Director of Development & Marketing
Rosalynn (Roz) Adams
Nancy Birang, BS, NC
Cynthia McDonald Ph.D.
Karen Newcomb, LMFT
Dawn Hogh, Executive Director
Dawn has been with Cancer CAREpoint since 2016, previously serving as the Interim Executive Director and Deputy Director. Prior to Cancer CAREpoint, spent 25 years in high techology, serving in senior executive marketing and business development positions for a variety of public and private companies. She previously served as the Senior Director, Development and Marketing at Hope Services and member and Chair of the Board of Directors of Rebuilding Together, Silicon Valley. Ms. Hogh has a B.A. in Economics and M.S. in Industrial and Operations Engineering, both from the University of Michigan. Having recently lost an aunt to colon cancer, Dawn has seen firsthand the impact cancer has on families and the need for Cancer CAREpoint’s services.
Morrigan Bruce, Director of Programs
As Director of Programs, Morrigan oversees Patient Services and works with staff and volunteers to ensure that the Cancer CAREpoint’s programs and services meet the needs of the community. Morrigan has a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and Social Action from Palo Alto University and a Master’s of Public Administration with a focus in Nonprofit Management from California State University Dominguez Hills. Her nonprofit and community service experience includes work and outreach with YWCA Silicon Valley, The Health Trust, Service League of San Mateo County, and currently she is volunteering with a start-up nonprofit in her free time. Like many others, cancer has impacted her family and friends, so she feels grateful to have this opportunity to support patients, caregivers and families affected by cancer.
Claudia Bravo, Client Care Associate
Claudia graduated from San Jose State University majoring in Communication Studies. She has always been interested in the health field, but never had the opportunity to work in it. Growing up she dealt with her own health issues that prevented her from pursuing a career in the health field. Currently, she is now working towards a Master’s in Nursing. She has been a medical assistant and volunteers at San Jose Regional Hospital. She has also volunteered at Sacred Heart Community Center, Third St. Community Center, and Catholic Charities and has found a passion in serving her community. She personally had a close family friend suffer from breast cancer, and is grateful to be able to serve Cancer CAREpoint.
Cecilia Carranza, Outreach Manager
Cecilia is a San Jose native. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from San Jose State University. Her father is a Leukemia survivor who has now been in remission for over 19 years. Cecilia knows firsthand how a cancer diagnosis can affect a person and those close to them. Her experience with cancer will be beneficial to her position as Outreach Manager at Cancer CAREpoint. Cecilia is fluent in Spanish and she looks forward to working with the community by helping those touched by cancer.
Ariane Chapple, Development Manager
Ariane joins Cancer CAREpoint with extensive professional and volunteer experience from non-profits such as the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, American Diabetes Association, Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Having lost a parent to cancer at a young age, she has chosen a career path in health-related non-profits that fund research for cures, advocate for patients and offer support programs. She is thrilled to be working in the community that she was born and raised in and supporting the cause closest to her heart: Cancer.
Vanesa Fimbrez, MSW, L.Ac, Counselor
Vanesa holds a Master of Social Work (MSW), completing Boston University’s clinical track in 2020. She has a decade’s worth of experience in human services including work with trauma survival, addiction and recovery, crisis management, and mental health. She brings a holistic perspective to her clinical social work, having earned a Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco in 2014, and practicing as a licensed acupuncturist since 2015. Vanesa’s life has been touched by cancer, having lost a lifelong dear friend to it in 2018, and witnessing its impact on so many of her acupuncture patients’ lives. She is honored to be a part of Cancer CAREpoint, and dedicated to this transformative collaboration with the incredible people that make up this vibrant community.
Juliann Halvorsen, MA, AMFT, Counselor
Juliann holds a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and certificate in Traumatology from Holy Names University in Oakland. She has worked with a wide variety of clients and settings—substance abuse, severe mental illness, Hospice, schools, and senior care. Juliann has enjoyed the creativity that comes from dealing with these various groups and the different ways that people have to express themselves. Juliann has a background in massage therapy and has found the relationship between mental health and body awareness to be an asset in helping others find this connection as well. Having observed cancer affect both friends and family, Juliann is excited to be part of the Cancer CAREpoint community, to help people grow, connect and thrive.
Diana Iniguez, Office Manager
Diana joins Cancer CAREpoint with over twenty years working in the Bay Area at companies ranging from nonprofit organizations to Fortune 500 companies. Diana is honored she can support our diverse Silicon Valley community with her fluency in Spanish. Having experienced first-hand the impact cancer has on families, friends, and caregivers, Diana is honored to work at an organization that offers direct support to those touched by cancer.
Lacey Morris, MA, LMFT, Counselor
Lacey has completed her Master’s in counseling psychology with an emphasis in expressive arts from JFK University, a program that incorporates the arts and a holistic approach to psychology. She is registered through IEATA as a Board certified Expressive Arts Therapist.
Lacey’s passion for movement, music and art is uplifting and contagious. Driven by her mother’s experience with cancer, Lacey has a deep passion to help people grappling with a cancer diagnosis. Her work in art therapy at UCSF hospital helped individuals process their struggles with cancer through art expression. She also offers music by the bedside and facilitates cancer support groups at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, Bay Area Connections, as well as expressive art classes at Cancer CAREpoint. Lacey Morris is deeply honored to be part of Cancer CAREPoint so she may continue to help others on their cancer journey.
Monica Shankar, Client Care Associate
Monica has experience in office administration and client care in a wide array of professional settings, including small businesses and medical offices, federal and local government agencies, and institutions of higher education. She also spent several years as an interviewer and Team Leader assisting in epidemiological research at Stanford University School of Medicine. She is excited to apply what she’s learned in a place where her professional skill set intersects with a cause so close to her heart. Having lost her mother to cancer, she feels deeply privileged to join an organization that brings much-needed support to others whose lives have been impacted by this disease.
Rosalynn (Roz) Adams
I am certified in teaching many forms of exercise, and I have been a professional fitness instructor for almost twenty years. My goal is to educate and inspire individuals to live their life through movement, motivation, and mindful alignment. I love to encourage clients to connect with their MINDS, BODIES & SPIRITS. My objective is to help them achieve their goals from the inside out. Through muscles-N-motion and gentle moves we develop renewed strength, stability, flexibility, and range of motion in our bodies. My overall goal is to help people deal with life today and achieve their personal health goals.
Nancy Birang, BS, NC
Integrative Nutrition Consultant
Nancy Birang is a board certified holistic nutritionist and certified herbalist who has been practicing nutrition for over twenty years. She is the founder of Four Seasons Nutrition, a consulting firm based in Los Gatos, CA, that provides nutrition talks and online and telephone-based appointments. She currently specializes in oncology nutrition, helping patients stay nourished during all phases of cancer. Nancy provides nutrition services for several cancer support centers including Cancer CAREpoint in San Jose, Bay Area Cancer Connections in Palo Alto, Women Care in Santa Cruz and Wellness Within in Roseville, CA, where she leads nutrition talks, food demoes and provides private consultations to patients, families and caretakers. Nancy’s goal is to partner with her clients, to provide a personalized health plan that includes meals, recipes, nutritional and lifestyle support as needed to enhance cancer treatment, help manage side effects, and support overall health and vitality.
Marcela is a bilingual (English and Spanish) mother, yogi, and a clean and simple living practitioner. Originally from Mexico, she has lived in various countries since her 20s. She is a certified yoga instructor registered with Yoga Alliance and holds a MSc. in Business. She teaches from a place of authenticity and welcomes students from all ages and backgrounds focusing on vinyasa, flow, Yin, and gentle based classes. She is a lifelong yoga student and continues her studies under Jennifer Prugh. Other influential teachers include Ann-Charlotte Monrad, Misako Matsuoka, Tias Little, Carrie Owerko, and others. Her classes continue to evolve by continuously growing and living through her learnings. Marcela enjoys teaching based on her belief that yoga is for all, and that we can all benefit from a practice that creates connection between our noisy, at times stressful, lives and the inner wisdom of the mind, body and breath.
Hi, I am, Stephanie Figeira a certified holistic nutrition consultant and certified health cook, working with individuals and groups to achieve enhanced health through nutrition. I am committed to providing nutritional support, guidance, and education while giving my clients an individualized, constructive experience. In 2009 after losing my Dad to colon cancer, I made it my mission to stop the cycle with me. I returned to school to follow my passion for food as medicine and reaffirm my belief of the power of the body to heal. My holistic approach to nutrition and life has developed over years of research, personal practice, and working with clients. I have been an active member of the National Association of Nutritional Professionals (NANP) since 2011. Currently I’m working on completing courses to become a Certified Gluten-free Practitioner, expanding my knowledge base and resources. I live in Los Gatos, California with my husband Jeff. We have two amazing young adults, Jake and Carrie. When I’m not working with clients and groups you can find me in my kitchen, visiting the local farmers market, or helping in the garden. I’m an avid power walker; I love paddle boarding, scuba diving, and I’m learning to like golf!
If my practice has taught me one thing, it’s that the body-mind is a mysterious, magical and complicated thing – and every day is a different experience. For over 16 years I have been working with humans of all backgrounds to guide their bodies towards a more easeful state. I believe each body holds its own unique story, strengths, traumas and joys. My goal is to be present for whatever comes in the door and offer an experience that is accessible, interesting and liberating. In 2006 I graduated from the Open Doors 200-hour teacher training program and began teaching. Since then, I’ve completed an additional 300-hour yoga certification, (3) Balanced Athlete Functional Movement Certifications, Yoga Tune Up & Roll Model Teacher Trainings, Jill Miller’s “Breath and Bliss” weekend immersion, Yoga As Medicine with Dr. Timothy McCall, Meditative Yin Teacher Training & More!
Lindsey began practicing yoga in 2005 on the advice of a doctor when she was searching for ways to have a healthier mind-body connection. What began as a method of relaxation, turned into a journey of self-discovery that encompassed mindfulness and fitness. As a practitioner and an instructor, Lindsey blends Qigong and several styles of yoga including Yin, Restorative, Gentle flow, and alignment based Hatha. Aligning body with breath yields positive results on a person’s frame of mind, leaving the practitioner relaxed and empowered to face the challenges of the day. She has experience working with practitioners facing challenges due to chronic pain and cancer. Lindsey believes in making yoga an accessible and enriching experience for all people, working with a broad range of ages and levels, from teenage beginners to daily practitioners and seniors.
Cynthia McDonald Ph.D.
Cynthia McDonald, Ph.D., holds a Masters in Psychology, a Doctorate in Transpersonal Psychology and certifications in clinical and medical hypnotherapy and Mind-body Skills. She is also a cancer survivor and has worked with thousands of cancer patients over the past 14 years through her programs at Cancer CAREpoint, local hospitals, and her private practice. Cynthia is also certified in Reiki and energy healing, and is a long-time practitioner and teacher of meditation, contemplation, and spiritual inquiry.
Karen Newcomb, LMFT
Karen Newcomb, LMFT, discovered her passion for Expressive Writing in 2011 after her own breast cancer diagnosis. She has been facilitating writing groups throughout the Bay Area since 2012.
Ana studied qigong, martial arts, and oriental medicine for more than 15 years with world renowned teachers such as Grandmaster Duan Zhi Liang and Eva Wang. Having earned a Master’s in Medical Qigong in 2008, Ana began teaching qigong in the USA and internationally in 2009. Ana went on to earn a Master’s degree in Oriental Medicine and Science through a university that combines Chinese, Japanese and Western medical approaches for maximum efficiency. She now focuses on her clinical practice, Stone Mountain Healing, in Los Gatos and the Monterey peninsula area as well as continuing to teaching classes in taiji and qigong. Ana Stenberg-Enz’s knowledge and experience provide a straightforward approach in helping others to harmonize their internal landscape and coaching them in how to naturally and easily interact with, strengthen, and refine their own personal life-force energy.
After a life changing car accident left me with chronic pain, I searched and discovered The Feldenkrais Method(R). Feldenkrais lessons helped me move with ease and less effort and this has propelled me to want to share this information with others. Today I am a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner because I wish to teach others how movement can enrich their daily functionality: by moving mindfully with comfort and ease. ‘I enjoy working with people of all ages from youth to the mature. I have worked with people recovering from strokes, back surgeries, and others seeking pain relief and improved range of movement.’
I have always been curious about the mind and psychology, and after graduating from UC Berkeley with a major in Psychology, I joined Americorps to volunteer across the USA in various community service projects. After finishing that year, my inner struggles and dissatisfaction led me to a yoga ashram, and then finally to Spirit Rock Meditation Center where I attended my first insight meditation retreat. I fell in love with the simple and kind teachings of Buddhism, and it has become the foundation of my life since 2009. After meditating for many years in Insight Meditation/Vipassana and Zen styles, I received yoga teacher training at Breathe Together Yoga in 2017, and I’m now 500-hour certified. A regular yoga practice has benefited my life in many ways, helped me to regulate my body and calm my mind for meditation. Insight meditation practice has revealed deep and mysterious aspects of the human mind. I’m currently getting certified through UCLA’s Training in Mindfulness Facilitation program. So now I offer yoga, mindful movement, plus mindfulness and compassion meditations at Cancer CAREpoint and other centers in the south Bay Area. I was deeply touched by the kindness, love, and wisdom of my meditation mentors, and hope to offer classes that help my clients reduce their suffering and touch real happiness.