Meet Our Angels Who Make It All Possible
Board of Directors
Donna G. Higbee CFP ®
Donna is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in Deland, Fl. She works with small business and families offering financial and retirement planning, insurance, investment management as well as credit and lending services. Donna also sits on the board of The Estate Planning Council of the Fun Coast.
Donna is originally from South Florida. After graduating from Stetson University she moved to New York City. She returned to Florida to marry her husband Mark. She currently lives in Orange City with their son.
In her spare time, Donna runs – supporting other local charities(MESTRONG, Hospice, local Schools) through 5ks.
Donna can be reached at email@example.com
Robin joined the CCF board in 2015 after leading many teams successfully beginning in 2005 while raising funds for cancer research. Originally from Mankato Minnesota, Robin moved to Deland in 1972 and has remained living in the Volusia County area embracing everything it had to offer her entire family. Married to husband David, our blended family includes 3 children, 2 grandchildren, as well as very special nieces and nephews. Robin is employed by the Clerk of the Circuit Court as a Human Resource Generalist and Retirement Coordinator where she has remained for 29 years holding many different positions on the east and west side of the county. In 2003 after her HR Manager Lee Earnest retired due to cancer, Robin was presented with the opportunity to relocate into the Human Resource area which allowed her to re-introduce a profession she enjoyed while opening independent food chains from Jacksonville to Orlando. Robin’s commitment to cancer patients is a result of experiences and care within her own family. They have suffered through many losses from this disease which has no mercy. Robin most recently loss was her father and mentor in October of 2014. It was here she learned it was the quality of life that is most important. In her father’s memory she continues to dedicate her time to support those diagnosed with cancer in hope that no child or family is ever
Robin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Director, Vice President
Kathy served on our board from 2009-2010 and has come back to CCF in 2014 to assist our families of Volusia county. A sales and marketing adviser for over 25 years she is currently works for Grand Villa of DeLand a senior living community. She also serves on the steering committee for the Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Johana Knox Community Service Excellence Awards.
Kathy and her husband Steve have 3 children between them and are proud grandparents of two boys Jaedyn and Ethan. They both love the wonderful small-town close knit atmosphere of DeLand and have a strong belief in giving back. Seeing the faces of these brave children battling cancer is what motivates them to be of service and encourage others to help as well. They have lived in Deland for eight years are active in Rotary and participate many community events and fundraisers.
Susan joined the board in 2013. Susan Woosley is the Owner/CEO of Westside Title Company. With over 32 years in the Title industry, she assembled an elite staff and has established Westside Title as one of the most efficient and professional title service companies in Florida. Ms. Woosley is also a distinguished and prominent member of the community. With too many awards to list, she is the only Affiliate member to win the West Volusia Association of Realtors “Affiliate of the Year” award twice, both in 1996 and 2007. She has also been named Top 10 Producer Fidelity National Title Insurance: Central Florida Region in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006. Further, Susan is also a Certified Land Closer and was recently dubbed a Certified Distressed Property Expert. She has a deep-rooted passion for her career, which is evident to anyone who has worked alongside her.
Linda Hannon has lived in DeLand for 8 years where she works full time as a Realtor with a real “Can-Do” attitude. Not only has she been a predominant member of the community but, she has also worked tirelessly with and for the CCF before becoming a Board Member this year!
Linda’s hails from Trenton, NJ and Levittown, Pa where she raised her two wonderful sons. After they finished college and began their own journeys in Chicago & Vermont, she moved closer to her family here in Central Fl.
“Cancer has touched my family in many ways but, thankfully it never involved my children or any other child in my immediate family. As a parent, I cant imagine anything worse than having your child face a cancer diagnosis. I firmly believe that the children and families that we support need us! It’s impossible not to want to dig in and help, and that’s exactly how I got involved. Of course, sharing an office with the previous Gala Chairman makes it difficult not to.. But truly, its something we believe in.” You can reach Linda at Linda@LindaHannon.com or call her cell phone at 386-848-8904.
Terry has a reputation as a generous community servant and has been donating to CCF in many ways over the years. She was recommended to our board for her many efforts to help children with cancer, and was unanimously accepted immediately.
“I have lived in Volusia County for 40 years, I am a Realtor with Total Realty in DeLand. I have been in the Real Estate business twelve years and love my job. The best part of selling Real Estate is the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends. I believe in Old Fashion Service 7 days a week.
I am married to Dave Tryba and I have two children and two grandchildren. I have been involved with the Childhood Cancer Foundation, Inc. since it was started. I truly believe that because I have been so blessed with healthy children and grandchildren I should give back at every opportunity.”
Having already attended her first board meeting, Terry is anxious to get started helping improve and energize the CCF program. Because she is so dynamic in the business-world we expect her defiance of negativity to inspire us to grow. You can see more about Terry’s great attitude for success on her websitewww.TerryBSells.com
Amanda is the Director of Public Relations for Home Team Equity, a local Mortgage company in Volusia County. She serves as the social media, content marketing and communications strategist for HTE, bringing expertise from her 13 years as a licensed real estate broker to other Realtors, matching their expectations from a lending aspect.
She and her husband Manny live in DeLand with their 4 children: Mia, Tyson, Tucker, and Daisy. Originally from Salem, Virginia, DeLand appeals to her small town sensibilities. She enjoys being a part of the community through various volunteer efforts and is happy to be on the CCF Board as a 3rd year member. She is also a member of the Moms Club of DeLand, Krewe of Amalee, Krewe Nouveau, and in her free time she is honored to continue to grace the stage at the Athens Theatre in many of their amazing shows.
Amanda is so excited to be a part of the Childhood Cancer Foundation because she has a passion for giving back to her community and as a mother, believes any assistance we can give to families going through childhood cancer is of paramount importance.
Deborah is an Assistant Store Manager at TD Bank in Orange City, FL. She works with local business owners partnering with them to aid in their business growth and success. Deborah has taught First Time Homebuyer classes over the last 4 ½ years with various organizations such as the University of Florida Extension office and Spring Hill Neighborhood Association. This has made her an expert in the vast mortgage products TD Bank has to offer such as conventional, construction, VA, FHA, USDA, down payment assistance, and ARM. She is currently working with the Deltona Neighborhood Stabilization Program to assist those who qualify. Deborah joined the CCF board in 2015.
In her spare time, Deborah manages a free clinic for poverty stricken patients that currently do not qualify for medical insurance.
Deborah can be reached at email@example.com
Ashley Schairer was born and raised in DeLand. She attended the University of Florida for both her Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Sport Science and taught science at the high school and college levels for 10 years. After returning to DeLand in 2007 she, and her husband Matt, opened Volusia Veterinary Services. They have two amazing daughters (Alexa and Addison) who have grown up in the their clinic which opened in Downtown DeLand in the Spring of 2012. The whole family has enjoyed being able to work with such a variety of animals (dogs, cats, horses, pigs, cows, goats and sheep)! Ashley has been honored to be a part of the Junior Service League’s of Saint Augustine and DeLand and is an active member of the Krewe of Amalee.
Kristen joined the CCF board in 2016 after working closely with the organization to CCF families at Jack Robinson Ballpark, home of the Daytona Tortugas. Originally from Baton Rouge, LA, Kristen attended Loisiana State University and graduated with a degree in Sports Administration. She has worked for several minor league baseball teams around the country including the Colorado Springs Sox, Memphis Redbirds and the Lehigh Iron Pigs. She is currently the Director of Community Relations with the Daytona Tortugas and is excited about the opportunity to give back tot he Volusia County community.
Kristen also sits on the Board of Directors for the The Miracle League of Volusia and Kiwanis Club of Port Orange.
Don Hill, Founder
(Executive Director, retired April 2014)
Don Hill is a tireless helper who has a power to give much needed hope and relief to grieving parents. Parents whose children have cancer are as much affected by disease as if they had it themselves. Cancer is a pernicious disease that hurts every member of the family. Don is the founder of Childhood Cancer Fountation, Inc.
It is a blessing when Don’s kids reach the End of Chemo and go into a state of remission. During the most trying times when surgery, chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants are the best hope for recovery, Don, as the Ambassador for CCF, generously sees to the needs of their families. Don gets e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org