Board of Directors

Paula DuPre' PesmenPaula DuPre’ Pesmen, Executive Director

Film Producer

In 2005, Paula DuPré Pesmen left a successful feature film career to found There With Care, now in its tenth year of service for families facing critical illness. During her time as the Associate Producer on the first three Harry Potter films, she was inspired by over 60 families of critically ill children through a program she started with film director Chris Columbus, welcoming them to the Harry Potter movie set for their wish-for-a-day.

Paula also learned firsthand what it meant to be in a family facing medical crisis when her husband, Curt, was diagnosed with and successfully treated for advanced colon cancer. As founder of There With Care and a member of its Board of Directors, Paula oversees the daily operations of the organization. The overwhelming support Paula has received from her personal and professional communities is a testament to her passion for helping families in need.

Photo: Courtesy of Cheyenne Ellis.  Email Paula DuPre’ Pesmen:

Michael BarnathanMichael Barnathan, Board Director

President, 1492 Pictures

Michael is an Emmy-nominated producer whose work has been seen on both the big and small screens. His most notable works include the first three Harry Potter films, Jingle All The Way, Stepmom, Cheaper by the Dozen and the film version of the Tony award- and Pulitzer Prize musical Rent.

Michael has produced dozens of movies and mini-series for television including the highly acclaimed mini-series, The Kennedys of Massachusetts.

Michael’s dedication to There With Care stems from his own experience coping with the serious illness of a loved one. He is committed to easing the burdens of families facing similar hardship. Email Michael Barnathan:

Pamela M. Bernal, Board Director

Co-Founder P2P Alliance. Executive Coach and Mentor advising small for-profit and non-profit ventures

After spending over 21 years in the high tech industry, Pam has directed her passion and devotes considerable energy to her work with launching small for-profit and nonprofit corporations. The common thread across ventures is that they have a desire to make a positive impact in their communities and create jobs. She works with entrepreneurs in the areas of business and strategic planning, organization infrastructure and operations, fund development, board development and executive mentoring.

Pam has served as an executive board member and/or advisory board member for a variety of philanthropic endeavors over the past thirty years including: Big Sisters Association of Minneapolis, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Minneapolis, American Refuge Committee, Minneapolis, MN., Children’s House of Los Altos, CA., Los Altos Education Foundation, Los Altos, CA., Los Altos Education Endowment Foundation, Los Altos, CA., Beginnings with Adoption Wellness, Boulder, CO., G.L. Bridge School, Boulder, CO., There With Care, Boulder, CO.  Email Pam Bernal:

Amy Carpenter, Board Director

Prior to her board role, Amy started as a volunteer with There With Care and then came on staff as National Expansion Director.  During that time she helped oversee and streamline operations and helped There With Care expand with its first chapter organization in the Bay Area.  The successful creation of our Bay Area chapter in 2012 was an important step in expanding There With Care’s ability to serve its mission in communities outside of Colorado.

Before moving to Boulder, Amy lived in the Netherlands with her family for three years. Prior to that she worked at Visa as an instructional designer focusing on technical training and performance management systems. Email Amy Carpenter:

chris-columbus-jpegChris Columbus, Board Director

Director, Producer, and Screenwriter

Chris Columbus is one of the most successful directors in Hollywood history.

From his screenwriting work with Steven Spielberg in the 1980s on Gremlins and Goonies, to his directorial successes, Home Alone, Home Alone 2, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Stepmom in the 1990s, Chris has entertained and thrilled audiences around the world.

More recently, Chris directed and/or produced the first three Harry Potter films, adapted from the famous J.K. Rowling novels. The films have brought in over $2.6 billion in box office receipts.

Chris’ heartfelt storytelling and ability to connect with families through his films provides a natural extension for his work with There With Care. He is a member of the San Francisco Foundation, assists with NYU Tisch School of the Arts in fundraising efforts and is a long-time supporter of MS Foundation of Los Angeles. Email Chris Colombus:

Dave DaviaDavid Davia, Board Director

Executive Director, The Colorado Association of Mechanical and Plumbing Contractors | Denver, Colorado

David Davia serves as the Executive Vice President and CEO of Colorado Association of Mechanical & Plumbing Contractors. Prior to this position Mr. Davia worked as a Business Systems Consultant for Wells Fargo as the Chief of Staff – Wholesale Operations and Services.

Mr. Davia is a Business Executive with outstanding track record in business analysis, government relations, process development, strategic partnerships, coalition building, legislative analysis, collective bargaining, public policy, and association management. Management of multiple projects and initiatives, orchestrating resources and partnerships to ensure cost-effective, on-time achievement of objectives. Articulate, professional communication skills, building consensus and driving results among executive teams, cross-functional business units, and business partners.

In addition to his passion and skills, Mr. Davia also brings experience from many years of his Board and Committee service for the Denver Chamber of Commerce, Denver Archdiocese, Growing Home, Colorado Bankers Association, Westminster Economic Development and Human Services and more. There With Care is honored to have Mr. Davia on its Board of Directors. Email Dave Davia:

geoff-hanson-20050803-12Geoffrey Hansen, Board Director

Producer, 1st Assistant Director

Geoff Hansen is a notable Hollywood Assistant Director who began his career producing television commercials in New York in the 1980s.

Since then, he has found himself working closely on Hollywood movie sets alongside such actors as Julia Roberts, John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Susan Sarandon, Catherine Zeta-Jones, John Cusack, Robert Conrad, MacCauly Culkin, Sally Field, Sandra Bullock, John Candy, and Robin Williams.

Geoff met There With Care co-directors Columbus and Barnathan at New York University film school, where they first collaborated professionally. Email Geoffrey Hansen:

Kirsten HeckendorfKirsten Heckendorf, Board Director

Kirsten Heckendorf came to There With Care as a volunteer for the organization with passion for its mission. Soon, she began planning and overseeing the first Denver-based Golf Tournament in 2013 and organized the first Alex and Ani sale benefiting There With Care. These events brought many new friends to the organization and began expanding the outreach of There With Care in the Denver area.

Ms. Heckendorf is a valuable member of the Annual Signature Events and is an integral part of the Events Committee. In 2014, Ms. Heckendorf helped launch a community space in Denver, home for volunteers and donors, to come together on projects that support the programs and services provided by There With Care.

Ms. Heckendorf previously worked in medical and legal fields for more than twenty-two years as a Project Manager and Director of Operations, providing medical and environmental experts (primarily in toxic torts including Anderson vs. PG&E aka: Erin Brokovich Case) with document management and research to prepare physicians and experts for testimony. In 2005 Ms. Heckendorf scaled back and became a care provider to her sister-in-law during her battle with cancer, and finally concluded her last case in the fall of 2012. Ms. Heckendorf continues to provide management consulting to small businesses.

Bringing tireless dedication and energy to There With Care, Kirsten has helped to expand the community of care to help better support the families we serve during a fragile time. We are grateful for her service and are fortunate and honored to have her on the Board of Directors.

Mathie,Jody (013) 2011Jody Mathie, M.D., Board Director

Cherry Creek Pediatrics

Dr. Jody Mathie is a primary care pediatrician who founded her own practice, Cherry Creek Pediatrics, in 1985 in the heart of Denver, CO. Prior to opening her practice, she completed her residency at Children’s Hospital Colorado, and was awarded the Joseph Butterfield Award in Perinatology for her work in the NICU while a resident. She has been listed in 5280 Magazine’s TOP DOCS issue for 16 years. She recently completed 11 years on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Dr. Mathie was born and raised in North Canton, Ohio, moving to the Denver area following graduation from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1981. She did her undergrad work in Biology at Grove City College, where she graduated with honors in 1977. Dr. Mathie has been a member of the Grove City College Board of Trustees since 2006, and currently serves as the Chair of the Academic Committee.

Highly respected in her field, Dr. Mathie has won additional teaching awards, including the Outstanding Service Award presented by the Children’s Hospital Medical Staff in 2008, and the Career Teaching Scholar Award, presented by the University of Colorado Department of Pediatrics in 2011. She served as President of the Medical Staff at Children’s Hospital from 2000 to 2002, and currently is an Associate Professor there. Dr. Mathie created the Hospital’s Quality and Patient Safety Committee in 2009, and continues to serve as the Vice Chair. She remains a devoted fundraiser for children, especially those facing critical illness.

For many years Dr. Mathie has hosted fundraising events for There With Care to help provide support and growth in the community. She embodies the mission of the organization and with her help, the organization has been able to be there for thousands of patients and their families. We are proud to have Dr. Mathie on the Board of Directors and to grateful to have her help and trust.  Email Jody Mathie:

diane_nelson_bw07_2006Diane Nelson, Board Director

President, Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Entertainment

Diane Nelson is President of Warner Premiere, a new division of Warner Bros. Entertainment, where she has also served as Executive Vice President, Global Brand Management. Since 2000, Diane has overseen management of the Harry Potter franchise.

Prior to her work with Warner Premiere, Diane served as Senior Vice President, Family Entertainment, Warner Bros. and Director of National Promotions, Walt Disney Records. Email Diane Nelson:

MRobersonMimi Roberson, Board Director

Roberson Consulting Group LLC, CEO

Mimi is CEO of Roberson Consulting Group LLC, after having served for 15 years as President and CEO of Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. An active philanthropist and volunteer, she has served on a multitude of civic and philanthropic organizations including the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, Metro Denver Leadership Foundation, BBVA Compass Bank, Judi’s House, March of Dimes, Colorado Hospital Association and Federation of American Hospitals, among others.

Mimi believes that There With Care is an organization that transcends what is minimally important to families and rises to provide services that go to the core dignity of families in need, creating comfort and value for families so that they can focus on their loved ones. Email Mimi Roberson:

Jackie Van SomerenJacqueline van Someren, Board Director

Venture Capitalist/Philanthropist

Jackie was in the venture capital business for thirteen years, the last several as a partner overseeing the affairs of a venture capital firm with offices in the US, Canada and Europe. As administrative partner, Jackie was responsible for operational & transactional activities as well as quarterly reporting and investor relations.

When she left venture capital she focused more of her time consulting with non-profit organizations. She is most passionate about working with community-focused non-profits that engage individuals and businesses locally.

Jackie served as trustee for Cambridge, UK-based Wallace Cancer Care, dedicated to providing complementary care and practical support to cancer patients and their families. She volunteered and served as director and secretary of the board for the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation, raised funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and volunteered as a coach and mentor for San Francisco-based Girls on the Run. Jackie was drawn to the transforming effect of There With Care’s simple and kind approach to care; to listen, and do what is most helpful for each and every family. Email Jackie van Someren:





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