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Our Staff

Our core KWF team is made up of six, 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.

Alexia Zigoris
Alexia Zigoris
Executive Director

Susie Osha
Katie Elbisser
Director of Development & Communications
Grace Smith
Grace Smith
Program Director

Emily Murray
Emily Murray
Operations Director

Angeline Wellington
Angeline Wellington
Marketing Manager

Katie Elbisser
Susie Osha
Program Asst., FUNds Liaison

Alexia Zigoris
Lori Falke
Community Engagement; RAB Chair

Susie Osha
Elvira Noonan
Program assistant

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 at Morgan Stanley
Blue Chip Tool
Callahan Financial
CinFed Credit Union
Complete Mechanical Services
Deloitte
Donovan Auto & Tire Center
Ferguson
Fifth Third Bank
Fueled Collective
Gold Star
Gordian Design & Construction
Graydon
Huntington National Bank
Holder Creative
Inner Light Therapy
JWM Designs
Karma Candles & Kinds
Katz Teller
Links Unlimited
Mariner Wealth Advisors
Mitchell's Salon & Day Spa
Oncology Hematology Center
Red Whale Rentals
St. Elizabeth Healthcare
Square One Salon & Spa
Taft, Stettinius & Hollister, LLP
The Christ Hospital Cancer Center
The Co-Op
Total Quality Logistics
Tristate Liquid Waste
Truepoint Wealth Council
UC Cancer Institute
Universal Transportation Systems
Woodhouse Day Spa

Foundation Partners

AMGIS Foundation
Barre Savings Charitable Foundation Inc.
Crane Fund for Widows and Children
Chemed Foundation
KWF Indianapolis Golf Outing
Harvey C Hubbell Trust
Interact for Health
The Amy & George Joseph Fund
The Loring Family Foundation
The RIG III Family Foundation
UC Health Barrett Cancer Center
Williams Family Foundation
Wyler Family Foundation

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
Jodie 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

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
Amy and Brian McDonald


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
Michael Chasnoff, Treasurer
Kim Amrine
Kecia Benneth
Lori Falke
Molly Flanagan
Michelle Jones
Liz Knecht
Dave Laug
Kathrine Nero
Dr. Steve Perez
Steve Reder
Christopher Smitherman
Tashawna Thomas
Zand Walters

Medical Advisory Board

Our Medical Advisory Board is composed of 18 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

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
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

Click to see our gallery of GIVING FUN!

with Mr. Red