February 22, 2020
Facing Cancer Together Names Angela Epshtein as New ED

Angela Epshtein
November 2, 2019 — Facing Cancer Together, a Newton-based nonprofit that provides cancer support, caregiver support, diagnosis specific networking, and bereavement groups, recently announced that Angela Epshtein has been appointed as its executive director.

Angela Epshtein succeeds Nancy Gaulin, who stepped down in July after serving five years as executive director of Facing Cancer Together (FCT). Last summer, the organization said Gaulin would continue in the newly created position of clinical director.

"Often when we talk about cancer we use the fight metaphor, amplifying the day-to-day struggles created by a cancer diagnosis and treatment. If cancer treatment is indeed a fight, FCT is the space where healing and creative expression supports the fight and fuels hope and meaning in daily life," Epshtein said.

Epshtein has held a number of leadership roles within the nonprofit world in New York City and the Boston area. She began her career over 30 years ago in social services in NYC where she created an innovative day treatment program for dually diagnosed adults.

Most recently, she served for nearly six years as director of administration at Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Prior to that she was administrative officer for the Center for Healthcare Organization Implementation Research, managing editor of Schizophrenia Research Forum, and senior manager at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Epshtein earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and philosophy from the University of Buffalo and a Master of Arts degree in psychology from Columbia University.

During Gaulin's tenure, FCT expanded group programming from14 programs in three locations to 21 programs in nine locations planned for 2019.

FCT was founded in 2009 by a group of clinicians devoted to providing support, wellness, and educational services to all people affected by cancer, regardless of their ability to pay. FCT’s mission is to be an open and accepting community committed to creating a space full of connection and friendship, a place of growth and empowerment, and an atmosphere of hope and healing.

Since then, FCT has developed collaborations with different organization to promote access to important cancer support services for people with cancer and their family members in the Boston metropolitan area. They include the Brazilian American Center in Framingham, Open Spirit on the grounds of Edwards Church in Framingham, Team Cork at MetroWest Wellness Center, Waltham YMCA, and Oak Square YMCA.

In 2019, FCT planned to launch a cancer support group for Spanish-speaking people in collaboration with Charles River Community Health and expand its YMCA collaboration in Malden.

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