About Marin Breast Cancer Watch

History

Marin Breast Cancer Watch was formed in the fall of 1995 by a group of women who were alarmed that, according to the Northern California Cancer Center, women living in Marin County have a higher incidence of breast cancer. For the incidence report, please click here.

Board of Directors

Janice Barlow, Executive Director
Sandra Cross, President
Erica Heath, Vice President
Carol Patterson, Treasurer
Christine Schadlich, Secretary
Fern Orenstein
Linda Spence
Katie Beacock
Flavia Belli
Gail Paradise
Roni Peskin-Mentzer
Joanne Williams
Barry Zack



Staff

Adrienne York, Executive Assistant
Tom Scott, Communications Director
Susan Schwartz, Interim Events and Volunteer Coordinator




 

Janice Barlow, R.N., Executive Director
janiceb@breastcancerwatch.org

Janice was new on the Board of Directors but had spent a year working with the investigative groups when our founder, Francine Levien died.  Janice was requested by the board to become interim executive director to allow time for the organization to complete plans for and hold the 2nd Annual Honor Thy Healer Celebration and begin the search for the new Executive Director.  With her background in medicine and a love of organizing, Janice is working hard to keep the focus of Marin Breast Cancer Watch and deal with the multiple layers of contracts and negotiations required on the various studies and grants coming into the organization.  Janice welcomes suggestions and can be reached in the office five days a week.

Janice accepted the permanent position as Marin Breast Cancer Watch's Executive Director in 2002.

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Sandra Cross, President

Sandra L. Cross (President) grew up in the Bay Area, and except for her college years during the late 1960s at the University of Chicago, has always lived in the Bay Area. She earned her law degree from Hastings College of the Law in 1975 and has enjoyed an active practice as a Chapter 11 corporate reorganization attorney. She hoped she would escape her family history of breast cancer, but was diagnosed with the disease in 1997. After the completion of her treatments in 1998 she worked part time, and in the spring of 2001 began working as a sole practitioner representing small business and continuing her bankruptcy practice.

She has been a member of the San Francisco Financial Women's Association, and has served on the Board of Directors for Elpida House, and the Marin County American Civil Liberties Union where she continues to work as a volunteer on the hot line.

She currently lives in Stinson Beach with her husband, Christopher Harrington. She is concerned that her grown daughter have as much information as possible about the causes of breast cancer and her risks of developing the disease.

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Erica Heath, Vice President

Erica Heath (Vice President) is President of Independent Review Consulting, Inc. a Marin firm that provides ethical (IRB) review of medical, social, and educational research. She earned her bachelors from San Jose State University and her MBA from Golden Gate University. With two daughters and an interest in women's health, she joined the board in May 2002.

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Carol Patterson

Carol Patterson is new to the board as of June 14, 2003. Her bio will be soon to follow

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Christine Schadlich, Secretary

Christine Schadlich retired recently from her 18-year career in San Francisco's financial district. For the last several years, she worked as a portfolio manager with AMB Property Corporation, managing private equity for pension funds, endowments and foundations. She has worked in a variety of jobs, including running AMB's marketing and public relations department.

After breast cancer treatment in 2002, Christine decided to spend more time with her two small children.

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Katie Beacock

Katie Beacock is a Marin County native with five children and four grandchildren. She owns a real estate office in Stinson Beach where she handles both sales and vacation rentals. She and her husband have owned the company for 30 years, and Katie has continued to run the business since her husband has passed on. She served as a docent at Audubon Canyon Ranch for 13 years and was on the Board of Directors for almost ten years. Katie is currently serving as vice chair on the Board of Hospice of Marin for 2003-2004. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999. She came to this board through Steve Thal, who is a member of MBCW's Advisory Board. Katie started doing volunteer work as a precinct captain for Bobby Kennedy in his California Primary race. Ever since that time she has been involved as a volunteer.

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Flavia Belli

Flavia Belli was a co-investigator for the Study of Adolescent Risk Factors for MBCW. She has worked for many years as an administrative assistant and as an assistant bond trader. Flavia is trained as a Specialist Touch Breast Health Facilitator. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1994 and has been an active member of MBCW since 1995. Flavia is a mother of three daughters and one granddaughter, and because of them, she is committed to the work of MBCW.

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Fern Orenstein

Fern Orenstein has been a health education specialist for over 20 years and has lived in Marin since 1992. Fern currently works at the STD/HIV Prevention Training Center in Berkeley, CA where she is Program Director for the California HIV Partner Counseling and Referral Services Program. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996, Fern joined MBCW and remains committed to raising community awareness about the possible environmental links to cancer and the importance of the precautionary principle.

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Gail Paradise

Gail Paradise is a native Californian, but relatively recent transplant to West Marin (Tomales) from New Orleans, LA. She received a BA from Scripps College and has been a working professional artist for over 40 years and exhibits all over the country.

In 1996 she was diagnosed with and treated for breast cancer. Her own mother died of breast cancer. She has two children and two grandchildren and would like to see breast cancer wiped out before either her daughter or granddaughter have to face this horrible disease.

Gail currently serves on the Tomales Design Review Board.

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Roni Peskin-Mentzer

has been a member of Marin Breast Cancer Watch since the organization's founding in 1995 and served as Board President from 1999-2003. Roni had an active role in creating MBCW's first community-based research study, the Adolescent Risk Factor Study. The Adolescent Risk Factor Study was conducted in conjunction with Dr. Margaret Wrensch, an epidemiologist at UCSF, and funded by the California Breast Cancer Research Program. She received a BA degree in education from Brooklyn College and has worked primarily in office design. Roni was found to have breast cancer in 1992, propelling her to become proactive in the breast cancer community. Currently, Roni is on a leave of absence due to a recurrence of breast cancer in 2003.

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Linda Spence

Linda Spence studied at Lake Forest College, University of Michigan and San Francisco State in the areas of English literature, education, nutrition, and stress management. These areas of interest suited her well for her work today as a business consultant and conductor of writing workshops. She is the author of Legacy: Step by Step Guide to Writing Personal History. Linda assisted in developing tools that are being used for the Adolescent Risk Factor Study. She has been personally touched by breast cancer with the death of her mother from the disease.

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Joanne Williams

Joanne Williams is a journalist and free-lance writer, beginning as a reporter at the Tallahassee Democrat in 1959. A former senior editor and award-winning writer with the Marin County, CA alternative weekly, The Pacific Sun, her journalistic credits include two first place awards in the 1970's from the San Francisco Press Club. She has been a contributing correspondent to Marin's Independent Journal and is currently a free-lance writer with a creative services agency. She has served as a board member on other nonprofit organizations in Marin.

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Barry Zack

Barry Zack, MPH is the Executive Director of Centerforce, an agency providing service, education and advocacy in prison and in the community. He has been working in the area of inmate health education since 1986. He has been involved in community based research for over 10 years, working on projects in collaboration with UCSF, State Office on AIDS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health. Barry is also a member of TAPS, a San Geronimo Valley group of concerned residents, providing service (clinics) and awareness on the high rate of breast cancer in this area.

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Marin Breast Cancer Watch
25 Bellam Boulevard, Suite 115
San Rafael, CA 94901

Phone: 415/256-9011
Fax:    415/256-9773

E-mail: volunteer@breastcancerwatch.org

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