About Us

Many organizations fight breast cancer.
We do it differently.

Our organization has been fighting breast cancer since 2005, when a small group of neighbors joined together to raise funds for research. We named ourselves The Step Sisters to represent the support family members provide to one another during times of crisis.

In 2014, members Ashley Campolattaro and Angela Fuentes, took The Step Sisters in a new direction. After repeatedly seeing the impact the disease had on patients and their families, they decided to dedicate their mission to assisting patients throughout treatment.

Supporting patients as they battle the disease is a different, yet vital approach to fighting breast cancer.

Throughout our history, we have seen neighbors, friends and family members diagnosed with the disease. We believe that no patient should have to stop or even delay her treatment due to her personal circumstances. Further, no patient should feel that she is fighting breast cancer alone.

Ashley Campolattaro, Founder & Co-Executive Director

Ashley co-founded the Step Sisters in 2005 when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. She currently serves as Co-Executive Director. As the Step Sisters have grown and evolved, her life has been touched by breast cancer with a number of friends also facing the disease. She feels that the Step Sisters’ mission has reignited the “heart” of the organization and has brought new meaning to its work by impacting our local communities.

Ashley has a background in marketing, communications and design. She operates a local business, Families in Training, which organizes Brambleton Kids Run the Nation, as well as the Lace Up for Learning 5k and the B_Fit Trail Challenge. An RRCA Certified Race Director & Running Coach, she is the organizer of the Step Sisters’ Ribbon Run, the organization’s largest fundraiser.

Married to her high school sweetheart, Ashley enjoys family time with their 3 sons, paddle boarding and yoga. * Photo Credit: Jessica Monte Photography

Angela Fuentes, Founder & Co-Executive Director

Angela joined the Step Sisters in 2009 following her personal battle with breast cancer. Throughout her treatment, members of The Step Sisters played an important role in supporting her and getting her through a very challenging time in her life. Angela hopes to pay forward the generosity and kindness that was shown to her family and is proud to serve as Co-Executive Director of The Step Sisters organization.

Angela has a background in business and finance and owns her own bookkeeping business, Ashburn Accounting. She brings her financial expertise to the organization by handling all the bookkeeping needs of The Step Sisters.

Long-time residents of Brambleton, Angela, her husband and 2 boys enjoy spending time with family, participating in sports and being involved in the community. * Photo Credit: Jessica Monte Photography

Board Members

Destinae Nacin, President

Destinae has been involved in the Step Sisters since 2016 after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was thankful for the local support offered by the organization and wanted to get involved after treatment. She participated annually in the Ribbon Run with a team of her own and joined the fundraising committee. She enjoys being a resource for others facing breast cancer and for the opportunity to work within the community to spread awareness. When she’s not helping out the Step Sisters she is spending time with her husband, new son Tyler, and their two dogs. She also teaches 5th grade and is an independent sales consultant for a natural skincare company. She’s thankful for the opportunity to serve the Step Sister’s in a new role.

Katrece Nolen, Vice President

Katrece Nolen is a cancer survivor, author, advocate and speaker, who highlights the importance of self-advocacy to combat health disparities. Like other cancer patients and survivors, she began her cancer journey with feelings of isolation and uncertainty.

A seven-year survivor of Stage 3 Inflammatory Breast Cancer, her book, “I’ve Been Diagnosed, Now What? Courageously Fighting Cancer in the Face of Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt” documents her journey from uninformed patient to self-advocate.  Known for her ability to break complex concepts down in a fresh and relatable way, she shares a variety of methods and strategies other survivors may use to build their own community of support and not just survive, but thrive!

An Oklahoma native and 19 year resident of Loudoun, Katrece holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and an M.B.A. from George Washington University. She has served on various health and education-related committees and councils and currently resides in Loudoun County Virginia with her husband and three children.

Latisha Spaulding, Treasurer

Latisha “Tish” Spaulding is the Center Director at Winwood Children’s Center in Brambleton. Tish became acquainted with the Step Sisters organization after her own breast cancer diagnosis, participating in the Step Sisters’ Ribbon Run just weeks after her last treatment. She explains, “I love what the Step Sisters have to offer the community and the ladies who have just received the awful diagnosis of cancer. I look forward to seeing what the next few years bring to this organization.” She lives in Manassas with her husband and rescued German Shepherd.

Katie Schellhammer, Secretary

Katie has been a long-time supporter of Step Sisters since its inception and comes with a background in grassroots organizing and event planning.  Katie is a graduate of Sweet Briar College with a degree in Government.  She pursued a career in grassroots lobbying, conference planning, and PAC fundraising for trade associations until the arrival of her three children.  Katie is a substitute teacher for Loudoun Schools, as well as a Council Leader of the Sweet Briar Alumnae Alliance where she leads a team of alumnae.  In her free time, she keeps busy with family activities, tennis, Zumba, piano, and reading.

Janet Gustin, Board Member

Janet joined Step Sisters at the beginning of 2019 after she completed her own battle against
breast cancer. She was fortunate to have the support of friends and family during her cancer
treatments but knows not everyone is so fortunate. She is thrilled to be a part of the Step Sisters’
team and is eager to help others impacted by breast cancer.

She has a background in Contracts and currently works as a Sr. Contracts Manager at a large government contracting firm. She and her partner live in Brambleton and they enjoy spending time with friends and family and traveling as much as possible.

Mary Karen Meredith, Board Member

Mary Karen “MK” Meredith is a two-time breast cancer survivor with over 15 years in the medical industry and serving the oncology/hematology community as a senior hematology consultant with Bristol Myers Squibb. Writing as MK Meredith and a USA Today bestselling author, her book Not Your Usual Boob: the Good, Bad, and Wonky of Breast Cancer continues to remind patients they’re not alone.

Geri Wardlow, Board Member

Geri joined the step sisters in 2009 after a dear friend was diagnosed with breast cancer.  She is an active volunteer with her church and within the Brambleton community as well as serving on the PTO at the local high school. Geri has worked within Loudoun County Public schools for 10+ years as a Parent Liaison and most recently main office secretary. She resides in Brambleton with her husband, and their two children.

Heidi Winkler, Board Member

Heidi first began working with Step Sisters in 2020 coordinating events to help raise funds and bring awareness about the organization and the great work it does.

Heidi, originally from Kansas, has a passion for helping people, whether it is teaching fitness classes, organizing charity events through Get Heidi Fit, or through her role at GE Healthcare in breast oncology as an oncology account manager for Cerianna. A University of Kansas graduate and Kansas City sports super fan, Heidi and her family love staying active, traveling, and exploring new parks, wineries, and restaurants.

Advisory Committee

Aimee Taylor, Community Outreach Advisor

_DSC5434Aimee first encountered the Step Sisters in 2011 when she ran The Ribbon Run for a friend diagnosed with breast cancer. She joined the group in 2013 to help with public relations, outreach and grant writing.

Aimee owns Market Alignment, a marketing agency which serves large and small companies in the DC metro area. Married with two daughters, Aimee has lived in both Russia and England but loves calling Ashburn home.

Dr. John P. Williams, M.D., Medical Advisor

Dr. John P. Williams dedicates his practice to breast care and is a leader in breast cancer patient education and an advocate for patient involvement in their cancer care decisions. His clinical expertise is in both malignant and benign diseases of the breast. He focuses on comprehensive, minimally invasive and compassionate care of women and men with breast disease. He practices breast cancer surgery in Northern Virginia with offices in Haymarket, Brambleton and Chantilly, Virginia. He is a national leader in breast cancer education and founded the not-for-profit Breast Cancer School for Patients.

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