Cindy is a breast cancer survivor and has been cancer free since January 7th, 2009. Cindy is married to Eric Chaconas and is a mother of two. Cindy was raised by a single mother in Miami Fl, who was unfortunately also diagnosed with breast cancer, only 3 weeks after Cindy’s lumpectomy. Cindy attended the University of Florida and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training and physical education in 2002. A desire to advance her education led Cindy to the University of St. Augustine in May 2005, where she would earn a doctorate in physical therapy in 2007. Currently, Cindy is a domestic engineer. After she and her mother were diagnosed, Cindy felt a need to educate the community in the early detection and prevention of breast cancer, and thus “Pink Up The Pace” was born in the Spring of 2009. Through her diagnosis, Cindy has learned that, “the key to success is to handle each situation as they come and move forward, because somewhere someone has been in your same shoes.”
Amy is a breast cancer survivor. She was diagnosed in October of 2008, at the age of 35. Amy was raised in Jacksonville, FL, but now calls St. Augustine home. Her father, a retired urologist, and mother are residents of Fleming Island. Amy’s brother and his family reside in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She earned an Associate of Science degree from Florida Community College in 1992. In 1994, she graduated from Baptist Hospitals’ Radiology program and later became registered in ultrasound in 2003. In 1997, Amy graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science. She is employed with the Precision Imaging Center, working primarily as a sonographer doing diagnostic ultrasound. Amy has been involved with PUTP since it was founded by Cindy Ortiz Chaconas in 2009.
Susan is a breast cancer survivor. She has been cancer-free since December, 2007. Susan and her husband, Bill, and children, Taylor and Will, moved to St. Augustine in August, 2010 from San Antonio, TX. Susan is a 1981 graduate of the University of Virginia with a BA in Economics. Susan has experience working at legal, business and nonprofit entities. Most recently, she has worked for St Johns County School District. She is honored and proud to be a part of PUTP. She says it has been exciting to see it grow from a small 5K race to a true community event. She knows that with early detection, breast cancer can be cured. Her goal is to help PUTP increase awareness of the disease in women and stress the importance of early diagnosis and treatment. For anyone facing a cancer diagnosis, she encourages them to reach out to other survivors. There is an amazing source of strength provided by knowing others who have traveled the same path.
Kimberly Rolleston was born and raised in beautiful St. Augustine, FL. Her family here dates back five generations. She has a young daughter with whom she loves to spend most of her time. Kimberly has been in the radiology field for twenty years. She received her training at University/Shands Hospital in Jacksonville, FL. Currently, she works at Flagler Hospital in MRI. Kimberly decided to become involved with Pink Up The Pace when realizing how many young women in the community were being diagnosed with breast cancer.
Terri is a 6-year breast cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in January of 2011. Terri and her husband Rodney have been married for 33 years and have 3 children and 3 granddaughters. Terri has 4 sisters and moved with her family to St Augustine from Colorado Springs, CO in 1982. She has worked for St Johns County Sheriffs Office and the Board of County Commissioners for 25+ years. She has met and formed close relationships with some amazing women as she went through her treatment. She says that without the support she received she wouldn't be where she is today. She feels honored to be working with PUTP.
Lisa grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. In 1997, St Augustine became home with her husband Joel, and it has been a phenomenal place to raise their two children. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology from UAB, Lisa has been passionate about health care for more than 30 years. She loves the clinical part of medicine along with management and is currently a System Administrator for Radiology Associates Imaging. In 2011 she joined the Pink Up the Pace Board of Directors. She is grateful for the opportunity to promote a positive, caring community by volunteering for Pink Up the Pace.
Donna was born on Ormond Beach, FL and was raised in St Augustine, FL from the age of two. She worked at her parent’s daycare business for seven years after graduating from St Augustine High School. She joined the Army and retired with pride after 20 years of service to her country. She was promotable to Lieutenant Colonel at the time of her service separation. Serving as a Finance Officer she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Business and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Administration. She completed the Combine General Staff College along with many other career course requirements. While working for the county after military retirement she became friends with several of the Pink UP The Pace Board Members and with her love to help others helping others she was asked to join the board. She has been on the board of over six years. She is happiest helping others and loves the awesome work the Pink Up The Pace supporters are able to accomplish.