(L-R) Fern Orenstein, Jeffery DalPoggetto, Rose Barlow, James Patrick, Erica Heath, & Connie Goldsmith
Not Pictured: William Stephens, Laurie O'Hara, and Shelley Anderson
Zero Breast Cancer is proud to have a Board of Directors comprised of a diverse group of community leaders who share their unique experiences and backgrounds to help the organization achieve its mission.
Rose hails from South Africa, via the UK, and has lived in Marin for 20 years. Rose's early career was spent in all aspects of human resource, organizational development and talent management in two Fortune 500 companies. For the last 15 years Rose has been working with, and within, non-profits on board development, staff recruiting and development, volunteer management, capacity building, fundraising and consulting. Rose has a very personal relationship with breast cancer as she carries a BRCA1 gene mutation and works closely with her doctors here in Marin to manage her risks.
Erica is Director of Regulatory Affairs of Ethical and Independent Review Services, LLC., a Marin-based firm that provides ethical (IRB) review of medical, social, and educational research. She did her undergraduate work at San Jose State University and received her MBA from Golden Gate University. She has been a member of the board for over 10 years.
Connie has been a Marin County resident for over 30 years. She has served on the Board of Directors for Marin Horizon School and has worked with Marin Academy for almost 15 years. She brings her experience working with boards and the local community to Zero Breast Cancer's Board of Directors and hopes to give back to the local community through her work with Zero Breast Cancer.
Fern Orenstein, M.Ed. has worked as a public health specialist for over 28 years and has lived in Marin County since 1992. Currently, Fern is a Program Manager for the Avon Comprehensive Breast Health Program at San Francisco General Hospital. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996 and is a 17 year survivor. She remains professionally and personally committed to raising community awareness about the possible environmental links to breast cancer as well as the importance of the precautionary principle.
Honorable William H. Stephens
Judge William H. Stephens (RET) Marin County Superior Court served as a member of the Marin County Judiciary for 20 years prior to his retirement in 1999. He has previously served as Vice President of the Executive Board of the California Judges Association , Chairman of the Marin County Human Rights Commission, President of the Marin County Legal Aid Society, and was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association, the Family Service Agency, and the Marin Justice Council. Judge Stephens was motivated to join Zero Breast Cancer's Board of Directors 10 years ago, after having lost his life partner to breast cancer.
Shelley is a Certified Public Accountant and has been in the financial services industry for over 25 years. She has lived in Marin County since 1984 and currently works for a private investment firm in Mill Valley. She has extensive experience with small to medium sized business operations and financial management. She became involved with Zero Breast Cancer as an event participant. A strong supporter of research into the environmental causes of cancer, outreach programs and survivor support programs, Shelley was previously a member of the Zero Breast Cancer board and has rejoined the board in 2015.
Jeffery is a Certified Travel Counselor and Accredited Space Agent with Andavo Travel in Larkspur, California. He has been in the travel industry for 36 years in various positions, including owning his own travel agency for 14 years. He attended the McLaren College of Business Administration at the University of San Francisco where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He also obtained his Certified Travel Counselor designation from the Institute of Certified Travel Agents now known as The Travel Institute. Jeffery was motivated to join Zero Breast Cancer's Board of Directors by the loss of his mother to breast cancer in 1984.
Laurie manages business development for the North Bay region of Working Solutions, a non-profit microlender to small businesses. She brings over 20 years’ experience in marketing and acquisitions of credit products, having worked as a Director for JPMorgan Chase and Citibank in New York City. Laurie holds an MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) and a dual BA in International Affairs and Spanish Business from the University of Colorado. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, having lived many years in Latin America (México, Cost Rica and Chile). Laurie is very active in the local community, serving on advisory and fiduciary boards and is experienced in non-profit governance and fundraising. She recently published a children’s book on dyslexia, called Why Can’t I Read? and in her free time Laurie loves to spend time with her children, a son AJ (14) and a daughter Isabel (12). As a family they enjoy traveling, skiing and hiking. Laurie’s mother is a breast cancer survivor.
James is a Senior Vice President, Certified Portfolio Manager, Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor, and Senior Portfolio Manager with Merrill Lynch Private Client Group in Mill Valley, CA. He has been in the financial services industry for 28 years. James attended Queens College in New York City before transferring to San Francisco State University and completing his studies in business administration. He has extensive expertise in private wealth management consulting for executives and their families relating to liquidity, financial planning, asset management, diversification strategies, and transition management.