Our Board of Directors
Allison runs her own consulting practice in Silicon Valley focused on marketing strategy and communications. Early in her career she worked in cancer research at Johnson & Johnson, followed by numerous positions in sales and marketing management for medical device organizations including Eppendorf, Carl Zeiss, Radionics and Photoelectron. Allison received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Simmons College and an M.B.A. from Sacred Heart University. After her father died from lung cancer, Allison set out to make a difference in the cancer community. She served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Brain Tumor Foundation (now known as the National Brain Tumor Society) for five years. Additionally, she sits on the American Cancer Society Leadership Council for Silicon Valley, the ACS Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Board and is current Chair of the 2013, ACS CAN Bay Area Research Breakfast.
Corrine Fabie is a First Vice President and Certified Private Wealth Advisor® with a financial services firm in Los Gatos. In addition to her professional career as a Certified Financial Planner® Professional, she has been extremely active as a volunteer in the nonprofit community especially with the Junior League of San Jose where she is a Past President. She also serves on the Community Advisory Board of Good Karma Bikes and is a Past Director of the Farrington Historical Foundation.
Theresa, an alumna of Stanford University, is a native of San Jose. After raising her family, Theresa turned her attention to advocacy for education and literacy in her community. In addition to spending over a decade as a volunteer tutor and mentor in several ESL and low-income schools, she has also served on the Board of the San Jose Public Library Foundation since 2004. More recently, Theresa has joined Cancer CAREpoint’s Board and is now working closely on how best to partner and expand CCPs services within underserved communities. As someone whose family has been deeply affected by cancer, Theresa is passionate about the opportunity to combine two of her interests – education and giving back to the community – with Cancer CAREpoint's mission. During her free time, Theresa enjoys taking university level history seminars, keeping active with Crossfit, and traveling with her husband and family.
Joseph M. Head is President of SummerHill Land where he oversees all of the land acquisition for SummerHill Homes. He has worked in development and construction for more than 20 years and previously served on the San Jose City Council from 1989 to 1994. He holds a B.A. from Loyola Marymount University and has four adult children and five grandchildren.
Victor is a Wealth Advisor and Certified Financial Planner™ with Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC. His approach to investment strategy and planning benefits from his extensive corporate finance background as well as his economics and finance education at U.C. Berkeley and U.C, Davis. Victor is a registered principal and the Branch Manager for the Raymond James office in Los Gatos CA at 229 W. Main Street, Suite C, 95030, 408-402-3059.
Judy graduated from San Jose State University and became involved in advocating for services in her community. Her work began when her children were in elementary school when she became involved with People Acting in Community Together (PACT). Working with PACT Judy advocated for access to health care with the Healthy Kids program. Judy worked to preserve community benefits when hospitals were converting from not for profit to a for profit model. She served her community on the Cambrian School Board for 11 years and on the San Jose City Council for 8 years with her last two years as Vice Mayor. Judy's personal experience with cancer gives her a deep feeling for what individuals and families experience when they get a diagnosis of cancer.
Karyn's professional background is in nonprofits, foundations, development and events. She worked with Silicon Valley Community Foundation for nine years and thoroughly enjoyed educating professional advisors and their clients about philanthropic options and the charitable landscape in Silicon Valley. Karyn joined the Cancer CAREpoint Board in 2009 and is dedicated to guiding an organization that provides strong services for patients and their families. Karyn was a member of the Community Leadership Class of 2009, a board member with Association of Fundraising Professionals from 2007-2010, and graduated from Santa Clara University.
Sandi has been involved with Cancer CAREpoint from its inception, as a member of the organizational steering committee, and as a fundraiser and active volunteer. She now serves as a Community Events Liaison with community groups and individuals who sponsor events and activities in support of Cancer CAREpoint. Sandi studied social work at San Jose State and has been active for more than 30 years in nonprofit agencies that serve the Silicon Valley community, including Almaden Valley Counseling Service where she served as a board member and Auxiliary president. Through the personal cancer experiences of family members, Sandi became aware of the need for more support services for individuals whose lives are touched by cancer, and she is a passionate advocate for programs that provide those services. She is a long-time resident of San Jose where she and her husband, Jack, raised three children. She is now the grandmother of two.
Noelle is a member of the founding family of the Samaritan Medical Center and chairs the family foundation, a donor directed fund with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. She is a founder of Cancer CAREpoint. She has served in leadership capacities in local PTAs, education foundations, and School Site Councils. Noelle's contributions to Cancer CAREpoint are varied, and include a leadership role in the capital campaign as well as spearheading remodeling plans for the expansion of the Resource Center.
Marcelo Oliveira is Director, Product Management, Marketing and Business Development, for the Collaboration Technology Group of Cisco Systems, Inc. Prior to joining Cisco in 2006, he held key software architect and engineering positions with Siemens Communication Networks. He holds a B.S. in Electronic Engineering from the Universidade Tecnica Federal do Parana in Brazil and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley.
Paula Reed, RN, recently retired after 45 years in nursing with 30 years specializing in oncology. She previously served as Director of Oncology and Infusion Services at Palo Alto Medical Foundation and still handles special projects in cancer care for PAMF. Earlier in her career, she worked at El Camino Hospital and Lifesource Home IV Therapy. She is past president of the Oncology Nursing Society Santa Clara Chapter and serves on the Hospice of the Valley Professional Advisory Board. She was named an American Red Cross Hero and received the Leukemia Lymphoma Society Chairman’s Citation Award for Outstanding Service to the Community, Silicon Valley and Monterey Bay Area Chapter. She holds a B.S. in Nursing from Loretto Heights College in Denver and is an Oncology Certified Nurse.
Alex is a founding shareholder of the San Jose law firm of Willoughby, Stuart & Bening, Inc., specializing in commercial insurance coverage and bad faith litigation. He also practices in the areas of business, real estate and construction litigation. He has been recognized for his insurance and business expertise by Best Lawyers in America, which awarded him "Lawyer of the Year" for insurance law in 2013. Alex joined the Board of Cancer CAREpoint in 2011, after serving on a variety of boards and commissions in Santa Clara County. He is a past chair of the San Jose Arts Commission, San Jose Urban Design Review Board, and San Jose Elections Commission. Alex is married to his college sweetheart, Beverly, and has two adult children, Allison and Scott. In his spare time, he runs, skis, rides a mountain bike, fly fishes and cheers on the San Jose Sharks.
Sharon Svensson, Senior Advisor and Past President of Essex & Drake Fundraising Counsel is a well-respected fundraising professional working in the Bay Area since 1984. Sharon has worked with the San Jose Cleveland Ballet, San Francisco Boys Chorus and consulting firms in development and management positions. She teaches workshops on all aspects of fund development for nonprofit organizations. Sharon has a B.A. in Social Science/Political Science from Long Beach State University and attended graduate school at Texas A&M
Jan, a retired Los Gatos High School teacher and Activities Director, is a past School Board member, past President of The Summit League, and has been active in many other community organizations and events. She became an activist in cancer after too many of her family members and friends were diagnosed with the disease. As a result of her experiences, she joined the American Cancer Society Board of Silicon Valley, hoping to make a difference in the lives of those suffering from cancer. She has served on the Board for 13 years, and as Board Chairman from 2003-2005. As an advocate for cancer patients, she learned about the devastating effect on patients, families and caregivers. Jan, who serves as Chairman of Patient Services and Secretary for the board, welcomed the opportunity to join CancerCAREpoint, knowing she could impact individuals and families in our community affected by cancer.
Dr. Zeidler received a B.A. degree with honors from Rice University. She obtained her Doctorate of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine where she graduated at the top of her class and was inducted into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. After medical school, she continued her career at UCSF, completing both general surgery and plastic surgery training. During her training, Dr. Zeidler was acknowledged with UCSF's Krevan's award for outstanding clinical care of her patients. She then completed an additional advanced microsurgical clinical instructorship at Stanford University Medical Center where she perfected her skills in cutting edge breast reconstruction techniques. Dr. Zeidler has authored numerous medical journal articles, has lectured nationwide, and is continuing her academic research with new technologies that will improve the process of breast reconstruction. Dr. Zeidler specializes in both aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery of the face and body, and is one of very few women surgeons in the Bay Area formally trained in microsurgical breast reconstruction.
Gay has spent almost 40 years in the cancer field. She is a founder of Hospice of the Valley, an Honorary Life Member of the American Cancer Society, and a founder of the State's Cancer Registry and a number of other programs. She served as a reviewer on the national research program of the American Cancer Society, where more than $100 million is distributed nationally. She has numerous awards to her credit, including The American Cancer Society's highest volunteer honor, the St. George Medal, and a Lifetime Achievement Award. An involved member of the community, the Rotary Club of San Jose, where she serves on the board, and the Junior League of San Jose, Inc., Gay was one of the founders of Cancer CAREpoint.