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MEET OUR  TEAM

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MONICA GELINAS

Executive Director

 

Monica Gelinas has been with CC4C since 2015 spanning roles across operations, volunteer management, and family services. As Cheyanna's aunt, she brings a deep passion for the mission that stems from her personal connection to CC4C's founding story.

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DANELLE KEMP

Development Director

 

Danelle Kemp joined the CC4C team in 2022. Danelle was born in New Mexico, raised in West Texas, and proud to call Austin home for over 25 years. She served as an elementary educator for 7 years after graduating with a master's degree in Special Education from The University of Texas at Austin.

 

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ALISON HAVENS

Director of Programs

 

Alison began volunteering with CC4C through National Charity League in 2020.   The mission of CC4C spoke to her heart with her personal experiences with her oldest daughter and nephew who have rare and undiagnosed conditions.  She joined CC4C as the Program and Volunteer Manager in 2022.

 

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MONINA MERCADO

Director of Operations

 

Monina started with CC4C in 2017 as a volunteer after witnessing the impact of uplifting the children at the micro-marathon. In 2019 she joined the team as the Director of Operations & Volunteers until September 2022.  In May 2023 she rejoined the team as Director of Operations.

 

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ALICIA AHMANN

Dream Team & Volunteer Manager

Alicia joined CC4C as a volunteer via the Young Men's Service League. CC4C's mission truly resonated with her as a mom of a rare and undiagnosed child. Alicia wanted to become more involved so she  joined CC4C in 2023 as the Dream Team and Volunteer Manager.

 

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TALAYA FRAZIER

Founder

 

Talaya founded CC4C after the long journey with her daughter Cheyanna. 
While navigating through the unknown odyssey of trying to find diagnosis and healing, she turned to running to cope with the emotional turmoil. Talaya intended to run one marathon in Cheyanna’s honor symbolizing the hope of a finish line of healing. 

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JOEY BERGER

Board Chair

Joey, a partner with Rigby Slack, currently handles real estate transactions in Texas and throughout the United States. He is experienced in representing clients in the acquisition, disposition, construction, development, financing, leasing and management of various property types - student housing, multi-family, hospitality, office, industrial, retail, restaurant and mixed-use.

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DAVID DESTEFANO

Board Treasurer

 

David is currently the Sr. Vice President/Bee Cave Market President for Texas Regional Bank with locations throughout the Hill Country, Rio Grande Valley, Houston, and Dallas with total assets of $2.7 billion and pride themselves in remaining a community bank where they bank one customer at a time.

 

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RUPAL DESAI

Board Member

Deloitte Consulting

Engagement Manager

ADRIENNE RYHOLT

Advisory Board

Strategic Partnerships

Adrienne Ryholt is Government & Payor Relationship Manager at Apple Homecare Medical Supply and mother of a blended family of five, including CC4C child, Hayden. Adrienne has been an outspoken advocate for breaking down barriers for those who care for and live with disability.  

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AKSHAY PRADEEP

Advisory Board

Fundraising and Events

 

Akshay Pradeep has been involved with CC4C for the last 7 years in many different capacities and has raised over $29,000 for CC4C. He began with door-to-door fundraising in 7th grade and have volunteered at all the events and galas over the years.

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JOSH GELINAS

Advisory Board

Strategic Planning

 

Josh Gelinas currently serves as a Product Lead at Luminary, a B2B vertical SaaS startup in the estate planning industry.

 

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JIMMY WOLF

Advisory Board

Fundraising and Events

 

Jimmy Wolf is a Sr Consultant at Deloitte serving clients in the Healthcare Industry focusing on their Analytics & AI investments. He is experienced in partnering with clients in developing Analytic & AI strategies, implementations, and guidance.

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