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, Treasurer
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.
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 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 22-year cancer survivor. After working as a travel agent, Nora spent over 20 years serving in various capacities with local law enforcement. In addition to her volunteer work at the Shriners Hospital for Children, Nora cared for her husband of 30 years during his battle with Alzheimer's.
Raymond Barrett Strasberg is a retired podiatrist 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.
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.
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.”
Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, Leily migrated to the United States in 1994. She is a registered nurse (since 1998) with 25+ years of experience in cardiac and triage nursing, and currently works for an assisted living facility. Leily has been a philanthropist since a young age and her daily focus is finding ways to improve life for those in need. Spirituality and promoting a culture of assertive kindness play a large role in Leily’s life. She is married and has one daughter. Her interests are family and friends, floral design, gardening, reading, traveling and needle point.
Leily tries to live the following poem by Persian poet, Sa'adi:
Human beings are members of a whole,
in creation of one essence and soul.
If one member is afflicted with pain,
other members uneasy will remain.
If you have no sympathy for human pain,
the name of human you cannot retain.