About Us

ABOUT US

WE’RE AN ORGANIZATION THAT FOCUSES ON THE POSITIVE!

Links for Life was started in 1992 by Sharyn Woods and Carol Barraza to promote breast cancer awareness and provide services for women coping with cancer. We serve Kern County persons and families.

OUR MISSION:
Links for Life believes everyone fighting breast cancer is a Survivor. We exist to:

  • Improve breast health outcomes in Kern County

  • Educate and empower our neighbors to take ownership of their breast health

  • Provide care and support to people affected by breast cancer

VISION:
Links for Life will be recognized as Kern County’s leader in breast health, so that every person in Kern County has access to the education, resources and support needed for their journey.

COMMUNITY HEALTH PARTNERS

  • Adventist Health Bakersfield
  • CBCC
  • Clinica Sierra Vista
  • CSUB
  • Kern Family Health Care
  • Kern Medical Center
  • Kern Radiology
  • Mercy Hospitals of Bakersfield/Special Needs Dept.
  • Omni Family Health
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Quest Imaging
  • Stockdale Radiology
  • Tehachapi Valley Healthcare
  • Truxtun Radiology
  • Valley Imaging Medical Center

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • President
    Maritza Jimenez, Kern Family Health Care
  • Vice President & Treasurer 
    Brooke Baird, Brown Armstrong, CPA’s
  • Past President & Secretary
    Charlotte Brandt, Links for Life Ambassador
  • Honorary Life Member
    Stana Bright, Links for Life Ambassador

Committee Chair-Persons

  • Resources
    Kristi Harrer, Casa Crista Nursery
  • Fund Development
    Michael (Tigger) McAllister, Red-Trac
  • Education
    Amisha Patel-Pannu, Kern Family Health Care
  • Board Development
    Nancy Chaffin-Joy, Links for Life Ambassador
  • Members at Large
    Susie Aspeitia, CBCC
    Priscilla Bacus, Links for Life Ambassador
    Sylvia Cariker, KUZZ
    Lauren Naworski-Smith, Young Wooldridge