Bear Necessities is deeply grateful to have such a dedicated and accomplished Board of Directors. Together, these members empower Bear Necessities to change lives. If you are interested in making a significant difference in the lives of those battling pediatric cancer, please email CEO Kate Tillotson at [email protected] to learn more about serving on our Board.

Board of Directors


Claire Jolcover, Loadsmart

Joy L. Larisey, US Foods

Vice Chairperson

James F. Herbison, Winston & Strawn LLP

Board of Directors

Kathleen A. Casey, Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation

Andrea Caputo, Ratio Architecture

Kendra Castelloni, Wintrust

Jeffrey T. Conrad, FGMK, LLP

Brianna Elsass, BMO Financial Group

Cheryl Grace, Powerful Penny LLC

Paula Hamric, BDO USA, LLP

Barbara Hartman, Retired – Procter and Gamble

Susan Hitch Zint, Retired – Abbott

Jon Jelinek, HiPo Talent Partners

Pamela Mikulec, Parthenon-EY

Courtney Moore, PwC

Ajani Nimmagadda, MD, Cigna

Rob Pellicano, Griffith Foods

Craig Shirley, Access Community Health Network

Stephanie Sorensen, Sr. Manager, Professional Services Indsutry

Delnaz Vazifdar, Gracent LLC

Young Professionals board president

Sam Frazen, The ABIS Group


CEO: Kate Tillotson, Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation

President/Founder: Kathleen Casey, Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation

Vice-President, External Affairs: Courtney C. Krupa, Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation

Treasurer: Paula Hamric, BDO USA, LLP

Secretary: Barbara Hartman, Retired – Procter and Gamble

Legacy Board

The Hon. Fredrick H. Bates, Dennis Culloton, Michael Curran, Susan Hallen, Paul Iacono, Kelly Kramer, RN, MSN, Eric Lundstrom, Tim Mauery, Elizabeth Neuhoff, Russell Scurto, Jr., Tracy Scurto, The Hon. Bradley A. Stephens, Ralph Wakerly, Fr. Paul White

Scientific Committee

Rebecca J. Chan, MD, PhD; Sinisa Dovat, MD, PhD; Anat Erdreich-Epstein, MD, PhD;
Paul M. Kent, MD; Charles S. Hemenway, MD, PhD; Corinne Linardic, MD, PhD; Rishi Lulla, MD; John P. O’Bryan, PhD; Michele Redell, MD, PhD; Kathleen M. Sakamoto, MD, PhD; Marcelo Bento Soares, PhD; Jacquie Toia, APN, NP; David O. Walterhouse, MD

Honorary Members

Tony and Laurie Amonte, Gary and Sandy Fencik, Jay Levine and Mary Ann Childers, Mike and Kim Singletary

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Chicago Headquarters

55 West Wacker Dr, Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60601

(312) 214-1200

Florida Chapter

Serving Golisano Children's Hospital
& greater Southwest Florida
Contact: [email protected]