Dawn Levine and Sarah Nederlander
Dawn Levine and Sarah Nederlander

Women Supporting Women

Beauty In Grace is a women’s giving circle in Orange County created to support women’s health services at Saddleback Medical Center. Members share our vision for improving women’s health care and understand the power women have when we stand together for causes we are passionate about. 

List of Women's Health Services and Programs

Why Join

We’re seeking outstanding women who share our vision and understand the power women have when we stand with each other for causes we are passionate about. We understand that as a group, we can be stronger and make a bigger impact. Together we can also build a diverse network, ranging from professionals to stay-at-home mothers, who lift each other up.

The Cause

Beauty in Grace Panel
MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center CEO Marcia Manker, grateful breast cancer patient Sally Johnson, MemorialCare Breast Center breast radiologist Samantha Kubaska, M.D., and Medical Director of Breast Surgical Oncology, MemorialCare Breast Center, Amy Bremner, M.D.

In eight years, Beauty In Grace has made a significant impact on women’s services at MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center. We have raised nearly $675,000, elevating patient care at our hospital.

In our inaugural year, this women’s giving circle helped fund breast MRI equipment for diagnostic screening and biopsies. In 2018, we purchased NicView video streaming equipment for the NICU, so parents of preemies could see their babies on a smartphone or tablet when they couldn’t be at bedside. In 2019, we funded cryoablation equipment and a blanket warmer for the Breast Center, which freezes fibroadenomas and early-stage tumors.

In 2020, we purchased bilirubin testing units and a cardiac monitor/defibrillator for Labor, Delivery, Recovery & Postpartum (LDRP) unit. In 2021, membership gifts supported the cath lab renovation to treat cardiovascular patients. In 2022, we raised more than $100,000 to benefit the Breast Cancer Navigation program.

In 2023, Beauty In Grace members raised more than $110,000 to benefit advanced breast MRI technology and equipment for the Sarah & Taylor Nederlander Breast Center in the new Women's Health Pavilion. In 2024, funds raised support the development of a new melanoma program to detect, treat, and provide follow-up care for patients with skin cancer.

The Commitment

Beauty In GraceWe ask all members to make an annual gift of $1,000 or more. By pooling gifts of this size, the group can more substantially impact the women’s issues relevant to them.

The Luncheon

Members gather annually at a beautiful luncheon to hear how membership gifts are touching women's lives at Saddleback Medical Center. In 2024, the event was held on March 18, 2024, at the Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach.

Executives Beauty in Grace

From left, Beauty In Grace Members: Saddleback Medical Center COO Catherine Shitara; MemorialCare EVP, CFO and Treasurer Karen Testman; Saddleback Medical Center Foundation President Christy Ward; Saddleback Medical Center CEO Marcia Manker; Chief Nursing Officer Brandi Cassingham, R.N.; MemorialCare VP, Oncology, Liz Acord; MemorialCare Chief Strategy Officer Laurie Sicaeros; Saddleback Medical Center VP, Business Development, Kelli Ruiz

Beauty In Grace Members 2024

Joyce Averna*
Erica Bailey, MD 
Ada Baker 
Anouchka Balog 
Sandy Benson 
Joni Boranian 
Tracy Bremmer 
Amy Bremner, MD 
Melissa Bush, MD 
Brandi Cassingham 
Melissa Centeno 
Lily Chen, MD 
Rena Chin 
Gracia Covarrubias, MD 
Lisa Dow
Lesley Dowd 
Veronica Duggan, PA* 
Jacqueline Dupont Carlson, PhD, EdD* 
Bonnie Eastman 
Tessa Edwards, MD 
Adeeba Evans* 
Nora Evans, MD 
Resa Evans 
Tanya Evans, MD 
Michelle Fajardo, DO 
Penny Fosheim 
Jane Frederick, MD 
Michelle Giardini, PA 
Patty Glover 
Evelyn Grass 
Lisa Guerra, MD
Cathy Han, MD 
Young Han, MD 
Cindy Hanson* 
Candace Haynes 
Theresa Henry* 
Erica Hutchison 
Marj Ingram 
Hanna Ivanovic* 
Cheryl Jacob
Ebunoluwa Johnson, MD 
Jan Johnson, MD 
Judy Jones 
Patty Juarez 
Shela Kaneshiro* 
Marybeth Keller 
Kelli Kimmel 
Jenny Klein 
Christy Koperek 
Joan Lautenschleger 
Dawn Levine 
Diane Libertella 
Claudia Looney 
Rhonda Longmore-Grund 
Mona Lopez 
Laurie Louie 
Gayle Luciano 
Carol Lullmann 
Barbara Machado* 
Marcia Manker 
Wendy Mason
True McMahan, MD
Vivian Mendoza, MD 
Susan Munden, MD 
Molly Naglie 
Sarah Nederlander* 
Jean Nick 
Norene Norris-Walsh, MD 
Colleen O’Connor 
Diana Ortiz 
Mary O’Toole, MD 
Pam Pellizzon 
Rossana Powell 
Pamela Rende* 
Tiffany Roberts 
Susie Roof 
Kelli Ruiz 
Meryl Sakwa 
Catherine Shitara 
Laurie Sicaeros 
Bebe Shaddock Smith
Lisa Stafford, PhD* 
Heidi Stoops 
Connie Swank* 
Tammy Tang 
Karen Testman 
Elaine Tiber 
Michelle Tom, MD 
Saghi Valencia 
Christy Ward 
Ellies Watanabe 
Carla Wells, MD 
Mary Ann Wilkinson, MD

*New Member 
(As of 3/27/24) 
For more information, please call (949) 452-3724.