About Us

Board of Directors

Our board is made up of independent, voting members.

Ellen Kahn, Chair 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. She serves on the boards of trustees of Mount Zion Health Fund and the Contemporary Jewish Museum, both in San Francisco. 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.

Elizabeth (Suzy) Cain, Chair Emeritus of the Board, is Vice President for Finance at The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.  Previously, Suzy was Financial Advisor for Greenspun Media. Financial Consultant for Change.org; Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the San Francisco Chronicle; Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund; Corporate Controller for The Chronicle Publishing Company; and an Audit Manager at Deloitte. While at Deloitte, Suzy served clients in various industries, including security broker/dealers, retailers, manufacturers, media and nonprofits. She currently serves on the board of the Daily Californian, the independent student-run newspaper at the University of California, Berkeley, and on the board of the Daily Californian Education Foundation. Suzy graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and was a Sloan Fellow at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Peter Rosenthal, Treasurer of the Board, is a principal at Sutter Street Investments a boutique real estate investment firm. Peter possesses 25 years of diverse real estate experience, from development to investment sale and property management. Peter has been a board member since 2004 and participated in Climb Against the Odds 2004, 2005 and 2006. Peter lives in San Francisco with his wife Patti, a breast cancer survivor, and his son Marty.

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, neurobehavioral 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.

Stephanie Coutu is a partner at Arnold & Porter LLP, focusing on the representation of start-up companies, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions and intellectual property transactions. She has also provided pro bono legal services to victims of domestic violence. (LOA)

Hendy Dayton is a breast cancer survivor and Principal and Executive Coach with the Boda Group, a leadership development firm. Prior to coaching, advising and teaching leaders and teams to help them to be more engaged and effective, Hendy worked in management consulting, strategic planning and leadership development as a corporate executive at Morgan Stanley, Bain & Company and Babcock & Brown. As an advocate for women and children, Hendy served on the boards of the Little School and the Bay Area Discovery Museum before joining the 2005 Climb Against the Odds team, where she climbed Mt. Rainier and became inspired by the work of the Breast Cancer Prevention Partners. She has since been a member of the 2005, 2012 and 2013 Climb Against the Odds teams. Hendy has her B.A. cum laude from Williams College and her M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, where she was an Amos Tuck Scholar.

Janet Gray, Ph.D., Vassar professor and director of the college’s Science, Technology, and Society Program, has a background in behavioral neuroscience, and her laboratory research has focused on the effects of estrogens and mixed antiestrogens, especially tamoxifen, on brain activity and behavior. In recent years, her research and writing focus has turned toward engaging the public in the complex issues surrounding breast cancer and environmental risks. Dr. Gray is the lead author of the fifth (2008) and sixth (2010) editions of the Breast Cancer Prevention Partners’ groundbreaking report, State of the Evidence: The Connection Between Breast Cancer and the Environment. She also led a multidisciplinary group of students and professionals in the development of a widely distributed interactive tool that explores the scientific literature on breast cancer and environmental risks.

Sheila Hollender is a leading authority on women’s issues, environmental health and sustainability. Following a career as a partner in her own New York law firm, she co-founded Seventh Generation with her husband Jeffrey, and helped it grow to become America’s leading brand of natural consumer products. She served on the board of Seventh Generation from 1995 to 2011 and served as the company’s Women’s Environmental Health Advocate. Sheila is a founder of Sustain Natural, a line of nontoxic and organic personal care products.

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, M.D., 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 the Breast Cancer Prevention Partners.

Joyce Lee, Joyce Lee, CPA, is a Senior Manager at Autodesk, leading the Corporate Accounting team.  She has more than 15 years of accounting and finance experience.  Prior to Autodesk, Joyce was the Corporate Controller at Change.org. She had also served as a Fund Manager and a philanthropy committee leader at Hellman & Friedman LLC. In addition, Joyce spent more than 11 years at Deloitte & Touche, LLP as an Audit Senior Manager, where she served many clients in the not-for-profit and financial services industries. While at Deloitte, Joyce supported a number of community outreach initiatives including volunteering at Junior Achievement, Project Homeless Connect, and events sponsored by Deloitte’s The Women Initiatives. She earned her bachelor’s degree from UCLA with double majors in Economics and Arts. Joyce is currently the Audit Committee Chair at Breast Cancer Prevention Partners.

Mather Martin, Mather is currently the Director of Political Finance at Parker Media in San Francisco, where she advises tech mogul Sean Parker on his political giving. Mather grew up in San Francisco and earned her undergraduate degree at the University of California, San Diego. Mather went on to complete a Master’s degree in political science at Fordham University in New York City. Before graduate school, Mather interned for then House Leader, San Francisco Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and PR giant Fleishman-Hillard in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York City. After her time at Fordham, Mather was then recruited to join the Hillary Clinton for President campaign in 2007, starting as the Northern California Field Director, working on the Texas field team, and ending up on Clinton’s Super Delegate Team in the national headquarters in Virginia. Rounding out the 2008 campaign cycle, Mather then ran a short but aggressive 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 two back-to-back and victorious Senate races in New Jersey, Mather was recruited to rejoin Kamala Harris’ team and get her California Senate bid of the ground in 2015. After seven consecutive years and four big wins running national fundraising for two big 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.

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.

Gwen Walden 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.

Donna Westmoreland, Chair Emeritus of the Board, is the Chief Operating Officer of I.M.P., Inc., the independent Washington, D.C. concert promotion company that owns the legendary 9:30 Club, operates Merriweather Post Pavilion and the historic Lincoln Theatre, and produces many more concerts annually.  After working for Wynton Marsalis and managing live music venues and events, she spearheaded the marketing, nonprofit and sponsorship components of the groundbreaking Lilith Fair festival, which introduced Breast Cancer Prevention Partners to thousands of concertgoers. Donna served on the Board of Directors from 1999 to 2002, and rejoined the board in 2009. She has stayed active on behalf of the organization throughout, speaking as part of the Strong Voices program and organizing the BCPPs’ annual East Coast fundraising event, Beyond the Pink—A Hike to Prevent Breast Cancer.

Climb Against the Odds 2017

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