Pediatric Melanoma Leadership
The MRF’s Pediatric Melanoma Leadership is made up of two different groups: the Scientific Steering Committee and the Parent Steering Committee. These volunteers dedicate their time and efforts to advancing the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of pediatric melanoma.
Scientific Steering Committee
Cynthia Herzog, MD – MD Anderson Cancer Center
Whitney High, MD, JD, Eng – University of Colorado, Denver
Alberto Pappo, MD – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Krista Rubin, NP – Massachusetts General Hospital & Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation
Brittani Seynnaeve, MD – Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Vernon Sondak, MD – H Lee Moffitt Cancer Center
Parent Steering Committee
Orange County, CA
Collette lives in California with her husband Shane and their four children. In January of 2010, their son, Mason, was diagnosed with Stage IIIb nodular melanoma on his left cheek at the age of 3 and a half. He underwent many surgeries, Interferon treatments and facial reconstruction. He is currently NED. Collette’s full time job is raising her four children.
Dani is the wife of Jason and mother of three children: Alex, Skylar and Grace. Grace was diagnosed with Stage IIIc nodular and spitzoid melanoma in July 2010 at the age of 4. She had several surgeries and completed a year of interferon. Although she has numerous health issues, she remains NED. Grace is treated at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. In search of other pediatric melanoma families, and in an effort to spread awareness, the Jarrells created Grace’s Green Wagon, a Facebook support group. Grace spends her free time making crafts with her sister, playing video games and daydreaming.
Kailey’s son, Robby, was diagnosed with Stage IIIb melanoma in July 2014 at the age of 15 months. He underwent several surgeries and hospital stays and completed a year of Interferon at MD Anderson Cancer Center. He continues to be seen for regular x-rays, blood work and skin exams. Today, Robby is a healthy, active child who is currently NED.
Stephanie lives in Florida with her three sons. Her son, Isaiah, was diagnosed with melanoma in 2013 at the age of 3. He is currently NED continues to have regular checkups locally. Stephanie became an advocate after researching melanoma and seeing the surge in children diagnosed with pediatric melanoma. Stephanie is a middle school English teacher.
Cheryl’s son, Graham, was diagnosed in 2013 at the age of 9. He is currently a 8th grader. Graham has become active in melanoma advocacy, education and fundraising. he started the foundation Graham’s Gift and has raised over $100,000 for cancer research. He is one of 8 children. Graham enjoys hockey and lacrosse.