Peggy McGuire served as the Executive Director of WCRC for more than a decade. She led efforts to develop a multicultural patient navigation program for WCRC, beginning with focus group data collected by Kat Brown, MPH, about the service needs of women of color, and implemented by leadership of the Latina Services and the Sister to Sister programs. These efforts attracted hundreds of thousands of grant dollars, enabling WCRC to serve thousands of clients in hospital and non-hospital settings in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. In collaboration with Laurin Mayeno, she also ensured the Cultural Competence Learning Initiative that advanced WCRC’s awareness of the impact of secondary trauma on our staff and volunteers, which led to the Fundamental Self-Care program, and later our work with Melanie Tervalon, MD, to advance cultural humility in our values and practices.
Still celebrating her retirement, Peggy McGuire looks back at her non-profit career with deep gratitude. Serving in such diverse organizations as the Administration of President Jimmy Carter, the Shanti Project, Kaiser Permanente, East Bay Agency for Children, Leadership High School,. the Ronald McDonald House of San Francisco, Women’s Cancer Resource Center and Berkeley Patients Group, Peggy sought and received tremendous support from family, friends and colleagues through these endeavors. The continued health and vitality of the Women’s Cancer Resource Center is her greatest wish.