Our People


Office of CEO
Kisa Heyer – Chief Executive Officer

Barbara Schoch – Vice President of Programs
Trish Cantillon – Part-time Special Projects Manager
Sonia Salazar – Data Entry Manager
Emily Wheatley – Manager of Programs
Elana Nelson – Dream Coordinator
Leanna Annunziato – Dream Coordinator
Valerie Banks – Flower Empower Coordinator
April Medina-Watson – Part-time Program Assistant
Gwendolyn Kilfoyle – Part-time Dream Coordinator
Megan Higgins – Part-time Dream Coordinator
Alex Braun – Dream Coordinator

Marketing & Communications
Amber Wallace – Marketing & Digital Media Consultant
Dani Cordaro – PR Consultant
Tracey Middleton – Marketing & Communications Consultant

Development & Corporate Partnerships
Anais Pellegrini – Director of Development
Jackie Waddill – Donor Relations Manager
Stefani Canin-Mullen – Part-time Events & Project Director
Nani Oesterle – Part-time Grant Manager
Majal Aguirre – Development Manager
Anais Pellegrini – Director of Development

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
Real Estate Professional

Vincent P. Griffin, Treasurer
Alexandria, VA
Principal Executive Advisor, Gartner

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

Jeff Shaner
Nashville, TN
COO, Aveanna Healthcare

Virginia McFerran
Palo Alto, CA
President, Optum Ventures

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

Daryl Stegall
Santa Barbara, CA
Marketing Consultant

Volunteer Advisors

Honorary Medical Chair

B.J. Miller, MD
UCSF Medical Center


Priscilla Presley
Board of Directors, CKX Corporation, which oversees Graceland

New York Advisory Council

Mario Muredda, Council Co-Chair
New York, NY
CEO, Harrison and Star

Peter Siegel, Council Co-Chair
Asbury Park, NJ
Principal & Founder, Reussi Capital

Jacqueline Indelicato, Council Vice Chair
New York, NY
Vice President, Innovation & Development, DAS

Adeo Alday
Boston, MA
Artist and arts management

Christine R. Coyne
King of Prussia, PA
Vice President, Marketing, Paratek Pharmaceuticals

Mark Friedman
New York, NY
EVP, Chief Creative Officer, Harrison and Star

Jason Kra
New York, NY
President, FRC

Daryl Nanes
New York, NY
General Partner & Co-Founder, Nanes Balkany Partners

Lindsay Ornstein
New York, NY
Partner, Transwestern

Len Paolillo
Bedminster, NJ
President, U.S., Kyowa Kirin

Kari Siegel
Asbury Park, NJ
Former Senior Director of Distinguished Events for the Eastern Division of the American Cancer Society

Lindy Snider
Bryn Mawr, PA
Founder & CEO, Lindi Skin LLC

Blair Stearns
New York, NY
Associate Director, Facilities & Corporate Services, Apollo Global Management LLC

Cyndy Villano
Brooklyn, NY
Vice President, Gold Village Entertainment

Medical Advisory Board

James Berenson, MD

David T. Feinberg, 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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