Board Members

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Ryan DuChene, Founder and President

Ryan DuChene co-founded Caddies 4 Cure in 2002 as an honor to his wife, Marci, who is winning the battle against MS. Ryan’s passion has led to extensive relationships with celebrities and athletes who have graciously volunteered their time and travel to participate in the organization’s events and fundraisers.

Ryan began his career at Nike in 1995 and has spent the past 15 years in Nike Golf Sports Marketing.

Ryan enjoys spending time with his family, including his wife and their two sons, Kaden and Landon. He also enjoys coaching youth sports, golfing and traveling/attending sporting events.

 

 

Kristi Peterson, Vice President of Operations and Marketing

As Operations and Marketing Director for Caddies 4 Cure, Kristi Peterson is responsible for the organization’s fundraising efforts including A Night to Chip In Casino/Auction Gala and the Celebrity Golf Classic.  She serves as the primary contact for the Oregon and SW Washington Chapters of the National MS Society and The Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel, working to optimize and execute charitable donations.  In addition, she served on the 2010 Oregon Chapter of the National MS Society scholarship review selection committee – and currently serves on the 2011 selection committee - in which she assists with sponsorship procurement and plans and manages board meetings and project timelines.

 

Prior to volunteering full-time for Caddies 4 Cure, Kristi spent five years at Nike Golf working as a Sports Marketing Specialist.  There, she planned and executed athlete appearances; coordinated hospitality for top customers and Nike personnel at the US Open, PGA Championship and Masters Golf Tournaments and implemented Nike Go, a golf initiative encouraging kids to get active and moving in the community.

 

Kristi is dedicated to making a positive impact through her philanthropic work.  She served on the 2002-2004 Casey Martin Award selection committees and the 2010 Carolyn Helman Lichtenberg Crest Award selection committee for Pi Beta Phi.

 

Kristi enjoys traveling, scrapbooking and shopping - and is an avid sports fan.  In 1997, she ran the LA marathon and founded the Nike Golf Club in 2002 to give Nike employees the opportunity to maintain an official USGA handicap, as well as provide tournament play once a month during the summer.  The club continues to thrive.

 

Kristi holds a BA in Broadcast Journalism with an outside emphasis in Marketing from Pepperdine University.

 

 

Lindsay Williams-Bjaranson, Vice President of Communications

Inspired by Ryan and Justin’s stories, Lindsay Williams-Bjaranson joined Caddies 4 Cure in 2008 as Communications Director to give their stories a voice and inspire others.  Two years later, her best friend was diagnosed with MS and Lindsay realized first-hand how the disease can affect anybody at any age, renewing her commitment to Caddies 4 Cure.

 

As Communications Director, Lindsay is responsible for planning and executing the organization’s communications strategy including coordination of press interviews with participating celebrities, managing media partnerships, writing press materials and directing the flow of A Night to Chip In presentations.  Prior to joining Caddies 4 Cure, Lindsay admits she didn’t know how to play golf or casino games – both key pillars of Caddies 4 Cure’s fundraising efforts.  Now, she plans media strategy in support of the events.

 

Lindsay is a communications manager at Nike.  Prior to Nike, Lindsay spent time in broadcast news and public relations.

 

Lindsay and her husband Adam stay active by trying to keep up with their two year old son, Cade. They have a daughter on the way in February. Lindsay enjoys hiking, running, visiting Farmers’ Markets, traveling and snuggling with her beagles, Murphy and Oden.

 

Lindsay holds a double major in Broadcast Journalism and Spanish from University of Oregon.

 

 

Sarah Hertzog, Vice President of Recruiting

Sarah Hertzog serves as Volunteer Director for Caddies 4 Cure where she recruits, trains and schedules volunteers while providing ongoing volunteer support.  She manages all volunteers for external events including Caddies 4 Cure Art Day at The Children’s Hospital at Emanuel Legacy and the annual MS Walk.

 

Sarah’s professional career has been focused on customer service.  She is currently employed by SSI Shredding Systems in Wilsonville, OR where she works part-time in customer service/parts support maintaining manufacturing schedules, providing customer quotes, troubleshooting customer issues and making proactive calls for continued business.  She is dedicated to supporting the company mission of maintaining loyal and satisfied customers.

 

Sarah remains active volunteering in the community, coordinating efforts the American Cancer Society Breast Walk, Adopt-a-Family programs, volunteering in her sons’ school and helps wherever possible.

 

Sarah enjoys the beauty and lifestyle of the Pacific Northwest. She is happiest spending time with family and friends – including raising her two boys, Isaac and Trenton.  She has a love for photography and can often be found snapping photographs of Oregon's natural landscape as well as family portraits.

 

 

Anna Wildish, Public Relations Director

Anna Wildish serves as Public Relations Director for Caddies 4 Cure.  She is responsible for the organization’s overall communications strategy including messaging development and media outreach.  In addition she creates content for marketing materials such as fact sheets, brochures, newsletters and press releases. She has been volunteering with Caddies 4 Cure in various roles since 2008, joining the team as a director in 2010.

 

Prior to joining Caddies 4 Cure four years ago, Anna spent seven years in Public Relations supporting the Microsoft account at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide. She grew up on the Big Island of Hawaii until she turned 18 and got “rock fever” (see Urban Dictionary).  She escaped to rainy Oregon and never looked back.  In her spare time, Anna enjoys reading, cheering on the Ducks, playing with her three kids, Jackson, Zachary, and Alexis, and sneaking away for the occasional date night with her husband, Brian.

 

Anna holds a BA in Journalism with a PR emphasis and a Minor in Business Administration from the University of Oregon.

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