About Us

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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Mitche Graf

Mitche Graf

Best-selling author, lifestyle entrepreneur, internationally- renowned business speaker, former All-American Track & Field athlete, and Daddy-of-Three Mitche Graf has been a passionate serial entrepreneur for over 25 years, dangling his toes into the ponds of many intriguing industries along the way.

From selling used bicycle parts out of his garage in the seventh grade to running three companies today, he has prided himself on knowing how to squeeze every drop of potential out of his endeavors.

Over the past three decades, Mitche has created two award-winning restaurants, a bustling internationally-known catering & events company, a national spice manufacturing business with over 4000 accounts, a photography studio, a cribbage board manufacturing company, an award-winning limousine business, a portable hot tub rental business, a drive-through espresso company, an educational products company, an athletic fitness testing corporation, and even a nightcrawler company.

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In the middle of all this, he also was given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become the President of Business Operations for an affiliate of the world champion San Francisco Giants baseball team.

Having started, built, and successfully operated numerous enterprises in a multitude of industries has taught him a simple truth: the same basic business principles apply, regardless of the arena you may play in.

As an educator and motivational speaker, Mitche’s high-voltage seminars and workshops have been delivered around the world to over 75,000 people in 9 countries and nearly every state in the U.S., and his techniques have resulted in over $1,000,000,000 in sales from his innovative ideas. His cutting-edge articles and columns have appeared in the pages of business trade magazines such as Rangefinder, PPA Magazine, Limo Digest, Chauffer Driven, Image Maker, and Fresh Cup Magazine, as well as many online marketing sites and blogs.

He is passionate about the outdoors and laughing, playing guitar, reading, listening to great music, cooking and eating, drinking good wine, taking a tremendous amount of time off to chill, and most importantly, spending time with his family.

Mitche lives in a small country town in Oregon with his wife Tami and their three small children Jaycee, Colton, and Sierra, Tilly & Delilah the Dogs, Coral the Hermit Crab as well several hundred guppies (names not important).

He spends much of his time looking for ways to work smarter, not harder, so he can spend more time doing and enjoying the things in life that are most important to him.

He believes that EVERY DAY IS A SATURDAY with the right attitude, and this perspective inspires him to wake up every day with a sense of excitement and enthusiasm to live his life by design.

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.

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Mike Neumann

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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!

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Stacey

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