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.
Jecixca (pronounced Jessica) is the Program Administrator, responsible for general administrative support, as well as assisting with educational classes, volunteer recruitment and training, scheduling client appointments, and working with the Hispanic community to increase awareness and promote available services. Her experience includes working for non-profits, the healthcare industry, and other high-pressure positions. For instance, she worked in donor relations and as a case manager for the Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation in Colorado. She was a Senior Case Manager for Kaiser Permanente in Pleasanton, CA, and worked with WEAVE as a certified peer counselor on their sexual assault and domestic violence crisis line.
Meet Our Board
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.
Board Member/Past Interim Executive Director
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.
Jan has been a Board Member since 2007 and Board Chair from 2009-2012. She recently retired as 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.
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.
Angela Elpers Barnes
Attorney & Public Affairs Consultant
Angela Elpers Barnes joined the Albie Aware Board in 2018. The mission of Albie Aware resonated with Angela, as she is the daughter of a 20+ year breast cancer survivor and close friend of several other women who have battled the disease. Angela has seen first-hand the challenges cancer patients face and the toll it takes on families. Her personal experiences inspired her to support Albie Aware, working to ensure others receive the care they need and don’t have to walk alone in their cancer journey.
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.