To Celebrate Life Board of Directors
Click on the photos below to meet our Board members.
During a routine physical exam in 2008, Judie’s wonderful doctor, Irene Teper, discovered a lump in her breast and suggested she immediately get a mammogram. And so it began…
After a lumpectomy and radiation treatment, Judie was invited to be a model for the Stepping Out to Celebrate Life fashion show. When she accepted, she had no idea the impact this experience would make on her life. Giving back was never a question; she volunteered the following year to work on the fashion show and discovered a group of amazing women who shared the common bond of wanting to help others battling cancer, and she was hooked. Judie felt honored to be asked to join the Board of Directors of To Celebrate Life. She looks forward to continuing to make it possible for others to benefit from the help and invaluable support the Foundation provides to people dealing with breast cancer.
A Realtor with Alain Pinel in Greenbrae, Judie lives in San Rafael with her husband, Hal. They have two grown children.
Gerry is one of the 1% – the men in this country who get breast cancer.
Like most men, Gerry never considered the possibility of having breast cancer. However, in 2009 when he noticed some discomfort and a small lump in his right breast, he was sent for a mammogram and ultrasound which led to a biopsy and a diagnosis of Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. Dr. Cheryl Ewing performed a modified mastectomy and, fortunately, it was determined that his cancer was at an early Stage I.
“Because of my early diagnosis and the superb treatment and support I received, I was able to return to full strength and activity very quickly,” says Gerry.
Gerry modeled in the 2010 Stepping Out To Celebrate Life fashion show gala. Since then he has volunteered for Stepping Out and for Tee It Up, serving on the executive committee in 2012. As a Board member, his focus will be on the Grants Committee.
A retired college professor, Gerry was born and raised on Long Island, NY. He now lives in Mill Valley with his wife Lilly, a full professor at UCSF/VA where her cancer research program has a major focus on breast cancer. They have a daughter and a son.
His current passions include skiing, rowing, photography, traveling abroad and working to increase awareness of male breast cancer.
“Until my diagnosis, I was unaware that men, too, could get breast cancer. My main goal in joining the Board of this organization is to increase both the awareness of male breast cancer and the availability of support for men who are dealing with the disease.”
Jeanne Capurro was a guest at the second annual Stepping Out fundraiser in 1997. The evening, especially the fashion show featuring breast cancer survivors as models, touched her heart. As a result of attending this event, being a part of this hardworking group became a priority for her. Her term as Recording Secretary for the Stepping Out committee began that year, and continued on until 2000 when she was invited to join the Board of Directors.
Jeanne also chaired the Silent Auction Committee and has been a part of the Stepping Out Executive Committee. In 2012, she accepted the job of Vice President, and began her Presidency in 2013. Jeanne’s advocacy for breast cancer reaches beyond To Celebrate Life. She was also a long time participant and supporter of Rally To Celebrate Life and helped spearhead their union with To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation.
“Working with the volunteers of To Celebrate Life has enriched my life beyond measure.”
Judy first volunteered for Stepping Out to Celebrate Life in 2007 after being diagnosed with early stage breast cancer in late 2006. Grateful for the exceptional medical support she’d received, she wanted to find a way to give back. Judy was introduced to the Foundation through a friend who was a volunteer with Stepping Out, and she became involved in the Escort and Model teams. Now, as a board member, she’s stepping into the Treasurer’s job.
Judy has been in the retail industry for many years, primarily in IT managing multi-million dollar projects in support of business growth, initiatives and technological expansion. A Marin resident until June 2009, she now makes her home in Sonoma.
Jane was diagnosed and treated for Breast Cancer while living in Washington, DC. in 1991. She had wonderful caregivers, but it was only after moving to Marin County in 1999 that she discovered an additional aspect to providing care – To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation.
Being able to give back had always been something Jane wanted to do. She volunteered to model for Stepping Out in 2003 and has continued to participate each year, including serving on the Stepping Out Executive Committee. As of 2011, Jane serves as President of the Board. “It has truly been an opportunity being affiliated with this organization that is focused on making a difference in the lives of women and men struggling with breast cancer.”
Jane recently retired from Standard & Poor’s Ratings as a Client Business Manager, in the financial services sector for the Western US region.
When Yvonne was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001, she felt fortunate to be living in Marin County where there are so many support services available for individuals going through treatment. To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation is one of the local organizations that funded quite a few of the non-medical programs she benefited from during and after treatment. She became familiar with the organization when she volunteered to model in Stepping Out To Celebrate Life. She found her participation in this event to have such a positive impact on her that she credits this experience as one of the keys to her healing process.
Each subsequent year she has continued to volunteer with the organization as model committee lead and fashion show producer. Breast health issues, educating, helping and giving back to others who have struggled with this disease has been her forum. She is grateful to be associated with a quality organization that provided invaluable support for her during a difficult time and she is honored to be able to work with To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation to help make a difference in the lives of others in her community.
Rebecca became a very grateful model at Stepping Out To Celebrate Life in 2009 after being invited to participate by Jeanne Capurro, now the Foundation Board President. That experience led to volunteering which she says is even more inspiring than her memorable “catwalk” on the runway.
First she helped, and the following year she co-chaired, the committee of volunteers who host an annual welcoming luncheon for Stepping Out models. It seemed a natural next step recently to “just say yes” when asked to be even more involved by joining the board.
Rebecca brings with her 30+ years of sales, marketing and fundraising experience, with a specific focus in the last 8 years on addressing the residence and service needs of older adults. Along the way, her two daughters and a son have grown to adulthood, and two grandsons now join the family, the pride of Rebecca and her husband, Michael.
Rebecca describes herself as a “Texafornian,” having moved to northern California many years ago from her hometown of Dallas. Since then, she and her family have resided in the North Bay.
Cherishing each moment with new focus (thanks to surviving breast cancer), Rebecca enjoys films, all varieties of music, dance, art, comedy, cooking, and travel. She also enjoys hiking in nature, which reminds her to thank her dogs, Kirby and Wally, for getting her up off the couch and moving each day.
Kim first learned of To Celebrate Life when, after her first radiation treatment, she was given a “coupon” for massage and guided imagery sessions provided by one of the Foundation’s grantees. She was amazed that a local foundation provided so many services to those going through breast cancer treatment.
Kim was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 and completed treatment in 2008. Because she had early stage microscopic breast cancer, she considers herself a “poster girl” for the importance of having routine digital mammograms. Her outcome was successful because her cancer was caught so early.
Kim was a model in the 2008 Stepping Out fashion show. She volunteered for the 2009 Rally To Celebrate Life and Esurance- Harbor Point Tennis Classic, which benefits the Foundation. In 2010 she worked at Tee It Up golf tournament, Esurance Tennis Classic and Stepping Out committees.
Kim grew up in Washington State and moved to Marin after high school. She attended college and graduate school at UC Santa Barbara and has a K-12 Teaching Credential. After spending most of her career in sales management, she is currently a self employed graphic designer and graphic applications software trainer. Most of her design work is with disease management and medical device companies.
Medical Advisory Board
In June, 2013, the Board of Directors voted to form a Medical Advisory Board. Made up of well-informed, highly respected medical professionals, this group will advise the Foundation on matters including:
- Medical guidance or referrals that come our way
- Review of articles to be published in our e-newsletter and in social media
- Raise awareness of the Board of Directors as to relevant medical issues and/or procedures
Members of the To Celebrate Life Medical Advisory Board are:
Cheryl Ewing, MD PhD (Chair), UCSF Clinical Professor of Surgery, UCSF
Francine Halberg, MD, Radiation Oncologist, Marin Specialty Care
Bobbie Head, MD PhD, Medical Oncologist, Marin Specialty Care
Victoria Landes, LCSW, Breast Care Coordinator, Kaiser Permanente
Edward Sickles, MD FACR, Professor Emeritus of Radiology, UCSF
Garrett Smith, MD, Medical Oncologist, Smith Integrative Oncology