My Experience


Current Work: Certified & Licensed Wellcoach® through Wellcoaches Corporation & ACSM, May 2007

Harvard Medical School Dept. of Continuing Education, September 2008, Coaching—A New Horizon: Theory, Emerging Evidence & Practice

Integrating Primary Care Physicians into Health Coaching, Webinar, December 2008

Wellcoaches—Group Coaching—6 week tele-class, Jan-Feb, 2009

Swim Across America, SF Bay Area Co-Event Director, 2008-present

USA Swimming Certified Official, (volunteer) 2005-present

Berkeley High School, Berkeley, CA, Co-President, Development Group (volunteer position), June 2004-2010

Oakland Barracudas USA Swim Team, VP, Board of Directors, September 2003-05, President, 2005-06

Berkeley High School, Berkeley, CA, volunteer in The Writers Room (now WriterCoach Connection), 2003-06

NCI (National Cancer Institute) CARRA Representative (Consumer Advocates in Research and Related Activities Program), 2001-2008 (A program in which people affected by cancer provide their viewpoint and ideas directly to NCI staff)

Bentley School, Oakland, CA, Assistant to the Headmaster, 2001-2002 (Worked with the administrative team to organize and compile the Self-Study document for the school’s CAIS/WASC accreditation)

Better Health Foundation, Oakland, CA, Board member, 2000-2002

CDC (Centers for Disease Control) National DES Education Campaign Steering Committee Member, 1999-2003

NCI DES Research Update: Current Knowledge, Future Directions, July 1999 (Co-chair Epidemiology Research Breakout Session)

NCI 1999 DES Workshop Planning Committee Member, 1998-1999

NCI Steering Committee Member—DES Continuation of Follow-up Studies, 1996-present

NCI (National Cancer Institute) Steering Committee Member—DES Education Program, 1993-1997

Acting Director, DES Cancer Network, 1995-1996 (a non-profit organization dedicated to the special needs of women who have had clear cell cancer linked to in-utero DES exposure)

Associate Research Scientist/Epidemiologist, Human Population Laboratory, Western Consortium for Public Health/California Public Health Foundation/Public Health Institute, Berkeley, CA, 1993-1997
• NHLBI RO1 HL44199-03S1—Mechanisms of Underlying Psychosocial Associations with Ischemic Heart Disease
• NCI UO1 CA 63435-01—DES Education Through Networks
• NCI UO1 CA62912-04—DES Associated CCA of Vagina/Cervix- Collaborative Studies

Consultant, California Public Health Foundation, Berkeley, CA, 1989-90; Alameda County Dept. of Public Health, 1990; Wellness Guide Project, University of California, Berkeley, 1990; Western Consortium for Public Health, Berkeley, CA, 1992

Research Assistant, Dept. of Health Research and Policy/Epidemiology Stanford University School of Medicine, 1988-1989

Member, Board of Directors, DES Action-USA, 1989-1993           

Epidemiologist, Slone Epidemiology Unit, Boston University School of Medicine, 1980-1985

Assistant Director/Co-founder/Board Member, DES Cancer Network, 1982-2008

Consumer Lobbyist, New York State Legislature, 1979-1986



3-time cancer survivor

2011 United States Masters Nationals, Mesa, AZ, Women's Age 55-59
(2nd—1650, 3rd—500 Free, 9th—200 Back, 10th—100 Back):

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2.7 mile swim across Donner Lake, Truckee, CA, 2009, 2010, 2011

Swim Across America, 1.5 mile swim under Golden Gate Bridge, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011

Swam from Angel Island to Tiburon (Tiburon Mile), 2007

Competed in FINA Masters World Swimming Championships, 2006

Biked for 8 days from Austria (Innsbruck) to Italy (Bolzano), Summer 2004

Biked for 8 days in northern Netherlands, Summer 2002

Featured in Ladies Home Journal article: A Woman Today, March 1999

Board Member, Congregation Beth El, Berkeley, CA, 1994-97, 1999-2000

UC Berkeley Extension, Writing for Magazines: A One-Day Seminar, 1998

Two children, David and Aly, 1990, 1992

Swam on a relay team across the Maui Channel, 1991

Dissertation published in the New England Journal of Medicine, 1991

Climbed to a 20,000 peak in the mountains of Ladakh, India, 1987

Swam in U.S. Masters National Championships, 1982-1996, 2008

Went to trial against Eli Lilly (manufacturers of DES), 1987

Key Speaker at bill signing ceremony in Albany, N.Y. with Mario Cuomo, 1986

Lobbied for the passage of a toxic tort bill in New York State, 1980-1986

Ran New York City Marathon, 1983

Co-founded a national organization for women with DES-related cancer, 1982

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