Our Board and Staff

With the support of our board and staff, There With Care is grateful for the incredible support we receive from the hundreds of volunteers each year. Always with our heart on the families we serve, we thank our community for joining us in care. Below please meet our board of directors and staff.

Board of Directors

Michael Barnathan

President, 1492 Pictures

Pamela M. Bernal

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

Amy Carpenter

Chapter Expansion Chair

Chris Columbus

Honorary Board Member Director, Producer, Screenwriter

Geoffrey Hansen

Producer, 1st Assistant Director

Kirsten Heckendorf

Talent Buyer at Valslist.com

Chris Himes

Board Director

John Marlow

Board Director

Jody Mathie, M.D.

Cherry Creek Pediatrics

Diane Nelson

Honorary Board Member, President, Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Entertainment

Paula DuPre’ Pesmen

Executive Director of There With Care, Film Producer

Mimi Roberson

Honorary Board Member, Roberson Consulting Group LLC, CEO

Jacqueline van Someren

Venture Capitalist/Philanthropist



Executive Director

Paula DuPre’ Pesmen

Founder and Executive Director


Development Department

Dana Bacardi

Vice President of Development

Millicent Kang

Boulder Development Director

Mellenie Goebel

Denver Development Director

Katie Hegg

Community Development Associate - Boulder

Kristina Miller Olsen

Grants Co-Director

Bill Campbell, PhD

Grants Co-Director

Shanna Lawless

Events Director


Programs Department

Mary Beth Appel

Vice President of Programs

Kim Richter

Program Coordinator

Julie Rich

Program Coordinator

Brooke Gilardi

Program Coordinator

Ivanova Swarr

Program Coordinator

Julie Hess

Program Coordinator


Volunteer Department

Kelly McGahan

Volunteer Director

Karyn White

Volunteer Coordinator - Denver

Susan Domeracki

Volunteer Coordinator Boulder

Cindy Jones

Group Coordinator

Cheryl Markel

Team Chop Coordinator

Beth Botansky

Volunteer Associate


Operations Department

Joan Haug

Vice President of Operations

Bonnie McNellan

Operations Director

Robin Spitz

Operations Coordinator

Kris Carius

Operations Coordinator

Sue Lepping

Marketing and Communications Director

Cate Buck

Operations Support Coordinator - Denver/Aurora

Liz Ward

Operations Support Coordinator - Boulder

Chris Wells

Denver Community Space Coordinator

Rachel Siler

Denver Community Space Coordinator

Advisory Board

  • Jane Butcher, Philanthropist, Co-Chairperson Conference of World Affairs, CU Boulder, and Co-Chairperson, Mother Jones Magazine
  • Adam Fell, President Quincy Jones Productions
  • Linda Gray, Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at P/SL
  • Dr. Daphne A. Haas-Kogan, Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Professor of Radiation Oncology, Harvard Medical School
  • Anne Hanson, Director of Philanthropy, Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation, Denver, CO
  • Wendy Kahn-Robson, Realtor, Boulder, CO
  • Mary Lee, Philanthropist, Community Member, Boulder, CO
  • Tommi McHugh, MA, CCLS at Children’s Hospital Colorado 
  • Devon Murray, “Harry Potter” Actor, “Seamus”
  • Caritina Yanez, Social Worker, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at P/SL, Denver, CO
  • Dr. Julie Zimbelman, Rocky Mountain Pediatric Hematology Oncology, Denver, CO