ADVENTURES board members offer a wide range of skills and experience
in medicine, education, business and finance
– and each is connected
to cancer in one way or another.
ARCHIE BLEYER, MD
is Clinical Research Professor in the Radiation Medicine
Department at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU),
Portland, OR. He also serves as Director of the DEFEAT Cancer
program at St. Charles Cancer Center, Bend,
OR; Chair of the Institutional Research Board,
Cascade Healthcare Community, Bend, OR;
Director of Aflac/CureSearch
Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Research; and founding member of
the LiveStrong Young Adult Alliance.
Dr. Bleyer chaired the Children’s Cancer Group for 10 years with the
Department and Division of Pediatrics at the University of Texas
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, then the world’s largest pediatric
cancer research organization. He was the American Cancer Society
Professor of Clinical Oncology and in charge of the cancer
curriculum in the University of Washington School of Medicine.
Dr. Bleyer completed his undergraduate work at Massachusetts
Institute of Technology and earned his Medical Degree from the
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He
completed his residency in Pediatrics Medicine at the University of
Washington School of Medicine and earned Fellowships with the
National Cancer Institute and the University of Washington School of
During the past three decades, Dr. Bleyer was
awarded research grants as a principal
investigator totaling more than $75 million from the National
Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society and the Leukemia
& Lymphoma Society. His research has been published in more than 300
peer-reviewed articles, chapters and books. His current personal
clinical research is dedicated to adolescents and young adult (AYA)
CALOMENI, MD knew
at the age of 8 that she wanted to be a doctor. She
graduated first in her class with a double major in
Chemistry and Biology, and attended medical school at
the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Calomeni completed her internship and residency at
Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York, where she made
the decision to pursue
oncology: “The cancer
and blood specialists in my training program were the most
impressive to me.”
Dr. Calomeni’s first
brush with cancer was as a young teen when her beloved godmother and
great aunt died of ovarian cancer. A few years later, her cousin
died of breast cancer at a young age.
Dr. Calomeni finds
medical oncology a challenging profession – both intellectually and
emotionally. She is excited by the new discoveries and developments
that are improving outcomes for cancer patients, and finds
inspiration in her patients and their families under these most
stressful of circumstances.
ROBIN GOULD is
a senior executive with an unusually broad background.
Areas of expertise include finance, information
technology, strategic planning and logistics.
Semi-retired since 1992, Robin currently serves as
Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors and consultant
to Bonne Bell, Inc.,
Cleveland, OH. He
member of the Board of Directors for
Bend OR; NetWorth Strategy, also in Bend; consultant to Square-H Brands, Inc., based in Los Angeles, CA;
and committee member for Bend Venture Conference and PubTalk, both of Bend, OR.
Robin formerly held senior financial
management positions (including CFO) with Guess? in Los Angeles, CA;
E&J Gallo Winery, Modesto, CA; and Mars (Candy) Incorporated,
McLean, VA. Prior to that, Gould was Management Science Analyst at
Scott Paper Company (Philadelphia, PA), and Structural Engineer with
the Boeing Company Vertol Division (Philadelphia, PA).
Robin holds a BS in Structural Engineering from Duke University
and an MBA from Wharton-University of Pennsylvania.
Robin was the caregiver
of his wife, Joan, who lost her nine-year battle with breast cancer.
is a breast cancer survivor and serves as Survivorship
Coordinator in the Cancer Center at St. Charles
Medical Center. She is passionate about speaking to
groups in central and eastern Oregon as she shares her story and encourages others to be
screened for early detection.
Originally from New York City, Lizzi has lived in Oregon for twenty
years since graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the
University of Oregon. She has worked as an artist, a theatrical
costumer, and an occupational therapy assistant.
Entrepreneurial at heart, Lizzi still participates in the arts
through teaching and designing purses and bags with a “definite
urban but bohemian feel, combining vintage, found and funky fabrics”
lives in Bend, OR, with her husband and their two children.
QUINLAN is a head and neck cancer survivor, and founder and
Q Group, Inc., a national
promotional marketing agency based in Bend, OR
(www.qgrouppromos.com). He has
over 25 years of sales and marketing experience ranging
from retail, wholesale clothing and golf equipment to
high-tech internet messaging technology and national
with his expertise in sales, marketing and advertising, Mark is a
former PGA club golf professional and current golf, fly-fishing,
fly-tying and outdoor enthusiast. His passion for the outdoors, and
specifically fly fishing and tying, were a source of great relief
for him in his fight with cancer.
Pittsburgh, PA native, Mark and his wife Mary, along with their 4
children, moved to Bend from Southern California in 2004. His
children range in age from 8 to 19
the two youngest are twins, born during the adoption of the two
oldest. Mary is currently working on her first book, “Zero to Four
in Nine Months” with Mark’s
full support and encouragement.