Robby A. Medina

COO, Chief Operations Officer

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Before joining The Seany Foundation, Robby was the Community Missions Director for the Border Sierra Region of the American Cancer Society.  His responsibilities included managing patient programs and services, including Camp Reach for the Sky (CR4TS).  Robby has been affiliated with Camp Reach for the Sky since 1990, beginning as a camper, then a volunteer counselor, and then as the Camp Administrator.  The 2016 camp season marked Robby’s final year as Seany’s Camp Reach for the Sky Camp Administrator.

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“How did you first get involved with TSF?”

My first involvement with TSF came in 2011, when the partnership with Camp Reach for the Sky (CR4TS) started.  The Seany Foundation is the proud sponsor of “Seany’s Corner” across all the CR4TS camping sessions.  I first got involved with the American Cancer Society’s Camp Reach for the Sky in 1990.  Following the 2013 season, the American Cancer Society fully transitioned their pediatric programs in California to The Seany Foundation.  

What’s your favorite part about working for TSF?

My absolute favorite part about working for TSF is that our focus is 100% on kids and their families dealing with cancer today.  Quality of life programs are being cut across the nation.  Families currently dealing with a cancer diagnosis need more support during the most difficult time of their lives.  I absolutely love that The Seany Foundation will continue to find ways to help from the very beginning of their journey.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I enjoy playing baseball on Saturday, softball on Sunday, painting ,drawing, eating lobster, and kicking it with my family.

What is your favorite movie or book?

My favorite movie of all time is the greatest movie on planet Earth, The Princess Bride.  If you haven’t seen The Princess Bride, go now to a place where it rented or sold, rent it, or buy it, and watch it…it is a delight.

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

If I were a crayon I would ask you how you pronounce my name?  My wife Emily pronounces it “crann” which I think is incorrect.  But she is a computational linguist so I feel like I can’t debate this.  I would be a chartreuse colored crayon.

Name something about you that your friends may be surprised to learn?

I’d say my favorite movie genre is romantic comedy movies like “Crazy, Stupid Love.”

Bernard Mauricia

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

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Before becoming The Seany Foundation’s Director of Development, Bernard worked to build a strong regional presence for the American Cancer Society (ACS). Bernard moved quickly up the corporate ladder, beginning in 2010 as a manager for Relay for Life, then the Regional Director of Volunteer Resources in 2012, and finally the head of Corporate Partnerships in 2013. Through his various positions at the ACS, Bernard gained invaluable experience as a community leader, working with high-level executives and other community leaders. He also led organizational initiatives to secure over $1,000,000 annually in contributions through sponsorship, cause marketing, team fundraising, and employee and corporate giving.

Prior to his time at the ACS, Bernard served as Program Director for the California Council on Economic Education. He has helped over 1,000 school districts statewide promote key programs and recruit much-needed teachers. Bernard continues to support our community, acting as a board member to Project New Village and the San Diego Center for Economic Education, as well as council member of the Young Executive Society.

An alumnus of Dartmouth College, Bernard received his Bachelor of Arts in 1999 with a major in Spanish and a minor in biology.

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How did you first get involved with TSF?
I was first introduced to the Seany Foundation in 2011 as the group sponsored Seany’s Corner at Camp Reach For The Sky. I was a counselor at our Siblings Camp and thought the dedication that this group had to kids/siblings/families dealing with pediatric cancer was very noble and very much appreciated by all.

What’s your favorite part about working for TSF?
My favorite part about working with TSF is the fact that I get the opportunity to advocate, promote, create, and fundraise for a cause that I believe wholeheartedly in. Our programs make a major difference in the lives of those impacted by cancer. We are able to help bring a sense of normalcy to a very difficult situation.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to play baseball and softball and golf. I love just hanging out in the sun and enjoying life – it’s short, so you have to make the most of every minute. Also, I genuinely enjoy meeting new people; I think everyone’s story is incredible, so I like to force myself to meet a new person every week at least.

What is your favorite movie or book?
My favorite movie is ¡Three Amigos! It is and will always be a classic! With characters like “Lucky Day,” “Ned Nederlander,” “Dusty Bottoms,” and “El Guapo,” you simply can’t go wrong.

Emily Brody

DIRECTOR, MARKETING AND MEDIA

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Emily is a graduate of Syracuse University’s prestigious School of Visual and Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Computer Art. Emily is Sean’s younger sister, and she played a part in the Foundation from its inception. Her duties today include developing and managing the overall image of the Foundation, as well as designing web, print, and promotional content. She also spearheads the Foundation’s marketing initiatives and its very active social media site.

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What do you like most about working for TSF?
There are so many amazing parts about working for The Seany Foundation. It’s obviously great to be able to attend really awesome events, see mega popular movies early, and so on. But what I love most about working for TSF is getting to interact with the kids and teens and seeing how The Seany Foundation is making a difference in their lives. Whether it’s through SOMBFAB, Camp Reach for the Sky, or even just Facebook, connecting with the people we get to help is by far the most rewarding part.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I spend my free time doing all kinds of different things. Right now I am planning my wedding! I love to be with my fiancé, Seth, and my friends. I play in a softball league, which is really fun. I love movies and cooking and spending time with my French bulldog, Lucy.

What is your favorite movie or book?
Hmm…that’s a tough one. I would say some of my favorite movies RIGHT NOW are: Ratatouille, Pitch Perfect, Despicable Me, and Bridesmaids.

Books: The Hunger Games series, Gone Girl…anything by Gillian Flynn, really. Oh! And Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling is another favorite.

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Salmon Pearl or Sunset Orange

Name something about you that your friends may be surprised to learn?
I’m deathly afraid of fish!

Seth E. Brody

INCOME DEVELOPMENT CONTROLLER

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Seth graduated from San Diego State University in 2012 with a B.S. in Kinesiology, but a change of heart led him to pursue a M.S. in Finance and Accounting, with the goal of becoming a Certified Public Accountant. Seth first became involved with The Seany Foundation when he met the love of his life and now fiancé, Emily Robins. Until recently, Seth had just been “happy to be there” and was moving along contently in his life. It wasn’t until he discovered the important work that Emily and the others do at The Seany Foundation that Seth felt the need to take an active role in the Foundation. In his role as Account Manger at TSF, Seth tackles the challenges of managing the organization’s finances and strives to make TSF the most efficiently run nonprofit around.

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What’s your favorite part about working for TSF?
I love being around passionate people who care about what they do and are motivated to succeed. Also, I have the ability at TSF to bring my thoughts and ideas and showcase what I can do best.

What do you like to do in your free time?
My first passion in life was racquetball and I currently play at any chance I get. I also compete in leagues and tournaments—being sponsored doesn’t hurt! Other activities I enjoy are playing golf, tennis, and almost any other sport; spending time with my fiancé; and, of course, playing with my French bulldog Lucy.

What is/are your favorite movie and/or book?
Django Unchained won the Oscar for best movie ever made so I obviously have to go with that! The Third Life of Grange Copeland by Alice Walker—she wrote The Color Purple. And let’s not forget it’s Oprah recommended!

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Kelly Green

Name something about you that your friends may be surprised to learn?
I wish my impression of a Boston accent remotely sounded like a Boston accent. “Johnny Damon is a bum!” (Jay Mohr Sports reference anyone?) [Editor’s note: Melanie, a native New Englander, also wishes Seth had this skill.] 

Scotty T. Coulon

DIRECTOR, SPECIAL EVENTS

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Scotty became involved with The Seany Foundation as a volunteer at the first annual Seany’s Happy Camper 5k in 2013. With his infectious enthusiasm and can-do attitude, Scotty quickly bonded with the other volunteers and staff. It was at that event that TSF’s Director of Pediatric Programs & Services Robby Medina invited Scotty to be a counselor at the Resident Oncology Camp (ROC) session of Seany’s Camp Reach for the Sky. According to Scotty, he was totally hooked after ROC. “I immediately fell in love with everything about Seany’s Camp Reach For The Sky and TSF.”

Scotty is an alumnus of UMass Amherst, where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing with a minor in Psychology. He also brings to TSF his exceptional relationship-building and communication skills, which he has been cultivating for the past 18 years in the restaurant industry in both Boston and San Diego.

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What’s your favorite part about working for TSF?
I am really excited about growing TSF and making it one of the most well-known local nonprofits in San Diego and Southern California. Being able to raise money for children and families whose lives have been affected by cancer is such an honor for me.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I am an outdoorsy guy, and love hiking, running, and travelling.

What is/are your favorite movie and/or book?
Being a  New Englander and a graduate of Governor Dummer Academy in Byfield, Massachusetts, I have an affinity for Dead Poets Society.

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
I am definitely the yellow crayon. I’m a very happy-go-lucky guy, and love living in San Diego because it’s so lovely and bright here most of the time.

Name something about you that your friends may be surprised to learn?
Most people who know me would think that I’m an optimist, but I’m actually a realist. I believe that you have to live in the now and that achieving positive outcomes requires hard work and dedication.


Lori D. Jolliffe

DIRECTOR, PEDIATRIC PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

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As a long-time devotee, Lori is ecstatic to be part of the team overseeing Seany’s Camp Reach for the Sky’s programming, giving her the chance to support campers and their families. Lori has been a part of Camp for 22 years—the first 11 years as a Resident Oncology camper, the rest as a volunteer. She aims to give back to the program that gave her so much in her time of need. Lori currently calls Boise, Idaho, home, where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration with a minor in Art History at Boise State University.

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What’s your favorite part about working for TSF?
My favorite part about working for TSF is that we are directly impacting the lives of so many kids.  Camp made such a difference in my life and continues to do so. I love being on the other side of things, working to provide a magical experience for campers. I owe a huge part of who I am to Seany’s CR4TS—being able to give back is a dream come true.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I enjoy rock climbing, playing soccer, riding my bike, watching football, painting, doing puzzles, coloring, doodling, and people watching.

What is/are your favorite movie and/or book?
My favorite movies are Edward Scissorhands; Midnight in Paris; Crazy, Stupid, Love; Step Brothers, Ace Ventura…I will not watch scary movies. My favorite book is either The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick or Bossypants by Tina Fey.

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Olive Green

Name something about you that your friends may be surprised to learn?
I’m still scared of the dark…very scared of the dark. So don’t scare me because I can’t control my actions, and you will end up hurt.


Melanie Robins

MANAGER OF GRANTS AND MARKETING

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Melanie received her B.A. in Spanish from the University of NH, Durham. She has worked as a Managing Editor at HCPro, Inc., a healthcare publishing company in Marblehead, MA, and a Patient Education Writer for Krames, a medical publishing company in northern California. In her role at TSF, she helps manage fundraising events, writes grants, and is responsible for Seany web, print, and promotional content.

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She was fortunate to meet Sean in 2005, when Emily, Amy, and he came to visit Alex, Sean’s older brother and Melanie’s now husband, in San Francisco. She was immediately impressed by Sean’s strength. She specifically remembers him putting on a brave face even though he was exhausted from a rough chemo session he had just undergone. With the goal to keep Sean’s memory and unique drive alive, Melanie wholeheartedly accepted a position with The Seany Foundation in 2011.

What’s your favorite part about working for TSF?
Every time I talk to one of the kids or parents, or even just see a photograph of a Seany kid grinning at one of our events, I am immediately reminded of how lucky I am to be in a position to make a difference in people’s lives.

What do you like to do in your free time?
It’s all a blur, but I’m pretty sure I spend every free moment chasing after my rambunctious little toddler, Madeleine Sean. She is the light of my life. Her dad, Alex, and I like to take Maddie exploring around our home city, San Francisco.

What is your favorite movie or book?
Annie Hall is my favorite movie and I’ll read anything written by David Sedaris.

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Burnt Sienna

Name something about you that your friends may be surprised to learn?
I was offered an athletic scholarship to play basketball in college.

Victoria Valencia

MANAGER OF SPECIAL EVENTS AND PROGRAMS 

Alan Hughes

SPECIAL EVENT COORDINATOR

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Alan, or “Hoss” as he’s affectionately known, first learned about The Seany Foundation and its work in the childhood cancer community in 2014 when TSF took over operations of Camp Reach for the Sky, where he had attended camp as a young kid going through cancer until he turned 17. For the past 32 years, Alan has participated in Camp Reach for the Sky, first as a camper, thenas a counselor, Program Director for Sibling Camp, Head Boys Counselor at Resident Oncology Camp (ROC), and Head Teen Counselor at ROC.

While Alan did not officially join The Seany Foundation until late 2015, he has been an integral part of the volunteer team at Seany events over the past few years. An alumnus of Chapman University, Alan graduated magna cum laude.

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What’s your favorite part about working for TSF?
I enjoy meeting new people and brainstorming about new and fun ways to propel our mission forward…and lunch.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to play with Legos and work with coloring books.

What is/are your favorite movie and/or book?
Fletch, Christmas Vacation, and My Blue Heaven are equally amazing flicks that I have seen a hundred times over. But my favorite book of all time is Clean Eating with a Dirty Mind by Vanessa Barajas. Her book has changed my life, and the way I eat.

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Chartreuse

Name something about you that your friends may be surprised to learn?
I really love mid-century Danish furniture…and Val Kilmer.