Who We Are

Our Team


  • DAN McCREATH, President
    DAN McCREATH, President

    Daniel McCreath joined the Komak board in 2015. Born in Illinois, Daniel later graduated from the University of Michigan. His career in volunteer work was enhanced after receiving his Master of Divinity from McCormick Seminary in Chicago. He worked with non-profit and church-related community organizations, in various cities around the country.

    Later, Dan joined Merrill Lynch in Plano, Texas, moving to the Portland Merrill Lynch office in 1991. His entire family are now committed Oregonians. Dan was married to Mary, and they had two children, both of whom live in Oregon. Their daughter Robyn and her husband Justin have three children. Their son Chris, who is Dan’s partner at Merrill Lynch, is married to Christy and they have a daughter.

    In late 2012, Dan’s wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. Following a barrage of treatments, her doctors were hopeful they had gotten all of the disease, but a later recurrence led to ongoing treatments. While her prognosis was quite hopeful, the treatments eventually stopped working and we lost Mary in May of 2018.

    During her treatment, Mary became committed to the work that Komak does, helping to reduce financial trauma for so many patients. Dan and his family are committed to continuing their support of Komak in her memory.


    Rosemary McDermott is a nurse with over 40 years of experience in the field of oncology. After working for Legacy Good Samaritan Oncology in both the inpatient unit and outpatient clinic, Rosemary transitioned to a position as Nurse Coordinator at Cancer Care Resources. Rosemary retired in 2016 from Compass Oncology where she worked as a patient education and community outreach coordinator.

    Having seen the firsthand effects that cancer and cancer treatment have on her clients, Rosemary appreciates the role Komak plays in assisting patients. She was excited to join the Komak Board for the opportunity it gives her to make an impact in the community.


    Charity joined the Komak board in the summer 2022 after learning about Komak's mission at the annual Persian Dinner. After caring for her father throughout his battle with cancer in 2013, and the loss of her mother just two years prior she experienced firsthand the financial struggle of caring for someone with cancer. The experience of trying to balance being a caregiver and maintaining a job she will never regret but will also never forget, so when she learned of Komak's mission she was all in. Charity is originally from Texas, lived in California for 15 years attending USC Marshall School of Business for her MBA, and finally moved to Oregon in 2018 with her husband Nate and never looked back after making her way to the Pacific Northwest. Charity is passionate about serving others and is the owner and principal consultant of strategy and operations consulting firm Stellify Coaching and Consulting.


    Diane is an international professional with over 35 years of business experience across North America and Asia Pacific. She is the founder of Executive Search Solutions International (ESSI), a premier executive search firm providing exclusive placement services for global fortune 500 companies.

    Prior to ESSI. Diane was the Senior Vice President of a top US Executive Search firm, with responsibility for the development and building the firm's retail practice in Asia. Prior to that, she was the Asia Pacific Director of Administration, based in Tokyo Japan, for a global management consulting firm, responsible for the firm's Asia Pacific back-office operations including finance, human resources and general management. Earlier in her career, she was with a private label company where she was based in New York City engaged in accounting and finance functions.

    Born and raised in Taiwan, Diane has an undergraduate degree from Chinese Culture University in Taiwan, and a Master’s Degree from University of San Francisco in the United States. She is trilingual in Chinese, English, and Japanese. On a personal level, Diane is a seasoned artist in Japanese traditional floral art, Ikebana. She currently serves on the board at the Portland Chapter of Ikebana International (I.I), the largest Japanese Ikebana organization worldwide. Diane joined Komak in 2021 and is actively involved in community services.


    Lesley Valentine has been in the field of alternative health care for over 30 years. For the last 20 years she has been an acupuncturist, practicing Japanese Style Acupuncture in Portland, Oregon.

    For as long as she can remember, Lesley has been vitally curious about healing, health and wellness. Her little sister was born with cerebral palsy, growing up meant learning to be with someone who is learning to be in the world in the best possible ways. She will tell you that her path in life has a lot to do with her sister, and the years her family and community worked together, giving her caring support and love, and using many alternative therapies.

    More than anything else, her family has shaped her view of the role we all play in being the community for those who are healing. We don’t do this alone. Lesley is honored to be a part of the Komak story of a caring community in action.

  • DONALD TOOMIN  Secretary
    DONALD TOOMIN Secretary

    For over 30 years Donald Toomim has been in practice as a health practitioner, working in multiple modalities relating to supporting people in natural healing from everything to Massage, Essential Oil Therapy, Reflexology, Applied Kinesiology, Shiatsu, Craniosacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation. Outside of business hours, Donald enjoys walking his dog, Hanna. You will also find him touring on his tandem bike with his wife, Roberta.

    Donald was first introduced to Komak's mission through an invitation to the annual Persian Dinner fundraising event and eventually joined the board. A year later Donald was diagnosed with cancer and underwent treatment. Currently in remission, Donald brings a new perspective to his volunteer work. He says, “I thought from being in the health field for so long that I understood cancer, and now realize I had no real idea of the emotional stress and transformation cancer can bring to a person’s life. From my personal experience, I am now even more grateful to be part of such a great organization providing a needed bridge for people’s healing through our mission and financial support.”


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