Board Of Directors
The Board of Directors of Savage Support Corp. serves as the governing body of Savage Support Corp. They determine the direction of the organization, ensure that the mission of Savage Support Corp. is being met and raise funds to ensure the organization is able to serve its beneficiaries effectively.
Deanna Savage was born & raised in Southeastern WI and entered the Air Force in 1987. She was trained as an Aerospace Ground Equipment mechanic and stationed at George AFB, CA. With an honorable discharge, she lived in Arizona, California and Texas for ten years gaining business experience in HUD financial loans, CART team development and racing, systems administration and bank card processing. In 2000, Deanna moved home after the passing of both her birth mother from breast cancer and a dear friend to secondary breast cancer. In 2014, Deanna was diagnosed with stage I invasive DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma In Situ). She found immense support from family, friends, neighbors, coworkers & strangers throughout the processes of chemotherapy, bilateral mastectomy and rehabilitation. This incredible support & kindness inspired the creation of Savage Support Corp. Deanna enjoys live music, adventurous travel and the company of good friends & family.
Mark Browning is a longtime sales and management professional in the wine business. He met Deanna Savage in 2010 in that capacity. By 2014, when Deanna was diagnosed with breast cancer, they were both working at the same Milwaukee-based wine distributor. Upon her return to work, Deanna approached Mark with the idea of starting up a nonprofit focused on practical aid to breast cancer patients. Mark gladly accepted a position on the board of Savage Support Corp as one of its Founding Members. Mark holds a degree from Marquette University and an MFA from U.C. San Diego. Besides community service and wine, Mark’s interests include travel, learning about other cultures, cooking, collecting old stuff and spending time with his amazing and creative children, Harrison and Clairyssa.
Suzzette Metcalfe is an accomplished chef and restaurateur that has served delicious food from Chicago, IL to Maui, HI and currently runs The Pasta Tree in Milwaukee, WI. She and Deanna have been friends for nearly 30 years and she has been with Deanna through out her entire diagnosis, treatment and aftermath of living post cancer. Suzzette has lost several members of her immediate family due to cancer including breast cancer. She accepted a position on the board of Savage Support Corp as a Founding Member in order to ease the plight of others experiencing the rigors of breast cancer. Suzzette enjoys making others happy, cooking, travel, live music, networking and spending time with family and friends.
Becky Olson chose healthcare as a career because she has always had a passion for health, wellness and helping others. After graduating from nursing school in 1997, Becky has worked in a wide variety of areas including emergency medicine, surgery and public health. Currently, Becky works as a RN case manager for Milwaukee County Family Care program. Becky develops, implements and evaluates individualized plans of care for her patients. She serves as a liaison between her patients and healthcare providers as well as being an advocate for patient welfare.
Becky met Deanna in 2015 at a Savage Support auction and instantly became interested in the organization and fell in love with the mission. Becky recognizes the great need for community services to persons fighting cancer.
Becky lives in Elm Grove with her 2 boys. She spends her time watching them play baseball, football and basketball and enjoys keeping active with them. Becky occupies her additional free time with travel, live music, gardening and spending time with friends and family.
Erin Doren is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin, specializing in breast cancer reconstruction and microsurgery. After completing her plastic surgery training and a cancer fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center she moved to Milwaukee in 2016. She has always had a passion and interest in caring for patients with breast cancer and performing breast reconstruction. In addition to being a clinician, Erin conducts research which includes studies investigating outcomes after breast reconstruction focusing on psychological well-being, quality-of-life and body image. After meeting Deanna in 2016, she joined Savage Support with the goal to assist breast cancer patients and their families outside of the hospital. Erin lives on the East Side of Milwaukee with her husband and enjoys spending time on the lakefront, running, traveling and cheese curds.