“Our mission is to raise funds for pediatric and adolescent cancer patients and the special projects that benefit these patients and their families.”
Dianne Troop - Founder and President
Over the past 20 years Dianne Troop, born and raised in Houston, has owned and operated her own business. She is experienced in all aspects from bookkeeping to business planning, advertising and event planning. She has worked in the oil and gas industry which offered her the ability to work with high-level executives on top priority projects.
She has been involved with charity work for over 30 years and she remains involved in her community such as ambassador for the League City Chamber of Commerce, member of the Assistance League of the Bay Area and a volunteer for numerous charity associations.
Troop founded the Jeanette Williams Foundation in memory of her mother. This along with her faith and love for children is her driving force to do all she can for children's cancer research.
Bette Burton - Vice President
Bette Burton is a native Houstonian. She enjoys traveling and volunteering. She is now retired and living in Fulshear, TX. Bette has been married for 22 years. Her volunteer work includes serving on the board of Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville, NC for six years as treasurer and social chair.
Burton is a past board member of LV Women's Club in Lago Vista, TX serving nine years as social, publicity, membership chairs and as secretary. She is currently serving as program chair for the Weston Lakes Women's Association board.
Bernie Anderson - Honorary Board Member
Bernadette, 51 has always had a passion for helping others, especially children which ultimately lead her to her current board seat as Treasurer for the Jeannette Williams Foundation.
Bernie is a graduate of Port Neches-Groves High School, Class of 1977. After graduation she married and later moved to Austin, Texas where she became a stay at home mom of her only son Michael Foster who has over the years made her the proud granny of four awesome grandchildren.
Bernie later divorced and moved back to her home town and began her career in the Criminal Justice field working for Jefferson County in the Criminal Courts division as a Court Coordinator/Clerk where she spent 3 years. During her tenure with the Criminal Courts she was offered a position with the State Bar of Texas in Austin, accepted that position and moved back there where she would spend the next 15 years of her life. Bernie climbed the latter of success with the State of Texas transferring from the State Bar to the Office of the Governors Criminal Justice Division under the direction of Governor’s Clements and Richards where she worked for the Texas Narcotics Control Program and then on to the State Crime Stoppers Program her ultimate passion. After leaving the Governor’s Office she moved on to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Victim’s Services Division where she was instrumental in implementing Crime Stoppers behind the Texas Prison Walls. Bernie left that position to open her own business, Information Management Resources (IMR) which was a 24-hour Call Center that supported Crime Stoppers Organizations nationwide, she closed that business after 11 years only to open a new one completely outside the realm of criminal justice. Bernie was the one of the partners the Boutique Winery “D’Vine Wine” located in Kemah. The partnership sold but Bernie stayed on as the GM for the new Owner David Skinner.
Bernie has since retired from the entrepreneurial world where she is enjoying life with her husband Alan Anderson of 14 years. The two love hunting, fishing together, and are currently in the process of rebuilding their home lost to Hurricane Ike in 2008.
Julie Johnson - Director
Julie Johnson lives in South Shore Harbour with her husband Ron and stepson Matthew. She moved to League City from Dallas where she was an assistant district attorney. While in Dallas, Johnson spent five years working with Habitat for Humanity earning the title of crew chief. She also was a charter member of the Texas Women's Shooting Sports Association, whose primary charity is the Boy Scouts of America.
After moving to League City, Johnson founded Southern Ladies Enjoying Wine (S.L.E.W.). S.L.E.W.'s charitable benefactors include The Pajama Project, M.D. Anderson Hospital, Bay Area Turning Point and The Arts Alliance Center of Clear Lake.
Johnson enjoys spending time with her family and friends, travel and boating.
Era Lee Caldwell - Honorary Board Member
Era Lee Caldwell operates Southern Sales, a Food Service Brokerage business she founded in 1982 in the DFW area. She served 2 years as President of the North Texas Food Service Brokers Association. While living in Southlake, Caldwell received honors by the City and the Chamber for her community volunteer efforts. While President of the Greater Southlake Women’s Society, she received the Texas Federation of Women’s Club’s Pioneer District “Woman of the Year” award.
Since arriving on the scene in the Bay Area in 2005, Era Lee has continued her tradition of community volunteering. For two years she served as Vice President of the Jeanette Williams Foundation. Caldwell is currently Public Relations Chair & Photographer of the Bay Area Welcome Neighbor's Club having held positions of Secretary and Historian. She also served two years on the board as Secretary and Social Director of the Waterford Yacht Club. Era Lee is Public Relations Chair (and 2008 Mardi Gras Queen) of the Mystic Krewe Du Carnaval and a charter member of S.L.E.W. (Southern Ladies Enjoying Wine) and SIWS (Seabrook Island Wine Society).
Dr. Susan C. Gaskill, M.D. - Honorary Board Member
Dr. Gaskill’s road to becoming a clinical breast radiologist was a gradual process, woven in life experiences, a journey of faith, and her background as a critical care nurse. She was born and raised in Houston and graduated from Bellaire High School in 1975. She attended The University of Texas at Austin and received a Bachelors Degree in Nursing with honors in 1979. After completing nursing school, she worked in intensive care at Hermann Hospital, but it wasn’t long before she made the decision to return to school to become a doctor.
While working as a nurse at Hermann, she completed her premedical requirements at Houston Baptist University and entered The University of Texas Medical School at Houston in 1983. Dr. Gaskill was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, and received The Faculty Wives Club Scholarship, and The Janet M. Glascow academic achievement award. She completed a residency in radiology at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas in 1991.
During the final years of her radiology training, she had the opportunity to rotate through the newly founded Susan G. Komen Breast Center where she had the opportunity to interface with women undergoing imaging tests and biopsies to determine if they had breast cancer. It was the fear in their eyes that touched her heart and fueled her passion to help these women through the process. Dr. Gaskill seized the opportunity to implement her nursing skills, listening to them and offering words of encouragement and support. She was distressed when radiologists at the breast center refused to discuss the imaging findings and management options directly with the women at the time of their appointments at the breast center, reinforcing the perception that radiologists just sit in dark rooms reading x-rays. She was thrilled at the opportunity for hands-on, face-to-face contact with patients while applying the diagnostic skills she was learning. These experiences inspired Dr. Gaskill to subspecialize in the new and growing field of breast imaging and led her to become the first fellow in breast imaging at the Susan G. Komen Breast Center at Baylor Dallas in 1992.
After completing her fellowship training, she served as the medical director of the Women’s Diagnostic Center at Medical City Dallas Hospital before returning to the Houston Clear Lake area in 1999, where she practiced through October 2005. Dr. Gaskill has since been serving as the interim Medical Director at the Baylor Women’s Imaging Center in Plano, Texas, for the purpose of learning new technology and its implementation, most importantly, digital mammography and dedicated breast MRI. Her vision is to bring these new tools in the fight against breast cancer to the women of the Bay Area, and to present them in a compassionate, comfortable, personalized atmosphere. She named our new facility Victory Breast Diagnostics and Women’s Imaging, because of its location near the Victory Lakes community in League City, and to serve as a reminder that winning is the only option. The facility will deliver comprehensive expert care with a team approach, which she credits to the lessons she learned as a critical care nurse and mother of four children.
Glenna Hodge - Honorary Board Member
Glenna Hodge is a partner and the director of governmental affairs for the national law firm of Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP. While she lives and works in Austin, her long-distance involvement in the foundation is an act of love and support for Dianne Troop, its founder.
Sisters by choice, Hodge and Troop share a love of family and a deep desire to stop the suffering of cancer victims and the people who love them.
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