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NSFC Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors governs and advises us in our endeavors to save lives, empower families, advance stomach cancer awareness and education, and lead our efforts to fund the most promising research to make the greatest impact. Many of our Board members are survivors of stomach cancer or caregivers to a stomach cancer patient. Their personal experiences are what drives them to give selflessly to our cause, and at times putting other's health and wellbeing before their own.


Terri Beach No Stomach For Cancer Board Member

Terri Beach

Urbana MD

Terri is humbled and honored to be a part of the NSFC Board. Stomach cancer hit her family in July 2014 when her father was diagnosed with stage 2 gastric cancer. He underwent surgery and chemotherapy in Baltimore, MD. After discussing his family cancer history and learning that three members had lobular breast cancer, doctors decided to test for the CDH1 gene, and he was positive.

Terri tested positive for the CDH1 gene in April 2015 and had a total gastrectomy in July 2015. Throughout the process, NSFC was a constant resource and provided invaluable support for Terri and her family. Since her surgery, she has been actively involved in raising awareness and funds for research for NSFC in her hometown. As a board member, she is highly motivated to expand these efforts on a broader scale in hopes of finding new options for her children (who will eventually be tested) and other cancer patients. She looks forward to supporting and helping others navigate through this terrible disease.

Terri lives in Urbana, MD, with her husband Pete and two children. She is a former elementary school teacher who now works as an event planner at St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Potomac, MD.

Terri Beach joined the board of NSFC in January 2016.


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Cailyn Reilly-Knapp

Alexandria, Virginia

In 2011, one of Cailyn's uncles died from stomach cancer. Two years later, another uncle died from the same cause. Seeking answers, Cailyn's father pursued genetic testing, discovered the CDH1 mutation in his family, and had his stomach removed. Cailyn then pursued genetic testing herself and found that she also carried the mutation. After a surveillance stomach scope, doctors identified stage A1 hereditary diffuse gastric cancer, and Cailyn elected to have a total gastrectomy in 2017. Three years later, Cailyn had her first child. The awareness, advocacy, and fundraising work that No Stomach For Cancer does give Cailyn hope that future generations will have a better way of handling gastric cancer. In the meantime, Cailyn is proud to be part of an organization that helps patients like herself prepare for and recover from surgery and serves as an invaluable source of support as patients and their families adjust to their new normal.

Cailyn graduated from Colgate University, where she played Division I lacrosse. She received a law degree from Villanova University and is a litigation attorney in the DC area. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband, son, and chocolate lab.

Cailyn Reilly Knapp joined the Board of NSFC in June 2020.


Dylan Davison

Dylan Davison, MBA
Board Chair

Charleston, SC

After losing two relatives to stomach cancer, Dylan and his mother learned, in 2017, they had the CDH1 gene mutation. Before passing, their relatives were faithful to contact his mother and encourage the two of them to get tested for the gene mutation. From the moment Dylan learned his mother, and he had the CDH1 gene mutation, he spent most of his early days reading the content on No Stomach For Cancer's website and helping his mother decide on a surgeon.

After two successful prophylactic total gastrectomy's, they both learned each had stage one stomach cancer that was undetected before surgery. He is forever thankful for the work that No Stomach For Cancer has done and is honored to join the board to help with fundraising, advocacy, and strategy as NSFC continues to help those affected by stomach cancer.

Dylan has worked with non-profits for over 13 years and holds an MBA from Auburn University. He currently works for a software company that is the leading cloud software provider for the non-profit community. Although he has no stomach, he still competes in triathlons and is dedicated to helping those affected by stomach cancer live the best lives possible. He is married and has three children.

Dylan Davison joined the board of NSFC in March 2018.


Melanie Torborg

Melanie Torborg, CMA, MBA
Treasurer

Plymouth MN

Melanie's husband, Tom, died of stomach cancer in 2012 and carried the CDH1 gene mutation. Since his diagnosis, ten members of his family (siblings and cousins) have had their stomachs removed. He saved many lives, and Melanie wants to contribute her talents to No Stomach For Cancer as her way of helping others who are struggling with this disease.

Melanie is the Program Director of the Accounting Programs at Saint Mary's University in Minneapolis. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Finance and a Masters Degree in Business. She is also a Certified Management Accountant with over 20 years of experience in corporate accounting. Her favorite areas of accounting are budgeting, strategic planning, and financial statement analysis.


Staff

Jon Florin

Jon Florin
Executive Director

Waunakee WI

Jon joined NSFC in the Spring of 2015. He comes from a diverse background in marketing and customer service. His most important goal as the Executive Director is to bring stomach cancer to the forefront of the public view and increase the media's attention to the disease. This is no small task, as stomach cancer is often disregarded as a public health issue, although there are one million new cases diagnosed each year. 


Founder

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Karen E. Chelcun Schreiber
Founder
Board Service 2009-2015

Madison WI

A note from Karen

Following a 31-year career in accounting, law firm administration, and technology, Karen celebrated her early retirement in 2005. Two years later, her brother's stage IV stomach cancer diagnosis started Karen down an unexpected path. Having lost her mother to the same disease 25 years earlier, her quest for information led to the discovery of the CDH1 gene mutation in her family that causes Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer (HDGC). While planning for her preventive total gastrectomy, she established the Chelcun Family Fund for Stomach Cancer Research and launched the first version of this website in July 2008, known at the time as "Be Strong Hearted." This call to action grew out of concern for her family's stomach cancer story; it quickly became about every family's stomach cancer story.

Karen's brother Greg lost his battle in early 2009. The lack of awareness of stomach cancer, funding for research, resources, and support for those affected by the disease, and the grim survival rates highlighted the need for an organization dedicated to fighting this disease. Already a leading resource for those affected by stomach cancer throughout the world, it was time to move beyond the family.

Karen founded No Stomach For Cancer in 2009.  She was instrumental in the growth of the organization throughout the years and served in many capacities, including Board Chair.  She remained actively involved in the organization until turning over the reins in 2015. Karen's commitment to supporting HDGC families and research is as strong as ever with the creation of HereditaryDiffuseGastricCancer.org. Karen is a valued resource for No Stomach For Cancer and CDH1 families worldwide.

Recognition of ServiceNo Stomach For Cancer would like to acknowledge the dedicated and talented people who have generously given so much time and energy to serve on the Board of Directors over the years. Each individual on this list has made a significant contribution that has helped the organization and community grow and carry out our mission.

  • Simone Busija, Melbourne, Australia
  • Gretchen Borzi, Boston, MA
  • Roger Byers, Middleton, WI
  • Laura Ciezadlo, Libertyville, IL
  • Meghan Gauger, Lake Mills, WI
  • Mahlon Goma, Mount Vernon, NY
  • Anne Greenlee, Bar Harbor, ME
  • Allison Gritton, Verona, WI
  • Mary Ann Hutchinson, Triangle, VA
  • Jennifer Lai, Honolulu, HI
  • Beth Lambert, Worcester, MA
  • Jane MacKenzie, Massapequa, NY
  • Kris Mehling, Milwaukee, WI
  • Natascha Santos, Farmingville, NY
  • Wagner Viana, São Paulo, Brazil

Founding Members

  • Elizabeth Russell, Madison, WI
  • Cindy Chelcun, Stevens Point, WI
  • Karen Chelcun Schreiber, Madison, WI

Leadership Roles | Professional Services

Whatever your area of expertise (accounting, legal, marketing, communication, social media, website development, resource development, board development and governance, etc.), there is a place for you to make a significant impact. Share your skills and help achieve the NSFC mission to support research and unite the caring power of people worldwide affected by stomach cancer.

Support for No Stomach For Cancer comes in a variety of ways, and we invite you to join with us to help advance the fight against stomach cancer. Whether you contribute financial support, time, energy or compassion, you will enhance our community in a valuable and meaningful way.