Kelly BovaKelly Bova
Kelly was introduced to Sophie's story through the Avon Lake Early Childhood PTA and was "truly inspired by Emily and Marc's courage and strength," and was eager to be a part of the SFSF Board. Both Kelly and her husband, Mike, are from the Cleveland area, and settled in Avon Lake with their boys, Michael (8) and Jake (5), and their daughter, Kayley (2).
Between selling Thirty-One, serving as a part-time multiple account assistant for Hallmark and her job as a stay-at-home mom, Kelly made time to work both the Fall Festivals and the race and solicited much needed supplies.
Kelly is a member of the Fundraising Committee. Kelly "wants to help families who face the monster of pediatric brain cancer and hopes that someday families will not have to face this horrible disease."
Biography updated January 2012
Andrea BucciAndrea Bucci
Andrea's volunteer efforts with the Avon Lake Early Childhood PTA introduced her to Sophie and the First Annual Fall Festival in September, 2007. Helping with the festival was both meaningful and relative to Andrea.
"Sophie and my daughter were the same age...I needed to help in some way...I hope that someday SFSF is a household name and that we can help many more families dealing with DIPG."
Andrea and her husband, Dan, have both served on the SFSF Board since its inception in 2007. They have 2 daughters, Kayla (15), and Mia (12), who are active with helping the Foundation as well. Andrea is currently a manager at Hyland Software in Westlake. Hyland has been a significant supporter of SFSF over the past several years. Andrea serves on the Grant Committee.
Biography updated April 2018
Dan BucciDan Bucci
Dan Bucci became involved with SFSF through his wife Andrea and her volunteering efforts with the Early Childhood PTA. An original board member, SFSF has become a very important part of Dan's life, and he is especially pleased that his daughters have become active in Foundation activities.
Dan is the Director of Government Relations for University Hospitals. Previous to that he practiced law and worked for nine years in Washington, D.C. on Capitol Hill and The White House.
Biography updated October 2018
Keith DandoKeith Dando
Keith Dando, a Senior Project Manager at Swagelok Company, became familiar with SFSF through his wife's work with the Avon Lake Early Childhood PTA. Starting as active participants in the SFSF Bash & Dash 5K, Keith joined the board in 2011 and is a member of the Grant Committee. Keith resides in Avon Lake, with his wife, Maureen, and their children, Nathan (12), Emma (10), and Kiera (6).
No stranger to volunteer work, Keith was involved with THON, fundraising for The Four Diamonds Fund while at Penn State. The organization was aimed at "conquering cancer by assisting children treated at Penn State Hershey Hospital though superior care, comprehensive support, and innovative research." Keith commented, "Through my work with THON, I was inspired by the strengths that these children and their families have showed. This inpsired me to support causes that are focused on supporting families facing pediatric cancer, as well as looking for its cure."
Biography updated August 2018
Laura KoskiLaura Koski
Vice-President of Giving/Grant Committee Chairperson
Susie MiklaskiSusie Miklaski
Emily’s mom, Susie Miklaski, loves her position as secretary of SFSF. A retired high school English teacher, living with her retired middle school math teacher, Frank, in Trenton, MI, Susie enjoys writing and the fact that she can help The Foundation from a distance, via the internet.
Susie is also the proud mother of Sarah and Charly, doting grandmother of Sarah, Zachary, Nicolas, Marie, Frank and Catherine, and not-so-mean mother-in-law of Matt, Marc and Dawn. According to Susie, “Any grandmother would understand my dedication to SFSF…I am involved for many reasons, but the greatest of these is LOVE.
"Sharing in Emily and Marc’s purpose and passion for my Sweet Sophie Girl is an easy task.” Researching for, writing and editing official SFSF publications, fundraising, and training for the 4th of July race occupy Susie’s time when she is not substitute teaching at her former high school or biking and walking for exercise.
Biography updated March 2021
Emily & Marc QuayleEmily & Marc Quayle
EMILY AND MARC QUAYLE
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Emily and Marc Quayle, Sophie's Mommy and Daddy, and President and Co-Treasurer of SFSF, are the committed founders of Smiles For Sophie Forever. Proud parents of Sarah (14) and Marie (9), Emily and Marc are also proud residents of Avon Lake. In their almost 21 years of marriage, they have resided in five other homes and moved to Avon Lake in 2004, where the support and help of the city and the surrounding communities have overwhelmed them. Emily, a former teacher, and Marc, a district manager for Altria, are dedicated, beyond words, to The Foundation; they graciously and willingly inspire and facilitate the volunteer efforts of family, relatives, friends, and strangers.
Their never-ending ideas, hard work, and enthusiasm direct the Board's activities and efforts. Frustrated by "an overwhelming sense of helplessness when learning there was nothing the doctors could do to save Sophie's precious life," Emily and Marc began their mission of "helping children and families suffering from DIPG, while raising awareness and money that will lead to a cure for this awful disease and other types of pediatric brain cancer." As founders, organizers, directors, planners, and workers they are involved in all aspects of The Foundation.
Their faith, commitment, generosity, and positive outlook provide the entire Board and community with the reality that a cure will be found. "We can't bring our precious Sophie back, but we can ensure that her legacy lives on. We are forever grateful to all those who believe in and live our hope and dream."
Biography updated March 2021
Sarah SmithSarah Smith
Vice-President of Awareness
Sarah Smith is a stay-at-home mom to Zachary (13) and Nicolas (10) and wife to Matt, a retired Air Force officer. She is a licensed physical therapist who has held various PT positions over the years, in the Air Force, the Air Force Reserves, as a governement contract PT, and as a PT in the civilian world. Sarah and Matt currently reside in Fort Walton Beach, FL where they have lived on and off since 2001. Sarah is Emily’s older sister (by 11 months) and Sophie's aunt. Truly honored to be chosen as Sophie's godmother, Sarah chose to be involved with SFSF to honor Sophie's memory, to support Emily and Marc, and to help meet The Foundation's ultimate goal of some day finding a cure for pediatric brain cancer.
Sarah strongly avers: “Not another child should have to fight the difficult battle Sophie fought in her short life, nor should any parent need to live through the agony of losing a child to this monstrous disease.”
Until a cure is found, Sarah is dedicated to raising awareness about DIPG and to fundraising for both a cure and to provide financial assistance to families who are fighting the DIPG battle. She enjoys exercise, sports, reading and traveling to spend time with family. Sarah is VP of Awareness and is the website correspondent, working with John Kepko, the website developer, to keep the SFSF website up-to-date.
Biography updated March 2021
Kristin StobeKristin Stobe
Avon Lake resident Kristin Stobe officially joined the SFSF Board in December, 2012, although she and her family were avid supporters of SFSF long before then. Having attended the Bash & Dash several years prior with her family, daughter Savannah (15) and son CJ (13), she was very familiar with Sophie's story. Kristin and Emily became fast friends as their daughters, Savannah and Sarah, were in the same first grade class. Their acquaintance led them to take on the shared role of troop leaders for their daughters' Girl Scout troop.
Loving community involvement, Kristin offered her organizational services to SFSF. Kristin is the treasurer and serves on the Grant Committee. She has also re-organized the database and ensures that SFSF supporters' contact information is up to date. As a CPA with Ernst and Young, Kristin is a great asset to SFSF.
According to Kristin, "SFSF has accomplished so much, and I just wanted to be part of such a great organization that helps families of children with pediatric brain cancer."
Biography updated March 2021
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