Meet Our Team
You Can Thrive! is operated day-to-day by our talented staff with the oversight of our esteemed Board of Directors.
We are honored to work with our volunteer community in order to positively influence the lives and journeys of all people living with Breast Cancer.
Luana DeAngelis is a social innovator with a multi-generational lineage in natural health. Luana has emerged in the past decade as an expert and speaker in the fields of integrative health, disease prevention, and palliative cancer care. In 2005, she founded YCT using her knowledge in integrative medicine to transform the way our system approaches disease and aftercare.
For over 14 years, Luana has provided the model and the leadership needed to mobilize our system from treatment of disease to comprehensive prevention of it. She believes women to be the caretakers of society and the key to sustaining healthier populations. Her private practice incorporates these methods and trains in various modalities.
Eileen is a multidisciplinary practitioner whose ethos, ability to create a thriving conscious community and entrepreneurial vision is at the core of all her endeavors. A two-time cancer survivor, Eileen found solace in therapeutic sound and has traveled the globe immersing herself in holistic therapies.
From her first hand knowledge, she has no doubt about the transformational power that integrative care has for those undergoing challenges and transformation. She regularly co-creates immersive programming with experts in the field of therapeutic sound, meditation, yoga, acupuncture and movement.
Sonya has a solid work background in Marketing & PR and Non-Profit Management. Most recently she has expanded her experience as Director of Operations at a private real estate investment company. After being diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2019, she credits holistic care for helping her through what would be a tumultuous time. She is passionate about the maintenance of ones self and believes that holistic therapy contributes to a persons overall well-being. As an advocate of empowering breast cancer survivors she has found meaning in helping to spread the benefits of integrative medicine. Sonya has traveled the world and has proudly dedicated her time and philanthropic expertise to non-profit organizations in Haiti and Kenya, to name just a few. In her spare time, she can be found chasing her young daughter around and relaxing in upstate NY.
Board of Directors
Meredith Fabian-Ludke, Board Chair
Meredith brings 17+ years of non-profit leadership and management to You Can Thrive!. She is Vice President for Latin America at an international non-profit Covenant House, as well as a certified Reiki Master and Professional Coach. Blending her passion for transformational healing with her non-profit expertise, Meredith leads our board with skill & devotion.
The two mothers in Meredith’s life, her own mother and her mother-in-law, are survivors of breast cancer, which brings her close to our cause. She believes a vital part of the You Can Thrive! community are those family, friends and peers who support and love members throughout their breast cancer journey.
Catharine DeLong is a certified Contemplative Musician and Music-Thanatologist in New York City. With harp and voice she tends to the emotional, physical and spiritual needs of Visiting Nurse Service of New York hospice patients at Mount Sinai and the Goodman Brown Residence; to individuals receiving palliative care at Bellevue Hospital; to late stage breast cancer clients being served by the You Can Thrive Foundation; and to others who are approaching the end of life.
Catharine is the current facilitator for the the New York Open Center’s Art of Dying “Integrative Thanatology” certificate program. She also presents workshops, “Introduction to Thanatology” and “Music as Medicine at the End of Life.”
She is an ordained interfaith minister affiliated with the One Spirit Interfaith Alliance. Catharine is grateful for the opportunity to both educate, and to aid patients and their loved ones in making meaning of their end of life experience.
Emily Penzo is a finance professional with a background in economics, a long history of community involvement, and a deep commitment to inspiring hope in fellow cancer survivors. A lifelong proponent of social justice, Emily grew up taking part in peaceful demonstrations on behalf of marginalized communities throughout New York City.
For over a decade, she facilitated budget and forecast preparation of a 2.5-billion-dollar portfolio of infrastructure investments for one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the country, and developed expertise in project management, cost analysis, and contract administration.
Diagnosed with breast cancer at a young age, Emily struggled with a difficult healing process before discovering holistic therapies as well as encouragement and strength in the sisterhood at YouCanThrive! The experience ignited a passion in her to empower other survivors. Inspired by YCT’s care model, Emily founded North Node, a digital platform connecting volunteers with local nonprofits and philanthropic communities.
Dr. Caroline Hartridge is a doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, who is licensed as a General Practitioner in New York and Georgia. She completed her Internship in a Family Medicine residency program at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital in Patchogue, NY, studied Osteopathic Medicine and Public Health at Touro University, California and Environmental Education at Davidson College, North Carolina.
From her aunt to her best friend's mother, Dr. Hartridge has witnessed the ripple effect of a breast cancer diagnosis. She is honored to be part of a team focusing energy and expertise towards healing.
Dr. Mitchell L. Gaynor was a very beloved and important member of our guiding board of directors at the time of this passing. He was instrumental in oversight and guiding our programs featuring therapeutic Sound for those diagnosed with cancer. His energy and passion lent this mission a unique enthusiasm.
As the Founder and President of Gaynor Integrative Oncology and Gaynor Wellness in New York City for 30 years, Dr. Gaynor became a renowned pioneer in the field of integrative oncology. A bestselling author, speaker and composer of original sound healing meditations. His last book, “The Gene Therapy Plan – Taking Control of your Genetic Destiny Through Diet and Lifestyle” was forwarded by Dr. Mehmet Oz.
His legacy provides a revolutionary approach to reverse gene damage associated with aging, cancer, obesity, and diabetes and to prevent future gene deterioration with specific programs that are appropriate for anyone who wants to maximize longevity for themselves, their children and future generations. Please consider giving to the Mitchell L. Gaynor Therapeutic Sound Fund in his memory.
He is so very missed.