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.

Kameka (Kammy) Brown, PhD, MBA, MS, FNP-BC
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 Economics, 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.

Mehera May
Vice President

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.

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Deanna Johnston
Vice President

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.

Shennel Beasley
Treasurer

Shennel Beasley was elected to the Susan G. Komen Northern and Central California Board Treasurer in  February 2019. She is currently the Corporate Controller of Development Plus Inc., a global leader in custom promotional products for video games, film and TV. For the last decade, she has held several strategic leadership positions including 5 years as Director of Finance of a local non-profit. She is also an entrepreneur offering accounting guidance to small businesses at BANC, LLC.  She earned her Bachelor’s in Business Administrations from Bethany University and MBA with a concentration in Finance from Keller Graduate School of Management.

Tammy Rowe
Secretary

Tammy Rowe is currently exceeding client expectations in her role as a Senior Field Account Manager with UnitedHealthcare.   With her vast knowledge of the diversified plans and products UnitedHealthcare offers, Tammy contributes  in identifying key areas for increasing membership, as well as, maintaining persistency with current renewals.  She is actively engaged in strategizing wellness initiatives to live and breathe the UnitedHealthcare mission of helping people live healthier lives.  Her strength is building and sustaining  trusting relationships with her Public Sector groups.

Tammy embarked on her career with UnitedHealthcare in early 2010, beginning in the Medicare and Retirement segment.  She quickly expanded her portfolio to include  Provider Relations, Military and Veterans (TRICARE), UnitedHealthcare Retiree Solutions (CalPERS), and Public Sector Account Management.  Throughout her career, Tammy has consistently received positive comments and top NPS scores with client surveys and  is  often recognized  by UnitedHealthcare’s leadership.

In addition to constantly striving for increased  sales and results, Tammy has dedicated her personal time in the communities in which she lives and works.  One of her most prominent accomplishments is actively serving on the Susan G Komen Foundation, participating in the More Than Pink Walk and Sax on the River.  In addition, she has  been influential in coordinating with large  fundraisers such as Ride to Recovery, Tour de Cure, More Than Pink Walk , and  the California International Marathon.  She is well known in the company for leading and enthusiastically participating in all of UnitedHealthcare’s charitable initiatives.

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.

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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.

Twa’Lea Jordan
Board Member

 

 

James Farrell
Board Member

 

 

 

 

 

 

While serving in the Army, Twa’Lea was activated to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom where she earned the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. Upon returning from the war, she graduated from California State University, Sacramento, and attended the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law. During her first year of law school she volunteered and earned the privilege of participating in the Katrina-Gideon Interview Project in New Orleans, LA.  The Katrina-Gideon Interview Project sought to assist in rebuilding the judicial system after vital files were lost during hurricane Katrina.  During law school, Twa’Lea also had the honor of working as a Judicial Extern to Chief Justice Raye of the Third District Court of Appeal.

Upon graduating law school, Twa’Lea passed the bar on her first attempt and participated in the California Capital Fellows Program. She served as a fellow to Assemblymember Steven Bradford. In this role, she assisted in drafting bills, and working on issues concerning children, education, and families. One of the two bills that she staffed was signed into law by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.  The other bill, which dealt with affording employment opportunities to a class of citizens within California, was signed into executive order by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

 

 

James Farrell is a Realtor who works with buyers and sellers in the Sacramento and surrounding areas helping  them to find their new home or sell their existing home.  What makes James Farrell unique in his field is that he donates 10% of his commissions earned through his real estate business to Susan G. Komen.

James knows and believes that finding a cure for breast cancer is of the utmost importance and is within our reach.

Additionally James has formed and continues to be a team captain for HEROES OF LYON & GUILD one of top fundraising teams for the Susan G. Komen Northern & Central California   More Than Pink Walk.

James  is a Licensed California Real Estate agent and former business owner with over 30 years’ experience  in the Sacramento area.

James is a veteran who served for six years ending his Air Force career as Sgt.