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 four books, Rooms That Rock 4 Chemo – A Story. A Toolbox, 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.
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.
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.
Candace was born and raised in Sonoma County. In 2006, after many years raising 3 children, pushing paper and driving forklifts; Candace ventured out on her own to start a Handywoman/Handyman business with her best friend (now husband), Doug. The future brings many new beginnings, as Candace and Doug move away from the Handywoman/Handyman business into their next creative adventure. Candace joined the RTR Board of Directors to help inspire, impact, beautify, and make better all the wonderful places RTR will bless in the future so that people we may never meet benefit from the beauty, peace, and compassion that we leave behind.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.