Misión e Historia
Holly Rose never dreamed of founding a non-profit until she battled breast cancer and received endless acts of kindness from her community to help her and her family get through a terrifying and difficult time in their life. Wanting to give back and create a legacy her daughters would be proud of she founded the non-profit Check for a Lump with the help of her childhood friends.
Holly’s passion and unwavering commitment to educate and assist has been honored with many esteemed awards including: Phoenix Business Journal Health Care Hero Award Category Education Finalist, Arizona Foothills Magazine Best of 2017 Most Influential Woman in Valley Non-Profit, Trendsetter in the Valley and one of nine women honored for Women Who Move the Valley. 2016 Top 25 MASK Unity Moms Making a Difference Award 2016, Nominee for the Beth McDonald Woman of the Year Award 2014. In addition, Holly is a self-published author: Live and Give: Facebooking My Way Through Breast Cancer.
Holly’s proudest accomplishment outside of work is her marriage of twenty-four years to her one and only true love, John, and their two incredible girls Hannah and Ivy. Having faced her mortality she is extremely grateful for every day and treasures every memory made with her family and friends. She gives thanks to God for keeping her alive and placing her on a beautiful and rewarding path.
Founder / Treasurer
Tiffany House is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) and financial advisor dedicated to Charitable Planning and helping her clients create a master game plan that incorporates their intellectual, ethical and financial legacy. She is passionate about educating and empowering families regarding financial matters to help them create a legacy of their own design and steward wealth to future generations while considering civic responsibility.
She founded the Gift Planning Institute that provides outsourced planned giving services to non-profit organizations, gift planning strategies for professional advisors and match-making for donors. Tiffany’s experience helping clients donate complicated assets tax efficiently provides a unique opportunity for organizations to benefit from her vantage point. She enjoys collaborating with tax, legal, financial and business transition advisors, but favorite part of consulting is connecting donors to organizations that ignite their passions!
Kate Kunberger JD
Kate is an attorney specializing in entertainment-related intellectual property litigation. She earned her B.A. from University of Arizona, and her J.D. from New York University, School of Law. Kate has a passion for international travel and has been to over 50 countries.
Shelley Sakala is about as close to a native Phoenician as they come. She has lived in the valley since she was three years old and has been friends with our founder, Holly Rose, since grade school. Shelley has lived in other parts of the U.S. while working as a broadcast meteorologist and reporter. Her goal was always to land a job back in one of the largest television markets in the country…Phoenix! She did just that and worked for ABC 15 for more than five years before deciding to transition into real estate. Her television experience and extensive knowledge of the entire valley has helped her build a strong referral-based real estate business. Her connections also make here a valuable asset to Check for a Lump. Shelley is the proud mother of two little girls, Sage and Chloe, and wife to husband Joe.
Jen has been a part of the clinical laboratory community for 20 years and began her career in the United State Air Force as a Medical Laboratory Scientist; an opportunity that has allowed her to travel and gain a diversified experience in the world of healthcare. She currently serves as the System Quality Director for Sonora Quest Laboratories/Laboratory Sciences of Arizona based in Phoenix, Arizona and is responsible for planning, implementing, and monitoring organizational quality management strategies for 65 licensed laboratories spanning 6 states. She is passionate in her commitment to improving outcomes for the healthcare community she serves as well as supporting her amazing team! Jen also enjoys spending time with her talented husband Scott, an Executive Chef, and their rambunctious dog, Buster. Jen is grateful for the opportunity to serve and support the Check for a Lump mission because of family members personally affected.
Tania Cortas, MD, CPE
Dr. Cortas is a Board-certified medical oncologist and hematologist specialized in the treatment of cancer and blood disorders. She is a member of the American Society of Oncology, American Society of Hematology and American Association of Physician Leadership. In 2017, she earned a degree as a Certified Physician Executive. Dr. Cortas has been voted as Top Doctor in Phoenix Magazine multiple times. In January 2011, Dr. Cortas moved to Phoenix, Arizona with her family and has been practicing hematology and oncology in the greater Phoenix area since then. When she is not at work, Dr. Cortas enjoys spending time with her husband, three children and dog, Bruno. She enjoys cycling, hiking and cooking. Dr. Cortas is heavily involved in the community. She dedicates a lot of time to organizations and events that help raise funds to support families who struggle in the fight against cancer.
I have built and continue to build authentic and mutually beneficial partnership between Trulieve and local and national organizations. Trulieve has partnered with Disabled American Veterans, YWCA, Dress for Success, ASPCA, Brett Hundley foundation, Check for a Lump, Cancer support community, The Arizona Epilepsy foundation. I Oversea our highly successful "roll up" cause marketing program.
Linda Greer, MD
Dr. Greer is a dedicated breast imager with specialty training in diagnostic radiology. She earned her medical degree from University of Texas-Medical Branch in Galveston, TX, and completed a residency program in Diagnostic Radiology also at University of Texas-Medical Branch.
Dr. Greer has extensive experience and has been a dedicated breast imager for 25 years. She has authored multiple research publications and has presented her work at many prestigious national and international conferences, including presenting a significant amount of research on Tomosynthesis (3D mammography). She is a member of several professional societies and is also board certified.
Dr. Greer is committed to the advancement of early detection of disease and to providing patient-centered care to all of her patients at Arizona Diagnostic Radiology, helping them make the most informed decisions about their healthcare.
Sommer Gunia, DO
Dr. Gunia is one of the few sub-specialty Fellowship Trained Breast Surgical Oncologists in Scottsdale and is committed to the evaluation and treatment of breast disease. She is dedicated to bringing the highest level of breast care to the valley by incorporating her expertise in the newest technologies and advancements available for both the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Her training included oncoplastic surgical technique, which combines the principles of cancer removal with optimal cosmetic results.
After earning an undergraduate degree at Arizona State University, she obtained her medical degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. Dr. Gunia completed general surgery training through Ohio University and further specialized in Breast Surgical Oncology at Akron General Medical Center in Ohio.
Dr. Gunia enjoys playing cards, country line dancing, relaxing by the pool with a good book, traveling, attending concerts and spending time with her husband, Steve, and their two tabby cats.
I’ve been a community volunteer for many years now. Whether it’s building homes for low-income families, gathering back to school donations, or supporting my local pet adoption center, there is always work to be done. Having years of experience in project management, I’m able to apply those skills to my volunteer work to help others whenever possible.
I’ve been involved with Check for a Lump for several years now and I have met some of the most incredible individuals. The strength and perseverance these ladies exhibit is extraordinary. The stories women tell me about their journey is humbling. And the caregivers, selfless and loving.
It’s important that we continue to make an impact in the fight against breast cancer and for me to be an active participant in that fight.