BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

ADAM RINDE, ND

President, Founder, Jordan's Dad

Adam has been leading Blankets For Cancer since its inception in 2016. The organization was born from discussions and interchanges Adam had with Jordan towards the end of life. To make tragedy into a blessing; we can transform the experience toward better outcomes for those who follow.   Adam has years of experience in health care as healthcare provider and in non-profit work as volunteer and fundraiser.  And, his unique emotional connection as a pediatric cancer parent allows him to understand what is needed to improve quality of life of pediatric cancer patients and their families.

Adam, his wife Amy,  and Jordan's brother Eitan live in the greater Seattle area.

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JEREMY ABRAMSON

Vice President

Jeremy is Jordan's uncle and was by Jordan's side through thick and thin. He is a devoted advocate to the Blankets for Cancer mission.

 

Jeremy started his career in the car business at the age of 16 as a “hydro technician” also known as the kid with the hose washing cars in the service department.

 

After graduating from Towson University in 1999, Jeremy moved to New York and continued working in the car business, holding many positions in various dealerships, eventually working his way up to running the day to day operations of the entire dealership.

 

Jeremy is actively involved in New York’s Westchester Jewish community and serves on the boards of the Westchester Jewish Council, the Jewish National Fund, and The Young Israel of White Plains, where he and his family have been members since 2011. Jeremy also serves on the board of the Waner Children's Vascular Anomaly Foundation.

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AMY ABRAMSON

Treasurer

Amy L. Abramson is the controller for a private family in New York City. As a Kelly School of Business graduate (hoo hoo hoo Hoosiers). Amy obtained her CPA in 2000 and has worked her way up from general audit, to Controller in wealth management. She has been the treasure of Blankets For Cancer since its inception.
 

Amy and her husband Jeremy reside in White Plains with their three children, Sydney , Alexander, and Emma. As a full time accountant and mother of three, Amy has her hands full, but still makes time to be involved with the children's schools, family's synagogue, serving on a multitude of committees and volunteering her time.
 

One of Amy's biggest passions is camp; she works closely with the leadership of Sunshine Day Camp, a full-summer day camp in Pearl River, NY for children with cancer and their siblings.

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SARAH ACOSTA SMITH, ND
Secretary


Sarah has been with Blankets For Cancer since its inception and was an integral part of Jordan's battle with Cancer. She took over as Secretary in 2019.

She works professionally as  healthcare provider in rural medical health is at  Brewster Medical Clinic in Brewster, Washington. She practices with a focus on family medicine and women’s health.

Sarah earned her BA in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology from University of Colorado at Boulder.  She was then accepted at Bastyr University and earned her Naturopathic Doctorate. 

She completed a two year residency at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health in Seattle, WA, rotating through community health centers and major regional hospitals. 

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JEFF SEELEY
Director

 

I live in Parker, CO with my wife of 22 years,Cheryl, and our two boys, Tyler a Senior at Legend HS, and Trevor a Freshman at Legend HS. I'm a currently a Marketing Manager for Neotract, a company that provides a minimally invasive treatment option for men struggling with symptoms from BPH. I spend the majority of my free time with my family, specifically watching my boys compete in competitive bowling tournaments as well as my son Trevor's high school golf tournaments. I also enjoy playing golf, live music, and all forms of cooking.

Although finding a cure for pediatric cancer is the ultimate goal, the time and resources necessary for families to take this incredibly challenging prognosis head-on is often an afterthought until they are in the midst of the battle.
I'm motivated to help raise awareness and funding to support families dealing with the emotional and financial toll associated with pediatric cancer so their singular focus can be on beating this disease with their child.

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VENESSA WAHLER
Director

 

My passion for the purpose and mission of Blankets for Cancer is why I am here. I’m excited to be a part of this team and support the growth of this amazing organization.

 

As our designated Outreach Coordinator, my goal is to support as many families as possible who are impacted by the financial, emotional, and physical toll of pediatric cancer.


Although I grew up in the Midwest near Chicago, I’ve spent most of my adult life in the greater Seattle area.

 

Professionally, I’m a territory manager at Aspen Medical Products and support
medical professionals offering bracing solutions for motion restriction, pain therapy, and posture re-education.

 

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, long-distance running, movement, and reading and listening to more audio books than I care to admit to.


“Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we ever discover the infinite
power of our light.” ~Brene Brown