FORGE STAFF

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 | +1-205-990-5367

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 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 Hubbs Gray

Manager of Community Outreach | +1-205-990-5372

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 mentor 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 | +1-205-990-5368

Samantha Nichols is a former intern at Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center, who now serves as our Community Liaison. She is a student at Samford University and is working on earning her Bachelors of Science in Nursing with a minor in psychology. She joined us through 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 a breast cancer co-survivor who is passionate about healthcare and wants to learn ways to find resources for patients that best suit them as individuals. As Community Liaison, Samantha identifies potential new referral sources for Forge and shares information and resources with them to build our brand and increase our client base.

Samantha Nichols

Community Liaison | +1-205-990-5373

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 | +1-205-990-5369

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 | +1-205-990-5374

Dr. Chuck Shumate volunteers with Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center as our Clinical Liaison. He is a retired Breast Cancer Surgeon in Birmingham, with over 30 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from University of Alabama School of Medicine medical school. As Clinical Liaison, Dr. Shumate meets with surgeons, oncologists, radiologists, and other physicians and clinicians to promote the services and resources Forge provides to breast cancer patients, survivors, and co-survivors.

Dr. Charles Shumate

Clinical Liaison | +1-205-838-6159

Katie W Varner is interning with Forge Breast Cancer Survivorship Center. With a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Samford University, she is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Health at UAB. Katie is passionate about health equity through promotion, preservation, and enhancement of women’s health. In her intern role, Katie is engaged in community outreach for the broader Alabama area and assists with data analysis for programming and other support resources.

Katie Varner

Forge Intern | +1-205-838-6159

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