A Night of Breast Health Awareness

On Tuesday, September 30, you are invited to join us for Susan G. Komen San Diego’s inaugural breast health awareness event, Screens, Genes & the Choices We Make. When it comes to breast cancer, there’s a lot of misinformation.  Screens, Genes & the Choices We Make will help cut through the confusion and get out the facts. The event will be hosted by San Diego’s own Emmy-winning women’s health advocate, Carol LeBeauwho will share her own breast cancer story and help thread the facts together.

Other speakers and topics:

Research:  What We Know Now, and the Promise of Tomorrow 
Stephanie Birkey Reffey, Ph.D., Managing Director, Evaluation & Outcomes, Susan G. Komen

Screening for Breast Cancer:  History, Guidelines, Technology, and Controversy 
Jennifer Mayberry, MD, Chief Radiologist, San Diego Imaging

Breast Cancer in Our Genes:  Genetic Breakthroughs Unlocking the Cure 
Ardy Arianpour, Chief Strategy Officer, Pathway Genomics

Lifestyle Leads to Health:  Diet.  Alcohol.  Exercise.  And …. Laughing! 
Amy Lisewski, Finest City Improv, Founder and Managing Director

All proceeds raised directly benefit Susan G. Komen San Diego. With $1 million invested this year alone, Komen San Diego continues to be the County’s largest provider of free breast cancer treatments, services, and support and is the only organization providing qualified women the free services they need for every step of the breast cancer journey. These services include free diagnostic mammograms, life-saving screenings, surgeries, temporary financial aid for living expenses, meal deliveries, education, outreach and more. Also, next to the U.S. government, Komen is the largest funder of breast cancer research in the world.

Please help us do more, as women continue to face breast cancer and struggle to meet their families’ needs. We look forward to your positive response and, most importantly, sharing this special evening with you.

Please also consider joining our Honorary Committee

  • VIP Honorary Committee Table $1.000: 10 VIP tickets, valet parking, listing in the event program, recognition in all social media and that evening.
  • Honorary Committee Table $500: 10 preferred seating tickets, listing in the event program and recognition in all social media

Email Laura Farmer Sherman to sign up for the Honorary Committee.

Want to join the Honorary Committee but don’t need ten tickets? Then donate them back to us!


What: Screens, Genes, & the Choices We Make — A Susan G. Komen event about breast health awareness

When: Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Reception: 5:00 p.m.
Dinner and Program: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Where: Del Mar Marriott
11966 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130

Tickets:$50/ Person
$500/ Table

Tickets are limited.

Speakers and Topics

carol photoCarol LeBeau

As a #1 TV news anchor in southern California for nearly 30 years, Carol LeBeau covered some of the nation’s most important stories. She’s won numerous awards for her work and is a popular speaker and emcee at women’s events and health symposia/conferences. During her tenure at KGTV, she accumulated an impressive collection of awards … among them a Golden Mike, San Diego Press Club awards and C. Everett Koop award for health reporting. But one that speaks to her heart was from the Society of Professional Journalists for a series called “Mission to Heal.” Carol accompanied a local relief team of medical professionals who set up clinics in two tsunami-devastated fishing villages in southeastern India. Carol has toured with the Pope, jogged with the president and interviewed Oprah. She also has the distinction (with TV colleague Kimberly Hunt) to be part of the longest-running female news anchor team in the country. Carol is now a motivational speaker and free-lance journalist. She is also working as a health advocate for Palomar-Pomerado Health (PPH) in San Diego. Carol and her husband, Tom (a retired Navy pilot) live in Coronado, California.


Stephanie-Reffey-1Research:  What We Know Now, and the Promise of Tomorrow 
Stephanie Birkey Reffey, Ph.D.,
Managing Director, Evaluation & Outcomes,
Susan G. Komen

Prior to joining Komen, Dr. Reffey spent eight years at SAIC, Inc. supporting the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). During this time, she provided scientific and programmatic support to the DoD’s Breast Cancer Research Program as well as other targeted research programs administered by CDMRP, including the recruitment of leading experts to each research program’s Integration Panel, coordination and management of annual Vision Setting (strategic planning) meetings, and scientific oversight for the programmatic review process. Dr. Reffey also provided subject matter expertise and technical oversight for CDMRP’s program evaluation efforts including the identification, classification, and tracking of research outcomes from over 4,000 research projects funded by CDMRP. In addition, she served as the Project Manager and Technical Lead for the DoD Breast Cancer Research Program’s 5th Era of Hope Conference.


Jennifer photoScreening for Breast Cancer:  History, Guidelines, Technology and Controversy 
Jennifer Purdy Mayberry, MD

Tri-City Medical Group

Dr. Jennifer Purdy Mayberry, M.D. has 14 years of experience in Diagnostic Radiology, specializing in women’s imaging and breast interventional procedures. She obtained her bachelor’s degree with honors in Chemistry from Louisiana Tech University, followed by  earning her medical degree from the University of Arkansas in 1994. Dr. Mayberry completed 2 years of surgical residency at Brigham and Woman’s Hospital in Boston Massachusetts, initiating her desire to pursue women’s health issues. She went on to receive the Ethicon/Society of University Surgeons Research Fellow Scholarship and was a research fellow at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Roxbury, Massachusetts. She completed her radiology residency at Oregon Health Sciences University in 2003 and became certified by the American Board of Radiology in 2004.


Ardy photoBreast Cancer in Our Genes:  Genetic Breakthroughs Unlocking the Cure
Ardy Arianpour, MBA
Chief Strategy Officer
Pathway Genomics

Ardy Arianpour is a seasoned business development veteran who brings to Pathway Genomics more than 13 years of experience in the biotech industry. As chief strategy officer, he is responsible for spearheading the company’s global strategy, strategic planning, and lucrative partnerships for the company. Arianpour has a distinguished track record of transforming start-up companies into established and recognized multimillion-dollar enterprises. Most recently, he was the senior vice president of business development for Ambry Genetics and helped lead the company through a period of tremendous growth.


amyLifestyle Leads to Health:  Diet.  Alcohol.  Exercise.  And …. Laughing! 
Amy Lisewski
Founder and Managing Director
Finest City Improv

Early one Saturday morning while driving from San Diego to Los Angeles for improv, it suddenly dawned on Amy: “Why am I making this long trip to another city to learn and perform improvisation? Shouldn’t San Diego have a place where people from all walks of life, all ages, and all levels of experience come together to laugh, learn and perform?”


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