Tina's Wish Appoints Beverly Wolfer as Executive Director

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Tina’s Wish, a charitable organization that has provided millions of dollars in funding for the development of an effective early screen for ovarian cancer, today announced the appointment of Beverly Wolfer as executive director.

"In a relatively short amount of time, we have made tremendous progress in directing important research to help detect ovarian cancer at its earliest and most survivable stages."

Tina’s Wish, a charitable organization that has provided millions of dollars in funding for the development of an effective early screen for ovarian cancer, today announced the appointment of Beverly Wolfer as executive director.

A former director at Booz Allen & Hamilton and president and co-founder of the Major Stuart Adam Wolfer Institute, Ms. Wolfer joins Tina's Wish from SAR Academy in Riverdale, New York. She holds an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and a BBA in International Business from The George Washington University.

"Beverly brings us a demonstrated track record of strategic thinking and tactical planning coupled with successful implementations across a range of business and not-for-profit organizations," said Andrew Brozman, who participated in the formation of Tina's Wish in honor of his late wife, Tina L. Brozman, former Chief Judge of the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Ms. Brozman died six years ago today at the age of 54, after a two-year battle with ovarian cancer.

"In a relatively short amount of time, we have made tremendous progress in directing important research to help detect ovarian cancer at its earliest and most survivable stages," said Mr. Brozman, a partner at international law firm Clifford Chance. "We're confident that Beverly is the right person to help us take the next steps forward in this must-win fight to save the lives of women who contract the disease."

The final wish of Ms. Brozman, a mother of three, was to find a reliable method for early detection against the ovarian cancer that took her life. More than $3.2 million dollars has been raised by Tina's Wish since its inception in 2008, with the money funding research at The University of Pennsylvania’s Ovarian Cancer Center; The Yale School of Medicine/Yale Cancer Center; Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center; and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

"It's an honor for me to join an organization that is funding such promising work on the elusive early detection test for ovarian cancer," said Ms. Wolfer. "Of all the gynaecological diseases, ovarian cancer is the most deadly. Approximately 75-to-80 percent of women are diagnosed in later stages when the cancer has spread beyond the ovaries and the chance of survival is poor. This is a battle we must win, and I'm excited to be taking an active leadership role to help advance such an important cause."

Notes to Editors:

1. The Honorable Tina Brozman Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization founded to fulfil “Tina’s Wish”: to save women through an effective screen for ovarian cancer. For more information about Tina’s Wish, see http://www.tinaswish.org.

2. Tina Brozman (October 7, 1952 - June 26, 2007) was a former chief judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. In 1985, at age 32, she became the youngest bankruptcy lawyer appointed in the Second Circuit. During her time on the bench, she issued more than 150 decisions, many of which had a major impact on bankruptcies involving multinational corporations. After leaving the bench in 2000, she became co-leader of Bingham McCutchen’s financial restructuring group. Ms. Brozman was named one of the 50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America by The National Law Journal. In May 2007, the UJA-Federation of New York’s bankruptcy and reorganization group unanimously selected her as the 2007 recipient of the Professor Lawrence P. King Award for her contributions to the bankruptcy field.

For reporters seeking additional information:

Mike Kachel
mike(dot)kachel(at)cliffordchance(dot)com
212-878-8050

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