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Board of Directors

Our board is made up of independent, voting members.

Lisa Bailey, MD, has been in practice in the East Bay since 1982, and specializes in the care of patients with breast cancer and other breast health issues. She completed her degree in Mathematics at Northwestern University in 1971 and went on to her MD degree at Northwestern University Medical School in 1975. She completed her General Surgery residency at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University Medical School, and her Surgical Oncology Fellowship at Evanston Hospital, in 1981. Dr. Bailey is past president and member of the Board of Directors of the California Division of the American Cancer Society, and currently chairs their Breast Cancer Taskforce. She is a member of the Commission of Cancer of the American College of Surgeons, and a Governor of the American College of Surgeons. She is a Co-Founder and the Medical Director of the Carol Ann Read Breast Health Center, and a Co-Director of the Breast Cancer Program at the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. She chairs the weekly Breast Cancer Tumor Board at that institution and has instituted several clinical programs and the quality assurance program at the Carol Ann Read Breast Health Center. She is a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons, and member of the Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association, the East Bay Surgical Society, San Francisco Surgical Society, the American Society of Breast Surgeons, American Society of Breast Diseases, and the Society of Surgical Oncology.

Wanda Cole-Frieman, Chair of the Fund Development Committee, is the Senior Vice President, Talent Acquisition for CommonSpirit Health (formerly Dignity Health). For 25 years, she has been helping organizations achieve their recruitment goals in industries that span from accounting (Arthur Andersen) to investment banking (J.P. Morgan) and from healthcare (Blue Shield) to high tech (Apple Computer). 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 holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Barnard College, Columbia University.

Vivian Fan is a Sales Strategy & Operations Manager at LinkedIn within their Digital Marketing Group. A former systems engineer, Vivian has a passion for applying innovative technology and data analytics into business operations. Prior to LinkedIn, Vivian spent 6 years as a M&A Strategy Manager at Deloitte Consulting, LLP working with clients in the IT, healthcare, and financial services industries. In addition to her client work, she started numerous initiatives such as Deloitte’s first Global M&A IT Bootcamp and Women in M&A Conference as well as co-founded Enterprise to Empower (a student start up incubator). Vivian has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BS in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Georgia Tech.

Laura Fenster, PhD, MPHCo-Chair of the Board, has extensive experience in conducting epidemiologic studies of the relationship of environmental chemicals to fertility, birth outcomes, neurobehavioral development and semen quality. She 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, Secretary of the Board; Co-Chair Science Advisory Panel, 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.

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, 2006, and 2019 Climb Against the Odds Mt. Shasta teams, finding the climbs and the preparation for them, the most extraordinary experiences of her life.

Joyce Lee, CPA, Chair of the Audit Committee, is the Director of Corporate Accounting at Autodesk, a publicly listed global software company that helps people imagine, design, and create a better world. In addition to finance and accounting, Joyce leads the Finance Diversity & Belonging Committee and serves on the Diversity & Belonging Strategy Advisory Group to a CEO sponsored project at Autodesk. 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.

Mather Martin recently founded her own consulting firm, Ravinett Strategies, which provides strategic consulting to political and philanthropic clients. With over 15 years of experience in the political sector doing advocacy and campaign strategy, Mather has spent the last several years running national and West Coast fundraising programs – both as a campaign adviser and a donor adviser. From her start on Senator Clinton’s first presidential bid and an unprecedented ballot measure for public transportation in LA, to the successful Senate campaigns of both Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA), Mather tries to be aligned with candidates and projects that do not look like those that have come before them. Between both her passion and professional projects, including today’s work as a board member of Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, Mather’s steadfast goal has been to speak out and step up to help represent the underrepresented and give a voice to the voiceless.

Nanette Miller, CPA, CITP, Treasurer of the Board; Chair of the Finance Committee, was a financial executive at Marcum LLP for 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. Before retirement she was 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 and in 2017 was the San Francisco State University Business School Community Person of the Year. She has been a financial advocate on many non-profit boards as she believes giving back is a major responsibility of all citizens.

Kimberly Comer Mulqueen is a senior strategist with over 30 years of experience in Health Care. Kimberly’s work spans strategic growth and innovation, as well as operating model, operational and technology transformation programs—with digital innovation as an essential element in all recent value creation efforts. Kimberly has served many leading national and regional health systems, including the largest faith-based health systems, regional systems and essential providers of care. Kimberly has held numerous leadership roles within Deloitte, including serving as Deloitte Consulting’s Chief Inclusion Officer and as a member of Deloitte Consulting’s Management Committee. She currently serves as a trustee with Covenant House Michigan and Chair of the Program Committee.

Kimberly serves as a Corporate Advisory Board member for the National Association of Black Accountants. Kimberly participated in the 32nd International Conference on the theme of “Addressing Global Health Inequalities” sponsored by the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and The International Confederation of Health Care Institutions (C.I.I.S.A.C.). She speaks and writes on topics of inclusion, professional development, and leadership. Kimberly earned a Master of International Management, with Distinction, from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Michigan State University.

Christina Pehl, Co-Chair of the Board, 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. Christina 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. She is co-Executive Director of the pH Family Foundation, focusing on healthy sustainability in vulnerable communities and conservation of critical natural habitats.

Mary Pomerantz, CFRE, Chair of Marketing and Communications Committee, is a leader in patient advocacy. She is dedicated to working on behalf of people with unmet medical needs and currently leads advocacy for a mission driven biopharmaceutical company in South San Francisco. Previously she was the Vice President of Philanthropic Partnerships at Parker Media, a privately held technology, social impact and investment platform led by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Sean Parker. She served on the senior leadership team of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy and led the strategy for institutional advancement. Mary has also held leadership roles at Stand Up To Cancer and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Prior to her work in the nonprofit sector, Mary spent several years as the director of a contemporary art gallery in Los Angeles. She drew upon her experience in fine arts public affairs to grow her career in philanthropy and patient advocacy. Mary graduated from McGill University in Montreal with a degree in Sociology and Humanistic Studies.

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. Every day, 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 their children. Suzanne has an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Northwestern University.

Rhonda M. Smith is a breast cancer survivor and the Founder of Breast Cancer Partner, a for-profit consultancy with expertise in breast health education, breast cancer disparities, survivorship, and advocacy. Rhonda has a breadth of experience developing and implementing successful community outreach, health promotion, and health behavior change strategies. Rhonda currently serves as the Interim Executive Director for the California Black Health Network (CBHN). Prior to this role, she was the Interim Executive Director for Integrative Medicine for the Underserved (IM4US). Rhonda was the Project Director for the LiveHealthy OC Initiative, a three-year initiative aimed to transform the model of care of a network of FQHCs from a disease-focused treatment model to prevention and wellness model. Before the LiveHealthy OC Initiative, Rhonda served as the Consultant/Statewide Project Manager for the Susan G. Komen® Circle of Promise California Initiative, an intensive four-year effort to identify evidence-based strategies to decrease the high mortality rate of African American women diagnosed with breast cancer, and address disparities at the system, community, and individual levels. Prior to her breast cancer diagnosis in 2008, Rhonda enjoyed a career in learning and development consulting and business management. Rhonda holds an MBA from the University of Virginia BS Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech.

Kelly Walsh has over 20 years of financial leadership experience serving in both CFO and lead strategy positions for health care, biotech, and financing organizations—including large, long-established companies as well as start-ups. Kelly has served in positions specifically dedicated to women’s health: CFO of Planned Parenthood Golden Gate and as Director of Finance for the Rape Crisis Center. Kelly started her career at Deloitte. Kelly’s community involvement experience includes serving as board chair of Central City Hospitality House and as a founding board member and 15-year learning coach for College Bound Foundation. 

Rekha Venuthurupalli is the Vice President of Human Resources for vCom Solutions, Inc, where she is responsible for managing the strategic and day-to-day operations of the Human Resources Department, mainly focused on People & Culture along with HR Operations, Talent Management, Office Admin, Training and Development. Rekha has over 15yrs of human resources experience and worked in various industries like Mortgage, Banking and Home Health Care. Rekha holds a Master’s Degree in Arts from University of Hyderabad, India and is a certified ESL Teacher. She is passionate about working with young children in the AVID Program (which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a nonprofit college-readiness program designed to help students develop the skills they need to be successful in college) and has been volunteering as tutor for over 6yrs at one the middle schools in the SRV Unified School District and is involved in various community outreach programs in the East Bay. Coming from a family of doctors, Rekha strongly believes in supporting science-based work for cure & prevention.

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