David M. Schrier, M.D. Mile High Oncology, Englewood
Stacy Fischer, M.D. University of Colorado, Denver
Angie Kennedy—Principal, Tax Group GHP Horwath, Denver
Jamie Bachman—Executive Director for Oncology Services, University of Colorado Hospital
Clarissa Collier, Esq.—Associate, Holland & Hart
Cory Foreman—Vice President of Sales & Account Management, UnitedHealthcare of Colorado
Elizabeth Kessler, MD—Assistant Professor, Division of Medical Oncology, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Robyn Moore—George K. Baum & Company
Ryan Murphy,CFP—Certified Financial Planner, Ameriprise Financial
Lori Paikin, .—VP Sales, New Business & Growth Accounts, Harte Hanks
Ex Officio Board Members:
As Raymond Wentz’s oncologist, David Schrier was forever changed by a young man who had so little in material possessions, yet had an abundance of grace and good will for others. David founded the Raymond Wentz Foundation (now Ray of Hope Cancer Foundation) out of a commitment and passion to improve the lives of needy Coloradoans battling cancer. His belief is that what we do and contribute as individuals will ultimately reflect the society in which we live. David’s medical practice is Mile High Oncology in south Denver.
Dr. Stacy Fischer is an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Stacy is a board certified geriatrician and palliative care physician. In addition to being part of a busy interdisciplinary palliative care team at the University of Colorado Hospital, she conducts research in palliative care. She has conducted research exploring how ethnicity and poverty affects care and preferences for care at the end of life in a cohort of older, seriously ill, hospitalized patients from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds funded the Brookdale National Fellowship program. In 2012, she received funding from the American Cancer Society to conduct a randomized controlled trial of the culturally tailored patient navigator intervention for Latinos with advanced cancer. Stacy joined the board of directors after her daughter Willa died of cancer in 2008. She made it a personal commitment to honor Willa’s memory by helping others facing cancer. Stacy and her husband started a bike team, Willa’s Wheels to raise money for the foundation. Her work with Ray of Hope Cancer Foundation (formerly the Raymond Wentz Foundation) has brought meaning to her loss by knowing she has been able to help the burdens of others.
Angie Kennedy, a principal in the tax group at GHP Horwath, brings a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and more than 15 years of experience to her role as Board Treasurer. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with expertise in taxation issues and a strong background working with nonprofit boards. With cancer affecting her own family, Angie is dedicated to the mission of the Foundation to help Colorado cancer patients and their families in need.
Jamie Bachman has worked to support cancer patients and providers for his entire career, and is currently the Executive Director for Oncology Services at the University of Colorado Hospital. Originally from rural Ohio, Jamie spent most of his adult life in New York until moving to Denver in 2012 with his family. He remains committed to helping people in times of need through service with the Foundation.
Clarissa Collier is an attorney with Holland & Hart LLP where she specializes in export compliance, trade sanctions and commercial litigation. She also has a thriving pro bono practice as she believes that it is the legal profession’s duty to ensure access to justice for all. Clarissa joined the Board because she strongly identifies with the Foundation’s mission after watching her mother suffer from melanoma with scarce financial resources. Her mother may have passed away from cancer in 2008, but Clarissa continues to honor her mother’s memory by serving Ray of Hope.
Cory Foreman is the Vice President of Sales and Account Management for UnitedHealthcare’s health plans of Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Montana, and he is responsible for commercial account sales growth and client retention. The mission of Ray of Hope Cancer Foundation has touched Cory because of his close personal connections to family and friends who have battled cancer. Cory is proud to serve the Foundation as they work to support Colorado cancer patients in need.
Dr. Elizabeth Kessler is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Medical Oncology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She cares for patients in the Genitourinary Oncology clinic, and is a board certified Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology physician. Dr. Kessler is also active in clinical research evaluating the effectiveness of cancer therapies but also how cancer treatment affects older patients, families, and caregivers. She is interested in the supportive care aspect of oncologic treatment. She has been recognized as a Young Investigator Award Winner by the American Society of Clinical Oncologists for work evaluating how cancer treatment changes the physical function of prostate cancer patients. Elizabeth appreciates the opportunity to work with Ray of Hope Cancer Foundation in supporting patients and families outside of the clinical setting.
Robyn Moore has over 18 years of municipal finance experience including ten years with George K. Baum & Company. She has the privilege of working with many of Colorado’s transportation, utility, municipal and not-for-profit organizations. Robyn is a graduate of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Denver Program and an active member of Willa’s Wheels, making her miles matter for Coloradans in cancer treatment.
Ryan Murphy has been a Financial Planner with Ameriprise Financial for over a decade, and is committed to guiding clients toward a sustainable and meaningful lifestyle now and in retirement. As a CFP® professional, he is qualified to help individuals and foundations pull their finances together, solve financial problems, and make a plan to achieve the financial future that they envision. Ryan’s active career has kept him involved in community affairs throughout Colorado. He is an active supporter of The Wounded Warrior Project®, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, the Alzheimer’s Association. Ryan is committed to providing knowledgeable advice and enthusiastic support to the Ray of Hope Cancer Foundation as a Board Member.
Lori Paikin serves as VP Sales, New Business & Growth Accounts at Harte Hanks, and has 25+ years experience in Sales and Marketing, working at several start-up organizations helping them grow through IPO’s and/or acquisition. She most recently spent 10 years as GM/SVP at Datalogix, up through the acquisition by Oracle. Lori devotes free time to helping children through her work with Family Tree Karlis Center as a Parenting Time Supervisor and the Mountain Resource Center. The opportunity to work with Ray of Hope came shortly after learning of several cancer diagnosis of co-workers and friends. “This is my way of acknowledging and supporting their fight.”
Ex Officio Board Members
Meg Lemon, M.D. is a Denver native, Dermatologist and mother of three. She joined The Raymond Wentz Foundation because of its local, grassroots support of people in need. She became Chairman of the Board in January 2009.
J. Kemper Will brings legal expertise to the board as an attorney with Burns, Figa & Will, P.C. He served as the board president from 2003-08. His wife, Jody, a 10-year breast cancer survivor, was an original board member. Kemper and Jody want to encourage and support cancer patients during the challenges of their treatments.
Ray of Hope Cancer Foundation Staff
Tiffani is driven by the opportunity to make a significant impact in the community. Her approach is to collaboratively define strategic priorities, identify opportunities to fuel continuous growth and improvement, and situate organizations to reach their goals. Tiffani served as chief strategy officer and vice president of development for a large Colorado non-profit before joining the Ray of Hope Cancer Foundation. She is thrilled to join the Ray of Hope team and help grow the foundation so that more Coloradans can benefit from the vision and mission of the organization.
Recently named a finalist for the Denver Business Journal Power Book’s Power List Award, Tiffani Lennon has shown leadership, program innovation, subject matter expertise, and an entrepreneurial spirit. During the past 15 years, Tiffani has engaged in roles focused in the areas of development, strategic planning, outreach and engagement, policy analysis, and continuous performance improvement. She received her juris doctor degree and an advanced law degree in international economic and finance law and development from the University of London. Her dissertation examined economic development for South African female heads of households on the Eastern Cape. Before returning to the non-profit sector, Tiffani was a constitutional rights attorney and professor.
David Twibell, J.D., Senior Investment Advisor
David is the President and Founder of Custom Portfolio Group. He is an expert in the areas of portfolio management and alternative investment strategies, and is frequently quoted by local and national media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Forbes, Business Week, and The Denver Business Journal. He received his Juris Doctorate with highest honors from the University of California at Berkeley and graduated magna cum laude from Santa Clara University. Prior to founding Custom Portfolio Group, David was the President of Wealth Management and Chief Investment Officer for a large Colorado-based business bank and practiced law with a national law firm where his clients included many privately-held businesses, as well as several Fortune 500 companies.
Sarabeth comes to Ray of Hope after working at the intersection of health and human rights with the Public Health Program of the Open Society Foundations, which promotes social inclusion, transparency, and accountability in health policy and practice. Prior to this, Sarabeth worked for the International Rescue Committee where she coordinated the launch of a program designed to prevent violence against women in humanitarian crises. Although she’s held a variety of positions during her eight years in the non-profit sector, work that honors human dignity and promotes inclusiveness has been a constant throughout her career.
Having spent nearly a decade primarily focused on international projects, Sarabeth, a native Coloradan, is honored to turn her attention to her home community and join the Ray of Hope team in its support of cancer patients living in Colorado.
Sarabeth holds a Masters in International Development from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver in Colorado.
Luke comes to Ray of Hope as a proud Colorado native with a passion for social change and community outreach. Born in Colorado Springs and graduate of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO, Luke has a love for the Front Range and the everchanging landscape that is Colorado.
Luke studied Political Science and Communications Studies at CSU, and upon graduation he worked in the Office of Admissions as an Admissions Counselor. He showed students locally and nationally the possibilities of higher education and what Ram Pride means to Fort Collins and the alumni worldwide. With a great early career foundation, Luke dabbled in politics as a Field Organizer for the The Colorado Coordinated Campaign. Luke unlocked a passion for community organizing and volunteer engagement. The whirlwind of the 2016 Election Cycle inspired Luke to find an opportunity to continue making a difference, and Ray of Hope Cancer Foundation became that opportunity.
In 2012, Luke lost his father to cancer but knew he wanted to carry on his memory and make a difference for all those that are going through treatment. He is excited and humbled to be the first in his position with the foundation.
Erica holds a Masters in Counseling Psychology, specializing in Creative Expression. She works from a toolbox of non-profit administrative experience, event production, volunteer and staff management, community arts and counseling. Erica is dedicated to Ray of Hope’s simple and impactful mission of easing the financial burden on cancer patients with dignity and humanity, making a tangible difference in the lives of Coloradans in need. She stewarded Ray of Hope’s grants program from 2012 through Spring 2017, as well as coordinating special events and supporting the strategic development of the organization. She currently coordinates special events and provides administrative support for Ray of Hope from her home in Portland, Oregon. She is the creative director of the community art project That Which Is Most Beautiful: A Community Labyrinth.
Debbie has provided 20 years of technical support to small businesses and creative solutions to help staff work as a group where they might otherwise be working as individuals and doing things the hard way. MSCE certified (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer)