Joseph J. Cappello, Executive Director
Joseph J. Cappello married Nancy Marcucci, in 1974 and the story began. Joe is the co-founder of Are You Dense, and Are You Dense Advocacy. Joe was elected to take on the leadership role as Executive Director of Are You Dense, Inc and Are You Dense Advocacy, Inc. in January of 2019 after Nancy’s passing from treatment related bone marrow cancer (MDS). His passion is to continue Nancy’s legacy by pursuing the goal that they set in 2004; that not one woman would die from a late- stage breast cancer due to dense breast tissue. In 2009, Joe and Nancy championed the first in the nation breast density inform law in the State of Connecticut. To date, there are now 36 States that have breast density legislation. This has given thousands of women in the U.S. and around the world a voice, because early detection matters.
In 2004 Nancy was diagnosed with stage 3c breast cancer. They decided to start Are You Dense, Inc and Are You Dense Advocacy, Inc to alert the world about the high risk of breast cancer for those women with dense breast tissue. To help finance these efforts Joe drew on his musical background to put together what became The Are You Dense MusicFest. It produced finances to Are You Dense, Inc for 10 years and gave great pleasure to thousands of people at the same time.
Joe received his entrepreneurial degree by developing three businesses in his career. He became a real estate broker and started his own business which continued for 30 years, selling homes and industrial / commercial property. He was also an independent rep for many years in the electronics industry, selling to industrial manufactures throughout New England. Joe has been an avid drummer since the age of 10. He played with The Waterbury Symphony Orchestra while still in grammar school and in many bands, writing and recording original music. He still plays in a jazz band on occasion. His interest in music ignited an idea to develop a business which manufactures and distributes a unique portable drum set throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. He also holds a U.S. Patent on the electronics portion of the drum set.
Joe is a licensed private pilot and also enjoys being on his boat with friends and a good cigar.
Donna Johnson, President
Donna Marie Johnson is the Community Relations Liaison for Diagnostic Radiology Associates (DRA), a private radiology practice located in Waterbury, Middlebury and Southbury CT. Donna has been with DRA for 23 years, helping to spread the word about the importance of breast cancer screening and preventative breast health. She has been instrumental in many fundraisers for organizations such as Waterbury Hospital, Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center, Waterbury Hospital Auxiliary, Easter Seals and other health- related organizations. Donna believes that women need to be informed and empowered about their own health and has joined the Board of Directors of Are You Dense, Inc. to help spread the word about breast density to women across the country. She lives in Woodbury CT with her husband Jim, has two grown daughters, and the most beautiful grandson in the world.
Kathleen Brochhauser, Vice President
Kathleen Brochhauser, MSOB, currently works as Senior Vice President, Community Relations Officer for Ion Bank and is the Executive Director of Ion Bank Foundation. Previously, she worked in the field of Human Resources/Organization Development for 32 years in the banking field. She resides in Naugatuck CT. Along with her affiliation with Are You Dense, Inc. Kathy has been an advocate for cancer research since her niece experienced cancer at age three. She has participated in the Relay For Life of Greater Waterbury for many years, is involved various organizations including Jane Doe No More, Wellmore Behavioral Health, the Rotary Club of Naugatuck, YMCA of Naugatuck and the United Way of Naugatuck and Beacon Falls, Inc. Kathy’s experience with breast cancer has been through the pain and suffering of loved ones and co-workers who have battled the disease. Kathy first learned of Are You Dense Inc. when she attended the Are You Dense MusicFest in 2010 and she has been passionate about the mission of the organization ever since.
Linda Salvatore, Secretary
Cheshire CT resident Linda Salvatore joined the Board of Directors of Are You Dense, Inc. early in 2021, assuming the role of secretary. Meeting Nancy Cappello in 2005 at the Brave at Heart support group soon led to their friendship and Linda’s continued support for Are You Dense. Professionally, Linda began her career in Naugatuck as school media specialist, a position she held for 25 years. On the Board of Directors for CEMA (Connecticut Educational Media Association}, Linda chaired state conferences to include managing presentations, scheduling, vending, and hospitality. In addition to media, Linda performed administrative duties for Connecticut’s Nutmeg Children’s Book Award and, as Director of District Technology Training, coordinated technology training for the Naugatuck CT school system. The last 12 years of her career were spent as a classroom teacher, curriculum coordinator, and mentor teacher at the middle school level. Retiring in 2014, Linda continues in the education field working as a tutor for Naugatuck High School and keeping her husband, Gary, well-fed and entertained.
Joyce Adomaitis, Treasurer
A graduate of UCONN and native of Connecticut, Joyce began her professional journey as a teacher and soon moved on to careers at ESPN and IBM. In tandem, she pursued a lifelong creative journey as a mixed media artist. A board member since 2019, she believes in and fosters the importance of education and dissemination of information to ensure women understand the implications of breast density. Joyce continues to be inspired by the strength, resilience and courage of the many women she encounters as an Are You Dense, Inc. board member. Her mission at Are You Dense, Inc. is dedicated to the memory of her niece, Jennifer, who passed away in 2021 following a 7-year battle with metastatic breast cancer
Spanning a 35-year career in health care. UCONN graduate Joyce Buselli worked as Director of Business Development for Interim Health Care, followed by marketing & sales positions in the field of assisted living and VITAS hospice care. Her career continued with the local Chamber of Commerce, administering health care and human resource councils.
Joyce continued her focus on educating families having to make informed healthcare decisions. Her volunteer work with various organizations supports healthcare education.
Her goal in this next chapter is to continue work in support of women and families, providing
information to assist in early detection of breast cancer and the choices that must be made.
Joyce believes Are You Dense has saved many lives and working together is key to continue the mission.
As an 11-year breast cancer survivor, Debbie is passionate about creating awareness regarding the impact of dense breast tissue and the importance of breast cancer screenings, and is a member of the Brave at Heart breast cancer support group. Debbie was one of the first to benefit from Nancy Cappello’s work, which later became known as Are You Dense, Inc. With gratitude, she joined the Are You Dense, Inc. Board of Directors as a supporting member. A graduate of The New York Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Marketing, she worked in financial services, going on to raise three children. Debbie has also worked in the field of interior design. She enjoys playing tennis to maintain her health.
Beth Sieling M.D.
Dr. Sieling is a board-certified general surgeon who earned her medical degree from East Carolina University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in general surgery at Abington Memorial Hospital in suburban Philadelphia, as well as a Breast Surgery Fellowship under the tutelage of nationally-renowned experts at The Comprehensive Breast Center in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Dr. Sieling is skilled in the most advanced technologies available for the diagnosis and treatment of breast disease, including minimally invasive stereotactic and ultrasound-guided core breast biopsies. She also performs skin- and nipple-sparing mastectomy, placement of accelerated partial breast irradiation catheters, and genetic counseling and testing for patients at risk for BRCA gene mutations. Beth is known for her outrageously wonderful care of her patients and always goes above and beyond for them. She lives in Southbury CT with her wonderful husband and her two great children.
A native of Connecticut, Berenice graduated from Western CT State University with a B.S. and M.S. in education. Following a 30-year teaching career at Sandy Hook Elementary School, she went on to work for an investment firm. Her volunteer work began as as grief counselor at Hartford Hospital and continues with Are You Dense since its inception. Berenice is very honored to be a member of the Board of Directors, all dedicated to a very educational and worthy cause for women throughout the world, and holds it close to her heart.
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Are You Dense, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity. IRS Tax ID 26-3643216. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
Breast density is one of the strongest predictors of the failure of mammography screening to detect cancer.
Two-thirds of pre-menopausal women and 1/4 of post menopausal women have dense breast tissue.
Adding more sensitive tests to mammography significantly increase detection of invasive cancers that are small and node negative.
American College of Radiology describes women with "Dense Breast Tissue" as having a higher than average risk of Breast Cancer.
While a mammogram detects 98% of cancers in women with fatty breasts, it finds only 48% in women with the densest breasts.
A woman at average risk and a woman at high risk have an EQUAL chance of having their cancer masked by mammogram.
Women with dense breasts who had breast cancer have a four times higher risk of recurrence than women with less-dense breasts.
A substantial proportion of Breast Cancer can be attributed to high breast density alone.
Cancer turns up five times more often in women with extremely dense breasts than those with the most fatty tissue.
There are too many women who are unaware of their breast density, believe their “Happy Gram” when it reports no significant findings and are at risk of receiving a later stage cancer diagnosis.