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About Us

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

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 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. 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 recently graduated with a second Master's degree in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Marriage Family Therapy. She is currently an intern with the Board of Behavioral Sciences of California.(See

In less than 3 years, Maryam will have completed her 3000 hours and will take the law and ethics exam. Upon completion of that test, she will qualify to take the state licensure exam and will begin to practice part time as a psychotherapist. At present, she is able to spend 15-20 hours a week offering counseling as a volunteer at a number of nonprofit agencies in San Diego.

If you are a nonprofit and have the need to offer such services to your clients, and you are able to offer Maryam a private space at your agency, then kindly feel free to contact her.

Maryam's clinical supervisor is Dr. Pileski:
Leticia Gonzalez Pileski, PsyD. LMFT Dr. Letty Pileski is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with experience in working with families, children, adolescents, couples and ethnic minorities. Dr. Pileski received a Masters of Science in Counseling with and emphasis in Marriage Family Therapy (MFT) from the University of La Verne and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in MFT from Alliant International University. She is an Adjunct Professor at two COAMFTE accredited universities, Alliant International University (AIU) and San Diego State University and is Certified Core Adjunct at National University.

Dr. Pileski is an AAMFT Approved Clinical Supervisor and a Clinical Supervisor for the Linguistically, Ethnically and Diverse (LEAD) program at the Center for Community Counseling and Engagement at SDSU. She has over fifteen years of experience in working with diverse community based programs, has worked with youth for over two decades including developing and directing therapeutic camps. She has a Certificate in Latin American Family Therapy from AIU's Mexico Spanish Language and Cultural Immersion Program. Her influence from the program has motivated her to return to the Mexico Immersion program annually and to travel to other parts of the world to create change, work with orphans and increase learning opportunities for the underserved. Dr. Letty values experiential learning and is an active therapist at Fusion Academy.

Board Chair
Dr. Mira 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.

Chief Financial Officer & Co-Founder
David J. Wu, MBA, JD

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 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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