In her role as Executive Director, Lynn oversees all aspects of the FCS Foundation, including strategic planning, financial oversight, staff management, program development and execution of the Foundation’s mission, vision, and goals. Previously, Lynn was the FCS Foundation Volunteer Program Manager responsible for recruiting, training and scheduling volunteers at facilities currently participating in the FCS Volunteer Patient Support Program, as well as developing and identifying additional Florida Cancer Specialists’ facility opportunities throughout the state. A graduate of Salter College in Worcester, MA, Lynn has more than 30 years’ experience in corporate and nonprofit management. Before joining the Foundation, she was Director of Communications and Development at Cat Depot, a nonprofit cat rescue and adoption center, and responsible for media, public relations, advertising, fundraising, donor development and human resources. Previously, Lynn was the Executive Director for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Florida Suncoast Chapter, where she was responsible for the overall operation of the six-county affiliate. In her leisure time, Lynn enjoys reading, the Florida beaches, and spending time with her family and rescue cats.
In her role as the FCS Foundation Associate Director, Rebecca oversees the Client Services financial assistance program as well as the state-wide Volunteer program. Rebecca’s experience includes more than 15 years of non-profit management, program implementation and strategic planning. Rebecca earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Florida and a Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management from the University of Tampa. In her personal time, Rebecca is an active member in her community and enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
In her role as FCS Foundation Volunteer Program Manager Southwest, Dawn oversees volunteer recruitment, screening, placement, training, support and recognition. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Dawn has experienced a broad-based professional career that has included four years of volunteer management in the non-profit realm, as well as expertise in marketing, sales and tourism. In her personal life, Dawn enjoys the outdoors and beaches, pursuing a variety of creative projects and spending time with family and friends.
Kristin oversees the on-site volunteers, reviews and evaluates patient applications for financial assistance and coordinates monthly grant payments. She attended George Mason University, where she completed a bachelor’s degree in Community Health and Nutrition, and later earned her Master of Public Health from Loma Linda University in California. Prior to joining the FCS Foundation, Kristin worked for seven years as a Program Analyst for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Cambodia from 2018-2020 and, most recently, worked at the Florida Department of Health in Manatee County. Kristin takes pride in giving back to her local community by volunteering weekly. She maintains an active lifestyle and enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family.
In his role as Program Manager, Brian assists with FCS Foundation marketing requests, scheduling projects and ensuring deadlines are met. Brian also works closely with the Development and Event Manager regarding logistics for all scheduled FCS Foundation events and daily office duties of managing all FCS Foundation donations. Brian is a native of Peoria, Illinois and served for 14 years as Special Event Manager of Five Points Washington, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Washington, Illinois overseeing 200+ events per year. Brian earned a Bachelor of Business degree from Western Illinois University. In his personal life, Brian enjoys being active in the community, golfing and spending time with his family at the beach.
Meet Antonio Azzato, the visionary behind the Las Meninas Sculpture Project. To continue the successful and positive spirit of the Las Meninas project in Madrid, Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) and Healing Arts in Medicine are bringing Antonio Azzato’s vision to the United States for the first time.
Azzato was born and raised in Venezuela and has Italian and Spanish roots. He has raised more than 550K euros for different charitable foundations. His experience in the engineering, business, marketing, and interior design fields has given him the technical and artistic training to develop his Meninas Gallery project, which has positioned the silhouette of the Menina as the new icon of the city of Madrid, where he currently resides. Learn more about Antonio here.
Painted by Diego Velázquez in 1656,“Las Meninas” translates to Ladies in Waiting. Considered a masterpiece depicting life in the court of King Philip IV of Spain, the painting represents a turning point in art history for the way in which Velázquez broke from the stiff formal portraits that typically defined royal subjects.
Inspired by the iconic painting “Las Meninas,” which translates to “Ladies in Waiting,” Spanish artist and sculptor Antonio Azzato created larger than life-size statues, fashioned in the shape of the Ladies in Waiting in the famous painting, that have been displayed in the streets of Madrid every fall since 2018. The statues are painted by various Spanish artists and celebrities and used to raise money for different charities. For the project with Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS), smaller statues that are white, like a blank canvas, will be distributed to 12 designated FCS clinics. Together with local artists, patients will bring their Las Meninas vision to life, giving each statue its own unique theme and color palette.
Once complete, the Las Meninas sculptures will be on display in local communities, raising awareness of the extreme healing power of art in medicine. After a months-long tour of the state, each will be placed on auction. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation. The Foundation assists cancer patients in need in Florida with essential everyday living expenses.
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