Board of Directors
With more than 200 years of experience, our Board of Directors is a balanced group of professionals with vast experience and knowledge. The Board is comprised of 13 different industries, including nonprofit management, medical, consulting, child development, trauma counseling, art therapy, psychology, pharmaceutical, marketing, managing, meeting and event planning and sales. This diversity brings a broad perspective to the vision, the needs and growth representing the overall mission of Along Comes Hope®.
Lisa Stefan, PCC
Lisa Stefan is the founder of Mojo Associates – a coaching and training consulting firm.
Lisa is an accomplished coach and trainer who champions people to discover and leverage their full potential. She excels at providing inspired development to high-performing professionals who are looking to bring their careers or their businesses to the next level. Currently, she coaches and trains clients across multiple industries and specializes in career transition, leadership, sales and communication skills.
She is also passionate about working with younger clients and donates a percentage of her time to coach teens and young adults and to speak for student groups and associations.
Lisa has more than 15 years of experience working in the government, insurance and pharmaceutical sectors. Prior to founding Mojo Associates in 2007, she worked as a senior director with Sepracor, Inc., a research-based pharmaceutical company.
Lisa holds a dual B.A. in Communication and Spanish from the University of New Mexico, with an emphasis in Interpersonal Communication and Public Speaking. Post-graduation, Lisa earned recognition from Toastmasters International and a Professional Certified Coach credential from the International Coaching Federation. Several leading companies, such as Wilson Learning, Achieve Global and the Ken Blanchard Companies have also certified Lisa to deliver numerous and notable management and leadership programs.
Kent Braniff – Senior Bone Health Specialist, Amgen, Inc.
With more than 20 years of experience working in sales and training in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry, Kent Braniff currently serves as Senior Sales Specialist in the Bone Health Division of Amgen. Kent’s previous work includes experience in sales and marketing with industry leading companies Merck, Purdue Pharma and Sunovion.
Kent has spent the last several years on the Board of Directors for Hope School District Educational Foundation. The Foundation has raised thousands of dollars to support technology, computers, science materials and enrichment programs in art, physical education and music. He has been active with the Santa Barbara Hospice Foundation, Relay of Life and A Ride for Three Reasons, as well as actively involved in coaching and fundraising for AYSO, Little League and USTA Team Tennis.
Kent received his B.A. in Marketing from San Diego State University, with a minor in Psychology. He currently lives in Santa Barbara with his wife of 20 years and three children.
Diana O’Neal – Engineer Procurement Construction Sales Representative
Diana O’Neal is an accomplished sales/training representative and account manager with more than 25 years of experience. Diana achieves high goals with enthusiasm, perseverance and passion. Following her first career in the pharmaceutical industry, she diversified her talents into the oil and gas industry.
Diana holds a B.S. with honors in Biochemistry from Texas A&M University.
She volunteers her time with her child’s junior high band as the treasurer and ministries with her church. Diana also helped her daughter start a nonprofit organization for her high school.
Diana’s award history is extensive. Awards have included leadership, teambuilding and volunteer of the year, service, president’s award sales, volunteer service and compassion.
Diana enjoys spending time all her time with her family. Her family enjoys camping, swimming, cycling, movies and hiking to name a few.
Jill Whitebook – Docent at Marine Mammal Center, Environmental Steward and Retired Manager in Pharmaceuticals
Jill Whitebook is semi-retired after spending 25 years in the pharmaceutical industry in sales and account management. Jill’s degree in Health Services Administration has helped to hone her knowledge of medical centers, integrated delivery systems and managed care organizations. She has a strong history of fundraising for multiple nonprofits, including The Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation, The American Cancer Society and The Michelle Souza Memorial Foundation, which she created in memory of her daughter.
As a steward of the environment with an emphasis on the ocean, Jill spends her free time enjoying various marine activities. She is active in her community as a Marin County Court Appointed Special Advocate, Co-Director of Marin Clean Highways and as a docent and harbor seal crew member at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito. Travel is one of her passions, but most important, spending time with her four grandchildren.
Nancy R. Haley – Political Director, Scott & Cronin LLP
Nancy Haley is the Director of Scott & Cronin’s Political Reports Unit. Nancy supervises a staff of Political Reporting Specialists who are responsible for preparing complicated federal, state and local campaign, lobbying, and major donor financial disclosure reports. The division seeks to help its clients achieve their political goals while avoiding enforcement pitfalls.
In addition to providing bookkeeping, payroll, tax and election law compliance to her candidates, ballot measures, PACs and non-profit organizations involved in the political and legislative process, Nancy is frequently invited to participate in panel discussions regarding campaign finance and compliance. Her expertise in financial disclosure has been valuable to students at SDSU & UCSD, professionals at the California Association of Realtors and LEAD San Diego.
Clients have included two former Governors of California, several U.S. Senators, U.S. Congressman, State Assemblymen, five of the past City of San Diego Mayors and the Sheriff & District Attorney of San Diego Co. She has also managing the PACs of numerous Fortune 500 companies.
Prior to joining the accounting firm of Scott & Cronin, LLP, in 1997, she spent 10 years working extensively in the field of campaign management and fundraising. She has worked for numerous public officials and political organizations at all levels of government.
Nancy received her B.A. in Public Administration with a concentration in Political Science from San Diego State University. She is involved in a number of civic and political organizations in San Diego County and is an active member of the California Political Treasurers Association. Nancy resides in Carlsbad, California, and spends her free time traveling, cooking and enjoying various outdoor activities.
Davinder Khunkhun – Independent Sales Consultant, Metta Pharmaceuticals
Davinder Khunkhun has more than 10 years of pharmaceutical management and diagnostics sales and sales management. She holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a Master’s in Business Administration.
Davinder enjoys working with a variety of charitable organizations. She served four years as a crisis counselor for victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence and currently works closely with a local nonprofit: Seva: Selfless Service, an organization created to feed homeless people in the greater Sacramento and San Francisco area. Davinder is blessed with 3 beautiful daughters and loves volunteering her time at their school. In her free time, Davinder likes to travel, read, do yoga and hike.
Alison Segner – Regional Sales Manager, CSL Behring
Alison Segner has served as a member of the Board of Directors for Along Comes Hope from its inception in November 2013. Alison is an established leader and motivator for sales teams in the pharmaceutical industry with experience in business strategy, team development, sales execution and negotiations. From 1998-2014 she has served in various sales, consultant and management capacities for Pharmacia Corporation, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals and presently as Hospital Regional Sales Manager for CSL Behring. CSL Behring is a global leader in the plasma protein biotherapeutics industry, where the emphasis is in research, development, manufacturing and marketing of biotherapies used to treat serious and rare conditions.
Alison resides amongst the rolling hills of Chester County, Pennsylvania. She is the dedicated and loving mother of three sons. Alison enjoys experiencing the wonders of nature in all outdoor activity, listening to music, dancing for pleasure and celebrating with friends and family by cooking up delightful edibles paired with fine wines.
Alison holds a B.S. in Rehabilitation Education Services with a minor in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University.
Pali Chahal – Independent Sales Consultant, Metta Pharmaceuticals
Pali Chahal is a consultant for Metta Consulting and is inspired daily with her job. Metta is making a difference in people’s lives by helping diagnose and prevent cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Pali helps facilitate this information directly impacting the lives of patients.
Pali’s career background encompasses tax and auditing, employee recruiting, customer service, payroll and accounting specialist. She was a stay-at-home mom to raise her two beautiful daughters. When she returned to the workforce, she worked at H&R Block as a Tax Specialist, then later for a recruiting firm and computer company as a payroll specialist.
She has great experience in fundraising and volunteering. Pali is active with Friends of NICU, a Northern California based nonprofit, helping premature babies and their families with all needs associated with having a baby born prematurely, such as gas card and lodging. She also is a volunteer for Selfless Seva, an Organization that feeds the homeless.
Pali grew up in London, studied Business and Finance at Uxbridge College, but she has lived in the U.S. for 25 years. Her daughters are now grown. Josephine, 23, graduated from UC San Diego in 2013. Henna, 17, graduated high school and is currently attending Sierra Community College. She also has two German Shepard Chow mixes, Fred and Marley, and a cat named Lilly.
In her spare time she enjoys spending as much time as possible with her children, traveling, reading, yoga, golfing and trying new restaurants and new vegetarian foods.
Denise Braun – Artist and Owner, Heartwork City Studios
Denise Braun is the licensed artist and owner of Heartwork City Studios, an art company focused on restorative art for adult students and children. A college educator and clinical therapist for more than 15 years, Denise brings positivity and hope to each art and academic class she teaches.
Her background in child development and clinical counseling gives her a working knowledge of the psychological challenges faced by families who are supporting their children through diagnosis and treatment. Denise’s Restorative Art sessions help channel positive energy into the creative process, allowing students to intuitively process emotion and tap into their own innate healing abilities.
Denise holds both a bachelor’s and master’s of arts degrees in child development and clinical psychology. She has years of experience in private practice focused on family systems and trauma recovery for children. This working knowledge helped Denise create her Restorative Art program for children and families.
Denise lives on California’s Central Coast with her husband and three daughters. Her passion has always been about connecting to people and sharing ideas. In her free time, Denise is illustrating the Along Comes Hope children’s book as well as teaching child development courses at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo.
Denise lost a sister to breast cancer and understands the experience of cancer within the family. Her passion is helping families identify their strengths and hopes within their child’s treatment.
Denise is also an eternal optimist with a slight addiction to art supplies!
Joanne Hatcher – Fundraising Comittee Chair
Joanne Hatcher graduated from Cal Poly in 1992 with a B.S. in Biological Science and then attended Samuel Merritt College for a Master’s in Physical Therapy. She has lived on the Central Coast since 1998 and enjoys working as a physical therapist in Pismo Beach at Physical Therapy Specialists.
Joanne was first nudged to become involved with pediatric cancer by a young patient she treated who showed both incredible peace and courage while undergoing treatment. Years later, the powerful and gut-wrenchingly honest words of Maya Thompson (The Ronan Thompson Foundation; www.rockstarronan.com), who was grief-stricken at the loss of her sweet son, stirred something in Joanne and threw her into the childhood cancer awareness world through social media. She has gained the opportunity to volunteer with other local nonprofits, but she was eager to be more hands-on.
Almost four years ago, Joanne’s son suffered from a condition that required brain surgery in New York. It was through top-notch medical care and the love and support of friends in her community that he is healthy today. When your child is sick it is both emotionally and financially draining. She has so much energy that she wants to give to others in a similar situation. When your days seem the darkest…Along Comes Hope.