Our staff is more than just dedicated - they are INVOLVED in this organization. When you find out more behind the people that work each day to help these brave kids, you will understand why Friends has been around for 25 years with the same passion and vigor that it took to launch it in 1992.
Judy Ciapciak, Executive Director, Email Judy
A longtime friend of the founders of the organization, Judy always had a soft spot for Friends and spent time volunteering. As it grew, Friends decided to create a full-time position to run it. Judy became the Executive Director 17 years ago, and has been living and breathing this organization ever since. She has established Friends as a mainstay in St. Louis and cultivated the relationships that makes Friends go.
Brandy Bimslager, Program Director, Email Brandy
Brandy has transitioned to Program Director from her previous role as Associate Director/Volunteer Coordinator at Friends of Kids with Cancer. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where she played collegiate soccer and earned a bachelor's degree in Communications. Her professional career has included an internship with the City of O'Fallon, several years of experience in sales, and political campaign work. Brandy found Friends and became passionate about their mission through an experience with a close friend who lost their child to this devastating disease.
Jamie Schuette, Administrative/Volunteer Coordinator, Email Jamie
Jamie is the Administrative/Volunteer Coordinator for Friends of Kids with Cancer. She graduated from Missouri State University with a degree in Film. After experiencing that industry, Jamie discovered her true passion for helping others. Having attended Friends' events, she quickly realized how great this organization is and is so happy to be a part of helping kids with cancer...be kids!
Diane Voigt, Bookkeeper, Email Diane
Diane is the Bookkeeper for Friends of Kids with Cancer. She has over 20 years accounting experience in the construction industry and also has an extensive background in banking. Diane is married and has two grown sons. They enjoy boating and spending weekends at the lake with family and friends. Diane loves kids and has been a long- time supporter of not only Friends of Kids with Cancer but St. Jude’s Research Hospital. She looks forward to coming to work and loves making a difference every day in the lives of these children and their families.
Mary McKee, Communications Specialist, Email Mary
Mary is the Communications Specialist for Friends of Kids with Cancer. She graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in Multimedia Graphics and is currently pursuing her master's in Public Administration. As a childhood cancer survivor, Mary understands firsthand the emotional, physical, and financial struggles related to the patient's treatment plan and diagnosis. Mary is eager to use her knowledge of nonprofit marketing to build relationships with individuals in the community, as well as create lasting memories for kids with cancer.
Margie Sedlack, Program Coordinator, Email Margie
Margie has been volunteering for many years and is a distinguished member of our Board of Directors. Her daughter, Kelsey, went through treatment at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital and is a proud survivor. Since then, Margie has put her efforts into positively affecting the lives of kids battling cancer. In 2008 she went to work part-time for Friends as our Program Coordinator and is also the liaison to Cardinal Glennon.