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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.
Catherine Thomsen, MPH
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Catherine came to Zero Breast Cancer after seven years as a Program Officer with the California Breast Cancer Research Program. Her focus on the role of the environment in breast cancer and disparities in the disease has always emphasized the need for community involvement in research and policy. Catherine was an epidemiologist with the State of Oregon's environmental and occupational health programs. She received her Master's in Public Health from Portland State and Oregon Health & Sciences Universities and completed her undergraduate multidisciplinary studies at Pomona College. She is multi-lingual, has lived and worked in Europe and Central America and has volunteered extensively; she is passionate about environmental health, health equity and community empowerment.
Development Associate/Technical Support
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Marissa serves as the Development Associate/Technical Support for Zero Breast Cancer. Prior to joining ZBC, Marissa served as a Network Technician for the Network Security and Communications Services Department at Sonoma State University, where she provided network technical support, mapped the fiber optic network, and helped to maintain and upgrade network equipment for the entire campus. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics from Sonoma State University.
Operations and Events Coordinator
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Sue moved to Marin in 1992 where she raised her two daughters. Prior to joining Zero Breast Cancer, Sue managed a top-producing sales territory for a national mortgage corporation, and oversaw office and special events management for a real estate development firm. Pursuing her longstanding interest in working with nonprofits, Sue recently joined ZBC where she has found the perfect mix of mission, community, and purpose. A practicing artist, Sue creates original handwoven tapestries in her home studio. She received her BA with a concentration in social anthropology from Harvard University.
Mark Powell, MD
Mark has worked with the Marin County Department of Health & Human Services for the past 10 years studying breast cancer in Marin. His research has included mapping breast cancer rates in Marin, investigating the protective effect on breast cancer of developing hypertension in pregnancy, exploring the high breast cancer rates seen in Latinas in Marin, and improving the methods of determining the risk status of individual women. Mark has worked on expanding the utility of saliva for breast cancer research and has supervised the establishment and maintenance of the Biorepository of the Marin Women's Study. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and received his MPH in Environmental Health Sciences from UC Berkeley.
Stephen Sande, PhD
Scientific Translation Specialist
Stephen is an experienced molecular biologist and cancer researcher who specializes in scientific translation and communication. He is interested in understanding the genetic and molecular aspects of cancer. Stephen received his Ph. D. from the University of California, Davis investigating the function of human nuclear hormone receptors and the molecular mechanisms involved in cancer. His post-doctoral work at the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland focused on the role of estrogen receptor-mediating proteins in breast cancer. He has written for the San Francisco Chronicle and Science magazine, among other publications.
Janice Barlow has retired after 15 successful years as Executive Director of Zero Breast Cancer. Under her leadership, the organization has grown from being grassroots to having a regional and national influence and is a respected model for other communities interested in prevention and the elimination of breast cancer. Janice is especially proud of having played a critical community engagement role in the San Francisco Bay Area the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program. Among her many accomplishments is co-authoring two groundbreaking reports, The California Breast Cancer Mapping Project: Identifying Areas of Concern in California and Breast Cancer and the Environment: Prioritizing Prevention which will fill current gaps in our knowledge and influence and guide future generations of researchers and public health professionals.