Board of Directors, Medical Advisory Board & Staff

Meet Our Staff

Courtney Quinn Executive Director

Courtney Quinn
Executive Director

Courtney Quinn, Executive Director of Albie Aware Breast Cancer Foundation is a breast cancer survivor and has spent 20 years in the nonprofit sector.

Courtney has been in leadership and fundraising roles in San Diego, which included President of Women’s Wine Alliance, Development Manager of Corporate Partnerships for The Old Globe and Board Relations Coordinator for Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation.

In 2017, Courtney had a double lumpectomy followed by chemotherapy and radiation treatment. To prevent a recurrence, she receives hormone treatment and has an active lifestyle.

Courtney received her Master of Arts in Leadership Studies and Nonprofit Management from the University of San Diego. She received her undergraduate degree from Arizona State University. She is a Certified Nonprofit Professional by the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.

Melissa Manzo

Program Coordinator

Melissa joined the Albie Aware staff in 2021 and is the organization’s Program Coordinator. Melissa’s primary career focus has been in the nonprofit sector, with roles including Project Coordinator for Leeds Action Society and Director of Marketing of Kids Helping Kids Sacramento. While she was born and raised in Sacramento, Melissa was educated at the University of Leeds in the UK with a bachelor’s in International Relations. In 2019, she returned to Sacramento with the intent to continue her involvement with community-focused organizations.


Meet Our Board

Chris Fahey

Chris Fahey
Chair/Board Member
Director of Corporate Sponsorships, CIF

Chris joined the Albie Aware Board of Directors in 2016. He 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.

Ann Grottveit

Ann Grottveit
Treasurer/Board Member
Kahn Soares & Conway, LLP

Ann M. Grottveit joined the Albie Aware Board in 2014. She is a partner in the Sacramento office of Kahn Soares & Conway, LLP where she is responsible for areas such as commercial litigation and regulatory practices with several key state agencies on both policy and enforcement matters, and environmental litigation. She represents several state agricultural commissions as their general counsel handling corporate, employment and compliance. Ann also represents and advises many nonprofit entities.

Julie Saulis

Julie Sauls
Secretary/Board member
California State Senate

Julie joined the Albie Aware Board in 2020.  Born and raised in Sacramento, Julie has worked in the Capitol arena for the past two decades, where she currently serves as a Chief of Staff in the California State Senate.

Julie has volunteered her time in support of education, youth sports and professional mentoring associations and is looking forward to continuing her involvement in the community with Albie Aware.  She is the proud mom to two young men and along with her husband, Jeff, their rescue dog, Roger, and adopted cat George are happy to call Sacramento home.

Carrie Yoshida

Carrie Yoshida
Board Member
Wellness Coach

Carrie has been an Albie Aware Board member 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. As a Certified Life Coach with a specialty in health and wellness, Carrie works with individuals to create achievable wellness plans and goals for a healthy lifestyle.

Cheri Andrew

Cherí Andrew
Board member

After a decade of involvement with the Albie Aware Breast Cancer Foundation, Cherí Andrew recently joined the Board of Directors. Cherí was diagnosed with bilateral, invasive breast cancer in 2009, at the age of 34. Her arduous journey navigating treatment options and insurance hurdles led her to seek assistance from Albie Aware. Since completing her treatment in 2010, Cherí has become a dedicated and passionate advocate for breast cancer awareness. 

Her professional experience includes print marketing, sales, and executive management. Cherí is also co-chair of a non-profit based in Southern California dedicated to helping children who have lost a parent to cancer.

Doug Carson

Doug Carson

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.