Board Members and Volunteers

Kendra Bahneman Haywood

Executive Director, Alliance of Families Fighting Pancreatic Cancer
Director of Fundraising, Alliance of Families Fighting Pancreatic Cancer

Board Chair, Alliance of Families Fighting Pancreatic Cancer

Kendra became a volunteer in honor of her father Carl Bahneman. Carl passed away of Pancreatic Cancer in October 2009, after a courageous 14 month battle. Her father was treated by Doctor A. James Moser, currently with Beth Israel Deaconess and Harvard in Boston. Kendra and her family have joined Dr. Moser in this challenging battle against one of the worst, and certainly the most underfunded, cancer of our time. Kendra’s background is in fundraising, marketing and organizing events for the financial industry. Before joining the Foundation she was Global Head of Hedge Fund Marketing and Investor Relations for BTG Pactual’s hedge fund business. Previously, she was Head of Marketing and Investor Relations for Sailfish Capital Partners, and prior to that, she was Head of Events and Fund Raising for Institutional Investor’s Financial Industry events and awards dinners. Kendra holds a Masters of Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University and is married with a 3 year old daughter.

 

Debbie Barnes

Board Treasurer, Alliance of Families Fighting Pancreatic Cancer
Debbie Barnes and her family have been raising money for research for Dr. Moser and his associates for several years now since her Mother’s death from Pancreatic Cancer in October 2006. Dr. Moser performed the whipple procedure on her Mother in August 2005. The privilege of having another year with her family prompted her to ask the family to help him continue his research by raising funds. “Mellie” as she was lovingly called also had a brother who also died of Pancreatic Cancer.

The family ran the former “Mellie’s Mission” and has now transitioned to solely working for the AFFPC, concentrating all their fund raising efforts.

Debbie retired in April of 2014 after working at Sensus USA for approximately 40 years in different positions and ending her career there as Traffic Manager taking care of all invoicing and shipments leaving the facility.

Debbie and her husband Mark have been married for 40 years and have two children and two granddaughters. They live in Smithfield, Pennsylvania.

 

Jessica Fera

Board Member and Interim Public Relations Director, Alliance of Families Fighting Pancreatic Cancer
Founder and Executive Director, The Woiner Foundation

Jessica is working to end pancreatic cancer in memory of her mother, Rita Woiner. Rita was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in December 2010, eight months after losing her husband to melanoma. Rita was first treated by Dr. A. James Moser in the family’s home town of Pittsburgh, Pa. and had the Whipple procedure in April 2011. Rita passed away in April 2014 and is an inspiration to all who knew and loved her.

Jessica and Rita, along with Jessica’s husband Ric, who is a two-time melanoma survivor, founded The Woiner Foundation in 2013. The mission of The Woiner Foundation is to fight melanoma and pancreatic cancer by increasing awareness, supporting patients, survivors and families and fundraising for research. The foundation hosts several annual fundraising events in Pittsburgh, including the 3-2-1 Ride, a family-friendly bike ride. The foundation is dedicated to supporting the research efforts of Dr. Moser in the field of pancreatic cancer, and Dr. John Kirkwood, in the field of melanoma.

Jessica is a 2006 graduate of Penn State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism with a minor in business. She is the Managing Producer/Director of Studio 11, WPXI-TV’s commercial production department. Jessica serves as a patient advocate for the University of Pittsburgh’s SPORE (Specialized Program of Research Excellence) in skin cancer. The program was renewed in 2013, receiving more than $12 million from the National Cancer Institute.

 

Ric Fera

Board Member and Interim Social Media Director, Alliance of Families Fighting Pancreatic Cancer
Creative Director, The Woiner Foundation

Ric is working to end pancreatic cancer in memory of his mother-in-law, Rita Woiner, who passed away in April 2014 after a courageous three and a half year battle with the disease.

Ric and his wife, Jessica, run The Woiner Foundation in their hometown of Pittsburgh, Pa. The foundation’s mission is to fight melanoma and pancreatic cancer by increasing awareness, supporting patients, survivors and families and fundraising for research. By the age of 32, Ric was a two-time melanoma survivor.

His father-in-law, Tim Woiner passed away in April 2010 after a three year battle with melanoma.

Since it was founded in 2013, the volunteer-run Woiner Foundation has raised more than $80,000 and is proud to have awarded 90% of its funds to support the AFFPC and Dr. A. James Moser, along with the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute’s Melanoma Center and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s PALS program.

Ric is a Network Security Engineer for the University of Pittsburgh. He is also a graduate of the university with a bachelor’s degree in information science and a certificate in GIS. He also holds an associate’s degree in multimedia from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Ric is the co-founder of a start-up software company which developed CEAgent, a continuing education and credential management platform for licensed professionals.

 

Marla Wagner

Board Secretary, Director of Advocacy, Alliance of Families Fighting Pancreatic Cancer

Marla first joined the fight against pancreatic cancer by participating in the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s (PanCAN) 5K walk after her husband, Chuck, passed away from the disease in 2005.  His battle had lasted two and a half years and he fought it with courage and dignity.  Taking strength from his example, she became an active volunteer with PanCAN’s Pittsburgh Affiliate.  Following her retirement in 2011, she accepted the position of Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Pittsburgh Affiliate.  She recently decided to continue her volunteer work by joining the Alliance of Families Fighting Pancreatic Cancer to serve as the Media Director.

Marla holds a Master’s Degree in education from Slippery Rock University and is certified as an English teacher, reading specialist, and reading supervisor.  She received her principal’s certification from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  During her career Marla held administrative positions in several Pittsburgh area school districts, retiring from an elementary principal’s position in the Plum Borough School District.  Marla has two adult children and one grandson who live in the Pittsburgh area and play a huge role in her life.

 

Theresa Dukovich

Board Member, Alliance of Families Fighting Pancreatic Cancer

Theresa became a volunteer to help find a cure for pancreatic cancer after her mother, Rose Marie Pendro, died from Stage IV pancreatic cancer in 2001 at the age of 62. Like many other patients with pancreatic cancer, Rose Marie was offered little hope and she died 7 months after diagnosis. Theresa made a commitment to continue her mother’s courageous fight and became a volunteer with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in 2003. She served as the Affiliate Coordinator of their Pittsburgh Affiliate from 2005 until 2012 when she decided to join the Alliance of Families Fighting Pancreatic Cancer. While a volunteer with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network she won Affiliate Coordinator of the Year in 2009 and the Founder’s Award in 2012. Theresa holds a Master’s Degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh and is a licensed social worker. She is married to her husband, Glenn Dukovich, and has 2 children, Andrew and Anna, who also volunteer in Rose Marie’s memory.

 

Dr. Ken Grey

DOM, AP Holistic Physician
Board Member, Alliance of Families Fighting Pancratic Cancer

Dr. Grey obtained his masters in both Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from theAtlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine and enjoys being both a physician and an educator.He has extensive experience in creative education, teaching those with special needs including individuals with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Autism. His unique approach to holistic healing has taken him abroad to lecture in Germany and treat sports professionals in Hawaii and France and locally onsite at the Honda Classic as well as at his office where he is sought after by golfing, tennis, baseball and football greats. Dr. Grey lectures nationally on Acupuncture, Qi Gong, Tai Qi, Reflexology and Women’s Health in relation to Traditional Chinese Medicine and Food Therapy. He uses his experience in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine to collaborate with physicians of Conventional medicine in treating patients Holistically. Dr. Grey has been on staff at Jupiter Medical Center for over 8 years where he has helped create a new paradigm in integrative medicine. Dr. Grey has with great honor accepted the Integrative seat on Jupiter Medicals Advisory Board for The Lighthouse. In addition, Dr. Grey is also a board member of the Alliance of Families Fighting Pancreatic Cancer (AFFPC) where he proudly supports the work of Dr. Jim Moser at Harvard’s’ Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and offers Integrative support for Holistic advancements in the fight against Pancreatic Cancer on a National level.He has been interviewed on several prime time news specials for his ground breaking efforts in the integration of holistic medicine/acupuncture and surgery performing the first acupuncture assisted Davinci Robot surgery. His news features also include his alternative successful treatments for arthritis and efforts to educate schools on Holistic dietary approaches.He has authored several books on food therapy and juicing aptly named HEALTH in Balance and Juicing 101 respectfully. Dr. Grey has been featured on multiple Dr. Oz ABC Health Watch News segments.His office is in Jupiter, Florida for over 10 years.

 

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