TBBCF Board welcomes new directors

Amy and Rachel share a passion for TBBCF’s mission, and are eager to get to work!

By ELLYN SANTIAGO

As Amelia “Amy” Caster leaves the role of TBBCF Development and Outreach Director following the hiring of Toni Lautieri to that role, the Foundation is blessed that she’s decided not to go far.

Amelia (Amy) Caster
Amelia (Amy) Caster

Amy’s headed to the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

“I started as a walker, became a volunteer, was hired as the Development and Outreach Director, and now, I get to be a member of the Board,” Amy said, adding: “I am thrilled.”

“The Foundation feeds my heart, the mission, the people, the science, the walk, all of it,” Amy shared.

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“I am honored to be able to continue furthering our mission to find a cure for breast cancer beside some of the most amazing people as a member of the Board of Directors,” she said.

Another of those “amazing people” is Rachel Redding.

Rachel Redding and Karen Westner
Rachel Redding and Karen Westner

Called Red by her soccer team, Rachel “Red” Redding has just joined the TBBCF Board of Directors. Rachel is a “doer.”

Married to her partner, Laura Westner, for the past 12 years, the couple are small business owners in Niantic. Their shop Coastal Gifts on Main, featuring their lifestyle brand Coastal Crab Co., is thriving. Rachel said that’s in large measure due to the love and support of family, friends, and the community.

“We count our stars all the time!”

A longtime educator and coach, Rachel was moved to join the Board “to give back.”

A computer graphics teacher at East Lyme High School for the past two decades, and longtime coach of the school’s girls' soccer team, she recently decided she wanted to do more. Affect positive change. Give back.

“My wife knows the Brodeurs. We have always donated and contributed,” she explained. “And I grew up doing (food, clothing, fundraising) non-profit drives to help others. I do wish to give back. My neighbors and I were just talking about being helpful, and giving back as we helped shovel others’ walkways.”

Volunteering projects, she said, is something she shares with her “soccer girls,” who’d be “all in.” Helping to influence another generation of volunteers means a lot to Rachel.

While this did not motivate her desire to volunteer for the TBBCF Board, her connection to breast cancer, not unlike so many others, inspires her to want to work to find a cure.

Her wife Laura was diagnosed with breast cancer. She’s undergone chemo, surgery, and now radiation. Another 16 to go, Rachel said. “She’s got this. She’ll be done by the Super Bowl. We call it the ‘one football season’ treatment.”

“I’m excited to get going,” she said.

Board President Patti Burmahl said she’s excited, too.

“Amy and Rachel will be great additions to the TBBCF Board of Directors,” she noted.

“Amy has been involved with the Foundation for years, and we’re excited to have her in the new role of Board member,” she said. “As a teacher and small business owner, Rachel brings a different set of experiences to the Board.  Both Amy and Rachel have a personal connection to our mission and will bring passion and enthusiasm to our Board of Directors.”

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