Who We Are
Let us introduce you to the 1 Million 4 Anna Foundation Board, all with boundless passion and commitment. Carefully assembled and armed with many skill sets, we believe that the Board has the personal and professional experience necessary to fight and win against Ewing sarcoma.
Board Of Directors
Carol is Anna’s Mom, and co-founder of The 1 Million 4 Anna Foundation. She grew up in central Illinois and graduated from Millikin University in Decatur.After her first career in marketing and sales, Carol focused on her favorite job as Patrice and Anna’s Mom. She is committed to completing the battle Anna started with Ewing sarcoma. Her compassion and energy drive the efforts of the foundation.
David is Anna’s Dad, and co-founder of The 1 Million 4 Anna Foundation. Like his wife, David grew up in Illinois and graduated from Millikin University. He currently serves as Vice President of Sales for Systemware, Inc. David’s passions include golf, basketball, and a strong desire to find a cure for Ewing sarcoma (fulfilling the mission of the foundation). He also has a passion for several decades of indie rock, which he passed on to Anna.
Patrice is Anna’s one and only sister/sibling (or “Iss,” as Anna called her), despite the fact that Anna’s Facebook has seven people listed as “sisters.” Patrice graduated with a degree in Communications from William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri in 2012. She now resides in Columbia, MO. Anna is Patrice’s hero, and she is proud to carry on Anna’s legacy of changing lives through the work of the Foundation.
Susie joined the Board in spring of 2015. Susie is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a BBA in Accounting. She began her career with KMPG Peat Marwick in Auditing. She currently provides various accounting services as an independent contractor. Susie is married to Rob Bodnar and stays very busy with their three children.
Ron is the Chief Financial Officer for Systemware, Inc., and brings his unlimited energy and focus to the 1 Million 4 Anna Board, where he serves as the director of our Financial Advisory Team. Ron graduated with a BBA in Finance from Texas Christian University and an MBA from the University of Dallas. He and his wife, Andrea (David’s cousin), are parents to three children. Ron stays busy with the kids’ sports and activities, family outings, and serving on the Board of Trustees for Parish Episcopal School.
Mark is the President and Founder of Firehouse, a nationally renowned branding and advertising agency headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Mark and his agency were the creators of the original “1 Million 4 Anna” idea, an initiative to create and collect one million prayers for Anna in her fight against Ewing sarcoma. The accompanying website, which launched in April of 2010, hit its 1,000,000 prayer milestone on June 1, 2011. Mark is married to Susan Hall and they are dear friends and next-door neighbors of Carol and David. Mark and Susan have three children, who they like to think of as the little sister and brothers that Anna never really wanted.
Kitty joined the Board in the spring of 2014. Kitty earned a degree in Physics from Purdue University and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She and her husband Mike are active pediatric cancer advocates. Kitty is Mom to Evan, and Lauren, who battled Ewing sarcoma for 7 years before her fight ended in December 2016.
Pam joined the Board in the summer of 2016, after her 10 year old son, Zachary, completed treatment for Ewing sarcoma. Pam is a CPA and works at Sandspoint Capital Advisors in Irving, TX, where she provides fund administration and consulting services for Private Equity / Real Estate clients. She graduated from Penn State University with a BS in Accounting. Pam and her husband Jonathan, also have a daughter, Hailey. The entire family is committed to giving back to the pediatric cancer community.
Dan Basso is the President and CEO of Systemware, Inc. and the President of Systemware Professional Services, Inc. Systemware, founded in 1981, provides enterprise content management software products and services to a worldwide client base. Systemware Professional Services was founded in 1991 to provide application development and general IT consulting services. Dan’s early career included ten years at Frito-Lay, The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, and LTV Corporation.
Dan serves on the Board of Directors at TBancshares and RDAC Inc. He previously served on the Regional Board of Young Life, the council of All Saints Catholic Church, The Board of Directors at Holy Trinity Seminary, and the Advisory Board of SMU Catholic Campus Ministries. Dan and his wife, Cathy, live in Dallas, near their two children and six grandchildren.
Dan Cooke retired in 2002 after thirty-six years in the information technology industry. His career began with 17 years at IBM in sales and systems engineering management. Then on to PepsiCo for 15 years, where Dan was a senior IT executive in the Frito-Lay division and VP/Chief Information Officer for Pizza Hut division. With Dal Tile for six years, Dan was VP/CIO, until retiring in 2002. Dan and his wife, Brenda, reside in Dallas. They have three children and two grandchildren.
Chick Young’s distinguished career in information technology industry included aerospace, banking and healthcare software and systems development. Chick partnered in the founding and development of several companies and played a hands-on role in the design, development and implementation of industry changing software. Chick served on the Jesuit College Prep Board for twelve years (10 years as Chairman) and currently serves on the Prince of Peace School Advisory Committee, and is chairman of the school Finance Committee. Chick and his wife, Dianne, reside in Plano, near their three children and three grandchildren.
Past Board Members
Susan Hall (Served from 2011 - 2015)
Susan is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, and had both a career in consumer product sales with Johnson & Johnson and a career in advertising with The Richards Group. She is now the COO of the Hall family’s busy household in her hometown of Dallas. When not chauffeuring the children all over town, Susan enjoys running, yoga, family gatherings, art, and friends. Susan brings laughter and her heart to every board meeting and foundation endeavor.
Medical Advisory Board
Dr. Stephen Skapek, MD
Dr. Stephen Skapek is the Director of the Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, and the Director of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Medical Center.
Dr. Skapek graduated from the Duke University School of Medicine and completed his pediatric residency at the Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas. Fellowships at the Harvard Medical School’s Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Children’s Hospital followed.
Dr. Skapek came to UT Southwestern and Children’s from the University of Chicago where he had carried out basic cancer and developmental biology research in his own laboratory and played a major role in expanding the training program in pediatric hematology-oncology. Prior experience includes faculty positions at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and the University of Tennessee Heath Science Center.
Dr. Skapek serves as a steering committee member of the Children’s Oncology Group Soft Tissue Sarcoma Committee and is a member of the American Association of Cancer Research, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the American Society for Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.
Patrick J. Leavey
Patrick Leavey graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1986. He spent 4 years in Ireland as a junior house officer (Internal Medicine and Pediatrics) and 2 years at Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth, Western Australia as a pediatric registrar. Then he came to the US to do a pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship at The Children’s Hospital Denver and University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 1992.
In 1998, Dr. Leavey joined the pediatric faculty at UT Southwestern Medical Center, where he is currently an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and a Pediatric Oncologist at the Children’s Medical Center (CMC) Dallas.
During his years of training Dr. Leavey became a member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and a Diplomate of Child Health from the National University of Ireland. He is also subspecialty board certified in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology by the American Board of Pediatrics.
Currently Dr. Leavey holds several leadership positions both regionally and nationally in areas of education, research and administration.
Scott N. Furlan, MD
Dr. Furlan is exploring new potential therapies for graft vs. host disease (GVHD), the most common complication of bone marrow transplant, at the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research at Seattle Children's Research Institute. The research is exploring two directions, the first using genomic analysis to find new potential drug targets for GVHD, and the second is using cellular immunotherapy with immunosuppressive T regulatory cells to help mitigate the effects of GVHD. Dr. Furlan spent a year as an attending physician at the Children's Hospital of Orange County in Irvine, CA and Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, Irvine prior to his move to Seattle. Dr. Furlan was a Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellow at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas from 2009 - 2012. After earning his MD from USC's Keck School of Medicine in 2006, he completed a residency in pediatrics at Children's Medical Center. He is a determined researcher committed to examining the field of malignant diseases, placing emphasis on children's cancers, and treated Anna during her battle with Ewing sarcoma.
Julie Meyer, RN
Julie is a pediatric oncology nurse at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas while Anna was in treatment, She is now taking time off to raise her growing family. She grew up in Dallas before attending the University of Texas in Austin where she earned her Bachelors Degree in Nursing. Julie was treated for bacterial meningitis at Children’s as a child, which sparked her initial desire to become a nurse. During high school, Julie had two friends treated at the Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders at Children’s, which further grew her passion for kids with cancer. She was fortunate enough to meet and care for Anna throughout her treatment in the outpatient clinic.
Joanie Scott, RN
Joanie is a nurse and mother of four with a special interest in pediatric services and children’s health. She received her BA in Psychology from Purdue University, her BS in Nursing from the University of Texas in Arlington, and her MBA from UT – Dallas. She is also a family friend of the entire Basso family. She was reminded of her love of nursing and caring for others as she both cared for Anna and watched Anna touch the lives of friends, family and health care providers around her. Joanie recently returned to hands-on nursing. Honored to be part of the mission against Ewing sarcoma, she will be an integral part of the Medical Advisory Board.
Susan Mitchell, RN
Susan received her BSN, RN from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Her nursing career includes work at Baylor University Medical Center in Coronary Care and Emergency Medicine. She was a Paramedics Instructor for University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Dallas in the 1980's. Her other career has been raising three children, with husband, Mike: Kyle, now a surgery resident; Jeff, an analyst for an investment bank; and Kristen, an RN at MDAnderson. "I love the Bassos and all they represent!"
Financial Advisory Board
|Ron Denheyer (CFO, Systemware, Inc.)
||Greg Weigle (CEO, Cyber Financial Solutions)
Legal Advisory Team
Loretta Keller and Jeff Stark
Keller & Stark, Attorneys and Counselors
Fundraising/Event Planning Team
|Mary Beth Berry
|| Jay Smith
Communications/Social Media Team