Firefly Sisterhood, 10 years 2014-2024


What We Do

Through our unique matching process, we connect support seekers to a personally selected Peer Mentor Guide whose breast cancer experience is similar. There are no automated matches here. Our program staff are personally involved with every single match, taking into account each person’s life experience and what is important to you. Our mentorship program is free and available at time of diagnosis, during treatment, and into survivorship. While Firefly Sisterhood was founded and is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, our support services are available coast to coast.

Firefly Sisterhood Staff

Amy Gallagher
Executive Director

Executive Director, Amy Gallagher, comes to Firefly Sisterhood with a deep connection to the mission of helping women diagnosed with breast cancer. With a family history of breast and ovarian cancer, Amy was prompted to test for a genetic mutation in the BRCA1 gene, which came back positive. In June 2017, Amy opted to have a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy to reduce her chance of developing breast cancer.

Amy has an extensive background in health and wellness nonprofit work, especially those that help people diagnosed with cancer. She has strengths in event project management and logistics, volunteer and committee planning, fundraising and development, and organizational strategic planning.

Genna Haddad
Program Manager
Amy O’Donnell
Program Support Coordinator
Kara Nielsen
Program Support Coordinator

Firefly Sisterhood Board of Directors

Christine Ebert
Certified Financial Planner
Ameriprise Financial Services
Mary Jo Nye
Vice Chair
Director Business Development
Kate Shields Stenzinger
VP Client Success & Product Strategy
Stephanie Tuntland
VP of Finance
Avio Medtech Consulting
Brianna Blazek
Assistant General Counsel
Apogee Enterprises, Inc.
Cheri Quinn
Well Farmer
Monique Romane
Sr. Manager, Human Resources
Ann Scott
Yee-Ling Supik
Business Development Director
Salo, A Korn Ferry Company

Our History

In response to extensive research led by the Yoplait Division of General Mills, Firefly Sisterhood was founded in Minnesota with a bright vision: a world where no one faces breast cancer alone. The Big Bold Experiment was a General Mills company-wide campaign to promote innovation and community engagement. The Yoplait team worked alongside Olson Agency, conducting focus groups with breast cancer survivors. What they discovered was that women were craving meaningful connections with peers who had been through similar experiences, and the idea of Firefly Sisterhood was born.

The image of the firefly was the perfect symbol for the idea of one-to-one peer support, mentors lighting the way through dark times. “The more fireflies, the brighter the light. It really encapsulated what we hoped to create by connecting survivors.”