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 Busby, 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, teenager. Brenda volunteered with the MRF for several years and came on board as a full-time employee in 2014.

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.

Daniell Jarrell 
Bush, LA
Dani is the wife of Jason and mother of three children: Alex, Skylar and Grace. Grace was diagnosed with Stage IIIc nodular and spitzoid melanoma in July 2010 at the age of 4. She had several surgeries and completed a year of interferon. Although she has numerous health issues, she remains NED. Grace is treated at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. In search of other pediatric melanoma families, and in an effort to spread awareness, the Jarrells created Grace's Green Wagon, a Facebook support group. Grace spends her free time making crafts with her sister, playing video games and daydreaming. 

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. Today, Robby is a healthy, active child who is currently NED.

Stephanie Mainer
Pace, FL
Stephanie lives in Florida with her three sons. Her son, Isaiah, was diagnosed with melanoma in 2013 at the age of 3. He is currently NED continues to have regular checkups locally. 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 8th 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 and lacrosse.

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.