Board of Directors

The governing body of Komen Sacramento is made up of volunteer directors whose vision is to ensure the Affiliate is a proactive organization that is a respected and responsive leader in the 19 counties we serve.

It is their responsibility to advise, assist and aid in furthering our mission to identify and address community needs, serve as a resource and referral organization and work collaboratively with other breast health organizations in the community.

If you’re interested in being considered for a Board position, please complete and submit the application (PDF) with a copy of your resume to info@komennccalifornia.org.

 

Jazz Sidhu
President

Jazz Sidhu is the CFO and Director of Operations for DTL Transport.  Jazz shares his mother’s experience with breast cancer. Sahinder Kaur Sidhu was a nurse by trade, but in her late 50’s that medical background couldn’t protect her from breast cancer. It was a self-exam that lead to a Stage II breast cancer diagnosis, and a five-year fight. Jazz says, “What she went through I wouldn’t wish on anybody.  What I saw and how she was trying to make this manageable for her, it was so tough for all of us.”

After losing his mother, Jazz realized the importance of education about early detection and took personal action to raise funds and awareness for Susan G. Komen in the Central Valley. Jazz joined the Komen Northern & Central California Board of Directors in 2014 as President. His golf tournaments where he has named Komen as beneficiary have raised over $50,000 in the fight against breast cancer. Jazz says, “We’re going to do everything in our power to help out others not aware of this terrible disease.”

Kameka (Kammy) Brown, PhD, MBA, MS, FNP-BC
Vice President

Dr. Kameka Brown joins Carrington College as National Dean, Nursing Programs. She is responsible for managing prelicensure nursing programs across eight states.

Before joining Carrington, Dr. Brown served as Executive Officer for the California State Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians overseeing the legislative and regulatory practice of vocational nurses and psychiatric technicians throughout the state. Her past roles include work as Chief Nurse and Nurse Practitioner Director with the Veterans Administration where she designed the Nation’s first post-DNP residency program. Additionally, she has maintained faculty appointments over the last decade.

Dr. Brown is a prolific speaker, authored chapters and reviewed in several scientific journals including Sigma Theta Tau, Nursing Economic$s, and Nursing Forum. She has served as a featured panelist for Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Executive Fellows final cohort. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors for Sierra Forever Families and Susan G. Komen Northern and Central California.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology, Masters in Business Administration dual concentration in Healthcare Administration and Management. Masters degrees in nursing from DePaul University. She also holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Research with a certification in Curriculum Design and Evaluation from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a certified family nurse practitioner.

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Trisha Friend
Board Treasurer

Trisha Friend was elected as Susan G. Komen Northern & Central California’s Board Treasurer in July 2014. Trisha has lived in the Sacramento area since 1987 when she moved from Oregon with her family. She has an accounting background working in public accounting for over 15 years. In 1997 she started her own accounting business which is still growing as she serves over 30 clients. Trisha is a breast cancer survivor. She was diagnosed in the fall of 2005 but was participating in the Komen Sacramento Race for the Cure even before then. After she was diagnosed, along with 2 close survivor friends, she organized a team named Friendly Haven in Paris, to assist in raising funds and promote awareness. “I remember organizing our team and walking the race in 2006, for the first time as a cancer survivor”. “It was the first time that a lot of my friends saw me without a wig or a scarf”. “I remember getting a lot of encouragement from my friends and fellow walkers and it turned out to be a very inspirational day”. Trisha knows that every story is not a survivor story. She lost a very close friend in February to cancer and now, more than ever is fueled to “keep the fight going”. Trisha enjoys contemporary jazz music, especially the saxophone. Since 2010 she has organized an annual event called Sax on the River, which benefits local charities that help women cancer patients and their families. When she is not working, planning an event, or going to a jazz concert, she enjoys reading, the movies and spending time at the beach.

Lisa Durbano
Secretary

In the year following her Mother’s breast cancer diagnosis in November 2005, Lisa and her family participated in their first Race for the Cure in Fresno. Lisa and her sister Tina decided that they needed to do more to raise funds and increase awareness and hosted a fundraiser which was a dinner, silent auction and dance. The event was successful and grew every year. Their team, Boobie Brigade, was the top fundraising team in the Friends and Family category in the Central Valley for six years in a row. In 2013, Lisa and Tina were named as two of the 15 Faces for 15 Races.

Lisa has worked in the legal field since high school. She graduated from California State University, Fresno, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Legal Environment of Business Option. She earned a Certificate of Paralegal Training from San Joaquin College of Law. Lisa is a Paralegal with the law firm of Wilkins, Drolshagen & Czeshinski LLP in Fresno. She is the current Board Secretary for the Fresno Paralegal Association. She has also been a Board Member of the Fresno State Diamond Club, the booster group for the Fresno State Softball Team, since 1998.

Lisa previously served on the Komen Central Valley Board as Board Secretary and as Board President. She received the Founder’s Award in 2013.

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Deanna Johnston
Board Member

Deanna Johnston, Vice President of Regional Government Affairs. In this role, Ms. Johnston oversees state government affairs on the West Coast for the Magellan enterprise. Ms. Johnston brings over ten years of state political and healthcare experience.

Prior to her current position, Ms. Johnston was the Legislative Advocate for the California Nurses Association for eight years. In this role, she served as a registered California lobbyist and covered a wide variety of issues impacting nurses and patients. Ms. Johnston also was the main contact for the political action committee which allowed her to participate at all levels of numerous legislative, ballot measures, and independent expenditure campaigns across the state.

Prior to that, Deanna worked for Secretary of State Alex Padilla while he served in the California Senate where she gained legislative expertise and helped pass legislation on tobacco control. In 2005-2006 Deanna served as a prestigious California Senate Fellow.

Deanna has volunteered for campaigns at every level and has built relationships with elected officials across California. Calnewsroom.com named Deanna one of the “best and brightest” in the Capitol community. Deanna currently serves on the boards of Susan G. Komen Northern & Central California and Equality California. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Occidental College where she graduated with honors.

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Lana Miller
Board Member

As a Registered Nurse with a special interest in women’s health, I am honored to be part of Susan G. Komen Northern & Central California. Prior to having children, I worked in technology as a Marketing Support Representative. I returned to school when my four children were young and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing from San Francisco State University. I have always worked in a clinical setting at a Primary Care, OB/GYN, and Urogynecology practice, where our focus is on wellness for women. My medical volunteer opportunities have included assisting physicians in the operating room of developing countries such as Guatemala. I am a current member of AWHONN (The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses), and serve as a board member of a Suburban Auxiliary to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. In my free time, I enjoy live music, reading and spending quality time with family.

Dr. Jenna Kieckhaefer
Board Member

Jenna, or as her students know her Dr. K, is a forensic psychologist and an assistant professor at California State University, Fresno, in the Criminology department. She has worked as a professor, trial consultant, and researcher for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Shortly after starting her job at Fresno State Dr. K was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 28 in 2014, and like many, she hadn’t heard of anyone getting diagnosed that young. To date, Jenna has gone through fertility preservation, five months of chemo, four surgeries, two months of radiation, one year of a clinical drug trial, and will be on hormone-blocking drug therapy for five years. What surprised her most about the whole treatment process are the fertility issues chemotherapy can bring, and the absolute necessity of getting a second opinion at every stage of treatment. Since getting diagnosed she has worked with Susan G. Komen and others to spread awareness not only about breast cancer but also about being your own health advocate. In her personal life, Jenna enjoys spending time with her husband and dog Leia, friends and family, and loves watching movies.

 

Stefani Booroojian Cotta
Board Member

Stefani has been at the KSEE 24 News since 1982 and at a station already known for its broadcasting icons, she remains one of the most recognizable names in KSEE 24 News history. She has been instrumental in bringing KSEE 24’s Buddy Check program to the Central Valley. The on-going outreach has been credited with saving lives through its early detection methods and research updates in the fight against breast cancer. Stefani has acted as emcee for many years at the Komen Central Valley Race.

Cheryl Whisenhunt
Board Member

Cheryl Whisenhunt, DDS has practiced dentistry for over 22 years. 1999 was a year of milestones for her. She purchased her home, gave birth and was diagnosed with Stage IIA breast cancer. She was off work for approximately 2 years for recovery and then found she had metastatic breast cancer in 2004. Her first Race for the Cure was in Los Angeles in 2000. She and a friend formed The Bald and the Beautiful Team for the Komen Central Valley Race in 2008. This is the 9th year she has been Team Captain. For 6 straight years, The Bald and the Beautiful came in first place in the Friends and Family category for the most members and survivors. Cheryl was again diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2012.

Despite her busy schedule, she served on the Komen Central Valley Board of Directors for three years as well as Circle of Promise Advisory Council to ensure breast cancer education reaches the African American community. Cheryl says she owes her survivorship to faith, family, friends and the best doctors and overall care.

Erin Kelly, MPH
Board Member

Erin Kelly is the Executive Director of the Children’s Specialty Care Coalition, a non-profit advocacy association that represents pediatric subspecialty medical groups in California. She has over 15 years of public health and healthcare experience. Erin formerly worked for Richard Heath and Associates to provide program oversight and grant management to professional medical associations that were funded to educate and support healthcare providers with Covered California implementation. Prior to her work with Covered California, Erin spent 6 years as the Director of Mission Programs, for the Susan G. Komen Orange County Affiliate, where she oversaw the Affiliate’s public policy agenda, $2 million in grant-making and management, and health promotion initiatives designed to reduce breast cancer disparities and improve access to care. During her tenure there, the Affiliate was recognized nationally as the Affiliate of the Year for 2013 and was also the recipient of the Promise Award at the 2012 Komen Leadership Conference for innovation and impact of its community health programs and initiatives. She began her career as a Community Education Coordinator for a multi-million dollar childhood asthma initiative in San Diego. She then transitioned to working for three years with the California Department of Public Health, as a Regional Health Education Coordinator, working to increase the capacity of CBOs and other youth-serving stakeholders to address high rates of STIs/HIV among youth and young adults. Erin has a Bachelor’s of Science in Community Health Education and a Master’s of Public Health from San Diego State University. Erin donates her personal time back to her community by serving on the Susan G Komen Northern and Central California Board of Directors, volunteering at her children’s school, blood donation, and other charitable activities throughout the year. She enjoys traveling, cycling, running, recreational sports, and spending time with her family in Roseville, CA.

Mehera May
Board Member

A cause marketer at heart, Mehera has put her experience to work building memorable and moving campaigns like Each Mind Matters: California’s Mental Health Movement, California Champions for Change and AIDS Walk San Francisco’s 25th Anniversary. She is currently the associate director, social impact at Sacramento-based agency RSE. In addition to mission-based marketing, Mehera has worked on launching new products and brands for companies like Ghirardelli, Mars, PetSmart, Invacare and the Cleveland Clinic. She has more than fifteen years of brand marketing and communications experience with expertise in translating research findings into actionable strategies. A Bay Area native, she loved going to school in Ohio and holds a BA from Kenyon College and an MBA from Case Western Reserve’s Weatherhead School of Management. Mehera’s mother fought a valiant battle with inflammatory breast cancer and Mehera hopes to serve on the board with the same positive spirit.