Carol Baumgartner has been a member of The Cancer Benefit Fund since day one, serving as secretary/treasurer. She is a Medtronic, Inc. retiree, where she was the executive assistant to the vice president of public relations. Due to the loss of many friends and family, including her husband, to cancer, it is Carol's desire to give back to society. In addition to these responsibilities, she is Special Events Coodinator at her residence, serves on the Board of the Medtronic Retirees Group, and serves on the board of her church women's group.
Sharon Cassen has been a realtor for over 30 years, and is a past member of the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors (board member, executive committee) and the Minnesota Association of Realtors (board member, professional standards & ethics hearing panel, government affairs). Sharon has served as a city council member and planning commissioner for the City of New Hope, has served as a board member and chair at Saint Therese Oxbow and a foundation board member at Saint Therese Care Center, and has been involved with The Cancer Benefit Fund for a number of years. She is married with three grown children, has nine grandchildren and currently resides in Plymouth.
Pam Leier is currently the Vice President of Marketing for Lampert Lumber. She has served on the board for The Cancer Benefit Fund since 2003 and is committed to their mission of cancer research as a path to a cure. She is also an active volunteer for the Saint Paul Winter Carnival and Second Harvest Heartland. She currently resides in Shoreview and is the mother of one daughter and grandmother of two.
Shannah Mulvihill is the executive director of Mental Health Minnesota, and has worked in the non-profit sector for more than 16 years in the areas of communications, development, public policy and organizational leadership. She holds a Masters Degree in counseling psychology, and has served as a volunteer counselor for the Walk-In Counseling Clinic and Crisis Connection. She has also served on boards at the American Red Cross and Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless (former board chair). Shannah became involved with The Cancer Benefit Fund in 2002 after watching a number of friends and family members suffer the devastating effects of cancer, and is committed to raising funds to support both cancer research and care for those facing cancer. Shannah lives in Howard Lake, Minnesota with her husband, Rob, and their two children.
Jack is retired from Medtronic where he managed product management, business development and global technical and marketing communications. He has degrees in biology, chemistry and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas. He is a managing partner with InRoads Medical, a consulting firm; is on the Business Advisory Board for Big Brothers and Big Sisters; is a Big for a teenage boy and serves as a board member for The Cancer Benefit Fund. Activities include Scouts, soccer coaching, sailing, fishing, car restoration and six grandsons. While serving on the Medtronic Foundation, he became more intimately interested in non-profit volunteering and the need to support cancer research. He has three sons and lives in Stillwater with his wife, Jan.
Deb Tomczyk has been a board member of the Cancer Benefit Fund since 1998. She has served as vice chair for five years, and board chair for three. Prior to her leadership roles, she chaired a variety of committees for CBF including Revenue Enhancers, Silent Auction, and Entertainment. Deb has a MEd. in adult education from the University of Minnesota. Now retired, Deb previously was the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for EduServ Technologies and later the Director of Human Resources for the Department of Administration, the Office of Enterprise Technology and the Governor's Office at the State of Minnesota. Deb is a Carver-Scott Extension Master Gardener. She and her husband Bill live in New Market Township south of the Twin Cities with their wheaten terrier, Clancy.
In 1998, a small group of dedicated volunteers came together
to raise funds to fight cancer.
Since then, The Cancer Benefit Fund has evolved into a 501(c)3 non-profit organization comprised solely of volunteers who are dedicated to making a difference in finding a cure and helping those touched by cancer.
Our goal as volunteers was to create and sustain an organization dedicated to raising dollars for cancer research and cancer treatment in Minnesota. We had
no particular type of cancer in mind as each and every one of us had faced the devastating impact of the disease through one type of diagnosis or another.
Over the past 18 years, events have been organized and supported by the generous donations of friends and corporate or private sponsors of the
Cancer Benefit Fund.
These efforts have raised nearly $900,000 for cancer research and patient care
in Minnesota. But there is still much more work to be done to continue to
improve and extend the lives of those facing cancer.
We strongly believe that Research Cures Cancer.
Cancer Benefit Fund Board of Directors
Kelly Jahner-Byrne is the founder of the Cancer Benefit Fund and served as Chair from 1998 through 2005. She was Mrs. Minnesota 2001 and has authored two books and one that featured members of the board. Kelly is a business owner and entrepreneur. She works in the health and wellness field marketing for her consumer goods company and she speaks on networking and leadership across the country. As a lifelong volunteer she has spoken for over 35 major non-profit organizations and helped to raised over 2 million for charitable causes. She is married to husband, John and together have two children. Her inspiration to start the organization stemmed from the passing of her father’s best friend after a second battle with cancer. Her spirit was rekindled to rejoin the board actively in support and honor of her mother’s successful and ongoing battle with breast cancer. Kelly lives in Woodbury, MN.
Gwen Aaberg is the Administrative Manager for 360 Communities, a non-profit in Dakota County that provides hope and support to people by engaging communities to prevent violence, ensure school success and promote long-term self-sufficiency. Gwen has over 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector in various roles including fundraising, event coordination, financial management, administration operations, and board of directors/CEO support. She joined the Cancer Benefit Fund board early 2016 after experiencing the loss of family members due to cancer and seeing the impact of cancer with other family and friends. Gwen lives in Lakeville, MN with husband. They have two grown children.
The Cancer Benefit Fund is a non-profit organization that raises funds to support new and innovative cancer research
and organizations that specialize in the treatment and care for patients and families currently living with cancer.
The Cancer Benefit Fund
1900 Rush Lake Trail, Suite 422
New Brighton, Minnesota 55112