Rise Above: About the Photographer and Guest Speakers

Julia Cumes

Julia Cumes is a South African-born photographer based on Cape Cod. As a photographer, she is particularly invested in exploring stories about the struggles women and girls face around the world and has spent much of her career working on these kinds of projects in Africa and East Asia.

Julia first fell in love with photography as a teenager in apartheid-era South Africa when she began shooting black and white film and printing her own work. Since then, she's completed a B.A. at Brandeis University, an M.F.A. in writing at Cornell University, a Masters in Photojournalism at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School and has been working as a photographer ever since.

Over the course of her career, she has photographed for a variety of newspapers, magazines, non-profit organizations, businesses, corporations and private clients. Her work has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune and National Geographic as well as local publications such as the Cape Cod Times, Cape Cod Magazine, Chatham Magazine and South Shore Living. 

Julia's work has been exhibited widely on Cape Cod and most recently, she received the 2017 AFCC visual arts fellowship for her continued exploration of female identity and experience through photography. "I strive to create photographs one can't turn away from--photos that are powerful and capture in a unique way this extraordinary world we live in," she says.

Dr. Richard Clapp

Richard Clapp has an MPH from Harvard School of Public Health and a doctoral degree in Epidemiology from Boston University School of Public Health. He taught for twenty years at B.U. School of Public Health in the Department of Environmental Health; he retired in 2010 and is now Professor Emeritus. He is also on the Adjunct Faculty at the U. of Massachusetts – Lowell. 

Dr. Clapp has done research and taught courses in epidemiology and environmental health for over forty years. He has co-authored articles about breast cancer and environmental and occupational exposures, and has advised researchers examining causes of breast cancer on Cape Cod.

Dr. Kate Dalton

Dr. Kathryn Dalton has been affiliated with Cape Cod Hospital since 2015 and is the Medical Director of the High Risk Breast Program and Women’s Health at Cape Cod Hospital. Dr. Dalton attended medical school at University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Biddeford, ME and completed a residency in General Surgery at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital / Michigan State University, Wyandotte, MI. She is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery 

Clinical interests include breast surgery, oncoplastic breast surgery, nipple-sparing mastectomy, Hidden Scar breast surgery, minimally invasive abdominal surgery, dermatologic surgery, genetic counseling and testing and surveillance of high-risk breast cancer patients.

Sarah Brassard

For the last twenty years, Sarah Brassard has been guiding women from a place of struggle in life to one of grace, peace, and ease through her signature process of sacred self-care.

She is the author of Inside: A Guide to the Resources Within to Stay Vibrant and Alive Through All Life’s Challenges, due to hit shelves in summer 2018. The book details the self-care practices that sparked Sarah’s healing journey.


Sarah presents at corporate and nonprofit venues both big and small and currently hosts Mindfulness, Meditation, and Stress Reduction classes at Groton Wellness, Pilgrim’s Landing, and Stanley Black & Decker. Her work is ignited by an enthusiastic dedication to integrating body, mind, heart, and spirit as well as an unshakeable conviction that there’s nothing in life that can’t be healed.

When she’s not writing, teaching, mentoring, or working on her own self-care practice, you can find her getting intentionally lost on a dog walk or laughing with friends and family on her porch at her family property on Cape Cod.

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