Amy Alanes, Executive Director, has extensive experience in operations management and fundraising, with more than two decades of experience in key management positions within community-based organizations. She previously served as the Executive Director of the Summit Bank Foundation, the Development Director of Cancer Support Community San Francisco Bay Area, Director of Administration for Community Violence Solutions, and in multiple positions with New Connections. In her spare time, Amy enjoys community organizing and volunteering, reading, and being outdoors with her family.
Kelly Doyle, Administrative Director, joined the WCRC staff in September 2012, bringing more than 25 years of non-profit experience to WCRC. She has worked both as a Program Manager at the Museum of Children’s Art and as Finance and Operations Administrator at the Community Network for Youth Development. Having worked in both the program and administrative sides of the non-profit world, she brings a unique balance to her position. She holds a BA degree in Fine Arts and English. When not at WCRC, she can usually be found puttering in her garden or making homemade jams and pickles.
Cassandra Falby, LMFT, Program Director, traces her participation in community organizing efforts to the early 1990s as a student activist around environmental, emotional, and physical wellness issues. In more recent years, Cassandra’s commitment to positive social change has found outlets in her work as a psychotherapist, a filmmaker, and a performance artist. As Program Director, Cassandra provides clinical consultation to program staff as well as supervision and program assessment. Cassandra’s clinical interests include attachment and its impact on interpersonal relationships, access of under-served populations to psychotherapeutic support, and the impact of disability on family systems.
Isabel Hernandez joined WCRC staff as Patient Navigator in November 2014. She is based at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center where she provides high intensity cancer navigation services to the multicultural patients in treatment. Isabel started with WCRC as a Community Health Advocate in our Latina Services Program.
Dolores Moorehead, Multicultural Client Services Manager, has 26 years of progressive experience in cancer services. Prior to joining WCRC in 2002, she worked at the American Cancer Society for more than thirteen years. In October 2005, she was awarded the Spirit of Activism Award by Breast Cancer Action (BCA), and in May 2008, she received the prestigious Lane Adams Quality of Life Award from the American Cancer Society. Dolores also chaired the Each One, Reach One Conference Planning committee in 2006.
Jill Newquist, Community Engagement Manager, brings more than 20 years’ experience of varying levels of community engagement in both real and virtual worlds. She’s studied online marketing, graphic design, and art history, and has spent decades involved in community volunteerism. Jill manages social media for WCRC, coordinates all the Community Wellness Workshops, and curates the JanRae Community Art Gallery. At home she is an avid kayaker, eco traveller, entrepreneur, and mom to two brilliant and talented daughters.
Veronica Peinado, Multicultural Navigator, was with American Cancer Society for 7 years where she assisted residents of Alameda County in locating resources, support and coordinated transportation to life-saving treatment. She is passionate about improving the health and well-being of under-served communities through education, research, leadership, and advocacy. She believes very strongly that everyone should have a voice regardless of language and other barriers. In her spare time, you can either catch her behind a book or outdoors enjoying the Bay weather.
Audrey Shoji, Volunteer Coordinator and Swim A Mile Volunteer Coordinator, coordinates the many wonderful people who give their time, energy and spirit to all of the programs at WCRC. She began her association with WCRC in 2006 as an In-Home Support Program volunteer and she continues to volunteer as a Community Health Advocate, in addition to being a staff member.
Christine Sinnott, Development Manager, has worked in non-profit fundraising since 1993 and with WCRC since 1998. In addition to coordinating the Swim A Mile for Women with Cancer, WCRC’s largest annual fundraiser, Christine manages WCRC’s integrated client, donor, and volunteer database and many other aspects of the development office. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, quilting and cooking.
Lesley Sternin, LCSW, Clinical Services and Resources Manager, is responsible for WCRC’s Free Therapy Program and its Information and Referral Helpline. Lesley has worked for 30 years providing psychotherapy in the Berkeley/Oakland area, both in private practice and at mental health agencies. Previously, she was the clinical program manager at Family Paths in Oakland, and also served as the director of the Child Trauma Training Institute. She is a graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare and The Psychotherapy Institute.