Jo-Ann Rivera is a dedicated, resilient, and empathetic Board Member of the West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition for Long Island. Drawing from her own experience as a two-time breast cancer survivor, Jo-Ann passionately channels her commitment to promote awareness, education, and preventive measures concerning breast cancer and other gynecological cancers.
Before embarking on her advocacy journey, Jo-Ann served with unwavering dedication as a nurse for several years. She culminated her career in residential treatment for at-risk girls and adolescent psychiatric care, imbuing her with a profound understanding of the mental and emotional challenges that can accompany physical ailments. Her nursing experience further solidifies her approach to patient care, where she ensures that emotional support and understanding are prioritized alongside medical aid.
Jo-Ann's commitment to service extends beyond her professional life. As a former Girl Scout leader and softball coach, she has demonstrated her dedication to mentorship and personal growth in young women. Her past roles on the parent board at St. Mary's School and the Cougar Club Board at St. John the Baptist High School have further showcased her deep involvement in her community and her unwavering commitment to the welfare of future generations.
Reuniting with the West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition after previous service, Jo-Ann continues to focus her efforts on educating young girls and women about the importance of regular check-ups and early detection strategies. Her empathetic, patient-centered approach allows her to assist women in their journey with breast cancer and other gynecological cancers, offering them a beacon of hope and guidance.
Balancing her roles as a dedicated board member, wife to her supportive spouse John, loving mother of three daughters, and doting grandmother, Jo-Ann personifies resilience and strength. Her lived experiences, both personal and professional, inform her deep sense of mission and enhance her effectiveness as an advocate for women's health. Through her efforts, she aims to equip individuals with the necessary knowledge and resources to face breast cancer, fostering a community of strength, support, and survival.
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