Board of Directors
Christine L. Grogan — Founder/Chairperson
Vice President Marketing, Acelity
As the founder of BRAVE Coalition Foundation, Christine puts to work over 22 years of healthcare experience. She has held positions in professional and consumer marketing, and sales management at Acelity, Allergan, Pfizer, Parke Davis, and Eli Lilly. Christine manages brands relating to specialty pharma, plastic surgery (breast reconstruction and liposuction) and various medical device areas.
Christine has been dedicated to healthcare advocacy for decades. She is a past board member of Flying Doctors/AMREF, former board member of Pink Ribbon Story Foundation, former co-president of Beta Foster Care Orange County, board member of RJW Foundation and a volunteer for African Child Foundation.
Marie Czenko — President
Allergan Practice Consultant
As President, Marie oversees public education and grant applications for local reconstruction group charities that are congruent with educating women about their rights and addressing needs around restoration. Marie’s ultimate goal is that every woman find a both a cure and the support and restoration she and her loved ones need to feed whole again.
Marie has more than 25 years of healthcare experience, consulting with dermatology and plastic surgery practices in the areas of financial analysis, practice valuations and development, marketing, leadership training and team building. Prior to joining the Allergan Practice Consulting Group in 2014, Marie provided strategic guidance to physicians and medical associations in the aesthetic space, and served as a retained expert for media organizations such as ABC television networks on subjects related to plastic surgery and breast restoration.
Allen Gabriel, M.D. — Chief Medical Advisory Chair
Plastic Surgeon & Pink Lemonade Founder
Plastic surgeon Dr. Allen Gabriel has made it his life mission to help women feel whole and strong. An international speaker on breast aesthetic surgery, Dr. Gabriel has authored more than three dozen abstracts in peer-reviewed publications. He was involved in House Bill 1101 for reconstruction rights legislation and also visits Haiti every year to provide medical care to women with his organization The Gift of Lift.
In 2001, Dr. Gabriel joined the Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency Program at Loma Linda University. While there, he volunteered on a medical mission to Ethiopia with Operation Good Samaritan. In 2007, Dr. Gabriel was selected by world-renowned plastic surgeon Dr. G. Patrick Maxwell to enter a Breast and Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship in conjunction with Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Gabriel holds a B.S. from the University of Utah in Chemistry and a medical degree from the University of Nevada School of Medicine.
Katie Holmes — Executive Director
Katie Holmes is BRAVE’s Executive Director. Katie has a passion to help women who are struggling to make a decision for their best self, post breast cancer. She is a breast cancer survivor herself and can relate to those specific challenges women face following a diagnosis. Katie has a background working with nonprofits and community organizations for twenty plus years and is glad to put that experience to work for BRAVE and the women who need us.
Byrdie Lifson Pompan — Board Member
CEO & Co-Founder, Clear Health Advisors LLC
Byrdie has had a lifelong career in client service and advocacy. For 20 years, she was an agent and partner at Creative Artists Agency, the world’s leading entertainment and sports agency. Ultimately, a deeply personal journey awoke her passion about the issues surrounding patients’ needs and health care quality. She partnered with Dr. Valerie Ulene to launch Clear Health Advisors, which helps people with complex medical issues receive the medical care they require.
Marie-Francoise Harris — Board Member
Director of Upstream Marketing, Plastic and Regenerative Medicine, LifeCell Corporation, an Allergan Affiliate
Marie–Francoise brings to BRAVE Coalition over 20 years of healthcare marketing and management experience. She has held positions in professional and patient marketing and has extensive experience in plastic and reconstructive surgery from LifeCell/ Allergan, Mentor, Ethicon/Johnson & Johnson. As the Director of Upstream Marketing for LifeCell Corporation/Allergan, she is responsible for creating and leading the strategic development of innovative fat grafting solutions aimed at assisting surgeons in improving aesthetic outcomes in breast reconstruction, reconstructive and aesthetic procedures. Her knowledge of the breast reconstruction market will be essential in her role as a BRAVE Board Member.
M. Natalie Achong, M.D., MHL — Board Member
Physician Executive & Leader, Population Health, Home Equity
Dr. M. Natalie Achong is a passionate believer that disruptive innovation in healthcare requires culturally informed care to effect quality improvement and to enhance continuity of treatment. Described as a “physician catalyst,” Achong has been the primary contributor to groundbreaking projects in population health and healthcare disparities at Connecticut’s healthcare systems. Truly an advocate by nature, some have come to rely on her to make sure all points and points of view are being brought to attention.
Clayton Daniells — Board Member
CEO & Executive Creative Director, QooQoo
Clay is a long-standing advertising creative and management professional with over 25 years of experience creating, growing and managing brands for pharmaceutical, medical device, and diagnostics manufacturers. As a founder of QooQoo, he brings a deep understanding of brand engagement and experiential marketing to the digital space. In addition to his work at QooQoo, Clay devotes himself to suicide prevention and is actively involved in the Chrohn’s and Colitis Foundation.
Anita Feinstein — Board Member
Senior Product Manager, Acelity
Anita has been in Sales, Marketing and Event Planning for the last 13 years. She has been recognized as a top performer with Marriott and Acelity. Working in the wound care industry, she is bringing awareness and education to clinicians and patients about the importance of Incision Management. She has volunteered and partnered with numerous organizations in New York, NY and San Antonio, TX to help raise awareness and fundraising.
Michael Schlamp — Board Member
Consultant, Biotech Commercialization, Aquest Consulting Inc.
Mike has more than 15 years of experience in biopharma commercialization and business development on both the industry side (Actelion, NeurogesX, Acologix) and the consulting side (ZS Associates). He has experience in commercial strategy, market research, forecasting, launch planning, and reimbursement planning for a range of programs from in-line to pre-IND. He has assisted companies ranging from Fortune 100 Big Pharmas to private biotechs across a wide range of therapeutic areas (including, CNS, pain (acute and neuropathic), cardiology, pulmonary hypertension, immunology, asthma/ COPD, nephrology, oncology, neurodegenerative disease, gastroenterology, osteoporosis, and ultra-orphan). Mike has a BS from MIT and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.
Lesley Fronio — Board Member
Vice President, Franchise Leader, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at LifeCell
Ellie Evans — Ambassador
Supports BRAVE Volunteers and Events
Ellie Evans is one of BRAVE’s newest Ambassadors who has a passion for helping women with breast cancer. She graduated from Texas State University in 2017 with a Bachelors in Health and Wellness Promotion. She has experience in Marketing and Medical Education in the medical device field. She has a particular passion for helping women suffering from the psychological effects of breast cancer and wants to help improve patient quality of life. She is cultivating her passion by leading patient research and social media efforts with BRAVE. In her research she hopes to find ways to better reach women to make more informed decisions about their body.
Christopher Higgins — Ambassador
Supports BRAVE Volunteers and Events
Christopher Higgins is a young Human Resources Professional, who has attained a track record of success beginning in his early college years. Christopher graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word in 2015 with a degree in Business Administration and Management and is currently pursuing his Master’s of Business Administration in Finance at the University of Houston – Clear Lake.
Aside from Christopher’s fulltime job as a Human Resources professional at Acelity, he is involved in a number of reputable organizations such as Feeding America, Communities in School, Day of Caring, and the Lambda Chi Alpha Alumni Advisory Board. Our mission is one that hits home for Christopher, as his grandmother battled and survived breast cancer in the late 90’s. Christopher joins the BRAVE Coalition Foundation with a deep desire to help educate and provide hope for those who have been a victim of Breast Cancer.