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.
Amy Isenogle – Vice President
Amy Isenogle is a Diabetes pharmaceutical sales specialist for Novo Nordisk A/S. She recently served as the executive director of Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s Greater Cincinnati affiliate, and prior to that served as executive director for the Patty Brisben Foundation for Women’s Sexual Health. She is committed to furthering research and education initiatives specifically for women. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Business Administration, Amy received her degree in marketing and non-profit management.
Justine O’Brien – Treasurer
Justine O’Brien is the vice president of wealth management at PNC Bank in Cincinnati and has long been an active participant in many women’s charities, most recently serving on the Board of Directors and as President of Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s Greater Cincinnati affiliate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Michael Thomas, M.D. – Director
Dr. Thomas is a professor and the Division and Fellowship director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, part of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center. He also serves as director of Reproductive Medicine Research, a clinical trial unit dedicated to women’s health issues. Dr. Thomas is currently the board chair of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) and serves on many national committees, including the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Food and Drug Administration, and the National Institutes of Health.
Susan Colvin – Director
Susan Colvin founded, and is the President and CEO, of California Exotic Novelties, the world’s largest and most respected pleasure product manufacturer, and of JOPEN, the premiere luxury toy company. She has three college degrees: Bachelor of Arts with a major in Speech Communication and minor in Political Science, Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in Energy Administration, both from the University of New Mexico, and a Master of Business Administration from Central Michigan University.
During Susan’s early career she taught GED courses on military bases and served as an Associate Professor and Director of Student Affairs at Hawaii Pacific College. She was also an associate professor at Honolulu Community College, Golden Gate University and Rhode Island College. Upon entering the private sector, Susan was the Director of Operations for one of the original one-hour photo franchises. When the company was sold she started a business management company that specialized in computerizing small business and establishing operating procedures. In her next adventure she assumed the role of General Manager for CPLC and Video Team.
With a strong work ethic and a passion for empowering women and couples’, Susan revolutionized the pleasure product industry. She developed the first toys in pink and purple colors and packaged them to appeal to women. She intuitively understood pleasure products and developed a long list of innovations including the first: waterproof, rechargeable, wireless, and more.
As an innovator and pioneer, Susan and her companies have been honored with many awards, including: Business Woman of the Year—2012 from EAN, Manufacturer of the Year—2013 from StorErotica, and Best Pleasure Product Manufacturer—2013 from AVN.