The people who
move us forward

The dedicated, talented individuals of the Rivkin Center work hard to carry out our mission and bring us closer to our goal of eradicating ovarian cancer.

MEET THE RIVKIN CENTER TEAM

Our staff runs the day-to-day operations of the organization and is devoted to helping raise funds and awareness within the community.

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JOE WHITE
Executive Director
(206) 215-6063
joe.white@swedish.org
JACLYNN RODRIGUEZ
Development Director
(206) 215-2204
jaclynn.rodriguez@swedish.org
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JULIE ANDERSON
Development Manager
(206) 215-6044
julie.anderson@swedish.org
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KIRAN DHILLON, PHD
Director of Scientific Programs
(206) 215-2964
kiran.dhillon@swedish.org
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JACKIE LANG, PHD
Scientific Programs Manager
jacquelyn.lang@swedish.org

HEIKE MALAKOFF
Director of Education & Marketing
(206) 963-6556
heike.malakoff@swedish.org
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KAYLA DRISCOLL
Education Director
(509) 389-9442
kayla.driscoll@swedish.org
MOLLY OSHIN
Education & Engagement Manager
molly.oshin@swedish.org
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BRIT THOMPSON
Marketing & Communications Manager
britney.thompson@swedish.org
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MICHELE KOHORN
Education Program Coordinator
michele.kohorn@rivkin.org

MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Rivkin Center Board of Directors works to guide the passion of our staff, researchers, and all our contributors, and makes it possible for us to support ovarian cancer research around the world.

Officers


SAUL RIVKIN, MD
Founder and Chairman




THOMAS BROWN, MD
Vice Chair
Executive Director, Swedish Cancer Institute
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GLORIA BENSUSSEN
Immediate Past President


BOBBIE HINTON
President
Community Leader


ALEX SMITH
Secretary
CEO, Kaye-Smith

Members

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GARNET ANDERSON, PHD
Senior VP & Director
Public Health Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
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DONNA BENAROYA
Community Leader

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JOYCE CUTLER
Washington Trust Bank

CHARLES DRESCHER, MD
GYN Oncologist, Pacific Gynecology Specialists
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

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EDDIE FISHER [Emeritus] Edward L. Fisher Investment Co.


LIBBY HANNA, PhD

Research Psychologist and Principal, Hanna Research & Consulting LLC


MAITREYI (MAI) KRISHNASWAMY
Director International for Amazon Echo
Amazon

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SUSUN LIVINGSTON
Community Leader

C. ERIC MORSE
CEO
Sales Result, Inc.


MELISSA RIVKIN
Director of Advancement, Northwest Yeshiva High School

KATERIE LAUGHLIN SCHEI
VP Finance and Administration
Laughlin Industries


TANYA SORENSEN, MD
Executive Director, Women’s Services,
Swedish Health Services
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Physician

KATHERINE STUELAND
Chief Commercial Officer
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KATIE VAN KESSEL, MD OB/GYN
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Overlake Medical Center


DAN VELJOVICH, MD
GYN Oncologist
Pacific Gynecology Specialists

KIRSTEN HART WARD
General Manager, Windows and Devices Marketing
Microsoft

Ex Officio :


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JOE WHITE
Executive Director
Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer



MARY (NORA) DISIS, MD
Associate Dean for Translational Health Sciences
University of Washington

MEET OUR SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD

The Rivkin Center strives for excellence in our scientific programming. Our Scientific Advisory board guides the work we do and helps shape our vision for the future of ovarian cancer research. The Board is led by Dr. Mary L. (Nora) Disis, MD, our Scientific and Medical Director, and consists of nationally recognized experts in ovarian cancer research.


DR. MARY L. (NORA) DISIS, MD
University of Washington




DR. SAUL E. RIVKIN, MD
Swedish Medical Center




DR. MICHAEL J BIRRER, MD, PHD

University of Alabama at Birmingham




DR. DAVID HUNTSMAN, MD
University of British Columbia, British Columbia Cancer Agency


DR. SANTO NICOSIA, MD
University of South Florida




DR. KUNLE ODUNSI, MD, PHD
Roswell Park Cancer Institute



DR. VICTORIA SEEWALDT, MD
Duke University



DR. WEIPING ZOU, MD, PHD
University of Michigan Medical School

MEET OUR CANCAN INSTRUCTORS

The Rivkin Center’s CanCan program provides free ovarian and breast health education workshops.

Kristin Anderson

Kristin, a BRCA1 mutation carrier, was diagnosed with aggressive triple negative breast cancer just one week after her 28th birthday. Fortunately, Kristin’s case was caught very early, and a treatment regimen of chemotherapy and surgery left her disease free. Kristin merged her graduate education in immunology with her passion for advancing cancer therapy and now works at the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to develop immunotherapy treatments for ovarian cancer patients. She joined the Rivkin Center team as a CanCan Instructor and Facilitator to raise awareness about the value of early detection and to empower others to be confident self-advocates with respect to healthcare.

Helen Chen

Helen was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 27. Her research focus had always been HIV, but after her diagnosis, she was fortunate to find a job working in breast cancer research at Cancer Prevention Institute of California. Working with CanCan seemed like a natural fit since she found her malignant lump while doing a self-breast examination. Fortunately, her mother suggested she consult the doctor who diagnosed her with Stage 1 breast cancer. Helen’s motto is, “a woman’s genius is her intuition” and her goal is that every women she educates adopts the same motto.

Claudia Cheyne-Cook

Becoming a CanCan breast and ovarian health instructor for The Rivkin Center has brought Claudia’s work full circle. Claudia has been a health advocate and dance movement specialist for over 25 years and teaches a specialized movement and exercise program to breast cancer and other cancer survivors.

Elizabeth Crouch

Elizabeth, PT, PA-C, BCC, is a certified life coach, wellness educator and community developer. She started her health career in physical therapy, then trained in primary care medicine, surgery and rehabilitation medicine. She now works with teens, young adults, physicians and emerging and established leaders in diverse professions and organizations, with a strong interest in keeping women healthy.

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Lauren is the CanCan health educator in the sunny, bustling Los Angeles area. Lauren is a proud ‘Triple Bruin’ finishing her UCLA undergraduate career in 2012 and currently pursuing her Masters in Public Health and Masters in Social Welfare at UCLA. While a CanCan student ambassador in 2015, Lauren was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and used the CanCan tools to be a self-advocate for her own body. Lauren is ecstatic to empower LA communities to advocate for their health and to promote early detection of breast and ovarian cancer, aka the lady cancers.

Vicki-McGrathVicki McGrath

As the Fitness and Wellness Director at the Peninsula Jewish Community Center Vicki’s primary objective is to design wellness programs that address the needs of her community. In 2012 Vicki designed a post operative breast cancer exercise program. As an instructor working with patients every day, Vicki is well aware of the complications derived from breast cancer. Vicki is certified through the American College of Sports Medicine holding 4 certifications – Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer, Exercise is Medicine, Health Fitness Director, and Exercise Physiologist. She is also a certified Breast Cancer Exercise Trainer through the Pink Ribbon Program, and is a Cancan Health Instructor and Survivor for the Rivkin Center.

Hana Murphy
Hana’s family has an extensive history of breast cancer, which initially motivated her to join the CanCan team as a UCLA Campus Ambassador in 2015. Since then she’s graduated and relocated to the Bay Area where she works in healthcare consulting. She’s thrilled to be a part of the CanCan instructor team and to be teaching in and around her hometown of San Francisco. Hana feels passionately about protecting and advancing women’s health and encourages everyone to know their normal!
sarena-perezSarena Perez

Sarena Perez is a stage III ovarian cancer survivor who is considered medically “cured” since being cancer free for 5 years. While going through treatment, Sarena started her own support group for women in her area under the age of 40 also fighting cancer. She is a full time student hoping to transfer to UC Berkeley in the spring of 2020 to complete her baccalaureate in psychology. She hopes one day to become a therapist who serves the AYA cancer population. Sarena is passionate about educating women about their cancer risk and in her free time enjoys traveling the world and hanging out with her long-haired dachshund, Pierre.  Sarena is based out of Oakland, CA.

Dona Pintea

Dona is a registered nurse, a health and wellness nurse coach, and a cancer thriver who is eager to teach women about knowing their bodies and being their own self advocates. She was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer called primary breast lymphoma, found while she was nursing her baby daughter. Her cancer experience has given her a passion to educate about prevention, spread awareness, and to give back to the cancer community.

Sachia Stonefeld Powell

In 2011, Sachia was looking for a 5K to race as motivation to keep running;  she had no family history of cancer or connection to the Rivkin Center.  She found the Swedish SummeRun and has captained a team ever since.  Six years after her first SummeRun, her gynecologist felt a mass during a routine gynecological exam.  She had no symptoms other than minor bloating and dull low back pain.  Following an ultrasound, CT scan, and hysterectomy, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, stage IIA.  In July 2017—three weeks after her last chemotherapy treatment—Sachia walked the SummeRun, still team captain of Team MidCentury Modern.  She is motivated to spread the word that cancer doesn’t just happen to “other people,” and that regular medical screenings can save your life.

MEET OUR CANCAN FACILITATORS

Katrina Cathcart

Katrina is an eight-year, three-time survivor of breast cancer. Her mother and aunt had breast cancer, her sister is a four-year survivor and a cousin has been in ongoing treatment for the past three years. She is the mother of four children (two biological and two adopted). She taught herself how to work, repair and build computers in the early 70’s and ran a computer lab for a non-profit for many years. She is a peer counselor for other breast cancer survivors. And like the hurricane she loves being forceful in telling women to get their mammograms.

Julie Duggan

Julie attended UW nursing school, after she worked 12 years in acute care (med surg/labor and delivery/critical care) at UW Med Center. Following that, she worked 20 years in the medical device industry in varying roles of sales, sales support, educator, medical liaison and research. In October 2015, Julie was diagnosed with Stage 3C ovarian cancer after it was discovered during an MRI for a groin injury. She underwent debunking surgery and 6 rounds of chemo ending in March 2016. Julie is now NED and has returned to all the activities of her life before cancer (e.g. cycling and hiking). She feels great and is excited to be involved in efforts to educate women about this disease.

cancan-instructorGail Fay

Gail Fay is a freelance editor/writer as well as a reader, exerciser, nature lover, photographer dabbler, sports fanatic, dog person, and two-time ovarian cancer survivor. After a life-changing week at an Epic Experience camp for adult cancer survivors, Gail decided to start giving back in the cancer community. She’s now an Epic Experience volunteer, both at the adventure camps and as the wordsmith of all things written. In October 2017, Gail joined the CanCan team as a facilitator at UCLA, her alma mater.

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I was born and raised in Chicago, IL, attended undergraduate at Tulane University, and received my J.D. from DePaul University.  After law school, I practiced civil rights law in Chicago, including police misconduct, employment discrimination and 1st amendment cases. When I moved to Seattle with my family in 1997, I became a full time stay at home mom. I’ve been married to my husband, Chuck (a Rivkin board member), for 25 years. We have 3 children: Noah, Ben and Rebecca. In 2016, I was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer after a routine mammogram. After a lumpectomy and radiation, I am happy to say I am thriving. I am committed to working with the Rivkin Center as a facilitator and instructor because I believe people need to be their own best health advocate and need to know their own bodies in order to have the best outcomes. In my free time, I love to read, see live music, and spend time on water.
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Jo grew up outside of Boston MA and has lived Philly, DC, Redmond, London and now resides in Bellevue.  In Dec. 2017 Jo was diagnosed with stage 2b invasive breast cancer discovered by a routine mammogram at age 52.   Because her mom passed away in her 50’s from breast cancer, Jo had genetic testing done.  Despite the family history, she tested negative for the BRCA genes.   She opted for a single mastectomy with reconstruction, and underwent chemo, radiation and a now is taking an estrogen blocker for the next 5-10 years.  Jo loves to play tennis, work out, hike with her dogs and works part time.  She has been married 23 years and has three boys ages 22, 19 and 17. “This has been the most vulnerable yet strongest time in my life.  I feel extremely fortunate to have caught this early and have been grateful for the support of incredible family, friends, and doctors.  Being active has been a vital component- both physically and mentally – to my recovery.  When first diagnosed I attended a CanCan party that profoundly helped me early in my journey and knew this is how I wanted to give back and help others.”

Stacy Goldsby

Stacy is a Bay Area native and health education advocate. In her 27- year career, she’s worked as a communicable disease intervention specialist, wellness coach, and now as a training coordinator for homecare providers. Her mother lost her battle with breast cancer at age 48. Starting at age 30, Stacy began annual mammograms and hoped to make it to her 50th birthday, breast cancer-free. However, in 2012, at age 49, Stacy was diagnosed by “routine” mammogram and lumpectomy with Stage O breast cancer. Fueled by her mother’s legacy and with the support of family, friends, and an amazing medical team, she chose to undergo BRCA testing, bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction. Stacy believes every person’s journey is their own. Her mantra, “knowledge is power” inspires her to educate and support others to know their options making their health decisions with information, confidence and grace.

Michelle Greenberg

Michelle was diagnosed with stage 0 (ductal carcinoma in situ) breast cancer at the age of 37. Her breast cancer was detected through early mammogram screening, which she advocated for because of her family history. Her great aunt passed away from breast cancer and her mother is also a breast cancer survivor. Michelle is grateful that early detection saved her life and she hopes that her story will help other women know the importance of their family history and take a proactive approach to their healthcare.

Kristin-HouseKristin House

Kristin House was diagnosed with Stage 2+ breast cancer 2 months after her 38th birthday. At that time she was a single parent of nine-year-old Henry. She had a long, rigorous course of treatments including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and breast reconstruction.

During her early her treatments, Kristin said she would ‘kick cancer to the curb’ and she did. Now seven+ years past her diagnosis and treatment, she is healthy and active. She works as a Paralegal, has her own small clothing design business and is raising a teenager!

Kristin works with CanCan to educate and inspire, to dispel the myth and fears about breast cancer and, most importantly, to support women of all ages to know their bodies, be their own best advocates in all ways, including healthcare and finding life balance.

jeanna-cancanJeanna

When Jeanna turned 40 she was determined to walk her first Susan G. Komen 60 mile 3day in honor of her Grandmother who passed away from breast cancer. Within 2 weeks of completing the walk, during a self-exam she found that something didn’t feel “right” in her left breast. At her annual doctor appointment, her doctor felt the lump that she was feeling and sent her right away for a mammogram which was immediately followed by a biopsy. On Halloween 2012, while in the middle of a 3rd grade class party for one of her sons, she got the call that no one ever wants to get – the biopsy came back positive for breast cancer. Luckily it was found early enough for her to be a candidate for a lumpectomy and with her negative BRCA testing and low scoring “oncotype” testing, she escaped the devastation of chemotherapy. She completed 8 weeks of radiation and is now receiving hormone therapy. She has since been very vocal in her local community, especially within her boys’ schools (now ages 10 & 13) sharing how imperative early detection is and urging women to have their mammograms AND to do regular self breast exams. She’s excited and grateful to be a part of CanCan, inspired to spread the word about early detection and to empower women with valuable, life-saving information.

heather-macmillanHeather MacMillan

Heather was diagnosed with breast cancer at 41. She is a mother of two beautiful boys, ages 6 and 2. After nursing her oldest for almost three years, she was surprised by the problems she had nursing Chase his first 6 months. In January of 2008, when Chase was six months old, she found her lump while rubbing out recurrent plugged milk ducts. After weeks of research and a crash course in cancer study, Heather was happy to learn that while her cancer was invasive, it was slow growing and non-aggressive in form. She had a lumpectomy followed by radiation therapy. The support that came pouring in during her cancer journey has fueled her to give back as often as she can. She’s walked the Komen 3-Day walk, loving her time with CanCan and enjoying all the playful adventures that two young boys bring to her life.

headshotJackie L. Mungo is a minister, a mother, a grandmother and a passionate educator and activist in the fight against breast cancer. She is the former Health Programs Manager for African-American Outreach with the American Cancer Society and a breast cancer “Survivor Victorious” for over 26 years! She is also the CEO of The Healing Institute, where her aim is to provide a nurturing and healing space at diagnosis, during and after treatment. In gratitude for her healing, Jackie readily shares her survivor story with any and everyone.

Sachia Stonefeld Powell

In 2011, Sachia was looking for a 5K to race as motivation to keep running;  she had no family history of cancer or connection to the Rivkin Center.  She found the Swedish SummeRun and has captained a team ever since.  Six years after her first SummeRun, her gynecologist felt a mass during a routine gynecological exam.  She had no symptoms other than minor bloating and dull low back pain.  Following an ultrasound, CT scan, and hysterectomy, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, stage IIA.  In July 2017—three weeks after her last chemotherapy treatment—Sachia walked the SummeRun, still team captain of Team MidCentury Modern.  She is motivated to spread the word that cancer doesn’t just happen to “other people,” and that regular medical screenings can save your life.

nancy-sivitilliNancy Sivitilli

Nancy was 35 years old and the mom of two boys, ages 5 and 6 ½, when she was diagnosed in December of 2007 after finding her own lumps. With a common but more aggressive form of breast cancer she underwent several months of treatments including chemo, mastectomy and radiation, and like many women, had no family history. Her goal is to educate others on breast cancer health and remind everyone to enjoy life and appreciate its treasures.

michelle-tibbsMichelle Tibbs

Michelle is a breast cancer survivor of five years. She found her cancer at age 44 through mammography, and luckily, it was still in 0 stage. She received a lumpectomy and eight weeks of radiation and became a yoga and mat Pilates instructor.

cancan-facilitatorIlyse Wagner

In 2008, Ilyse attended a CanCan party and began performing monthly self- exams. Three years later, at age 41, despite having no family history, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She continued to work full time at Microsoft, raise three children, and run a half marathon while undergoing a unilateral mastectomy, six months of chemotherapy and three reconstructive surgeries. She credits her current good health to early detection, and wants to educate other women so that they can have the opportunity for the same successful outcome.

Jessica Woods

Jessica is originally from a small town in northern Alabama. She is an Air Force veteran and now a senior at Arizona State University. Jessica served 6 years as an Aircraft Structural Maintainer for the F-16 fighter jet and have been all over the world. She decided to separate from the military in 2016 to pursue medicine. Jessica is currently a Health Sciences major and plans on pursuing a career in trauma surgery. Her mother died of breast cancer when she was only 9 years old. In 2014, Jessica decided to have genetic testing and found she was BRCA 2 positive. After considering many options, Jessica decided to have a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy at the young age of 24. Her personal breast cancer risk went from 98% down to less than 5%. Jessica knew that she could not let breast cancer stop her from fulfilling her dreams of becoming a surgeon so she took a drastic, proactive step. Jessica is passionate about showing other women in her shoes that no matter what their risks may be, they are still in control of their future and can take proactive action against cancer.

MEET OUR CAMPUS AMBASSADORS

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Grace Madura
University of Southern California
Human Biology, Minor in Cinematic Arts

Grace is a junior at USC studying Human Biology and minoring in Cinematic Arts. As a pre-med student, she involves herself with health education in order to make a difference now while on track to be a women’s health physician. She participates in high school sex education programs and is looking forward to reaching her college community through the Rivkin Education Program. She views education as a necessary element of healthcare and looks forward to spreading that value in an exciting way with her peers. In her free time, Grace likes to explore LA, cook new recipes, watch movies and get some exercise outside. Her favorite part about USC is using her interdisciplinary studies to collaborate with her fellow Trojans from casual conversations to projects that make a difference in the community!

lauren-wagner-headshotLauren Wagner
University of Washington
Biology (Physiology)

Lauren is a senior studying Biology (Physiology) at UW. On campus, she has been involved in Peer Health Educators, a student-health advocacy group, and has served in noble clinics in rural areas of Panama last summer with the Global Medical Brigades. Her favorite part about being a Rivkin Center Ambassador is all the questions that get asked during a party. Not only are the facilitators well-equipped with the most recent information, but she loves how candid and honest women are about any fears and questions, and how Rivkin provides the perfect environment for everyone to share and learn together.

Nicole Sullivan
University of Washington
Health Informatics and Health Information Management

Nicole studies Health Informatics and Health Information Management in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington. During the school year, Nicole works as the Director of Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Activists at the Associated Students of the University of Washington, where she is the leader of the campus community through programming, education and advocacy for sexual assault and relationship violence. Nicole’s favorite thing about UW is the mascot: an actual husky dog named Dubs! Nicole is thrilled to continue to be a Campus Ambassador at the Rivkin Center because all of the women on both sides of her family have had breast cancer, so she desires to both learn and advocate for breast and ovarian health to women in her campus community.

Riya Goel
University of Southern California
Human Biology and Bioinformatics

Riya Goel is a rising Junior at USC studying human biology and bioinformatics. Her passion resides in cancer research; she has been studying lung adenocarcinoma with her laboratory for the last two years. She has held multiple leadership positions with several health education clubs on campus. USC offers a multitude of opportunities to get involved in medicine early; such explorations have helped develop her love for biology and healthcare. Her experiences with global health at a program through Oxford University as well as continuous work with a health-education based non-profit called TeachAIDS have strengthened her determination to create an equal opportunity for people to make well-informed choices regarding their health. Riya hopes to become an oncologist in the future, and she is thrilled to be a part of the Rivkin Center and begin her fight against cancer in a tangible way.

In her free time, Riya is a yoga instructor, photographer and writer. Her involvement with CorePower Yoga is one of her favorite things about USC. She loves taking photographs of her friends and sharing her commitments to yoga and meditation at health clinics in Los Angeles. She is indebted to the Rivkin education program for awarding her an opportunity to further her dedication to the field of cancer.

Stephanie Demo
UCLA
Microbiology

Stephanie is a senior at UCLA majoring in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics. She has participated in Relay for Life and worked as an undergraduate research assistant. After college, her goal is to have a career in Biotech. She has an innate curiosity for understanding the science behind cancer, and loves being able to support the Rivkin Center’s mission. Stephanie believes that education is an individual’s simplest and most powerful tool for standing up for their health. She is so excited to bring the informative, lively and inspiring CanCan parties to more women at UCLA. When not studying, she enjoys cooking for her friends, traveling and going for a run!

riley-rose-headshotRiley Rose
University of California, Berkeley
Integrative Biology

Riley is a senior majoring in Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley. Ever since she could remember, she has always been a total science lover. But once she got older, she developed a strong interest in the science behind reproduction and women’s health. Riley feels so lucky to work for the Rivkin Education Program to empower individuals to “know their body” and take charge of their health. While it will be very hard to leave Cal after graduation and its Saturday Football Game Days — her favorite days of the year — she hopes to travel abroad and then attend medical school to study obstetrics and gynecology. Outside of school, she likes to spend time with family, run, hike, and enjoy the beautiful outdoors!

Ally Nicholson
Washington State University
Strategic Communication Public Relations

Ally is a senior at WSU studying Strategic Communication Public Relations with a minor in Human Development.  She picked communication because she loves talking and collaborating with others inside and outside the classroom.  Ally is incredibly excited to work with the Rivkin Center and help educate all students at WSU about women’s health. When she is not busy with school, you can find her at all the Cougar Football Saturdays and exploring the Palouse. Her favorite part about WSU is the wonderful and kind people that live in Pullman and the overwhelming school pride!  Ally is excited to start her senior year and make her final memories at WSU count. Go Cougs!

Audrey Stegman
University of Utah
Kinesiology

Audrey is kinesiology major at the University of Utah. She is minoring in pediatric clinical research, chemistry, and modern dance. She plans on going to medical school and become a specialist. Cancer has personally affected her so she is very passionate about educating others on cancer which is why she became an Ambassador for the Rivkin Center. She loves the University of Utah because of all the opportunities the University gives students to grow and learn in and outside of the classroom.

Arica Pratt
University of Utah
Psychology

Arica is a sophomore at the University of Utah studying Psychology. She is currently working as a Medical Assistant, and striving towards becoming a Physician Assistant. Although work and school pretty much takes over her life, in her free time she enjoys spending time with family, volunteering with the elderly, and catching up on TV shows! Arica is so excited to get started with the Rivkin Center as she has a passion for reproductive health and believes that knowledge is power! She wants to spread the message that you are never too young or too healthy, cancer does not discriminate and that is why it is so important to know your body!

Molly Laviano
UCLA
Psychobiology

Molly is a senior at UCLA majoring in Psychobiology and minoring in Global Health. She is passionate about both biological science and social advocacy, hoping to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Health after she graduates. On campus, she has been involved with clubs and research that relate to female empowerment, cancer funding, and stroke treatment. After learning how to advocate on behalf of her own health, Molly loves teaching her friends and family to do the same! She is grateful that the Rivkin Center gives her the opportunity to reach a larger community on her school’s campus and educate other students on women’s health. Although she is sad to only have one year left being surrounded by such a supportive, ambitious, and caring student body, she is eager to make her last year at UCLA one that really counts!

If you’re interested in joining the team, view our open positions or email info@rivkin.org.