FORGE STAFF

Lauren Roberts is the Executive Director for Forge Breast Cancer Survivor 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 supporting  and empowering women.  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 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 non-profits, and is enjoys making meaningful connections in the community. As Manager of Community Outreach, Claire
assists in furthering Forge’s sustainability, strengthening and establishing community partnerships, and marketing and communications.

Claire Gray

Manager of Community Outreach

Alaina Pineda is the Program and 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

Janet Dees is the Client Services Coordinator for Forge Breast Cancer Survivor 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

Jinida Holt is the Volunteer and Support Coordinator at Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center. She obtained her Bachelor of Social Work from Miles College, and her Master of Social Work from Alabama A&M University. She has exceptional experience working with vulnerable populations and program management with several non-profit organizations throughout the Birmingham area. Most recently, Jinida served as a Programs Coordinator at the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama where she worked with community stakeholders to help feed at-risk communities in need. She has also worked with AIDS Alabama JASPER House Rehabilitative Day Program overseeing the implementation of psychoeducational groups and therapeutic activities for individuals living with a dual diagnosis of HIV/AIDS and a serious mental illness. As Volunteer and Support Coordinator, she manages and implements Forge’s peer advocate program, support groups, and community outreach activities. Jinida is driven and dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families navigating through their breast cancer experience and finding ways for the community and volunteers to forge together and support those in need.

Jinida Holt

Volunteer & Support 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