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.

Danielle Vaughan

Secretary, Grant Program Committee

Danielle Vaughan was born and raised in Spokane and is a graduate of EWU. Danielle owns a Dairy Queen in Spokane and is a 3rd generation DQ operator. In 2015, Danielle temporarily relocated to Seattle, Washington to undergo a lifesaving bone marrow transplant. Danielle's sister also received a bone marrow transplant four years prior due to a genetic mutation in their DNA. 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 affected by Cancer.

Amy Barker

Amy Barker grew up in Spokane and graduated from Lewis & Clark High School. She went on to receive her BA in Art History from University of Washington and MA in Education from Whitworth College. She married her husband, Ed, in 1998 and has 2 adult children, Matt and Beth. For many years, Amy has taught in Spokane Public Schools, most of those years having been spent at Wilson Elementary where she is currently the Library/STEM teacher. She is happy to be a part of Cancer Can’t because it’s an organization which helps take some of the burden off of adult oncology patients and their families. After being there for her husband and mom during their cancer diagnoses and treatments, she knows the journey can be long and difficult. She hopes to help make that journey a little less arduous for others.

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.

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. Jessica Hellyer

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. 

Chris Nurvic

Chris grew up in the Spokane Valley and is a graduate of Eastern Washington University. He is married to his wife Kim, who is a 1st grade teacher, and has two grown daughters. He began a career as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) in 2004 and has a financial planning practice in Liberty Lake. After watching family & friends both win and lose battles with cancer, he knows how vital the support we provide cancer patients and their families in the INW is. Chris is hoping to use some of his skills and experiences to help support the continued mission of Cancer Can’t.

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.