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Lori Lumbattis

President / Treasurer

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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Jennifer Mattson

Vice President

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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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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Denise Highfill

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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Patricia Smith

Patricia retired as an Inpatient Oncology RN in 2018. She received her BSN from Mount Saint Mary’s University, and her BA in Sociology from UCLA.

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Patricia is passionate about increasing awareness that breast cancer is very treatable when caught early. She has special interests in the Mobile Mammography program, and grant writing. Patricia’s hobbies are reading, walking/hiking, cooking/baking, painting/crafting and traveling.

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Lori Meadows

Think Pink Coordinator

Lori is a Redding native who graduated from Humboldt State University with degrees in Psychology and Child Development. She worked as a crime victim advocate with the District Attorney’s Office for years, until becoming a mom to three boys. Since then, she has volunteered countless hours with her children’s school; and sits on the board for the school’s Education Foundation, which fundraises for educational opportunities for students and access to technology. Lori and her family love to travel, and enjoy all the outdoor activities the North State offers.

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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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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 where she served for two terms, including President for two years. In 2019, she became part of the Advisory Council.

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!