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.



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


Stephanie Allen serves as our board president and is also a paralegal with Berg & McLaughlin 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.




My grandmother was a breast cancer survivor and a huge supporter of cancer related non-profits when I was a child.  I spent a great deal of time volunteering at events and am thankful for the opportunity to continue that service by giving back to my community with such an amazing organization.  Community Cancer Services provides such an incredible amount of assistance, both emotional and financial, to the people of our community.  I’m honored to say that I can help support the organization.


teresa lunde

“Fighting my own health 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 a group such as 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.
My professional life is spent working for Axia Home Loans as a mortgage loan consultant. Filling the cracks of time, such as before work, lunch hour or weekends, I write novels under the name, Tesa Devlyn. I have 2 books out with The Wild Rose Press and another manuscript under consideration at Entangled Publishing.
I’ve been married to Don for almost 43 years. We have three grown daughters, three marvelous sons-in-law and seven adorable grandchildren.”


andra nelson

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 with the Law Office of Berg & McLaughlin 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. 

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Denise Wilken 




tara rumore

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.       


garrett strizich

I am a proud Sandpoint native and recently returned to put down roots with my wife, Emily. Since graduating from SHS in 2003, I have lived in Colorado, Montana, Utah and New York. After completing a master’s degree in public health with an emphasis on cancer prevention, and working as a health researcher for 3 years, I’m now working to apply my skills to improve our community.  CCS was a tremendous resource for my mother, providing emotional, social, and financial support when she needed it most. I’m excited to help preserve and expand the valuable services CCS provides at no cost, and further Heather’s legacy by spreading the word that we are here to help to all affected by cancer in our communities.


advisory committee

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stefanie nostdahl

Stefanie has been involved with CCS for going on 9 years now!  She is a former president of our board of directors and currently chairs the organizing committee for our largest annual event, A Night to Remember.  Stefanie moved to the area from Aspen, Colorado in 1998.  She has 3 children, Mikka, Ander, and Treva, and is the owner of Pend Oreille Insurance and Financial Services.  Before joining CCS, Stefanie knew she wanted to volunteer her time and give back to something worthwhile in the community, but was looking for something that didn't have anything to do with her business life. Stef's parents were affected by cancer, and so CCS seemed like the perfect home for her.