Success Stories!

Board Members

Tami Malone


Hi! I am Tami Malone, vice president and cofounder of Bustin Out Of Boise I am happily married to my husband Dan and we reside in Star,  Idaho. I’ve worked For Alaska Airlines for 30+ years now, and transferred from our call center in Phoenix to Boise in 2008.  We enjoy frequent visits to Arizona to see our daughter and grandson.

Shortly after losing my father to cancer in 2007 I decided to participate in the Susan G Komen 60 mile three day walk in Phoenix.  It became very clear to me early on that this is something I would grow passionate about. When I transferred to Boise, my coworker, Karen Thompson, decided to walk a SGK three day walk with me in Seattle and together we formed the team Bustin Out Of Boise. I am most thankful for the moment Karen joined me walking. I call it a divine intersection.  

I have witnessed firsthand the many difficulties a woman endures as she goes through cancer treatment.  I am so grateful for Bustin Out Of Boise and how we help women here locally through one of the most difficult journeys they will ever go through. It’s been a blessing in every way.

Tami Malone

Karen Thompson


I grew up in Northwestern Montana and am a long time resident of Boise, ID. I am one of the co-founders of Bustin' Out Of Boise. Forming a non profit was not something I had ever thought I would do, but when I met my co-founder Tami, and I signed up to walk my first Susan G. Komen 3 Day Walk for the Cure with her it kind of evolved from there.

Sherry Quay

Recipient Coordinator

Sherry moved to the Boise area, 8 years ago from California. Looking for a better way of life and found it here in Idaho.

Her granddaughter was a volunteer for Bustin Out of Boise, and asked her if she would like to join with her in this great Non-profit. Sherry was very interested after hearing about the wonderful way this organization gives back to women in the community, who are going thru cancer.

Sherry is a grandmother of four and great grandmother of three by birth and 2 by marriage. Family is the most important thing to her and she is lucky enough to have all of her family around her.

Sherry, has been motivated to help, by family and friends who have been touched by cancer, including her father and her very best friend of 52 years.

Tammy McMillen

I joined Bustin' Out of Boise about 8 years ago because my son lost his 7 year battle to cancer when he was 23, and always wanted to give back and help other kids going through cancer.  My son and also my grandson were granted wishes from Make a Wish Foundation and I have volunteered for Make a Wish events in San Diego. I wanted to give back to our community here in Idaho and had friends in Bustin' Out of Boise and loved what they were doing to help women in our community.

I feel very blessed to be on the Board! There are so many women who need our help!  Going through cancer myself i really understand the need and have so much compassion. It gives me such a purpose and fills my heart with joy to be able help!

I'm a caregiver for elderly.  I'm married and we live with our Shitzu and cat.  Between us we have 7 grand children and 3 children. My greatest pleasure is spending time with my family and friends, playing bunko, going to church and volunteering with our amazing group of women who are now my Boob sisters.

Melanie Uyeda

Social Media Manager

The reason I volunteer with Bustin’ Out of Boise is because of two people that passed away from cancer when I was 16 years old. One was my dad, the other was my mentor, and one of the reasons I am who I am today. She was my kindergarten teacher, but to me, she was much more than that. If I needed anything she was there to help. Someone to talk too, someone to teach me when I needed help in school, and someone to tell me when I was doing wrong. She was the one who always encouraged me to do my best. She taught me to love full heartedly, give to those who need it, show compassion, and to always be the best version of me. I can only image how much of what we do at Bustin’ Out of Boise would have been a huge help to her and her family. I still miss her every day, every year that passes, but I know that she would love what we are doing to help others.

Juanita Russell


Juanita is a long time resident of Boise, and had been a volunteer with Bustin Out Of Boise for many years before joining the Board of Directors.
She has 3 adult children, enjoys traveling and spending time with her partner, Rick, and her family and friends.

After meeting a young man at an Avon Walk for Breast Cancer who was wearing a T-shirt, “39.3miles is a short distance to walk in honor of the woman who taught me how”, and learning he had lost his mother to cancer when he was just a teen, Juanita’s commitment was solidified in helping local Treasure Valley women “fill the gap”.