grief process.
Anita Baker Bruce, LCSW
It has been my privilege to facilitate Cancer Support Groups at CCS for nearly ten years. As a former nurse, I witnessed the impact cancer can have on individuals, families and friends. In 1990 I became a Clinical Social Worker. My primary focus has been on working with people who are living with cancer. CCS has helped so many in our communities, and I am proud to be a member of the team.
HELEN TAPP - VOLUNTEER
I have been volunteering for the LOOK GOOD... FEEL BETTER program in Sandpoint for several years. I've been a licensed Aesthetician in Idaho since 1990. I have received several awards for my volunteering for the LGFB program, but am most proud to have received the SUNSHINE AWARD from the American Cancer Society for the State of Idaho in 2015.
volunteer Board of Directors
Stephanie Allen serves as our Acting Treasurer and is also a paralegal with Berg, McLaughlin & Nelson law offices here in Sandpoint. She grew up in the Chicago area, earned an associate degree in Virginia after studying to be a legal assistant/paralegal, and moved to Sandpoint 19 years ago. Stephanie likes to ski and sail with her three children. She also likes to cook, knit, golf and run. A few years ago she completed the Spokane marathon. She is also board member for CARE @Sandpoint High School, Inc.
“Fighting my own Auto Immune battle over the past few years has given me pause and sympathy for folks experiencing chronic illness—some with no hope of cure. Life hands us trials and if we listen and learn, our lives become far richer.
Joining Community Cancer Services seemed the right way to make a difference for people who need advocates and support at a time of fear and seeming lack of faith and hope.
In my professional life, I’m a Mortgage Loan Officer for American Pacific Mortgage, and a fiction writer of romantic suspense. As Tesa Devlyn, two books are out thanks to The Wild Rose Press and book one of a three book series is currently under consideration.
As if professional lives can be separated from personal, I’m married to my supportive, real life hero, Don for over 45 years and we share three beautiful daughters, spectacular sons-in law and seven wonderful grandchildren.”
Andra is an Idaho native who was born and raised in Soda Springs, a town located in the southeastern corner of the state. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in English at the University of Idaho. After graduation, she spent six months in Guadalajara, Mexico and taught English as a Second Language to employees and employers of multiple businesses and corporations. She then moved north to pursue her career as an attorney and partner with the Law Office of Berg, McLaughlin & Nelson here in Sandpoint. She loves to read, ski, and actively participate in her community...which is why she decided to be a part of Community Cancer Services.
Hi, my name is Tara Rumore. I moved out here from Atlantic City, NJ and have now proudly called Sandpoint my home for over 10 years. I have an amazing husband, Dante who is an LCSW, specializing with Combat Veterans, a crazy-awesome son, Sandro and a goofy dog named Argus. Helping out with baskets for the CCS “A Night to Remember” event many years ago and having family affected by cancer, has led me to realize I wanted to be more involved. I have worn many hats in my lifetime, but the one that is the most important for me is being a “supporter”. A supporter to my family, friends, and community and I couldn’t be more thankful for this opportunity.
New Board Member in 2018
I am currently a nurse manager at Panhandle Health District and have been employed there since 2006.
I have attended and been a sponsor for CCS events for several years. While attending A Night to Remember they announced board members where needed and I knew I wanted to join. Having seen family, friends, and clients affected by cancer, I realized I needed to be more involved.
Enjoy spending time outdoors camping, boating, and at the mountain. I have two amazing kiddos, Jeven and Jayla. And a very supportive fiancé, Sean, who sponsors and donates to CCS every year.
Stefanie Nostdahl has been serving Community Cancer Services (CCS) since 2007. Stefanie states, “I started on the board of directors when CCS was first on Cedar Street in a small house. Lisa Porter was the executive director at the time.” Stefanie chose to volunteer with CCS because she wanted to be involved in a cause to balance the commitment of work, and she wanted to give back to her community.
“My mom and dad always were involved in community service. I remember going to fundraising events as a child. My dad taught me community service is an important part of life,” shared Stefanie. She considered many of the non-profits in Sandpoint, and she chose CCS because she had cancer in her family. “My mom had breast cancer and my ex-father-n-law had throat and prostate cancer. They are both survivors.” Stefanie supported her family members when they were going through cancer.
Stefanie fondly remembers, “Patty Hutchens was a member of the CCS board, and she approached me during the time I was looking to get involved with a non-profit. Once I realized how CCS served our community, my heart was committed. This is when I knew CCS was where I needed to be.” Stefanie became the president of the CCS board after serving on the board for only one year. “We had a small board in 2008, and CCS almost had to close their doors due to low funding.”
With the leadership of Stefanie and the enthusiastic board, an amazing wine tasting fundraiser was created. “Our goal was to build our board and to create a signature fundraiser.”
A Night to Remember started in 2008, and now has grown to be the biggest source of funding for CCS. “Barb Perusse and Ponderay Rotary were instrumental in making this fundraiser happen,” said Stefanie.
A Night to Remember started at the Tango Café 10 years ago. The first year the event was sold out. Stefanie recalls, “We had to turn people away, and we struggled because Tango was the perfect environment to represent CCS and to really hear what the speakers at the event were saying.” CCS and Ponderay Rotary decided to move the event to a bigger venue due to the growing needs of CCS clients.
A Night to Remember was moved to the Events Center and the attendance doubled. Stefanie recalls, “We sold out every year at the Events Center too!” Due to the changes at the Event’s Center A Night to Remember moved to the Fairgrounds. Ponderay Rotary has continued to partner with CCS to make this fundraiser successful each year.
Community Cancer Services’ funding stays local in Bonner and Boundary counties. Stefanie expressed, “The help CCS gives to the people in our community is profound. The support does not benefit a national foundation, as CCS has a direct impact on our local loved ones with cancer right now. This is why it is so gratifying to be a part of such a wonderful organization. There is something about the selfless act to serve.”
Stefanie volunteered with CCS for 10 years and was the leader of A Night to Remember. CCS sincerely appreciates Stefanie Nostdahl and all of the dedicated supporters of this important fundraiser. Community Cancer Services is committed to provide free financial and emotional support to local cancer patients, their families and caregivers.