The Wellness Community Welcomes Four New Board Members And Opens New Center In New Jersey

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The Wellness Community(R) (TWC), an international, non-profit organization dedicated to providing free support, education and hope for all people affected by cancer, today welcomed four new members to its National Board of Directors and announced that it will open its 22nd Wellness Community in the United States in mid-November to provide support, education and hope to the cancer community in Central New Jersey. In addition, in September, TWC announced the appointment of Paula Rothenberg as Executive Director of The Wellness Community -- Greater Washington, D.C., which is scheduled to open in 2006.

The Wellness Community -- National Board of Directors is made up of members who serve as knowledgeable ambassadors of The Wellness Community mission to provide free social and emotional support for people with cancer and their families. The new Board members come from diverse backgrounds and include:

  * Martin J. Dowd, former Partner, Executive Vice President and Senior
    Client Advisor of J.P. Morgan Investment Management, Inc., is currently
    a senior advisor for Global Investment Advisors, Inc.  He has held a
    variety of fundraising and advisory roles for universities, charities
    and churches.  Dowd is a graduate of Fordham University and was an
    officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.

  * Cherie Huillade has been the Board Chair of The Wellness Community --
    San Francisco/East Bay for the past four years and has been with Grubb
    and Ellis real estate firm since 1989, ranking among her office's top
    five producers.  She is actively involved with The Wellness Community in
    the San Francisco area where she established an annual gala "Toast to
    the Stars" as well as a regional Leadership Council and supports ongoing
    recruitment of new and active board members.

  * William H. Krul, II, is CEO and Senior Partner of Miller-Valentine Group
    and has served as Chairman of The Wellness Community -- Cincinnati.  He
    is deeply involved in his community and serves on the boards of several
    local companies including Klosterman Baking Company, Reading Rock, Inc.,
    Neff Packaging Solutions and Moellering Industries.  Krul is a graduate
    of Georgia Southern and Wright State Universities.

  * Mary E. Stutts is Genentech Corporation's Senior Director and Head of
    Corporate Relations.  Previously, she was Director of Public Policy and
    Communications for Bayer Corporation's Global Biotechnology Unit in
    Berkeley.  She is a graduate in Communications Management at the
    University of Louisiana and has a Master's of Health Administration from
    the University of Southern California.

"I am extremely pleased that The Wellness Community's board is growing with the addition of these four fine individuals -- bringing varied skills and expertise to help The Wellness Community achieve our mission of serving cancer patients," said Kim Thiboldeaux, President and CEO of The Wellness Community. "I am also happy to be welcoming the newest Wellness Community, which is a critical addition to the Central New Jersey cancer community."

Chartered in 2002, TWC -- Central New Jersey will be located in Hillsborough, NJ with a grand opening ceremony on November 18. TWC -- Central New Jersey aims to be a vital and active part of the standard of care for people with cancer by providing the most comprehensive and beneficial support and educational programs in Central New Jersey in an environment that fosters hope. TWC -- Central New Jersey is led by Executive Director, Eunice Jadlocki and Board Chair, Marc Geller. Visit http://www.thewellnesscommunity.org/ to link to their site.

ABOUT THE WELLNESS COMMUNITY

The Wellness Community(R) is an international, non-profit organization dedicated to providing free support and education as well as hope to people affected by cancer. Through participation in professionally-led support groups, educational workshops, nutrition and exercise programs, and mind/body classes, people affected by cancer learn vital skills that enable them to regain control, reduce isolation and restore hope regardless of the stage of their disease. Today, there are 21 Wellness Communities across the United States, five in development, 28 satellites, two centers abroad in Tokyo and Tel Aviv, and online at The Virtual Wellness Community.

The Wellness Community

CONTACT: Michelle Pollak of The Wellness Community, +1-202-659-9709,michelle@thewellnesscommunity.org

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