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 27 years with the same passion and vigor that it took to launch it in 1992.
Brandy Bimslager, Executive Director, Email Brandy
Brandy serves as Executive Director of our organization, appointed in October of 2018. Previously she served as the Office Administrator and Volunteer Coordinator, then Program Director where she earned 8 years of experience within the organization. Her extensive involvement working directly with volunteers, staff, hospital providers, and patient families in addition to her tremendous passion for helping pediatric cancer families made for an easy transition to leadership. Professionally, Brandy has experience in the service industry, sales, politics and coaching youth soccer. She earned her BA from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where she played collegiate soccer. She became passionate about our mission through an experience with a close friend who lost their child to this devastating disease.
Valerie Kennedy Lang, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, Program Director, Email Valerie
Valerie graduated from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University, St. Louis in 2007 and has been a social worker with the pediatric hematology/ oncology/ bone marrow transplant services at St. Louis Children's Hospital for the past 8 years. In addition, Valerie is an adjunct faculty member at the Brown School where she teaches a Master’s level healthcare social work course. She has been a member of the Friends of Kids with Cancer team as a support group facilitator and is thrilled to join the full time staff as our new Program Director.
Morgyn Johnson, Program Coordinator, Email Morgyn
Morgyn graduated from Lindenwood University in 2018 with a degree in Corporate Communications. She was previously an intern at our office working alongside Mary and interned at the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation. After graduating she spent some time in the sales industry and missed her passion for helping others. Morgyn loves meeting new people and is excited to be back in the office as an official team staff member!
Diane Voigt, Finance Manager, 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, MPA, 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 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.
Kim Wisdon, Volunteer and Events Coordinator, Email Kim
Kim is the Volunteer & Events Coordinator for Friends of Kids with Cancer. She earned a bachelor’s in Human Services from Fontbonne University and graduated from Lindenwood University with a master’s in Nonprofit Administration. She is a seasoned volunteer and served FOKWC as a member of the Trivia Night Planning Committee. She is passionate about supporting Friends’ mission through volunteer and fundraising efforts. Kim and her husband, Jesse, have two active young boys. Together, the Wisdom family loves cheering on the St. Louis Blues!
Sharon Roth, Office Coordinator, Email Sharon
Sharon began volunteering with Friends after she retired from her career at AT&T. She came to Friends because of the impact Friends made on her niece when she was fighting cancer. After several years of volunteering, she joined the office staff part time as our Office Coordinator.