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.

James Farrell

President

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 the 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.

Dion Cooks Sr.

Vice President

Dion Cooks Sr. is currently employed with Kaiser Permanente within the Continuing Care Department. Dion assists with the day to day operations of Outside Services and Palliative Care. He is responsible for reviewing, processing and collecting data on patients that are in other hospitals aside from Kaiser Permanente within the Northern California Region.

Dion is currently pursuing his doctorate in Psychology, where he aspires to become a part of Kaiser Permanente’s Mental Health Department. Dion is also looking to take on some research projects tailored towards the mental state of those who commit violent crimes. Not to mention, Dion is also a strong advocate of community outreach and entrepreneurship for which he helps small business owners’ network.

Dion has 8 years of non-profit services experience as an Executive Board Member for New Kingdom Church of God in Christ and he is involved with community outreach projects to give back to the community of Fresno by providing meals, clothing, prayer, as well as, providing resources to those looking for employment and assistance with resumes and interview skills.

 

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.