Board of Directors

To Celebrate Life Board of Directors

Click on the links below to meet our Board members.

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Judie Belmont

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Kristen Bennett

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Jeanne Capurro

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Linda Dowsett

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Judy Hallman

Tracy Hogan

David Martin

Jane Pallas

Kim Wimer

Judie Belmont

belmont_100x126During 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 and men 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 and a beautiful granddaughter.

Kristen Bennett

Bennett_Kristen_100x126Kristen was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1994 and again in 2005. Finding a support group in 1996 through the American Cancer Society led her to To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation as a fashion show model in 1999.  Since modeling, Kristen has been involved in the organization as a model mom, event co-chair, and escort lead.

“Every year, my heart is deeply touched by what To Celebrate Life does for breast cancer patients. I am proud to be a part of this amazing organization that provides so much to those facing breast cancer, from the models in the fashion show to recipients of our grants.”

Kristen comes to us with over 30 years of executive administrative experience and brings her organizational skills and insight.

Kristen lives in Mill Valley where she enjoys gardening, cooking, golf and spending time with family and friends.

Jeanne Capurro

capurro_100x126Jeanne 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 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.

“Because we are an all-volunteer charitable, we are often challenged to learn new and different skills that will enhance the work of the Foundation.  Working with the volunteers of To Celebrate Life has been a gift, an experience that has enriched my life beyond measure.”

Native San Franciscans, Jeanne and husband, Adolfo, settled in Marin County in 1964, raised their four children here, and now boast five beautiful grandchildren who live throughout the Bay Area.

Linda Dowsett

LindaDowsett__100x126Linda first volunteered for Stepping Out to Celebrate Life in 1999, in support of a co-worker and friend diagnosed with breast cancer.  For many years Linda volunteered to park cars, work the silent auction, feed volunteers and be a model dresser.  It was a very powerful and positive experience; including watching more friends model, and survive cancer.

In 2012, Linda was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer during her regular annual mammogram. Lumpectomies and radiation were quickly administered.  Linda was a model for Stepping Out in 2014, and was amazed at the instant camaraderie and strong sisterhood of support, sharing a common experience and humor and verve for life.  It was a life moment to be treasured forever.

Linda lives in Marin with her husband Drew and their 2 dogs and 2 cats.  She is celebrating her ten year anniversary at Blue Shield of California in October, as Director of Data Management Services in Information Technology.  She is proud to work for a not-for-profit company building the oncology practice of the future and focusing on affordable care for every Californian.

Linda is honored to join the Board of Directors, and looks forward to contributing her experience and passion to the Foundation.  “It is truly inspirational to be part of a team making a difference to those who need support in navigating their journey through breast cancer.”

Judy Hallman

hallman_100x126Judy 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 serves as Secretary/Treasurer and is a member of the Executive Committee.

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.  Through that experience, she brings to the Foundation extraordinary leadership ability.  A Marin resident until June 2009, she now makes her home in Sonoma.

Tracy Hogan

Tracy met former board president, Jeanne Capurro, while she was working at Nordstrom in the early 2000’s. Jeanne arranged for her to interview for the position of Stepping Out show producer, and in 2002 Tracy stepped into the role as co-producer along with Rosie Davies and Monique Bricca for five years. Many of the models from those years have continued on as volunteers, a source of great pride for Tracy.

Over the past 30 years she has served on numerous nonprofit boards, mainly in the capacity of Fundraising Chair or VP. She became a full-time fundraising professional in 2003 as Alumni/Advancement Director at Marin Catholic High School. In that capacity she helped lead two capital campaigns, one for $1.6M and another for $13M. In 2008, she was invited by the Marin Community Foundation to join their newly formed Philanthropic Services team. In 2010 she joined the Advancement Team at Dominican University where she is currently Director of Development, focusing on Major Gifts fundraising.
Now Tracy brings her impressive knowledge and fundraising skills to the Foundation. “I am eager to work with such an outstanding group of leaders who are so dedicated to making an impact on the lives of individuals facing breast cancer.”

A Marin native, Tracy and her husband Bill have raised two sons here.

David Martin

martin_100x126Achieving his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1980 from Baylor University in Texas, David Martin received his Masters of Divinity degree in 1987 from Golden Gate Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, CA.

Today he serves as Cancer Support Services Manager in Outpatient Oncology at Kaiser San Rafael. Prior to that, he was Manager of Spiritual Care Services at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in San Rafael from 2004-2012.

With his varied experience in chaplaincy and provision of spiritual care, interdisciplinary leadership of staff, training of volunteers, and leadership as Executive Director of Marin AIDS Interfaith Network and more, David brings his strong interpersonal skills, fundraising experience, and talents in successful strategic planning to our Foundation Board. We are so very fortunate to have David’s innovative perspective and insights as we move forward in serving our To Celebrate Life constituents.

Jane Pallas

Jane_Pallas_100x126Jane 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 the Bay Area 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 modeled for Stepping Out in 2003 and has been involved since, including serving on various committees and the Board of Directors. She served as President in 2011-2012, has chaired the Grants Committee for five years and as of 2016 has again assumed the role of President.

“It is truly an honor to lead an organization that makes a difference in the lives of women and men struggling with breast cancer. Our grantees and their work with so many in need regularly remind me that I am one of the lucky ones.”

Jane retired in 2011 from Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, as a Client Business Manager in the financial services sector for the western region. And, now for fun, she works part-time as an In-Home Consultant with Calico, a nationwide home interior design store.

Kim Wimer

wimer_100x126Kim learned about To Celebrate Life after her first radiation treatment in 2008 for early stage breast cancer. She received complementary therapeutic massage and guided imagery services provided by one of the Foundation’s grantees. Inspired after her experience as a model in the 2008 Stepping Out fashion show, Kim has worked on various committees for every To Celebrate Life fundraising event since – Stepping Out, Tee It Up and Rally, as well as several community events benefiting the Foundation.

Kim joined the Board in 2010 and currently serves as Communications Chair, volunteering her professional skills for the Foundation’s graphic design needs such as the annual report. She is also Editor of the Foundation’s e-newsletter, in the LOOP. “Serving on the Board has allowed me to see firsthand how people dealing with breast cancer emergencies in our community are getting help from the organizations that receive our grants funding. It’s an honor to work with so many dedicated volunteers who share their skills and talents and make this happen.”

Kim grew up in Spokane Washington and moved to Marin County after high school. She attended UC Santa Barbara and the UCSB Graduate School of Education, receiving a K-12 Teaching Credential. Kim has extensive sales management experience and has owned her graphic design business for over 12 years. In addition to her contract work with medical device, disease management and pharmaceutical companies, she enjoys consulting as a graphic applications software trainer.

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