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 23 years with the same passion and vigor that it took to launch it in 1992.
Judy Ciapciak, Executive Director, Email Judy
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 13 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, Associate Director, Email Brandy
Brandy is the Associate Director, as well as the 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.
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 as well. She looks forward to coming to work and making a difference every day in the lives of these children and their families.
Stefanie Clynes, Communications Specialist, Email Stefanie
Stefanie is the Communications Specialist for Friends of Kids with Cancer. She is a graduate of Webster University with a bachelor's degree in public relations and a master's degree in marketing. She comes to us with a background in nonprofit communications from Webster University and the Missouri Botanical Garden. Stefanie first got involved with Friends of Kids with Cancer when she was a teenager helping with her family charity golf outing that her grandfather coordinated every June. Stefanie interned for Friends in 2012 and has been active with the Young Friends of Kids with Cancer board ever since. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors and hula hooping to the 'oldies.'
Molly Henry, Budget Manager, Email Molly
Molly and her husband Rick helped found Friends of Kids with Cancer back in 1992. She tragically lost her daughter, Ellen, at the tender age of two, and has since dedicated her life to enriching the lives of every child who is stricken with this terrible disease. She's played an integral role in helping "Friends" grow from just a band of parents pitching in to hundreds of volunteer-tasks, to helping thousands of children over the years.
Margie Sedlack, Program Coodinator, 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 Manager, and is also the liaison to Cardinal Glennon.