To Celebrate Life Board of Directors
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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 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 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 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.
Deborah, an expert product supply chain professional, has a history of working in the apparel, accessory and home furnishings manufacturing and retail industries. She is experienced in creating an integrated approach to systems, people, process and leadership to achieve excellence. Throughout her 35-year career, Deborah has demonstrated strong leadership, change management and organizational development skills.
“Isolation and lack of community are frightening components of any life trauma. While I have not experienced breast cancer myself, several of my family members have. Participating in and giving my time to realize To Celebrate Life’s mission is an honor. No one should face breast cancer alone.”
With a BS focused in Linguistics from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Deborah has lived on three continents and has had the good fortune of a flexible and creative partner of 25 years, Christopher. They live with their teenage daughter, Mathilde, in San Anselmo.
Achieving 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.
Molly is passionate about creating a positive impact, one person at a time and is particularly motivated to impact girls’ and women’s issues. She is the Girl Scouts of Northern California Membership Director, serving girls and adult volunteers across the North Coast (from Marin to Mendocino counties). Molly has worked overseas and domestically with International NGOs and community-based nonprofit organizations for 15 years on nonprofit governance, volunteer strategies, fundraising, grant management, marketing and events, and development.
“I firmly believe in the power of community support rallying together. Watching my mother battle breast cancer at the age of nine was a profound time where I saw courage and beauty in her and our community, and am very honored to serve on the board of To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation – for her and the countless other amazing women.”
Molly has a technical background in community public health and is an alumnus of Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Outside of work, she likes to give back to the community and also serves on the board of Marin Child Care Council, while for two years has been honored to serve as a member of the Grants Review Committee of To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation. A resident of Novato, she enjoys hiking, painting, and board games with her husband and two young children.
Devereaux, 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 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.
Craig brings business acumen and intuition shaped by 30-plus years of experience in the C-suites of national and international organizations in both retail and manufacturing sectors to the board of To Celebrate Life.
“In 1999, when my wife Gail was diagnosed with breast cancer, we reached out for support from To Celebrate Life, then called Marin Breast Cancer Council. Gail modeled in the Stepping Out fashion show, volunteered on various committees, served on the board of directors and was board president for two years.
While she and I knew we had each other in the battle against breast cancer, we were grateful for the support systems and direct services funded by To Celebrate Life. The bond formed between the models, volunteers and service providers is a lifelong blessing. I am privileged to now serve on the board and follow in very big footsteps.”
Craig is currently Personal Historian of Life is About Moments, a company which he founded in 2011 that produces high-quality printed memoirs. His earlier roles included President and COO, The Sharper Image; COO of Smith & Hawken and CEO of Human Touch.
A Novato resident, Craig is a direct and powerful communicator. As a writer, speaker, executive coach and board member, he is focused on providing a humane vision of organizational and volunteer support for To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation.
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