Board of Directors

About

Board of Directors

Becky Van Keulen

President, Lodging Project Committee, Auction/Event Committee

Becky Van Keulen graduated from Washington State University in 2007 with a degree in Interior Design. She worked at Camden Homes in Spokane Valley until leaving to pursue her dream to become a mom. In 2014 Becky’s husband, Jonathan, was diagnosed with cancer. At the time she had a 2 year old, a 4 year old and a husband with a very serious form of cancer. Together, Jonathan and Becky formed Cancer Can’t to serve adult oncology patients in the Inland Northwest. She hopes to help other families that may find themselves in a similar situation.

Karen Riva

Vice President, Grant Program Committee

Info coming soon.

Amber Williams

Treasurer, Auction Committee

Amber Williams graduated from Lewis Clark State College in 2011 with a degree in Business Management. Currently, she is the Vice President/ Branch Manager at Banner Bank and serves as the President of the Lilac City Roller Girls. Amber spent the last 6 years serving on the board for the YWCA of Spokane, holding the position of Board Chair in 2014. Prior to the YWCA, she served on the Board of the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council and held the position of Auction Chair. Amber is looking forward to making a meaningful impact on the board of Cancer Can’t and the lives of those fighting against cancer. She lives in Spokane with her husband and 2 daughters.

Danielle Vaughan

Secretary, Grant Program Committee

Danielle Vaughan was born and raised in Spokane and is a graduate of EWU. She currently works as the General Manager for Dairy Queen Stores of Spokane. In 2015, Danielle temporarily relocated to Seattle, Washington to undergo a life saving bone marrow transplant. Danielle's sister also received a bone marrow transplant four years prior. She hopes to use her unique experience to help support and motivate all people struggling with cancer and other transplant-able diseases. Cancer has touched her life as it has many others, she is excited to be a part of Cancer Can't and help find way to improve the lives of those effected by Cancer.

Sally Schwarz

Member, Chair of Grant Program Committee

Sally Schwarz is a wife, mother, teacher and 2 time cancer survivor. Sally has her undergraduate and Masters degrees in education. She is involved in her church, her girls’ school and loves to spend time with family and friends. Sally has survived both thyroid and colon cancer and is now passionate about helping others through their cancer journey.

Sarah Kuney

Member, Auction/Event Committee

Sarah Kuney graduated from the University of Redlands with a degree in Liberal Studies and her teacher certification, in 1999.  She taught 2nd grade in Southern California for one year before moving to Seattle where she taught 1st grade for 4 years.  Sarah and her husband, Dan, moved back to Dan's hometown of Spokane, Washington, in 2005.  In addition to raising her three children, Sarah currently runs a toddler education program called "M&M Tots" through the Manito United Methodist Church and is a very active volunteer.  Sarah will bring a great deal of energy and fundraising experience to the Cancer Can't Team.  Having seen loved ones battle cancer close up, Sarah is looking forward to helping Cancer Can't support our local community members who are working so hard to make a positive difference in the lives of adult oncology patients. 

Rick Dahmen

Member, Lodging Project Committee

Rick has been in Mortgage lending for 18 years, currently with Opes Advisors/ Flagstar Bank. Before that, for 22+ years, Rick owned and managed construction supply and general construction companies. Rick is a member of Who' Who 1995-1996, Past President and Paul Harris Fellow --Rotary Club of Spokane East. Rick became connected to Cancer Can't through his son, who has Ewing Sarcoma. Having seen the effects of the cancer treatments on a person and how it affects family and close friends, opened his eyes and heart to helping people with cancer.

Vicki Dodson

Member, Lodging Project Committee

Vicki is a certified oncology nurse for over 30 years. She knew when she was in nursing school in 1982 that caring for cancer patients was her passion. She spent 30+ years working on the 7-SOUTH oncology unit at Sacred Heart, spent many years teaching the chemo class to nurses in the area, and now works as a nurse navigator in making the cancer journey as smooth as possible. She is the mother of an Eagle Scout and is always volunteering scouts to help in any service projects that need the man-power in the fight against cancer or if a patient needs a job done that we can do. Oncology nursing is a passion of hers that has never dimmed. Her hope is to be around when we find the cure and become a barista when she happily finds herself out of a job.

Dr. Rajeev Rajendra

Member

Dr. Raj believes that medical practice is a lifelong commitment to the service of people. He considers every patient to be family, and treats their concerns and issues with the compassion we would expect from our own family members. Dr. Raj graduated with a Master’s in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the Rutgers University. He then worked with the University of Maryland in Baltimore helping design and coordinate clinical trials in Radiation and Medical Oncology. This was followed by additional training in Internal Medicine at I.U. Health, Ball Memorial Hospital in Indiana and culminated with a Hematology/Oncology Fellowship at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Dr. Raj holds board certifications in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology.

Joyce M. Cameron

Member, Lodging Project Committee

Joyce has been a philanthropy professional in Spokane for the past 34 years and recently retired as the Chief Philanthropy Officer for the Providence Healthcare Foundation. Prior to Providence, she was the Foundation Director of the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture Foundation. She has raised money for The American Red Cross, YWCA, and Planned Parenthood. Her board leadership roles have included Visit Spokane, The MAC, YWCA, Spokane Ad Fed and Spokane Arts. She lives in Spokane with her husband, James Carollo. Joyce had the honor and privilege to work closely with Becky and Jonathon while they were on their cancer journey at Providence.

Lisa Shawen

Member

Lisa Shawen is currently an ARNP at Cancer Care Northwest. She is a long-time Spokane resident. She married her High school sweetheart 31 years ago and they have 3 grown children together. She has over 11 years of experience in the field of Oncology, first as a Registered Nurse and now as an Advance Registered Nurse Practitioner. She has experienced cancer in the loss of a dear friend to triple-negative breast cancer and the loss of her father to an unknown primary cancer. She is dedicated to caring for patients and their families fighting cancer. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, swimming, and attending sporting events.