Staff & Board
Diane Hoyt is the president of the board. Prior to being the president of the board she held the position as treasurer. She has been on the WOCA board since November of 2014. Diane is involved with WOCA because she lost her mom to Ovarian Cancer in April of 2005. She continues to spread awareness and to fight for better testing in memory of her mom. Diane’s favorite WOCA event is the Survivor’s brunch because she loves celebrating the inspirational woman in the state.
Diane grew up in Madison and attended UW-Madison, receiving a Bachelor degree in Business Administration majoring in Marketing, Management and Human Resources. Diane started her career in Dallas, TX working in the corporate offices at Neiman Marcus. She then spent 11 years working in the buying offices at Kohl’s Department Stores in Menomonee Falls, WI. Since 2013 Diane has worked as a product manager at Uline in Pleasant Prairie, WI.
Diane lives in Muskego, WI with her husband John, son Sam, step children Claire and Adam and dog Mia. Diane enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering for WOCA and helping with various dog rescues. She is also an avid Wisconsin Badger sports fan.
Board Vice President
As an Executive Clinical Oncology Specialist for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, Hayley is professionally and personally invested in helping ovarian cancer patients live longer than ever before. She represents what was the 1st Parp Inhibitor to market (now 3 1/2 years ago!) and just recently was approved as a maintenance therapy. She is not only proud of all of these pivotal advances in medicine for women with ovarian cancer, but is even more hopeful as we look to develop a diagnostic tool and someday even a cure. Because of her passion for these patients, she had been a volunteer at events and happily joined the board in 2017. Her background in sales, marketing and fundraising will be an asset throughout the year for the various events held for WOCA in Milwaukee and Madison. When not working or volunteering, Hayley spends time with her husband Jim and their 3 kids. As a former University of Wisconsin volleyball player, she tries to attend as many UW Badger games as she can!
Kari’s mom battled ovarian cancer for almost ten years. After seeing her journey and being with her at the end of her journey, she made a promise that she would get involved to help raise awareness for this silent killer. She volunteered at the Mother’s Day walk to benefit WOCA with her sister and friend in May, 2016. At the event she was able to connect with Peggy Pipia and knew that she wanted to join the board to help make a difference. Kari joined the board in the summer of 2016, and became the treasurer in January of 2018. She loves Toast to Teal; however, her favorite event is Nancy’s Run, Rock & Stroll. She believes that having the opportunity to raise funds for a great cause is important; however, being able to connect with survivors and families of survivors was emotionally more than she expected. “These survivors are so inspiring and help remind me why what we are doing IS making a difference.”
She works at Catholic Financial Life as the VP of Finance. She has been with the company for over 10 years. Outside of work and volunteering at WOCA, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She’s been married to her high school sweetheart, Clint, for 19 years. Clint is a special education teacher. They have two children and two “fur-babies.” Spending time with her family traveling tops my list of favorite hobbies.
After a nine month fight, Lori’s mother lost her battle to ovarian cancer, which inspired her to become involved with spreading awareness. Like many, Lori and her mother did not realize that her symptoms were those of ovarian cancer, which is something she hopes to change. Lori also volunteers to help those with bleeding disorders, so she can bring her experience there to the WOCA board. Another animal lover, she loves spending her free time with not only her husband and sons, but with her three dogs and two cats, and would love to run her own rescue one day.
Debbie lost her mother to a tough battle with ovarian cancer in 2000, one year after being diagnosed. Back then, symptoms for ovarian cancer were not in the forefront of discussions with doctors, a fact she was determined to change. She started to raise awareness through hosting an annual Valentine’s Day event which included guest speakers discussing ovarian cancer symptoms and pampering salon services on site. During her tenure of hosting this event, she knew they were making an impact and raising awareness. Soon after, she became aware of WOCA and its mission through the founders, Sandi Wagner and Kelli Zembruski. Their passion to raise awareness was infectious which quickly ignited her interest to join WOCA. She has enjoyed collaborating with all the board members and volunteers over the years and appreciates the gifts each of them brings to help accomplish WOCA’s mission to raise awareness. Currently, Debbie Chair’s the Governance committee where their team helps to guide decisions to align with WOCAs mission. Outside of work and volunteering, she enjoys cooking, gardening and spending time with family and friends.
Peggy has been involved with WOCA for over 13 years, starting to work with the organization after her mother—and best friend’s—diagnosis. Her young daughter, Kathryn, made bead decorations to be sold, and have stayed involved every since. Peggy loves all of WOCA’s events, knowing that the opportunity to spread the word with each one is most important. Outside of volunteering for WOCA and her job, Peggy loves Zumba, gardening, traveling, and is a true dog lover!
I made a choice two years in my journey to be an advocate for ovarian cancer, including awareness and education. As I watched WOCA grow, and be a support system for me, I thought it would be a good way to give back. I support their mission, and hope to inspire others to get involved in supporting our cause. I have participated in WOCA events for the past 3 years, and more recently have joined the WOCA board. My favorite event is the survivor’s brunch. Every year the amount of survivors that attend the brunch increases, which a complete expression of hope, and means we are living longer!
As one of the only survivors on the board, I feel I bring a unique perspective, in better understanding the needs of the survivors. And I’m not shy. I’m a former marine. I have a dog, named Sierra that smelled my cancer, and I’m currently in the process of writing a book. I did 25 years of government civil service, with the rank equivalent to a colonel. I enjoy spending time with my family. I enjoy having new experiences and challenging myself.
Susie Siettman BSN, OCN, ONN-CG is an exciting new addition to the WOCA board, bringing with her an extensive background in the medical and gynecological fields, as well as a passion for fundraising and a creative mindset! She learned about WOCA through receiving Comfort Totes for her patients, and was pushed to get involved by the impact WOCA made on them. Her favorite event is the Survivor Brunch, as she loves seeing the special treatment her patients receive. In her free time, Susie loves biking and kayaking, as well as attending festivals. As a fun fact, her mother considered her a ‘miracle baby,’ being born 16 years after her next closest sibling! During her time as an oncology nurse, she travelled for work, once even getting to live in Costa Mesa, CA!
The marketing committee is responsible for providing guidance and assisting in the development of the Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance’s marketing strategy. Its purpose is to increase the overall visibility, enhance the reputation, and support the mission of the Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance.
“Fund the Future”
The purpose of the Governance committee is to ensure that the board fulfills its legal,
ethical, and functional responsibilities through adequate governance policy
development, recruitment strategies, training programs, monitoring of board activities,
and evaluation of board members & performance.