Hello, my name is Sherri Lies. 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.
A two time breast cancer survivor myself I feel very grateful to be able to work for CCS. I have been involved with the organization since the beginning from participating in early events, to becoming a board member, to becoming an employee in 2016. The community support is amazing and all of the clients are such wonderful people to get to know.
CCS Board member since 2017 I am currently a nurse manager at Panhandle Health District. I 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.
I enjoy spending time outdoors camping, boating, and at the mountain. I have two amazing kiddos, Jeven and Jayla. And a very supportive husband, Sean, who sponsors and donates to CCS every year.
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.
Sara Muckler, MA, LCPC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
“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.”
My name is Kirsten Daffron and I have been on the board of CCS since the beginning of 2020. My husband and I moved to Sandpoint just over a year ago after splitting our time between Colorado and California. We couldn’t be happier with our move and absolutely adore Sandpoint. Our kids love it here too so it has been a perfect fit for all of us! When I saw that CCS was looking for board members, I jumped on it. I am a five year breast cancer survivor and have tried to pay it forward since my diagnosis. Cancer patients and survivors are all members of a club no one wants to be a member of, yet it is an extremely tight, supportive, and loving club that I am proud to be a part of. I am so impressed with what CCS does for the Bonner and Boundary county communities from hat, beanie, and blanket donations, to gas money or rides and lodging for doctor appointments, to free counseling. As a newer board member, I am looking forward to what I can offer CCS and our community as well as encouraging those around me to join me in the fight against cancer!
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.
My name is Robin Zimpel and I am new to the board as of fall of 2019. As most of us can say my life has been touched by cancer in many ways. My dad lost his battle with Lymphoma and Liver cancer in 2011 and my dear friend Marci just celebrated 1 year breast cancer free on March 9th. In looking for ways to serve my community I was drawn to CCS.
I grew up in Sandpoint but left at 18 to pursue my dream of becoming a counselor. This dream took me on a migration to Seattle and back with a stop at North Idaho Community College, University of Idaho and lastly Saybrook University where I received my masters degree in Psychology, Systems Counseling. I have been back in Sandpoint since early 2013 and am currently running a private counseling practice as well as volunteering with Hospice and working with our local crisis line.
As a relatively new board member I am looking forward to what I can offer CCS and our community as well as encouraging those around me to join me in the fight against cancer!
Debbie Heiser has spent over 28 years in leadership with international, domestic, and small business sectors and in numerous volunteer roles in the community. She started Three Vines Consulting & Leadership Development in 2016, focusing on helping organizations, teams and individuals identify and maximize the infinite possibilities available to them. Her mission is to help business owners solve problems, dream big, and explore what inspires and energizes them in their own lives, translating that passion into their business to get value-driven results. Helping others spark their passions and ignite their businesses is her lifelong mission! Heiser is known for her rock-solid business experience with companies from solopreneurs to Fortune 500 corporations, her executive coaching and servant leadership practice and her thought collaboration and adjunct professor role at Gonzaga University through the School of Leadership Studies. She has had the privilege to be on numerous boards, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of KC, Platte County Economic Development Council, Underground Kindness, Bonner General Health Foundation and Community Cancer Services.
Mary Chorzempa Treasurer
Maria Alberg Yoga Instructor