Jazz District Chief to receive Legacy Promise Award at Komen KC Pink Promise Brunch

Leaders of Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City announced that Denise E. Gilmore will receive the prestigious 2014 Legacy Promise Award at this years’ Pink Promise Brunch on May 10 at the Overland Park Convention Center.

Denise E. Gilmore will receive the Legacy Promise Award

Denise E. Gilmore will receive the Legacy Promise Award

Gilmore came to Komen Kansas City as a volunteer on the board of directors in 2009. She first journeyed through breast cancer with her mother, who lost her courageous six year battle in 2000. Little did Denise know that 10 years later she would have to fight her own battle. In 2010, Gilmore was diagnosed with breast cancer, and was blessed to be surrounded by a caring circle of family and friends. She says, “I was in the right place at the right time,” as she also had the unwavering support of her Komen Kansas City family providing knowledge and comfort.

Breast cancer wasn’t finished with Denise’s family. In 2011, her sister Lynetta White was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer.  Lynetta lost her battle in January of 2014.  Just recently, she had another sister diagnosed with breast cancer. Gilmore, now more than ever, is a passionate advocate for breast health awareness for women.

She is dedicated to encouraging women of color to get screened – as minority women are more likely to get diagnosed at a later stage and to die from breast cancer. Denise wants to join hands with women of every race, color and creed to help end breast cancer. She knows those efforts start with family, friends, and spreads out from there. Her firsthand experience shows how important it is to detect breast cancer early.

Denise currently serves on the Komen Kansas City Affiliate Board of Directors as Vice-President. She has been a committed volunteer for the Race for the Cure, Pink Promise Brunch and advocating for legislation to make breast health care accessible to all women. She is also on the Wyandotte County Breast Health Task Force to address the disparity of outcomes in Wyandotte County, Kansas. She reaches out to women diagnosed with breast cancer to be a source of encouragement and support, providing information and inspiration. She is deeply committed to making a difference in the lives of those who are touched by breast cancer.

Gilmore was on the Komen KC's Faces of Komen in 2013

Gilmore was on the Komen KC’s Faces of Komen in 2013

Each year, the Komen Kansas City Affiliate recognizes a breast cancer survivor, co-survivor or breast health advocate who is making an impact in the community in the fight against breast cancer. Since 2011, Komen Kansas City has honored an individual or group who has demonstrated an understanding and awareness of issues related to breast cancer and survivorship. His/her volunteer efforts have demonstrated a commitment to educating the public with life-saving messages about the importance of early detection and/or making healthy lifestyle choices to help prevent the disease.

Professionally, Gilmore is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Jazz District Redevelopment Corporation, located in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District in Kansas City, Missouri. She leads the district’s commercial redevelopment effort to attract developers and tenants for the mixed-use urban district and to ensure that the redevelopment of the district is in keeping with the strategic plan for cultural preservation of the historic district. She is recognized as an authority on urban redevelopment in urban core communities, with a particular focus on equitable development and urban heritage preservation. Gilmore presents workshops and provides technical assistance at conferences and forums throughout the nation.

In addition to the Jazz District’s redevelopment activities, Denise serves on a number of appointed and volunteer Boards and Commissions, including the Industrial Development Authority, Parking and Transportation Commission, Greater Downtown Area Plan Implementation Committee, Parking Policy Review Board and the Streetcar Expansion Advisory Committee.

Gilmore was recognized as one of the “100 Most Influential African Americans in Kansas City” in 2009 by The Globe newspaper, and as the “Outstanding Woman of the Year” by Alpha Phi Alpha Beta Lambda Chapter. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Black Archives of Mid-America, Inc. She serves as President of the Twin Citians Club and is a member of the Kansas City Missouri Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 

Gilmore holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Business Administration from the University of Kansas, and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance and Business Administration from Rockhurst University. She has a Certificate in Community Economic Development from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Bloch School of Business.  Denise has a daughter, Rebecca, who is a graduate of Harvard University.

For more information on the Legacy Promise Award or the Pink Promise Brunch in general please visit: PinkPromiseKC.org.

Pink Promise Brunch adds National 3-Day Spokesperson to Breast Cancer Survivor Event

Members of the Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City Pink Promise Brunch Leadership announced that Sheri Prentiss, MD, will be the keynote speaker at the 2014 event on May 10 at the Overland Park Convention Center. Prentiss is the national spokesperson for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day events.

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Dr. Sheri Prentiss will deliver the keynote address at the 2014 Brunch

Prentiss is now a five-year breast cancer survivor and learning day by day how to LIVE! When she participated in the 2010 Susan G. Komen Chicago 3-Day, lymphedema had begun to be an issue. It became an even bigger issue and now she is left with clinically disabling lymphedema of her right arm/hand and can no longer perform hands-on treatment of her patients. Prentiss believes she’s alive and cancer-free for a reason. She’s meant to be part of the solution. For years, she was seen as the invincible physician. Now as a “patient-physician” she is a stronger advocate for better health awareness and the need for a cure. Her diagnoses/treatment have taken away one of her greatest fulfillments in life which was the hands-on care of her patients.

But after careful re-consideration of what she still has rather than what she’s lost, she has a brand new focus and mission in life. At the end of the Chicago 3-Day event, she knew she had found her calling. She was meant to help change lives on a national scale. She could share her story, share her voice, share her life, and share her victory with thousands of others that needed help. So she applied with Susan G. Komen and was chosen to be the National Spokesperson for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day. She is honored to represent the Susan G. Komen 3-Day as the National Spokesperson. This role affords her the opportunity to raise awareness and educate thousands of women and men throughout the country about breast health and how they can join in the fight to end breast cancer.

Dr. Prentiss obtained the following degrees: BA, with honors, Northwestern University 1989; MD, with honors, Loyola Stritch School of Medicine 1993; MPH, with a 5.0 GPA University of Illinois School of Public Health 1998; CPE, CCMM 2007.

Currently, she holds four medical management positions: S. Phillips Consulting—President, CEO; Take Care Health—Collaborating Physician; Harper College—Consulting Physician, Lab Director, and Technical Consultant; and MetLife—Independent Physician Consultant.

S. Phillips Consulting LLC helps individuals/employees balance work and family which in turn allows employers to maintain a loyal and motivated workforce. Because the demands on people have changed and balancing work and family has become more difficult, tools for achieving this balance are crucial. Dr. Prentiss knows and understands the importance of life balance and she provides interactive and realistic programs to help. Dr. Prentiss also understands that every individual’s/company’s needs are going to be and should be different. Therefore, tailoring the concepts of wellness and healthy lifestyles specifically to your needs is her number one priority.

At Take Care Health she provides valuable medical expertise and insight to a key component of the Health and Wellness division of Walgreens. She was retained by the company to serve in an advisory capacity sharing best practices in health and personal care while providing local communities with access to high-quality and affordable medical attention. She also offers strategic reviews to ensure organization compliance to top industry standards.

SheriPhillips - PhotosAt Harper College she oversees and directs the student health and clinical operations department of one of the leading colleges and training institutions in Illinois. She leads a team of healthcare professionals (nurses, psychologists, nurse practitioners, etc.) responsible for promoting wellness across the student body.

As an Independent Physician Consult with MetLife, Dr. Prentiss serves in a senior-level medical advisory role to the leading insurance provider in the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. She provides in-depth analyses on insurance claim file validity and process functionality while delivering professional opinion on recovery expectations for claimants’ medical conditions or injuries.

All four roles allow her to use a core set of clinical and management skills and knowledge base but each is distinct to a degree that allows for professional growth and development.

She has used her experience to apply medical management skills to four not-for-profit organizations—New Nation Anointed Ministries, Hope4Us (Chief Medical Officer), The Harvey Brooks Foundation (Board of Directors) and Better Man Than Me Foundation (Board of Directors). For these organizations, she serves as a liaison between physicians and the administration, oversees quality management programs, and performs strategic planning.

Over the past 20 years, she has become a highly experienced and dedicated physician with authoritative proficiency in healthcare management and organizational administration. She is an industry leader and subject matter expert in occupational health and wellness. She is a Board Certified Occupational Medicine physician and recent breast cancer survivor. Her new-found patient-physician perspective coupled with her advocacy for preventative care have made her aware of the dire need for a health and wellness program for physician leaders.

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Komen Kansas City is honored to have Dr. Sheri Prentiss serve as their keynote speaker for the 2014 Pink Promise Brunch on May 10, 2014.

For more information on the event or to purchase tickets for annual survivor brunch please go to http://www.PinkPromiseKC.org.