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 seven years, Beauty In Grace has made a significant impact on women’s services at MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center. We have raised nearly $600,000, 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.

Last year, 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. The group’s large gift this year will be recognized with the naming of the Beauty In Grace Women's Giving Circle MRI Lounge in the Nederlander Breast Center.

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. Next year, the event will be 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 2023*

Liz Acord
Sally Anderson
Erica Bailey, MD
Ada Baker
Anouchka Balog
Sandy Benson
Joni Boranian
Beth Bremmer
Tracy Bremmer
Amy Bremner, MD
Melissa Bush, MD
Brandi Cassingham
Melissa Centeno
Lily Chen, MD
Rena Chin
Lorie Collins
Gretchen Conroy, MD
Heidi Cough, MD
Gracia Covarrubias, MD
Lisa Dow
Lesley Dowd
Bonnie Eastman
Tessa Edwards, MD
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
Candace Haynes
Marj Ingram
Cheryl Jacob
Ebunoluwa Johnson, MD
Jan Johnson, MD
Judy Jones
Patty Juarez
Marybeth Keller
Kelli Kimmel
Irene Kinoshita
Jenny Klein
Christy Koperek
Joan Lautenschleger
Dawn Levine
Diane Libertella
Rhonda Longmore-Grund
Claudia Looney
Mona Lopez
Laurie Louie
Gayle Luciano
Carol Lullmann
Marcia Manker
Wendy Mason
Kim Massoudi
Karen Mateer
True McMahan, MD
Vivian Mendoza, MD
Susan Munden, MD
Molly Naglie
Jean Nick
Norene Norris-Walsh, MD
Colleen O’Connor
Mary O’Toole, MD
Pam Pellizzon
Rossana Powell
Ann Marie Raffo, MD
Tiffany Roberts
Susie Roof
Kelli Ruiz
Meryl Sakwa
Diana Schlesinger
Alyssa Schulz, PA
Jeana Sciarappa Schott
Bebe Shaddock Smith
Catherine Shitara
Laurie Sicaeros
Heidi Stoops
Tammy Tang
Rita Tayenaka
Nita Tewari, PhD
Elaine Tiber
Grace Todd
Michelle Tom, MD
Georgia Tunstill, MD
Saghi Valencia
Barbara Victor, MD
Christy Ward
Ellies Watanabe
Carla Wells, MD
Mary Ann Wilkinson, MD
Tiffany Gardner Wood

*As of 9/18/23
For more information, please call (949) 452-3724.