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Tonia Farman, Founder & Director

Tonia had a vision for what was then Kiteboarding 4 Cancer while going through her brother’s experience with Leukemia, and watching him battle for his life. Scott passed away in June 2007, and Tonia's efforts as an advocate for cancer prevention and support took off. Tonia owns and runs Cascade Kiteboarding School in Hood River, Oregon, and spends the rest of her time and energy on Athletes for Cancer.

Garret Zallen, MD - Medical Advisor & Board President

Dr. Zallen is a Pediatric Surgeon at Peace Health in Springfield, Oregon. In addition to his specialty in minimal access surgery, he works with pediatric cancer patients on a daily basis. He has been named one of Portland's Top Docs for six years in a row and in addition to his work with A4C he maintains one of the busiest pediatric surgery practices in the region.

Rob Chimelak

Rob is a Stage 3c testicular cancer survivor (2013) who attended Maui19 Surf Camp. He holds multiple degrees in engineering, however, he is an A-typical engineer: type ‘A‘ personality, self-proclaimed comedian, and willingness to push life’s boundaries. Rob understands work-life balance and fills his free time by maintaining healthy life style choices, traveling with friends and family, and by actively mentoring young cancer patients.

Candice Gerlach

Candice is a CPA with extensive experience helping non-profits with financial and tax advise. She is a Certified Fraud Examiner which makes her extremely vital for helping keep organizations she works with operating responsibly both fiscally and with administrative functions. We like that!

Joanna Hershey

Joanna recently moved to Oregon from New York, where she was born and raised. She works as a public interest attorney and has volunteered her time for several non-profit organizations. She enjoys music, art, watching Jeopardy, and any activity that gets her outside on a beautiful day. Joanna is a recent breast cancer survivor, and belives in the extraordinary healing power of exercise. She is thrilled to join the Athletes 4 Cancer leadership team!

Advisory Board

  • Rebecca Block
  • Sam Brovender
  • Sarah Bahn
  • Steve Fisher
  • William Nelson
  • Sensi Graves

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