Board of Directors

Michael Crask, President/ Founder


Founded Childhood Cancer Family Fund in 2018 to  help provide donations to the free Christmas shop for the families at Target House.

The former Executive Director of Anna Kate Wenz FIGHT Foundation from 2016-18. Helped raise and distribute  nearly $250,000 in goods, food and Christmas gifts to the families at St. Jude Hospital’s Target House.

Helped start the food pantry at Target House.

Retired Louisville, Ky Police Detective.

Betty Metzmeier, Vice President


Graduated high school  Holy Rosary Academy

Married 48 years to Jupe(Norbert) Metzmeier

Western Kentucky University Undergraduate Degree Elementary(K-8)/Special Education(K-12)

Western Kentucky University Graduate Degree Reading Specialist


Retired JCPS Classroom Teacher Special Education and Primary School Team Lead

Voted to First JCPS Elementary SBDM Council Member Greenwood Elementary

National Alliance Restructuring Education participant

Pritchard Committee Member representing JCPS

Officer for the Max Gilpin Beat The Heat Foundation prior to Norton'sKosair

Michelle Kamber, Treasurer


Married to David Kamber for 31 years.   Mom of Tori and Zach and grandmother of Clayton.   Works as a legal assistant. 

Lives in Louisville, Ky 

Amanda Crask


Amanda previously served on the Board of Directors of Anna Kate Wenz FIGHT Foundation where she worked directly with St. Jude Hospital’s Target House .

Teaches 4th grade in Louisville.

Nina Messina,


Teri Crask


Teri is an MRI Tech and worked  for many years caring for pediatric cancer patients at Kosair Children’s Hospital. 

She is a volunteer for the Max Gilpin Beat The Heat Foundation and was a volunteer for Anna Kate Wenz FIGHT Foundation.

She has been married to her husband Michael for 29 years and has two children, Amanda and Nick.

The family has 3 dogs, Apollo, Dixie and Josie.

Cindy McElduff

I have lived my entire life in Choudrant, Louisiana. I have been married to Walter for 27 years and

I have lived my entire life in Choudrant, Louisiana. I have been married to Walter for 27 years and we have 4 children, Mason, Dylan, Evan, and Carmen. In September 2015 my son Dylan was diagnosed with pure cell Germinoma of the brain. He was sent to St. Jude and we lived in the Target House for the five months he was in treatment. I am honored and humbled to serve on the board and to give back to a place that gave us so much.

Karen Schmitt


Recently retired after a 30-year career as a Sales Manager at iHeartMEDIA, Karen now serves as Marketing & Advertising Director at Schmitt Furniture Company in New Albany, IN.  Support for Kosair Children’s Hospital and fundraising for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have been a priority and a passion over the past 20 years, including multiple trips to visit the hospital during Country Cares for St. Jude seminars.  Married with three children and six grandchildren, Karen enjoys spending time with family and friends, supporting local fundraising events, working out and traveling.  She is a native of Louisville but resides in Floyds Knobs, IN (husband won the coin toss).  She attended the University of Louisville, has been a member of Southeast Christian Church for four years and grateful for the opportunity to give back to this organization and other meaningful causes. 

Ron Messina


Secretary, Christa Hopper


Hi! I am Christa Hopper, I reside in Martin, TN with my family. I have been blessed with four children and a wonderful husband. I have a passion for helping others and helping make a difference. I have been involved in other non-profit organizations and I am excited to be a part of the Childhood Cancer Family Fund.

Angie Miller


Property Manager in New Albany, MS. Married to Jody Miller,  2 sons Blake and Jayden. Previous Nonprofit work: 3 years with AKFF, 20 years with Relay for Life and Walk of Hope, 5 years with American Heart Association,  15 years Rotary International

Kayla Browning


Kayla is an Event Manager at the Louisville Marriott Downtown where she plans and executes events. She has been involved in putting together event for several nonprofit galas at the Marriott such as American Red Cross, Norton Children’s Hospital Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and American Heart Association. 

When she isn’t working, she loves going on walks with her puppy Nova and spending time with her family and friends. 

Ollie Jones


Ollie has 12 years experience in Real Estate and is the Principal Broker for Ollie Brown Realtors.  She is currently Co-director of Programs for the WCR and helps with the Entertainment Coordinating for South Park Country Club.  Number 9 out of 10 kids in a large Catholic Family and is married with 7 children and 6 grandchildren.  In 2017 she was fortunate enough to hike 180 miles in Spain for 10 days with her business partner, Melissa Doggett in order to prepare them for there real world journey together.  She loves helping others, hiking, organizing fun events and making people laugh, but she can't sing a lick.  

Support Staff

Volunteer Coordinator


My name is Michele Crockett. I have a BS in Elementary and Special Education, and a MED in school guidance counseling. During the 25 years I worked in education I served on various commitees and was an elementary  school counselor.

Presently I am retired! 

In 2008 my son, Max Gilpin, died of an exertional heat stroke. After his death I felt it was neccessary to bring more awareness to heat illnesses so I created the nonprofit, The Max Gilpin "Beat the Heat" Foundation. We worked to raise funding for education and supplies that would support sports teams in the treatment of heat related illnesses. After 3 years it was decided to dissolve our foundation and join with Children's Hospital Foundation which supports Norton Children's Hospital.We now have a Max Gilpin Beat the Heat Fund set up under the Children's Hospital Foundation. We have one major fundraising event per year in August that not only helps The Max Gilpin Fund but also other areas of Norton Children's Hospital. I continue to have a school couselor's "heart", and am excited to be given the opportunity to help these families during their battle with childhood cancer.

To volunteer  contact Michele at


Bruce Dyal

Development Director

Bruce is the Operations Manager at River City Distributing in Louisville, Ky. He has worked at River City for over 21 years. In the past 10 yearsBruce has worked to help raise over $150,000 for St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital through River City's annual St. Jude Golf Scramble. He is also an organizer of an annual Dare to Care Food Bank Drive at River City. He is a proud military veteran. Bruce has been married to his lovely wife Melissa for 22 years,and has two children and one grandchild.