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2019 Honorees

KATHY JENNINGS (MEDICAL HONOREE) is a Registered Nurse who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Kathy is the Senior Vice President of Oncology and Patient Services at St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Northern Kentucky (St. Elizabeth).  In keeping with her patient-focused, clinical oncology research capacity at St. Elizabeth, she has also served as an Institutional Research Board committee member from 1992 to 2016.  Kathy has previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of Cancer Family Care, and is currently a Cancer Support Community Board member. 


DR. ELIZABETH SHAUGHNESSY (SURVIVOR HONOREE) has been a fellowship-trained breast surgeon at the University of Cincinnati since 1997, where she currently serves as a Professor of Surgery.  A resident of the Greater Cincinnati area for 22 years, she helped start the grants program of the Greater Cincinnati Komen for the Cure and has served on the Board of Komen Cincinnati for 12 years.  During her tenure with Komen Cincinnati, Dr. Shaughnessy has purview of grant applications, many of which have been instrumental in funding the breast navigator program at St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Edgewood, KY.  Dr. Shaughnessy helps to organize an annual conference at the University of Cincinnati whose aim is to highlight cancer research in the community.  Dr. Shaughnessy’s journey from physician to cancer survivor began in January 2019, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. 


SALLY BRUCE (VOLUNTEER HONOREE) was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996.  Like so many ACS volunteers and past honorees, Sally repays the care and concern that she received during her journey through service to others that are affected by the disease  Sally was one of the original volunteers for the Cancer Resource Center (CRC) at St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Edgewood, KY and is currently the coordinator for 11 additional CRC volunteers.  Sally is also an ACS “Reach to Recovery” volunteer, providing emotional support and patient navigation assistance for others that are affected by breast cancer.


CHEF JEAN-ROBERT DE CAVEL (LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT HONOREE) has been nominated for a James Beard Best Chef award on multiple occasions and has directed the culinary programs at esteemed restaurants across the world.  Known locally as “Jean-Robert,” he is Cincinnati’s best known and most beloved chef.  Arriving in Cincinnati in 1993, Jean-Robert served as Chef de Cuisine at famed restaurant The Maisonette, ushering in an unprecedented and uninterrupted string of Mobil 5-Star ratings.  His restaurant group includes Jean-Robert’s Table, French Crust Cafe & Bistro, Le Bar a Boeuf, Frenchie Fresh, Restaurant L and Jean-Bob’s at Paul Brown Stadium.  His philanthropic efforts include the co-founding of the de Cavel Family SIDS Foundation with his wife Annette, together creating the single largest SIDS fundraising event in the U.S.  In 2009, Jean-Robert was appointed the Chef in Residence for the Midwest Culinary Institute, where his guidance and mentoring were of invaluable assistance in launching the careers of numerous culinary students.  Jean-Robert is also a contributor to countless fundraisers in Greater Cincinnati, where his boundless energy, inventive cuisine and jovial manner make him a welcomed crowd favorite.  Jean-Robert and his wife Annette Pfund de Cavel live with their daughter Laeticia in Newport, Kentucky.