Meet The Board
Nora Timm has been a cancer survivor for over 20 years. A mother of seven, Nora cared for her husband of 30 years, who suffered for several of those years from Alzheimer's. Inspired by the financial assistance a family member received from Komak, Nora joined the board as a way to give back.
Now retired from Multnomah County Corrections and 911 Dispatching she volunteers at Shriners Hospital for Children and with Komak.
Rosemary McDermott is a nurse that has worked in the field of oncology for over 37 years. She currently works at Compass Oncology as a patient education and community outreach coordinator.
She has worked in Legacy Good Samaritan's Oncology inpatient units and outpatient clinics and as a Nurse Coordinator at Cancer Care Resources.
Having seen the firsthand effects that cancer and cancer treatment have on her clients, Rosemary appreciates the role Komak plays in assisting patients. When she was recruited to join the Board, she seized the opportunity to make an impact.
Lisa is a former elementary teacher with over 15 years in the classroom. While teaching, she also did volunteer work with various national and community non-profit organizations. After leaving the field of education, Lisa worked as the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator for Cancer Care Resources, a local non-profit assisting families and individuals affected by cancer. These past opportunities have provided Lisa with a great deal of experience in non-profit management. She is thankful for the opportunity to be involved with Komak. She sees this work as a way to honor loved ones that have faced the battle against cancer.
Greg Lint was born in Hillsboro, Oregon and is the president of Oak Knoll Winery and former Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Moonstruck Chocolatier. In July of 2001, Greg was diagnosed with late stages of Type "B" large cell lymphoma. The cancer was so widespread, doctors had little hope he would survive.
Greg's life was put on hold as he underwent high dose chemotherapy, surgeries, radiation and ultimately, a bone marrow stem cell transplant. Being a single male, he found there were no resources available to help him financially. After beating cancer, he joined Komak to help those going through the same experiences he endured. "Those people are me," says Greg.
DANIEL M. McCREATH
Daniel McCreath joined the Komak board in 2015. Born in Illinois, Daniel later graduated from the University of Michigan. His career in volunteer work was enhanced after receiving his Master of Divinity from McCormick Seminary in Chicago. He worked with non-profit and church-related community organizations, in various cities around the country. Later, Dan joined Merrill Lynch in Plano, Texas, moving to the Portland Merrill Lynch office in 1991. His entire family are now committed Oregonians. Dan was married to Mary, and they had two children, both of whom live in Oregon. Their daughter Robyn and her husband Justin have three children. Their son Chris, who is Dan’s partner at Merrill Lynch, is married to Christy and they have a daughter.
In late 2012, Dan's wife Mary was diagnosed with breast cancer. Following a barrage of treatments, her doctors were hopeful they had gotten all of the disease, but later recurrence led to ongoing treatments. While her prognosis was quite hopeful, the treatments eventually stopped working and we lost Mary in May of 2018. During her treatment, she became committed to the work that Komak does, helping to reduce financial trauma for so many patients. Dan and his family are committed to continuing their support of Komak in her memory.
Franchot Hutchinson, born in New York is a graduate of Colgate University. She comes to Komak with a long history of community involvement. As a teenager, she spent two summers living in St. Kitts and Barbados on a program called Operation Crossroads Africa which is a program that inspired John F. Kennedy to start the peace corps. Franchot also spent several years in San Francisco where she volunteered for PURR, Partners United for the Relief and Respite which helped families with 24 hour children in need.
As a child of two cancer survivors, Franchot joined Komak with a sense of personal involvement and love of the greater Portland community which has been her home since the early 90’s. With over 27 years of advertising and sales experience, Franchot loves to travel, spend time with her family and go wine tasting in the Willamette Valley.
Raymond Barrett Strasberg is a retired podiatrist recently relocated to the Portland Metro area from Dallas, Texas. Barrett’s former clinic treated patients with a variety of foot ailments including those suffering from issues as a result of cancer treatment. Working closely with these patients gave Barrett first hand exposure to the various financial strains cancer treatment places on individuals and their families. In addition to his medical experiences, Barrett also brings a great deal of knowledge in business and financial operations gleaned from his tenure managing his medical practice. Barrett’s family has been touched very directly by cancer over the years as both immediate and extended family members fought various forms of the disease. Barrett feels working with Komak is a worthwhile way to serve his community.
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