Team

Staff

Heike Malakoff

Director of Education & Marketing

In December 2003, five days after turning 34, Heike was diagnosed with breast cancer. Heike was young and active, had three children under two and no family history of breast cancer. She wasn’t in any of the traditional “high-risk” categories and discovered her lump while nursing her daughter. Heike’s experience inspired her to create CanCan so that all women are educated about the importance of breast health. When Heike is not dealing with boobies, Heike spends her time with her three children and husband.

Kayla Driscoll

Program Manager

Kayla is the Program Manager for the Rivkin Center and is responsible for overseeing the CanCan education program. Kayla was first introduced to CanCan through her sorority at Washington State University. After graduation, Kayla went on to complete an AmeriCorps Service Year, where she found her passion for the non-profit sector. After witnessing two of her beloved aunts, Peggy and Cathy, fight breast and ovarian cancer with courage and strength, she saw first hand the critical need to educate on ovarian and breast cancer together.  As a result, Kayla is extremely dedicated to the mission of the Rivkin Center, Women’s Lives Our Passion, and the focus of the CanCan program, putting women into action over their own health so they are more in control and less in fear of cancer.

Health Instructors

Kim Schaaf

Kim has been teaching breast health for over 20 years and has been involved with a lot of the breast health outreach, activities and events both in and out of Washington State.   Some of the non-profit companies she has worked closely with either as an employee or volunteer include: CanCan,  Evergreen Hospital Community Health Education, American Cancer Society, The Washington State Breast, Cervical and Colon Health Program, the Puget Sound Affiliate  Susan G. Komen for The Cure , Citrine Health, and Cancer Lifeline. Kim has been instrumental in developing the breast health education curriculum for CanCan.  Her philosophy is “If we can laugh about it we can learn about it”.

Claudia Cheyne-Cook

Becoming a breast health instructor for CanCan has brought Claudia’s work full circle. Claudia has been a dance movement specialist for over 25 years and teaches a specialized movement and exercise program to breast cancer and other cancer survivors.

Elizabeth Crouch

Elizabeth, PT, PA-C, BCC, is a certified life coach, wellness educator and community developer. She started her health career in physical therapy, then trained in primary care medicine, surgery and rehabilitation medicine. She now works with teens, young adults, physicians and emerging and established leaders in diverse professions and organizations, with a strong interest in keeping women healthy.

Vicki McGrath

As the Fitness and Wellness Director at the Peninsula Jewish Community Center Vicki’s primary objective is to design wellness programs that address the needs of her community. In 2012 Vicki designed a post operative breast cancer exercise program. As an instructor working with patients every day, Vicki is well aware of the complications derived from breast cancer.

In December 2015, knowing the benefits of 3D imagining Vicki was able to switch her annual mammogram from the standard to 3D. It was during this exam when her breast cancer was discovered. She was diagnosed with Invasive Lobular Carcinoma – a slow growing and ghost like type of breast cancer. She had a lumpectomy followed by an auxiliary dissection removing at total of 20 lymph nodes. In addition to her surgeries she had 4 rounds of chemo and 6 weeks of radiation.   Although there were a few slower days, Vicki was determined to continue her very active lifestyle. She managed to bike back and forth to chemo and radiation, ski 13 days, snow shoe, rock climb, golf, and boogie board during her 6 months of treatment.

Vick is certified through the American College of Sports Medicine holding 4 certifications – Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer, Exercise is Medicine, Health Fitness Director, and Exercise Physiologist.  She is also a certified Breast Cancer Exercise Trainer through the Pink Ribbon Program, and is a Breast Health Instructor and Survivor for CanCan Health.

Angie Holmstrom

Raquel Sanchez

Ovarian and Breast Cancer Survivor Facilitators

Kristin Anderson

Kristin, a BRCA1 mutation carrier, was diagnosed with aggressive triple negative breast cancer just one week after her 28th birthday. Fortunately, Kristin’s case was caught very early, and a treatment regimen of chemotherapy and surgery left her disease free. Kristin merged her graduate education in immunology with her passion for advancing cancer therapy and now works at the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to develop immunotherapy treatments for ovarian cancer patients. She joined the CanCan team to raise awareness about the value of early detection and to empower others to be confident self-advocates with respect to healthcare.

Lynn Fallows

Lynn has been an educator for 30 years serving students with learning disabilities and disorders as well as involved with student leadership on the local and state levels.  In February 2015, Lynn was diagnosed with Stage III Ovarian Cancer.  Just months into treatment, Lynn made the decision to seek out a program to combine both her teaching and leadership skills where she could provide other women with the tools to recognize the signs and symptoms she missed.  Through the Rivkin Center, she was introduced to CanCan and is on her way to live her favorite quote,  “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style.”  Maya Angelou

Michelle Greenberg

Michelle was diagnosed with stage 0 (ductal carcinoma in situ) breast cancer at the age of 37. Her breast cancer was detected through early mammogram screening, which she advocated for because of her family history. Her great aunt passed away from breast cancer and her mother is also a breast cancer survivor. Michelle is grateful that early detection saved her life and she hopes that her story will help other women know the importance of their family history and take a proactive approach to their healthcare.

Helen Chen

Helen was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 27. Her research focus has always been HIV, but after her diagnosis, she was fortunate to find a job working in breast cancer research at Cancer Prevention Institute of California. Working with CanCan seemed like a natural fit since she found her malignant lump while doing a self-breast examination. Fortunately, her mother suggested she consult the doctor who diagnosed her with Stage 1 breast cancer.

Emily Kaplan

Emily was breastfeeding her five-month-old daughter for the last time; two hours later she was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 32. Emily, a BRCA1 gene carrier, finished her treatment in 2007, and gives back through CanCan and The SCAR Project, which she is featured in. You can learn more at www.scarproject.org. Emily feels empowered by working to educate others about the risks of breast cancer and to bring awareness about the realities of the disease.

Katrina Cathcart

Katrina is an eight-year, three-time survivor of breast cancer. Her mother and aunt had breast cancer, her sister is a four-year survivor and a cousin has been in ongoing treatment for the past three years. She is the mother of four children (two biological and two adopted). She taught herself how to work, repair and build computers in the early 70’s and ran a computer lab for a non-profit for many years. She is a peer counselor for other breast cancer survivors. And like the hurricane she loves being forceful in telling women to get their mammograms.

Michelle Tibbs

Michelle is a breast cancer survivor of five years. She found her cancer at age 44 through mammography, and luckily, it was still in 0 stage.  She received a lumpectomy and eight weeks of radiation and became a yoga and mat Pilates instructor.

Jamaica Baldwin

Jamaica Baldwin was 37-years-old and living in Manhattan with a great job and great friends when she was diagnosed with stage 2 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma in Situ. The news came as quite a shock seeing as there was no history of breast cancer in her family. She was also the first among her friends to have breast cancer, which led to a very isolating experience even with all the support that came her way. She eventually moved back to Seattle to be closer to family and finish her treatment. Although she wouldn’t wish this experience on anyone, she is grateful for the doors it has opened for her, or perhaps, she says, the doors were always open, she’s just now finally able to see them. Jamaica is proud to be working with CanCan and grateful for the opportunity to help young women connect with their bodies and be proactive in their own health. In addition to CanCan, Jamaica works part time as Program Manager for Team Survivor Northwest, a non-profit organization that provides fitness programs for women survivors of cancer, and is an MFA candidate in Poetry at Pacific University, Oregon.

Heather MacMillan

Heather was diagnosed with breast cancer at 41. She is a mother of two beautiful boys, ages 6 and 2. After nursing her oldest for almost three years, she was surprised by the problems she had nursing Chase his first 6 months. In January of 2008, when Chase was six months old, she found her lump while rubbing out recurrent plugged milk ducts. After weeks of research and a crash course in cancer study, Heather was happy to learn that while her cancer was invasive, it was slow growing and non-aggressive in form. She had a lumpectomy followed by radiation therapy. The support that came pouring in during her cancer journey has fueled her to give back as often as she can. She’s walked the Komen 3-Day walk, loving her time with CanCan and enjoying all the playful adventures that two young boys bring to her life.

Kristin Thompson

Kristin is a two-time breast cancer survivor. First diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999, at the age of 30, she was inspired to take control of her health. To that end she did her first triathlon two days after her hair fell out. For 13 years she was in remission during which she continued to do triathlons and completed two Ironman distance triathlons. In October of 2011, Kristin found another lump, again during a self-exam, even though she had a clean mammogram four weeks earlier. After a mastectomy and chemotherapy, Kristin has a renewed dedication to empowering women to take control of their breast health through education and awareness.

Julie H.

Julie was diagnosed with breast cancer two months after her 40th birthday. By the time her cancer was found, it had already spread to her bones so she was diagnosed initially at Stage IV. Despite that diagnosis, Julie decided to fight the cancer with everything possible and take an aggressive course of treatment including chemo, surgery, radiation and hormone therapy. Six years later, Julie is now cancer-free, though continuing to take treatments to reduce any future risk of reoccurrence. Giving back and helping other women with information is one small way to repay the universe for all of the incredible gifts she feels lucky to have received.

Nancy Sivitilli

Nancy was 35 years old and the mom of two boys, ages 5 and 6 ½, when she was diagnosed in December of 2007 after finding her own lumps. With a common but more aggressive form of breast cancer she underwent several months of treatments including chemo, mastectomy and radiation, and like many women, had no family history. Her goal is to educate others on breast cancer health and remind everyone to enjoy life and appreciate its treasures.

Stacy Goldsby

Stacy is a Bay Area native and health education advocate. In her 27- year career, she’s worked as a communicable disease intervention specialist, wellness coach, and now as a training coordinator for homecare providers. Her mother lost her battle with breast cancer at age 48. Starting at age 30, Stacy began annual mammograms and hoped to make it to her 50th birthday, breast cancer-free. However, in 2012, at age 49, Stacy was diagnosed by “routine” mammogram and lumpectomy with Stage O breast cancer. Fueled by her mother’s legacy and with the support of family, friends, and an amazing medical team, she chose to undergo BRACA testing, bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction. Stacy believes every person’s journey is their own. Her mantra, “knowledge is power” inspires her to educate and support others to know their options making their health decisions with information, confidence and grace.

Ilyse Wagner

In 2008, Ilyse attended a CanCan party and began performing monthly self- exams. Three years later, at age 41, despite having no family history, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She continued to work full time at Microsoft, raise three children, and run a half marathon while undergoing a unilateral mastectomy, six months of chemotherapy and three reconstructive surgeries. She credits her current good health to early detection, and wants to educate other women so that they can have the opportunity for the same successful outcome.

Tanya Hansen

Tanya was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 39 in 2005. She was the first in her family and was very surprised considering she had three children, breast fed, didn’t drink or smoke and was in otherwise excellent health. Tanya’s breast cancer treatment included eight rounds of chemo and five surgeries, in 13 months. She was determined not to be interrupted in her world and because of a wonderful community of family and friends she wasn’t. Her experience was life-changing but not sad, bitter or fearful and she went on to be even healthier than before. Tanya got involved with CanCan because she wanted to help get good information out to all women. She started facilitating classes even before her treatment was over.

Jeanna

When Jeanna turned 40 she was determined to walk her first Susan G. Komen 60 mile 3day in honor of her Grandmother who passed away from breast cancer.  Within 2 weeks of completing the walk, during a self-exam she found that something didn’t feel “right” in her left breast. At her annual doctor appointment, her doctor felt the lump that she was feeling and sent her right away for a mammogram which was immediately followed by a biopsy. On Halloween, 2012 while in the middle of a 3rd grade class party for one of her sons, she got the call that no one ever wants to get ~ the biopsy came back positive for breast cancer. Luckily it was found early enough for her to be a candidate for a lumpectomy and with her negative BRCA testing and low scoring “oncotype” testing, she escaped the devastation of chemotherapy. She completed 8 weeks of radiation and is now receiving hormone therapy. She has since been very vocal in her local community, especially within her boys’ schools (now ages 10 & 13) sharing how imperative early detection is and urging women to have their mammograms AND to do regular self breast exams. She’s excited and grateful to be a part of CanCan, inspired to spread the word about early detection and to empower women with valuable, life-saving information.

Marcy K.

In 2009, Marcy participated in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer as a way of honoring her mother who passed away from Ovarian Cancer at the age of 65. It was at that event that she felt a fake lump in a fake, rubber breast.  Three years later, after a routine mammogram, she was diagnosed with Stage Zero DCIS. She had a lumpectomy with radiation.  Six months after completing radiation, she found a lump in her other breast. Upon learning it was Stage 2 invasive breast cancer, she decided to undergo a bilateral mastectomy. She recovered quickly and credits her good health to early detection and excellent health care.  Her goal is to educate other women of the importance of knowing their own bodies and being their own medical advocates.

Stacy Goldsby

Stacy is a Bay Area native and health education advocate. In her 27- year career, she’s worked as a communicable disease intervention specialist, wellness coach, and now as a training coordinator for homecare providers. Her mother lost her battle with breast cancer at age 48. Starting at age 30, Stacy began annual mammograms and hoped to make it to her 50th birthday, breast cancer-free. However, in 2012, at age 49, Stacy was diagnosed by “routine” mammogram and lumpectomy with Stage O breast cancer. Fueled by her mother’s legacy and with the support of family, friends, and an amazing medical team, she chose to undergo BRACA testing, bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction. Stacy believes every person’s journey is their own. Her mantra, “knowledge is power” inspires her to educate and support others to know their options making their health decisions with information, confidence and grace.

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Kristin House

Kristin House was diagnosed with Stage 2+ breast cancer 2 months after her 38th birthday. At that time she was a single parent of nine-year-old Henry. She had a long, rigorous course of treatments including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and breast reconstruction.

During her early her treatments, Kristin said she would ‘kick cancer to the curb’ and she did. Now seven+ years past her diagnosis and treatment, she is healthy and active. She works as a Paralegal, has her own small clothing design business and is raising a teenager!

Kristin works with CanCan to educate and inspire, to dispel the myth and fears about breast cancer and, most importantly, to support women of all ages to know their bodies, be their own best advocates in all ways, including healthcare and finding life balance.

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Campus Ambassadors

Madison Miller

University of Oregon

Madison is a second year journalism major and sociology minor at University of Oregon. She looks forward to working with all different kinds of clubs and organizations on campus to help spread awareness of breast cancer and help educate students on early detection. She loves being active outdoors and her guilty pleasures are binge watching Greys Anatomy and mac n cheese.

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Kaileigh Flanagan

University of Oregon

Kaileigh is a sophomore at the University of Oregon, where she plans to major in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in German. In her free time she enjoys riding horses, spending time with friends, and playing with her black lab, Annie. Her grandmother is a stage four uterine cancer survivor and she looks forward to the opportunity to spread awareness to such an important cause.

Sangari Nadarajan

Oregon State University

Sangari is originally from Singapore and is a current junior at Oregon State University, studying Sociology with minors in Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies and Leadership. She was first introduced to CanCan at her campus career fair and immediately fell in love with CanCan’s mission statement. Her close relatives were affected by breast cancer and she has witnessed first-hand the benefit of health awareness and education. She firmly believes that education is the biggest tool of empowerment. She is so excited to be a part of the CanCan team and can’t wait to be involved in engaging women to take a more active role about their own health! Aside from studying in Oregon,  Sangari loves to explore. She lives for traveling both locally and internationally!

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Ester Ruiz

UC Berkeley

Ester is a sophomore at the University of California, Berkeley pursuing an undergraduate degree in Public Health Pre-med and double minoring in Global Poverty and Practice and Public Policy. As a freshman, Ester became a Health Worker for her residence hall where she prepared weekly Health Tips about pertinent college health issues, offered individual advising, resources, and referrals as a knowledgeable, and non- judgmental peer. This inspired Ester to stay involved in educating, and stimulating awareness and action within her community – which led her to join the CanCan Team! As an ambassador for her university, Ester is excited to work with a program that empowers women from diverse backgrounds and teaches them tools to maintain good health, all while doing so compassionately, and vivaciously. Go Bears!

Emily Robinson

Washington State University

Emily Robinson is the 2016-2017 WSU Campus Ambassador. She is from Kirkland, WA, and currently a senior at Washington State University studying Public Relations and Psychology. She is involved in CanCan to support her mother, a breast cancer survivor. When she is not working with CanCan bringing ovarian and breast health education to WSU, she enjoys hiking, being by the water, and just being surrounded by friends and family! Go Cougs!

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Carleigh Nivens

UCLA

Carleigh is a third-year student at UCLA pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Human Biology and Society. Following her undergraduate education, she aspires to combine her passions of working with kids and fighting cancer as a pediatric oncologist. As a freshman at UCLA, Carleigh fell in love with CanCan’s mission at her very first CanCan Health party. In CanCan, she found a community of caring and motivated individuals who share her devotion to creating a world with less breast and ovarian cancer. She is motivated in this mission by her mother, who fiercely battled breast cancer, and by all current patients and survivors. Outside of academic and research interests, she enjoys working as a student teacher with UCLA Early Care and Education and advocating for women’s leadership with Bruin Belles Service Association. Carleigh is thrilled to be a part of the CanCan Health team and looks forward to educating and empowering her fellow UCLA bruins and their families.



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