|Serving St. Louis since 1992|
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 21 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 Saale, Director of Development, Email Diane
As the newest member of our team, Diane will be assisting Friends of Kids with Cancer as the Director of Development, managing all of our fundraising efforts. Diane comes to Friends of Kids with Cancer with more than 20 years of fundraising and grant-writing experience. She is extremely excited to help all of the wonderful programs. Diane became passionate about Friends of Kids with Cancer after seeing first-hand how much our programs helped the children of two families very dear to her.
Kyle Tons, Communications Specialist, Email Kyle
Kyle is thrilled to be working at Friends of Kids with Cancer as the Communications Specialist. Kyle graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. He’s previously interned at WTMJ in Milwaukee and KMOV-TV in St. Louis. Kyle’s been heavily involved with Camp Rainbow since 2007, volunteering as a counselor, lead counselor, unit head and staff. Still being a goofball himself, Kyle loves playing around with the kids and putting smiles on everyone’s face.
Full time staff receiving toy closet donation in January 2015!
Molly Henry, Budget Director, 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 Director, 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.
Karen Corson, Office Manager, Email Karen
Karen, also a frequent volunteer, came on board part-time at the same time as Margie in 2008. She has helped organize the office and create a more efficient workplace. Having been through cancer herself, Karen knows firsthand the battle that these kids face everyday. She is extremely dedicated to our cause, and her passion is evident everyday.