Current Board of Directors
All board members are independent, voting members.
Ellen Kahn, Chair of the Board, is the managing partner of Sideman & Bancroft, LLP, a boutique law firm in San Francisco, where she specializes in complex estate planning, wealth transfer strategies and charitable planning for her clients. She serves on the board of Mount Zion Health Fund in San Francisco. Ellen was a member of Breast Cancer Fund’s 2003 and 2006 Climb Against the Odds Mt. Shasta teams, finding the climbs and the preparation for the climbs two of the most extraordinary experiences of her life.
Elizabeth (Suzy) Cain, Vice Chair of the Board, is Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the San Francisco Chronicle. Previously, Suzy was a Co-Founder and the Chief Financial Officer for iLookout.com, a consumer safety e-commerce and content Web site; the Controller for The Chronicle Publishing Company, a privately held media corporation; and a Manager at Deloitte & Touche, an international CPA firm. While at Deloitte, she served a number of non-profits and coordinated volunteer activities for Junior Achievement. She is an advocate for the homeless and served for five years as a Board Member of Central City Hospitality House. Suzy currently serves on the board of the Daily Californian, the independent student-run newspaper at the University of California, Berkeley. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and was a Sloan Fellow at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Peter Rosenthal, Treasurer of the Board, is a principal at Sutter Street Investments a boutique real estate investment firm. Peter possesses 25 years of diverse real estate experience, from development to investment sale and property management. Peter has been a board member since 2004 and participated in Climb Against the Odds 2004, 2005 and 2006. Peter lives in San Francisco with his wife Patti, a breast cancer survivor, and his son Marty.
Stephanie Coutu is a partner at Arnold & Porter LLP, focusing on the representation of start-up companies, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions and intellectual property transactions. She has also provided pro bono legal services to victims of domestic violence.
Hendy Dayton is a breast cancer survivor and Principal and Executive Coach with the Boda Group, a leadership development firm. Prior to coaching, advising and teaching leaders and teams to help them to be more engaged and effective, Hendy worked in management consulting, strategic planning and leadership development as a corporate executive at Morgan Stanley, Bain & Company and Babcock & Brown. As an advocate for women and children, Hendy served on the boards of the Little School and the Bay Area Discovery Museum before joining the 2005 Climb Against the Odds team, where she climbed Mt. Rainier and became inspired by the work of the Breast Cancer Fund. She has since been a member of the 2005 and 2012 Climb Against the Odds teams. Hendy has her B.A. cum laude from Williams College and her M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, where she was an Amos Tuck Scholar.
Janet Gray, Ph.D., Vassar professor and director of the college's Science, Technology, and Society Program, has a background in behavioral neuroscience, and her laboratory research has focused on the effects of estrogens and mixed antiestrogens, especially tamoxifen, on brain activity and behavior. In recent years, her research and writing focus has turned toward engaging the public in the complex issues surrounding breast cancer and environmental risks. Dr. Gray is the lead author of the fifth (2008) and sixth (2010) editions of the Breast Cancer Fund's groundbreaking report, State of the Evidence: The Connection Between Breast Cancer and the Environment. She also led a multidisciplinary group of students and professionals in the development of a widely distributed interactive tool that explores the scientific literature on breast cancer and environmental risks.
Sheila Hollender is a leading authority on women's issues, environmental health and sustainability. Following a career as a partner in her own New York law firm, she co-founded Seventh Generation with her husband Jeffrey, and helped it grow to become America's leading brand of natural consumer products. She served on the board of Seventh Generation from 1995 to 2011 and served as the company's Women's Environmental Health Advocate. In addition to the Breast Cancer Fund, Sheila sits on the boards of ReSource and Sustainable Health Enterprises, as well as on the advisory boards of Practically Green and the Planned Parenthood Leadership Council.
Susan E. Kutner, M.D., is a general surgeon with a subspecialty practice in breast surgery at Santa Teresa Kaiser Hospital in San Jose, California. From 1996 to 2001, she was Chief of the Department of Surgery at Santa Teresa. Since 1995, Dr. Kutner has served as Chair of the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Breast Care Task Force. She is also a member of the Interregional Breast Care Leaders Group of the Permanente Federation. Susan has been a member of the California Department of Health Master Plan Task Force on Breast and Cervical Cancer, the American Cancer Society Subgroup Evaluating Clinical Breast Exam, the National Quality Forum Committee on Consumer Based Measurements of Mammography Centers, and the Quality Care Advisory Board of the National Breast Cancer Coalition. She has participated as a climber and team doctor for the Breast Cancer Fund’s Climb Against the Odds events on Mt. Fuji in 2000, Mt. Rainier in 2005 and Mt. Shasta in 2003 and 2006, and participated in Sacred Treks: Bhutan in 2008, a benefit event for the Breast Cancer Fund.
Christina Pehl was a secondary teacher in San Francisco Unified School District for 10 years before leaving to raise her children in Berkeley, California. During her tenure there, she was involved in various reform initiatives, bilingual programs and teacher education. Chris graduated from Santa Clara University and completed her graduate studies at UC Berkeley. She and her Team SML teammates have participated in the Breast Cancer Fund’s Peak Hike since 2006.
Gwen Waldenis managing director at Arabella Advisors, a national advising firm that helps philanthropic organizations and social investors achieve greater impact. She leads the firm’s West Coast practice, engaging with a range of clients on strategic planning, evaluation, impact investing, and implementing programs and projects. As a 25-year veteran in the field of philanthropy, Gwen has held leadership and management roles in which she has been responsible for developing and implementing grantmaking programs that accelerate social change. Her previous experience as a management executive at The California Endowment, one of the largest health foundations in the country, has greatly informed her interest in and knowledge of community health and health disparities. She is also an outside director of The Surdna Foundation, a five-generation family foundation that seeks to foster sustainable communities in the United States. Gwen has written for all of the major trade publications including Foundation News & Commentary, the Chronicle of Philanthropy and Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly. She earned a bachelor's degree from George Washington University and a master's degree from Johns Hopkins University.
Donna Westmoreland, Chair Emeritus of the Board, is the Chief Operating Officer of I.M.P., Inc., the independent Washington, D.C. concert promotion company that owns the legendary 9:30 Club, operates Merriweather Post Pavilion and produces the Virgin Mobile Festival and many more concerts annually. After working for Wynton Marsalis and managing live music venues and events, she spearheaded the marketing, nonprofit and sponsorship components of the groundbreaking Lilith Fair festival, which introduced the Breast Cancer Fund to thousands of concertgoers. Donna served on the Breast Cancer Fund Board of Directors from 1999 to 2002, and rejoined the board in 2009. She has stayed active on behalf of the organization throughout, speaking as part of the Strong Voices program and organizing the Breast Cancer Fund’s annual East Coast fundraising event, Beyond the Pink—A Hike to Prevent Breast Cancer.