Colon Club Board of Directors

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Troy Burns

In 2004, Troy agreed to design the very first Colondar, just two weeks after his father passed away from colon cancer. Since then, he has pushed the creative envelope with each new Colondar, designing new and unique elements every year. Because of his hundreds of hours of work and his complete dedication, the 2005-2010 Colondars have won numerous regional and national design awards. In his non-Colondar life, Troy is chief creative officer at Behan Communications, leading his creative staff in the design of print and digital advertising, logos, marketing brochures, corporate image campaigns, catalogs, calendars, annual reports, research documents, presentation materials and Web sites. Troy’s work has earned design awards in a number of national competitions, and is credited by clients for contributing to the success of many marketing and community awareness programs. In addition to The Colon Club, Troy is involved in many community and civic organizations, including being a former chairman of the Board of Directors of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation – Greater Adirondack Chapter and Kelly’s Angels, whose mission is to provide grants for fun activities to children who have recently lost a parent to cancer. Troy was named to the area’s first 20 Under 40 Competition, highlighting up-and-coming business leaders under 40 years old. He lives in Queensbury, New York with his wife Janet and three children, Stacia, Anna and Ethan.

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Danielle Ripley-Burgess

Danielle was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer a few weeks after her 17th birthday in 2001. Suddenly her plans for prom were superseded by cancer… although she insisted on attending the dance in a beautiful red dress. She quickly moved on with her life after treatment. She entered the public relations field after college hoping to help others who’d faced a health crisis. She stumbled upon The Colon Club years after her diagnosis and was in disbelief there was a group of people “just like her.” She not only credits being Miss October in the 2009 Colondar as a highlight of her life, but she is thankful for her “Colondar family” that supported her through a second occurrence of colon cancer at age 25 in 2009. With over a decade of survivorship under her belt, Danielle is passionate about spreading a message of hope. She often talks with young survivors and those interested in adopting a child after cancer. Danielle oversees the The Colon Club’s website, social media and PR. She owns the marketing company Semicolon Communications and lives in the Kansas City area with her awesome husband Mike and beautiful daughter Mae.

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Debbie Donovan

Colorectal cancer advocacy is Debbie Donovan’s destiny—her father, Ronald Schoengold spent his 35+ year career at Smith Kline Diagnostics (now Danaher) developing and commercializing the Hemoccult® fecal occult blood test, a standard of care in colorectal cancer screening. That fueled Debbie’s passion for spreading awareness of colon cancer. Debbie was Director of Marketing at Avantis Medical Systems and established a robust digital foundation for Third Eye Colonoscopy. Currently, Debbie is the voice behind the Third Eye Colonoscopy brand on their blog, Facebook, Google+, YouTube and @Third_EyeRetro Twitter Account. Debbie has successfully used #colonoscopy is #goodforyou to increase awareness for colorectal cancer screening. Debbie is a Marketing and Sales Consultant at eGold Solutions and blogs as one of the Three Wise Dames (www.threewisedames.com.) She is focused on developing digital marketing programs for medical technology companies including the integration of social media channels. Previously, she served Intuitive Surgical as a Senior Manager focused on market development programs and e-marketing initiatives supporting Gynecology and Oncology surgery specialties. In addition, she has experience serving Ob/Gyn, Orthopedics/Spine and ENT physicians at Conceptus, Kyphon and Somnus. Her expertise is in developing effective strategies and leading teams in marketing communications, public relations and event programs. Before heading to the client side, Debbie began her career at a medical advertising and public relations agency. She holds a BA degree in public relations journalism from the University of Southern California.

David Dubin

David Dubin is Mr. January in the 2012 Colondar. In 1997, at age 29, Dave was first diagnosed with colon cancer. Given his symptoms and the history of colon cancer in his father and grandfather, he wasn’t surprised. After successful surgery and chemotherapy, he was cancer free until 2007, when he was diagnosed once again. After surgery number two, Dave tested positive for Lynch’s Syndrome, a genetic predisposition to colon and other cancers. In 2009, a third tumor was removed from his right kidney. In between surgeries, David participates as a volunteer and board member in a number of organizations, including his own foundation, AliveAndKickn. David is on the board of the Volunteer Center of Bergen County in NJ and Co-Chair of the Bergen Leads Alumni. David graduated from the Bergen division of Leadership NJ and the Board Training program, was formerly an elected official and was a board member of Community Blood Services in Paramus. Still an avid soccer player, David coaches his three sons. David’s family has also owned a ostomy medical product distribution business since 1982. David is frequently invited to speak about colon cancer on radio, at survivor events, and television.

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Marty Andrews

Marty was diagnosed with stage III rectal cancer in May of 2009 at the age of 33. Shortly after his diagnoses he learned of the Colon Club and finally felt like he was not alone. Seeing all the other people under 50 and reading their stores brought hope and a desire to fight his battle.  He vowed to himself that if he won his battle he would apply to be in the Colondar. Marty made good on his promise and applied to be in the 2014 Colondar. He was selected and featured as Mr. July.  The experience the Colon Club provided Marty was a sense of feeling “normal” again. Marty says that he can never repay the Colon Club for what they have given to him.  He feels very passionate about supporting the organization and giving someone else the same opportunity he feels so blessed to have received. In his professional life Marty has had a longstanding career in retail and is a Director of Loss Prevention and Risk Management. He is originally from the Seattle area but relocated to Southern California in 2002 where he still resides today.

Angie Laroche

Angie is Miss September in the 2011 Colondar, an experience she considers life-changing. In 2007, shortly after she was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer at the age of 40, an acquaintance told her they thought only older men got that kind of cancer. Angie thought so too — a misperception that caused her to live with uncomfortable symptoms for several years and made her feel very alone upon her diagnosis. Wanting to find someone to talk to who would understand, a family friend put her in touch with a former Colondar model and The Colon Club. It was a turning point. Angie has worked at Nike, Inc. for over 15 years and was part of a small team of employees who started a Nike Cancer Program, providing information, support and resources to Nike employees and their families touched by cancer. She is very passionate about helping her fellow employees in their cancer journeys and is very grateful to work for a company that is so supportive to this cause. She is an active advocate for early colon cancer detection for everyone, regardless of their family history and age, and she dreams of having a Colondar handed out to everyone under the age of 50 who is diagnosed, so they never have to feel alone. Angie lives in Newberg, Oregon with her husband Matt and son Cameron.

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Trudie McMaster

Trudie was welcomed to the world of colorectal cancer when her daughter Molly was diagnosed with Stage II colon cancer at age 23. Although Trudie had a polyp removed at age 32, she never knew that her family could be at risk as well. She has been Molly’s biggest supporter since the very beginning, when she drove an RV following Molly across the United States for Rolling to Recovery, Molly’s first big educational stunt – fondly calling it “my idle across America.” Back in the dark ages before Molly was born, Trudie ran a data processing office for the Town of Ledyard, CT. She has served on the Boards of Trustees of the Sparta United Methodist Church, Sparta, NJ, The Glens Falls Home, Glens Falls, NY and Mt. Grove Memorial Church, Huletts Landing, NY. Trudie is currently a Realtor with Select Sotheby’s International Realty, and is a specialist in Lake George properties as well as Glens Falls/Queensbury and surrounding areas. She is a moderator of The Colon Club’s message board and has hosted the annual Colondar photo shoot from the very beginning in 2004.

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Molly McMaster Morgoslepov

Molly is Co-Founder of The Colon Club. She was diagnosed with Stage II colon cancer on February 19, 1999 – her 23rd birthday. A former radio personality, Molly has dedicated her life to educating people, especially younger people, about colorectal cancer. She has inline skated across the country, carried the Olympic Torch, and told her story through hundreds of television shows, print articles, and speeches. Molly is the creator of the nationally-known Colossal Colon®, a 40-foot long, four-foot tall model of the human colon that has been traveling around the country since 2002 to educate people of all ages about colorectal cancer. She is also the recipient of numerous national awards for her extensive work in colorectal cancer education, including the Adirondack Athlete of the Year, the 2002 Rotary Citizen of the Year, the 2003 Colon Cancer Alliance “Voices” Award, the 2003 Colorectal Cancer Network “90 in 9” Advocacy Award, and the 2003 Sloan Kettering Tavel Resnik Award for excellence in cancer education. She served on the Board of Directors of the Colon Cancer Alliance from 2003-2005, and received a New York State Women of Distinction Award in 2006. In March of the same year, the “UHL Cross Checks Colon Cancer” project allowed Molly to hit the ice for the cause, playing ice hockey with all fourteen teams in the United Hockey League to raise more awareness. Molly lives in upstate New York with her husband and their two sons. She is the Group Health & Wellness Director at the Wilton Branch of the Saratoga Regional YMCA and plays ice hockey in her spare time.

Scott C. Paton

Scott became involved in The Colon Club after his wife, Kimberly Troisi-Paton, was diagnosed with Stage III colon cancer at the age of 35. Kim, Miss April in the 2007 Colondar, was extremely dedicated to raising awareness about colorectal cancer and raising funds for The Colon Club. Before her death in August 2007 from a recurrence, Kim was instrumental in supporting the 2008 Colondar, and she created Posterior Designs, The Colon Club’s line of greeting cards. Kim and Scott met at Cornell Law School, where he received a Doctor of Law degree, cum laude, in 1994 and served as the Special Projects Editor of the Cornell Law Review. Scott completed a clerkship with the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department, and practiced in the litigation department of DeGraff, Foy, Holt-Harris, Kunz & Devine, LLP before becoming a Principal at McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams, P.C. in 2003. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Albany County Bar Association, and the American Trial Lawyers’ Association. In addition, Scott has authored articles and given oral presentations in the field of labor and employment law, and is currently authoring various articles regarding recent court decisions and developments in the area of labor and employment law and civil litigation. He lives in Cohoes, New York with his and Kim’s two young children.

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Krista Waller

Krista Waller is President of The Colon Club’s Board of Directors and a HUGE colorectal cancer advocate. While previously working at a colorectal surgeon’s office, Krista put into operation the company’s passion to educate the community, as well as primary care physicians, about colorectal cancer. Her colon-related creativity is unmatched, and she is known throughout the community as “Colon Girl.” Krista consistently delivers new creative educational projects such as the Captain Colon cartoon series, “Wipe Out Colorectal Cancer” toilet paper, “Flush Out” Cancer & Other Diseases, and the in between innings game, Pluck the Polyp, at her local Frontier Baseball team, The Otters. Krista now volunteers for The Colon Club and is the “keeper of the colon,” CoCo the Colossal Colon, that is! Krista has assisted with the Colondar Photo shoot since 2007 and she lives in Evansville, Indiana, with her husband and her two daughters, where she is also on the Merit Commission for the Scott Township Fire Department.

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Chris Wills

Chris found The Colon Club’s website and the Colon Talk message board in the summer of 2009, shortly after his wife, Staci, was diagnosed with Stage III rectal cancer at age 32. Since her diagnosis, he’s been an advocate for colorectal cancer awareness and education, and he and Staci (Miss October in the 2012 Colondar) are active participants in the Get Your Rear in Gear series of 5K races. In his “day job,” Chris manages software and infrastructure projects for a large bank. He serves as The Colon Club’s treasurer and helps Sergei and others with the website when needed. Chris lives in Canfield, Ohio with Staci and their three children – Madeleine, Connor, and Murphy.