Connie Alarcon, President & Founder
Connie is a San Jose native. She has over 20 years of experience in human resources and staffing within telecom, life sciences, and medical device industries. She studied business administration at San Jose State University. She has been personally affected by breast cancer and founded Pinkalicious Divas in 2012 after her sister, Teresa, lost her battle to triple negative breast cancer. Through this experience, she learned that the South Bay Area lacked resources for women surviving breast cancer. Pinkalicious Divas was formed to address that need.
Tiffany Fournier, Vice President
In January 2012, Tiffany was diagnosed with Stage 3C Invasive breast cancer and was thrust into the pink sisterhood. Prior to her diagnosis, she had a passion for the "pink" warriors and has supported the cause for years, at various levels. Tiffany was fortunate to have a loving support system that helped through her journey, but realized that there are women who face breast cancer alone. Her personal mission is to help others to see the HOPE that lies ahead.
John Kogan, CFO
John is CEO of Proformative. John has been CFO at four companies, a finance executive at Cardinal Health, and held numerous finance and accounting roles at AlliedSignal and Cisco Systems. John has raised well over $100M in equity capital and debt and has played central roles in numerous buy and sell-side transactions for both public and private companies. John has an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a B.A. in Economics from Connecticut College.
Julie Tripsha, Board Secretary
Julie has over 14 years of HR experience focusing in the high technology arena and working with both small and medium-sized companies. During the day, Julie is a Program Manager with The Melita Group, where she manages the internal HR programs for various bay area clients. Previously, she held the position of Sr. Manager, Human Resources for BigBand Networks in Redwood City, CA, where she focused on leading global HR programs during a period of rapid growth and change. Julie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo and a Master’s degree in Music (clarinet performance) from UCLA, as well as a certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).
Dr. Elwyn Cabebe, Board Member
Dr. Elwyn Cabebe practices Medical Oncology and Hematology. A UC Berkeley graduate, he attended medical school at the University of Vermont. After residency at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, he completed his fellowship training at Stanford University. While there, he served as Clinical Instructor and led clinical trials in solid tumors, with emphasis in gastrointestinal malignancies. Dr. Cabebe was also a research associate for Genentech, Inc., helping to develop many of the modern cancer drugs used today. He has directorship appointments including being the current Co-Medical Director of Oncology at Good Samaritan Hospital. He also is the chairperson of the Good Samaritan Hospital Tumor Board. Dr. Cabebe recognizes that cancer is an uninvited, life changing condition. He feels that his role for patients and their families is to shepherd them through the difficult process of a cancer diagnosis with the focus on attaining the best quality of life possible.
Jackie Mahoney, Board Member
Jackie has been in the staffing, client solutions and customer service arena for over 25 years, receiving several National Service and Sales awards for her time and commitment to clients and staff. At SlingShot Connections, Jackie is the Vice President of Sales and Client Services. She has a reputation for inspiring others, her energy is contagious.
Theresa Biagi, Board Member
Theresa Biagi is a retired finance and nursing professional. As a Financial Analyst, she specialized in Billing and Auditing within the healthcare industry. Her nursing career included positions, such as Manager of the Mission Oaks Breast Center in Los Gatos, Vice President of Patient Care at Highline Hospital in Seattle, Washington, Director of the Mother/Baby Unit, Labor & Delivery, Nursery, NICU and Pediatrics at O’Conner Hospital in San Jose. She also served as the interim Director of the Operating Room, PACU and Ambulatory Care at O’Connor Hospital. Theresa holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration / Health Services Administration from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and Public Health Nursing from CSU Bakersfield. She also received a Perioperative Clinical Nurse Specialist / First Assistant Certificate from Stanford University. Theresa is a two-year breast cancer survivor who understands the feelings and needs of women dealing with the diagnosis of breast cancer. She believes all women desire and deserve the opportunity to receive good quality care regardless of their personal circumstances.
Katie Cahill-Mallory, Board Member
Katie is a breast cancer survivor, celebrating three years in remission. She is an educator to elementary grade students, wife, and mother. When she was diagnosed, she didn’t know a single person who had been diagnosed with breast cancer and found it very difficult to connect others in her local community. Her passion for connecting those who are newly diagnosed with a local supportive buddy has had a profound impact to our community. If it from her work, that the Pinkalicious Divas’ Bosom Buddy program was formed.
Jan Sonneman, Board Member
A recognized Silicon Valley business innovator, Jan has over 20 years of experience in staffing and workforce solutions. She is the President and CEO at SlingShot Connections.