Our People

Meet the folks at the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation


Staff

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


 

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.