We’re honored to work with dedicated leaders, all of whom have a personal connection to sarcoma.
She first came to know about the Sarcoma Alliance in its initial iteration as a listserv when her then-boyfriend, Michael Pedrick, was diagnosed with synovial cell sarcoma at age 29. After treatment, he went into remission and they were married right before his five-year cancer-free anniversary. Sadly, at his five-year checkup he discovered his cancer had returned and he lost his battle to sarcoma in 2006. Each year since his death, Jennifer, along with Michael’s friends and family honor his memory with a the Putts for Ped golf outing. All proceeds from the outing have been donated to the Sarcoma Alliance. She is grateful for the knowledge and support she gained through the Sarcoma Alliance and she is honored to serve on their Board as President. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys traveling to new places around the world and spending time with her friends and family, especially her husband and her daughter.
In her professional life, she is an accomplished results-oriented sales and marketing leader with global expertise in working with travel & tourism, hospitality, luxury goods, retail, sports, events and nonprofit brands. She has held senior positions with Worth International Media Group, Visit Victoria (Australia) tourism board, Simon Property Group, Orbitz Worldwide, Air New Zealand, Petersen Publishing and the Arts & Entertainment Network.
She is an active member of several Southern California masters swim teams and volunteers for the Manhattan Beach 10K, the LA2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games and Sandpipers, a Southern California women’s philanthropic organization.
She received a BS in biology and MD from the University of Miami and did her residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami. She completed her fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center. During fellowship she began to specialize in sarcoma. Prior to her current job at University of Miami, she was with Georgia Cancer Specialists, faculty at Moffitt Cancer Center and Emory University.
Gina lives in Miami, Florida and her hobbies include running, biking, swimming, volunteering, and playing poker.
Since 2001 she has volunteered for a variety of children’s cancer groups, including the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), ACOR Rhabdo-Kids, and Lincoln Candlelighters.
On the Sarcoma Alliance Board she represents pediatric sarcoma patients, who make up roughly 15% of all sarcoma patients, helps manage the Sarcoma Alliance Facebook news feed, and has served as an Officer of the organization.
In 1998 he created the original Sarcoma Alliance web site when his wife, Wendy, a sarcoma patient, and Suzanne Leider, first conceived the idea of a sarcoma support organization. He is the creator of our original logo seen on the “Our Founders” page and the artwork for Sage Cuisine. Today he helps maintain the Alliance web site and oversees the production of our newsletter and various printed materials for the organization.
While working, she volunteered as a literacy tutor and a mentor for junior staff. She also supported a colleague during his battle with carcinoma, attending doctors’ visits with him and researching the disease and its treatments. After retirement, Suzanne has been volunteering with the Sarcoma Alliance, as well as with another nonprofit organization, the Medical Musician Initiative, which is dedicated to providing healing music to critical care patients. She also volunteers at a local school where she assists a kindergarten class with reading, and is a member of a local charitable organization that supports local schools, students, food banks, and other causes.
In her spare time she enjoys going to concerts, spending time with family and friends, and hanging out with her German Shepherd dog, Leica.
Marites earned her BS in Nursing from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1992 and her Master’s degree in Nursing from UCLA in 2006. She is Board certified in Acute Care and Palliative Care and has over 25 years of nursing experience with hospitalized patients in various settings. She is currently a Nurse Practitioner at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, a county facility which provides health care to the uninsured, indigent and medically underserved population of Los Angeles.
As a founding board member, Marites remains dedicated to advancing the mission of the Alliance in honor of Suzanne and all those affected by sarcoma.
Dr. Tseng has expertise in the surgical management of adult soft tissue sarcoma of the extremities, trunk, and abdomen. He believes in combining different treatment methods – surgery, systemic therapy and radiation therapy – when appropriate to each patient’s individual situation, to provide the best long-term outcome. He also believes in balancing aggressive treatment of a patient’s sarcoma with preserving quality of life. In addition to treating sarcoma patients, Dr. Tseng is actively involved in research and collaboration for this rare disease. His efforts are currently focused on liposarcoma and retroperitoneal sarcoma.
Dave joined the Sarcoma Alliance Board of Directors in October of 2002 and in 2020 was given the title of Honorary Board Emeritus. He has represented the Sarcoma Alliance at conferences like American Association of Cancer Research, Oncology Nursing Society, Society of Gynecologic Oncology and the Connective Tissue Oncology Society.
Dave is a retired Computer Lab Specialist from El Camino Community College in Torrance, California where he was in charge of nearly 400 computers in 9 computer labs on campus. He is conversant in Italian, French, and Spanish.