Board of Directors

To Celebrate Life Board of Directors

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Judie Belmont

Kristen Bennett

Kristen Bennett


Judy Hallman

David Martin

Devereaux Smith

Devereaux Smith

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. She became a fashion show model for the Stepping Out gala in 1999, and since then has been involved in the organization in a variety of roles: Stepping Out Model Committee Co-Chair, Gala Co- Chair, Physician Escort Lead, Board member and current President.

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

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

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

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.

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.

Deveraux Smith

Deveraux SmithDevereaux, an experienced fundraising and communications professional, has worked with for-profit and not-for-profit institutions for more than 30 years. Most recently, she served as Executive Director of the Charlotte Maxwell Clinic, a 26-year-old public health clinic serving low income women with cancer, and a To Celebrate Life grantee.

Devereaux was treated for breast cancer in 1996. As a young mother, she learned the value of being a strong advocate for one’s own health care. Her experience pushed her to work on breast cancer related causes throughout the next 20 years.

Devereaux modeled in Stepping Out in 2015. She was delighted to join such a group of inspiring women and witnessed the embodiment of the To Celebrate Life vision: No one should face breast cancer alone. As a member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, she will serve as the Co-Chair of the Development Committee and guide efforts to implement the organization’s strategic plan.

“I am honored to join this group of selfless volunteers. I feel there is a two-tiered gift with To Celebrate Life. The first impact is when their dedicated volunteers create a healing, supportive community of women and men who model each year in Stepping Out. Second, the Foundation funds organizations all over the Bay Area who rely on these grants to serve people struggling with breast cancer. To Celebrate Life is a quiet hero for thousands of people every year.”

Devereaux lives in the Napa Valley, has two grown children, one husband and one amazing dog!

Kim Wimer

wimer_100x126Kim learned about To Celebrate Life while undergoing treatment for early stage breast cancer. Later that year she was invited to model in the 2008 Stepping Out gala fashion show. Inspired after her experience, she volunteered the following year for Stepping Out, Tee It Up and Rally – the Foundation’s golf and tennis tournament fundraisers. She enjoys the camaraderie of the Foundation volunteers – women and men who share the same goal of helping people with breast cancer.

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 receive help from the organizations funded by our grants. 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 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 16 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