Our Board

Board Members

Compassion Delivered Board - Amanda Anschutz

Amanda Anschutz

Founder/President

Amanda has been a long time resident of Stark County. She and her husband, Daniel have two beautiful daughters and they currently live in North Canton. Amanda brings more than 18 years of leadership, community involvement, customer relations, and marketing experience to the organization. In her career, she has worked with various organizations and fundraisers such as the Jackson/Canton Chamber of Commerce, YWCA, Stark County Planning, Young Professionals of Jackson Township and the Taste of the NFL presented by the Akron Canton Foodbank. She infuses passion and energy to every project and client relationship.

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A year ago, she and her husband began discussing what it would look like to form an organization like Compassion Delivered. After months of research, prayer, and consulting they made the discussion a reality and formed Compassion Delivered, a 501c3 non-profit. This isn’t a job to Amanda, this is taking care of people in the most uncertain times they will be facing during this season of their life.

Amanda’s career path has taken her from being a social worker with the Otis R. Bowen Center in Warsaw, Indiana to regional sales manager for the BEARACADE in Hudson Ohio. Amanda attended Grace College and Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana and majored in Business and Communication with a minor in Social Work and Elementary Education.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time I like to spend time with my husband, daughters, family and friends. During the fall I like to watch the Ohio State Buckeyes! That really is the only sport I’ll watch anymore. I also enjoy meeting new people because I truly believe we have something to learn from one another if we just take time to listen.

What inspires you?
I am inspired by how others live life to the fullest, not afraid of taking a chance on life and making the most of every moment they are given.
Why are you on the board of directors? What emotional reasons?
I have witnessed firsthand the people who are trying to cope with their illnesses and diseases while trying to make sure their bodies receive the right nutrition and it’s a struggle. At some point, all of us will either be effected by it or know someone who needs Compassion Delivered’s services. We are called to be kind to one another, to help in the time of need and these is the reason we founded Compassion Delivered.

Who is a hero of yours?
My parents: they love unconditionally and I’m grateful that they have been my support and encouragement. Also Princess Diana: Her passion to help others and break down barriers to show compassion and love to those who thought they were unlovable.

What’s something quirky about you?
Most view me as an extrovert but I actually feel that I’m more introverted as I get older. I also don’t like people eating off my plate. I’ve been known to give my plate away if someone does so.

Mike Sturdivant

Board President

Mike has been a life-long resident of Stark County. Currently, Mike is the Regional Manager for Hattie Larlham where he oversees the Hattie’s Doggie Day Care & Boarding Vocational Programs in North East Ohio. With the support of his team, they hire and train individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities with the goal of helping them reach their dreams of receiving Independent Community Employment. In 2015 Mike was named one of Hattie Larlham’s Employees of the Year. He is also very active with the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and Ystark! He is currently serving on Ystark’s Event Planning Committee, as well as the Executive Team. Mike is also a member of the North Canton Jaycees. He held the 2017 committee chair position for the Stark County Board of DD’s Special Olympics Track and Field Invitational. Also, he has worked with the American Cancer Society for their Real Men Wear Pink Campaign.

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Why are you on the board of directors? What emotional reasons? 
I think its safe to say Cancer has effected just about everyone in some way. For me personally I have had multiple family members who have battled cancer. One of which was my Aunt Shirley who lost her second battle with Breast Cancer in 2008.

Who is a hero of yours? 
I would have to say heroes. I have always looked up to both of my parents. My work ethic definitely comes from them. Growing up our family had a period where we faced some financial hardships. What they taught me during that time is that hard work and having a positive outlook no matter how the situation looks at the time will always get you through. They also instilled in me the desire to give back to the community and those in it.

What’s something quirky about you? 
I have a pretty extensive shoe collection. I think I have well over 100 pairs. Mainly running and basketball; although, I have learned in the past few years the importance of having a few nice pairs of dress shoes for every occasion.

Compassion Delivered Board - Katie Wright

Katie Wright

Vice President

Katie is a life-long resident of Tuscarawas County. She has been married to her husband, Dave, for 13 years and they have two amazing children – Madison, 11 and Cameron, 9. She and her family currently live in New Philadelphia. Katie has one older brother, Nick, who is an attorney and resides in Columbus, Ohio. She is a family girl and cherishes the moments they all have together! Early in 2017, she nearly lost her mom to a sudden heart attack followed by emergency open heart surgery, which has really helped her to understand life’s story – and understand how important every day is, so she lives life to the fullest!

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She attended nursing school at Kent State University where she received an Associate’s Degree in Nursing in 2002. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in 2009 and her Master’s Degree in Nursing (administrative focus) in 2012. She have been employed at Aultman Hospital for 16 years. Katie began her professional career as a bedside nurse and joined the leadership team in 2008 as a Unit Director. Her current job title is Associate Vice President of Healthcare Delivery System Care Coordination. Katie has executive responsibility for discharge planning, utilization management, bed management and a 16-bed observation unit.

Professionally, she strives for excellence, but accepts that no one is perfect. She really enjoys teamwork and collaboration, and being challenged to work on a new project. The value of a high-functioning team is priceless and she is blessed to be part of a pretty great team! Personally, she is committed to paying it forward and giving back and values the mission of Compassion Delivered. She is committed to seeing this project flourish to the members of Stark County and looks forward to watching it expand and grow! Katie also happens to really enjoy laughter and doesn’t like to dwell on the negative things – that has been a skill that has helped her grow both personally and professionally. Seeing the bright side and not allowing setbacks to be portrayed as failures has really changed her life!

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy spending time with my husband and our two children, Madison (11) and Cameron (9). We are avid lovers of all things sports! I enjoy golfing (although I am not very good!) and also like to garden.

What inspires you?
Being challenged and learning new things! I love thinking outside of the box. If something doesn’t work, that doesn’t mean it was a failure. It means you try again! I am also inspired by being a mom – I am committed to raising my kids to truly be GOOD people and to give back!

Why are you on the board of directors? What emotional reasons?
I think Compassion Delivered is a wonderful endeavor and will greatly impact our community. I haven’t been personally touched by Cancer, but I have been affected by heart disease and other chronic illnesses with my parents. I know what it is like to be in need and how wonderful it feels to have someone give back, no matter the gesture. Compassion Delivered will allow someone struggling with an illness to spend time thinking of themselves and their needs, rather than where their next meal is coming from.

Who is a hero of yours?
My mom, hands down! She lived many years in an unloving marriage for the sake of my brother and I. She raised us to be successful, respectful and honest people who truly value the importance of family! She is one of the bravest and strongest women I know and has certainly been an integral part in my personal and professional success.

What’s something quirky about you?
I really like roller coasters. =)

Compassion Delivered Board - Dennis Rowbotham

Dennis Rowbotham

Treasurer

Originally from sunny San Diego, CA, where Dennis spent 30+ years. During his high school years, he was active in the Boy Scouts of America, where he earned the rank of Eagle Scout. After graduating from Helix High School in La Mesa, CA, Dennis worked for a small aviation engine supply company called Pacific Turbine Support. Upon leaving as their Manger of Sales & Stores, he attended California State – San Marcos University where he earned a Bachelor’s in Accounting.

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After graduation, Dennis moved to Phoenix, AZ where he worked for Tri-West Healthcare as a Cost Accountant. In 2007 he moved to Perry, OH, where he started working as a Staff Accountant for Visual Edge Technology, a copier distributor in North Canton, OH. During his time there, he moved from Accountant to Senior Accountant, responsible for the books of four companies. In 2012, Dennis went to work for Fathom SEO, LLC, an online marketing company, as their Senior Accountant. After two years, was promoted to Manager of Financial Reporting & Analysis. During that time, he attended Ashland University where he earned a Masters in Business Administration. Currently Dennis is the Controller for Stellar Automotive Group in Seville, OH, a transmission parts & lubricant distributor.

He has been married to a lovely woman, Shelley Rowbotham, since 2014 and currently lives in the New Franklin, OH area. He is an active member at Anchor Baptist Church in Massillon, OH.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy camping, hiking, hunting, and helping others.

What inspires you?
My Lord and savior Jesus Christ. Am also inspired by people doing selfless deeds.

Why are you on the board of directors?
Having known our President Amanda, I was impressed by her passion for helping people. My other reason is my desire to help people who do not have the resources others are blessed with.

What emotional reasons?
I have several family and friends who have suffered from life threatening illnesses, I know first hand their struggles. Knowing they had a support structure, I can only imagine what it would be like going through an illness without a support structure.

Who is a hero of yours?
My grandfather. He suffered from cancer, which ultimately took his life. During his illness, he never lost his dignity.

What’s something quirky about you?
I have a lot of odd knowledge. Did you know the neck tie was originally intended to be a napkin? There you go.

Compassion Delivered Board - Lynn Gastin

Lynn Gastin

Secretary

Lynn received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Akron and her Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Malone University. Lynn is a licensed social worker and certified case manager. She has worked for Mercy Medical, and is currently at Aultman Hospital, where she has worked for the last 23 years. She is the Director of Discharge Services.

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What do you like to do in your spare time?
Spending time with my family, traveling and shopping.

What inspires you?
Might sound cliché, but being able to help others. Seeing the patients we work with have a successful outcome or knowing that I truly helped a patient/family. I traveled the journey of cancer with my dad and Alzheimer’s with my mom. I want to make sure I advocate and provide support in the way I wanted as a family member dealing with these situations and diagnosis.

Why are you on the board of directors?
I have recently lost both my parents in the past year. My daughter is heading off to college. I feel like the timing of Amanda meeting with us was a sign for me to become involved again in the community and support programs and initiatives that I feel drawn to and support.

What emotional reasons?
Love the vision and mission of this program and again, feel like I was put in the right place at the right time to meet with Amanda and become involved.

Who is a hero of yours?
My husband who has faced a chronic illness for years with dignity, determination, strength and courage like no one other.

What’s something quirky about you?
Although it’s not nerves, I shake my leg all the time so I will have that board room table moving!

Compassion Delivered Board - Patrick Willoughby

Patrick Willoughby

Patrick is the Senior Vice-President of Operations with the Karcher Group. He works hard to make sure that their clients are happy and that their office’s day-to-day operations run smoothly. He works with clients and internal Account Managers to ensure clear communication during each phase of a project. Besides his career, Patrick is involved in many organizations in our community and is on the board for Domestic Violence Project.

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When not at work, Patrick’s life revolves around his wife (Kari), Daughters (Anna Grace & Charlotte) and the animals (Dalton & Oxford). He enjoys the time he has with his family and friends. You will usually find him spending his time on his house and working in the yard. And when he gets the chance he will be camping and spending time being outside! Where he gained experience and knowledge: Miami University-Oxford, OH. In between dreaming about cars, Patrick earned a B.A. in Speech Communication, with a Minor in Marketing. He was also an “IT guy/project manager” at Oak Associates, Ltd., after a gig managing the data center at Dairy Mart, Inc. corporate headquarters.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Be outside. Spend time with my family & friends. Tinker with cars.

What inspires you?
People that do what they say they are going to and tell it like it is. A get it done attitude.

Why are you on the board of directors? What emotional reasons?
Amanda asked me to seriously, having worked together before, I know the kind of person she is and that I wanted to partner with her again on this adventure. Not to mention the mission of what this organization stands for and how it helps people is so unique.

Who is a hero of yours?
Wilmer Cowgill, my Grandfather. Only knew him until I was 13 yrs old but was a guy everyone liked being around and respected. Family man but liked to have fun. Would help anyone he could, believed in God and gave back to his community. I hope I am something like that or striving to be.

What’s something quirky about you?
Hates mushrooms, He wanted to be a Vehicle Test Driver for the Ford Company when he grew up. Moved 5 times while growing up. Was one of 5 people to found the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity chapter at Miami University.

Compassion Delivered Board - Ryan Johnston

Dr. Ryan Johnston

Ryan grew up in Jamaica, Iowa and attended Wayne State College in Nebraska for his bachelor’s degree. He then attended Mid-America Seminary for his Masters of Divinity and Union University for his doctorate. Ryan lived in Memphis Tennessee for 10 years and worked with young adults for the first decade of his career. He and his family moved to Ohio where they have lived for the last 5 years. Ryan is currently serving as the Lead Pastor for the North Canton Chapel.

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What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love spending time with my wife and four girls.

What inspires you?
I am inspired in all I do by Jesus Christ who has, is, and forever will be the greatest inspiration in his life because of what he has done for me.

Why are you on the board of directors? What emotional reasons?
My heart breaks for those who do not have the ability to care for their most basic need during illness and it is a privilege to be a part of an organization that is meeting people in that need.

Who is a hero of yours?
One of my heroes is my Father, there has never been a moment in my life that have not been able to vulnerable with him and he has always allowed me to feel, no matter what, that I belonged. He has modeled to me how my father in heaven sees me, and for that very reason, he is my hero.

What’s something quirky about you?
My excessive love for all things sport, seriously I love it all and am obsessed.

Compassion Delivered Board - Andrew Anthony

Andrew Anthony

Andrew was born in Stark Co. and went to East Canton High school and later attended Kent State University. Andrew has a Bachelor’s of Arts and Communication. Early in his career he spent time as an account manager in the marketing field. Andrew then spent the last 6 years in New York City where he worked in the commercial film industry and worked alongside of brands such as ESPN, Google, Victoria Secret, Godiva Chocolates, American Breast Cancer Society and TV Land. Andrew recently moved back to NE Ohio where he and his wife Emily and their dog Hugo reside.

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After moving back, Andrew opened up his own film company called Down the Road Productions. His company specialized in video production specializing in web and social strategy content. He is excited to work with companies and industries here in our community and throughout the state. Andrew looks forward to being more involved in the community through his work with Compassion Delivered.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Run, Watch Films, Pursue Creativity

What inspires you?
People who are risk takers. Conversations with people who have nothing in common with me.

Why are you on the board of directors? What emotional reasons?
I have seen illness firsthand, not necessarily in the elderly, but in those close to me struggling day to day. There is sometime a loneliness that accompanies illness. To me small gestures of compassion and giving can go farther than one even knows to those in need.

Who is a hero of yours?
My mother for her strength and any artist because they allow themselves to be exposed to the world.

What’s something quirky about you?
I don’t know anything that I would define as quirky. I don’t appreciate bold clothing though.

Compassion Delivered Board - TJ Murphy

TJ Murphy

TJ is the co-owner of Edible Arrangements in Akron and Canton Ohio. He graduated from Youngstown State University in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Health. TJ is currently an ambassador with the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and has been involved in various local young professional groups. TJ has a strong desire to help and encourage personal growth and change. He has held various management positions in for-profit and non-profit arenas. TJ is married. He and his wife Heather have three wonderful children, Odessa, and twins Calan and Hudson.

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What do you like to do in your spare time?
What spare time? I get the privilege of watching my three kids play sports year around. We believe strongly in team sports and how it can prepare them to be future leaders. As a local business owner, I also like to network and learn about area businesses.

Why are you on the board of directors? What emotional reasons?
I’m all about doing something bigger than myself and working with people to accomplish something super special. Being part of compassion delivered was a no-brainer because I can positively engage people who are becoming hopeless. Terminal illnesses effect every family and we want to be there to educate, equip, and inspire people to get better through proper nutrition.

Who is a hero of yours?
One of my favorite questions. My HERO is my late Grandma Steele. She raised me when she was in her own retirement and gave me so much love and support anyone could ask for. I witnessed her religious beliefs and how she continuously gave to her community.

What’s something quirky about you?
I consider myself to be somewhat of a professional SKEEBALL player.

Elizabeth Good Knutson

Elizabeth was born and raised in Dalton, Ohio. She graduated from Eastern Mennonite University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a Master’s in Nursing Administration and a Master’s in Business Administration.

Elizabeth is the Director for the Center for Professional Development and Education and Aultman Health Foundation. Prior to Aultman, she worked at Cleveland Clinic and the University of California San Diego Medical Center.

She currently live in Dalton, Ohio with her husband Joe and our beagle dog, Sadie.

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What do you like to do in your spare time? 
I love to travel and spend time with my family.

What inspires you? 
People who are working to make a difference inspire me. I encounter people in the community who devote so much time to helping to improve the lives of others that I am motivated to give to the community as well.

Why are you on the board of directors? What emotional reasons?  
I am on the board of directors because I believe in the mission of Compassion Delivered. As a Registered Nurse, I believe in holistic healthcare and that there are many components that contribute to healing, and proper nutrition is no exception. Individuals with chronic, life-threatening illnesses can easily become overwhelmed with everything that occurs in their treatment plan. Having Compassion Delivered to provide appropriate meals can help lift some of the stress for these individuals.

Who is a hero of yours? 
My family – I couldn’t choose just one. From my parents, to my siblings, in-laws and nieces and nephews. They are amazing.

What is something quirky about you? 
I love the TV shows “The Office”, and “Seinfeld”. I watch the shows over and over again and can usually identify real life situations that remind me of the shows.

Steven Hoffman

Steven is Director of Business Development at Patriot Software, LLC. At the age of 15, Steven started his first non-profit to give a voice to youths in his community while serving on various other non-profit boards. Prior to Patriot Software, Steven lived in India for 4 years where he co-founded a tech company and helped support compassion projects. In Stark County, Steven currently serves on the board of the North Canton Jaycees and ystark! Executive Committee. He co-founded the Northeast Ohio Franchisee Network and is actively involved with the International Franchise Association.

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What do you like to do in your spare time? 
I love to read and run.
What inspires you? 
I am inspired by people who unselfishly give themselves for a greater purpose or for the good of the community. It is so easy to get self-absorbed with one’s own life and miss getting to be a contributing puzzle piece in the greatest artwork of the world- humanity.

Why are you on the board of directors? What emotional reasons?  
I believe people matter more than anything else. To be able to help those in our community who are suffering is the reason I’m serving this organization. Life can be difficult and challenging, but when surrounded by the community in a meaningful way there is hope.
Who is a hero of yours? 
My heroes are the nameless, faceless leaders who inspire, encourage, and raise up others through selfless dedication and personal sacrifice.

What is something quirky about you? 
I disliked eating any spicy food growing up but now I love to put hot sauce on my food.

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Ryan Kumpf

Ryan is a proud lifelong resident of Stark County. He and his wife, Megan, have two daughters and reside in North Canton. Ryan is a graduate of Jackson High School (’01) and earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Middle Childhood Education from Walsh University (’05). He earned his Master of Arts Degree in Education Administration and Principal ship license from Akron University (’09) and his Superintendence license from Kent State University (’15). Ryan is currently the Principal at Greentown Intermediate School in the North Canton School District and has been in the education field for 14 years. During the 2016-2017 school year, Ryan implemented Service and Celebration Days to help instill servant leadership values within the school community. Each year, Greentown partners with local non-profits in order to help strengthen the bond between school and community. Since implementing the program, Greentown has helped over a dozen local non-profit organizations within Stark County.

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What do you like to do in your spare time? 
I like to spend my spare time with family and close friends. I’m also an avid Cleveland sports fan and enjoy watching the Browns, Cavs, and Indians.

What inspires you? 
It’s important to leave each day better than the last. I’m inspired by watching others reach their potential and beyond. “Get going. Move FORWARD. Aim high. Plan a takeoff. Don’t just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane. It simply won’t happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude. Believe me, you’ll love it up here.”

Why are you on the board of directors? What emotional reasons?  
By chance, I saw a clip on Channel 19 News about Compassion Delivered and thought this would be a great partnership for my school community that I’m a part of. After a yearlong partnership, I knew this was something I wanted to be involved with on a deeper level. Having had two grandparents who passed away from cancer, this organization’s mission is inspiring and it is touching the lives of those clients, and their families, who are served by Compassion Delivered.

Who is a hero of yours? 
My parents, Carol and, Kevin, are heroes of mine. There’s a quote from Jim Valvano that says, “My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” Both of my parents have always believed in me, always supported me, and always provided me with what I needed to pursue my passions. I’m thankful for their direction, their love, and their support.

What is something quirky about you? 
I’m a huge foodie. I’ve been to over 25 burger joints in Ohio and I like to plan our family vacations with a few good food stops along the way.

Jeff Caughey

A life-long resident of Stark County, Jeffery currently works for the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. as an investigator with the Global Security and Investigations unit. Prior to taking the position with Goodyear, Jeffery was a full-time police officer with the Perry Township Police Department for 14years. With the Perry Township Police Department he served in several different capacities including; School Resource Officer, patrol, investigations and bike patrol. Through his role as a police officer Jeffery was able to coach both baseball and football at Perry High School.

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What do you like to do in your spare time? 
I am very passionate about fitness. I spend a good amount of time running, biking and strength training. In the summertime, you can find me outside doing anything from kayaking to playing an intense game of tennis. In the winter I am usually looking for a weekend to spend some time skiing.

What inspires you? 
I easily get inspired when I see stories about people who do remarkable things for other people without wanting the credit. I think the best part of any bad situation is the stories that evolve at the conclusion of other peoples selfless actions.

Why are you on the board of directors? What emotional reasons?  
I was approached by another board member who began to explain all of the good this organization was done in a short amount of time. After learning more about Compassion Delivered I knew I wanted to serve in some capacity. Through law enforcement, I learned first hand how important it is to serve your community.

Who is your hero? 
This is an easy one for me. Police Officers are my hero. Having done the job I have seen in so many instances where police officers do something completely heroic, with no regard for their own safety and disappear in the background not seeking the recognition. I have seen police officers finish up a midnight shift, get in their personal car and go to a home of some elderly person and shovel their driveway following a heavy snow and far many other deeds outside of their daily duties.

What is something quirky about you? 
I am obsessed with technology. I am constantly looking for a new way for “Alexa” get more done around the house. Anybody who knows me would certainly say that there are 2 brands that get my attention; Nike and Apple. I might like both of them possibly a little too much.

Lauren Bing

Lauren Bing is the Marketing Coordinator for Boomerang Advertising where she has been with the company since 2014. She graduated from the University of Akron with a major in Interpersonal and Public Communications along with a minor in Marketing. In addition to serving on the board, Lauren currently serves on the Ystark! Executive Committee and Ambassador Committee for the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. She is the Social Media Chair for Making Strides and the Event Chair for Ystark’s Annual Casino Christmas Event. Lauren lives in North Canton where she has lived her whole life and is fortunate enough to have a lot of her family still in the area.

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What do you like to do in your spare time? 
Spend time with my extremely large family, meet up with friends, read a good book or my all time favorite…take a nap!

What inspires you? 
Seeing other people do good. When I read a news article about the work of a local organization, see someone help when they weren’t asked or just experience the kindness of a stranger, I feel moved to pass on the positivity of those acts. I am a true believer that there can never be enough kindness.

Why are you on the board of directors? What emotional reasons?  
I am inspired by the work Compassion Delivered is doing in our community and I wanted to be a part of it. Illness changes the course of a person’s life and having support during that time can help make it more manageable. I want to be able to ease someone’s burden during that time.

Who is a hero of yours? 
My grandma Nancy. She was an incredible woman who lost her battle to cancer. I was young when she passed but it wasn’t until I was older that I realized the extent of her illness because she was always so positive and strong.

What is something quirky about you? 
I have a “small” obsession with the show Friends (must be the name!). I watch it every night to fall asleep and have done so for years.

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