The Young Professionals Council (YPC) is a group of diverse and passionate professionals in the Bay Area dedicated to Okizu’s mission to help all members of families affected by childhood cancer to heal. Members of the YPC support and raise awareness of Okizu and its mission by fundraising and by building a network of current and future volunteers and donors.

YPC is a professional group with three main areas of focus: membership, fundraising, and volunteering.


  • Commitment to 1 year term & located in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Available to attend monthly in person/virtual meetings 
  • Annual Dues of $120/year or $10/month (dues are a tax deductible donation to Okizu)

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2024 Young Professionals Council Members

Sowmya Kuwahara (President) Sr. Associate Clinical Development Director, Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Dan Bruggebrew (Vice President) Partner, Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP

Jamie Kim Director of Global Publications & Scientific Communications, BeiGene

Robert Putnam Owner, Gymrate

Anh-ton Dang Senior Manager, Scientific Education & Training, Exelixis, Inc.

Francis Acott Counsel, Latham & Watkins LLP

Kristopher Jolly Deputy Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General

Alyssa Bland Marketing and Partner Relations, AEIS, Inc.

Sarah Troutman Senior Clinical Scientist, Genentech

Ashley Yu Acute Care Registered Nurse, John Muir Health

Cat Rizzoni Associate, Latham & Watkins LLP

Rachel Suhr Associate, Latham & Watkins LLP

Ethan Carzon Sales Strategy & Operations Associate, LinkedIn

Joenna Llavore National Development Special Projects Associate, Reading Partners

Sunshine Joyce Batasin Registered Nurse, Stanford Health Care

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