The Cancer Center’s Community Advisory Board (CAB) is comprised of nine community leaders representing all racial/ethnic populations, cancer survivors (two CAB members), and rural/urban counties spanning across the Cancer Center’s 19-county catchment area. An integral group to the Cancer Center, the CAB meets bimonthly (6 times per year) to provide direct input to the Center’s director, Dr. Primo “Lucky” Lara and other leadership on the needs of the catchment area and assists with directing the Center’s research priorities.


Chester Austin

Chester Austin, M.D.

Medical Director, Northern Valley Indian Health, Inc., a private, nonprofit tribal organization that provides medical, behavioral health and dental services.

(Glenn, Butte, and Yolo counties and portions of Colusa and Tehama counties).

Shauntay Davis

Shauntay Davis, M.P.H.

Director, California Comprehensive Cancer Control Program/California Dialogue on Cancer (California Department of Public Health). Her current work includes a focus on colorectal cancer screening, HPV vaccination, and cancer survivorship care plan utilization.

(All 19 catchment counties/statewide).

Kathryn Dunn

Kathryn A. Duun, B.S.N.

An oncology nurse with vast experiences in clinical trials and the pharmaceutical industry as she worked at Genentech for 25 years. She has led project teams, physician and nursing advisory boards, managed people and consulted in healthcare.

(Amador County).

Lupe Gonzales, M.P.A.

Lupe Gonzales, M.P.A.

A breast cancer survivor and is retired with a history of various work experience in working with non-profit agencies and State departments with a focus on improving the lives of individuals and communities. She has been a participant in a cancer clinical trial and by also being bilingual in Spanish, she hopes to recruit others to participate in cancer clinical trials.

(Sacramento County).

Debra Oto-Kent

Debra Oto-Kent, M.P.H

Founder and Executive Director, Health Education Council, a community-based organization focused on reducing health disparities, primarily for low-income, African Americans and Latino communities in the Sacramento region.

(All 19 catchment counties).

Jose Rodriguez

Jose R. Rodriguez

President and CEO of El Concilio, which is the largest Latino, community-based, non-profit agency in the Central Valley. El Concilio helps people create better futures for themselves and their families, become leaders to the community, and in turn empower others.

(San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties).

Cindy Snelgrove

Cindy Snelgrove, M.B.A., M.S.N., H.C.M., R.N., Ph.N.

Chief Clinical Services Officer at Ampla Health which is a network of community-based federally qualified health centers offering comprehensive medical, dental, mental health and specialty healthcare services. She is responsible for the implementation, delivery coordinating, and supervision of clinical and programmatic services provided in the clinical areas of Ampla Health’s 13 clinical locations.

(Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Sutter and Yuba counties).

Tsia Xiong

Tsia Xiong

Chapter Director of API Leadership of Faith in the Valley. Faith in the Valley is a faith-based grassroots community organization, Faith in Merced leaders are advancing issues related to Health for ALL, environmental justice and ending the criminalization of young people of color.

(Merced County).

Jo Ann Yee

Jo Ann Yee

Co-Founder, Francis Yee Fund for Cancer Health Disparities Research and a long-time resident of Sacramento, CA.

(Sacramento County).

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