Our Leadership

Board of Directors

Elisabeth Lesser (Chair)

Co-Founder and CFO of Mattagan Properties, LLC

Cynthia Chen McTernan (Vice Chair)


Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Patricia Kennedy (Treasurer)

Senior Advisor

Asia Pacific Land Ltd.

Carol Kurland (Secretary)


J. Jeffrey Assaf

Senior Managing Director

ICG Advisors, LLC

Susan Dost


Sheridan In-Home Health Care

Mitch Golant, PhD FAPOS

Fellow, American Clinical Psychologist

American Psychosocial Oncology Society

Aaron De Los Reyes

Vice President, Softtek Industrial Solutions/ Product Management Services

Tom F. Keefer

General Manager

The New Mart, Inc.

Steven Rosen

President Creative Marketing and Publishing

Regime Music Group

Ruth Salk

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Our Team

Julia Forth

Chief Executive Officer

Cristin O'Leary Jones

Development Director

Nancy Willard

Operations and Finance Manager

Kathy Riley, MPH, CHES

Associate Director of Programs

Sigall Cahn, LCSW (LCSW68264)

Clinical and Program Director

Ashley Juhasz, AMFT (139873), MSW

Clinical Coordinator

Supervised by Sigall Cahn, LCSW #68264

Kelly Hagen

Development Coordinator

Edlin Rodarte

Program Coordinator

Sophia Makal, MA, AMFT, APCC (AMFT135485, APCC12559)

Clinical Associate

Supervised by Sigall Cahn, LCSW #68264

Fiorella Chujutalli, MS, AMFT

Bilingual Community Navigator (AMFT135074)

Supervised by Sigall Cahn, LCSW 68264

Program Facilitators

Rita Aron, LMFT (LMFT6255)


Deborah Brownstone, LCSW (LCSW22708)


Debbie Cervantes, LCSW (LCS100243)


Alexandra Gubin, MSW LCSW-C (LCSW86944)


William Kavanagh, LMFT (LMFT98486)


Julie LaCumbre, PsyD (PSY31212)


Julia Leavitt MSW, LCSW, OSW-C


Tom Pier, LCSW, OSW-C (LCS21605)


Jill Pomerantz, LCSW (LCSW24287)


Malcolm Schultz, JD, LMFT (LMFT25149)


Lynne Silbert, LMFT (LMFT19226)


Professional Advisory Board

  • Arash Asher, MD — Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Anita Bajpai, MD — Nutrition Medicine
  • Rachel Beller, MS, RD — Beller Nutrition                                                                                            
  • Anton Bilchik, MD — Providence Saint John’s Cancer Institute
  • Richard Essner, MD — Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Armando Giuliano, MD — Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Mitch Golant, PhD. — Private Practice Psychologist
  • Melanie Goldfarb, MD — Providence Saint John’s Cancer Institute
  • Behrooz Hakimian, MD — Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Omid Hamid, MD — The Angeles Clinic
  • Ronald Hurst, MD — California Oncology Research Institute
  • Scott Irwin, MD, PhD. — Cedars-Sinai Health System, Cedars-Sinai Cancer
  • Beth Karlan, MD — Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Santosh Kesari, MD, PhD —  Neuro-Oncology Pacific Neuroscience Institute
  • Laura Kruper, MD — City of Hope
  • Jennifer Linehan, MD — Providence Saint John’s Cancer Institute
  • Ghecemy Lopez, DSW, MAEd — Cedars-Sinai Cancer
  • Parvin Peddi, MD — Providence Saint John’s Cancer Institute
  • Heather Richardson, MD — Bedford Breast Center
  • Lisl Schweers, LCSW — Cancer and Blood Disease Institute, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • Dennis Slamon, MD, PhD — UCLA, Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Annette Stanton, PhD — UCLA Dept. of Psychology
  • David Wellisch, PhD — UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute
  • Deane Wolcott, MD — Emeritus Psychiatrist, Cedars-Sinai Health System