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A Fresh Chapter is privileged to have the support, expertise, and connections offered by our diverse Advisory Board – made up of individuals representing business, medical and international development. You can get to know this inspiring group of people by clicking on the images and reading their stories below.
A Fresh Chapter is both a Canadian nonprofit and a U.S.-based project in affiliation with Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE), a California-based nonprofit public charity. In addition to opportunities to join our Advisory Board, we are currently seeking innovative, entrepreneurially minded leaders to serve on our founding U.S. Board of Directors. With the right team, we will change the paradigm of post-traumatic growth while providing healing and connection to thousands of participants and the communities in which we volunteer. Join us!
The former VP of the International Myeloma Foundation and now a global consultant, Arin is a leader in the non-profit industry with a proven track record of organizational development and strategic planning in the areas of advocacy, public policy, grassroots mobilization, cross-industry coalition building, educational programming, and corporate fundraising. She is passionate about social justice and has a strong cultural sensitivity for successfully engaging and working with stakeholders of various professional, cultural, and geographic backgrounds.
An experienced social entrepreneur and corporate growth expert with a specialization in scaling enterprises and developing Corporate and Social Impact Dashboards for measuring results. In addition to her current role as Principal of Santiago Solutions Group, she is a Board Member for the Social Enterprise Alliance Bay Area Chapter and for AnewAmerica, a nonprofit organization that provides entrepreneurship training and technical assistance to underserved communities in the U.S. Derene is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco. Her mother is a breast cancer survivor.
Arash Asher, MD
Director of Cancer Survivorship & Rehabilitation at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. His clinical and research interests focus on the rehabilitation of cancer patients to help restore their maximal functional capacity and quality of life. Dr. Asher completed an internship in internal medicine at the University of Pittsburg Medical Center, a physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at the UCLA/Greater Los Angeles VA, and a cancer rehabilitation fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
An attorney representing nonprofit organizations, social enterprises, and small businesses in California and Washington, DC. Cecily also specializes in non-profit capacity building and small business development. A multi-year breast cancer survivor, Cecily is the Vice Chair of the Social Enterprise Alliance Los Angeles Chapter, and a Director of Phase One – The Road to Curing Cancer. Cecily received her B.A. in Political Science and Women’s Studies cum laude from the University of Southern California in 1994 and her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1997.
Janie Brown is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Callanish Society (callanish.org), a non-profit organization based in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, providing retreats and support for people with cancer and their families. The first Callanish retreat was held in 1995 and weeklong retreats have been held four times a year ever since. Janie has over thirty years experience working in oncology where she has developed a deep trust in peoples’ capacity to heal into life, or death. You can read more on her beautiful blog: lifeindeath.org
Jason King is a senior executive with extensive experience in leadership of everything from start-ups to large corporations. He builds high-powered sales teams and marketing strategies to turnaround and deliver revenue and product growth across local and international market territories. Experienced in highly complex, consultative and collaborative enterprise solution selling approaches, Jason’s leadership tenures include CEO at Lavasoft (the makers of Ad-aware), Vice-President for CSoft and Managing Director for TeamQuest International Operations.
Julie Scanlon is a global performance improvement consultant with 20 years’ experience in 50+ countries driving top and bottom line growth, global expansion, organizational effectiveness and employee productivity through data-driven strategies, talent & organizational development programs and operations improvements. One of her favorite assignment was a month-long sabbatical to Africa where she advised several non-profit organizations on growth strategy and operations improvements. Julie currently owns a consulting firm with a focus on performance improvement and globalization.
A San Francisco-based communications consultant, Melanie partners with organizations to develop strong messaging, build awareness with key constituents, deliver compelling content across channels, guide reputation management and crisis communications, and create long-term strategic programs that impact public perception and corporate culture. Melanie has significant agency experience and has led communications efforts in house for early stage start-ups and complex global organizations. Her international experiences have convinced her of the healing power of meaningful travel.
A philanthropic professional with more than 20 years experience in successfully developing, designing and implementing key business and programmatic strategies including managing and executing U.S. and international, multi-million dollar philanthropic initiatives and programmatic social impact analyses. Michelle has worked with a wide range of clients in industries ranging from healthcare to consumer products and has helped them focus their giving to meet business and societies needs. Her “Results Card” approach effectively communicates progress and achievement.
Troy Peters has been a leader In the Entertainment and Rental and Staging industries for over fifteen years. His credits include television series and feature films. After owning his own production company, he decided to move into the event management world as the Audio Visual Manager for an international Optics and Photonics society. As a technical director/producer with Video West, Inc. his recent and ongoing projects include the McCain Institute, the Clinton Foundation, Arizona State University, and the National Speakers Association among others.
Over twenty-five years of experience in business development and strategic leadership in both the public and private sectors with emerging growth and leading global technology companies. Prior to his current role as founder of CLOUD, Gary was VP of Sales & Marketing for Kimbia Software, Inc., a leader in online fundraising technology. Gary’s wife is a breast cancer survivor and his commitment to battling cancer continues through his fundraising efforts and his prior role as board president for the Central Texas Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, as well as their national board.
A 3-time Cancer survivor and patient-centered design consultant, has combined her hard-earned experience as an ePatient with her career in innovation, design thinking and digital media. Known on Twitter as @itsthebunk, she is a top influencers on #BCSM, the Breast Cancer Social Media tweetchat, where she helps engage and empower patients. Her advocacy has led to invitations to attend Stanford Medicine 2.0, Stanford Medicine X, and recently, Doctors 2.0, as a bilingual speaker. Liza serves on Project Angel Food’s board of directors and on the Stanford Medicine X ePatient Advisory Board.
Currently the Deputy Director at PATA (Pediatric AIDS Treatment for Africa). She is a qualified social worker and an experienced project manager with extensive leadership capability in the HIV and Development sector. Luann has been Director to NACOSA (Networking AIDS Community of South Africa), HIV program coordinator to CARE in Lesotho and South Africa and was Country Director to Cross-Cultural Solutions in South Africa. Luann provides a contextual narrative on the synergies and universality of disease and an appreciation for the power of connection and transformation.
A leading Vancouver consultant with extensive experience in talent acquisition strategy, business process design, and capacity building. Throughout her career in Eastern and Western Canada, she has been featured in conferences, publications and media interviews. Using her strong leadership skills, she has developed high functioning teams, streamlined operations, and created effective people strategies. Molly has had both friends and family impacted by cancer and is inspired to be part of a fresh solution for healing.