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Our board is made up of independent, voting members.

Lisa Bailey, MD, Chair of the Board, Chair of the Executive Committee, and BCPP Science Advisory Panel Member, began her surgical practice in the East Bay in 1982, specializing in caring for 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 chaired their Breast Cancer Taskforce and Cancer and the Environment Team. She was 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 of the Carol Ann Read Breast Health Center at the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, chaired 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 of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association, the East Bay Surgical Society, the San Francisco Surgical Society, the American Society of Breast Surgeons, the American Society of Breast Diseases, and the Society of Surgical Oncology.

Edward Butterfield is a Senior Director in Strategy and Transactions for Ernst & Young. Edward is a specialist in developing strategic growth plans for small and large multinational corporations as well as cost management plans to ensure sustainable performance. Over his 15-year consulting career, he has worked extensively with clients across several industries and sectors, both public sector and private, including several from the Fortune 500. During his professional career, he has volunteered and worked pro bono for at-risk communities, particularly the elderly poor and low-income students. Prior to consulting, Edward was a Fulbright Scholar (Chile), received his M.A. in International Relations and Finance from Johns Hopkins University (SAIS), and his B.A. in Philosophy and Spanish from the College of the Holy Cross. A globalist at heart, Edward has traveled extensively as a student and adult. His all-time favorite was a cross-continent bus trip in South America to hike through Patagonia, the highlands of Bolivia, and Machu Picchu.

Wanda Cole-Frieman, Vice Chair of the Board, Chair of the Fund Development Committee, is the Senior Vice President of 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, as 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, Chair of the Marketing & Communications Committee, is a LinkedIn Sales Strategy & Operations Manager within their Digital Marketing Group. A former systems engineer, Vivian is passionate about applying innovative technology and data analytics to business operations. Before LinkedIn, Vivian spent six years as an 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 the Women in M&A Conference. She also 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, MPH, Co-Chair of the Science Advisory Panel, has extensive experience 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 the principal or co-investigator on several 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 an MPH in health education from the University of California at Berkeley. She previously served on the California Breast Cancer Research Program Council.

Maricela Frausto is a partner in the KPMG San Francisco office, providing audit and accounting services to clients in the technology, healthcare, and life sciences sectors, ranging from venture-capital-funded early-stage companies to large public companies. Maricela completed a three-year rotation in KPMG’s Department of Professional Practice (DPP) in New York. She was involved in issuing firm guidance and thought leadership on various emerging audit and accounting topics. She was also a technical resource for partners and professionals to interpret accounting, auditing, and regulatory standards. Maricela has assisted the companies she serves in providing a variety of audit-related services, including initial public offerings and secondary offerings; issuance of comfort letters and consents and responding to SEC comment letters; provision of accounting advisory services, including interacting with DPP when required, and initial and ongoing compliance with SOX 404b. Maricela is a partner co-champion for KPMG’s business resource group Somos KPMG in the San Francisco office and a Somos KPMG national board member. Born and raised in Mexico, Maricela holds Economics and Business Administration degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. She is a licensed public accountant in California, New York, and Hawaii.

Sarah Janssen, MD, PhD, MPH, Secretary of the Board and Co-Chair of the Science Advisory Panel, has a broad background in reproductive physiology, clinical medicine, and public health. She has over 20 years of experience studying 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 an 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.

Sonali Jindal, Partner, Kirkland and Ellis, LLP, is a nationally recognized corporate partner in the San Francisco office of Kirkland & Ellis. Sonali’s practice focuses on debt finance transactions, with an emphasis on representing private equity sponsors, and their portfolio companies in complex financing transactions, with an emphasis on leveraged buyouts. Sonali is a member of the firm’s Recruiting Committee, Operations Committee, Finance Committee, Compensation Committee, and Co-Chairs the firm’s Administrative Committee. Sonali is recognized by numerous industry publications as a leading lawyer for Banking & Finance, including the 2017–2023 editions of Chambers USA, the 2016–2022 editions of The Legal 500 U.S. in the area of Commercial Lending, and was named to the “Top 22 in ‘22: Women in Leveraged Finance,” Kayo Conference Series, 2022. Over the course of her career, Sonali has advised on more than 200 completed financings with a value exceeding $50 billion. Sonali has a J.D. from Emory University School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Michigan. Sonali lives in San Francisco with her husband, two children, and a puppy.

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 as a campaign adviser and 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 her passion and professional projects, including today’s work as a Breast Cancer Prevention Partners board member, Mather’s steadfast goal has been to speak out and step up to help represent the underrepresented and give a voice to the voiceless.

Jasmine McDonald, PhD, BCPP Science Advisory Panel Member, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health. She received her Doctorate in 2009 from the Biological Sciences in Public Health Program at Harvard University with a concentration in Immunology and Infectious Disease. She has postdoctoral training in breast cancer epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University. Her research portfolio integrates individual-level factors (e.g., health behaviors) and the macroenvironment (e.g., physical, social, microbial environment) with biology (e.g., endocrine disruption, epigenetic modification) to inform how these multiple levels of etiology impact breast cancer risk across the lifespan. Much of her portfolio is nested within populations that have a higher burden of cancer, including those with a genetic predisposition, racial and ethnic minorities, and young women. Dr. McDonald, an avid teacher and mentor, was awarded the 2021 Columbia University Teaching Award for her dedication and excellence in teaching, mentoring, and community engagement. Dr. McDonald teaches Cancer Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health, is the Assistant Director of the Cancer Research, Training, and Education Center at the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center (HICCC), and is the Co-Director of the CURE Program at the HICCC. The CURE program is catered to high school and undergraduate students from traditionally overlooked and underserved backgrounds and communities and has hosted over 40 students since 2015. Dr. McDonald also actively engages with the community from a research and educational perspective on the harmful role of endocrine disruptor chemicals in personal care products.

Kimberly Comer Mulqueen, Chair Emeritus of the Board, Executive Committee, is a senior strategist with over 30 years of experience in Health Care. Kimberly’s work spans strategic growth and innovation, operating model, and 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 and essential care providers. Kimberly has held numerous leadership roles within Deloitte, including as Deloitte Consulting’s Chief Inclusion Officer and a member of Deloitte Consulting’s Management Committee. She is 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 “Addressing Global Health Inequalities” theme 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 inclusion, professional development, and leadership topics. 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.

Beth H. Parker, JD, is the Founder and Principal of Parker Law & Mediation. Since 2018, she has served as the General Counsel of three Planned Parenthood affiliates and their separately incorporated 501(c)(4) Action Funds, where she advises Senior Management and the Boards on a wide array of health care, regulatory compliance, non-profit governance, and political advocacy issues, handles government investigations and manages litigation. Between 2013 and 2018, she was Chief Legal Counsel of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California. This state-wide entity coordinates Planned Parenthood’s seven California affiliates’ legal, legislative, advocacy, regulatory, and electoral work.

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There, she created and directed a legal team; drafted, negotiated and testified on PPAC sponsored legislation; interfaced with administrative agencies; oversaw advocacy litigation; and advised the Board on state-wide initiatives. Before joining PPAC, Ms. Parker was a partner at Arnold & Porter and, before that, Bingham McCutchen and McCutchen Doyle in San Francisco. Representing international and domestic companies in diverse industries, she focused on complex civil, intellectual property and constitutional litigation, trying nine cases through verdict and handling numerous appeals. She served as a mediator for the US District Court for the Northern District of California, handling more than 65 mediations. She received numerous awards for her impact, pro bono litigation. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Beth was a member of Harvard’s Legal Aid Bureau. She earned her BA in Architecture and Urban Studies magna cum laude with Honors in her Major from Yale University.

Throughout her career, Beth has volunteered with legal and civic organizations. She has served as Chair of the Boards of Directors of Equal Rights Advocates, the Coro Center for Civic Leadership in Northern California, Performing Arts Services, the Women’s Leadership Alliance and the San Francisco Women Lawyers Alliance. She currently serves on the Boards of the Charlotte Maxwell Clinic; Community Boards San Francisco Community Resolution Center; the California Abortion Alliance; and Breast Cancer Prevention Partners. Beth speaks and teaches frequently, including media interviews, presentations at conferences and law schools and testimony at legislative hearings. 

Christina Pehl, Board Development Committee, 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, 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.

Rekha Venuthurupalli, Chair of the Human Resources Committee, 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.

Kelly Walsh, Treasurer of the Board, Chair of the Finance Committee, 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.

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