Board of Directors
President, Building Mind & Body, LLC in Missoula, Montana
Years on Board: 5
“Two and a half years ago, Camp came into my life. At that same time, my dad was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. During his treatment, I had a conversation with him about the opportunity to do something for kids with cancer. He perked up and said I had to do it. Many prayers where said asking for help in getting through his treatments and the future loss of my dad. My prayers were answered as I continue to help make Camp a special place for all who experience it.”
Vice President (& Former Camper, Volunteer & Summer Staff)
Managing Partner, Underriner Honda
Years on Board: 2
“For me Camp is home. It is a place where you can be yourself and be around people who understand you.”
Vice President, Commercial Lending, First Security Bank in Missoula, Montana
Years on Board: 3
“My father-in-law died of cancer. He lived his life as a servant. I donate my time because the mission at Camp is that of a servant with the goal of affecting peoples’ lives in a positive manner.”
Laurie Carter, M.D.
Camp Medical Director
Pediatric Hospitalist in Missoula, Montana
Years on Board: 3
"Ever since first volunteering at Camp in 2015, I have witnessed the amazingly positive impact that Camp has on kids similar to ones I see during my work as a pediatrician. Camp allows them the opportunity to 'get away from it all,' meaning the physically and emotionally painful aspects of having cancer. I feel honored to work with the wonderful Camp staff to create the environment that enables these special days at Camp."
Brian Abbott, M.D., M.B.A.
Hospitalist & Medical Director of Color Genomics, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee
Years on Board: 6
“I have been involved with Camp Mak-a-Dream as a volunteer camp physician since 2000. Serving the participants of Camp has been the highlight of every year since then. For everyone who attends Camp, it is a time of healing and renewal. There is no other place like it! Being involved with the board has been impactful, by focusing on the strategic direction of Camp’s programs and ensuring we continue to realize the vision of the founders.”
Customer Experience Director at ProAg, Minneapolis, MN
Years on Board: 5
"My mother, Janice Block, was a breast cancer survivor. Along her journey she showed and shared extraordinary determination, kindness, love and hope — attributes embodied and active at Camp. Serving Camp honors her and everyone affected by cancer, and all who support and share their courageous journeys."
Denise Cyzman, M.S., R.D.
Parent of a Former Camper
Executive Director, Kansas Association for the Medically Undeserved in Topeka, Kansas
Years on Board: 2
"I can easily see the smile on our 8-year-old son’s face as he left for Camp the first time and every time thereafter. Like nothing else, Camp gave him time and space to just be a kid. Later, Ryan volunteered and worked at Camp. Each and every camp experience impacted his life in different ways. Without a doubt, Camp Mak-a-Dream helped to shape him into the remarkable young man he is today."
Financial Advisor, Edward Jones, Missoula, MT
Years on Board: Joined in October 2019
"Cancer is everywhere and affects every person in some manner. My father is a testicle cancer survivor. My brother-in-law is also a nasopharyngeal cancer survivor. Their cancer journey's have affected so many in their community's and extended families. Their extraordinary determination and will to survive have inspired many people including myself. Camp's mission is to honor not only cancer survivor's, but everyone affected by cancer. Being on the board is one small way I can give back and I'm excited to work with an organization that empowers survivors and their families to live with and beyond cancer."
Christian Samson, PLLC, Missoula, MT
Years on Board: 1
“I joined Camp Mak-A-Dream’s board because the organization does so much good. Whether it’s a laugh or a tear-filled memory, Camp Mak-A-Dream’s volunteers support, befriend, and help bring joy to campers and their families during trying times. Cancer took my grandpa when I was a teenager. And it tried to take one of my best friends when he was a child; thankfully, he survived, he authored a cancer memoir about his journey overcoming cancer that has impacted thousands, and he continues to help children and their families fight cancer in the U.S. and internationally. As a director, I hope to help Camp Mak-A-Dream as well as the campers and families it serves, succeed long into the future.”
Stan Seagraves, M.D.
Internist & Hospitalist, Medical Director Hospitalist Program, Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Montana
Years on Board: 8
“The best part about Camp, and the reason I think it makes me a more-effective board member, is the time (all too short) that I get to volunteer as a physician at the Camp medical clinic. The clinic has amazing capabilities, its staff are fabulous, and the services it renders to the campers are priceless.”
Kylie Spandra, RN, BSN, CPN
Pediatric Oncology Nurse in Washington, DC
Years on Board: Joined May 2019
I found camp when I was a freshman in college and was feeling uncertain of my career choice in nursing. It took less than an hour volunteering in Gold Creek to know that camp was truly someplace special and I would be back. Fast forward six years and many roles at camp later, I now work as a pediatric oncology nurse and am pursing my passion further in nurse practitioner school. Camp impacts people in a way that is indescribable by creating a community of hope and companionship. After years of seeing the first-hand affect camp has on its participants, continuing to serve the community is an honor.