Staff & Board

Staff

Karen Wonders
Executive Director
Karen Wonders, Ph.D. is the Founder and Director of Maple Tree Cancer Alliance®. She first became interested in Cancer Exercise Rehabilitation in 2003, while earning her doctoral degree in Exercise Physiology at the University of Northern Colorado. There, she became certified as a Cancer Exercise Specialist and worked at the Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute as a cancer exercise trainer. It was through this work experience that she was able to witness first-hand the positive effect that supervised exercise and proper nutrition can have on the life of an individual being treated with cancer. In 2006, Dr. Wonders moved with her family to Dayton, Ohio. Currently, Dr. Wonders works as a Professor of Exercise Science at Wright State University, and serves as the Director of the Sports Science program. Dr. Wonders remains an active researcher in the area of exercise and cancer treatment-related pain and neuropathy and has given over 100 presentations on the national, state, and local levels as well as authored several professional manuscripts, books, and book chapters on this topic. Finally, Dr. Wonders also holds a Master’s degree in Ministry from Cedarville University. With this degree, she hopes to provide Christ-centered encouragement to those who are battling cancer.
Regan Fedric
Program Director and Co-Founder
Regan Fedric, certified Cancer and Exercise Specialist, delivers her life-long mission of bridging fitness and medicine as Program Director of Sunflower Wellness. In 2002, Regan co-developed the IMPACT program (Integrating Medical Professionals and Certified Trainers), which later became Sunflower Wellness. Regan has amassed thousands of clinical hours and is part of an integrative team that provides compassionate and progressive care to cancer patients at Smith Integrative Oncology, UCSF Helen Diller Cancer Center, Marin Specialty Care, and Kaiser Permanente. A gifted athlete, Regan played Division I basketball at the University of Memphis, where she earned a B.S. in Exercise Physiology with a minor in Biology. At Lebonheur Medical Center YMCA, she developed the Eagle’s Circle program for children with asthma and/or obesity, and also worked in their cardiac rehabilitation program.
Genevieve Cryer
Data specialist and Technical Project Manager
Genevieve has over 25 years of IT experience across all the major industry sectors, including non-profits. She specializes in data projects that include analytics, product management, complex problem-solving, and data warehousing, starting back when client server systems were the leading edge, and now working with cloud-based web systems and apps. Almost all her projects have involved helping organizations navigate the journey from multiple, heterogeneous sources into a single system of record for in-depth reporting and analytics. As someone who has personally benefitted from regular exercise following injury and illness, she is honored to support and help Sunflower Wellness meet their technical goals.
Christine Smith
Financial and Program Coordinator
Christine joined Sunflower Wellness in May 2018, bringing a decade of experience in the accounting industry. Her expertise is with QuickBooks Desktop and QuickBooksOnline. She worked for several companies in their Payroll and Accounting departments while gaining her accounting experience.

Board

Jill Reese, MS, RN, AGCNS-BC, OCN
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Board President
Dayton Physicians Network
Stephen Updegraff
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Treasurer
UAI Accounting and Tax Services
Kelly McCluskey-Erskine, MD
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Board Member
Far Hills OBGYN
Josh Francis
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Board Member
University of Dayton
Jeffrey Gammell
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Board Member
Attorney at Law
Ken Winter
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Board Member
Heritage Fellowship Church

Special Board of Advisors

Bill Bain
Co-founder, Executive Director Emeritus
As co-founder and head of Sunflower Wellness for almost fourteen years, Bill brought a wealth of corporate executive management and consulting experience to Sunflower Wellness. His management and technological leadership skills developed in the role of Chief Technology Officer at PlanetOut, HomeGain, and earlier at MedChannel and at Boston Safe Deposit and Trust Company, a banking unit of American Express. He also served as Chief Operating Officer at eRealtor.com, a subsidiary of Homestore (now move.com). Bill spent ten years in the financial services industry, as Senior Vice President and Director of Reengineering at PaineWebber, and head of Reengineering at Bankers Trust in New York. Bill earned a Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. in Computer Science from Yale University.
Carrie (Bonnet) Tichenor
Director
“This program was my magic pill,” says Carrie, who works in communications management as Media Relations & Marketing Director for the law firm of Rains Lucia Stern St. Phalle & Silver, PC, and formerly served as controller in her role as human resource business partner for a multi-location retailer. A cancer survivor herself, she says: “Even if I’d been lying on the couch for days after treatment, I always made it to my planned exercise sessions because I knew I’d feel exponentially better afterward and until the next treatment. That helped me regain my sense of control.” Carrie was thrilled to accept Sunflower’s invitation to become treasurer, a role that she held from 2009 to 2017. “Demand for our service is much greater than when I was a client and we’re growing rapidly to meet it. Cultivating income streams to support that growth may be our biggest challenge,” she says. “I want to make sure as many people as possible can benefit from our exercise program. Because my workouts improved my physical state, they boosted my attitude. When you’re sick and your prognosis is uncertain, a positive attitude can save you.” An avid traveler (with a special fondness for India), Carrie was born and raised in Marin County. She received a B.A. in Communication from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in Communication Management from the University of Southern California. As a graduate student, she examined the impact of professionals donating their skills to nonprofits (People Assisting the Homeless/PATH, Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles) via virtual tools and teams. Carrie is also a mosaic artist.
Bobbie Head, MD, PhD
Board Advisor
Dr. Bobbie Head has been a private practitioner of Hematology and Medical Oncology at California Cancer Care (now Marin Specialty Care) since 1987. Armed with college degrees in English, Anthropology and Chemistry, she received her PhD in Experimental Pathology from UCSF, and her MD from USC. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Head has taught at UCSF’s medical school, and served as Medical Director for Hospice of Marin from 1997 to 2008. Dr. Head proudly proclaims her love of coming to work every day. Her joy is due in part to the personal interactions and the resulting richness of relationships that develop during a cancer journey. She provides her patients with as much support as possible and takes particular care to provide them with information in a context they can understand. She is actively engaged in clinical research and to date, has been involved in over 100 ongoing clinical phase I, II, III, and IV Pharmaceutical Oncology trials as a sub-investigator. Dr. Head unabashedly professes her love for horseback riding and also skis, jogs and hikes. She adores being a mom and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Bunny Rust
Board Advisor
Bunny began her nursing career in Philadelphia, graduating from Mercy Medical Center, after which she joined the US Navy, stationed in Pensacola. She has practiced nursing for over 45 years, including twenty years of operating room management, and has continued to work beyond her official “retirement” in 2007. Bunny’s inclination to be a patient advocate stems from several cancer victories and losses among her own family members. Bunny joined the board in 2008, where she actively guides the team by maintaining a strong focus on our strategic vision, applying her years of medical experience to advocating for high-quality experiences for our clients, clarifying policies and procedures of healthcare systems, and aligning us with her network of healthcare leaders and practitioners. Her son, Christopher Goad, laid the foundation for what has since become Sunflower Wellness.

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