Jacob’s Heart Board of Directors
The Board of Directors ensures adherence to Jacob’s Heart’s mission and is responsible for the fiscal integrity and stability of the organization. The board meets quarterly and four committees (governance, development, finance, and family advisory), meet for special projects. The Family Advisory Board serves as a liaison between Jacob’s Heart families and the full board, and is assigned with the task of reporting feedback from families on the effectiveness of services.
Gail Delorey CPA
Owner, Bianchi, Kasavan and Pope, LLP
Committees: Finance, Fundraising
A lifelong resident of the Salinas Valley, Gail Delorey joined the firm, then known as Kasavan & Pope, in 1973, and became a partner in 1994. She is a graduate of Notre Dame High School – Salinas (1973), Hartnell College (1975) and Golden Gate University (1979) where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.
Ms. Delorey prides herself on providing personalized service while at the same time establishing strong relationships with her clients. She works closely with individual and small-business clients and especially enjoys working with the elderly population. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Ms. Delorey’s numerous community activities include being a past chair and treasurer of the Community Foundation for Monterey County, past board member and finance committee member for Rancho Cielo, past president and treasurer of the Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries, as well as serving on numerous committees for Palma School for many years. Currently, she is a member of the Advisory Committee for IMPOWER, and a member of WELI (Women’s Education Leadership Institute at Hartnell College). Most recently, Ms. Delorey joined the board of Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services.
In 2011, Ms. Delorey was honored by the Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries for her outstanding service, and in 2016 she was inducted into the Northern California Junior Achievement Monterey Bay Hall of Fame.
Vice President, Development
Nanci Dobbins ♥
Foundation Trustee (Susie’s Sister)
Committees: Family Program Advisory and Development
Nanci Dobbins, along with her husband Jim, have been supporting Jacob’s Heart as major donors for more than 15 years. With a passion from her personal experience as a child losing her sister Susie to neuroblastoma, Nanci dedicates her time, energy and talents to the mission of Jacob’s Heart and ensuring that every family, especially those bereaved by the loss of a child have the emotional and financial support they need.
With extensive experience in event planning, donor stewardship and philanthropy, Nanci directs the fundraising and development strategies for the board. Nanci served on the Jacob’s Heart board in the early years of the organization’s founding, and returned in 2013 to lead Jacob’s Heart to its next level of growth and to ensure the financial stability of the organization. Committees: Governance and Development.
Vice President, Governance
Scott Roseman ♥
Founder, New Leaf Community Markets
Committees: Finance and Development
Scott Roseman is the Founder of New Leaf Community Markets and Board Member of New Seasons Market. With 30 plus years of experience as a business leader, Scott serves as Vice President of Governance at Jacob’s Heart to guide and unify board efforts. Scott is also president of the board at Temple Beth El and volunteers with the Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group. He survived leukemia as a young adult and brings a perspective of understanding to the Jacob’s Heart mission and vision.
Bobbi Burns ♥
Technology Marketing Consultant (Cole’s Mom)
Committees: Family Program Advisory, Governance Finance and Development
Bobbi Burns is a High Tech Marketing and Start-up Consultant who effectively utilizes 30 years of experience in high tech start-ups to assist small to medium sized organizations in developing and executing their growth plans. Bobbi has significant experience in various marketing and sales roles, creating and implementing a wide range of marketing programs. Additional expertise includes building and operating finance/hr organizations for early stage start-ups. Previous, FitView, Irish Innovation Center, G24 Innovations.
Bobbi’s son, Cole, was diagnosed with Wilms Tumor when he was four. Bobbi brings the perspective of enduring the journey of a child with cancer to the board.
General Manager Good Times, Retired Owner Mpress Digital
Committees: Governance and Finance (chair)
Lee’s experience in graphics and printing goes back to his college days at UC Davis. While he was working on a BS degree in Renewable Natural Resources, he ran the school daily newspaper. After graduation he became manager at the local Davis paper and then moved on to a job at the San Jose Mercury News.
In 1977, Lee opened Metro Type and Design in Soquel which became the largest typesetting and design business on the Central Coast. He embraced the rapidly changing technology in printing throughout the 80’s and 90’s, and incorporated technologically-advanced equipment into his shop, which he ran until the mid-1990’s. Lee shared his expertise in printing as a consultant for a few years and then started Mpress Digital in 1999. He assembled a unique combination of cutting-edge equipment to provide a range of high quality, quick turnaround printing services.
With his background in environmental studies, Lee has always sought out the best ways to operate his business with a small energy footprint and use the most environmentally-friendly inks and paper.
Melissa Burke MPH
Director of Government and Community Relations at Stanford Children’s Health, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford
Committees: Family Program Advisory, Governance and Development
Melissa Burke is the Director of Government and Community Relations at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Stanford Children’s Health. Melissa brings knowledge of health and related systems designed to serve children with special health care needs, including publicly and privately funded services, as well as those specific to certain populations, to Jacob’s Heart.
Melissa earned a Masters in Public Health from UCLA and expertise in community based health care systems that will lead Jacob’s Heart’s efforts to create a seamless continuum of care between the hospital and the community for families served by Jacob’s Heart
Harvey J. Cohen, MD, PhD
Professor in Pediatrics, Medical Director of Palliative Care, Professor Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford
Committee: Family Services, Programs
Harvey Cohen was previously the Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University, where he was the Arline and Pete Harman Professor, and the Adalyn Jay Chief of Staff at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. He held these posts from 1993-2006 before stepping down to return to a career of clinical care, teaching, and research.
Dr. Cohen served on the Board of Directors of Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital, and was a Board Member of the Ronald McDonald House and the Children’s Health Council in Palo Alto and formerly on the Board of Trustees of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the March of Dimes, and the Morgridge Institute for Research and Jacob's Heart Children's Cancer Support Services.
Aimee Grijalva ♥
Mortgage Broker, Seraph Rates (Matthew’s Mom)
Committees: Family Program Advisory and Development
Aimee Grijalva is passionate about advocating for pediatric cancer. She and her family have been deeply affected by the disease when her son Baby Matthew was born with a rare form of cancer called infantile leukemia. Aimee diligently journaled and blogged about their cancer journey, she continues to share her story creating positive change and awareness for children diagnosed with cancer. Aimee’s motivation for serving on the board of Jacob’s Heart Children Cancer Support Services is to give back to an organization that continues to greatly help many families like hers through their cancer journey.
Aimee is the owner of Seraph Rates, a mortgage company in Salinas, California. A lifelong resident of Monterey County, she received a bachelor’s degree from California State University Monterey Bay in 2006, cum laude with honors in Computer Science. In 2007 she passed the California Real Estate Broker Exam and then inter-weaved her licenses, degrees, and education to accomplish her dream of starting her own online mortgage company. Aimee combines business acumen with a passion for children with cancer as a board member at Jacob’s Heart.
Maritza Loyola ♥*
Special Events Director, Seascape Golf Club, Board Member for the Jerry Loyola Foundation (Jerry’s Sister)
Committees: Family Program Advisory and Development
In 2007 Maritza’ Loyola’s younger brother Jerry was diagnosed with cancer and her family rapidly learned all about the horrible disease. Through their personal experience supporting him through his two and a half year battle, and all the ups and downs of treatment, remission, re-diagnosis and then his passing, they realized how crucial it was to have a strong support network. It was Jerry who inspired her family to begin the Jerry Loyola Foundation and her to serve on the Board for Jacob’s Heart.
Maritza has a lengthy background in event planning and has put on fundraisers and sporting events all over the USA and China. She currently works at Seascape Golf Club as the Director of Private Events, hosts the annual charity golf tournament “The JL Challenge” for the Jerry Loyola Foundation, and coaches for the Watsonville Kids Run Club. She enjoys traveling with her husband, running with her two daughters, and teaching them about giving back to their community, particularly those battling cancer.
John David Mark MD
Clinical Professor, Pediatrics, Stanford Children’s Health, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford
Committee: Family Program Advisory
Dr. Mark received his medical degree from the University of Kansas and completed his residency in pediatrics at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. He then completed a fellowship in pediatric pulmonary medicine at the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York. In 1999, Dr. Mark completed the first fellowship in Pediatric Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. He practices at Packard Children’s Hospital where he utilizes non-conventional approaches with patients who have chronic illnesses such asthma and cystic fibrosis. He is interested in nutrition and the mind/body approach to healing in an effort to decrease dependence on medication.
Dr. Mark is the Program Director for the Pediatric Pulmonary fellowship program, Associate Director for the Pediatric residency program and the Medical Director for the Complex Care Program at Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford University. This innovative program assists with care coordination and communication with all health care providers for children with complex medical needs. Being a Member of the Board of Jacob’s Heart is important in improving and building a better relation with Stanford Children’s and the community where they live. Jacob’s Heart is an integral part in so many of these children’s lives and offers them support far beyond the scope of the medical center.
Ryan J. McCormick CDFA
Vice President, Senior Financial Advisor Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Ryan McCormick has been in the financial services industry since 2003, joining Merrill Lynch as a Senior Financial Advisor in 2009. Serving on the Jacob’s Heart Finance Committee, Ryan leads the long-term financial sustainability strategies at Jacob’s Heart, overseeing budgets, projections and reserve accounts.
Ryan is a graduate of San Francisco State University, with a B.S. in Business Finance. Ryan currently works with the Carmel Valley Rotary whom are dedicated to Service Above Self. He and his wife, Rosanna, live in Monterey. They are outdoor enthusiasts and enjoy all of the beauty that the peninsula has to offer.
Melissa McDill ♥
CEO, McDill Associates
Committees: Governance (chair), Finance and Development
Melissa founded McDill Associates to pursue her passion for marketing and design, and to satisfy her entrepreneurial spirit. She has a fierce commitment to ensuring her clients’ success, with a creative flair that is grounded in a strategic, analytical mindset. Melissa relishes the challenges that come with the search for creative marketing solutions, and is known for coming up with unique ideas that make her clients stand out.
Melissa holds a degree from the California College of the Arts and has been recognized with numerous marketing and design awards. As a cancer survivor herself, Melissa dedicates her time, energy and talents to ensure that children and families enduring cancer have support and care from Jacob’s Heart. Committees: Governance, Finance and Development.
Linda Rossi ♥
Real Estate Property Manager (Cole’s Mom)
Committees: Camp Heart & Hands, Jordan and Kyra Memorial Golf
Linda’s passion for pediatric cancer comes from her personal experience. She is proud to be Cole’s mom, a cancer survivor and recipient of the support and care of Jacob’s Heart since Cole’s brain tumor diagnosis in 2005. Aside from her strong faith, she credits the mental and physical support she received from Jacob’s Heart and friends as the reason she was able to get through such a trying time. Her motivation is to give back by supporting Jacob’s Heart in two important ways that are personal to her experience. First is to provide support so that a parent is always mentally and physically strong to stay by their child’s bedside and second that both children and families are supported emotionally with the post- traumatic stress that follows pediatric cancer treatment.
Linda is a graduate from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and spends her time managing real estate investments and enjoying outdoor activities, especially skiing. She and her family have lived in the Aptos community since 1994. She is proud to serve on the board with the perspective of being a cancer survivor’s mom who understands the challenges Jacob’s Heart families face.
Manny Solano ♥*
Watsonville Chief of Police
Manny Solano has thirty plus years of experience in the field of Law Enforcement serving in every rank and division in the department. Manny brings the ability to successfully manage; critical incidents, executive level projects, large number of personnel and other high-level responsibilities as Chief of Police to the Jacob’s Heart Board of Directors.
Manny works well with community representatives, elected officials, City staff and members of the department at all levels, with the overall goal of ensuring that children with cancer and the efforts of Jacob’s Heart are represented with elected officials and local and regional government.
Manny has a strong belief in the importance of personal character development with attention to justice, loyalty, compassion, tolerance and respect for others and shares these values with the Jacob’s Heart families.
Barbara Sourkes, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine
Kriewall-Haehl Director, Pediatric Palliative Care Program, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford
Barbara Sourkes, PhD is the first John Kriewall and Elizabeth Haehl Director of the Pediatric Palliative Care Program at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, and Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University. Her previous affiliations were with the Montreal Children’s Hospital (McGill University) and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute / Boston Children’s Hospital (Harvard University).
In addition to many articles and chapters, Dr. Sourkes has published three books: The Deepening Shade: Psychological Aspects of Life-threatening Illness (1982), Armfuls of Time: The Child’s Psychological Experience of Life-Threatening Illness (1995), and (with Michel Hanus, MD) Les Enfants en Deuil: Portraits du Chagrin [Bereaved Children, Portraits of Grief] (1997). She also co-edited (with Drs. Joanne Wolfe and Pamela Hinds) Textbook of Interdisciplinary Pediatric Palliative Care. Dr Sourkes served as a member of the United States Institute of Medicine Committee on Palliative and End-of-Life Care for Children and their Families.
Family Advisory Board
Carlos Anaya, Cecilia’s Brother *
Bobbi Burns, Cole’s Mom
Jessica Fitz, Childhood Cancer Survivor
Aimee Grijalva, Matthew’s Mother
Amber Isidro, Cassandra’s Mother
Maritza Loyola, Jerry’s Sister *
Paul McCrone, Alex’s Father
Angel Mario, Jacob’s Mother
Mariela Medina, Childhood Cancer Survivor *
Trisha Meraz, Dustin’s Mother *
Maria Pacheco, Syree’s Mother
Isabel Rosales, Mikaela’s Mother *
Lourdes Salinas, Pricilla’s Mother *
Charlotte Thornbourgh, Lance’s Mother
Fred Rojas, Merisa’s Father *
♥ Staff who are family members of a child with cancer, are bereaved by loss of child, or have survived childhood cancer (or a life-threatening condition) themselves.
* Indicates bilingual or bicultural