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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


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. Prior to joining the Forge Team, Alia worked for St. Vincent's Foundation. She is an avid traveler with a passion for empowering members of her community through education and collaboration. As Forge's Data & Resources Coordinator, Alia collects and analyzes data, develops processes and protocols, maintains the resource database, manages Forge’s Telephone Support Line, and oversees all social media and website platforms.

Alia Tunagur

Data & Resource Coordinator


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


Volunteer Coordinator


The Program Associate will be responsible for a variety of high-impact programming that Forge offers the community. The Program Associate will also work closely with Forge staff members to provide direct services to breast cancer survivors and their ... READ MORE


Program Associate


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


Development Associate


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

Silvia Gisiger-Camata, RN, MPH

Program Director, UAB School of Nursing

Teneramie Hall, MSW, LBSW, CN-BM

Care Coordinator with Viva Health, Sister Talk Breast Cancer Support Group Facilitator with Susan G Komen NCA

Jennifer Hicks, MSHA, MBA

Administrative Director, UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care

Pamela James, FNP-BC, CRNP-C, AOCN, CMBS

Nurse Practitioner, Alabama Oncology, UAB West

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

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


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


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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


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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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