CINDY MARX, PROGRAM MANAGER
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.
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.
volunteer Board of Directors
Sherri lies - board president
Hello, my name is Sherri Lies. I am originally a military brat from Oakland, California and have proudly called Sandpoint home for over 37 Years. I am blessed to be married to Scott, my best friend and high school sweetheart, for more than 31 years! Our family includes three sons, one daughter and three adorable grandchildren! I am very fortunate to have my eldest son and my daughter, along with her three children, living in Sandpoint so I get to love on them a lot!
Not only am I a mother and a grandmother, I have also been a beauty consultant with Mary Kay for 23 years and love to help women with all their skincare needs. I serve on the board of Community Cancer Services (CCS) and 7B Women, Inc., both nonprofits in Sandpoint. I am a substitute teacher at Sandpoint Children’s Learning Center, which helps fill my passion for healthy environments for preschoolers. My husband and I love to be in the outdoors and explore our area. I have lots of hobbies including walking, biking, reading, knitting, trying to garden, wine tasting, but most of all I just enjoy being surrounded by friends and family—and yes, I even enjoy the sparkly white snow!
My first experience with CCS was as the Program Director for over 3 ½ years beginning back in 2009. My experience with cancer itself has been as a support system to close family and friends dealing with the disease. And like many, I have unfortunately lost close personal friends to cancer. As the Program Director at CCS, my passion quickly grew for Heather’s (the founder of CCS) vision of a need-driven organization whose goal is strictly to do what they can do; to support a person with a cancer diagnosis and not have the support be defined by income. CCS is truly an amazing organization! I am honored and excited to now serve as the board President.
teresa lunde, Vice President
“Fighting my own autoimmune battle over the past few years, has given me pause, and sympathy, for folks experiencing chronic illness—some with no hope of a cure. Life hands us trials and if we listen, and learn, our lives become far richer for those trials.
Joining Community Cancer Services has enriched my life and through the efforts of many, we will make a difference for people who need advocates, and support, at a time that can be filled with 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. Thanks to The Wild Rose Press, two books are published with book one of a three book series currently under consideration.
In personal life, I’m married to my supportive, real life hero, Don, and we share three beautiful daughters, three spectacular sons-in law, and seven wonderful grandchildren.”
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 were 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.
Sara Muckler, MA, LCPC
“When I discovered Community Cancer Services and realized the amazing work being done here, I thought, wow! I want to be part of this! I am incredibly thrilled and humbled to be here at CCS and to be able to serve our community.”
Sara grew up in Sandpoint and obtained a Bachelors of Science in Communications from the University of Idaho and later a Master of Arts in Psychology with an emphasis on Family Systems from Saybrook University. After living in Seattle for many years, she returned to the area in the spring of 2018. Sara has worked as a mental health therapist in private practice, as an emergency room social worker, and has worked with adults and elders in assisted living and skilled nursing facilities. She has worked, as well, with people of all ages who are dealing with long-term health issues, as well as those who have experienced loss.
“My personal experience in counseling and dealing with the loss of a parent from cancer led me to want to help others. I am continually humbled and inspired by the insights, growth, and self-discovery that occur in the therapeutic process. One thing that I’ve learned through my own experience and in working with others is that you do not have to deal with big life events by yourself. It’s ok and actually really helpful to have a dedicated someone to talk to.”