Meet the Team
Dr. Frances Baumgarten – President – The co-founder and clinical leader of the Center for Cancer Counseling. A two-time survivor of cancer, her passion to help cancer patients and their families manage and survive cancer, along with her personal experience with cancer led her to begin this non-profit organization. In practice as a licensed clinical psychologist for over 30 years, Dr. Baumgarten earned her Ph.D. from California School of Professional Psychology.
Marna Brennan – Secretary – Marna Brennan joins us as the owner of a real estate company that is passionate about our cause. Her many years of business acumen in marketing has added a dimension to our vision to help bring The Center to a new level of awareness to the public. She has seen, first hand, how important the Center is to those in need of a helping hand to those with cancer, and their loved ones. Her vision is to reach out to those that are not aware that there is an amazing resource here, with our Center, that can be a guiding light to those in need.
Mergim I. Zero – Treasurer CPA – Our most recently appointed Board Member, Mr. Zero, has been a practicing CPA for over 30 years. He has accumulated extensive experience in tax planning, administration and compliance with a primary focus on corporate, individual and fiduciary taxation. His acquired skill set has allowed him to function within the traditional roles of a CPA as well as those more demanding as in the arena of court appointed guardianship and trustee.
Terry Moore – Attorney
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Dr. Martin Perez – Board Member – Dr. Perez is a USC-trained clinical psychologist, and for over 20 years has conducted National Cancer Institute-funded research and consulted at various cancer centers throughout Southern California. His clinical specialties include treating mood disorders arising from medical illness, treatment-related sexual dysfunction, and understanding the role culture plays in Latino patients’ quality of life. Currently, Dr. Perez is a consulting psychologist at the Cancer Center at Hoag Memorial Hospital and has a comprehensive psycho-oncology practice in Newport Beach, CA.
Alexa Ancheta – Board Member – Alexa Ancheta joins us as a professional Marketer. She has extensive experience developing marketing strategies to help drive performance and optimization for multi-channel marketing efforts. Through experiencing the impact cancer had on her family, she is deeply passionate about providing services for patients and their families to help navigate cancer. Alexa will support strategic planning to drive growth and awareness for The Center through fundraising, community outreach, and corporate partnerships.
Mark Bregman – Board Member
Mark Bregman is a retired CEO of a boutique retained executive search firm, and has created and managed 4 other entrepreneurial businesses. He has extensive experience serving on boards of non-profit organizations in several fields. He holds an MA in Psychology. Mark will be helping the board with marketing and business expansion strategies.
Carol Eddy – Clinician, MA, LMFT – is a compassionate Licensed Psychotherapist in Orange County since 1997. She has supported The Center since it opened. Her clinical specialty is committed to assisting Cancer Patients and their Caretakers improve their coping skills when their lives are affected by Cancer. Personally impacted by Cancer, she has been a primary caretaker for several of the closest people in her life. Carol feels honored to work so closely with others who are faced with cancer, to navigate and find their “new normal.” In addition to her clinical practice she also has facilitated workshops and retreats as well as cancer support groups at several local Orange County hospitals. She has a private practice in Newport Beach and is also actively involved with several non-profit cancer organizations.
Xiomara Romero – Clinician –Xiomara Romero, Clinician, MS, LMFT- has worked in the non-profit and private sector providing multicultural and bilingual counseling services. She is compassionate and supportive in working with Cancer patients and their families. Xiomara has specialized clinical training in Grief and loss and EMDR (eye movement desensitization Reprocessing) a specialized trauma treatment. In her practice Xiomara works with families, adolescents and young adults in finding solution-focused approach to coping with stressors. Xiomara has been working in the Mental Health field for over ten years and licensed as Marriage and Family Therapist since 2014. She received her Masters of Science from San Diego State University in which her program was aligned with her passion for social justice and multi cultural counseling.
Dr. George Orras – Co-founder and Adviser – The co-founder of the Center for Cancer Counseling. His shared vision for helping cancer patients and their families led him to team with Dr. Baumgarten in the development of this non-profit organization. His expertise is in mental health program development and management. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, his MBA from Pepperdine University.
Russell Boschetti – Russell Boschetti is a respected mortgage professional with an education and career background in accounting and corporate finance. Russell shares the passion of our team, to enable support services for those affected by cancer. He is committed to expanding the reach of The Center, by building effective fund raising strategies, increasing support, and fostering growth via community outreach.
Paul Reynolds – One of the original board members of the Center for Cancer Counseling. Paul’s dedication and belief in the Center for Cancer Counseling’s mission, of helping cancer patients and their families, has been a steady source of support and strength for the Center’s growth. Paul is well known in the community and maintains an active business career.
Tim Torre CPA – As one of the original Board Members, Tim has been an important and vital member for the Center for Cancer Counseling’s growth and stability. Tim is a well-respected and busy CPA maintaining a practice in Irvine CA.