Meet Our Staff, Board Directors and Medical Advisory Board
Meet Our Staff
Cindy has been an entrepreneur in the greater Sacramento area for 40 years. She has owned and operated several businesses. Along with her husband, Jack, Cindy currently owns Acme Coin Machine Company, established 1992. Cindy and Jack live in East Sacramento and have a blended family with 6 adult children and 8 grandchildren. Cindy joined the Albie Aware Board of Directors in 2004 at the request of founder, Doug Carson, and became the part-time Executive Director in 2005. Since that time, her position has become full-time, and Albie Aware’s reputation and visibility in the community has grown every year. Cindy is a frequent guest on local radio and television programs. Every October for the past six years she has produced the nationally acclaimed series, “31 Survivors in 31 Days,” with KFBK Morning Co-anchor, Amy Lewis. Cindy directs and supervises staff and volunteers, and oversees the day-to-day business operations and programs of Albie Aware. Under her watch, the organization has provided assistance to thousands of women and men in the greater Sacramento area.
Karen J. Penfold
Karen was the Executive Director of eWomenNetwork a women’s business organization, in Elk Grove and Stockton from 2006-2012 helping women small business owners and entrepreneurs. A two-time breast cancer survivor since November of 2009, Karen joined the Albie Aware Board of Directors in 2011. In 2012 Karen campaigned for Survivor of the Year, winning the title after raising $25,000. In 2013 Karen volunteered as the Mammography Clinic Coordinator. In January, 2014 Karen was hired as the Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director where she serves performing administrative duties as well as program coordination.
Meet Our Board of Directors
Kahn Soares & Conway, LLP
Ann M. Grottveit joined the Albie Aware Board in 2014. She is an attorney at Kahn Soares & Conway, LLP where she is responsible for the litigation practice of the Sacramento office including commercial litigation, regulatory practice with several key state agencies on both policy and enforcement matters as well as handling environmental litigation. She represents several state agricultural commissions as their general counsel handling corporate, employment and compliance areas. She also represents and advises many nonprofit entities.
Board Member/Past Chair
Fix Auto of Sacramento
Dave is a business owner and life-long car-lover with more than 20 years experience in various facets of the automotive industry. Owner of G & R Body and Paint since 2000, Dave joined the board of the California Autobody Association where he served as President in 2012 and 2013. In 2008, he joined the board of Albie Aware and currently serves as Board Chairman and recently accepted an additional two year chair position.
Mary Walters, CPA
McGovern, Planesi & Walters, LLP, CPAs
A graduate of Chico State University, Mary worked her way up to partner/shareholder of a top 25 accounting firm in Sacramento before she was 30 years old. In the fall of 2004, Mary, along with her twin sister, Sheila McGovern and another shareholder, Robert Planesi, formed their own accounting firm, McGovern, Planesi & Walters, LLP (MPW). In 2011 they restored a historical Victorian building in Elk Grove and moved their accounting firm to Elk Grove . Mary has been a board member and the treasurer of Albie Aware since 2006.
Northern California PET Imaging Center
A Board Member since 2007 and Board Chair from 2009-2012, Jan recently retired from being the Administrative Director at Northern California PET Imaging Center in Sacramento where she was involved in all aspects of operations, marketing and business development from 2011 to April 2018. Her educational background and experience includes Healthcare Administration, Nuclear Medicine Technologist and Radiology Technologist.
Director of Corporate Sponsorships, CIF
Chris Joined the Albie Aware Board of Directors in 2016. Chris began his association with Albie Aware as the founder and event organizer of the Albie Swingin’ for Life Breast Cancer Baseball Showcase in 2009, which has raised over $94,000 for Albie Aware. Chris is the Director of Corporate Sponsorships for the California Interscholastic Federation, where he is responsible for state-wide partnerships, marketing and television rights for the governing body of high school athletics in California.
Pacific Gas & Electric (Retired)
Brian is the newest member joining the Board in September 2016. A Cal State University, Chico grad (Bus Mgmt & Econ), Brian retired from PG&E after 33 years of service and specializing in Service Planning. Brian has many years of coordinating Regional Company funding drives for United Way and Campaign for the Community. Brian met members of the foundation through volunteer live music events benefiting Albie Aware and is passionate for the mission as many of his friends and family have been affected by this disease. Brian is married and has two adult daughters.
Carrie has been on the Albie Aware Board since 2016. She is a graduate of Boise State University and St. Mary’s College of California. She spent the first 15 years of her career in Healthcare Management as a Special Procedures Technologist and manager ( MRI, CT and Angiograms). She then changed her career focus where she spent 17 years in nonprofit management with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, The Make-A-Wish Foundation and WEAVE. She also worked as a consultant for The Sacramento City College Foundation. Currently, a Certified Life Coach with a specialty in Health and Wellness, working with individuals to create achievable wellness plans and goals for a healthy lifestyle.
Doug attended Santa Clara University on a baseball scholarship and later played in the minor league until injury ended his baseball career. Doug and his wife Albie raised their family in Sacramento with Albie in Real Estate and Doug with his own promotional marketing company. After the death of Albie from breast cancer in 2002, Doug founded Albie Aware Breast Cancer Foundation
Meet Our Medical Advisory Board
Dignity Health Cancer Institute of Greater Sacramento
Ann was born and raised in San Francisco and graduated from UC Berkeley and later received a BS in Nursing from Montana State University. Passionate about oncology nursing, Ann is presently an Oncology Nurse Navigator for Dignity Health. Being a patient advocate and central point of contact for patients as they journey through a complicated health system with their overwhelming cancer diagnosis has been one of the most rewarding jobs of her career. Ann served on the Albie Aware Board Directors for four years and now serves on the Medical Advisory Board.
Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento
Claudia De Young, MD, is a board certified internist at Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center. She works in the Center for Breast Health and the Breast Cancer Survivorship Program. In addition to evaluating a variety of breast complaints, she also sees and follows high risk women including BRCA gene mutation carriers. She has been with Kaiser Permanente since 2003. In addition to her clinical duties, she is the “Mammogram Champion” for the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center as well as being in charge of several breast cancer-related support programs including the Breast Cancer Peer Navigator Program and a monthly breast cancer workshop. Dr. De Young feels passionately about her work and gives community talks on various women’s health topics on a regular basis.
Medical Advisory Board
Mercy Medical Group
Joelle Jakobsen, MD, i s a board certified Surgeon with Mercy Medical Group. She graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1996 and she completed her residency at Orlando Regional Healthcare.
Medical Advisory Board
Sutter Medical Group
Melissa Williams, M.D. graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School with honors in 2001. She is a board certified medical oncologist with over 15 years of diverse experiences, specializing in Hematology/Oncology. She has particular interest in prevention and management strategies for women at high risk for developing breast cancer. Dr. Williams is affiliated with Sutter Medical Group in Sacramento and Davis.