Meet The Team

It takes a village

It takes a village to bring early breast cancer detection and overall breast health education to every woman in the United States. We have incredible, dynamic and caring women on our team to support all Night Out with “The Girls” operations and events.

Katie Schroeder – Director

Developing long-lasting business relationships is Katie’s passion and purpose. She believes that everyone deserves to be heard and know they matter, and she carries that philosophy into every relationship she curates. Katie has spent the last six years as an entrepreneur with her company, CR Conversations, a sales coaching firm. She has over 12 years of sales and business development experience.

Katie joined the Night Out With “The Girls” team to assist Jessica Sidener in bringing the early breast cancer detection and breast health events to every woman across the United States. She acts as an extension of the brand out in the community and builds relationships with individuals and businesses. Katie’s main directive is to bring Night Out With “The Girls” to as many women as possible, whether through personal connection or via their company or organization.

Katie is a proud Colorado native and furbaby mom to her dogs Vinny and Theo and cat, Greg. She recently married the love of her life, Henry. You can find Katie enjoying an Old Fashioned, spending time with her family and friends or indulging in craft cocktail bars and local restaurants in the beautiful city of Denver.

Why did you choose to be part of the Night Out with “The Girls”? I chose to be a part of Night Out With “The Girls” because I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself. I am inspired by the responses and revelations that every woman has at one of our events and seeing them take action. Being able to educate women on early breast cancer detection and helping the take their health into their own hands is incredibly rewarding and fulfilling work! I am honored to be a part of this team.

What is your professional background? I have spent the last 6 years as the founder of CR Conversations and The Conversation Club, an online sales coaching platform for female entrepreneurs. I have been in the sales industry for over 12 years and take pride in building, nurturing and growing relationships.

Why do you love educating girls about their “girls”? I love educating girls about their “girls” because it can save lives. The fun, comfortable and safe environment we create to educate women about their “girls” generates necessary conversation and encourages them to take action.

Night Out with “The Girls” is all about COMFORT, CONNECTION and CONVERSATION. Which of those three words resonates with you the most, regarding women’s health (and why)? Connection is the word that resonates with me the most in regards to women’s health. It is commonplace for women to constantly be serving others and to put themselves last. By having connections to other like-minded women you are able to take time for yourself, build relationships and are more encouraged to take action on with your own health needs.

What is one fun fact about you that may be a surprise to others? I have always had a passion for writing and when I was younger I had several poems published in poetry collections.

Night Out with “The Girls” is all about FUN! What do you like to do for fun? I am a HUGE animal lover! My husband, Henry, and I spend time with our fur babies, Vinny, Theo and Greg. We are also urbanites that love to try new restaurants and cocktail bars, go to concerts and play lots of board games.

Brenda Bushey – Healthcare Provider

Why did you choose to be part of the Night Out with “The Girls”? I chose to be a part of NOWTG; to gain a sense of community. I like being part of a group working toward a common goal.

What is your professional background? I am a Physician Assistant in family practice, trauma, ortho trauma and adult orthopedic reconstruction. I am also a breast cancer survivor.

Why do you love educating girls about their “girls”? It is a fun, relaxed environment where important information is shared

Night Out with “The Girls” is all about COMFORT, CONNECTION and CONVERSATION. Which of those three words resonates with you the most, regarding women’s health (and why)? They all resonate with me. I do favor the word connection the most. Personally, knowing there are other women who may benefit from my personal and professional experience is inspiring.

What is one fun fact about you that may be a surprise to others? I received a t-shirt for dancing on the Ellen Show. It was not televised;  it was during the warm up before the show started taping.

Night Out with “The Girls” is all about FUN! What do you like to do for fun? Dancing! I like to watch and do it!

Shannon Johnson – Healthcare Provider

Why did you choose to be part of the Night Out with “The Girls”? I have passion for medical education, patient advocacy and women empowering women. NOWTG is the perfect combination of all three!

What is your professional background? I received my Masters of Medical Science degree in 2011 from Midwestern University-Glendale College of Health Sciences Physician Assistant Studies Program. I practiced general pediatrics and urgent care medicine in Arizona until 2014 when I relocated to Colorado and joined Geraghty Family Medicine.  I have had multiple opportunities to practice medicine in underserved communities throughout the world and have been involved in humanitarian efforts in schools and homeless shelters locally, as well as in medical clinics located in Mexico and Mozambique.  I also participate in educating future medical providers wherever I can and offer clinical training to several students annually.

Why do you love educating girls about their “girls”? I love helping to empower women to be self advocates for their health.

Night Out with “The Girls” is all about COMFORT, CONNECTION and CONVERSATION. Which of those three words resonates with you the most, regarding women’s health (and why)? COMFORT– The medical environment can feel so sterile, scary and crazy uncomfortable. Although I play the role of a healthcare provider as a profession, I become very anxious when I play the role of patient. I particularly realized the great need to feel comfortable as a patient when I prepared to carry and birth my son in 2018. For several months I worked hard to find the most comfortable birthing environment with a supportive team. With them, I was able to overcome all of the things that contributed to my anxiety associated with my pregnancy, delivery and postpartum periods, and was granted a beautiful healthcare experience. I hope to help other women find ways to be comfortable in their individual healthcare journeys.

What is one fun fact about you that may be a surprise to others? I have played at least one game of Settlers of Catan per week since Christmas of 2018. My husband and I are kind of Catan junkies, so let me know if you’re down for a game!:)

 

Night Out with “The Girls” is all about FUN! What do you like to do for fun? Outside of practicing medicine, I enjoy an active lifestyle playing various sports, running and skiing. I am actively involved in my local church congregation and its associated women’s group.  Additionally, I love music, game nights, and traveling.  Whatever I do and wherever I am I am most fulfilled when family and friends, particularly my husband Matt and my son Hank, are by my side.

Aspen Wright – Healthcare Provider

Why did you choose to be part of the Night Out with “The Girls”?  I chose to be a part of Night Out with “The Girls”  because I feel strongly about aiding women in enhancing their knowledge of breast health. Women of all ages can benefit from learning the basics of breast health and leave the event empowered to take their health into their own hands.

What is your professional background? I earned a BS in Healthcare Management followed by a BS in Nursing. I worked as an RN in an operating room for two years focusing on breast cancer patients and orthopedics. Following this, I became an Oncology Nurse Navigator with a focus on breast health. 

Why do you love educating girls about their “girls”? I love educating women about their “girls” as it is always fascinating to see them light up with questions and feel compelled to share their knowledge with others. Breast cancer is an issue so many women face, and if I can provide education that helps potentially save a life, my job has been fulfilled! 

Night Out with “The Girls” is all about COMFORT, CONNECTION and CONVERSATION. Which of those three words resonates with you the most, regarding women’s health (and why)? “Conversation” resonates with me most because I feel that so many women (and men) are afraid to talk about their health, even with their health care providers. I enjoy creating a safe, relaxed environment to allow for fluid conversation. If we can get more women to talk about their breast health, we can drive them to complete their screenings and ask those uncomfortable questions along the way. 

What is one fun fact about you that may be a surprise to others?  One fun fact about me is that I am an adrenaline junkie! I love trying new things, riding crazy rides, and I plan on sky diving one day! I am a thrill seeker at heart!

Mary Freivogel – Healthcare Provider

Why did you choose to be part of the Night Out with “The Girls”? I wholeheartedly believe that women can and should play an active role in their medical care. This incredible program provides attendees with education, tools, and inspiration to advocate for themselves and their breast health. By understanding their level of risk and the options available to them, women can detect breast cancer early, if not prevent it altogether.

What is your professional background? I have been a cancer genetic counselor since 2001 and I was one of the first genetic counselors to work in a breast imaging center. I am passionate about personalizing a woman’s breast cancer screening plan based on her level of risk. I was honored to serve as President of the National Society of Genetic Counselors in 2017.

Why do you love educating girls about their “girls”? I value the opportunity to teach women the importance of being proactive with their breast health. Throughout my career, I have seen numerous patients who played an active role in their own breast cancer diagnosis. Whether it was through practicing breast self-awareness, trusting their gut when something seemed off, or advocating for a second opinion when a healthcare provider dismissed their concerns, these women took ownership and changed their future. Their actions led to doctors finding their cancer at an earlier stage and provided them with many extra years of life to spend with family and friends.

Night Out with “The Girls” is all about COMFORT, CONNECTION and CONVERSATION. Which of those three words resonates with you the most, regarding women’s health (and why)? The word “conversation” resonates most with me, primarily because I believe that education about breast health is most effective when done in the context of a dynamic and personalized discussion. It’s a complex topic and it’s not something that most women can understand by simply reading a generic article or listening to a “one size fits all” lecture. I see great value in allowing women to ask questions about the topic so they can personalize the information, as well as hear the inquiries and comments from others in attendance. The group learning aspect of Night Out With “The Girls” is unique and makes this program extremely effective in changing behaviors and improving outcomes.

What is one fun fact about you that may be a surprise to others? I have qualified for and finished the Boston Marathon three times (2013, 2014, 2019).

Night Out with “The Girls” is all about FUN! What do you like to do for fun? I love to run, watch my sons play sports, and drink wine with friends. I can often be found at the park asking random strangers if I can pet their dog.

Jill Dalton – Emcee

Why did you choose to be part of the Night Out with “The Girls”? Since first hearing about the concept of NOWTG, and attending their VERY first event, I knew I wanted to be a part of this organization. I am all about empowering and serving other women, and NOWTG is a PERFECT place for me to do this very work. Being an educator at heart, NOWTG will allow me to do the work I love. The topic of breast health and self-breast care is such an important topic, but also one, we, as women, tend to put off as we meet the other demands in our lives. NOWTG not only makes breast-health information easily accessible to women, but ALSO allows the information to be delivered in a non-threatening, super FUN, group environment, where women from all walks of life can voice their stories, experiences, questions, and concerns. I am honored and blessed to be a part of this amazing team!!

What is your professional background? I taught high school English Language Arts and ESL for 17 years before leaving the world of public education, in 2014, to pursue other career avenues. Over the last 6 years, I have operated my own jewelry business, a tutoring business, and continue to guest teach on a regular basis in Jeffco.

Why do you love educating girls about their “girls”? Educating people is a passion of mine, as well as serving and empowering women to live their best lives. I want to reach as many women as possible to help them learn how taking action with their “girls” — doing monthly exams, understanding what to look for when conducting one, becoming familiar with their “normal”, and knowing when to contact a health care provider — can lead to early detection and, in turn, greatly increase their abilities to receive treatment and survive breast cancer. Knowledge is power, and, in this case, can LITERALLY save lives!!

Night Out with “The Girls” is all about COMFORT, CONNECTION and CONVERSATION. Which of those three words resonates with you the most, regarding women’s health (and why)? Certainly, all three words are crucial to NOWTG’s mission; however, the word “connection” resonates with me the most. Honestly, I think it’s very difficult to have the other two things (comfort and conversation), if we do not work hard to establish a connection with people. Not only is it vital for us, as NOWTG team members, to connect with the women at our events, in order to foster NATURAL and AUTHENTIC conversations, but to be a catalyst for the women who are ATTENDING the events to connect with EACH OTHER. Connections naturally occur between women when they have a space to share their voices, commonalities, and experiences, and this “space” is what NOWTG provides.

What is one fun fact about you that may be a surprise to others? I like to speak using different accents, just for fun, with my friends and family. Sometimes, it’s British; sometimes southern, sometimes “street” — you just never know. I also pick up other peoples’ accents extremely easily and mimic them in my own speech (not on purpose — it just happens lol).

Night Out with “The Girls” is all about FUN! What do you like to do for fun? At home, I enjoy cooking very much. I love to play volleyball, though I’m getting a bit old to be out on the court :). LITERALLY ANYTHING I get to do with my 13 year old daughter, Keierin, brings me the most joy (she is my absolute favorite person!!). I also LOVE going to our family cabin, during the summer time, and just getting in lots of quality time!!