Executive Director and Founder
I am a native of Northern Kentucky, raised in Crestview Hills, KY. At age 40, a newlywed and mother of 4, a breast cancer diagnosis brought sorrow, tears, painful uncertainty and emotional tension. It shined a light on reality and the true lack of control we possess over our own mortality.
However, time brings clarity and the realization that breast cancer blessed me with gifts of patience, humility, wisdom and above all, understanding and compassion.
The diagnosis clearly revealed to me my mission, vision and path on this earth. In 2002, I proudly founded I Have Wings Breast Cancer Foundation. Since then, thousands of families have reached out to us for a helping hand, a compassionate ear and the promise of better days ahead. Our services bring relief to survivors allowing them to thrive, fight and overcome the financial and emotional stress of a breast cancer diagnosis.
As the IHW Executive Director, most of my time is spent running the foundation. However, my evenings are with my husband, Brittney spaniel, and enjoying our twelve grand children! Life is good and I relish every minute of every day!
Monica is native of the Northern Kentucky area and a graduate of the University of Kentucky. Upon graduation she moved to New York City, NY for six years. She has managed designer bridal salons for Vera Wang, Amsale & Pronovias.
In 2008, Monica moved back to KY. She continued her love for retail and customer service with companies such as White House Black Market and Talbots PLUS began volunteering for I Have Wings in 2009. Currently, Monica is the General Manager at Donna Salyers’ Fabulous Bridal in Covington, KY. She resides in Fort Mitchell, KY with her husband and two children.
Since joining the foundation, she has worn many hats within I Have Wings. These include:
2013 – 2015 : Advisory Board Member
2013 – Current : Event Coordinator
2016 – 2017 : Vice President
2018 – Current : President
Adrienne serves as the CFO of River Cities Capital Funds, one of the largest venture capital firms in Ohio. River Cities makes sub-$20 million growth equity investments in capital-efficient, market validated, growth stage healthcare and IT businesses that are poised to lead their market segments and grow into attractive platforms for strategic acquirers.
Adrienne oversees the accounting, finance, treasury and human resource functions for the River Cities family of venture capital funds, and participates in the investment committee. Prior to joining River Cities, Adrienne served as a Senior Auditor for Ernst & Young. Adrienne was selected for the Cincinnati Business Courier’s Forty Under 40 Class of 2017.
Outside of the office, she serves on the Boards of I Have Wings and the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky. Adrienne began as a volunteer for I Have Wings at its inception and joined the Board in 2008, serving as its Secretary for eight years. She and her husband Colt have three boys, ages six, four and one. They are in the process of adopting baby number four.
Dan is a native Northern Kentuckian who grew up in Erlanger. He attended Lloyd Memorial High School before heading to the University of Louisville for his undergraduate degree and then finally Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University for his Juris Doctorate. Dan is a Partner at the Northern Kentucky law firm Ziegler & Schneider, P.S.C. and focuses his practice on business litigation. Dan has been involved in supporting I Have Wings since 2011.
Dr. Richard Williams MD, FACS
Born in Northern Kentucky, Widowed, has 4 children and 7 grandchildren. She works at the Kenton County Clerk’s Office in Covington, KY. Jane has been with I Have Wings and a Board Member since it’s inception in 2002 and served as it’s first Vice President. For the past 10 years, Jane has chaired the Major Raffle for our two major events.
Peggy George RN, BSN
Connie Flynn is a breast cancer survivor since May of 2012. Just 6 months after her diagnosis, her husband, David, passed away from a 12-year cancer battle. Undergoing chemotherapy simultaneously, followed by David’s unexpected death, Connie was presented with life’s greatest challenges. While adjusting to new circumstances, she continued to work full-time at Remke Markets, and care for their 2 children. Though she would never wish cancer on anyone, but she has received unbelievable blessings because of this journey.
Connie now works for Erigo Employer Solutions, and finds tremendous pleasure in spending her ‘retirement’ time babysitting her grandson and helping nonprofits. Connie has always enjoyed volunteering for numerous nonprofits.
Having the opportunity to serve on the board of directors for I Have Wings, has provided Connie great fulfillment as she continues to assist other cancer survivors. Cancer affects the whole family circle, and Connie’s life is enriched by sharing in their journey.