Nancy Ballard is the founder of Rooms That Rock 4 Chemo, her accidental non-profit as it were. She is a botanical watercolor artist and published author of three books, Invited Guests, The Caring One and Loving You: Celebrating The Body Through Art. She is committed and grateful to be involved with RoomsThatRock4Chemo.
It is overwhelming to be a part of the grace and generosity of our volunteers, donors and sponsors.
Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco. She studied Architecture and Community Design at the University of San Francisco and continued to study Interior Design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Mechanizing in San Francisco. She currently works in both Architecture and Interior Design. Having family and friends who have gone through chemo, she understand that a positive, healing environment can make all the difference in ones recovery. She is very excited to apply her skills to such a noble cause.
Erin Collier is a seasoned marketing executive with 20 years of experience leading analyst relations, public relations, and corporate marketing efforts at leading technology companies. Erin oversees Red Hat’s Analyst Relations and is responsible for the strategy and execution across the company’s cloud, management, platform, and storage business units. Prior to joining Red Hat in 2012, she led the security, switching and channel analyst relations programs for Juniper Networks. Erin holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and a minor in economics from Mills College. She is actively involved in the San Francisco community, serving on the Board of Rooms That Rock 4 Chemo and volunteering with several non-profit organizations. Erin resides in San Francisco and enjoys traveling, skiing and running in her free time.
Alicia is a Bay Area native who currently lives and works in San Francisco as a Commercial Real Estate Property Manager for CBRE. Watching close family go through Chemotherapy is the reason why this cause is near and dear to her heart. Alicia is grateful to be a part of the RTR4C organization and is dedicated to assisting in the wonderful work it does.
As a firefighter and manager with the San Francisco Fire Department for 33 years, Mario is honored to be a part of RoomsThatRock4Chemo. During the last 17 years of his career, he managed a creative group of men and women responsible for seeing that nearly everything built in the city of San Francisco met the hundreds of local and national codes and standards. As a result of this work, after his retirement, he opened Mario Ballard and Associates – a building and fire code consulting firm. It is in this spirit of service to others, that he looks forward to working with this great endeavor.
Courtney Willock came to Northern California to attend the University of California at Berkeley and immediately fell in love with the Bay Area. After spending time in London, New York City and Los Angeles, she finally made her way home to the City by the Bay. Courtney is a seasoned production and operations manager specializing in sports television, and is a member of the original team that launched the Bay Area’s own Pac-12 Network. Prior to this position, she also spent time freelancing for clients including Showtime, ESPN, and Gatorade and worked three seasons with the NFL. Courtney is also an active member of the San Francisco Chapter of Women in Sports and Events (WISE) and the Producer’s Guild of America. Outside of work, she spends as much time as possible skiing or in Golden Gate Park with friends.
After spending 12+ years in corporate technology sales and marketing, Par decided a major change was needed. She found her way into real estate, and now cannot imagine doing anything else. She is a lover of traveling, books, volunteering, architecture, and all things SF.
Rachel is originally from Seattle, WA but recently relocated to San Francisco. She went to school at the University of Washington to study Communications and Art History. With a passion for art and photography mixed with the personal experiences of almost every generation in her family being touched by cancer, she wanted to help make a difference in honor of her family. Rachel is currently working as an Executive Assistant at a financial company.
Lauren Anthony studied Fashion Merchandising and Web/Graphic design at Howard University. She is an Oakland native and has spent many years working with the City of Oakland’s Aquatic’s programs,giving back to the community that was so important in her upbringing. She is currently working in ecommerce as a site merchandise manager and still makes time to give back. Lauren initially started “rocking rooms” with her mother as mother daughter bonding time and a way to recognize her grandmother who passed after her battle with cancer, Lauren soon realized the joy it brought to her knowing the many other lives that are positively impacted by what RTR4C does.
Hannah is a creative marketer specializing in copywriting, technical writing, blogging, and SEO. By day, Hannah geeks out on building business development and marketing strategies as a Senior Business Development Coordinator for Mazzetti, a San Francisco-based MEP engineering firm. Hannah has extensive knowledge and experience in creative marketing for the built environment having worked for companies large and small within this industry for the past four years. With her editorial background and passion for quippy content, Hannah brings her creativity, affinity for puns, and innovative ideas to Rooms that Rock 4 Chemo. Having seen the damage cancer can cause through dear family members, she looks forward to bringing some much-needed comfort to chemo wards throughout the nation.
Fiona served as Speaker pro Tempore for the California State Assembly (ret), and is currently a candidate for the State Board of Equalization in 2014. She received her B.S. from the Rochester Institute of Technology (NY), her M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University (SF), and an MBA from Pepperdine University. She has been licensed in California as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) since 1992.
Born in 1949 and educated in San Francisco, he served in the military with the 347th General Hospital M.A.S.H in 1968. Paul joined the San Francisco Fire Department in 1974. He retired in 2006 as the San Francisco Fire Marshall. In the last 10 years, his volunteer work has included: international children’s program (CISV), taking and working with children from at least 10 different countries in a one-month summer camp-like program promoting ethnic and cultural awareness in Romania, Sweden, New Zealand and the United States to name a few.
Allaire Linebarger – MS RN MFT CETN
It is a great honor to be on the Board of RoomThatRock4Chemo and to be part of an exciting and compassionate a project which has as its sole purpose the making of the life of a cancer patient undergoing chemo a bit brighter by providing him/her with a warm, loving environment created out of the goodness of the hearts of others for their healing. RoomsThatRock also provides those in the community with the gift of making space healing an opportunity to share this gift with others. It is a win-win situation. As a nurse I know first hand the hardness of having one’s life “regulated” by the health care system. What a gift to be able to help in an endeavor which seeks to soften this hardness. Although not talented in the area of interior decorating, I am delighted to help in my capacity as a health care provider myself. Truly it is my honor to be on the Advisory board.
Dr. Marquez is a Bay Area native, she graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology and received her medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine. She is a diligent and compassionate humanitarian and health professional, with leadership in health care advocacy and dedication to improving health care delivery in the US and globally. Her passion for providing care to those who lack medical access has led her around the globe, participating in medical missions to rural India, Guatemala, and Mexico. She has received numerous awards and recognition as a future leader by Latina Magazine and Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Marquez is energized by the movement to ease the fear and anxiety surrounding cancer treatment using concepts from art, design, and philosophy. She is pleased to address her heart and mind to the endeavor of creating inspirational, healing spaces for cancer patients and their caregivers.
Denise has over ten years experience in account management at digital advertising agencies, where she managed varied digital programs such as websites, email marketing and interactive videos across their entire lifecycle. For the past few years she has been active in the local community, serving as member of the steering committee on a local playground renovation project and on various local school fundraising projects. Denise holds a bachelor of science in psychology and marketing from George Mason University. For Denise, working with RTR4Chemo serves both her desire to help the community and also resonates for personal reasons, as she has lost several members of her family to cancer.
Julie Chase formed Chase Communications in 1997 to provide public relations and marketing communications services to a national client base in healthcare and real estate. She has more than 25 years of experience providing counsel to clients and strategic execution of media relations, marketing, crisis planning, public affairs, social media, media training, and events. Chase Communications has dual headquarters in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., as well as offices in Chicago and Ft. Lauderdale. Julie is intimately involved in both the D.C. and Bay Area communities. She is currently a member of The Economic Club, Greater Washington Board of Trade, and the joint Urban Land Institute (ULI) Baltimore & Washington TOD Council, and most recently initiated a marketing forum for ULI, bringing together real estate marketing professionals from across the nation. She serves on the boards of the Corporate Committee of the Trust for the National Mall; the Bay Area Council of the USO; secretary on the American News Women’s Club Board of Governors; a member of Women in Ophthalmology; committee member to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington; past board member of Leadership High School, Enterprise for High School Students, San Francisco Architectural Heritage, American Liver Foundation, National Association of Industrial and Office Parks and Commercial Real Estate Women. Current personal+firm pro bono work is adjunct to the board of Rooms That Rock 4 Chemo, as well as Lombardi Cancer Center. Julie holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University in international relations with a minor in art history.
Dr. Knopf is a Hematologist/Oncologist practicing in San Francisco. He is also vice president of the executive board. He attended medical school at University of California, San Francisco and did additional training at Northwestern, Johns Hopkins, Sloan-Kettering and the National Cancer Institute. He has practiced in San Francisco since 2006 – out of California Pacific Medical Center and St Lukes, where he is Director of Hematology/Oncology. He also has a smaller practice in Internal Medicine. Dr Knopf is thrilled to be part of Rooms that Rock 4 Chemo.
Shoshana is originally from Eugene, Oregon. She has lived in the Bay area since 2010 and completed her residency training in San Francisco at California Pacific Medical Center. She currently works as a hospital-based internal medicine physician at John Muir Medical Center and is Chair of the RoomThatRock4Chemo Ambassador Board for young professionals.