karuna3Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director

Professional Bio

  • Hometown: Berkeley, CA
  • Best decision ever: Joining Breast Cancer Action
  • Most unusual job: Wrangler

Karuna brings a personal commitment to creating health equity and a professional expertise in applied research and policy advocacy to her understanding of the breast cancer epidemic. Recognizing that social injustices and environmental factors put each of us at risk of developing breast cancer, regardless of family medical history, Karuna insists that personal lifestyle choices will not protect us from breast cancer.

As BCAction’s executive director, Karuna’s vision for health equity awards every woman affected by breast cancer the power and knowledge to make informed decisions that enable them to take control of their healthcare.  This includes a woman’s right to access affordable treatment options, to create individualized treatment plans that reflect personal values and priorities, and to avoid involuntary exposure to environmental toxins. Karuna is an unapologetic patient advocate for close family members who have undergone treatment for breast cancer.  She is the parent of 2 daughters and aunt to 2 nieces, all under the age of 6.

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Marie Bautisa, Event Officer

  • Favorite travel moment: Shocking the locals in her mother’s hometown (in the Philippines) as she, in their dialect, bargained for a discount on souvenirs
  • Recent discovery: Korean dramas on Netflix
  • Relaxing techniques: Meditating, crafting, (mainly greeting cards and bookmarks), and writing Yelp reviews

Marie plans, leads and implements all of BCAction’s special events. She ensures that all events and fundraising activities, including events hosted by BCAction members and supporters, uphold BCAction’s corporate contributions policy and are aligned with our mission. She comes to BCAction with over 10 years of non-profit experience in healthcare and nearly seven of those in development, coordinating special events. Affected by breast cancer, she is passionate about BCAction’s mission and work, and looks forward to doing her part to make strides in creating change to end the epidemic. She is a San Francisco native who only left the city she loves to attend the University of California, Santa Barbara where she received a BA in Communications and Asian American Studies.

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Joyce Bichler, Deputy Director

  • Originates from: Bronx, NY
  • Enjoys: Good food/fun travel; facing and overcoming fears; living life together with my amazing husband
  • Favorite Adventure: Swimming with penguins in the Galapagos Islands

Joyce works closely with the Executive Director in support of the program, administrative, finance, and human resource functions of Breast Cancer Action.  A cancer survivor and lifelong activist, Joyce brings to BCAction strong leadership skills and an extensive background in cancer support and not-for-profit management. She is the author of Joyce Bichler: DES Daughter, which details her cancer experience and how she stood up to the pharmaceutical industry. Joyce received her MSW from the University of Michigan.

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Caitlin Carmody, Online Communications Coordinator

  • Most visited website: Wikipedia
  • Usual state: Caffeinated
  • Left her heart in: Iowa

Caitlin works closely with the program, development, and communications teams to keep BCAction members up to speed on breast cancer news and action and manages BCAction’s social media, newsletter, e-alerts, and blog. Caitlin loves BCAction’s members and encourages you to get in touch, especially if you’d like to write for BCAction’s blog or newsletter. Caitlin believes strongly in the power of grassroots activism to achieve social change, and loves BCAction for its unapologetic advocacy on behalf of women at risk of and living with breast cancer. Caitlin has a B.A. in Political Science from Grinnell College.

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Zoe Christopher

Resource Liaison, Volunteer Program & Office Manager

  • Passionate about: Photography, creative collaboration & youth work
  • Favorite photographers: Francesca Woodman & Elliott Erwitt
  • In her next life: A Dancer with the London-based company DV8

Zoë wears many hats: As BCAction’s Resource Liaison, she connects those seeking information and assistance with the resources they’re looking for regarding detection, treatment, and prevention of breast cancer, as well as BCAction’s environmental and health equity work. As a member of the extended program team, she works to strengthen our local campaign presence and manages our Volunteer Program. She also coordinates all aspects of our working environment. Zoë holds a Masters Degree in transpersonal psychology, and after 15 years working in the trenches of crisis intervention and support, today, when she’s not serving as a mentor for underserved youth, she can be found meandering the streets with a camera, cooking dinner with friends, or practicing joy as a member of a community dance group.

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Sarah Harding, Development Director

  • Hometown: Whidbey Island, WA
  • Favorite pastime: Asking clarifying questions
  • Big adventure: Spent a year traveling to 11 countries on a shoestring budget

Sarah oversees Breast Cancer Action’s development department, managing and implementing a multi-faceted fundraising campaign. She came to BCAction because of our unique corporate contributions policy and fearless commitment to social justice. Sarah has worked at BCAction for over six years and is deeply committed to supporting the organization’s groundbreaking education and advocacy work. Sarah holds a B.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Sahru Keiser, Education and Mobilization Coordinator

  • Childhood hometown: Venice Beach, CA
  • Circus skills: Walking on stilts & juggling
  • Enjoys: Playing at the beach with my family, baking and reading a good book with a cup of hot tea

Sahru is part of the program team and works on educating the public on issues of health inequities related to breast cancer and mobilizing BCAction’s national partners on inequities issues. Sahru’s mission as a public health practitioner is to work towards ending the devastating effects of discrimination and oppression on health. As a woman of color, she feels compelled to work to end disparities in health and address the injustices in healthcare delivery that disproportionately affect communities of color. Sahru received her B.A. in Biology from University of California, Santa Cruz and a Masters of Public Health from San Francisco State University.  She has two wonderful and amazing children.

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Annie Sartor, Policy and Campaigns Coordinator

Annie is a core member of BCAction’s program team and leads BCAction’s national campaigns and policy advocacy.  Annie’s activist background includes environmental and social justice campaigning to slow climate change, demand corporate accountability and stand up for the rights of people most impacted by greed and inequality.  A Women’s Studies major from the University of Washington, Annie is inspired by BCAction’s unwavering commitment to women’s health.  

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Angela Wall, Communications Director

  • Hometown: San Francisco, CA
  • Alter ego: Illegitimate offspring of Emmeline Pankhurst and Eddie Izzard
  • Can’t get enough of: My daughter, the smell of tea roses, Tartine morning buns, the color red

Angela is BCAction’s head of strategic communications and media relations. Once a university lecturer, online advertising strategic planner and writer for an underground newspaper, Angela was born in Nuneaton, England (home of George Eliot) and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Cultural Studies. She has always held an active and passionate interest in women’s health and equality.