Our Staff

SUPPORTING PATIENTS.FUNDING CARE.PROVIDING HOPE.

Meredith

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.

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.

Kathy Wynters

Development Manager

A year after graduating from Providence College, and three years after her mother’s diagnosis, Kathy was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1983.  Since then, she has dedicated much of her life to supporting breast cancer charities. As Associate Commissioner of Hockey East, Kathy started the “Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer” initiative in 2007. Since its inception, Skating Strides has raised nearly $400,000 for breast cancer charities throughout New England – with the Ellie Fund as a beneficiary since 2012.  Kathy retired in 2020 after a 30+ year career, but kept Skating Strides alive through the Ellie Fund as a volunteer and development committee member. The program has since expanded to include hockey teams across Massachusetts at all levels. Kathy came out of retirement to join the Ellie Fund team as Development Manager in July 2022. She looks forward to growing Skating Strides, as well as working with Students for Hope and other Ellie Fund signature events.

Cheryl Whetstone

Patient Grants Specialist

Cheryl joined Ellie Fund in 2022 as a Patient Grants Specialist after volunteering for the organization. She has donated her time as an active volunteer for well over a decade using her translation skills as a native Spanish speaker to help women and families in need. Cheryl taught introductory Spanish at the Inly School in Scituate. Early in her career, after attending Northeastern University, she was the Special Events Manager at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. She is excited to be part of a strong team that is directly impacting those with breast cancer regardless of their race, language, or socioeconomic circumstances.