Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee to open Williamson County center

Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee to open Williamson County center

Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee – an affiliate of Cancer Support Community – has announced plans to open an affiliate location in Williamson County this coming May 8.

With that expansion, the group also will add 10 new members to its 2018 board of directors.

The address is 4588 Carothers Parkway, Franklin, co-located within the Provision CARES Proton Therapy Center.

“Our program is certainly not limited only to proton patients,”said Sandy Obodzinski, president and CEO, Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee. “We are there for the entire community.”

Since opening in 1998, Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee (formerly Gilda’s Club Nashville) has been providing free emotional and social support to those affected by cancer, including family members and friends of those diagnosed. The Clubhouse in Midtown Nashville serves residents of Davidson Co. and the surrounding areas with a variety of program offerings – including support groups, healthy lifestyle workshops, mind-body classes, social activities, educational lectures, and community resource information.

Though smaller, the Williamson County facility will offer many of the same services.

“This is an exciting time for our community,”  Obodzinski said. “We have been privileged to help Nashville-area residents for nearly 20 years, and we are honored to expand our services in the Middle Tennessee region – to serve even more.”

The Williamson County location will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, and adding hours on Friday as needed to accommodate member needs.

“With the addition of our second location and our enhanced reach, we’re especially thrilled to welcome 10 new energetic, passionate, and committed community leaders to our 2018 board of directors,” she said.

Joining the board this year are the following individuals:

  • Michelle Drinkard Balfour – attorney, Frost Brown Todd
  • Randy Goldstein – community leader
  • Rachel Goodrich – corporate counsel, HCA
  • Jody Mattison – community leader
  • Shelby McFadden (Young Leaders Council intern) – VP and relationship manager, First Tennessee Bank
  • Michael Moschel – shareholder/attorney, Littler
  • Consra Rosales-Pacheco – partner, New York Life Insurance
  • Micail Samiere – CEO, Urology Associates PC
  • Carolyn Schneider – HR executive and community leader
  • Sharon Turner-Friley – assistant dean of Special Programs, Meharry Medical College

The 10 new members join the following incumbents:

  • Denise Alper – community leader
  • Anthony Barton (Development Committee chair) – SVP of Consumer Marketing & Creative, CMT
  • Jim Brown (Board of Directors chair) – Tennessee State Director, National Federation of Independent Business
  • Jim Corum – VP of business development, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Kristen Daniels – project director, HCA Children’s Services
  • Jeff Fisher (Finance Committee chair and treasurer) – EVP & CFO, Integrated Healing Technologies
  • Caroline Hodgson (associate board president, ex-officio) – regional marketing manager, Christie Cookie Co.
  • Harriet Karo (ex-officio) – community leader
  • Keith Kraft – principal broker, Regency Company
  • Helen H. Lane (Governance Committee chair) – EVP and partner, c3/consulting
  • Wendy Miller – attorney, Ogletree Deakins
  • Elizabeth Pace (secretary) – community leader and healthcare executive
  • Flynn Tracy (Marketing Committee chair) – marketing director, Asurion

“We now offer about 60 support and networking groups and more than 50 educational workshops and lectures each month – all at no charge to participants,” Obodzinski said. “We are thrilled to reach even more Middle Tennessee residents in need of cancer support, and our staff, board of directors and program volunteers will help us make a meaningful impact in their lives.”

Free of charge to everyone, Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee provides a gathering place where people with cancer, as well as their families and friends, can join with others to actively involve themselves in building social and emotional support as a supplement to regular medical care. For more information, please visit

About Gilda’s Club Worldwide

Gilda’s Club was founded in New York City (GCNYC) in memory of the talented Saturday Night Live comedian, Gilda Radner, who died of ovarian cancer in 1989. Founded by Gene Wilder (Radner’s then husband), psychotherapist Joanna Bull, Mandy Patinkin, Joel Siegel, and other generous individuals, GCNYC opened its iconic Red Door in 1995 to provide a place where cancer patients and their families could find support, resources, and a community that cares. In 2000, the success of Gilda’s Club NYC gave birth to Gilda’s Club Worldwide, an organization dedicated to developing a national network of clubhouses. In 2009, Gilda’s Club Worldwide merged with The Wellness Community to form the Cancer Support Community (CSC), now the largest cancer support network in the country – with a network of more than 50 local affiliates and 100 satellite locations and online resources.


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