Board of Directors
Our board is made up of independent, voting members.
Gwen Walden, Chair of the Board, is managing director at Arabella Advisors, a national advising firm that helps philanthropic organizations and social investors achieve greater impact. She leads the firm’s West Coast practice, engaging with a range of clients on strategic planning, evaluation, impact investing, and implementing programs and projects. As a 25-year veteran in the field of philanthropy, Gwen has held leadership and management roles in which she has been responsible for developing and implementing grantmaking programs that accelerate social change. Her previous experience as a management executive at the California Endowment, one of the largest health foundations in the country, has greatly informed her interest in and knowledge of community health and health disparities. She is also an outside director of the Surdna Foundation, a five-generation family foundation that seeks to foster sustainable communities in the United States. Gwen has written for all of the major trade publications including Foundation News & Commentary, the Chronicle of Philanthropy and Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly. She earned a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University and a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University.
Ellen Kahn, Chair Emeritus of the Board, is a senior partner at Sideman & Bancroft, LLP, a boutique law firm in San Francisco, where she specializes in complex estate planning, wealth transfer strategies and charitable planning for her clients. Ellen was a member of Breast Cancer Prevention Partners’ 2003 and 2006 Climb Against the Odds Mt. Shasta teams, finding the climbs and the preparation for the climbs two of the most extraordinary experiences of her life.
Wanda Cole-Frieman is the Vice President, Talent Acquisition for Dignity Health. She leads the efforts to develop an effective talent acquisition strategy to source and attract exceptional talent. Wanda has a diverse background spanning in-house recruiting, executive search, and investment banking in her early career. Wanda’s community involvement experience includes serving as Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees for St. Paul’s Episcopal School, as Board President for the Princess Project, a member of the Board of Trustees for the Oldfields School and as President of her regional alumnae association. Wanda earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Barnard College.
Laura Fenster, PhD, MPH, has extensive experience in conducting epidemiologic studies of the relationship of environmental chemicals to fertility, birth outcomes, neuro-behavioral development and semen quality. She recently retired after 30 years as an epidemiologist in the California Department of Public Health, Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control. She has been principal or co-investigator on a number of collaborative studies of occupational and environmental exposures and reproductive outcomes, including investigations of the reproductive health effects of endocrine disruptors. She received a PhD in epidemiology and MPH in health education from the University of California at Berkeley. She previously served on the California Breast Cancer Research Program Council.
Rorrie Gregorio leads Marcum LLP’s Family Office Practice and is a partner in the New York City office. She is also a member of the firm’s High Net Worth Individuals Practice group. She has more than 25 years of extensive experience working directly with high net worth individuals and their families throughout the U.S.. Ms. Gregorio counsels families with substantial wealth on various issues related to tax planning, estate planning, and wealth management. She also manages their day-to-day fiscal needs. Prior to joining the Firm in 2004, she spent eight years as vice president and group leader in the tax department of a leading, global financial services company and three years with a regional practice. Ms. Gregorio began her accounting career in the high net worth group of a former “Big 8” firm, where she gained hands-on experience managing complicated tax, financial and estate planning projects. Ms. Gregorio is very involved in the New York City business community. As founder and president of a networking group serving high net worth individuals, she spearheads educational seminars for women on topics related to wealth-building and lifestyle changes. She is a member of the Marcum Diversity & Inclusion Committee and co-chairs the annual Marcum Women’s Forum in New York.
Sarah Janssen, MD, PhD, MPH, has a broad background in reproductive physiology, clinical medicine and public health. She has over 20 years of experience studying a number of toxic chemicals, including hormone-disrupting substances which interfere with fertility and reproduction. Dr. Janssen is a physician in the Occupational Medicine Department of the Permanente Medical Group in San Francisco. She is board certified in Preventive Medicine, completed her MD and PhD in Reproductive Physiology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and did her residency training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She has a MPH in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Janssen is also an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF in the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and is active in teaching.
Susan E. Kutner, MD, is a general surgeon with a subspecialty practice in breast surgery at Santa Teresa Kaiser Hospital in San Jose, California. From 1996 to 2001, she was Chief of the Department of Surgery at Santa Teresa. Since 1995, Dr. Kutner has served as Chair of the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Breast Care Task Force and is Chair of the Interregional Breast Care Leaders Group at Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Kutner also works as a clinical consultant with the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research on a number of breast cancer related projects, including “Pathways: A Study of Breast Cancer Survivorship.” She has been a member of the California Department of Health Master Plan Task Force on Breast and Cervical Cancer, the American Cancer Society Subgroup Evaluating Clinical Breast Exam, the National Quality Forum Committee on Consumer Based Measurements of Mammography Centers, and the Quality Care Advisory Board of the National Breast Cancer Coalition. Dr. Kutner also currently serves on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women. She has participated as a climber and team doctor for the Climb Against the Odds events on Mt. Fuji in 2000, Mt. Rainier in 2005 and Mt. Shasta in 2003 and 2006, and participated in Sacred Treks: Bhutan in 2008, a benefit event for BCPP.
Joyce Lee, CPA, is the Director of Corporate Accounting at Autodesk, a public and global software company that helps people imagine, design, and create a better world. Everyone—from design professionals, engineers, and architects to digital artists, students, and hobbyists—uses Autodesk software to unlock their creativity and solve important challenges. Prior to Autodesk, Joyce was the Corporate Controller at Change.org where she built and developed its finance organization. Before Change.org, she was a Fund Manager responsible for managing the accounting and reporting for various funds at Hellman & Friedman LLC. Joyce also spent 11 years at Deloitte & Touche as an Audit Senior Manager, supporting numerous not-for-profit and publicly traded clients. Joyce earned her double BA in Economics and Fine Arts from UCLA. She is an active CPA. She is currently the Audit Committee Chair and a Board member of BCPP.
Mather Martin is currently the Director of Political Finance at Parker Media in San Francisco, where she works with tech mogul Sean Parker on his political portfolio. Mather grew up in San Francisco and earned her undergraduate degree at the University of California, San Diego and her master’s degree in political science at Fordham University in New York City. Some of Mather’s early jobs, including interning for then House Leader, San Francisco Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, and PR giant Fleishman-Hillard, laid the groundwork for what would turn into a decade of back-to-back campaign work. Mather first was recruited to join the Hillary Clinton for President campaign in 2007, first as the Northern California Field Director, then on the Texas field team, finally ending up on the Super Delegate Team. Rounding out the 2008 campaign cycle, Mather ran a victorious campaign called “Yes on Measure R” in Los Angeles for then Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, which was integral in jumpstarting the city’s public transportation projects. At the start of 2009, Mather joined the California Attorney General’s race fundraising for then San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris. Two years and a hard-fought victory later, Mather moved to New York City and took a similar position with then Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who was eyeing a U.S. Senate run in New Jersey. After doing national fundraising for his two back-to-back and successful Senate bids in New Jersey, Mather was recruited to rejoin Kamala Harris’ team in 2015 to help on her U.S. Senate race. After seven consecutive years and four big wins running national fundraising for two stars in the Democratic Party, Mather is thrilled to be back home in San Francisco working in house with such a forward-thinking philanthropist and change-maker. Mather is proud that Parker Media works closely with the Parker Foundation and the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, which was just launched in 2016.
Nanette Miller, CPA, CITP, is a financial executive at Marcum LLP and has more than 30 years of experience in public accounting, providing assurance, accounting and business consulting services to publicly and privately held businesses, as well as not-for-profit organizations. She is the California Healthcare Practice Leader and also the Founder and Co-leader of the Modern Family & LGBT Services Practice Group. In 2016, she was inducted into the San Francisco Business Times’ Forever Influential Honor Roll, after being named in three successive years to the roster of Most Influential Women in Business, from 2013 to 2015. Also in 2016, she was honored as an OUTstanding Voice in the San Francisco Business Times’ 2nd annual Business of Pride program.
Christina Pehl was a secondary teacher in San Francisco Unified School District for 10 years before leaving to raise her children in Berkeley, California. During her tenure there, she was involved in various reform initiatives, bilingual programs and teacher education. Chris graduated from Santa Clara University and completed her graduate studies at UC Berkeley. She and her Team SML teammates have participated in Peak Hike since 2006.
Suzanne Price is on a crusade to make it easier for parents to create a healthy, beautiful home for their children. Previously a Senior Equity Research Analyst in the Green Living Consumer Sector at ThinkEquity, a San Francisco-based investment bank, Suzanne spent several years studying organic products and the impact of toxic chemicals on our bodies. Thinking about starting a family in the midst of this research was, to say the least, quite intimidating. She realized that there was no one place to shop that carried all-natural baby products and employed knowledgeable salespeople. In 2009, Suzanne founded Sprout San Francisco. Sprout has products to make your home safe, healthy, and adorable for a new baby—all under one roof. Everyday Suzanne is inspired by her daughters, Hannah and Amber, to keep up-to-date on child safety and chemical research, making it easy for new parents to provide healthy environments for all of their children. Suzanne has an MBA from Columbia Business School. She is Vice Chairman of the board of the Children’s Environmental Health Center (CEHC).
A Tribute to Jeanne Rizzo
Jeanne Rizzo has led Breast Cancer Prevention Partners on our quest to prevent breast cancer before it starts for the past 17 years. She is retiring from the organization at the end of 2018. BCPP is celebrating our past, present and future, while honoring the impact that Jeanne has had on BCPP.