OUR TEAM

 We invite you to join our Thriving Pink community dedicated to supporting the thousands of women diagnosed with breast cancer in our local community.  We are the only nonprofit which focuses on serving and supporting breast cancer survivors in Davis and Yolo County.  Our team of volunteers comes from breast cancer survivors (thrivers), community members, business owners, and health professionals.  Until there is a cure, we will work together to make a difference in the lives of those in our community that are battling this disease.

 

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Mary Yin Liu

Executive Director

Mary is a local McDonald’s franchise owner in Woodland, Sacramento, and Solano County.  Upon graduating from law school, she worked as a Deputy District Attorney in Solano and Yolo County before her career in McDonald’s.  She also teaches as a professor at California Northstate University.  She and her husband, Harris Liu, actively supports many local community nonprofit organizations.  She was inspired by her friendship with Ann Murray Paige to establish Thriving Pink as a local nonprofit in the summer of 2016 in Davis, California.  She is honoring those near and within our hearts by her dedication to the vision of Thriving Pink to ensure no one goes through breast cancer alone.

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Leslie Hunter

Program & Development Director

Leslie has many years of experience planning and organizing events and programs for our community. She is an educator in our public school system and is dedicated to working with local elementary school students, providing instructional reading and reading comprehension. Leslie recently completed her term as Board Member for Davis Community Meals & Housing and Vice Chair for the Yolo County Health Council. On behalf of our Pink Team, she coordinates our volunteers and supports our efforts to partner with the local community to fundraise and establish our core programs.

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Rose Cholewinski

Granting Pink Chair & Board Member

Rose is the owner of SwimAmerica in Davis, and has over 25 years of teaching and coaching experience with swimmers of all ages. She has a passion for supporting the local community through various organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, and Citizens Who Care. She is working with other committee members to review applications through the Granting Pink Program. She believes in sharing “positivity” with others, and has personally supported local breast cancer survivors/thrivers. She believes this local grant program will directly benefit many women in our community.

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Brelle Albert

President & Board Member

Brelle is a Realtor at GoodHome group and co-leads the Young Survivors Coalition which meets monthly at the Thriving Pink Office. As a breast cancer survivor/thriver, she is committed to reaching out to support others in our community. She enjoys yoga, skiing, and many outdoor activities with her two young sons. Brelle will be leading board meetings to ensure our programs focus on our mission and purpose. She is very excited to be a part of Thriving Pink and believes this local nonprofit can make a meaningful difference to help women in our community.

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Holly Davis Rodriguez

Community Outreach / Flashing Pink

As a local fitness and zumba instructor, Holly has a passion for music and dance. She is a certified instructor at GetFit Davis, Swim & Fitness and Applegate Dance Studio.  She also works as a physical therapist at the oncology department at local hospitals.  She is a member of the Kaiser Hospital Committee to support the National Lymphedema Conference.  She is excited to lead community outreach events, including Zumbathons and Flashing Pink, with our informational booth to support local breast cancer survivors/thrivers.  

Andrea Mayer

Board Member

Andrea Mayer is a planning consultant, farmer and 26 year resident of Yolo County. She is an ardent supporter of women’s empowerment in all areas of life. As a breast cancer survivor/thriver, she is proud to be able to provide support for others. In addition to being a Thriving Pink Board Member, she is a member of the Yolo CASA Advisory Board (Court Appointed Advocates for Foster Youth) and is a volunteer at the UC Davis Arboretum Nursery. She and her husband Jim are proud parents of adult children Sam and Carly. Andrea enjoys hiking, gardening, culinary adventures and time with family.

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Chasity Baltazar

Board Member

Chasity is an infusion nurse specialist and breast cancer survivor who has attended our Thriving Pink Renewal Retreat and is an award recipient of Granting Pink. She embraces this cause and supports our community events with her friends and family members. As a nurse practitioner, she cares for cancer patients at the Infusion Center at Sutter Hospital. She openly shares how she has been able to empower herself and others after her own diagnosis with breast cancer. Chasity inspires many of us, and will be reviewing Granting Pink applications to help distribute much needed funds to local women and their families.

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Karina Knight

Thriving Workshop Facilitator

Karina leads and facilities the Thriving Workshop Series for local survivors. She is a licensed therapist (LMFT, CDWF) who is passionate about supporting others to help navigate through adversity to find peace, connection, and clarity. She provides a supportive environment for interactive group settings, and is also available for individual therapeutic sessions.

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Patti Hadrava

Stitches of Love Coordinator

Patti leads the Stitches of Love volunteer group to meet on a monthly basis to create beautiful and thoughtful gifts for local survivors. She is a breast cancer survivor who shares her creative skills of sewing and knitting to inspire dozens of volunteers to help fill comfort bags with homemade quilts, blankets, knitted hats, and scarves. She believes the greatest gift is compassion and heartfelt generosity as we overcome adversity together.

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Raychel Kubby Adler

Vice-President & Board Member

Raychel, MPH, is a certified Wellness Coach, Writer/Author and a Fitness Instructor. As the founder of Choicepoint Wellness, she supports many local woman with breast cancer to find a way to live beyond their cancer diagnosis and create optimal health and wellness as a tool for survival.  As a public speaker, she also shares her experiences as a “previvor” of breast cancer in her book, Life in Asymmetry.  Raychel supports many in our thriving community as a lead volunteer for the Renewal Retreat, Pink Gala, Pinktober, and Pink Peer outreach program.

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Pam Cordano, MFT

Renewal Retreat Facilitator

Pam is a psychotherapist who specializes in cancer and resilience. For 20 years she has enjoyed working with individuals, families and groups in Davis. A cancer survivor/thriver herself, she is particularly passionate about the power of groups in creating healing opportunities and a deeper sense of community. She facilitates weekly groups in her private practice and teaches workshops locally and abroad. Pam serves on the advisory board for Camp Kesem, UC Davis, and volunteering at their camps each summer is a great source of joy. Pam serves as a lead facilitator at Thriving Pink’s Annual Renewal Retreat to welcome and engage the attendees in a supportive environment. The retreat for breast cancer survivors is a wonderful weekend of connection and respite from the stress of daily life.
www.pamelacordanomft.com

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Emily Bland Ault

Board Member

Emily is an active and dedicated volunteer & community member, always striving to make positive contributions within the Davis community, and beyond. She is grateful to be a part of Thriving Pink. Emily’s focus is on education and communication/information, and connecting people with one another. She was a teacher before having three kids, who now all range in age from teen to young adult. While primarily being a stay-at-home-mom over the years, Emily has also been a community activist and volunteer in a variety of areas, but most consistently with work involving kids and families. She has also worked as a Program Coordinator with both Family Hui and UC Davis, with the Cal Aggie Alumni Association. Emily currently does consulting work. She is excited to help organize and plan the annual Thriving Pink 5K, as well as support the Thriving Pink community of women and their families through action, words and compassion.

Joni Rubin

Board Member

Joni joins the Thriving Pink Board with over 30 years of experience as a healthcare and wellness leader, innovator and educator. Joni has immeasurable gratitude for the family, friends and providers who have helped her throughout her breast cancer journey and she is passionate that all those with breast cancer have access to a supportive community and vital resources. Joni is a Thriving Pink Mentor.

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Linda Dunn

Board Member

Linda is the owner and licensed esthetician of Bloom Again Skin Studio located inside FITHouse in Davis. She has advanced training in Oncology Esthetics, and gives back to the community with all her heart. She serves regularly in the music ministry at First Baptist Church and also volunteers for the Look Good Feel Better program that helps women going through cancer learn to care for their changing skin and use makeup to lift their spirit. Linda supports many outreach events for Thriving Pink, and volunteers at the annual Thriving Pink Renewal Retreat during the spa afternoon for all of the attendees. It is an honor for her to directly support these women and to make these special connections with our community.

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LaRease Profaci

Board Member

LaRease is an art teacher at Pioneer Elementary School in Davis, as well as the painting instructor for Thriving Pink’s Renewal Retreat. LaRease and her family moved from New Jersey to Davis in 2015. Shortly after relocating, LaRease was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was during this difficult time that she learned about Thriving Pink and was fortunate to attend the very first Renewal Retreat. This experience connected her with other women in the community dealing with cancer. Since then LaRease has been volunteering at Thriving Pink’s Renewal Retreat and with Granting Pink. She wants to share her experience with others and provide support and compassion to those newly diagnosed. When she is not volunteering or teaching art, LaRease and her husband Anthony are busy raising their three children, Luke, Livia and Anna, who are all active in the Davis community.