President: Deborah Shefler
Vice President: Obsidiana Abril-Horpel and Barbara Lanier
Treasure: Ann Pierson
Secretary: Pat Sax assisted by Monica Odero-Winegar
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Deborah recently retired after 37 years practicing law. For the last 20 years she litigated disputes for Pacific Gas and Electric Company, most recently specializing in rate cases before the California Public Utilities Commission. She has also been in private practice and worked for the U.S. Department of Justice in the Civil Rights Division and in the San Francisco U.S. Attorney's Office. She has been a member of the PINCC Board for several years, and currently serves as president. Deborah comes from Washington, D.C., where she attended George Washington University. She has been in the Bay Area since 1978. She lives with her husband Stephen in Oakland. Deborah has traveled with PINCC to India, Peru, El Salvador, and in her last trip to Kenya she was accompanied by her husband.
Dr. Obsidiana Abril-Hörpel has over 25 years of international business and R&D management experience in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical diagnostic companies where she held a variety of executive positions. Dr. Abril-Hörpel holds a B.S./M.S. from Moscow, Russia, and a Ph.D. from MIT and Harvard.
Patricia Sax: Ph.D., LCSW retired from her psychotherapy practice in San Francisco in 2001. She is a co-founder of PINCC and has travelled to Central America, Africa & India to register patients, clean instruments and hand out medications. Currently she is a stay-at-home development volunteer.
Ms. Pierson is a founding partner and business director in Optim Sciences. She has over 20 years experience working in business development, strategic planning, and licensing for biotechnology and diagnostic companies in both the USA and Europe. She holds a B.S. degree in Microbiology from Michigan State University.
Rhoda Nussbaum, MD spent the first part of her career practicing Obstetrician&Gynecologist at Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco. She held numerous administrative and leadership roles including Women's Health Leader for Northern California. Since retiring from Kaiser, she has continued to practice medicine on a volunteer basis at home and abroad. While volunteering at a hospital in India, she saw how common cervical cancer was and began looking for a way to provide screening and prevention practical for this very poor region. She heard about PINCC and knew she had found the answer. In 2009, Rhoda and her husband John Adams became the medical and administrative directors of PINCC - India and have conducted 2 trainings at a Mobile Hospital caring for thousands of villagers in Andhra Pradesh, India. They will continue to lead PINCC trips to India where more than 70,000 women die each year from this preventable disease.
Dr. Kay Taylor is a gynecologist who took early retirement from her practice at Kaiser Fremont in 2005 to address the problem of cervical cancer prevention in the developing world. She returned to school after starting a family, was educated at UCLA and UC Davis Medical School, escorted to her graduation by her 2 teenaged sons. Always interested in women's access to care, she started a women's clinic in Sacramento, Womankind, during medical school, and volunteered at Lyon-Martin Clinic in San Francisco during her OB/GYN residency at Kaiser San Francisco. She will receive the UC Davis Medical School Alumni Transformational Leadership Award this May for her work in founding and developing PINCC (Prevention International: No Cervical Cancer). She is also a grandmother, amateur artist and birder.
John D. Adams, Ph.D. (retired) is an Emeritus Professor of Organizational Systems, and was for many years the Chair of the Faculty and the Chair of the Organizational Systems Ph.D. Program at the Saybrook Graduate School (San Francisco). He has been a leader in the organizational development movement, published extensively, and provided consultation to such organizations as Sun MicroSystems, Hewlett Packard, and the National Institutes of Health.
Monica Odero-Winegar was born in Kenya, trained as a RN, and immigrated to the USA, where she is a nurse at Kaiser Permanente, Oakland. She has recently (2010) completed her NP training. She has been involved with volunteer health projects in Africa for several years, and served as PINCC's Trip Administrator on 3 campaigns. She is now a member of our Board of Directors, as well as serving on the Board of Matibabu Foundation. Her experience in health care and the African Community both here and in Kenya are invaluable in planning our work there.
Barbara is an attorney who practices in the areas of estate planning and probate and has served on the board of directors for the Contra Costa County Bar Association’s Trust and Probate Section for over 15 years. She is a past president of Berkeley West Edge Opera’s board of directors and is the former president of Soroptimist International of El Cerrito. Growing up in North Dakota, Barbara developed a love of singing and had numerous leading roles in stage productions, musicals and operas. Since moving to Berkeley in 1973, Barbara has appeared as a frequent soloist with various Bay Area choruses and has performed in six operas. Most importantly, she is the mother of three daughters, the proud grandmother of six, and the wife of author and poet John Wilson! Barbara and John traveled with PINCC to Uganda and Kenya in the fall of 2011.
Jan Medina has been a Realtor in San Francisco with Zephyr RE for more than 25 years and still loves what she does. Real estate allows her to combine passionate interests in people, creativity, and business while giving her independence & flexibility. She is both a parent of grown daughters and a proud grandmother. Jan also works in the community for social change, travels, reads a lot, bicycles long distances, creates art, and values time spent with friends and family.
Randy retired in Berkeley in 2007 after living outside New York City for 25 years with her* late husband and son. Her interest in health, particularly women’s, was influenced greatly by her husband’s work in international public health with an emphasis on family planning and maternal & child health. Her work in the health field was primarily at a major teaching hospital in NYC, both in clinical and administrative positions.
Through her husband’s work, they were able to live in Nigeria and Bangladesh. Given that she is so familiar with the health issues in developing countries, PINCC has become the perfect organization for which she can provide her time in volunteering both in the office and on trips. In addition to living abroad, she has travelled to all continents but Antarctica. She speaks Spanish quite well although not fluently.
Her interests include travel, music, dance, movies, walking, hiking, reading the newspaper, and being up-to-date on news events, both international and national. She graduated from Cal with a major in English.
At various times in his life, Dave practiced law, served as vice president in the trust department of a bank, and supervised the adjustment of fidelity and surety bond claims nationwide from an insurance company's home office. He has worked as a miner, a mailman, and a trainer of goldfish. He holds a master's degree in psychology and is a Certified Financial Planner®. Now retired, Dave serves on the boards of three nonprofits, including PINCC, and spends his spare time canoeing, making art, and playing the Great Highland Bagpipe.
Julie Baeder is a Wealth Manager at Morgan Stanley in San Francisco and has been working in the financial industry for over twenty years. Beyond her work on the Board of PINCC, she is currently serving on the Finance Committee and co-chairing Women of Impact for Girl's Inc. of Alameda County; she is on the Investment Committee and a founding member of the Women's Leadership Council of the United Way of the Bay Area; she is Lay Leader for Fiscal Health of the First Unitarian Church of Oakland; and the Finance Committee of Unitarian Rowe Camp and Conference Center. Julie and her husband George have a daughter graduating from Oakland Tech and going off to CU Boulder in the fall and two grown sons living in the Bay Area.