Board of Directors

Our continued efforts to advance research and education in the arena of women's sexual health would not be possible without the time and expertise of our Board of Directors. Each of these professionals brings his or her own unique support, whether it be nationally recognized expertise or unwavering support for the cause, that helps to raise awareness on a local and national level. We thank them for their commitment.

 

Patty Brisben – President

In 1993, Patty Brisben took a leap of faith and launched Pure Romance out of her basement with just $5,000. She packed orders and shipped products in addition to planning her own parties and raising her four children on her own.

Today, Patty is the Founder and Chairwoman of Pure Romance, LLC, one of the nation’s leading and fastest-growing woman-to-woman direct sellers of relationship enhancement products.

Since founding Pure Romance, Patty’s drive to empower and educate women and her inspiring leadership abilities have transformed the company into a multi-million dollar, international business and a credible resource for women’s sexual health education.

Patty has proven her commitment to improving the lives of all women by spearheading several corporate ventures and charitable efforts. Pure Romance’s Sensuality, Sexuality, Survival! program assists women in recapturing their sensual and sexual selves following cancer treatments. Pure Romance also engages in collaborative research studies with Indiana University’s Center for Sexual Health Promotion, which is affiliated with the prestigious Kinsey Institute.

In 2006, Patty launched the Patty Brisben Foundation for Women’s Sexual Health, a non-profit organization focused on continuing education, research, and community programs designed to enhance the quality of information and health services provided to women. It serves to empower women with information and tools so women can have appropriate discussions with their partners, their families, and their healthcare providers.

When she is not traveling the world for work, Patty lives in the Cincinnati area. She enjoys spending time with her four children and nine grandkids. She also loves entertaining, gourmet cooking, and a little shopping now and then.

 

Cynthia Dehlinger – Director

Cindy Dehlinger is an advanced practice nurse with over 16 years of experience in women’s health. She obtained master’s degrees in nursing in midwifery from the University of Cincinnati and family practice from Northern Kentucky University. She is currently employed by the Christ Hospital urogynecology and pelvic floor medicine division. She also serves as part time faculty in the masters program at Northern Kentucky University‘s school of nursing. Her special interests include urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, vulvar disorders and pelvic organ prolapse.

 

Jennifer Manders, M.D., FACS – Director

Dr. Manders is a board-certified general surgeon and fellowship-trained breast surgeon. She specializes in treatment of patients with benign or malignant diseases of the breast, a family history of breast cancer, or other factors that may increase the risk for developing breast cancer.

She has an avid interest in research and is a co-investigator in breast cancer clinical trials at The Christ Hospital. She helps direct the Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Conference that meets weekly, and she participates in multiple clinical and administrative committees at The Christ Hospital. She has also begun a support group for young women with breast cancer at the Wellness Community in Blue Ash and works closely with The American Cancer Society to promote support services for patients and their families.

Dr. Manders was honored as one of Cincinnati Business Courier’s 2007 Class of 40 Under Forty, and has repeatedly been listed as a Best Doctor in America by Best Doctors in America Database, and a Top Doctor by Cincinnati Magazine. She has authored several journal articles, book chapters, and posters, and regularly gives lectures on breast disease to health providers and the community.

 

Daniel Vogelpohl – Director

Dan serves as the Senior Vice President for the Investment Advisors (IA) Division of Fifth Third Bank (Cincinnati). The IA division’s team of professionals are dedicated to helping clients achieve their financial goals in wealth planning, investment management, and estate planning. We have over $133 billion under care and manage $8 billion in assets. Dan is on the Board of Trustees for Cincinnati Parks Foundation, works with United Way on the Tocqueville Committee, and volunteers for Arts Wave, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and is a Xavier University Mentor. Dan received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Cincinnati and a Master’s Degree from Xavier University. Dan is a Registered General Securities Representative (Series 7) and an Investment Advisory Representative (Series 66) and also holds a Series 24.

 

Don S. Dizon MD FACP

Dizon is board certified in medical oncology and is the Clinical Co-Director of Gynecologic Ocology at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cancer Center, where he is also the Founder and Director of the Oncology Sexual Health Program at MGH Cancer Center. He is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics-Gynecology and Associate Professor of Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and is pending a similar appointment at Harvard Medical School. He continues to be actively involved in clinical research devoted to trials of new treatments through his work with NRG Oncology, where he is a member of the Phase I, Cervix and Developmental Therapeutics committees.

He serves on multiple national committees and is currently the co-chair of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Cancer Steering Committee’s Cervical Cancer Task Force. Before coming to MGH he was the Medical Director for the Program in Women’s Oncology at Women & Infants’ Hospital/Brown Medical School, where he co-founded and directed for the Center for Sexuality, Intimacy, and Fertility for women with cancer, the only type of cancer survivorship program in Rhode Island. Dr. Dizon has served in leadership positions for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and is currently Editor of the Annual Meeting Education Book and Chair-Elect of the Cancer Communications Committee.

He is a Past President of the National Consortium of Breast Centers and has served as a member of the program committees for the Annual Meetings of ASCO, the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO), the National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC) and the International Gynecologic Cancer Society. In addition to his academic duties, he is Deputy Editor of Gynecologic Oncology at UpToDate and will serve as the Editor of Principles and Practice of Gyneologic Oncology. He has published over 100 papers, authored multiple books, and continues a column for ASCO’s social networking site, Connection, for which he received a Grand APEX award for Electronic Media in 2013 and an Apex award for a single blog post in 2014. He participates actively on social media, including on Twitter (@drdonsdizon), Instagram (drdonsdizon) and the MGH Cancer Center blog.

 

Michael L. Krychman, MDCM – Director

Michael L. Krychman, MDCM, is the Executive Director of the Southern California Center for Sexual Health and Survivorship Medicine located in Newport Beach California. He is the former Co Director of The Sexual Medicine and Rehabilitation Program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer. He also is a clinical sexologist and has completed his Masters in Public Health and Human Sexuality. Dr Krychman has a degree in Erotology, Sexual Education and Forensic Sexology. Dr Krychman is also an AASECT certified sexual counselor. He is on faculty at University of Southern California. He is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California Irvine, Division of Gynecological Oncology and the Medical Director of Ann’s Clinic, a high risk program for Breast and Ovarian Cancer Survivors.

His special interests include menopausal health, hormone therapy, sexual pain disorders, loss of libido, chronic medical illness and its impact on female sexual function as well as breast cancer sexuality. Dr Krychman is an active reviewer for the Journal of Sexual Medicine. He was the Scientific Chairman for the 2010 International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health annual educational meeting. He presently holds an active executive board position for the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health. He is an active member in good standing in ISSM, ESSM, ISSWSH and AASECT. He has recently been appointed to the Standard Committee for ISSM and has been a guest professor at the ESSM Sexual Medicine Summer School in Oxford, England.

 

Lisa Thal – Director

Lisa Thal is the General Sales Manager at WREW radio which is owned by Hubbard Interactive, which also owns and operates WUBE/WYGY, WKRQ, cincysavers.com and 2060Digital.com. She has over 26 years in broadcasting experience in the Cincinnati Market. She is passionate about helping businesses create conversations with new customers while retaining their current customer base. Lisa has served as President Activities Beyond the Classroom since 2009 and a board member since 2007. She also serves on the board of Life Center Organ and Tissue donation. Lisa is a University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music graduate. She is a life and business coach through Tony Robbins and Cloe Madanes program. She is passionate about helping educate and improve Women’s Sexual Health.

 

Jeanette M. Altenau – Director

Jeanette Altenau currently serves as the Director of Community Relations for TriHealth, one of Cincinnati’s largest healthcare organizations and the fourth largest employer within the city. In this role, she has responsibility for all community collaborations and engagement across extensive geographic areas in which TriHealth physicians practice and their patients live, work and play. Prior to her current role, she was Director of Strategic Community Initiatives for Local 12, WKRC Television in Cincinnati, Ohio, one of the nation’s top CBS affiliates and #1 local station in the tri-state area.

Jeanette currently serves on the Board of Directors for Cincinnati State STEM Academy, Marvin Lewis Community Fund, Spirit of Cincinnatus and the Freestore Foodbank. She has formerly served on the Board of Directors for Crayons 2 Computers, Neediest Kids of All, St. Ursula Academy, Cincinnati Union Bethel, Queen City Foundation, WAVE Foundation at the Newport Aquarium and Cincinnati May Festival. She served as a national Special Contribution Fund Trustee for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for nine years and served on the NAACP Image Awards committee. She has also served on several national development committees and capital campaigns, including the United Negro College Fund and NAACP.

Jeanette has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Dedication Award by the Northern Kentucky Branch of NAACP; the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau “Spirit of Cincinnati Champion Award”; and the Silver Crime Stopper Challenge Coin (the second highest award given by the organization) in recognition of her work with the non-profit organization. She is also a two-time Emmy nominee and in 2012, she was recognized as one of the “100 Minds – Thought Leaders in the Greater Cincinnati Region”, recognizing individuals who excelled in thought leadership within their industry, their ideas/personality as an individual and/or their involvement within the community. In 2013, she received the Cincinnatus Award, in recognition of civic virtue, service to community, family values and ongoing support of the tri-state community.

Jeanette lives in Cincinnati, Ohio and has two daughters, Kristen and Laura.

 

Rose Hartzell-Cushanick, PhD, EdS, CHES, LMFT

Dr. Hartzell performs psychotherapy and is a sexuality researcher at San Diego Sexual Medicine, where she is responsible for addressing the sexuality, relationship, and intimacy concerns of individuals and couples who attend the clinic. Dr. Hartzell earned her doctorate in health behavior with an emphasis in human sexuality, and an EdS and Masters in mental health counseling with a minor in development from Indiana University. Dr. Hartzell is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (license number 53079) and an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist who has worked in a variety of settings, providing psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and families. Dr. Hartzell has written multiple publications and has presented at over 50 international and national meetings on sexuality matters.

She has conducted sex research with the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction and the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention (RCAP). Dr. Hartzell is an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator and has taught numerous classes at Indiana University-Bloomington, the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, San Diego State University, and National University. She has also been sought out as a sex expert by the media and has a monthly spot on FOX5 San Diego and has been quoted in many newspaper and magazine articles including The New York Times, The Huffington Post, US News & World Report and Women’s Health Magazine. Dr. Hartzell is a member of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH), the International Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM), the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), the Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA) the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT). She also serves as a reviewer for The Journal of Sexual Medicine.

 

Sharon McCormick – Director

Sharon McCormick is a partner with Sales6ix-USA. Sales6ix is sales software that is designed to raise the performance level of sales teams. Sharon has over 24 years of sales and management experience. An early career in nursing led to a successful sales career with Procter & Gamble in their healthcare division.The transferrable skills of collaboration, problem solving, critical thinking and talent management led to an 18 year career in broadcast sales management. Her passion and goal is to leverage her experience in business and healthcare to improve the health and personal well-being of all women.