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Getting Better Together

People often ask us about Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center. We created Forge as a place where everyone who is touched by breast cancer can have a place to find strength through knowledge, support and encouragement. It’s a place for survivors, family, friends, supporters and co-survivors as forge on through breast cancer.

Forge Staff

Caroline McClain

Caroline McClain is the Manager of Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center. She earned her Bachelor of Science from Wake Forest University and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Marymount University. Caroline has over 10 years of experience working with local and international healthcare and nonprofit organizations. In these roles, her focus has been organization and program development, fundraising and capacity building, client advocacy and empowerment, and collaboration and community partnership. She has a passion for providing innovative and sustainable solutions to better serve our community. As Forge’s manager, Caroline oversees the operations, strategic planning, and resource management of the organization.

Caroline McClain

Manager

caroline@forgeon.org
Alia Tunagur

Alia Tunagur is the Data & Resource Coordinator for Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center. A graduate of Birmingham Southern College, Alia holds a degree in International Studies with a concentration in Analysis and Security. Alia is an avid traveler with a passion for empowering members of her community through education and collaboration. As Data & Resources Coordinator, Alia works directly with survivor and co-survivors, develops processes and protocols, collects and analyzes data, maintains the resource database, manages Forge’s Telephone Support Line, and oversees all social media and website platforms.

Alia Tunagur

Data & Resource Coordinator

alia@forgeon.org

Jasmine Ruffin

Jasmine Ruffin is the Volunteer Coordinator for Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center. Jasmine earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Social Work from the University of Alabama. She is certified by the State of Alabama Board of Social Work Examiners as a Licensed Master Social Worker. Jasmine underwent extensive training as a medical social worker during her UAB Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Fellowship. Subsequently, she has dedicated her career to serving those affected by chronic and acute health conditions. Jasmine finds joy in working directly with her clients and empowering them to overcome complex circumstances. She is passionate about working to rectify prevalent social justice issues that affect vulnerable populations. As Volunteer Coordinator, Jasmine works directly with survivors and co-survivors and recruits, trains and coordinates Volunteers to serve as Advocates, Peer Mentors, and Ambassadors for Forge.

Jasmine Ruffin

Volunteer Coordinator

Jasmine@forgeon.org
Toria Pettway

Toria Pettway is the Client Services Coordinator for Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center. Toria holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from Alabama A&M University and is certified by the State of Alabama Board of Social Work Examiners as a Licensed Bachelor Social Worker. Toria has over 10 years of experience as a social worker in both for profit and nonprofit settings. In these roles, she has functioned as an advocate, broker, case manager, educator, and facilitator with experience in the areas of child welfare and medical social work. As Client Services Coordinator, Toria is responsible for working directly with survivors and co-survivors and organizing Forge’s events and programs. She believes that knowledge is power. It is her goal to empower those affected by breast cancer through educating and linking them to services available to them through Forge and our community partners.

Toria Pettway

Client Services Coordinator

toria@forgeon.org
Renee Fenn

Renee Fenn is the Community Outreach Coordinator for Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Business Broadcasting from Baylor University. Her professional career has included developing and implementing growth as a marketing specialist, serving as a community leader, and managing several nonprofit and philanthropic initiatives. Renee is passionate about providing resources to make an impact in the lives of others. As Community Outreach Coordinator, Renee assists with marketing and communications, organization sustainability, and community outreach initiatives.

Renee Fenn

Community Outreach Coordinator

renee@forgeon.org

The Volunteer Coordinator will be responsible for managing and implementing volunteer-related objectives. The Volunteer Coordinator will also work closely with Forge staff members to provide direct services to breast cancer survivors and their loved ... READ MORE

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The Development Associate will be responsible for donor database management, increasing fundraising capacity, and development-related research and reporting. The Development Associate will also work closely with the Forge Manager to implement develop... READ MORE

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Leadership Team

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Amy Beard

Vice President of Women's Services

Brookwood Medical Center

Wayne Carmello-Harper

Vice President Ascension Health and Chief Mission Integration Officer

St. Vincent's Health System

Paul Graham

Chief Administrative Officer

Grandview Medical Center

Chris Nanni

President and CEO

Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

David Randall

SVP, Strategic Planning and Business Development

UAB Health System

Project Advisors

Madeline Harris

Director Women's Breast Health Fund of The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

Susan Sellers

President St. Vincent's Foundation

Clinical Advisory Committee

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Kris Boone , RT(R)(M)

St. Vincent's Radiation Oncology Manager

Kathryn Bowden , M.Ed., J.D.

Executive Director, Oasis Counseling for Women and Children

John Carpenter , M.D.

Emeritus Professor of Medicine, UAB

Janet Dees , RN, BSN, MBA

Nurse Navigator

Brookwood Baptist Medical Center Cancer Center

Silvia Gisiger-Camata , RN, MPH

Program Director, UAB School of Nursing

Jennifer Hicks , MSHA, MBA

Administrative Director, UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care

Rachael Lancaster

Assistant Professor of Surgery, UAB Division of Surgical Oncology

Marsha Newton , BS, LBSW

Resource Navigator / Social Worker, Princeton Baptist Medical Center

Amanda Peterson , PT, DPT, CLT

Breast Cancer Rehabilitation, Therapy South

Alaina Pineda , MSHA

Consultant

Clarus Consulting Group, Inc

Luis F. Pineda , M.D., M.S.H.A.

Executive Chef, Cooking with Cancer, Inc.

Laura Rutledge , MA

RD-Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition Sciences, UAB

Carolina Salvador , M.D.

UAB Hematology Oncology, Integrative Medicine Clinic Director

Carol Stephens , PT, CLT-LANA

Director, Rehab Services, Brookwood Baptist

William A. Thompson, III , MD, FACS

Surgical Oncologist, Alabama Oncology

Sandra Tincher , MD

Radiation Oncologist, Brookwood Baptist Cancer Care Center

Partners

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Brookwood Baptist Health Community Foundation
					 of Greater Birmingham Grandview Medical Center St. Vincent's Health System UAB Medicine

Collaborators

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Oasis Counseling for Women & Children
Gateway Family Solutions
Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Alabama Cooperative Extension System
Jefferson County Master Gardeners

Supporters

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Contact

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Phone: 205-838-6159
Fax: 205-838-6295
Email: info@forgeon.org
Address: 1 Medical Park East Drive, Birmingham, AL 35235

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