Our Staff

SUPPORTING PATIENTS.FUNDING CARE.PROVIDING HOPE.

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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.

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.
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Danna Remen

Director of Corporate & Foundation Philanthropy

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. 

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 O'brien

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! 

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Edith Hershkovitz

Finance Manager

Edith, who received a BA in Accounting and Finance from Northeastern University, joined the Ellie Fund staff in March of 2019 after holding numerous accounting and finance positions within both non-profit and for-profit organizations. Edith’s knowledge and the extensive experience she brings to the Finance Manager position will help the Ellie Fund provide the highest quality support to breast cancer patients living in and receiving treatment in Massachusetts.

Samantha Hall LInnehan

Director of Communications and Special Events

Samantha joined the Ellie Fund team in 2020 as Director of Communications and Special Events. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and will complete her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Suffolk University in 2020. Prior to Ellie Fund, Samantha worked her way up through the External Affairs Department of The Home for Little Wanderers, most recently holding the position of the Director of Communications and Advocacy. She was excited to join Ellie Fund and help the organization share patients’ stories and the organization’s impact on their breast cancer treatment journey.