Administrative Staff

Jillian Van Leuven, MPA
Executive Director
Jillian is thrilled to join Cancer Support Community South Bay as their Executive Director. She has 20+ years experience working in the nonprofit sector with a proven track record of facilitating progressive organizational growth through the development of new service lines, mentoring and developing staff and creating a robust stakeholder community. Her passion for CSC South Bay’s mission and vision is unparalleled. Recently, losing her best friend to Lymphoma has ignited the spark to support cancer patients and their loved ones as they manage living life with a cancer diagnosis so that no one faces cancer alone.

Jillian obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from San Francisco State University and her Master’s degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management from California State University, Northridge. She enjoys being active with husband and two boys and is a devoted pet parent to her sweet kitty Jax. 

Jackie Suiter
Development Director
Jackie brings over 20 years of corporate sales and marketing experience with a Fortune 500 company to her role as Development Director. She started with CSC South Bay in 2020 and assumed the position of Interim Executive Director/CEO in 2023 for 8 months. As a former member of Sandpipers, she dedicated her time to numerous philanthropic and charitable projects. Recently, she served on the National Cancer Support Community Headquarters Visioning Taskforce for Fundraising and Marketing and participated on the Annual Leadership Conference planning committee. Now, she is lending her expertise to the Board of Directors for Peninsula Seniors. 

Jackie enjoys networking and connecting with others to make a positive difference in the South Bay where she’s actively involved in organizations such as the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Palos Verdes Chamber of Commerce, Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce, Redondo Beach Round Table, and Torrance Chamber of Commerce. Jackie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication at the University of Arizona, and enjoys yoga, watching her son play baseball, and exploring new hikes with her husband and pup, Allie.

Nancy Lomibao, MS, LMFT
LMFT# 36645
Program Director/Chief Clinical Officer
Nancy has been at CSC South Bay since May 2014. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and earned her M.S. Degree in Marriage Family & Child Counseling in 1996 from California State University Dominguez Hills.  She enjoys working with adults, teens, children and couples.

Theresa Plakos
Public Relations Director
Theresa joined CSC South Bay in 2010 after a good friend was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her passion for her work was further fueled by the loss of her father and stepfather to lung cancer. She started as the Public Relations-Outreach Manager and assumed the position of Public Relations Director in 2015. Theresa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University Long Beach. She enjoys working with the local media as well as the medical and non-medical communities throughout the South Bay and surrounding areas to spread the word about Cancer Support Community’s many free programs, services and fundraising events.

Pam Martis
Director of Operations & Finance
Pam joined CSC South Bay in November 2014 using her financial experience to manage all organizational accounting and finances. Pam also has a love for raising funds through silent auctions and solicits over 500 items a year for our fundraising events.

Carla Bick
Cancer Support Navigator
Carla joined CSC South Bay in April 2021 as a Cancer Support Navigator. Originally from the East Coast, she moved with her family to Redondo Beach in 2018. Carla holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York University. She has 20+ years of work experience in both the not-for-profit and corporate industries. Most recently she worked on Tour de Pier as an event coordinator which combined her love for spinning and helping to raise money and awareness for cancer.

Rebecca Sul
Program Manager
Rebecca joined CSC South Bay in 2021 and manages all programmatic scheduling, online registration, and participant support. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and previously supported over 450 students experiencing homelessness in Orange County with free academic support and school supplies. She also volunteers as a Sexual Assault Advocate through Waymakers and Virtual Lodging /Reunification Team Lead for the Red Cross in Orange County.

Norma Gonzalez
Outreach & Kids Community Manager
Norma joined CSC South Bay in 2022 and has a lot of fun managing the Kids Community events and outreach efforts. She previously worked in a mental health service agency doing outreach and managing data entry for their home visitation program. She enjoys knitting, true crime podcasts, and taking her niece out to parks on the weekend. Norma earned her B.A. degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Law and Society from UC Davis in 2018.

Goli Eslami
Event & Volunteer Manager
Goli joined the team in 2023. She is passionate about supporting CSC South Bay’s mission as she lost her own mother to a short battle with lung cancer two years ago. For the past 5 years, Goli has served on the Board of Directors for Vistas for Children, a nonprofit supporting kids in need in the South Bay area. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and is a certified health coach.

Vinian Bjazevich Meyer
Office Manager
Vinian first learned about CSC South Bay when her brother was diagnosed with lung cancer. She received her Nonprofit Management Certificate from Loyola Marymount University and enjoys supporting many South Bay organizations. She previously worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment in Client Operations and has experience working in the nonprofit sector. Vinian is local to the South Bay and lives in the Hollywood Riviera with her husband and two children. She enjoys strolling through the village with her husband and golden retriever, spending time at the beach, and attending fun events in the South Bay.

Karla Haynes, MS, LMFT
LMFT# 100393
Associate Clinical Supervisor
Karla Haynes is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with a Masters in Science from Cal State Dominguez Hills. Karla has dedicated her career to serving her community in various clinical and management roles. She is passionate about helping people find purpose through life’s changes, helping them to make the most of opportunities and improve their quality of life. She enjoys learning about different cultures and generations, and believes each person holds a beautiful life history. Karla is fluent in Spanish and will be helping to increase CSC South Bay’s services for Spanish-speakers. She has lived in the South Bay area for over 25 years and has been happily married for 23 years, with 2 children. She enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, and connecting with her friends and family.