Mike is an adult living with Cystic Fibrosis. He has a Bachelor of Science in Ecology, Evolution, and Animal Behavior and Minors in Fisheries and Wildlife, and Mathematics from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
Mike has always volunteered as a patient in medical studies and research for the benefit of the larger Cystic Fibrosis population. He participates in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s “IDS Climb for CF” every year. Mike is naturally athletic and his activity in sports has helped him to maintain his symptoms.
Genevieve, Lakota/Ojibwe is an anthropologist with a working background in the fields of higher education, public relations, human resources, behavioral health, and museums. Her wide professional exposure is indicative of her personal interest in human experiences and applied advocacy.
Genevieve has a Masters degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Cultural Anthropology. Her support of the CFRF as a Board Member stems from traditional, Native values of compassion and service. Genevieve intends to broaden the visibility of the organization and promote its message of assistance in diversified networks.
Kerri is a conduct risk senior manager at a financial institution in Minneapolis, MN. She manages conduct risk in a comprehensive and effective manner, and promotes adherence to the highest ethical and professional standards.
Kerri graduated from Minnesota State University, Moorhead, with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. Kerri is passionate about “ensuring that those living with Cystic Fibrosis have the necessary resources available.” She joined the Board of Directors to raise awareness for those with limited resources.
LeeAnn is a Nurse Practitioner who works with the geriatric population in the Metro area.
LeeAnn says her connection with Cystic Fibrosis began 28 years ago: “When my niece Abbey was born. Over the years we have seen remarkable technology and breakthroughs. However, maintaining a healthy weight can be challenging for people with CF even in the most ideal life scenarios.” “One day, my niece was telling me about this program that has helped her purchase healthy foods to maintain her weight. She asked me if I would consider becoming a board member, I said YES!”
As a mother of an adult son who has cystic fibrosis Kelly knows first-hand how difficult it can be to manage the CF journey. When she learned in 2009 that approximately 20% of the adult CF population were losing their battle with this disease because they could not afford to purchase enough food she knew something needed to be done to tackle this problem. With compassion in her heart and a prayer on her lips she vowed to do something and the Cystic Fibrosis Relief Fund became a reality. After serving as the organization’s Executive Director from 2009 through 2018, Kelly decided to step back in 2019 and now serves as an adviser to the board of directors.
Professionally, Kelly received the KTTC TV’s “10 Who Make a Difference Award” for her work supporting people with cystic fibrosis. She has worked in office management for over two decades as well as medical reception in two medical clinics, including the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She’s also owned and managed two successful home businesses. She resides in Byron, Minnesota with her husband Larry.