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About Us

The following group of professionals dedicate their time and expertise in order to carry out the mission of the Cancer Coping Center as officers of the agency.

Executive Director & Co-Founder
Dr. Maryam Davodi Far

Maryam completed her doctoral work at the University of La Verne with an emphasis in health care administration. She has a Master's degree in Healthcare Administration, a Master's Degree in Human Behavior, a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology and a Bachelors degree in Anthropology from the University of California in San Diego. She holds a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Chapman University. She is trained as a volunteer mediator through the San Diego Mediation Center and holds a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly California License. She has served as a chief executive officer for a community clinic in San Diego. She is a certified Life Coach. She has studies Traditional Chinese Medicine in Shanghai, China for 2 years. Her professional experiences include providing leadership in managing diverse programs and services, collaborating with other nonprofit and for profit agencies, community organizations, businesses and private citizens.

Maryam's values and characteristics, include a strong intellect, integrity, creativity and personal energy to effectively engage staff and motivate those with whom she comes in contact. She possesses the ability to identify issues and opportunities and can develop alternative methods in order to achieve consensus. She has a passion for vulnerable populations and is constantly strategizing about better ways to meet the needs of targeted groups.

Maryam believes in re-intervening herself so that she can grow and mature as a person and a professional. She has taken the time and energy to gain new skills in the field of psychology. Maryam is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist. Her core values include: authenticity, transparency, compassion, love, respect, service to the community, and environmentalism.

Maryam helps her clients identify and understand what their core values are and how to use them as guide posts in their personal and professional lives. Core values can help center us. It is a way to bring us back to what matters to us the most. The beauty of core values, as we change and gain life wisdom we can revisit our core values and update them so that they reflect the new person that we have become. Maryam currently sees clients in her private practice in Hawaii. She provides teletherapy to clients through the following entities: Amwell, BetterHealth, Kounsel, Thervo, and Telemynd.

Chief Financial Officer & Co-Founder
David J. Wu

David's career spans life science, business and law. Early in his career as a researcher, David held several positions at the University of California at San Diego, and at Berkeley and later at The Scripps Research Institute. His research efforts in cancer biology led to the identification of P16, a tumor suppressor gene on chromosome 9, which is involved in the disease pathway of various cancers. David holds a JD from California Western School of Law, an MBA from San Diego State University, and a B.A. in molecular biology from the University of California at San Diego. David has authored and co-authored several publications in leading scientific journals.

Board Chair
Mirjana Zivkovic

Mira is an experienced healthcare professional in the field of public health, health education and health care administration. She worked for more than 25 years in an academic setting conducting research and teaching public health to medical students and graduates at the Belgrade Medical School where she held a position of Professor Emeritus. She has an MD, an MS in healthcare administration, and a PhD in public health, all from the University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia. She also worked in the healthcare field in the U.S. for five years, including Children's Hospital and Health Center in San Diego. At the present, Mira holds a position of a part time faculty at InterAmerican College where she teaches a number of courses to Health Science and prospective nursing students.

Board Secretary
Carrie Ash

Carrie earned a BS in biology from San Diego State. While a student, her extracurricular activities included working as an editor for the campus newspaper, founding a campus organization for married students called the MRS. Club (Married R uS), and serving as treasurer and president for Alpha Epsilon Delta, a premedical honor society. Carrie and her husband spent a year in Philadelphia, where Carrie was employed as an executive assistant at the office of a Christian mutual fund. Residing once again in San Diego, Carrie applied to medical school in 2003. She is thankful for unanswered prayers, however, as she finds herself a mother of five little children in less than six years' time. Carrie occasionally does freelance editing.  

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