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Nancy Dubois


Since she was a child, Nancy Dubois has been volunteering. Over the years, she has developed a deep passion for giving and helping within her family and community.

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Nancy has been involved with the Special Olympics, Seattle Pac Fair, Relay for Life, Red Cross, Church Camps, Church youth groups and tutoring.

After 12 years on Relay For Life, Nancy was approached to volunteer with Nor-Cal Think Pink. Not realizing the impact it would have on her, she happily agreed to help on the Bag Assembly Committee. Once she started, she quickly became the Chair of the Safety Committee; a position she has held for the past three years. Nancy’s mom is a 25 year survivor of breast cancer, and Nancy wants to spread the importance of early detection and annual checkups, so no child goes through what she did as she watch her mom fight for her life.

Nancy has lived in Redding and worked in the medical field for the past 20 years. She is currently the Office Manager at Healthy Living at Home. She enjoys spending time with her family, riding motorcycles and playing with her two grandchildren.

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Renee Gunlogson


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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Jen Peterson


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 futher 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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Amber Hawk


Amber Hawk has been in marketing and sales since 2006 and is currently the Marketing Director for PrimeLending.

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Amber’s passion is marketing and giving back to the community. She is currently an ambassador for the Redding Chamber of Commerce, Nor-Cal Think Pink Board Member and is on the following committees: Chair – Pink Sundial, Nominating and Marketing. Amber also volunteers for Camp OSP, competed in One Safe Place’s Dancing with the Stars, Catalyst Mentor, wish granter with Make A Wish, and so much more!

When Amber is not working or volunteering, she enjoy spending time with her husband, family, and cat! She also enjoys going to the lake, concerts, rodeos, listening to music, dancing, reading, and taking drives!

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Vickie Shifflett

Vickie Shifflett has worked in the medical field for more than 20 years, and for the past nine years has worked as an Oncology Nurse at Mercy Medical Center.

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Vickie has a diverse background in the medical field having worked in hospital administration, hospital and clinic business office as well as physicians’ offices.
Oncology is near and dear to Vickie’s heart, as she has lost several loved ones to cancer. Vickie is committed to promoting early detection, healthy lifestyles, and improving health by educating our community.

Vickie is currently the President of the local Oncology Nursing Society, and was previously Program Chair for three years, in which she organized monthly educational dinner meetings. She has volunteered for Relay for Life for more than ten years. She worked on the Survivor Committee during her first year, and was Chair for three years; as well as a Team Captain.

She has been married to her husband, Scott, for 26 years and her hobbies include; walking, hiking, outdoor activities, baseball, scrapbooking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

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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!

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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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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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Kathy Hammond

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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Laura Zumkehr

Laura works in Business Development for MD Imaging. She has volunteered with Think Pink off and on since 2002. Laura was born and raised in Redding. She’s honored to serve on the Board of Directors and be a part in spreading the mission of Think Pink. She truly believes that education and early detection can save lives.

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Laura is past President of Far Northern California Medical Group Management Association and currently serves as Secretary.

In her spare time, Laura enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with her family. Welcome Laura!

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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.

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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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