Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon, PhD President and Founder
The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation (VBF), the leading not for profit in the world for children and adults affected by vascular birthmarks, anomalies, or related syndromes (VBARS), is excited to announce that VBF Board Member Chelsea Vincent will become the Global Ambassador Coordinator, effective July 25, 2022. She will succeed Scott L. Cupples, who was recently appointed as VBF’s Chief Operating Officer in March 2022.
“It’s great to have a seasoned VBF Global Ambassador like Chelsea join our team,” said Linda Rozell-Shannon, Ph.D., President and Founder of VBF. “I am excited to see how she helps us to fulfill our mission.”
In her new role, Chelsea will continue enhancing VBF’s existing program committees by leveraging community involvement, overall visibility, and through education and awareness. As part of VBF’s mission, this role will also aid in networking affected individuals and families to the support resources necessary to empower them throughout their birthmark journey.
“When Chelsea first became a VBF Global Ambassador, I knew she had the energy that we needed. Her efforts in establishing virtual meet-ups in 2020 laid the foundation of a new avenue to connect with our community,” said Scott Cupples. “Being the Director of the VBF Global Ambassador program for over 5 years was an amazing journey, which led me to the position I’m in today. I’m very confident in Chelsea’s abilities to lead this program, and take it to the next level.”
Chelsea has been an active member of the VBF Global Ambassador Program since 2018. She became a Global Ambassador Council member in 2020, leading the Regional and Virtual Meet-Ups Committee, and served on the VBF Board of Directors from 2020-2022.
“Growing up I felt alone in this journey and eventually, due to bullies, began hiding my birthmark,” said Chelsea. “The VBF has truly allowed me to share my passion for health education, community outreach and advocating for inclusion, diversity and acceptance all while giving me the courage to finally embrace my port wine stain. My life has changed in so many incredible ways by finding this community and I want nothing more than for others to experience what a difference having a support system and endless supply of resources can do for their lives as well.”
Chelsea planted roots in Rock Hill, South Carolina after receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health from the University of South Carolina. For nearly eight years she worked for South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control, helping the retail food industry to provide safe, regulation-compliant facilities to their consumers. She recently moved to the Research Triangle area of Raleigh, North Carolina to continue growing and expanding her knowledge in the public health realm. She now works for Wake County Environmental Services. Her passion lies within health education, community outreach and advocating for inclusion, diversity and acceptance.About The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation (VBF) is an international charitable organization that networks families affected by a vascular birthmark, anomaly, or related syndrome to the appropriate medical professionals for evaluation and/or treatment, provides informational resources as well as sponsors physician education, mobilizes medical missions, and supports research and programs that promote acceptance for individuals with vascular birthmarks. VBF has networked over 125,000 children and adults into treatment since 1994. Established in 1994, by Founder and President, Linda Rozell-Shannon, Ph.D., VBF is the leading vascular birthmarks foundation in the world for patient education. For more information about vascular birthmarks, tumors or related anomalies and treatment options, please visit www.birthmark.org. Contact: Gina Rothe