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.

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.

Marna BrennanMarna BrennanSecretary – 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. ZeroTreasurer 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.

Russell BoschettiBoard Member – 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.

Alexa AnchetaBoard Member

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Mark BregmanBoard Member

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Terry MooreBoard Member

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Carol EddyClinician, 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 RomeroClinician

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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.

Honarary Members

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.