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 Mary was diagnosed with breast cancer. Following a barrage of treatments, her doctors were hopeful they had gotten all of the disease, but 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, she 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, Treasurer
Rosemary McDermott is a nurse that has worked in the field of oncology for over 40 years. She retired in 2016. She worked at Compass Oncology as a patient education and community outreach coordinator for 16 years.
She worked in Legacy Good Samaritan’s Oncology inpatient units and outpatient clinics and as a Nurse Coordinator at Cancer Care Resources from 1974 to 2000.
Having seen the firsthand effects that cancer and cancer treatment have on her clients, Rosemary appreciates the role Komak plays in assisting patients. When she was recruited to join the Board, she seized the opportunity to make an impact.
LISA WISLER, Secretary
Lisa Wisler is a former elementary teacher with over 15 years in the classroom. While teaching, she also did volunteer work with various national and community non-profit organizations.
After leaving the field of education, Lisa worked as the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator for Cancer Care Resources, a local non-profit assisting families and individuals affected by cancer.
These past opportunities have provided Lisa with a great deal of experience in non-profit management. She is thankful for the opportunity to be involved with Komak. She sees this work as a way to honor loved ones that have faced the battle against cancer.
Franchot Hutchinson, born in New York is a graduate of Colgate University. She comes to Komak with a long history of community involvement. As a teenager, she spent two summers living in St. Kitts and Barbados on a program called Operation Crossroads Africa which is a program that inspired John F. Kennedy to start the peace corps. Franchot also spent several years in San Francisco where she volunteered for PURR, Partners United for the Relief and Respite which helped families with 24 hour children in need.
As a child of two cancer survivors, Franchot joined Komak with a sense of personal involvement and love of the greater Portland community which has been her home since the early 90’s. With over 27 years of advertising and sales experience, Franchot loves to travel, spend time with her family and go wine tasting in the Willamette Valley.
Nora Timm is a survivor for 22 years, cared for her husband of 30 years with Alzheimer’s. Nora worked for local law enforcement in several capacities for over 20 years. Prior to that she was a Travel Agent and has volunteered at Shriners Hospital for Children for over 9 years and Komak for 5 years.
Raymond Barrett Strasberg is a retired podiatrist recently relocated to the Portland Metro area from Dallas, Texas. Barrett’s former clinic treated patients with a variety of foot ailments including those suffering from issues as a result of cancer treatment. Working closely with these patients gave Barrett first hand exposure to the various financial strains cancer treatment places on individuals and their families.
In addition to his medical experiences, Barrett also brings a great deal of knowledge in business and financial operations gleaned from his tenure managing his medical practice. Barrett’s family has been touched very directly by cancer over the years as both immediate and extended family members fought various forms of the disease. Barrett feels working with Komak is a worthwhile way to serve his community.