Andrea Wolf is the oldest of Dr. Brem's three daughters. She grew up hearing a lot about breast cancer. At age 22, Andrea found out that she was BRCA1-positive. She committed to taking control of her breast health and doing everything she could to change her family’s breast cancer narrative. At age 30 she had prophylactic double mastectomies. Today, she uses her passion for helping others to inspire women from all backgrounds to take control of their breast health.
Prior to leading the Brem Foundation, Andrea graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and from the George Washington University Law School. She practiced law at Patton Boggs, LLP and later served as the Director of Public Policy of Girls Inc., an education nonprofit.
In her free time, Andrea loves giggling with her three daughters, petting puppies, eating sushi with her husband, and running in the woods. She is excited to welcome you to the life-saving and life-changing world of the Brem Foundation.
Julia Kepniss, Director of Strategy and Programs
Julia Lichtman Kepniss, a DC native and recovering lawyer, spent the last 14 years as an entrepreneur, starting and running businesses in the area. Before and during law school, Julia worked in various non-profits, primarily with underserved communities, in operations, direct service, legal services and policy. After catching an entrepreneurial bug at the Georgetown University Law Center, Julia founded a high-end, customer-focused bridal shop called Hitched. Over 10 years, Hitched grew from an idea into a multi-million dollar, Georgetown-based company with 15 employees, winning local and national accolades for it's fresh, experience-centered vibe. After selling Hitched four years ago, Julia founded FONBOOTH, a fixture for public restrooms to hold cell phones. This user-experience product can be found in universities, hotels, restaurants, convention centers and stadiums.
Ultimately wanting to return to her mission-focused roots, Julia is thrilled be expanding the reach of Brem's life-saving message and working to increase coverage of diagnostic testing for DC area women in need.
Julia is a lucky mom of two energetic, funny kiddos (6 & 10). She loves her walkable neighborhood, family movie nights, Maryland crabs and binge-worthy detective series.
Juliana Cochnar, Director of Development
Juliana Cochnar been committed to fundraising and supporting the breast cancer community for 15 years. After 18 years residing in San Francisco, she moved to Washington, DC in 2016 to learn more about breast cancer advocacy, policy, research and science, and to work for a national organization. Juliana joined the Brem Foundation team in September 2018 and is proud to work for an organization that leads with compassion, builds bridges, and values transparency.
After her mother’s breast cancer diagnosis in 2002, she was inspired to start Beats for Boobs®, a 100% volunteer-driven event based in San Francisco. Since its inception in 2003, Beats for Boobs has distributed over $330,000 to selected breast cancer organization that promote prevention and offer direct services. Her efforts with Beats for Boobs, led her to transition her career into the non-profit sector.
She has served as Team Coordinator and Recruitment Specialist at Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, then moved to splitting her time in development between Breast Cancer Emergency Fund (BCEF) and its collaborative partner, AIDS Emergency Fund, and fundraised to provide quick and compassionate financial assistance for the under-served. She transitioned full-time to BCEF and later was promoted to Development Director, where she served until her move to the East Coast.
Juliana received her undergraduate degree in English from Elon University in North Carolina and her Masters of Non-Profit Administration from the University of San Francisco’s School of Management. She stays involved as a volunteer for various breast cancer organizations across the county.
Janeisa Lashley, Manager of Development and Operations
Janeisa Lashley serves as the Manager of Development & Operations to streamline systems and expand Brem’s portfolio of donors to maximize impact across the region. Originally from Boston, she received her Bachelors of Arts in English and Communications from Boston College. For the last four years, she has worked in development for various education nonprofits helping to raise money to close the opportunity and achievement gap in America. Janeisa is dedicated to supporting Brem's mission to ensure women have the education and access they need to detect breast cancer early.
Gabby Kyle-Lion, Intern
Gabby Kyle-Lion, current American University senior, is majoring in public health and biology. She first got involved with Brem on campus by helping to start AU Fights Breast Cancer and has since taken her involvement to the next level. She is dedicated to helping Brem enhancing its social media, web presence and communications to followers by providing the most up to date information and news on breast cancer awareness and early detection.