Our People


Office of CEO
Kisa Heyer – Chief Executive Officer
Birgit Gutscher – Chief of Staff

Barbara Schoch – Vice President of Programs
Trish Cantillon – Part-time Special Projects Manager
Sonia Salazar – Data Entry Manager
Emily Wheatley – Manager of Programs
Jodie Harris – Manager of Volunteer Services
Megan Turley – Senior Program Coordinator
Janelle Ramirez – Dream Coordinator
Emily Myrick – Dream Coordinator
Elana Nelson – Dream Coordinator
Melissa Axell – Dream Coordinator
Jennaka Raihn – Dream Coordinator
Valerie Banks – Flower Empower Coordinator
April Medina-Watson – Part-time Program Assistant
Pauline Nelson – National Outreach Coordinator

Corporate Partnerships, Marketing & Communications
Tristan Layton – Director of Corporate Partnerships & Marketing
Chris Lisi – Marketing & Communications Consultant
Shanna Duncan – Marketing & Communications Consultant
Amber Wallace – Marketing & Digital Media Consultant
Dani Cordaro – PR Consultant
Gia Bagherpour – Social Media Consultant

Kathleen Patrick – Senior Director of Development
Jackie Waddill – Donor Relations Manager
Stefani Canin-Mullen – Part-time Events & Project Director
Julia Brisco – Part-time Grant Manager
Nani Oesterle – Part-time Grant Manager
Amy Royce – Event & Volunteer Coordinator

Finance & Administration
Cindy Hellriegel – Director of Finance & Human Resources
Jessica Nobbe – Part-time Receptionist
Gaylee Nuttman – Part-time Receptionist

Board of Directors

Kenny Slaught, Chair
Santa Barbara, CA
Founding Principal & President, Investec, Real Estate Companies

Luke Ebbin, Vice Chair
Santa Barbara, CA
Record Producer, Real Estate Professional

Vince Griffin, Treasurer
Alexandria, VA
Senior Director, CEB Finance, CEB Global

Carol Brown
Green Valley, AZ
Retired, Dream Foundation

Troy Cox
Cambridge, MA
CEO, Foundation Medicine

Mark A. DePaco
Santa Barbara, CA
Fell, Marking, Abkin, Montgomery, Granet & Raney, LLP

David Nygren, PhD
Santa Barbara, CA
Nygren Consulting

Justine Roddick
Santa Barbara, CA
Roddick Foundation

Jeff Shaner
Nashville, TN
Pedatric Services of America

Virginia McFerran
Boston, MA
President, Optum Analytics

Carol Nygren
Los Angeles, CA
VP Worldwide Live Entertainment, NBC Universal

Volunteer Advisors

Honorary Board of Governors

David T. Feinberg, MD, MBA
CEO, Geisinger Heath System

Kathy Ireland
Lifestyle Designer & Founding Dream Foundation Ambassador

Sandi Nicholson

Howard Phanstiel
Former Pres. & CEO, PacifiCare Health Systems

Priscilla Presley
Board of Directors, CKX Corporation, which oversees Graceland & Dream Foundation Ambassador

Andrew Puzder
President & CEO, CKE Restaurants

Bui Simon
Founder, Angels Wings Foundation International

David Steffy
Mountain Pacific Equities, Inc.

Clay Timon
Landor Associates

Diane Warren
Owner, Realsongs

Medical Advisory Board

James Berenson, MD

Sam Ho, MD

Stephen Hosea, MD

Frederic Kass, MD

Tamara Stockero, RN

Owen Stormo, MD

Tianna Swede-Laskin, MSW

Michael A. Tome, MD


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