June 25, 2015 the launch of Julie’s Cause.
From left to right: Dr. Stella Turk, Paul Segnit Jr., Dr. Jed Turk, Kimberly Keeley-Henschel, Susan St. Germain, Michael Chesky, Dr. Sunhee Woo, former Mayor of Poughkeepsie John Tkazik, Dr. Robert Exelbert
Susan St. Germain, Founder and President, was born and raised in Poughkeepsie, New York. She has been in the beauty and fashion industry for over 30 years. Receiving her cosmetology license in 1983, she became a master stylist in hair fashion. During these 30 years plus, she met several women dealing with gynecological cancers. Hearing story after story, she was told that there were no support groups or systems to help these women and their families. In August of 2012, Susan herself was diagnosed with cancer. Looking for support herself, she found none. Now as a cervical cancer survivor, she has started Julie’s Cause to help the many women and families in the Hudson Valley Region of New York State cope with the everyday struggles of all cervical cancer, and all the men and women along with their families who are affected by an HPV related cancer. Naming the foundation Julie’s Cause in memory of her friend Julie Latvis Segnit, who lost her own battle to cervical cancer in February of 2014, Susan hopes that Julie’s Cause will help many find comfort in knowing that they are not alone and that there is an outreach for those who need it. Susan lives in LaGrange, New York and has one son, Robert.
Paul Segnit Jr., Vice President, is Regional Vice President of Masterson Insurance since 2004, serving the insurance industry for nearly 30 years, He is general manager of Gaetanos Italian Grille in Croton on Hudson, New York. Originally from Peekskill, New York, he moved to LaGrange, New York where he served as Chief in the LaGrange Fire Department in the later 1990’s. He moved to Wallkill, New York in 2004 where he is now Training Officer for the Cronomer Valley Fire Department. Paul was married to the late Julie Latvis Segnit, who this foundation is named in memory of. He has three children, Brandon, Jenna, and Madison.
Dr. Robert Exelbert, secretary, graduated from Fairleigh Dickenson University with a Bachelor of Science Degree of biology in 1976. In 1979, he graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic and has been a Doctor of Chiropractic in Hyde Park, New York for 35 years. He is married with adult children and grandchildren. Dr. Exelbert is involved with numerous local civic organizations as well as numerous national chiropractic associations. He is a past award winner of the Hyde Park business person of the year. His hobbies include running, working out, skiing, reading, and spending time with family. He is the team chiropractor for the Roosevelt High School crew team. He is dedicated to helping his patients get well in a natural drug free environment. Dr. Exelbert currently resides with his wife in Staatsburgh, New York.
Kimberly Keeley-Henschel CPA currently has over 34 years in the accounting field. Having experience in both Public and Private sectors, she has more than 18 years experience with non-profit organizations. Kimberly received her Bachelor’s degree from Pace University in Westchester, New York. Upon passing her CPA exam, she became a Public Accountant for 12 years. She left Public Accounting for a controllership position in the retail industry. As Assistant Controller, she spent 16 years at Bard College before joining the staff at Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center. Kim resides in Millbrook, New York with her husband Greg and their four children. She is an Elder at her church and has served 15 years as treasurer for a local investment club.
Dr. Jed Turk is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist practicing in the Hudson Valley since 1993. He is currently the Medical Director of the Division of OB/GYN for Health Quest Medical Practice and is a past chairman of the Department of OB/GYN at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeekpsie, New York. He practices all facets of Obstetrics and Gynecology including screening and management of cervical disease from cervical dysplasia to non-invasive cervical cancer. He received his medical degree at State University of New York Downstate Medical Center and was trained at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York where he served as chief resident. He lives in Poughkeepsie, New York with his wife Stella who is an associate dean at SUNY New Paltz; they have three grown daughters. Dr. Turk also served on the board of Miles of Hope, a local charity that provides support for Hudson Valley residents facing breast cancer.
Dr. Sunhee Woo, MD,FACP As an internist, it has always been my greatest joy to guide my patients to better health, and when they achieve their goals, celebrate with them. Unfortunately, there have been other occasions where despite mu urging, my patients have neglected screening tests and are diagnosed with cancer. Today, while we have the most up to date screening tools in our medical arsenal, the challenge for primary care providers is to dispel the false rumors about cancer screening, help our patients overcome their fears, and encourage them to undergo testing. After losing my own mother to advanced breast cancer when i was still in college, the value of mammograms was made painfully clear to me too late. By being a part of a group like Julie’s Cause, i hope to make a meaningful difference in someone’s life, and instill hope in cancer survivors that a cure is on the way. Department of Internal Medicine, Health Quest Medical Practice.
Dr. Stella Turk is a faculty member at SUNY New Paltz where she is Associate Dean of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Coordinator of the Post-Baccalaureate Program in Communication Disorders and Coordinator of the Deaf Studies Minor. She earned her Doctoral Degree in Audiology from Arizona School of Health Sciences at Still University and Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at Brooklyn College. Stella has three daughters; Mallory, Robyn, and Ilana. Stella is BRCA2 positive and is concerned that women receive the most up-to-date information from reliable sources about cancers that can affect them. She lives in Poughkeepsie, New York with her husband Dr. Jed Turk who is an obstetrician/gynecologist at Health Quest Medical Practice.