Board of Directors
Our Board members are all women who chose flat closure after mastectomy or explant, and are committed to advancing NPOAS’ mission and promoting our core values.
Kim Bowles is a scientist, artist, mother of two, and founder of Not Putting on a Shirt. She decided to go flat in 2017 as part of her breast cancer treatment plan, but her plastic surgeon intentionally left her with excess tissue to facilitate reconstruction. Kim went public with her story, and upon realizing that flat denial is a systemic problem requiring institutional change, decided to invest in pursuing parity for flat closure and helping women protect their choice. Kim has been featured in Cosmopolitan magazine, Women and the World, on the Today Show, and more.
Christy Avila is a career educator, mother, and explant and flat closure advocate. She founded Fierce, Flat, Forward, a support and advocacy group that encourages, guides, and educates other breast cancer survivors and previvors on going flat—whether at the time of initial mastectomy or post-explant. She herself chose to “go flat” after discovering breast implant illness (BII) and choosing to explant based on her subsequent research on breast implants as medical devices.
Christy co-founded “International FLAT Day,” (Oct. 7th), an annual event that celebrates FLAT and promotes flat closure and breast reconstruction awareness. In 2019, she testified before the US FDA at their Hearing on Breast Implant Safety in Washington DC, advocating for proper informed consent for breast cancer survivors. Christy serves on the faculty of the Communication Studies Department at San Jose City College where she has taught for over a decade. She looks forward to continuing her advocacy work to promote flat closure, explant, and informed consent.
Devorah Vester Borenstein
Devorah Vester Borenstein is an appellate attorney in Boston who helps persons with mental illness regain their agency, liberty and dignity. In July 2019, she had a double mastectomy after a local recurrence. Devorah always knew she did not want breast reconstruction, and feels fortunate that her breast surgeon – who told her about the flat movement – honored her choice. Devorah’s closely held values of integrity, transparency and individual autonomy make her an incredible asset to the NPOAS Board. Her goal at NPOAS is to bring all parties to the table – doctors, legislators, health insurers and patients – to make certain that in every state a woman’s right to full disclosure and informed consent is protected, and her decision to go flat is respected.
Shana Whitehead is a wife, mother of four, and VP of Property Management Operations with DLP Real Estate Management. Shana was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in January 2018. As a part of the treatment plan, Shana had a double mastectomy with tissue expanders placed in July of 2018. After one year with tissue expanders and suffering from BII symptoms, Shana made the decision to have them removed and decided on a flat closure. Shana was denied a flat result and moved forward with a revision in September 2019. As a result of her experience, she decided to make it her mission to advocate for women and their right to be fully informed about flat closure and acceptable outcomes.
Hi, I am BethAnne King. My interest in this movement is personal. I was denied the flat surgery I wanted and was inspired to establish Breastless and Beautiful, a social support group for mastectomy survivors. This group’s focus is body acceptance, regardless of surgical results. Members talk about adjusting to their changed bodies and new normal, since breast cancer. The validation and sisterhood there is healing and helpful.
I proudly advocate for informed consent for women who are facing mastectomy due to breast cancer (or risk of). My advocacy work is focused on helping to change laws that increase patient’s opportunities for informed consent so that they receive the surgical outcomes they expect.
My goal is to make changes so that no one else has to suffer this experience. We need to update the policies that restrict insurance coverage of revision procedures for those whose wishes were disregarded, and for those who, with more information, have decided they want to go flat.
Not Putting on a Shirt is a 501(c)(3) organization advocating for optimal surgical outcomes for women who choose to go flat after mastectomy.
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