Who We Are

Turning the Tide
Ovarian Cancer Retreats
Short Biographies of Board Members

The TTT Retreats honor the premise that Ovarian Cancer patients are truly Sisters who share their journeys and face this dread disease together with bravery, integrity and hope. In addition to their educational and professional backgrounds, each Director has a personal connection to this disease and a passion for easing the rocky path for our participants along the course of the disease through education and emotional support.

Christine Barilone of Maynard, Massachusetts is a 5-year survivor of ovarian cancer and secretary to the TTT Board of Directors. She has served on multiple non-profits in the education field over the last 15 years. After 10 years of working in human resources at a Boston hospital, her most treasured job has been as a wife and mother to two wonderful teens.

Tom Deignan of Scarborough, Maine, a retired technology manager and deacon in the Roman Catholic Church, was a caregiver for his wife Patti who fought ovarian cancer from her diagnosis in 2004 until 2017 when she passed away.  During Patti’s illness, Tom became intimately familiar with the workings of several large hospitals, including lab work, clinical trials, chemotherapy treatments, radiation, doctors’ visits and nutrition.  

Kathy Manns of Danville, Vermont is the 40-year partner of Marilyn McEnery, who has been in remission from ovarian cancer for the past three years. Kathy is a retired nurse practitioner and has also worked for many years in oncology. 

Marilyn McEnery of Danville, Vermont is beginning her fourth year in remission from ovarian carcinosarcoma. She worked as a nurse and pediatric nurse practitioner for 25 years and then for 20 years in private practice as a clinical social worker.

Margaret Mastrangelo of Hadley, Massachusetts worked as a nurse practitioner in adult medicine until her diagnosis of ovarian cancer in 2015. She currently does volunteer work locally at Cancer Connection, a nonprofit organization that provides integrative therapies and programming for patients and their families. She also participates on a national level as a consumer advocate to help award research grants in the area of ovarian cancer at the Department of Defense.

Betsy Garson Neisner of Leverett, Massachusetts is a 16-year survivor of advanced (now chronic) ovarian cancer with an extensive history of treatment. After practicing law for 25 years, she became executive director of Cancer Connection, a highly reputed community cancer support center based in Northampton, Massachusetts. She is now retired and serves as treasurer of Turning the Tide. She has also served five times as a consumer representative for the Ovarian Cancer Review Panels of the Department of Defense and was appointed by Governor Baker to serve on the Massachusetts Special Commission on Ovarian Cancer.
Anne Ramey Tonachel of Cambridge, Massachusetts is a 14-year survivor of advanced ovarian cancer and is founder and president of Turning the Tide. She retired from an Early Childhood Education career in 2000 and began working as the program manager for the nonprofit Hospitality Homes in Boston, a program which provides lodging for patients and their families coming to Boston for medical treatment in one of 150 host family homes. She holds an education degree in early childhood education and a theology degree in liturgy and has served as a hospice volunteer for the Stoneham, MA Visiting Nurse Hospice program and as a volunteer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She and her husband helped found the Cambridge Cohousing community.

Cate Tool of Arlington, Massachusetts, is the Director of the Elizabeth Grady School of Esthetics and Massage Therapy in Medford, MA. Cate also currently represents the Esthetics industry as a member of the Massachusetts Board of Cosmetology, Barbering, and Electrology. In 2007 Cate co-created and managed the first of many relaxing spa days whereby groups of cancer survivors receive complimentary facials and body massage at the Elizabeth Grady School. It was then that Cate was introduced to TTT co-founder, Anne Tonachel. Elizabeth Grady, under Cate’s direction, continues to offer these celebratory days of relaxation for survivors from Boston Medical Center.

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