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.

Shennel Beasley

Treasurer and Secretary

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.

Stephanie Landrum-Hall

Board Member

Ms. Landrum-Hall has dedicated her career to enhancing the health of the community through relationship building, education and philanthropy. Currently serving as the Manager of Community Grants for Health Net, she is responsible for the development and oversight of the Community and Infrastructure Investment Program, providing funding and services to underserved populations throughout California. Previously, Ms. Landrum-Hall served as the Community Benefit Health Specialist for Kaiser Permanente Northern California Region, responsible for developing strategic partnerships, grants and public health initiatives for the greater Sacramento region. Ms. Landrum-Hall has over 15 years of experience in nonprofit administration and community investments. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Masters of Public Health from Drexel University, graduating 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.

Twa’Lea Jordan

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.