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
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

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

Jackie Waddill – Donor Relations Manager
Stefani Canin-Mullen – Part-time Events & Project Director
Nani Oesterle – Part-time Grant Manager
Emily Myrick – Development Coordinator
Majal Aguirre – Development Manager
David Edelman – Development Consultant

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
Chief Executive Officer, Pedatric Services of America

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

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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