The Board of Directors of Molly’s Fund Fighting Lupus are dedicated to ending lupus. Their passion to help move our organization forward to support the mission and vision and make a difference for those with lupus is immeasurable. This commitment, knowledge, and expertise will continue to ensure the sustainability and vitality of the organization.
Molly McCabe co-founded Molly’s Fund Fighting Lupus after being diagnosed with lupus. She, her mother Debbie, and a group of committed volunteers are determined to improve the lives of people with lupus through increased awareness, earlier diagnosis, and peer support. Molly spends much of her time communicating with lupus patients to determine their most pressing needs…the needs that Molly’s Fund Fighting Lupus aims to fulfill.
Kris Linden Forzley began a long career of working with vulnerable children and their families in Chicago’s inner city schools. Moving to Portland in 1970, she started a family and did contract work for Portland Public Schools, assessing non-public schools to determine eligibility for Title 1 funding. In 1983 she joined her husband Mike Forzley to establish Young American, America’s Newspaper for Kids, as its editor. The 16-page tabloid-sized publication reached a national circulation of over 5 million and was recognized for excellence by the Educational Press Association (EDPRESS) and Parents Choice Awards. In 1993 she assisted Duncan Campbell and Mike Forzley as they began Friends of the Children (Friends), a unique program that employs professional mentors called friends to serve children who are at high risk for failure in schools. That year she recruited nearly 30 volunteer tutors to augment the services of Friends. She also helped write grants to Meyer Memorial Trust and the new federally-funded Americorps program. When Friends received both grants adding three more friends and 20 Americorps friends to the program, she became the program manager. She supervised the 26 friends who served 128 children. She transitioned to the national office of Friends of the Children before leaving the organization in 2000. In 2003 Mike and Kris joined Trillium Family Services to implement a proactive, preventative mentoring program, Family of Friends (FoF). As the program director, she matched volunteer individuals, couples and families with six- to nine-year-old children for mentoring relationships of a year or longer. The average length of match is nearly three years. Currently Kris is executive director of Faithful Friends, a program founded by Duncan Campbell that recruits volunteer Christians to mentor high risk children. The program is modeled after Family of Friends and began making matches in 2013.
Scott has built his business on only one thing – relationships. He started his career doing this as the Director of Guest Services for the Portland Trail Blazers. He has personally owned over 20 residential homes in the last decade. He has been a developer for Urban Sky Development and has held various positions such as sales, branch, and area manger within local mortgage companies. On a mission to change the way mortgage lending is completed and approached. Scott decided to create Root Mortgage. Scott’s vast experience as a mortgage professional, landlord and developer give him the tools to engage those he teaches. His passion for clients and knowledge of lending make him an asset to his clients and referral partners. Scott is a graduate of University of Portland and enjoys his time off with his wife Kristen and their four children!
Cathy Martine is a broker with The Hasson Company, where she is a member of the top producing Val Thorpe Team. She has been a Realtor in the Portland Metro area for over twenty two years. Cathy has served on the Molly’s Fund Board of Directors since the beginning, volunteering her talents for décor, design and staging as an active member of the Events Committee. Cathy has a family member with lupus.
Debbie McCabe has decades of experience in bringing together passionate people to make a difference in their community. She helped create the Children’s Relief Nursery, Children’s Justice Alliance, and Potluck in the Park. After her daughter, Molly, was diagnosed with lupus, she began Molly’s Fund Fighting Lupus. This organization is a way to bring awareness of lupus and its impacts on people who have the disease and their families to the general public. Debbie has a family member with lupus.
As a lupus patient and advocate, Anita brings passion and never ending support to others who have been diagnosed with lupus. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Communications & Journalism and over 30 years of experience in the media industry. Anita has been employed by The Chicago Sun Times, NPR Radio and ABC and NBC TV affiliates around the country. She is currently an active community member in the City of Portland, OR. She has served as a member of the Portland Police Department’s Use of Deadly Force and Performance Review Board and as a docent for The Oregon Symphony. In addition to her passion for lupus awareness, Anita has been very involved in the lives of at-risk-youth. This is demonstrated by her dedication as a foster parent in 3 states and working at The Girl Scouts of Oregon & Southwest Washington where Anita was the Program Manager of Girl Scouts Beyond Bars. This program at Oregon’s women’s prison, Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, reduced inter-generational incarceration. Anita was diagnosed with lupus in the state of Ohio and has had lupus for over 18 years. Anita currently is one of Molly’s Fund Fighting Lupus online moderators and also facilitates the monthly in person lupus support group. Anita is a lupus warrior!
Susan Payseno brings to Molly’s Fund Fighting Lupus more than 30 years of human resources and labor relations experience in both the private and public sectors. She was Vice-President of GPI, a management consulting firm in Eugene, OR, where she worked with a variety of wood products industry clients. Susan served in human resources and labor relations positions at several State of Oregon agencies. She is recognized for her knowledge of employee relations and her ability to develop strategies and solutions to client management issues. Susan holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from Portland State University and a Bachelor’s in Social Science from Western Oregon University. Susan is serving as a member of the Executive Committee for 2015 – 2017 term. She has led several employee relations compliance and best practices initiatives for Molly’s Fund. She continues to provide such guidance and direction in this area. Susan has a family member with lupus.
Pam has worked for over 25 years for Sierra Springs where she is a commercial coffee salesperson and route driver in the Portland and Vancouver, Washington area. She is affectionately known as “The Coffee Lady” to her customers, to whom she gives top notch service. As a founding board member of Molly’s Fund Fighting Lupus, she spends her time volunteering on events throughout the year. Pam is committed to ensuring that people with lupus know they are not alone. Molly’s Fund is here to answer questions and lend support. We are all in the fight together to build awareness and find a cure. Pamela has a family member with lupus.
Handyman Bob is a local radio personality whose show is heard throughout Oregon and most of Southern Washington. Using this platform, he frequently focuses attention on lupus, describing how Molly’s Fund Fighting Lupus is helping that community learn to deal with this insidious disease. In addition to his radio show, Bob was a licensed general contractor in the State of Oregon for 17 years. In 2012 he was asked to share his business skills as the co-chair of the newly formed marketing committee, a position he held through the end of 2013. In 2014 he was hired to fill the vacant position of Development Director, which he agreed to take on for the year. Although Bob had no direct involvement with lupus patients prior to heading up the marketing committee, he quickly saw the incredible need to provide accurate and easily understood information to the patients, the community at large, and even to the medical community. As well as using his radio show to further this effort, he frequently reaches out through his social media platforms and direct correspondence, as well. As an active member of the Home Builders Association, Handyman Bob has been very successful at recruiting his fellow residential contractors to offer up time, talent and treasure for fund raising and public awareness events in support of Molly’s Fund.
Kate Tomassene is a Vice President and Private Banker at the at US Bank’s Private Client Reserve in Portland. She provides personalized service for the day-to-day management her clients’ financial activities. Kate began her career in the banking and financial services industry in 1980. She was touched by Molly’s story and wanted to get involved to somehow help those fighting Lupus. She joined the board in 2013 and is very excited to be involved with such a wonderful and focused organization. Kate enjoys salmon fishing, spending time with family and friends and reading. She also serves on the Gresham-Barlow Education Foundation Board, who partners with businesses and the community to fund increased academic opportunities to help students be successful.
Carol is the Vice President – Relationship Banking Officer at Pacific Continental Bank and brings over 30 years’ experience working exclusively with financial institutions, with a solid track record in business development, sales, marketing and management. She thrives on finding the right solutions for each client and serving them with respect while delivering exceptional customer service. Carol works with a number of local businesses and has a passion for non-profit organizations and volunteering time. In addition to serving on the Board for Molly’s Fund Fighting Lupus. Carol also is involved with the following community organizations; Girls Inc. of Northwest Oregon – Marketing Committee; Cascade AIDS Project – Development Committee; Start Making a Reader Today – Gala Committee; and former Board Member of the Children’s Relief Nursery. Carol is a native of Portland, attended Portland State University and is a member of the University Club.