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Recent Staff Additions at Cancer Services – June 2023

Cancer Services is pleased to share that we have recently added new staff members to the team. Please join us in warmly welcoming the following people:

Regina Cannaday
Community Engagement Coordinator

Hi, I’m Regina! I came to Cancer Services after almost ten years as CEO of Bounce Back of Indiana in Fort Wayne, IN.  I launched and led a faith-based nonprofit organization with a mission to temporarily assist families experiencing unexpected financial crisis. We helped families who made too much by government standards, yet still needed short term help to bounce back to self-sufficiency. I have an associate’s degree in Biblical Studies from Christian Training Center. My husband of 36 years David and I have spent our lives together devoting our time, talents and treasures to building churches, families, and friends. We invest in extended family celebrating and encourage each other in our journeys, holidays, and milestones. I love walking outdoors, golfing, volunteering at church, eating chocolate, and watching good comedies.

I am passionate about Cancer Services and helping people when life throws them a “sucker punch” through no fault of their own.  Cancer is a devastating punch, but CSNI empowers people with compassion and opportunities to take back their quality of life from diagnosis to survivorship! Life is not meant to be done alone and CSNI is a partner to rely on.

Loren Hayes
Director of Donor Impact

Greetings! I’m Loren, and I have 17 years of experience in the non-profit sector with two different youth development organizations. I have primarily played an administrative role over that time doing a variety of tasks ranging from donations processing, building and vehicle maintenance management, and travel arrangements to program development, office management, and general HR duties. I graduated from Mesa State College (now Colorado Mesa University) in Grand Junction, Colorado with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration.

A native of Colorado, I’ve been living in Fort Wayne since March 2019, and my wife of 30 years is a Client Advocate at Cancer Services since August 2022. I guess you could say we were meant to serve people in this community who are dealing with cancer. We have one adult son who travels full time and works with a live production company. Outside of work, I enjoy the outdoors by hiking, camping, or kayaking. I also enjoy playing the piano.

I strongly value knowing the things I set my hands to truly make a difference in the lives of others. I have heard stories, read testimonials, and watched firsthand at our offices the difference that Cancer Services is making with those battling cancer.

Brittany Oldfather
Development Specialist

Hey, I’m Brit! I have an associate’s degree in Human Services from Iowa Central Community College and am working on my bachelor’s degree in Social Work at Indiana University Fort Wayne. Prior to Cancer Services, I worked at Bowen Center as a community mental health and addictions skills coach. I was drawn to work at Cancer Services because I intimately understand the experience of facing cancer.

After an aggressive breast cancer diagnosis, my nurse navigator referred me to Cancer Services. I did and still do hold a deep appreciation for the support CSNI provided to me during that time. I am thrilled to be part of a team that is a source of happiness and peace during such a stressful time for so many people.

When I’m not working or studying, I love spending time with my son Xavier and two fur sons Osirus and Sushi. I also play video games, craft, write, and garden.

Sara Shultz
Client Advocate

Hey there, I’m Sara! I am so excited to join the staff at Cancer Services after working here as an intern to complete my degree requirements! I recently graduated from Manchester University with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work, and I’m now attending Indiana University Fort Wayne to obtain my master’s degree in Social Work. I am passionate about helping people with cancer because I lost one of my sisters to cancer about a year and half ago. Working at Cancer Services has been a fulfilling and rewarding way to help our clients in ways that I couldn’t help my sister when she was sick.

I like spending time with my parents, two older sisters, and my two nieces who are six and nine years old. I also read, listen to music, tend to my houseplants, and hang out with my dog Murphy.

Lauren Richwine
Director of Wellness and Education

Hello, I’m Lauren! For the past decade I have worked as both an entrepreneur and a freelance writer/photographer creating meaningful content for local organizations and businesses, various publications, and an international app. I am an ongoing regular contributor to Bella Grace Magazine, one of the top selling women’s publications available in Barnes & Noble. Previously my work has been published in The Sun, MaryJane’s Farm, The Secret Place, and The Fort Wayne Reader. As part of the final graduating class from Taylor University Fort Wayne, I graduated with a BA in Professional Writing.

My two daughters and I are happily nested in the 07 in Fort Wayne, coincidentally just a few blocks away from where I spent a large chunk of my childhood. My oldest daughter, Aria, participates in the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir and can often be found zipping around the street in her roller skates or climbing trees. My youngest daughter, Willa, loves slow days spent at home, goofy dancing, and has an uncanny ability to smell the chocolate I ate without her. I enjoy reading broadly (especially classic literature!), horseback riding, watching Survivor, making soup, and hiking at Eagle Marsh or any of ACRE Land Trust’s many trails.

From a young age I was drawn toward challenging spaces that provided opportunities to make a meaningful difference. I believe in empowering others (and myself) to experience the wonder that can be found even in daily life and that we all need someone to walk alongside us, especially when we are suffering or navigating a painful part of life’s path. I look forward to meeting you and I’m grateful to Cancer Services for bringing me on board to serve the community in this capacity!