Learn About Forge Survivorship Center

Getting Better Together

People often ask us about Forge Survivorship 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 they forge on through breast cancer.


Jinida Holt

Volunteer & Support Coordinator

Lauren Roberts is the Executive Director for Forge Survivorship Center. She earned her Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate at Louisiana State University. Lauren brings over 15 years of experience in a variety of non-profit settings and is passionate about improving the lives of others in her community. As Executive Director, Lauren oversees the operations, strategic planning, and resource management of the organization.

Lauren Roberts

Executive Director

Claire Gray is the Manager of Community Outreach for Forge Survivorship 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 in the community. 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 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 is the Volunteer Coordinator for Forge Survivorship 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 Toney-Schmitt

Volunteer Coordinator

Janet Dees is the Client Services Coordinator for Forge Survivorship Center. She earned her Bachelor of Nursing degree from Samford University and her Master of Business Administration from UAB. Janet has over 20 years of experience working with women and their health-related issues. She is passionate about providing support and resources to women and those who love them as they navigate the cancer experience. As the Client Services Coordinator, Janet works with our clients to create the best possible plan to help meet their needs and situation.

Janet Dees

Client Services Coordinator

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


Susan Sellers, JD

St. Vincent's Foundation

Robin DeMonia

Direct Communications

Lauren Roberts, JD, ex officio

Forge Survivorship 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

Kidada Hawkins

Chief Operating Officer

Princeton Baptist Medical Center

Chris Nanni

President and CEO

Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

David Randall


UAB Health System


Kris Boone, RT(R)(M)

St. Vincent's Radiation Oncology Manager

Kathryn Bowden, JD, M.Ed.

Executive Director, Oasis Counseling for Women and Children

John Carpenter, M.D.

Emeritus Professor of Medicine, UAB

Madeline Harris, RN, MSN

Co-founder, UAB Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Center

Jennifer Hicks, MSHA, MBA

Administrative Director, UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care

Rachael Lancaster, M.D., FACS

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., MSHA

Executive Chef, Cooking with Cancer, Inc.

Laura Rutledge, RDN, CSO

Specialist in Oncology Nutrition, St. Vincent's Health System

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, M.D., FACS

Surgical Oncologist, Alabama Oncology

Sandra Tincher, M.D.

Radiation Oncologist, Brookwood Baptist Cancer Care Center




Phone: 205-838-6159

Fax: 205-833-2016


Address: 1321 19TH ST. S. BIRMINGHAM, AL 35205