Our Staff



Meredith Mendelson

Executive Director
Meredith joined the Ellie Fund staff as Executive Director in 2018 and considers this position to be the height of her professional career. She received her law degree from Lewis & Clark College and her undergraduate degree in Communications from The University of Rhode Island. After law school, Meredith worked in Development and Communications for a number of beloved non-profit organizations in Boston including The Home for Little Wanderers where she served as Vice President for Development, Communications and Advocacy. Meredith, who stood alongside her mother as she lived with metastatic breast cancer for 8 years, is drawn to the Ellie Fund’s mission of supporting patients and funding care after seeing firsthand the effect that a cancer diagnosis can have on a family. Her goal is to continue the wonderful work that the Ellie Fund is known for and determine new and innovative ways to reach more patients and their families.

Danna Remen

Director of Development

Danna joined the Ellie Fund team in 2019 as Director of Corporate & Foundation Philanthropy, after five years running another cancer nonprofit, Global Oncology (GO), supporting underserved communities globally. Danna was the first employee at GO, served as Interim Executive Director most recently and still continues to serve on their Board of Directors. Previously, Danna was on the leadership team of Generate4Schools, a for-profit startup developing novel revenue streams for nonprofits nationally. For a number of years, Danna worked in roles supporting the Public Schools of Brookline, MA, including Assistant Director of the Brookline Education Foundation for 4 years. Early in her career, Danna held positions at several technology startups and engineering firms, including Lycos. Danna received her Master of Environmental Health Science from the Harvard School of Public Health and Bachelor of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Nekia clark

Director of Patient Services and Outreach

Nekia joined the Ellie Fund team in 2022 as the organization’s first ever Director of Patient Services and Outreach. She pivoted from her 15-year career in Human Resources to use her relationship building skills and recruiting skills to build statewide relationships between Ellie Fund, hospitals, community health centers, and other local institutions. Nekia is a breast cancer survivor and former patient of the Ellie Fund. After her positive experience with the organization, Nekia volunteered before officially joining as an employee.

Anne Meisner

Patient Services Manager

At the age of 28, Anne was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent treatment including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. She understands firsthand what it is like to go through a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment while trying to care for a young family. Anne, who graduated from Providence College with a degree in Elementary and Special Education, always wanted to “pay back” the Ellie Fund for their support, first becoming a volunteer and later a member of the Board of Directors. She joined the Ellie Fund staff in 2012.

Kristen Sajdak

Community Relations Manager

Kristen, who received a BA in Business from Colby College, joined the Ellie Fund staff in October 2018. She has held numerous positions in office administration, executive support, project coordination, event coordination and oversight. At the age of 36, Kristen was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent treatment while taking care of her four young children and she experienced first-hand the positive impact of a caring and supportive community. Now, Kristen is grateful to be part of a team that provides hope and support to women, men and families who are undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

Kellie Light

Development and Fundraising Assistant

Kellie, who received her BA in Political Science from University of Massachusetts-Lowell joined the Ellie Fund staff in August 2019. She found a passion for fundraising and supporting those in need through many philanthropic events that she planned during college. She has previously worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and is excited to work at the Ellie Fund now and use her past experiences to help fund and support breast cancer patients and their families!