Our People

Meet the folks at the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation


Rhonda Hatfield, Founder/National Director

Rhonda possesses several years of nonprofit, and management experience. Rhonda has an Associates Degree in Business Management, and a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources. Rhonda’s passion for assisting those with pancreatic cancer comes from losing a family member to this disease in January of 2010, after a 5 year battle. Rhonda’s goal within the organization is to provide personal and compassionate support to those who are afflicted and affected by pancreatic cancer through our core programs.

Rhonda@npcf.us or 800.859.6723


Cindi Peterson, Director of Operations

Cindi has 30 years of management experience in the public sector working in the Office of the Chief Information Officer for the US Department of Agriculture.  She has a BS in Computer Resource Management and is a PMI Certified Project Management Professional.

Cindi is devoting her skills and experiences to timely and compassionate assistance for those dealing with profound health-related struggles and their loved ones.

Cindi@npcf.us or 800.859.6723


Adam Hatfield, Director of Philanthropy

Adam’s passion is to serve those afflicted with pancreatic cancer, to reaffirm they’re not alone in this fight through the programs NPCF offers. Adam’s mom passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2010 after a 5-year battle, influencing the start of NPCF.  Adam Hatfield, a nationally-recognized leader in philanthropy and development, Adam has the opportunity of cultivating long-term relationships with patients, families, constituents, foundations, and corporations that have the same dedication to fighting this disease. Adam embraces the core values of love, integrity, innovation, and growth. Adam’s experience ranges from major gifts, program development, planned giving, grant writing, grass-roots fundraising and patient advocacy.

Adam@npcf.us or 800.859.6723


Opal Hatfield, Equine Program Director

Opal moved from Casper Wyoming to Colorado at the age of 4.  Since she was a young girl she has always had a passion for horses.  Every year for her birthday Opal would ask her parents if she could have a horse.  After much persistence Opal finally received her wish and was given her first horse at the age of 10.  As she grew to become an adult she discovered she had yet another passion in her heart.  This passion was for helping others and serving her community.  At the age of 26, Opal decided that she wanted to spend the rest of her life helping those in need in anyway that she could.  Not sure of what direction to take this passion and where to begin her life long dream she found her way to the non-profit world. 

Falling deeply in love with work of the nonprofit industry, the honest relationships one can find and build, along with the call of duty this industry represents, Opal knew this was her place.  She is now honored and grateful to blend and intertwine her two passions together for her life’s work.  Opal loves to lead, teach, train and serve.  She values hard work, honesty, integrity and gaining of knowledge.  She admires those who take courage to move forth through tough circumstances.  Opal believes that no matter what it might be we all need help and were not put on this earth to move through it alone.  Some of Opal‘s strongest qualities are her love for people, her drive to be the best version of herself, and her dedication to changing the world one person at a time.  “When a person permits us to have a glimpse into their world, we are given the greatest gift: the gift of trust.” (Charisse Rudolf)

Opal@npcf.us or 800.859.6723


Board of Directors

Steve Peterson, Board Chair

Steve’s education comes from business and he has a background in construction. He has owned and directed three businesses to their utmost capability and fine tuned their processes to become leaders in their field.

Steve has also served on several nonprofit corporation’s Boards of Directors. He helped with fundraising efforts and implementation details pertaining to the fundraising efforts.

He has a willingness to help those in need and to assist in any way possible

He is enjoying assisting the NPCF in their mission of helping those individuals who are suffering with this disease.


Claudine Starbuck-Jaksch, Board Secretary

Claudine is a Colorado native and has a degree in Business and Marketing from CU Boulder. She has been a business owner in Castle Rock, Colorado for over 20 years.  She currently owns a women’s clothing boutique, Bling! in Castle Rock’s quaint Historic Downtown.  Claudine is married and has two teenage children, both play competitive sports and are very active in their schools and community.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2013, after undergoing a bilateral mastectomy and chemotherapy she is now cancer free.  Claudine is dedicated to the fight against cancer.  She too has found healing therapy in horses and is excited about the new Equine Assisted Learning program.  She is looking forward to being more involved in the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation through her position on the Board of Directors.


Kim Swaney, Board Treasurer

Kim grew up in a military family, frequently moving from place to place until she was 12 years old with an older sister, and a special needs little brother who has since passed. Settling in Colorado was a blessing as this was where she eventually met her husband, Chris, of 29 years. Together they are raising 3 beautiful, smart and talented daughters.

Kim is compassionate and heart centered. Her life and professional experiences with children solidifies her passion to spending life dedicated to the well being of children, and young adults in her community through her favorite animal, horses.

Kim has worked in many professional worlds, banking, retail, childcare, veterinary assistant, property inspection and preservation and held many nonprofit volunteer positions. Her life experiences have helped her become an expert in the field of youth development. In her spare time, Kim likes to spend quality time with her family and friends traveling and creating life experiences. Inspired by nonprofit work Kim founded and directs an organization called Happiness Through Horses. Being philanthropic at heart, Kim believes strongly in collaboration and being involved with various ways to be of service to other people with challenges in life.


Karli Hansen, Board Member

Karli is a graduate of Colorado State University, with a Bachelor of the Arts in English Writing, as well as a minor in Sociology. Her passion is to better the lives of those affected by and afflicted with Pancreatic Cancer by adding a reminder everyday to continue being courageous and hopeful in their family/friends battle with cancer. Karli received an MS in Education from Indiana University in 2016.


Matthew Hiddle, Board Member

Matthew is a graduate of Metropolitan State College of Denver (now Metro State University) with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.  He has over 10 years management experience as well being a small business owner and entrepreneur for the past 3 years.  Matthew experienced pancreatic cancer first hand when his father-in-law was diagnosed back in 2011.  Miraculously, Matthew’s father-in-law is still with us and cancer free!  The pain and financial struggle that affects the entire family hits close to home with Matthew and he is dedicated to serving those who face this daily battle with their loved ones.


Each and every member of our Board of Directors may be contacted at either info@npcf.us or 1-800-859-6723.