F. Edie Mermelstein

Board of Directors

F. Edie Mermelstein is currently serving on the Board of Directors of Breast Cancer Angels. She started a pro bono legal program to serve women in treatment with legal issues in 2008, and is a volunteer attorney for the organization. Born and raised in Long Beach, California, Ms. Mermelstein has significant ties to the community which holds a special place in her heart. After graduation from University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business with and undergraduate degree, Ms. Mermelstein had a successful career as a financial analyst and tax professional. She eventually discovered her love of law through several personal trials and tribulations. Shortly thereafter, Ms. Mermelstein has been a member of the California State Bar since 2007.

Ms. Mermelstein is the owner and founding attorney of FEM Law Group formerly the Law Offices of F. Edie Mermelstein with offices in both Orange County and Los Angeles County, she is a civil litigator with a special interest in financial elder abuse, trust litigation, consumer and employment issues. Ms. Mermelstein also handles appeals, Anti-SLAPP motions, and estate planning. Ms. Mermelstein was recently nominated for the 2014 Consumer Attorney of California’s Street Fighter of the Year Award. In her spare time, Ms. Mermelstein contributes both financially and through volunteer efforts by providing legal services and serving on several Board of Directors, including Consumer Attorneys of California and California Women’s Law Center.

Ms. Mermelstein is an advocate to women, children and the elderly. She dedicates a percentage of her practice to pro bono work to further her advocacy by reaching the underserved. Through adversity, Ms. Mermelstein found her calling, her passion, and is committed to the pursuit of justice.

Ann Steinmetz

Ann Steinmetz has been serving on the Board of Directors of Breast Cancer Angels since July 2014. Ann was born in Southern California and raised and educated in the Los Angeles area. In 1967, she moved to Orange County where she and her husband raised their three children. Ann is involved with her church and community and has actively participated in leadership roles within her family’s education, sports and scouting activities. Ann is a proud grandmother of eight and has continued her active involvement within their nearby communities as well. In 2000, Ann joined as a charter member of Breast Cancer Angels, and in 2002, she and her beloved husband Jim formed “Claus for a Cause LLC” to raise funds solely for Breast Cancer Angels. Ann is dedicated to the continued success of this organization and holds a special place in her heart for the many women and families that BCA assists.

Lori Franklin

I’m originally from Los Angeles and after marrying my husband John, found myself in Orange County, where we raised our daughter, Lauren. I’ve been a devoted Breast Cancer Angels volunteer since 2003, when I first met Faye. After battling Stage II Breast Cancer, I was introduced to BCA and fell in love with the organization. I’m blessed to be a survivor, and I want to give back to women less fortunate who are going through this battle every day. My main focus is fundraising to make our events throughout the year a success so that we can provide more financial assistance for the women we help. For the past thirteen years, I’ve seen a lot of growth within BCA and I’ve truly enjoyed being a part of it. In 2015, I joined Breast Cancer Angels’ Board of Directors and I continue to look forward to helping this organization grow in ways I never thought possible.