Meet Our Staff
After working with and for nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. for the past 30 years, I am very pleased to join Albie Aware as its Executive Director.
Originally from Marin County, and after receiving my B.A. from U.C. Berkeley, I have worked and lived on both coasts, with a bit of the south in between. I have served as staff, consultant, volunteer, and board member at a diverse array of nonprofits, from AIDS to the arts, the environment, literacy, social services, animal welfare, and beyond.
Throughout my career, I have always worked with organizations with which I felt a deep connection, and where I could both teach and learn. This truly is the case with Albie Aware, championing a cause that has personally affected me.
Breast Cancer has struck family, friends, colleagues, and I now feel privileged to be leading this remarkable organization, carrying out the mission of providing life-saving diagnostic testing, patient advocacy, prevention education, and compassionate support to local individuals facing or fighting breast cancer.
I greatly look forward to representing Albie Aware within the greater Sacramento community, where breast cancer has touched so very many lives. Please contact me to say hello and let me know how we may best serve you or someone you care about.
Meet Our Board
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 M. Grottveit joined the Albie Aware Board in 2014. She is an attorney 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.
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.
Devone first heard about Albie Aware after going through treatment for breast cancer for the 2nd time. She has been passionate about Albie Aware’s mission and the work they do in our community ever since. Devone started volunteering and hosting booths at health fairs before becoming a board member in 2018. Devone is a Realtor with Redfin serving the greater Sacramento area.
Dave is a business owner and lifelong 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 has served as Board Chairman.
Steve joined the Albie Aware Board in 2020. He received his BA in Economics in 1976 and his Masters in Public Policy in 1980, both from UC Berkeley. Steve retired in 2008 after a long career with the California State Assembly, the last twelve of which were spent serving as Principal Consultant to the Appropriations Committee.
Steve expects to bring his fiscal and policy talents to the Board and, in the process, to contribute to the fight against Breast Cancer in our community and beyond.
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.
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. She is a founding member of the Pink Ladies of East Sacramento – a group of women dedicated to fundraising for Albie Aware. Together, the group has raised over $250,000 for the organization and its clients.
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.
Amy Carabba-Salazar joined the Albie Aware Board in July of 2020. She is proud to be a part of such a wonderful organization, helping breast cancer patients throughout Sacramento. While she has an extensive career background, her biggest accomplishment is being a breast cancer survivor and a new mom.
Amy was diagnosed with breast cancer in November of 2017. She was so touched by the tremendous help Albie Aware gave to her during her cancer treatment, she is proud to be on the board. “Albie Aware helped me during a difficult time. 9 rounds of chemo and over 25 rounds of radiation. I had multiple surgeries, including a bilateral mastectomy with reconstructive surgery. There is no better non-profit in Sacramento helping women and men battling the disease” said Carabba-Salazar.
Amy is a communications expert, former news anchor, and award-winning journalist with deep experience in marketing and promoting local businesses. Amy currently is the CEO & President of the St. Helena Chamber of Commerce Napa Valley and destination marketing for St. Helena in Napa Valley. She worked in broadcasting as a television news anchor in some of the country’s top markets for more than 12 years, including San Diego, Las Vegas, and Sacramento. Her role as an award-winning journalist expanded outside of the television studio after she was hired to help market and promote local businesses and area non-profits.
Additionally, for more than two years, she served as communications director in the social media world, where she was responsible for creative direction, brand management, product launches, digital campaign strategies and successful marketing campaigns.
“I’m excited to join such an amazing non-profit to help raise awareness for Albie Aware” said Carabba-Salazar. “My goal is help others during such a difficult time, and I feel I can do that well because I’ve been through the same difficult ride and sometimes you need support from those who can relate.”
You can read about Amy’s cancer journey here.
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. She 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. Along with her clinical duties, she is the “Mammogram Champion” for the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center and is 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 passionate about her work and regularly presents community talks on various women’s health topics.
Medical Advisory Board
Mercy Medical Group
Joelle Jakobsen, MD, is 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, MD, 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 experience 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.