As the Executive Director of Children’s Cancer Network, Patti’s extensive expertise stems from her career in pediatric nursing, nursing management, program development, and nursing education. Patti and her family have experienced firsthand the ups and downs of childhood cancer through their son, Jeff and his lifelong battle with cancer. As one of the co-founders of CCN along with her husband Steve, they started CCN from the gracious and inspiring words of their then 15-year-old daughter Jenny who proclaimed, “We’re going to make a difference!” when she witnessed first-hand the atrocities of a cancer diagnosis. Patti’s love of her family transcends all that she does for all people. She is a tireless advocate for childhood cancer families and will work endlessly for families battling childhood cancer. She is the motivating force for all employees and volunteers at CCN. When she has down time, you might find Patti on the golf course or swimming a lap or two! She loves traveling, relaxing at the movies, and spending time with family. Her endless pursuit of providing hope for the families on this cancer journey make her an exceptional role model and leader.
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Sherri Irby brings her 30 years teaching experience to her job as the Administrative Assistant/Office Coordinator for Children’s Cancer Network. Sherri keeps the office running smoothly by handling referrals, helping cancer warriors find the perfect wig, participating in planning CCN Connect modules, writing the hero bios seen on Social Media as well as helping to coordinate the Scholarship Event. Born and raised in Jackson, Wyoming, Sherri finds solace in the outdoors, hiking and kayaking. In addition, she is a talented card maker, crafter and wood painter. She enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family and the beach is her ultimate happy place. She is adept at working with our volunteers and helping everyone to make everything they do for CCN, meaningful. “Life is short, it’s up to you to make it sweet”, emanates from Sherri, as she serves our families and brings some hope into their lives.
A Program Specialist for Children’s Cancer Network since 2016, Sharon Wozny brings her 30-year teaching experience to this role. She is the lead for It’s All About You, H.O.P.E. Honoring our Peers Everyday, and CCN Café, as well as coordinating the models for Inspirations. In addition, she oversees All Star Siblings and Sibshops. In her downtime, Sharon enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, learning to draw and paint with watercolors. Having volunteered with American Cancer Society’s East Mesa’s Relay for Life, Sharon was drawn to CCN after attending numerous Inspirations Fashion Shows. She knew this is where she should be next. The inspiration that she draws from the incredible families humbles her and makes her want to continue serving these families, helping to bring some hope into their world. She is the author of “Jamie’s Journey Cancer from the Voice of a Sibling”.(www.siblingcancerbook.com)
Mary Crumbaker is the Data Specialist for Children’s Cancer Network. Originally from Southbridge, Massachusetts, Mary has made her home here since 1973. Before joining the team at CCN, Mary spent 17 years with the Girl Scouts- Arizona Cactus-Pine Council, managing the Cookie Program. Mary graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Home Economics. Mary joined CCN in 2016 and has continued to bring our data to the forefront with reports, campaigns and opportunities which helps make it easier for CCN to support the childhood cancer community. In her spare time, Mary enjoys being with her family, reading and shopping. Mary carries her favorite quote with her in her work with CCN; “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.”
Stephanie Christensen is a Program Specialist for Children’s Cancer Network where she manages the Adopt a Family Programs which includes Back to School and Holiday Surprises as well as the Scholarship Program. In addition, she is the lead for CCN Connect, an online learning program for homebound childhood cancer fighters. Stephanie’s focus is to design and implement programs that build connections, friendships and community amongst the families that CCN serves. Before CCN, Stephanie volunteered at St Joseph’s Hospital and the Human Services Campus for the homeless community in Phoenix as well as being a Volunteer Director for 2 clubs at Arizona State University, where she received a degree from Barrett’s, the Honor College, in Global Health with a Minor in Nonprofit Management. When she is not working, Stephanie enjoys swimming, eating delicious food, and watching comedies and musicals on Netflix. She finds power and strength in being an advocate and having strong role models; Stephanie is guided by this when serving families with childhood cancer.
As Children’s Cancer Network’s Event Specialist, Chisa Hauber’s background as a Pediatric Oncology Nurse at Banner Cardon Children’s Medical Center lends itself to her work with our families. Growing up in Columbia, Missouri, Chisa spent time volunteering at a variety of places, including health fairs, fundraising for September 11th and after school programs for children. Currently, she volunteers at her daughter’s school where she is on the PTO board. Chisa was drawn to CCN as she witnessed firsthand, the incredible things they do for the community of childhood cancer families; she knew she wanted to be a part of it! In her downtime, she crafts, decorates cakes, refinishes furniture and watches college football. As the Event Specialist, Chisa thrives on learning and making new connections while building relationships that contribute to CCN. Chisa’s favorite motto, “Whenever there is a human in need, there is an opportunity for kindness and to make a difference”, by Kevin Heath, shows in her work at Children’s Cancer Network.
As a graduate of Grand Canyon University with a degree in Communications, Danielle Corey is Children’s Cancer Network’s Development Specialist. An Arizona native, Danielle has volunteered the past six years with Young Life at Greenway High School where she has been a mentor to college leaders and high schools girls as well as participating in fundraising efforts for them. As the sibling of a cancer warrior, Danielle knows firsthand the toll that childhood cancer has on a family. Her family has been the recipient of Children’s Cancer Network’s support and as the Development Specialist, she is now a part of helping to provide the same generosities and necessities to families. Danielle thrives on developing relationships and partnerships that will further expand the ability for CCN to fill in the gaps for families in Arizona. When she is not working, you can find Danielle running, hiking or reading. Maya Angelou said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Danielle is making her mark with that quote in her work with Children’s Cancer Network.
Julie Acosta-Flores is Children’s Cancer Network’s Bilingual Family Specialist/Administrative Assistant. Born and raised in the Valley, she is continuing her education at Arizona State University where she will be receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Integrative Social Sciences with a minor in Political Science and a certificate in Public Service. Julie has known that she wanted to work in a position where she was helping people. As she was participating in a mock interview with Patti Luttrell at a Leadership Seminar, she found her home with CCN. She gravitates to art, painting and music, but she also enjoys working out and hiking with friends. As the Bilingual Family Specialist, Julie wants to expand Children’s Cancer Network’s bilingual services as well as their impact on the Latina community. Her mom has always told her that hard work pays off and if you are going to do it, do it right and always give it your best. That is exactly what Julie is doing in her role at CCN.
Born and raised in Phoenix, Kim Baldwin is the Social Media Specialist for Children’s Cancer Network. Kim’s degrees include a BA in Elementary Education, a Masters of Divinity and a certificate in Non-Profit Operations and Program Impact. Her full-time job is at Arizona State University where she works with undergraduates who are committed to creating change in our community and the world through the Next Generation Service Corps. Volunteering has been an important part of Kim’s life since childhood; now, she seeks volunteer opportunities to do with her family. Being part of the CCN family is a gift that she treasures; as the Social Media specialist Kim wants to increase support for the families that CCN serves as well as deepen the understanding of childhood cancer and the impact it has on families. She is happiest when she is spending time with her husband and four children; she is a reader, a hiker, a writer and an HGTV fan! Kim lives by her favorite quote: “Have Courage, Work Hard and Be Kind.”
As a member of the Event Team, Tracy Madden brings a wealth of expertise and talent to Children’s Cancer Network. Before joining CCN, Tracy was the Senior Administrative Assistant at Voya Financial where she supported the Chief Operating Officer of the Mutual Fund Platform. In addition, Tracy was the Co-Chair of the Scottsdale site’s Community Partners Program and Employee Giving Campaign. Tracy’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis on Business and Tourism from Arizona State University translates easily to her role at CCN; Tracy coordinates fundraising events which make it possible to provide financial assistance for the families. Tracy has participated in various volunteer opportunities throughout her life. Currently, she volunteers at her son’s school, with his sports teams and, teaches Sunday School at her church. When she is not volunteering, Tracy spends time with her family, whether they are hanging out at home, hiking or cooking. She is a dog lover as well! Pablo Picasso said, “The meaning of life is to find our gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” Tracy brings that to fruition with her role at CCN to make a difference for the childhood cancer community in Arizona.