Pediatric Melanoma Leadership

The MRF's Pediatric Melanoma Leadership is made up of two different groups: the Scientific Steering Committee and the Parent Steering Committee. These volunteers dedicate their time and efforts to advancing the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of pediatric melanoma. 

Scientific Steering Committee

Cynthia Herzog, MD - MD Anderson Cancer Center

Whitney High, MD, JD, Eng - University of Colorado, Denver

Krista Rubin, NP - Massachusetts General Hospital & Children's Melanoma Prevention Foundation

Brittani Seynnaeve, MD - Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Vernon Sondak, MD - H Lee Moffitt Cancer Center

Parent Steering Committee

Brenda Caraway, Pediatric & Mucosal Melanoma Program Coordinator, MRF
Pinehurst, TX
Brenda lives in Pinehurst, TX, with her daughter, Kadynce. Kadynce was diagnosed in 2007 with Stage IIIb nodular melanoma. She has had multiple surgeries and completed Interferon. She is currently NED and a happy, active 5th grader. Brenda volunteered with the MRF for several years and came on board as a full-time employee in 2014.

Tripp Owens, RN
Tarboro, NC
Tripp is a Registered Nurse and manages residential investment properties. He lives in North Carolina with his wife Johanna, daughter Sadie, and son, Simon, who is a Stage IIIb melanoma survivor. Simon was diagnosed in 2013 from a mole on his left upper arm. After two surgeries - a wide area excision and a lymph node removal from the left armpit - and a year of Interferon, Simon has been NED since May of 2014.

Kailey Lee
Tomball, TX
Kailey's son, Robby, was diagnosed with Stage IIIb melanoma in July 2014 at the age of 15 months. He underwent several surgeries and hospital stays and completed a year of Interferon at MD Anderson Cancer Center. He continues to be seen for regular x-rays, blood work and skin exams. Robby is a healthy, very active 3 year old who is currently NED.

Collette Dahl 
Orange County, CA
Collette lives in California with her husband Shane and their four children. In January of 2010, their son, Mason, was diagnosed with Stage IIIb nodular melanoma on his left cheek at the age of 3 and a half. He underwent many surgeries, Interferon treatments and facial reconstruction. He is currently NED. Collette's full time job is raising her four children.

Stephanie Mainer
Pace, FL
Stephanie lives in Florida with her husband Jon and their three sons. Their son, Isaiah, was diagnosed with melanoma in 2013 at the age of 3. He is currently NED, and travels to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX regularly for checkups. Stephanie became an advocate after researching melanoma and seeing the surge in children diagnosed with pediatric melanoma. Stephanie is a middle school English teacher. 

Cheryl Trocke
Friedly, MN
Cheryl's son, Graham, was diagnosed in 2013 at the age of 9. He is currently a 6th grader. Graham has become active in melanoma advocacy, education and fundraising. he started the foundation Graham's Gift and has raised over $100,000 for cancer research. He is one of 8 children. Graham enjoys hockey, lacrosse and his "very special" friend, Kadynce. 

Christy Williams
Mesa, AZ
Christy's son, Moses, was diagnosed with Stage IIIa spitzoid melanoma in 2014 when he was 3 years old. Moses is being treated at Phoenix Children's Hospital and is currently NED. Christy started a blog called I'm Still the Princess to discuss Moses's treatments, as well as the emotions associated with having a son diagnosed with pediatric melanoma.