Dr. Jay Burton has been a primary care physician with Springfield Medical Associates in the Enfield,Connecticut office since 1988. He has provided medical care for generations of local families. Dr. Burton was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in May 2010. He has undergone chemotherapy, total body irradiation, and a stem cell transplant as part of his cancer treatment. He has been in remission since July 2010. During and subsequent to his cancer treatment, Dr.Burton realized that cancer survivors often do not receive comprehensive primary care. Dr. Burton developed The Primary Care Cancer Survivorship Program (PCCSP) within Springfield Medical Associates to help cancer survivors coordinate and receive primary care services during and after active cancer treatment. Dr. Burton founded Survivor Journeys because of the lack of social and emotional support services in our region for cancer survivors, their caregivers, and families.
Maggs has been an executive in the Financial Services industry for over 30 years. She is a graduate of University of Rhode Island with a BS in Finance. She has helped several companies (for profit and not-for-profit) in their start-up efforts. For these organizations, she has led the development of business and product visions, conducted market feasibility studies and competitor analysis to determine niche positioning in the marketplace, drove daily operations and product development execution, and led vendor partner exploration and due diligence. Maggs appreciates the opportunity to participate in such a worthy and personal approach to cancer support services.
Ed is the owner and President of EB's Restaurant in Agawam, MA. He holds a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Western New England College and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the American International College. He is a cycling and fitness instructor at Fitness First Health and Fitness Center since 2006, as well as L.A. Fitness. Ed has served as the President of the Agawam Chamber of Commerce from 2006-2008 as well as Program Committee Chair between 2000-2006. Ed has served on the Board of Directors of the Easter Seals of Massachusetts and has been the recipient of awards from The Children’s Miracle Network, The Larson Foundation, the Agawam Small Business Association for contribution to the community and impact on the economic development of the region. He has also received the Easter Seals' Relay for Independent Sponsor Award presented by former New England Patriots Quarterback, Steve Grogan, for Easter Seals fundraising work. He has received the Partner in Philanthropy Award Recognition for work with Charitable organizations, specifically Easter Seals of Massachusetts.
Sean is a Lecturer of Accounting and Taxation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He also works for a local CPA firm preparing tax returns for corporations, partnerships and individuals during tax season. He has been a practicing Certified Public Accountant for over 14 years, and has served on several Boards of Directors for local not-for-profit organizations in the roles of Treasurer and Director. Sean believes his work experience, knowledge and past volunteering experience brings a useful perspective to this organization. He shares his professional knowledge as this organization grows and prospers. He also has an interest in the mission of this organization, and believes this organization provides a service that many people who have been affected by cancer benefit from.
Jay M. Presser was a practicing attorney for over forty years, many as a principal in a Springfield Massachusetts firm. He presently serves on the Board for the Suffield Rotary, as a Trustee for the Suffield Rotary Foundation, and as a Board Member for the Suffield Observer (newspaper) and as Treasurer for the Suffield Platform Tennis Association He was previously the Secretary and Board member for the Suffield Sports Council (a 501(c) organization), and was the President and Board Member for the Suffield Little League, and Suffield Travel Basketball Club.
Melanie Emig is a Senior Graphic Designer at Baystate Health. She has been in the marketing industry for over a decade working on a variety of print, video and other media-type projects from a creative and written perspective. As a graduate of Westfield State University with a degree in Public Relations and a minor in both Graphic Design and Multicultural and Ethnic Studies, she works to establish strong brand visuals, cutting edge designs and “out of the box” promotion concepts. The efforts of Survivor Journeys are near and dear to her heart as she has several family members who she has helped through their cancer survivorship journeys. Melanie lives in West Springfield with her husband and two children.
Kara Sawyer is a primary care nurse practitioner with Springfield Medical Associates in Enfield, CT. Kara was diagnosed with T cell leukemia/lymphoma in 2006. She went through treatment for four years after diagnosis, including surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation, and an allogenic stem cell transplant in January 2011. Her involvement in cancer survivorship began during her personal journey. She has fundraised for Team in Training (Leukemia and Lymphoma Society) raising over $7,000 for the Nashville Marathon, which she ran in 2008 and the Boston Marathon in 2012.
She has also participated in local cancer survivor support services through Cancer Connection in Florence, MA and then as a blood cancer support group facilitator for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society in the Natick, MA location. Kara has continued this work as co-facilitator for the Survivor Journeys Blood cancer support groups in Agawam, MA and Enfield, CT. Kara is grateful to be a part of a growing, local organization that provides endless opportunities to meet and connect with cancer survivors, their families and caregivers.
Cindy Sheridan Murphy is a Certified Empowerment Life Coach and Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner. She is a graduate of the Institute for Professional Empowerment Coaching, accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF) Her background includes extensive experience with health and athletic coaching, and working as a Dental Hygienist. Cindy is a keynote speaker, a breast cancer support group facilitator, an all cancer group facilitator, an author and a cancer survivor. Survivor Journeys is dear to her heart as she felt the lack of emotional support during her own journey. With their support she created Surpassing Survival with Beauty where over 100 women were spoiled in 2017 with beauty makeovers, great conversations and a few hours of no worries. She loves being a member of such a passionate organization that offers endless possibilities to cancer survivors and their loved ones to live a more purposeful life after cancer.