Board of Directors
Noelle Henderson, Chair
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.
Bumb, Vice Chair
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 Cancer CAREpoint’s 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 Head, Treasurer
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.
Karyn Cilker, Secretary
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.
Jen Landes, RN, Executive Committee Member at Large
Jen is passionate and committed to improving the quality of life for patients living with and beyond cancer. With over 18 years of experience in oncology care, Jen is a resource for the oncology community and strives to advance and transform oncology supportive services as well as education for patients, their families, and care providers. Jen received her BSN from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois and is currently working towards a Master’s in Healthcare Administration. Jen started her career in the Bay Area as a gynecologic oncology nurse and served most recently as the Clinical Operations Director for the Stanford Cancer Center South Bay where she participated in the opening and licensing of the center. Jen has been recognized as a Star Caregiver and an Oncology Certified Nurse. Jen lives in Los Gatos with her husband Brett and their Cavapoo, Baxter. In her free time Jen loves spending time with her niece and nephew, enjoys entertaining at her home, and traveling with her husband.
Corrine Fabie, Past Board Chair
Corrine Fabie is a First Vice President and Certified Private Wealth Advisor® with Morgan Stanley 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.
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.
Samir Gharib is a successful biopharmaceutical and technology executive with nearly 15 years of experience. Over the course of his career, Samir has raised over $500 million to fund clinical research and development, pipeline expansion, and drug commercialization. Samir also played a key role in the development and FDA approval of Marqibo® for the treatment of adult patients with Philadelphia chromosome-negative (Ph-) acute lymphoblastic leukemia in second or greater relapse or whose disease has progressed following two or more anti-leukemia therapies. Samir earned his MBA from the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley, and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of California.
Andrea (Andy) Ivarsson was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in December of 2016 and is blessed to be a cancer survivor. Having been touched by cancer personally and having two cancer survivor parents, she has a heart for those whose lives have been impacted by cancer. She is the mother of two children Gunnar (12) and Oskar (10) both of whom attend school in Los Gatos. Oskar was diagnosed with T1 Diabetes at age 1 which led to a long and ongoing service to The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She has chaired numerous galas for JDRF, sat on the Triangle Chapter board, and served on several committees including the research information committee and currently serves on the Tee to Table Golf Tournament Committee and the Hope Gala Committee. She has also served on the board of the San Francisco Ronald McDonald House and the currently serves on the Executive Board for the Kelly Koloszi Educational Foundation. Andrea has a long career in the luxury apparel and products space and is currently a partner in the Houston Group, a luxury real estate company, which works under the corporate umbrella of Sereno Group Los Gatos. Andrea resides in Atherton with her fiancé Bryan, her children, and her very spirited Labrador.
Krishna is passionate about helping cancer patients, survivors and their families. He is currently at IDEO, where he uses design thinking to create positive impact through design. Krishna believes in using empathy to understand the latent needs of people, and to build ground breaking innovations.
Krishna started his career at McKinsey and Company, and was a founding team member of Accenture’s Risk Consulting Practice. His consulting experience has spanned industries from Healthcare to Financial Services, where he primarily worked with the leadership teams of Fortune 50 organizations. Krishna holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, and an MBA from London Business School.
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.
Allison Jones Thomson, Past Board Chair
Allison has more than thirty years of experience in healthcare, including leadership roles in both the commercial and nonprofit sectors. With nineteen years in global medical marketing for medical device companies supporting clinical, surgical and research activities, she has held positions of Vice President of Marketing for Photoelectron Corporation, Director of Marketing for Radionics, Inc., Product Manager for Carl Zeiss, Inc., as well as various sales and R&D roles. Allison has also served as a nonprofit Board Director, with over fifteen years as the Chair of the Board for nationally prominent and rapidly growing start-up organizations (including American Cancer Society, and National Brain Tumor Society as well as over 6 years with Cancer CAREpoint) in cancer support, research and advocacy. Additionally, she has run her own medical marketing consulting and executive coaching practice where she provides consultation at both the individual and organizational level within industries of medical device, pharmaceutical and health services.
Allison holds a BS in Biology from Simmons College, Boston MA and a MBA from Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT. She is the recipient of numerous awards including Association of Fundraising Professionals, Silicon Valley Chapter, Distinguished Volunteer Fundraiser for Philanthropic Excellence; Junior League Volunteer Recognition Crystal Bowl; Silicon Valley Business Women of Influence Award. Allison lives in Los Gatos, CA with her husband and enjoys spending time with their three adult daughters.
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, and 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
Kamakshi R. Zeidler, MD
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 Crawford, Founding President & Past Board Member
Gay has spent almost 44 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, including the Rotary Club of San Jose and the Junior League of San Jose, Inc., Gay was one of the founders of Cancer CAREpoint.