Kristen Bennett

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President

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.

Nooshin Behroyan

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Treasurer

Nooshin Behroyan is an accomplished executive with over 16 years of experience in the Oil & Gas industry and brings extensive cross-cultural experience that promotes gender diversity and work-force equality in the field of Oil, Gas, and Utilities in the U.S. and Canada by addressing barriers, and driving change for positive impact for women engineers and the Veterans.

Nooshin believes in overcoming adversity and giving back to her community and volunteers whenever possible to assist in fundraising efforts. Women and their advancement, whether it is through business or personal means are near and dear to her heart which is why she feels passionate about being part of TCL Board. She has also been involved with WBENC (Women’s Business Enterprise National Council) and NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners).  After the diagnosis of her sister with Stage IV breast cancer at a very young age and observing the heartbreak and many difficulties that she is facing through the chemotherapy, mastectomy, and other treatments, Nooshin is determined and motivated to raise awareness and help other women and their families through these difficult times.

Nooshin holds a B.A. in Architecture from UC Berkeley, and a M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UC Davis. She is also a professionally trained piano player and has played for U.C. Berkeley Jazz Ensemble. In addition, she is a mom to two active children (Arman-10 and Ava-8)

Amy Branner

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Fund Development Chair

Amy discovered a lump on Black Friday of 2016 and was diagnosed with breast cancer by Christmas of that year. As she went through her procedures and treatments in 2017, she found an incredible support community throughout the Bay Area that helped her stay fit, healthy and well in every respect.

What she would later learn was that the services she relied on were all grantees of To Celebrate Life. In 2018, she reached out to the Foundation, offering to volunteer so that she could give back for all of the incredible support she had received. Little did she realize that her professional background would be helpful to the Foundation’s growth. She was deeply touched to be invited to serve as the Chair of Fund Development, as well as to serve on the Grants Committee.

Amy comes to the Foundation with over a decade of director-level experience in nonprofits
and brings expertise in fundraising, evaluation and organizational strategy.

Amy lives with her amazing partner in Larkspur and spends as much time as possible at her cabin in the Sierras where she can be found cross country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, biking or kayaking.

Judy Hallman

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Secretary/Treasurer

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.

Dan Modlin

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Recording Secretary

Dan Modlin is an accomplished healthcare executive who brings extensive industry and international experience to the board of To Celebrate Life.  Currently, he serves as the Administrator of Support Services for Kaiser Permanente’s San Rafael Medical Center.

A former Army Officer, Dan witnessed the devastating impact breast cancer had on the population of Afghanistan.  “In Afghanistan, we quickly realized that in order to help stabilize a war torn country, we had to address the second leading cause of death for women behind childbirth: breast cancer.”

Dan joined the board of To Celebrate Life in April of 2019, and is excited about the opportunity to positively impact the Bay Area community.  He lives with his wife, Laura, in Tiburon, CA. Though both originally from the East Coast, they are slowly coming to realize that this is now home.

Deborah Palmer-Keiser

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Operational Insight

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.

Molly Schmidt

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Grants Committee Chair

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.

Kim Wimer

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Communications Chair

Kim learned about To Celebrate Life in 2007 while undergoing treatment for early stage breast cancer and later that year was invited to model in the 2008 Stepping Out gala fashion show. Inspired after her experience, she has volunteered every year since for Stepping Out and other fundraisers benefiting the organization. Kim enjoys the camaraderie of the volunteers – women and men who share the same goal of helping people with breast cancer in our community. In 2010, Kim joined the Board as Marketing/Communications Chair, using her professional graphic design and marketing skills to oversee the Foundation’s external communications and collateral.

“Serving on the Board allows me to see firsthand how people coping with health and financial emergencies after a breast cancer diagnosis receive help from organizations funded by our grants. It’s an honor to work with our 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 earning her BA and K-12 Teaching Credential from UCSB Graduate School of Education. Kim has 18 years of sales management experience and in 2001 started her graphic design business. She enjoys working with medical device, disease management and pharmaceutical companies and graphic software training. A Novato resident, Kim loves being outdoors walking nearby trails and spending time in her garden.

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 Cancer Care

Bobbie Head, MD PhD, Medical Oncologist, Marin Cancer Care

Edward Sickles, MD FACR, Professor Emeritus of Radiology, UCSF

Garrett Smith, MD, Medical Oncologist, Smith Integrative Oncology

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