About | Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center
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Learn About Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center

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 Director 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 Director, Caroline oversees the operations, strategic planning, and resource management of the organization.

Caroline McClain



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

Claire Gray

Claire Gray is the Manager of Community Outreach for Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Birmingham-Southern College and her Masters of Public Administration from UAB. Claire has nearly a decade of experience in a variety of non-profit settings, and is passionate about making meaningful connections among community donors and Forge’s mission. As the Manager of Community Outreach, Claire assists in implementing Forge’s sustainability & outreach initiatives, strengthening and establishing community partnerships, and marketing and communications.

Claire Gray

Manager of Community Outreach

Alaina Pineda

Alaina Pineda is the Program & Data Coordinator for Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Elon University, her Master of Industrial Design from University of the Arts, and her Master of Science in Health Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Alaina has over 10 years of experience supporting healthcare organizations in their efforts to develop strategic plans and programs that meet the needs of their patients, staff and the community at large. She is passionate about finding creative ways the healthcare industry can be innovated to improve experience, care and outcomes. As the Program & Data Coordinator, Alaina is responsible for the development and management of the high-impact programming that Forge offers the community as well as reporting on Forge’s data and outcomes to inform positive healthcare transformations across the country.

Alaina Pineda

Program & Data Coordinator

Christina Schmitt

Christina is the Volunteer Coordinator for Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center. She earned her Bachelor of Religion at Samford University and Master of Divinity at Emory University. She has several years of volunteer coordinating experience with cultural institutions, and is excited to engage her passions for compassionate care and volunteerism at Forge. She is dedicated to enhancing volunteers' experiences by listening to their passions and skills and seeking where they can be present in exciting and creative ways at Forge. As the Volunteer Coordinator, she recruits and trains volunteers, oversees volunteer activities and events, and oversees the Lifestyle Programs.

Christina Schmitt

Volunteer Coordinator

Samantha Nichols

Samantha Nichols is an intern at Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center. She is a current student at Samford University and is working on earning her Bachelors of Science in Nursing with a minor in psychology. She is part of the Micah Fellows program at Samford University, which is an honors program devoted to service where each student chooses a nonprofit in the Greater Birmingham Community to serve throughout college. Samantha chose to join Forge because she is passionate about healthcare and wants to learn ways to find resources for patients that best suit them as individuals. As a co-survivor, Samantha desires to support the breast cancer community and gain knowledge on new ways to make the healthcare world a more positive place for patients.

Samantha Nichols

Forge Intern

Leadership Team

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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

Kidada Hawkins

Chief Operating Officer

Princeton Baptist 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

Susan Sellers


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, BenchMark

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 Capstone Rural Health Laura Crandall Brown Foundation Nourishing Plate


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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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