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Our Board Members are all volunteers. They are the leaders of the Foundation. They actively share their expertise and represent the Foundation to their connections and in the community. They are stewards for the Foundation. The Board has two primary focuses: Governance and Development. Governance involves affirming and adhering to the Foundation’s vision and determining a strategy that helps ensure the organization’s financial health and long-term sustainability and growth. Development responsibilities include more than a proscribed amount of money and time to the organization. Development involves identifying and cultivating potential donors, sponsors, and other Board Members.

Sandra Wing

Sandra Wing

President
Sandra Wing Bio

The language of cancer is grim: chemotherapy, radiation, mastectomy, bone marrow transplant, infusions. But cancer survivor, Sandra Wing has introduced a different vocabulary for cancer patients: acupuncture, acupressure, meditation, guided imagery, and therapeutic massage. In 2008, she created the Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation to help remove some of the financial burden so that a cancer patient can experience healing therapy comfort throughout his/her treatment.

Sandra is a proud US Army Veteran and has a BS and MBA degree in business management. She is also certified as a Project Management Professional and has a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

Sandra is the CEO/President for the Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation.

She is an active community member and also serves as an advisory board member to Hope Hospice.

Wende Amerie

Wende Amerie

Secretary
Wende Amerie Bio

Wende Amerie joined the board in January 2017. She is serving as the foundation’s secretary and Director of the Auction committee. Wende resides in Livermore, CA. She is the Chief Operating Officer for Corporate Edge, a leadership consulting firm located in San Francisco, CA. She has been a volunteer for the organization since 2015 and is grateful to serve her community in this way.

Kim Smith

Kim Smith

Treasurer

Kim Smith joined the Sandra J. Wing board in February 2019. She is a financial advisor at Mass Mutual in Walnut Creek. Kim felt led to the Sandra J. Wing Foundation through numerous connections and was inspired to extend her ability to serve through contributing to this worthwhile cause. Her experience with For Profit and Non-Profit organizations provides her the ability to contribute with fresh ideas, contacts, and experience to the board. Kim has had family members, friends, and co-workers impacted by cancer. Kim and her business partner have supported the Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation over the years.

Rishi Sawhney, MD

Rishi Sawhney, MD

Director

Dr. Sawhney is an Oncologist with Valley Medical Oncology Consultants. He is the Medical Director of the Cancer Program at Stanford Healthcare at ValleyCare. He completed subspecialty fellowships in Hematology-Oncology & Geriatrics at UCLA. His residency training in Internal Medicine was at the Case Western Reserve University program, where he also served as a Chief Resident.

He has dedicated himself to building a community cancer program that provides university level care with a personalized touch close to home. These efforts culminated in the development of a multidisciplinary, nationally accredited breast center of excellence. This center is now a beacon of light providing truly comprehensive, compassionate and personalized breast cancer care to patients throughout Northern California.

Emily Abe, MD

Emily Abe, MD

Director

Dr. Emily Abe joined the board in September 2017. She is a breast surgeon with Epic Care, and has been practicing in the East Bay since 2015. She believes in the importance of comprehensive care that addresses multiple facets of the cancer patient’s journey – from diagnosis to treatment to survivorship. She is honored to be part of the Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation Board of Directors and to be able to help patients in the area receive complimentary healing therapies.

Margaret Miner

Margaret Miner

Director

After being introduced to Sandra in the summer of 2018, Margaret knew that had her mom received the benefit of the Foundation’s services, her quality of life during her treatments for breast and fallopian tube cancers would have been greatly improved.   She is thrilled to bring her expertise in fundraising and networking to the Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation, with the goal of enabling the Foundation’s services to reach as many people in need as possible. Margaret joined the Board of Directors in May 2019, and is honored to be a member of an organization that positively impacts the members of our community.  She is the founder and owner of VinoDestinations, a full-service travel agency specializing in international and domestic wine-themed travel.

Hilary Strain

Hilary Strain

Director

Hilary Strain joined the Board in July 2019.  Hilary is a resident of Pleasanton and has been the Chief Financial Officer of Wing Venture Capital since 2013.  Prior to that she was the Chief Financial Officer of Alta Partners, a life sciences venture capital firm for 15 years.

Hilary was introduced to The Sandra J Wing Healing Therapies Foundation through her volunteer work with her daughter in the National Charity League.  Hilary and her daughter have volunteered with the Ragin Cajun Gala for two years.  Hilary was inspired to join the Board as a result of her work with the Foundation, and a desire to do more with the organization in its mission to bring assistance to cancer patients in the Tri-Valley.