MEET The EJF BOARD
No family Fights
childhood cancer Alone
The Ethan Jostad Foundation for Childhood Cancer was founded in memory of Kim and Chris Jostad's son Ethan, who passed away in August of 2011 from Stage IV Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma. Our Board of Directors volunteer 100% of their time and do not draw any salary. We are made up of a group of dedicated parents, friends, and Survivors who are determined to make a difference in the lives of children and families who face this horrible disease every day.
CO-FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
I am the Co-Founder and President of the Ethan Jostad Foundation for Childhood Cancer, but most importantly I am forever Ethan's mother. Ethan will always be at the forefront of our minds and the driving force behind every decision we make at EJF. His legacy lives on and inspires us to help the children and families who continue to deal with this horrible disease and to provide comfort to those whose children have been taken by childhood cancer. Our family knows how difficult it is to fight this disease and the devastating impact it has on not only the child who is diagnosed, but also on the entire family. Our goal at EJF is to continue Ethan's fight by raising awareness about childhood cancer, funding new research that will help children today and in the future, and to ease the burden of dealing with this disease by providing toy packages to kids and financial assistance to families. With your support we can make a difference in the lives of these children and their families. In addition to leading the foundation, I am a Business Development Manager for U.S. Cellular and have been with the company for 15 years. I enjoy camping,snowboarding, my two Boston Terriers and family activities with my husband Chris, son Tanner, and daughter Ella.
CO-FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
I am Co-Founder and President of the Ethan Jostad Foundation for Childhood Cancer. My inspiration is my forever 9 year-old son Ethan in addition to all the other children who are currently battling cancer or have lost their fight to this terrible disease. I know first-hand how devastating a diagnosis of cancer is to families. The only thing that truly matters is the health of their child. With your support we are able to help these families by funding ground breaking research, providing financial assistance, sending out toy packages, and raising much needed awareness. I was Ethan’s primary caretaker during his two year battle against cancer. Taking care of Ethan inspired me to go back to school to study nursing. I completed my nursing degree in 2014 and am now working as a full time Registered Nurse. In addition to helping with the foundation, I enjoy working out, playing with our two Boston Terriers, camping, and snowboarding with my wife Kim, son Tanner, and daughter Ella.
As his Aunt, Ethan will forever have a special place in my heart. He touched our family with 9 amazing years. I feel privileged to be a part of the Ethan Jostad Foundation and serve as the organization’s treasurer. In this world all we can do when faced with tragedy, is give back and help others in need. I live in Medford with my three children Kyle, Sydney and Peyton, and husband Kevin. I also work as a consultant for Focus 1 Associates, LLC. My passions are running, snowboarding, and spending time with my family. There are so many children out there fighting for their lives, and our organization is doing everything in our power to make a difference one child at a time.
Two months before Ethan was diagnosed with cancer I was blessed to have Ethan and his family come into my life. Our families became very close and remained close throughout Ethan’s hard fought two year battle with cancer. I am the Foundation’s secretary, as well as a board member. I graduated from Southern Oregon State College with a bachelor’s degree in Social Science and worked for the City of Ashland for seven years as their Recreation Coordinator. Currently I am a stay at home mom of two boys that keep me extremely busy and fulfilled as a mother. My husband and I enjoy traveling and spending time with friends. I am honored to be a member of such an important Foundation. I look forward to the positive changes we can make in children’s lives that are battling childhood cancer.
PUBLIC RELATIONS & MARKETING
I handle Public Relations and Marketing for the Ethan Jostad Foundation as well as most of the family outreach. My personal journey in the world of cancer began in October of 2009 when, at the age of 35, I was diagnosed with Stage III Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, an aggressive cancer of the blood and lymph system. I endured round after round of chemotherapy, surgery, tests, and scans. In February of 2010 I was declared to be cancer free and have remained so ever since. During my treatment and recovery I was unaware of the world of childhood cancer. That all changed when I came to know Ethan and his parents in April of 2011. My passion is finding ways to help children and their families who are diagnosed with cancer. I have a unique view into the word of the world of childhood cancer, because I know exactly what these kids are experiencing during treatment. In my professional life I work as the Social Media and Marketing Manager for FCR in Roseburg, Oregon. In my spare time I enjoy being outdoors, playing golf, and photography.
I come from a large family, and have lived in the Rogue Valley for most of my life with brief periods in California and Montana where I graduated high school. My husband Scott and our two children, Alyssa 15 and Matthew 9, give meaning to my world. When not working as an agent at Focus1 Insurance Group, Inc. I enjoy spending time with my family & friends, reading, movies, and trips to the coast. I realize how precious every moment is and am determined to help make a difference.Ethan will always hold a special place in my heart. The fight against childhood cancer for all children began for me because of him, and I am blessed to be a board member of the Ethan Jostad Foundation.“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass…it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” – Anonymous
I was born and raised in Eagle Point, Oregon and have lived most of my life here in the Rogue Valley. After moving back from college I met my amazing wife Jill and we now have two young children, Hendrix and Hartlie.
In 2013 we were privileged to meet the Jostad family through our mutual friends and ever since that time our families have grown close to each other. Words cannot describe how we have been touched and forever changed by their story and Ethan’s battle. I have a servants heart and I’ve always had a passion for helping people. I'm always looking for ways to give back to the community that we live in. I couldn't think of a better fit than serving the Ethan Jostad Foundation and the many children who are in need of our help. I am honored and humbled to be a board member of such an amazing organization and group of people. I am a business owner of Day Electric in Medford, Oregon, and I'm excited to be involved in the community while making a difference in lives of the children and their families who are battling cancer.