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 were 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Wendy is a licensed commercial real estate broker at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, focusing on investment sales, owner/user sales, land sales and buyer representation in the office and industrial markets. She partners with her husband, David Hill, who has more than 30 years’ experience in commercial real estate. Wendy graduated cum laude from Willamette University with a BA in Economics, and is a native Oregonian. Outside of work, she enjoys running, playing tennis, volunteering in the community, and spending time with her husband, two daughters, and golden doodle, Freddy.
Greg Dardis has held many positions and taught at Marylhurst since 2003, primarily in the areas of environmental health sciences. He is also an adjunct professor at Portland State University teaching classes in leadership, sustainability education, political ecology, agrarianism and local food systems. Greg is currently a board member and chair of the Conservation Committee of the Columbia Land Trust, a non-profit organization devoted to innovatively conserving wildlife habitat, working farm and forestlands in the lower Columbia Basin. Greg is very interested in the medical field’s research in autoimmune diseases and how to best translate this information to the general public.