About Us

Baron Robison, Executive Director of Kickin' Cancer wearing a pink shirt for breast cancer awareness

Baron Robison

Executive Director

In Dec 2015 I found out my sister, Brenda Farris, had been diagnosed with Breast Cancer. She was in Mesa, AZ and I was in Salem, OR so my ability to support her like I wanted just wasn’t realistic. When I knew she was doing better and could come visit for Christmas 2017 I was so excited. Seeing her that Christmas was so great. We talked about how she was battling her cancer, the diet changes she had made and the exercise routine she was doing. Then she flew home. In Jan I heard about this fun event called the Warrior Dash, a trail run obstacle course outside of Canby. Over the course of the next few months I managed to rally 42 of my co-workers at Costco to do this with us and get Brenda’s story on KGW news (the link for that is still on HelpTeamBrenda.com). The look on Brenda’s face to see all of these people she had never met put on a “pepto pink” shirt and get muddy was so great. It warmed my heart to be able to support her, finally.

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Laura McSweeney - Board President

Laura McSweeney

Board President

I am a native Oregonian where I raised three sons and am now a grandmother to three granddaughters and one grandson. I’ve worked in the private sector, owned and operated businesses here and most recently (14 years) worked in emergency management with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) for whom I have led over 40 responses to disaster declarations across our nation and territories. As a leader overseeing multiple teams and programs poised to bring much needed assistance to local communities and individuals, I have learned that preparedness and mitigation are our key to the first lines of defense against known and unknown disasters. Cancer is a disaster, and our first line of defense is to arm ourselves with knowledge and secondly, to empower ourselves to take action to protect our lives and those we love against cancer. I, like many of you, have lost loved ones to this horrible disease and I want to be part of the effort that works to educate and inspire each of us to take action to prevent cancer from invading our bodies.  

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Jesse Wilson

Secretary/Treasurer

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Jon Abbott - Board Member

Jon Abbot

Deeply rooted in Oregon, Jon is always the first to jump in where he’s needed the most.

Jon is a volunteer at the Salem hospital on the oncology floor as a patient advocate, assisting to provide patients and their family’s comfort and care.

With the loss of Jon’s mother in 2010 to lung cancer and his brother to throat cancer only a few years later, Jon is fighting to help those affected by this disease.

Jon is a local realtor, in the Salem and surrounding areas. Following 15 years as a union LE Electrician. In his free time, Jon can be found with friends, family, his son Logan and his beloved dog, Jackson enjoying a nice fire, golfing or exploring the Pacific Northwest.

Stop by and see Jon at Kicking Cancer’s events. He’s always there to make everyone’s day better with great conversation and sense of humor.

Stacey

Stacey Ann

Stacey Ann comes to us from Gentry, Arkansas. However, she is a Salem girl graduating from Sprague High School. Her parents owned a small business in Salem for many years. She moved away to pursue her degree in Sociology and Human Services. Now empty nesters, Stacey Ann and Terry have returned to the Pacific Northwest.

Along with being a mother of two boys and three girls, she has also blessed with three granddaughters and one grandson and a fifth grand treasure on the way. Stacey Ann has also devoted a great deal of her time to fostering several children adopting her youngest.

Having been in the broadcasting and media profession for over 30 years, Stacey Ann has helped to organize and produce local talk shows and news broadcasts and has been a true leader in her community.

Stacey Ann is passionate about LIFE, her family and her country. With her deep love for God, she traveled to Mexico in 1987 & 2011 on a short term mission trips. She has also traveled with Answer the Call International in 2013 to serve on a short-term mission to India.

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Stacey Ann worked for American Cancer Society from 2000-2004 with the Tobacco Free Kids Network on passing indoor smoke free air initiatives with great success. Through state legislative work, community organizing and ballot initiatives South Dakota is now known as an indoor smoke free state, reducing the impact of cancer through tobacco use and second hand smoke.

Stacey Ann has also served on various nonprofit boards and political campaigns over the years, the most noted being the “Vote Yes for Life” Board as South Dakota attempted to end abortion in 2006 and 2008. She has been recognized by the South Dakota Right to Life as being the South Dakota Humanitarian of the Year. She is a member of the National Life Runners Team spreading the message of LIFE in local and national walks & races. She served as the Honorary Commander with the 28th Medical Supply group at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, South Dakota. When not in the studio or out in the community serving, you will most likely find Stacey and Terry riding their motorcycle exploring the beautiful sites and people of Oregon.

Claire Juran

Claire Juran

Claire was born in 1997 in Salem, Oregon to Kyle and Becki Juran and raised in Keizer, Oregon. She is the youngest of four, with a twin brother. She grew up in the Salem/Keizer school district and graduated from McNary High School, Class of 2015. She was involved in leadership her junior and senior years as the junior class representative and the senior class president.

She grew up enjoying her off time playing tournament softball and club swim team. Claire has grown up in the construction and interior design trades, but finally committed her career to the industry in 2018.

She works full time as an Interior Design Consultant for her dad’s company, Remodeling by Classic Homes in Keizer. Claire is involved with the Keizer Chamber and volunteers within her community. She has many hobbies, that include gardening, cooking, baking, playing with her bunnies and cat, and spending time with her family and friends.

Mike Neumann - Board Member

Mike Neumann

I’m a quiet kind of man with a passion for bringing education on healthy options to as many people as possible. This is my “WHY” for being on the board of We Are The Solution Kickin’ Cancer.

About 10 years ago a series of unfortunate circumstances came into my life in the guise of a mental health issue for a loved one. During this time, I became a Certified Trainer for anxiety and depression. It is estimated that 80-90% of our health is mental. What we think we become… We must work diligently to have control over our thoughts and to put our trust in the Lord.

I also have done extensive research in what we eat and the disease that can be credited to many of the processed foods that are easily made available worldwide. Having spent 38 years in the financial services industry. I bring this knowledge and experience to the board, helping keep us true to our mission and goals.

This background in fiscal responsibility, leadership, team building, planning, teaching, training, administration, and accountability brings an added bonus to our Board of Directors. I am honored to be a part of this organization.

Robin Paulissen

Robin Paulissen

Hi! I am Robin Paulissen, I am excited to be one of the new Board member at We Are The Solution Kickin’ Cancer. I little about me: I currently work for the Oregon State Police as a Operations & Policy Analyst. I have 30 years of a law and finance background.

Why this organization is so important to me is that I am a 3-year breast cancer survivor. During this COVID pandemic my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and her brother (my uncle) died of lung cancer. Educating society to create a world preventing cancer is my dream!

I am the Director of Pathways, a division of Kickin’ Cancer, which supports the youth in the families having a cancer-stricken member. These youth usually step back so that the family member with the receives the need attention. These youth need support through this time also. Pathways volunteers come in as a mentor, support, and/or friend and assist the youth I what they need at the moment. Volunteers are there to show that they are important and that they may create their lives even going through their family challenges.

Pathways is looking for volunteers to come and join us working with these youth. Come and be a part of this amazing program!