Our team is made up of talented and dedicated Relentless Champions of Hope. Our staff works day in and day out to keep providing our community with the most up-to-date colorectal cancer resources.
Anjee Davis, MPPA, President
Anjee leads the charge at Fight Colorectal Cancer! She resides in Springfield, MO, and has been working in colorectal cancer for nearly two decades. She loves being outdoors with her husband, their son, and their Bernedoodle, Bella. As a cancer survivor herself, she is passionate about finding a cure for cancer! In her downtime, you will likely find her binging Netflix.
Operations & Administration
Rebecca Nance, HR & Operations Manager
A Jack-of-all-trades, Becca supports the Operations team and HR. She says being a Relentless Champion of Hope means showing up every day to serve as a resource and a helping hand to all those who are in the fight.
Devin Heid, Technical Analyst
Devin was drawn to non-profit work by the chance to provide help and hope to survivors and their families, as well as limit cancer’s impact on future generations. He enjoys music, international soccer, and television and lives in Kansas City, MO.
Communications & Creative
Emily Piekut, Senior Communications Manager
Emily is known as our communication team’s “air-traffic controller,” spending most of her days editing and scheduling content. As a military spouse, Emily has moved 6 times in 5 years, spanning 5 states in that time! She currently resides in San Diego, CA with her husband, their son, and their “double doodle” (goldendoodle x labradoodle) named Honey.
Danielle Ripley-Burgess, PR & Comms
A published author, Danielle lives in the Kansas City area with her family and their dog, Chef. A 2x colon cancer survivor, she loves baking and connecting with other survivors.
Andrew Wortmann, Senior Creative Manager
Fun facts about Andrew: his go-to karaoke song is “Sold – Grundy County Auction” by John Michael Montgomery, he’s a self-taught graphic designer, and one of his feet is bigger than the other. He resides in Kansas City, MO with his dogs, Sebastian and Truman.
Elizabeth Jordan, MBA, Marketing Manager
Elizabeth is the face behind Fight CRC’s social media! She resides in a small town just outside of St. Louis, MO with her husband. Elizabeth loves working from home because of the unlimited snacks and snuggles from her pup, Roush.
Sam Monica, Multimedia Manager
Sam leads the development of our website, the production of video, and the delivery of digital resources. He lives in Springfield, MO and loves the TV show Schitt’s Creek.
Michell Baker, Director of Philanthropy
After losing her father to colorectal cancer in 2008, Michell and her family decided to join the fight. She first got involved as an advocate and joined the staff in 2014.
Mandy Moots, Volunteer Manager
A world-traveler, Mandy recently relocated to Springfield, MO after living in the Middle East for a few years. If you’re looking for ways to join the Fight, Mandy is your go-to person!
Brian Threlkheld, Climb & Photography Manager
A stage I colon cancer survivor, Brian enjoys all things outdoors. He was the Alaska disc golf state champion two years in a row, has spent over 500 nights sleeping outside, and owns way too many backpacks. He lives in Portland, ME with his family and newly adopted pup.
Natalie Keiser, Program Coordinator & Administrative Support
Natalie is the friendly face who helps onboard new volunteers, coordinates partnerships, and works closely with our Ambassadors. She recently got married and moved to CA with her husband and she loves Andy’s Frozen Custard.
Molly McDonnell, Director of Advocacy
Molly works to make sure that the voice of the colorectal cancer community is at the table where important policy decisions are being made. A little-known fact about Molly is she set a school record in 4th grade for the bar hang for hanging for seven minutes.
Aubree Thelen, MPH, Grassroots Advocacy Manager
Aubree lives in Chicago, IL with her dog Stella. She is best known for spearheading Call-on Congress and managing the Grassroots Action Committee. Little known facts about Aubree: she can walk on stilts and has lived in Germany twice!
Patient Education & Research
Reese Garcia, MPH, Senior Research Advocacy Manager
Named after actress Reese Witherspoon, our Reese resides in Denver, CO with her pup Kimba, a 5-year-old Lab mix. She manages all of our research efforts, including the Medical Advisory Board and research advocates. Her favorite part of working from home is her ability to take Kimba for short walks throughout the day.
Mike Marosits, Patient Education Manager
Mike’s mission is to enhance the colorectal cancer community’s access to innovative health resources. He is an ambidextrous athlete, who loves working from home because of the lack of commute. Mike lives in Newport, RI with his wife and their cat, Gigi.
Elsa Weltzien, MPH, Research Engagement Manager
Based in Denver, CO, Elsa leads out our research programming efforts and the Early-Age Onset Colorectal Cancer International Symposium. She loves cooking homemade Pad Thai and has a Russian Tortoise named Franklin.
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