Board of Directors
The Board of Directors functions to advise, assist and aid in our efforts to support breast cancer education and outreach programs serving Komen Coastal Georgia’s service area.
Suzanne Kirk is the President of Employee Development Strategies, Inc., a Human Resources and Organizational Development consulting firm that helps clients focus on the people side of business. An avid community volunteer, Suzanne is passionate about continuing the fight against breast cancer after losing her mom to the disease in 1997. As a wife and mother of three children, Suzanne is honored to be part of an organization focused on eradicating breast cancer for the coming generations.
Heather Lundy is an attorney in the Specialty Litigation practice group at Hunter Maclean, focusing her practice on medical malpractice defense. She joins the Komen Coastal Georgia Board of Directors in 2014. Heather is excited to take an active role in the fight against breast cancer.
Melanie Orsini is an accountant with Skinner, Barndollar, & Lane, PC, where she prepares tax returns and financial statements for small to medium businesses and private foundations in Savannah and the surrounding communities. During 2013-2014, two of her family members were diagnosed with breast cancer. Shortly thereafter in 2014, a client, also a survivor, introduced Melanie to Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia with an invitation to serve on its Board as Treasurer-Elect. Melanie was thrilled with the opportunity to use her knowledge of accounting to help in the fight for a cure.
Member At Large
A native of Brunswick, Georgia, DelRia T. Baisden serves as Vice President for Southeast Georgia Health System. She oversees the Radiology, Cardiopulmonary, Wound Care, and Rehabilitation Services departments on the Brunswick Campus. She received both her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and her Master of Health Administration from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 2007, Ms. Baisden was honored at the YWCA of Brunswick Tribute to Women Leaders for her contributions to the community and the Health System. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Managers for the Golden Isles YMCA and the Coastal Georgia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen.
Leesa is an attorney with Moore, Clarke, DuVall & Rodgers in Savannah. She is a 16-year breast cancer survivor and daughter of a survivor. She is convinced that mammography and good medical care result in early detection and early cure. Two weeks after her 40th birthday, her tumor was detected by mammogram when compared to her baseline films taken five years earlier. Both mammograms were scheduled by her primary care physician due to her family history. When diagnosed, her sons were 11 and 7 years old. Leesa danced with both at their weddings this summer! This is why she feels honored to join the Komen Coastal Georgia Board this year to help provide mammograms and education for under-served women.
Emily handles all marketing and communication efforts for the Georgia Tech Savannah campus. A seasoned marketing and development professional, she is excited to use her expertise to help in the fight against breast cancer. Originally from Indianapolis, Emily attended SCAD and loved Savannah enough to stay and call it home. She and her husband Tim are proud parents of their young son, Patrick.
Lori Keith Robinson, a well-known Savannah artist, HATES breast cancer! Both her mother and sister fought the vicious disease. Her sister’s death at 41 was especially hard because she was so young and left two children without a mother. Her son (who was nine at the time) eventually came to live with Lori, and she witnessed the results of his loss daily. Lisa, her sister, participated in a phase I trial at UNC Chapel Hill. When asked why she would agree to do that, she said simply “if no one ever participated, they’d never find a cure”. Lori wants to continue her sister’s selfless mission, hoping that cure will be found in time for her nieces’ and her daughter’s generation. After attending a Komen Research lecture on what is currently being developed, Lori felt a sense of hope, for the first time, that a cure was truly possible.
Dr. Ray Rudolph is a recently retired breast surgeon after practicing at Memorial University Medical Center for 30 years. The last 15 years of his surgical practice was exclusively dedicated to the care of women with breast disease at the Center for Breast Care, the first breast only practice in the region, established with his partner Dr. Paula DeNitto. He was on the committee that applied to Komen for the Cure to establish the local affiliate here. He has been extensively involved with the Race for the Cure in Savannah since its onset recently serving as the honorary race chair in 2015 and race co-chair in 2016. November 2015 he traveled to Zambia, Africa and witnessed firsthand a population where 75% of breast cancers are diagnosed at an advanced stage. He witnessed the contributions of Komen for the Cure even in Zambia as was noted on breast health posters, literature, and our significant support of the national health survey and report of 2015. He received his M.D. at the University Of South Dakota School Of Medicine, completed his surgery residency at Memorial in Savannah, and received his Masters of Public Health from Armstrong University, Savannah. His wife of 43 years, Barbara, is a nurse practitioner, and he has 2 children and 4 grandchildren.
Melinda B. Spisso is the owner and operator of Spisso CPA. Melinda Spisso is a certified public accountant and QuickBooks Certified Pro Advisor. Melinda has worked in public accounting for more than 15 years and extensively in tax for more than 10 years. She graduated from Huntingdon College with a BA in Accounting and then attended Auburn University of Montgomery to earn her Masters of Business Administration. Melinda moved to Savannah, Georgia in 2002 and has since become very involved in the community serving on several boards. She currently serves as the Junior Achievement Volunteer Coordinator at Blessed Sacrament School, she has been a Girls on the Run coach for the last few years at Blessed Sacrament School and now serves as a member of the Girls on the Run Board. She is in her final year as a member of the Blessed Sacrament School Board. She attended the Leadership Savannah program in 2012-2013 and was also named one of GenerationNext’s 2016 Savannah’s Top Rising Stars of Business. Melinda is married and has three young daughters.
Drew Wade, M.D., is a radiologist at SouthCoast Health in Savannah. As a diagnostic radiologist, he routinely reads mammograms and is often the first to discuss a breast cancer diagnosis with a patient. In additional to his professional role, Drew also has been touched personally by breast cancer, as both his mother and wife are survivors. He received his undergraduate degrees from the University of Georgia and M.D. from Emory. Drew is a 2008 graduate of Leadership Savannah, and is the founding Chair of Savannah Bicycle Campaign and serves on the boards of the Savannah Music Festival and Georgia Bikes. He is an avid runner and cyclist, and has three children, Henry, Margaret and Etta.