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Our Staff

Our core KWF team is made up of ten, energetic, big-hearted ladies who believe in the power of FUN.
If you have any specific questions for our team, please reach out via email.

Susie Osha
Katie Elbisser
Executive Director
Grace Smith
Grace McConnell
Program Director

Emily Murray
Emily Murray
Operations Director

Angeline Wellington
Angeline Wellington
Marketing Manager

Gina Hardin
Development Director
Alexia Zigoris
Lori Falke
Donor Relations Manager

Katie Elbisser
Susie Osha
Program Asst., FUNds Liaison

Siena Villeneuve
Program Associate
Emma Hooi
Emma Hooi
Marketing & Events Manager
Angeline Wellington
Shanel Dean
Operations Associate

Gina Hardin
Development Director
Alexia Zigoris
Lori Falke
Donor Relations Manager

Our Partners

Cancer is not slowing down and neither is our mission to put FUN on the calendars of women and families LIVING with breast cancer. We're geared up and ready to give over 700 gifts of fun in the next year alone, and we'd love your support. If interested in becoming a KWF partner, fill out the form below and we will be in touch to create a customized partnership proposal that aligns with your mission, vision and values!

Corporate Partners

Albach, Wells & Dauer Group
Baker Concrete Construction
Bricker Graydon LLP
Cincinnati Zoo
Community Car Care
Corrigan Krause
Cors & Bassett
Donovan Auto & Tire Center
Duxbury Gridiron Club
Forty Under Forty
Fueled Collective
Grace + Grit Spa
Inner Light Therapy
Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls
Kendra Scott
Loveland Fireman's Association
MEMI
Mirabeau Inn &Spa
Mitchell's Salon & Day Spa
Paycor
Pi Kappa Alpha, UC Chapter
Pohlman's Auto & Tire Center
Proctor & Gamble
Portage Public Schools
Square One Salon & Spa
St. Mary's School, Hyde Park
Summit Country Day
The Christ Hospital
Towne Properties
TQL
Truepoint Wealth Counsel
TTX Company
Ulmer's Auto Care
Woodhouse Day Spa

Foundation Partners

Chemed Foundation
Cincinnati Arts Association
Harvey C Hubbell Trust
RIG III Family Foundation
Williams Foundation
Wyler Family Foundation

Individual & Family Partners

Anonymous
Allison Brands Rice
Matthew J. Brands
Greg &Kathy Brandstetter
Michael & Alisa Chasnoff
Chris & Dee Dirksing
Eric Dorenkott
Lori & Dan Falke
Patricia Frondorf
John Gorski
James Gray
Kristen & Brett Hungerford
Sten & Irma Johnson
Wally & Angie Lovejoy
Katie Luther
Mary Lisa Miller
Dan & Debbie Motz
Amy Piel
Steve & Libby Reder
Charlie & Samantha Rittgers
David Rust
Tom & Lauren Shafer
Samuel Tunnacliffe
Jim Warner

Recipient Ambassadors

Our Recipient Ambassadors make up 1,000+ women touched by KWF. Whether you received a ‘gift of FUN’ a decade ago or have not yet taken that trip, you are always welcome to get involved. We have a variety of opportunities for our Recipient Ambassadors that include delivering gifts, volunteering at events, speaking at fundraisers, creating presents and more! To get involved fill out our volunteer form at the link below.

Lori Falke
Lori Falke, Chair
Year of gift: 2016
Colleen Trevis
Colleen Trevis, Secretary
Year of gift: 2016
Penny House
Penny House
Year of gift: 2015
Jodie Owens
Jodi Owens
Year of gift: 2015
Valerie Barrett
Year of gift: 2014
Anne Brinkley
Year of gift: 2018
Shelly Carmosino
Year of gift: 2017
Lily McBreen
Year of gift: 2018
Tara Riley
Tara Riley
Year of gift: 2019
Micky Stewart
Micky Stewart
Year of gift: 2018
Micky Stewart
Beth Brubaker
Year of gift: 2019

Chapters

Looking to get involved on a local level?

Email UsContact a KWF Chapter

Chapter Cities

Dayton, OH
Liz Knecht


Indianapolis, IN
Wendy Wise Haskell


Wooster, OH
MaryAnn Wellington

Kalamazoo, MI
Beth Zigler


Atlanta, GA
Ambassador City


Denver, CO
Nick Bartelme


Seattle, WA
Ambassador City
Columbus, OH
Irene and Ted Adams


New England
Debbie Hart-Klein


Cleveland, OH
Anna Sary


Nashville, TN
Ambassador City


South FL
Tyler Smillie


San Francisco, CA
Ambassador City


Board of Directors

Kent Wellington, Chair
Terri Karsten, Vice-Chair
Maria Arcuri, Secretary
Chad Nieter, Treasurer
Kim Amrine
Kecia Benneth

Breanne Bovara
Lori Falke
Molly Flanagan
Liz Knecht
Connie Laug
Liam McMillian

Kathrine Nero
Joe Pellegrini
Steve Reder
Christopher Smitherman
Tashawna Thomas
Robby Wellington

Medical Advisory Board

Our Medical Advisory Board is composed of 19 medical professionals in the Cincinnati area who bring a key medical perspective to the mission and vision of KWF.

Dr. Steve Perez, Co-Chair
Emergency Medicine Physician, QES, TriHealth

Dr. Kit Perez, Co-Chair
Radiologist, Mercy Health

Dr. William L. Barrett
Radiation Oncologist, Medical Director, UC Health Barrett Cancer Center

Robert Bovara, PharmD
Pharmacist, CVS Specialty

Shelly Carmosino
KWF Recipient Ambassador Board Member

Dr. Lauren Imwalle Castellini
Radiation Oncologist, St. Elizabeth Healthcare

Karen Brady Drosick, RN

Dr. Randy Drosick
Medical Oncologist, Hematologist, Oncology & Hematology Care

Melissa Frye, MA, LPC
Founder of Inner Light Therapy

Bridget Fossett
Healthsource of Ohio
Ellie Farley
University of Cincinnati

Dr. Natalie Geier

The Christ Hospital

Dr. Elyse Lower
Professor of Medicine, Medical Director, UC Health Barrett Cancer Center

Dr. Kelly McLean
Surgical Oncologist, The Christ Hospital Physicians

Andee Meyer
University of Cincinnati

Dr. Manisha Patel
Cardiac, Vascular & Thoracic Surgeon

Tracie Saelinger, RN - remove
Clinical Coordinator, Cardiopulmonary Rehab, Mercy Health

Jill Settlemyre
Executive Director, Cancer Family Care

Lisa Shelton, RN
Nurse Navigator, The Christ Hospital

Dr. Elizabeth Shaughnessy
University of Cincinnati
Dr. Steve Perez
Emergency Medicine Physician, QES, TriHealth
Co-Chair
Dr. Kit Perez
Radiologist, Mercy Health
Co-Chair
Dr. William L. Barrett
Radiation Oncologist, Medical Director, UC Health Barrett Cancer Center
Robert Bovara, PharmD,
Pharmacist, CVS Specialty
Shelly Carmosino
KWF Recipient Ambassador Board Member
Dr. Lauren Imwalle Castellini
Radiation Oncologist, St. Elizabeth Healthcare
Karen Brady Drosick, RN
Where
Dr. Randy Drosick
Medical Oncologist, Hematologist,  Oncology & Hematology Care
Melissa Frye, MA, LPC
Founder of Inner Light Therapy
Dr. Lisa Larkin
Internal Medicine & Women's Health, President & CEO, Lisa Larkin MD & Associates
Dr. Christopher Lewis
Family Physician, UC Health, Vice Provost for Academic Programs, University of Cincinnati
Dr. Elyse Lower
Professor of Medicine, Medical Director, UC Health Barrett Cancer Center
Dr. Kelly McLean
Surgical Oncologist, The Christ Hospital Physicians
Dr. Manisha Patel
Cardiac, Vascular & Thoracic Surgeons, Inc.; Mercy Health
Tracie Saelinger, RN
Clinical Coordinator, Cardiopulmonary Rehab, Mercy Health
Jill Settlemyre
Executive Director, Cancer Family Care
Lisa Shelton, RN
Nurse Navigator, The Christ Hospital
Dr. Michael Todd
Medical Director, Employer Health Solutions & Employee Health, Mercy Health

Volunteers

Volunteers are a vital part of our mission! There are many ways you can get involved. With your help we can continue to put FunNow! on the calendars of women and families LIVING with breast cancer. To become a member of our volunteer team, please click on the link below, fill out and submit the form.

Become a Volunteer

Volunteer Information

Your nominee's medical information is not required to submit the nomination. However, if you have the information and would like to fill it out, please do so.

Do you know if the Nominee has traveled for vacation in the last 12 months or has a planned vacation in the next 12 months?

Do you have a recommendation for a Gift of Fun for this nominee?

Do you know of anyone who might want to be involved in the design, planning, or delivery of this gift?

Please help support our mission of putting FUN on the calendars of these women and their families.

Thank you for your gesture of nominating someone special for a gift of FUN during an otherwise challenging, tiring and sometimes hopeless time of being diagnosed and LIVING with breast cancer. We put FUN on the calendars of women and families -  women with calendars fill of chemo and radiation treatments doctors' appointments, tests and more tests. We send them on family vacations, relaxing spa days, dinners out with friends, concerts, sporting events and other FUN only activities. Our gifts provide the many Karen's out there a chance to balance mind, body and spirit by putting something on the calendar NOW to help them keep on LIVING.

Once a nomination is received, the nominator will be contacted to initiate the process for completing a Recipient Information Form (RIF). Our GIVING Committee (which includes at least one past recipient) reviews all RIFs and makes recommendations to the Foundation for specific Gifts of Fun. It is our goal to send as many people on vacation as possible, but as that is not always possible, the committee may select alternative gifts  based on information provided.

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Giving Committee

The Giving Committee is a group of volunteers who help review nominations and then match incoming KWF in-kind donations with a recipient on our waiting list.

Connie Laug
Mindy Weigel
Robbin Coffman
Roseann Hayes
Diana Abbott
Susie Osha
Gina Kyte
Maria Arcuri
Tamisha Love

Click to see our gallery of GIVING FUN!

with Mr. Red