Board Members

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Cara Paymaster 

CEO/President/Founder

How this organization came together is not your typical story. I myself have not had cancer or even lost a young adult family member to cancer, I have simply realized the hard truth of what young adults face while battling cancer. With having multiple friends deal with the devastating outcome of a cancer diagnosis, I have had a close look at how cancer affects one’s self and their family. I have lost multiple friends to cancer and the more devastation that I saw, the more I thought that somebody has got to stand up and bring awareness to this age group. I am grateful for the opportunity to watch this organization grow and to help others have the chance to stand-up against and support the fight against cancer.

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Billy Paymaster 

COO/Director of Marketing & Communications

I am a Senior Search Associate at MEC, one of the world’s top media agencies. I am also the husband of our President/Founder Cara Paymaster. I’ve seen the devastating effect that cancer has had on the lives of young adults, thus making it a personal mission of mine to help these young fighters battling for their lives. In my spare time I enjoy playing soccer and rooting on Manchester United, the University of Kentucky Wildcats and the St. Louis Cardinals, in which I am fortunate enough to be a season ticket holder.

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Lauren Pattiz

Vice President

I am an Associate Director for the Annual Giving Programs at Washington University in St. Louis. Ever since I can remember, I have had a passion for the non-profit world and volunteering. I have seen the affects of cancer first-hand in family members, friends, and children I have met through my volunteer work. I’m so proud to be a part of HOPE for Young Adults with Cancer to provide happiness and hope to young adults struggling with this disease.

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Kelly Harrell

Treasurer

I am currently an accountant studying for the CPA exam. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I LOVE being involved with Hope 4 YAWC and being able to give back to those who need our help!

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Karen Oliver

President/Hope4YAWC Young Professionals Board – San Diego

I am a high school teacher who focuses more on preparing students for college and the rest of their lives than textbooks. I lost my father in 2010 after a five-year battle with bone cancer. He never once lost hope and lived life to the fullest, completing long-distance bike rides, team triathlons, and hiking mountains after his diagnosis. In 2014, I signed up to run the San Francisco Marathon, my first, and searched for an organization to raise money for as part of my efforts. Fate introduced me to the Paymasters and Hope4YAWC and the rest is history! I’m so excited to start growing the San Diego branch of this incredible organization and look forward to making a difference in the lives of young adults dealing with a cancer diagnosis.

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Hannah Katz

President/Hope4YAWC Young Professionals Board – Denver

I have always been passionate about the fight to end cancer, but 5 years ago, cancer came into my household and tried to take my mom.  She is now a five year survivor, but as a caregiver I experienced closely what having cancer in your life is like. I joined HOPE because I am young and I can only imagine what is like to battle cancer while being a young adult.  I wanted to be apart of an organization that help specifically with young adults so that they too can come out like my mom, a strong fighter!

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Emily Joseph

Graphic Designer/Board Member

I am a Search Associate at MEC, one of the world’s top media agencies. It is hard to find someone who hasn’t been touched by cancer in some way. It is because of my family members, friends and co-workers who have courageously battled, lost & beat cancer that continues to inspire me to be involved with Hope4yawc.

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Keri Allison

Board Member

I have recently left the sales world to become a certified yoga instructor. I was introduced to Hope 4 YAWC by one of my closest friends, Cara Paymaster. I jumped at the opportunity to stand behind an organization with such an amazing cause and mission and to have a truly inspirational and dedicated leader to follow is such an uplifting and rewarding experience.

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Shannon Martini

Board Member

I am a Loan Officer with Gershman Mortgage. My family has had to face cancer and I am constantly surprised and inspired by how positive and strong those dealing with this disease can be. Truly amazing!

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Dave Ragan

Board Member

I am a Sales Representative for Major Brands Beverage Distributors. I have had numerous friends fight and beat cancer, but unfortunately I have lost friends to cancer as well. I am showing my support to them by being involved with such a positive organization to help with the struggles I have seen my friends go through.

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David Johndrow

#Run4Hope Race Director

I am a survivor, a runner, a writer, a father and a husband. My day job is working as a website architect for a large US corporation. I have been in the web business for over 20 years. In 2011, I survived congestive heart failure and began walking to assist in my recovery. Then, I started running. In three years’ time, I went from huffing and puffing my way through a 5K (3.1 miles) to running a full 26.2-mile marathon. After a routine blood test just a few weeks before my first marathon, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. I stepped up to the starting line and ran the race anyway. In April (2014) I ran the Boston Marathon too. Only a few days after the race, during a biannual skin check, my dermatologist diagnosed with me with melanoma. As a fundraiser for Hope4YAWC I had already planned to run across the state of Massachusetts in May (2014). Days after completing 59.45 miles, I was scheduled for Mohs surgery. The prognosis for both is good, and I am determined to not let cancer interfere with my running.

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