The Board of Directors ensures adherence to Jacob’s Heart’s mission and is responsible for the fiscal integrity and stability of the organization. The board meets quarterly and four committees (governance, development, finance, and family advisory) meet for special projects. The Family Advisory Board serves as a liaison between Jacob’s Heart families and the full board, and is assigned with the task of reporting feedback from families on the effectiveness of services.


President: Melissa McDill CEO, McDill Associates

Committees: Governance (chair), Finance and Development

Melissa founded McDill Associates to pursue her passion for marketing and design, and to satisfy her entrepreneurial spirit. She has a fierce commitment to ensuring her clients’ success, with a creative flair that is grounded in a strategic, analytical mindset. Melissa relishes the challenges that come with the search for creative marketing solutions, and is known for coming up with unique ideas that make her clients stand out. Melissa holds a degree from the California College of the Arts and has been recognized with numerous marketing and design awards. As a cancer survivor herself, Melissa dedicates her time, energy and talents to ensure that children and families enduring cancer have support and care from Jacob’s Heart. Committees: Governance, Finance and Development.

Vice President of Governance: Scott Roseman   Founder, New Leaf Community Markets

Committees: Finance and Development

Scott Roseman is the Founder of New Leaf Community Markets and Board Member of New Seasons Market. With 30 plus years of experience as a business leader, Scott serves as Vice President of Governance at Jacob’s Heart to guide and unify board efforts. Scott is also president of the board at Temple Beth El and volunteers with the Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group. He survived leukemia as a young adult and brings a perspective of understanding to the Jacob’s Heart mission and vision.

Scott Roseman
Nanci Dobbins

Vice President of Development: Nanci Dobbins Foundation Trustee (Susie’s Sister)

Committees: Family Program Advisory and Development

Nanci Dobbins, along with her husband Jim, have been supporting Jacob’s Heart as major donors for more than 15 years. With a passion from her personal experience as a child losing her sister Susie to neuroblastoma, Nanci dedicates her time, energy and talents to the mission of Jacob’s Heart and ensuring that every family, especially those bereaved by the loss of a child have the emotional and financial support they need. With extensive experience in event planning, donor stewardship and philanthropy, Nanci directs the fundraising and development strategies for the board. Nanci served on the Jacob’s Heart board in the early years of the organization’s founding, and returned in 2013 to lead Jacob’s Heart to its next level of growth and to ensure the financial stability of the organization. Committees: Governance and Development.

Secretary: Bobbi Burns Technology Marketing Consultant (Cole’s Mom) 

Committees: Family Program Advisory, Governance Finance and Development

Bobbi Burns is a High Tech Marketing and Start-up Consultant who effectively utilizes 30 years of experience in high tech start-ups to assist small to medium sized organizations in developing and executing their growth plans. Bobbi has significant experience in various marketing and sales roles, creating and implementing a wide range of marketing programs. Additional expertise includes building and operating finance/hr organizations for early stage start-ups. Previous, FitView, Irish Innovation Center, G24 Innovations. Bobbi’s son, Cole, was diagnosed with Wilms Tumor when he was four. Bobbi brings the perspective of enduring the journey of a child with cancer to the board.

Bobbi Burns

Treasurer: Lee May Vice President Good Times, Retired Owner Mpress Digital

Committees: Governance and Finance (chair)

Lee’s experience in graphics and printing goes back to his college days at UC Davis. While he was working on a BS degree in Renewable Natural Resources, he ran the school daily newspaper. After graduation he became manager at the local Davis paper and then moved on to a job at the San Jose Mercury News. In 1977, Lee opened Metro Type and Design in Soquel which became the largest typesetting and design business on the Central Coast. He embraced the rapidly changing technology in printing throughout the 80’s and 90’s, and incorporated technologically-advanced equipment into his shop, which he ran until the mid-1990’s. Lee shared his expertise in printing as a consultant for a few years and then started Mpress Digital in 1999. He assembled a unique combination of cutting-edge equipment to provide a range of high quality, quick turnaround printing services. With his background in environmental studies, Lee has always sought out the best ways to operate his business with a small energy footprint and use the most environmentally-friendly inks and paper.

Judy Barbata, Retired Educator, Speech Pathologist

Committee: Development

Judy Barbata is a retired Speech and Language Pathologist who spent 36 years working in public schools and clinics in Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties with the pediatric population.  She has experience working with a myriad of communication disabilities with regular education children as well as severely handicapped children with age ranges from three to twenty-one years. Judy’s experience with special needs children inspired her to continue her connection with children facing life-threatening illnesses through Jacob’s Heart.  “I am inspired on a daily basis by the spirit and strength of our JH children and their families   I feel very grateful to have the opportunity to help support these children and their families and be involved with the skilled and dedicated team of JH staff.


Melissa Burke MPH, Director of Government and Community Relations at Stanford Children’s Health, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford

Committees: Family Program Advisory, Governance and Development

Melissa Burke is the Director of Government and Community Relations at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Stanford Children’s Health. Melissa brings knowledge of health and related systems designed to serve children with special health care needs, including publicly and privately funded services, as well as those specific to certain populations, to Jacob’s Heart. Melissa earned a Masters in Public Health from UCLA and expertise in community based health care systems that will lead Jacob’s Heart’s efforts to create a seamless continuum of care between the hospital and the community for families served by Jacob’s Heart.

Aimee Grijalva   Mortgage Broker, Seraph Rates (Matthew’s Mom)

Committees: Family Program Advisory and Development

Aimee Grijalva is passionate about advocating for pediatric cancer. She and her family have been deeply affected by the disease when her son Baby Matthew was born with a rare form of cancer called infantile leukemia. Aimee diligently journaled and blogged about their cancer journey, she continues to share her story creating positive change and awareness for children diagnosed with cancer. Aimee’s motivation for serving on the board of Jacob’s Heart Children Cancer Support Services is to give back to an organization that continues to greatly help many families like hers through their cancer journey.

Aimee is the owner of Seraph Rates, a mortgage company in Salinas, California. A lifelong resident of Monterey County, she received a bachelor’s degree from California State University Monterey Bay in 2006, cum laude with honors in Computer Science. In 2007 she passed the California Real Estate Broker Exam and then inter-weaved her licenses, degrees, and education to accomplish her dream of starting her own online mortgage company. Aimee combines business acumen with a passion for children with cancer as a board member at Jacob’s Heart.

Vice President

Robert Kaswen, Retired CEO Fox Racing Shox

Committees: Governance and Finance

Bob Kaswen joined the Jacob’s Heart Board after retiring in 2011 from his successful 40+ year career in manufacturing.  Most recently he was CEO of Fox Racing Shocks in Watsonville, CA where he helped the company grow from $30M to just under $200M in sales.  Prior to joining FOX Mr. Kaswen held executive level positions with RockShox and Exxon as well as a number of smaller companies.  Through his consulting and education company, Mr. Kaswen worked with  dozens of companies and hundreds of individuals to improve their operations, competitive advantage and profitability.  Mr. Kaswen focuses on strategic and financial planning at Jacob’s Heart.

Maritza Loyola ♥* Special Events Director, Seascape Golf Club, Board Member for the Jerry Loyola Foundation (Jerry’s Sister)

Committees: Family Program Advisory and Development

In 2007 Maritza’ Loyola’s younger brother Jerry was diagnosed with cancer and her family rapidly learned all about the horrible disease. Through their personal experience supporting him through his two and a half year battle, and all the ups and downs of treatment, remission, re-diagnosis and then his passing, they realized how crucial it was to have a strong support network.  It was Jerry who inspired her family to begin the Jerry Loyola Foundation and her to serve on the Board for Jacob’s Heart. Maritza has a lengthy background in event planning and has put on fundraisers and sporting events all over the USA and China. She currently works at Seascape Golf Club as the Director of Private Events, hosts the annual charity golf tournament “The JL Challenge” for the Jerry Loyola Foundation, and coaches for the Watsonville Kids Run Club. She enjoys traveling with her husband, running with her two daughters, and teaching them about giving back to their community, particularly those battling cancer.

Maritza Loyola
John David Mark MD

John David Mark MD, Clinical Professor, Pediatrics, Stanford Children’s Health, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford

Committee: Family Program Advisory

Dr. Mark received his medical degree from the University of Kansas and completed his residency in pediatrics at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. He then completed a fellowship in pediatric pulmonary medicine at the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York. In 1999, Dr. Mark completed the first fellowship in Pediatric Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. He practices at Packard Children’s Hospital where he utilizes non-conventional approaches with patients who have chronic illnesses such asthma and cystic fibrosis. He is interested in nutrition and the mind/body approach to healing in an effort to decrease dependence on medication. Dr. Mark is the Program Director for the Pediatric Pulmonary fellowship program, Associate Director for the Pediatric residency program and the Medical Director for the Complex Care Program at Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford University.  This innovative program assists with care coordination and communication with all health care providers for children with complex medical needs. Being a Member of the Board of Jacob’s Heart is important in improving and building a better relation with Stanford Children’s and the community where they live. Jacob’s Heart is an integral part in so many of these children’s lives and offers them support far beyond the scope of the medical center.

Laurie Machado JD, MBA, Senior Administrator, Granite Construction

Committee: Development

Laurie Machado is a senior administrator at Granite Construction and owner of Carmel Dog Concierge. Laurie was instrumental in Jacob’s Heart securing donated office space from Granite Construction in 2015 and leads Jacob’s Heart’s corporate philanthropy strategies. Laurie is a former Senior Project Manager at LexisNexis  Laurie earned her Juris Doctorate and Masters of Business Administration from Arizona State University.

Laurie Machado JD
Ryan J. McCormick CDFA

Ryan J. McCormick CDFA, Vice President, Senior Financial Advisor Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

Committee: Finance

Ryan McCormick has been in the financial services industry since 2003, joining Merrill Lynch as a Senior Financial Advisor in 2009. Serving on the Jacob’s Heart Finance Committee, Ryan leads the long-term financial sustainability strategies at Jacob’s Heart, overseeing budgets, projections and reserve accounts. Ryan is a graduate of San Francisco State University, with a B.S. in Business Finance. Ryan currently works with the Carmel Valley Rotary whom are dedicated to Service Above Self. He and his wife, Rosanna, live in Monterey. They are outdoor enthusiasts and enjoy all of the beauty that the peninsula has to offer. He brings

Manny Solano ♥* Watsonville Chief of Police

Committee: Development

Manny Solano has thirty plus years of experience in the field of Law Enforcement serving in every rank and division in the department. Manny brings the ability to successfully manage; critical incidents, executive level projects, large number of personnel and other high-level responsibilities as Chief of Police to the Jacob’s Heart Board of Directors. Manny works well with community representatives, elected officials, City staff and members of the department at all levels, with the overall goal of ensuring that children with cancer and the efforts of Jacob’s Heart are represented with elected officials and local and regional government. Manny has a strong belief in the importance of personal character development with attention to justice, loyalty, compassion, tolerance and respect for others and shares these values with the Jacob’s Heart families.

Manny Solano

Family Advisory Board 

Carlos Anaya, Cecilia’s Brother *

Bobbi Burns, Cole’s Mom

Jessica Fitz, Childhood Cancer Survivor

Aimee Grijalva, Matthew’s Mother

Amber Isidro, Cassandra’s Mother

Maritza Loyola, Jerry’s Sister *

Paul McCrone, Alex’s Father

Angel Mario, Jacob’s Mother

Mariela Medina, Childhood Cancer Survivor *

Trisha Meraz, Dustin’s Mother *

Maria Pacheco, Syree’s Mother *

Isabel Rosales, Mikaela’s Mother *

Lourdes Salinas, Pricilla’s Mother *

Charlotte Thornbourgh, Lance’s Mother

Fred Rojas,  Merisa’s Father *

Parents, siblings or grandparents of a child with cancer, or one who has survived cancer themselves

* indicates bilingual or bicultural

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