Wendy Campbell, Founder & President
Wendy has been practicing yoga for 16 years and is a certified yoga teacher and Yoga4Cancer trained. Her yoga journey began in 2001 as a casual restorative practice. In 2006, she was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. After going through cancer treatment in 2006 , she was told to"go live your life." Well, "her life" did not make sense anymore. Nothing was the same -cancer is a game changer. Happily, yoga continues helped her to connect the dots and make sense of life. Her yoga practice evolved into her mental and emotional life line as she recovered. Learn more about her yoga journey here and her experience with cancer here It has become her personal commitment to use her energy in a meaningful way. This is why she founded Survive & Thrive.
Marc Simon, Vice President
Marc Simon has been an advertising copywriter and comedy writer/performer on a public access radio station in his native Pittsburgh. His short fiction has appeared in several literary magazines, his one-act plays have been three-time winners in the Naples Sugden Theater New Plays Contest, and his debut novel, The Leap Year Boy was published in December 2012. In addition, Marc teaches a memoir writing workshop at the Naples Senior Center.
"For years ago, I was experiencing severe back and leg pain. After trying all the traditional remedies, including spinal injections, I was told my next option was surgery. I decided to try yoga instead. Following a therapeutic routine prescribed by Survive & Thrive founder Wendy Campbell, my pain gradullay began to lessen. After six weeks I was virtually pain free. As one that has experienced the healing power of yoga, I'm committed to the success of Survive & Thrive.
Christina Talford, Secretary
Christina has practiced yoga with Survive and Thrive founder, Wendy Campbell over the past 5 years. Initially, she began her practice as a way to reduce the stress and anxiety that came along with infertility treatments she was undergoing. Her practice allowed her to better connect to her body and ultimately set an optimal foundation for a healthy pregnancy. Today, Christina and her husband Rob enjoy raising their two wonderful boys. She holds a degree in Advertising/Public Relations and helps with all administrative duties and public relations. Christina is dedicated to helping others enrich their lives through the works of Survive and Thrive.
James C. Salwitz, MD Board Member
Dr. James Salwitz is a medical oncologist and a clinical professor with a career-long interest in the relationship of patients and doctors to the medical system. He has previously served as the County President of the American Cancer Society and presently serves as President of the Medical staff at RWJUH. Dr. Salwitz frequently provides community lectures related to coping with cancer, palliative and hospice care. As a strong advocate for patient empowerment, Dr Salwitz offers an informative and compassionate perspective.
Check out his blog SUNRISE ROUNDS.
Lisa Pedro, Yoga for Cancer Trained Teacher
Health, fitness and being active has always been a huge part of my life. In 2006, I was diagnosed with a rare sarcoma, Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST). Being active and working out at the local gym helped me to live with this diagnosis, but 2009 the cancer metastasized. By 2011, the gym was not enough anymore. The gym helped my physical body, but not my mind, body and spirit. I went to a yoga class at Joyful Yoga in Bonita Springs and knew I had found “home”. I decided to receive my 200 hr. yoga teacher certification in order to share this knowledge.From that point on my yoga practice, and teaching yoga, has helps me endure two more surgeries, as well as live with the side effects of the daily chemotherapy pill. Yoga helps me find my inner focus and calm to ride out the cancer journey with grace, peace and joy. I earned my Yoga4Cancer teaching certification in 2017, and met Wendy and Tracey. I’m so excited to help others find their strength, peace and calm through yoga. I am honored to be a part of S&T’s mission
Tracy Englund, Yoga For Cancer Teacher
As an RN for 23 years, I would often facilitate groups that included yoga. Just those few minutes of yoga provided some of the most powerful therapeutic experiences for patients as well as myself. Yoga connected each of us to ourselves and to the community we created. As as healthcare professional, I am inspired to participate in the development of holistic wellness programs. As a Center Point Yoga teacher graduate and Yoga4Cancer trained. I am honored to share the gift of yoga. And as a cancer survivor who knows the transformational power of yoga, I am passionate about the mission of Survive & Thrive!