About Us

Many organizations fight breast cancer.
We do it differently.

Our organization has been fighting breast cancer since 2005, when a small group of neighbors joined together to raise funds for research. We named ourselves The Step Sisters to represent the support family members provide to one another during times of crisis.

In 2014, members Ashley Campolattaro and Angela Fuentes, took The Step Sisters in a new direction. After repeatedly seeing the impact the disease had on patients and their families, they decided to dedicate their mission to assisting patients throughout treatment.

Supporting patients as they battle the disease is a different, yet vital approach to fighting breast cancer.

Throughout our history, we have seen neighbors, friends and family members diagnosed with the disease. We believe that no patient should have to stop or even delay her treatment due to her personal circumstances. Further, no patient should feel that she is fighting breast cancer alone.

Ashley Campolattaro, Founder & Co-Executive Director

Ashley co-founded the Step Sisters in 2005 when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. She currently serves as Co-Executive Director. As the Step Sisters have grown and evolved, her life has been touched by breast cancer with a number of friends also facing the disease. She feels that the Step Sisters’ mission has reignited the “heart” of the organization and has brought new meaning to its work by impacting our local communities.

Ashley has a background in marketing, communications and design. She operates a local business, Families in Training, which organizes Brambleton Kids Run the Nation, as well as the Lace Up for Learning 5k and the B_Fit Trail Challenge. An RRCA Certified Race Director & Running Coach, she is the organizer of the Step Sisters’ Ribbon Run, the organization’s largest fundraiser.

Married to her high school sweetheart, Ashley and her husband enjoy family time as they raise their 3 boys. * Photo Credit: Jessica Monte Photography

Angela Fuentes, Founder & Co-Executive Director

Angela joined the Step Sisters in 2009 following her personal battle with breast cancer. Throughout her treatment, members of The Step Sisters played an important role in supporting her and getting her through a very challenging time in her life. Angela hopes to pay forward the generosity and kindness that was shown to her family and is proud to serve as Co-Executive Director of The Step Sisters organization.

Angela has a background in business and finance and owns her own bookkeeping business, Ashburn Accounting. She brings her financial expertise to the organization by handling all the bookkeeping needs of The Step Sisters.

Long-time residents of Brambleton, Angela, her husband and 2 boys enjoy spending time with family, participating in sports and being involved in the community. * Photo Credit: Jessica Monte Photography

 

Board Members

Sarah Strohecker, President

242403_108837339202935_5744610_oSarah has been involved with the Step Sisters since 2014. Initially, she got involved to support her lifelong friend, Angela Fuentes.

Sarah successfully led the Step Sisters’ Think Pink auction, netting more than $8k for our organization.

A geography major in college, Sarah is married to her high school sweetheart and is raising her two daughters. She enjoys reading, running and spending time with her family.

 

Wendy Hunt, Vice President

Wendy has been a participating member of the Step Sisters since its inception.  She is an active volunteer at Community Church and in her local school PTA. 

Wendy is a graduate of Clemson University with a degree in Accounting.  She has experience in accounting, systems training, and education and currently works at Virginia Academy in Admissions.

Wendy lives in Ashburn with her husband and two children. 

 

Karen Pfister, Treasurer

Karen is a long-time member of the Step Sisters. She has a background in finance and contracts and currently works providing business operations services at a large government contracting firm. Karen lives in Brambleton with her husband and 3 active children.

 

 

Geri Wardlow, Secretary

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Deanna Cain, Board Member

Deanna has been a member of the Step Sisters since 2011 when she began volunteering with the annual Ribbon Run, and her involvement has grown from there. As a Girl Scout Leader and Team Captain for Volunteers for Change, she passionately promotes volunteerism throughout the community.

Deanna is a James Madison University graduate, where she received degrees in Business Administration and Fine Arts.  She currently works in the Project Management Office for a local government contractor.

Deanna lives in Leesburg with her husband and their three children. She enjoys being involved in the community and taking advantage of everything that Loudoun County has to offer. * Photo Credit: Jess Lynn Photography

Karen Puleo, Board Member, Chair of Governance Committee

Karen joined the Step Sisters in 2009 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She used her diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer as a call to evaluate and make changes to her life. She was fortunate to have the support of her friends and family throughout her wellness journey. Now a long-time survivor, she is Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resource Officer at a local major financial organization. Karen lives in Loudoun County and can be seen five (5) days a week working out at her local gym. She is an avid reader and spends her spare time mentoring people who are struggling with personal challenges. She also spends time helping people who have been diagnosed with breast cancer deal with all of the issues surrounding their diagnosis. She has a passion for giving back and helping others deal with issues in their life. Karen graduated from Rider University with a BS in Management and Organizational Behavior and is a member of a number of professional associations.

Advisory Committee

Dr. Amy Irwin, M.D., Medical Advisor
Amy_Irwin-175x263Dr. Irwin’s commitment to caring for and treating oncology and hematology patients led her to join the Loudoun Office of Virginia Cancer Specialists in 2008. A recognized expert in the fight against breast cancer, Dr. Irwin is part of the national U.S. Oncology Breast Cancer Research Committee, has been interviewed as a breast cancer specialist on television and in magazines, and is repeatedly called on to speak at charity events for breast cancer awareness and prevention.  The Step Sisters are fortunate to have Dr. Irwin on board as a medical advisor.

Aimee Taylor, Advisor & Chair of Fundraising & Development Committee

_DSC5434Aimee first encountered the Step Sisters in 2011 when she ran The Ribbon Run for a friend diagnosed with breast cancer. She joined the group in 2013 to help with public relations, outreach and grant writing.

Aimee owns Market Alignment, a marketing agency which serves large and small companies in the DC metro area.

Married with two daughters, Aimee has lived in both Russia and England but loves calling Ashburn home.

 

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