Administrative Staff

Joey Shanahan, MPH, CFRE Executive Director/CEO Joey joined CSCRB in 2018 as Director of Development & Chief Operating Officer and became Executive Director/CEO in December 2019. Joey has spent her entire career in the nonprofit sector, most recently as Executive Director of South Central Scholars, a college access and success organization supporting low-income students across Los Angeles County. Joey became a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for foster youth in 2020. Joey obtained her undergraduate degree in Health Sciences from San Francisco State University and her Master in Public Health from UCLA.

Nancy Lomibao, MS, LMFT
Program Director/Chief Clinical Officer

Nancy joined CSCRB in May 2014. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and earned her M.S. Degree in Marriage Family & Child Counseling in 1996 from California State University Dominguez Hills.  She enjoys working with adults, teens, children and couples.

Judith K. Opdahl
Planned Giving & Legacy Gifts Officer

After attending programs and fighting Stage 4 cancer, Judith became more involved with the community to give back for the incredible resources and support that she received. Having cancer was a life-changing time for her career and in 1994, she became the Executive Director/CEO of our organization. After nearly 25 years in this position, she is now part-time on staff as Director of Legacy and Planned Gifts and building our Legacy of Hope Society with donors who wish to leave a gift to support the organization’s future.

Theresa Plakos
Public Relations Director

Theresa joined CSCRB in 2010 after a good friend was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her passion for her work was further fueled by the loss of her father and stepfather to lung cancer. She started as the Public Relations-Outreach Manager and assumed the position of Public Relations Director in 2015. Theresa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University Long Beach. She enjoys working with the local media as well as the medical and non-medical communities throughout the South Bay and surrounding areas to spread the word about Cancer Support Community’s many free programs, services and fundraising events.

Jackie Suiter
Director of Development

Jackie joined CSCRB in Feb 2020 as Director of Development. Jackie brings an extensive 20-year background in sales and marketing with a large Fortune 500 company to the role. In addition, she previously served as a volunteer and chairperson for the Sandpipers Organization, providing support to many local Southbay charities.

Jackie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from The University of Arizona. She is a current member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.

Nida Padilla
Program Manager

Nida joined CSCRB in 2006 and has served in many roles over the years. Nida currently manages all programmatic scheduling, online registration, database operations, and participant support.

Pam Martis
Accountant & Development Coordinator

Pam joined CSCRB in November 2014 using her financial experience to manage all organizational accounting and finances. Pam also has a love for raising funds through silent auctions and solicits over 500 items a year for our fundraising events.

Kelly Zamarripa-DeTate
Events Manager

Kelly’s passion for creativity and design have shaped her notable success as an events manager in the South Bay. Her gifts of organization, imagination and enthusiasm help create unique and memorable moments. Living and raising her family in Redondo Beach for the past 20 years, Kelly has a true love for the beach and the South Bay vibe. In 2019, Kelly joined the Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach, giving her the perfect outlet to apply her event planning and management talents towards making a difference in the lives of those fighting cancer in her community.

Alex Lasso De La Vega
Office Manager

Alex joined CSCRB in 2019. She manages all office operations and our volunteer program. Alex received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from Cal State Los Angeles.

Carla Bick
Cancer Support Navigator

Carla joined CSCRB in April 2021 as a Cancer Support Navigator. Originally from the East Coast, she moved with her family to Redondo Beach in 2018. Carla holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York University. She has 20+ years of work experience in both the Not-For-Profit and Corporate industries.  Most recently she worked on Tour de Pier as an event coordinator which combined her love for spinning and helping to raise money and awareness for Cancer.