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Lori Lumbattis

President

Lori Lumbattis spent a few years as a Think Pink Bag Day volunteer before becoming more officially involved in 2016. Lori’s current and past committee activities include: Community Outreach, Pretty in Pink Prom and Marketing.

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This year, Lori joined as a Board Member, and is looking forward to being an important part of Nor-Cal Think Pink. Early self detection is an important part of fighting breast cancer, and Lori is committed to spreading this message.

Lori came to the North State in 2004 from Long Beach with her husband, John. They have property where they raise beef cattle and chickens. After spending 20+ years in the steel industry, Lori wanted to try something new and different in the Redding area. This led to the opening of her formal wear rental store, and it continues to grow today. Lori holds an associate’s degree in Business Administration from Los Angeles Harbor College.

When Lori is not at her shop, or volunteering for Think Pink, she enjoys time with her animals and her crafts. She and her husband love to travel and camp whenever possible.

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Denise Highfill

Vice President

Denise Highfill has been in healthcare for 40+ years, and is currently the HR/Compliance Officer/Behavioral Health Manager and COO for Shingletown Medical Center.

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Denise has worked in both clinical and administrative positions in hospital and outpatient care. She went to work for a FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center) in 2006 and providing healthcare for the underserved became her passion. Providing education and prevention for the underserved can at times be a challenge.

Denise has been involved with Nor-Cal Think Pink from its inception in some shape or form. She has a number of family and friends who have succumbed to cancer. One of her closest friends lost the battle with breast cancer a few years ago so she does this for her. Denise has been a Team Captain for Relay for Life both in Shasta County and Sacramento. Volunteering is part of her DNA.

Her hobbies include; outdoor activities, the 49ers, Giants and Sac River Cats, traveling in their trailer and reading when there is a quiet moment. She has been married to her husband Gary for 48 years, has a son and a daughter and three adorable grandchildren.

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Kathy Hammond

Secretary

My name is Kathleen ( Kathy) Hammond. I’m a retired Registered Nurse who retired from Mercy Medical center after 40 years of working in ICU.

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I’m married to my husband Robert (Bob) of 42 years and have two children. In 2010 i was diagnosed with HER 2 positive breast cancer. After a lumpectomy, chemotherapy, radiation, and a targeted drug called Herceptin (which you take for a year in an IV), I just wanted to have my life go back to normal. During the next year i had several friends and relatives tell me that they thought if you got breast cancer you always died. I wanted to help women and their families know that early detection saves lives. By volunteering for Think Pink I hope to educate women and their families so they won’t be afraid.

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Jen Peterson

Treasurer

Jen has worked for Walker Printing in Red Bluff for over 7 years. She has experience in Graphic Design, Bookkeeping, Computer Technology and Marketing that she hopes to use to further the early detection mission.

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She started volunteering for Nor-Cal Think Pink in 2011 and is excited about serving on the Board of Directors. Jen’s inspiration comes from her Mother, who has survived two separate incidents of breast cancer. She hopes to help spread the importance of early detection and help support those who do have to fight the battle of breast cancer. She enjoys spending time with her family and doing church related activities.

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Michael Russo

Michael Russo was first exposed to breast cancer at 10 years of age when his mother Toni Russo was Diagnosed. Toni had three separate cases of breast cancer, the first in 1981, a separate case in 2003, and a final case in 2009. The last case eventually metastasized and Toni decided it was time to go home to be with the Lord on November 15th, 2014.

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Unfortunately that was not the last personal experience Michael had with breast cancer…. During spring of last year (2016) his beautiful wife Teshya was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer. She miraculously received a clear scan after treatment over six months ago and continues to be clear to date almost a full year later! She still receives treatment to prevent its return, which consists of hormone and antibody therapy every three weeks. Teshya is a huge advocate of breast cancer awareness. She has helped many other women by sharing her experience both personally and through social media.

Michael and Teshya have three beautiful children, a girl Hetehya (Huh-tay-yuh 19), and two boys Tazio 13, and Giovanni 11. They also have three dogs, two cats, and a bird, which they love very much! Michael works in the medical industry as an Orthopaedic Device Sales Representative. Michael was previously employed with MD Imaging and was an integral part of Nor Cal Think Pink during his tenure there of over six years.

Michael is very passionate about breast cancer awareness and early detection. He would like to do anything he can to prevent others and their loved ones from having to go through what he and his loved ones have. Michael is honored to be a Nor Cal Think Pink board member and looks forward to helping the community through this role.

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Robert Balke

Robert Balke is a small-town boy at heart, with big city dreams. He grew up in McKinleyville, CA with his parents and two younger siblings.

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At a young age, Robert learned the value of hard work and helping others, by working on the family farm tending to the animals and fixing up the property. After high school, Robert used his working knowledge from the farm and began to work in the construction industry and has built up his skills in construction ever since.

Later in 2007, Robert moved to the Redding area, creating a life in the local community with his four children and his incredible fiancé, Brittney. After living in the community and becoming more familiar with the Redding and Anderson areas, Robert felt as though something was missing and HE wanted to do more…

“The communities needed an outlet to reach out to when they needed help. An outlet that would never limit the amount of people they would help.”

So, with those big city dreams and the grit of a small-town boy, in October 2017, Robert founded the grassroots volunteer group of United Shasta.

  • In 2017, the group logged more than 1,000 volunteer hours in both communities.
  • In 2018, United Shasta exceeded those same expectations with over 4,000 hours in both communities.

United Shasta will never limit the amount of people we help. We are here to assist each person, family, business, group, church and more. Regardless of the need we will be there:

  • Saint Baldricks
  • Carr Fire Resources
  • Think Pink
  • Wings of Angels
  • One Safe Place
  • Good News Rescue Mission
  • KIXE
  • Anderson Explodes
  • Helping veterans through the Veteran’s Resource Center
  • Salvation Army
  • And many more!
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Brittany Nelson

Brittany Nelson moved from Santa Cruz to Redding in 1989. Since then she spent a short year in Eureka, but Redding has always been the place she calls home.

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Nelson graduated from Simpson University with her Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership. She has a background in marketing, sales and management. She is currently the GM Coordinator at Pepsi Beverages Company. Her passion is in the community and volunteering where she previously served as the Chair Ambassador for the Redding Chamber of Commerce, past delegate of Soroptimist International of Downtown Redding, past Redding Host Lions member, a graduate of Leadership Redding Class of 2015 and a volunteer for Nor-Cal Think Pink since 2014.

When she’s not working or volunteering, Nelson enjoys spending time with her husband, her two four-legged children, her family and friends. She also enjoys bike rides, hiking, riding her quad, attending concerts, shopping and enjoying the outdoors.

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Linda Masterson

Linda Masterson has been volunteering for various groups and organizations for over 20 years.

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She lost her mother to Breast Cancer and wants to do what she can to raise Breast Cancer awareness and make as many mammograms available to the community as possible.

Linda is involved in the community in many ways – she is the President of the Redding Parks and Trails Foundation and Friends of the Redding Trails community group. She is also a member of the League of Women Voters, American Association of University Women, Spay Neuter and Protect board advisor, Bike Month steering committee, the Downtown Redding Collaborative, and volunteer for the Think Pink Sundial Lighting and 5K race.

Linda moved to Redding in 2001 to open the Macys Redding as the VP Stores-General Manager. She met her husband here (a native of Redding) and enjoys her family, gardening, glass mosaics, traveling, and bike riding

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Jennifer Mattson

Jennifer lost her Grandmother to breast cancer when she was 16 years old and wants to do all she can to raise awareness.

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She has volunteered for various organizations for over 15 years, and is currently involved with Redding Rodeo Auxiliary Association and with Chicks N Chaps for the past 4 years. In the past she was also a 4H Community Leader and the Swine Club Leader.

Jennifer has work experience in healthcare and real estate industries and currently works from home for a school fundraising company.

Jennifer has volunteered for Nor-Cal Think Pink for about a year and was excited to a Board Member this year. She enjoys spending time with her family, and recently welcomed her first granddaughter in November.

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Valerie Henderson

Think Pink Coordinator

Valerie Henderson is the newest employee to join the Nor-Cal Think Pink team.

Valerie has an extensive background in Executive Administration, and has previously worked at the California Dental Association/The Dentists Insurance Company, Intel and Blue Shield of CA. Her experience has allowed her to build her skills in organization, communication, technology and teamwork.

Valerie is a California native and has lived in Redding for four years. She lives with her husband, two children and two loveable canines. In her personal time, she is a Girl Scout Troop leader, volunteers in her childrens’ classrooms, and enjoys cooking, photography, traveling and spending time with her family.

Board of Directors Advisory Council

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Pam Valentine

MSN, FNP-BC, Health Education Advisor

Pamala Valentine has been in the medical field since 1985, with 21 of those years as a nurse practitioner.

Her passion is Oncology. She spent 13 years focused on that discipline, with much of the time being a FNP.

Currently, Valentine works in the field of Palliative Care at Medical Home Care Professionals and a few days a month at Prestige Urgent Care.

Valentine believes it is a privilege to live and work in the North State. She leads an active outdoor lifestyle and is involved in her community.

Her passion to be part of Nor Cal Think Pink started in 2000 as a Board Member. Valentine, served as the Secretary for several years, and as President of Board in 2012. She went off the board in 2016, and continues to be active on many of the sub-committees.

Valentine also serves on the Board of Prescription Pets where people take their pets to visit patients in hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living centers. They also go to the libraries and help children with their reading. She and her dog, Britton, have been part of this organization for ten years.

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  • Sharon Pereira, MD
  • Ewa Bauer, MD
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Renee Gunlogson

Immediate Past President

Renee is born and raised in Redding. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2001 and moved to the Silicon Valley where she worked in marketing for the next 7 years.

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After returning to Redding, she pursued her creative side by opening a sewing studio.

To further serve her local community and offer her marketing skills to a non-profit close to her heart she joined Nor-Cal Think Pink in 2011 as the Social Media Coordinator.

Renee closed her studio in 2014 to fulfill one of her other dream jobs as a new mom to twin baby boys while also serving on the Think Pink board as one of our newest board members.

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Erika Wiechman

Erika Wiechman has been volunteering for Nor-Cal Think Pink since she started helping to stuff bags as a young child.

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In 2008 she became coordinator and helped with the daily office duties of the organization. In 2013 she joined the Board of Directors and has been elected as President for the 2016 year.

Erika was born and raised in Redding and is enjoying raising her growing family in the Redding area where they spend time at the lakes, hiking, camping and fishing.

Breast Cancer has personally touched Erika’s life, her Mother-In-Law, Grandmother and Great Aunt are all breast cancer survivors!