- David Cohen"Striker"
David is from New England, growing up in Connecticut and living in Massachusetts for over two decades. He is a survivor of testicular cancer and was introduced to Epic Experience as a winter camper in 2017, where he has said his experience “changed his life.” He has since volunteered at the 7W ranch during the winter of 2019.
David is the CEO of Doc Wayne Youth Services, which is a Boston based award winning non-profit focused on working with youth with mental health challenges and victims of complex trauma through the power of sport. He is a former college soccer player and has been involved in the sport for social change space since 2008 as he is also the founder of Playing It Forward, a non-profit which provides sports equipment to thousands of underserved youth around the world.
David earned his B.S. from Babson College and his MBA from the McCallum Graduate School of Business at Bentley University.
He and his wife, Lauren, have two daughters and two Doodles. He enjoys coaching, traveling and honing his Rummikub skills when he can. His goal is to help the organization grow so that more adult survivors are able to attend camp and experience how “game-changing” Epic Experience can be.
- Sabine Schwab"Bee"
Sabine Schwab, a primary brain cancer survivor, attended an Epic Experience summer camp in May 2016. Since then, she has been a strong believer in the healing power of nature and togetherness.
Sabine aims to connect other cancer survivors to live up to the quote: “When “I” is replaced by “We”, Illness becomes Wellness!” (Malcolm X).
Sabine has a PhD in Economics and Social Sciences, and has worked in nonprofit and corporate companies, in the USA and her home country, Germany. She is a very active advocate in the brain tumor space and acts as patient advisor and speaker for multiple organizations and health care institutions across the nation.
In her free time, the avid yogi and rock climber loves to travel and read, as well as spending time with her daughter and family.
- Jacob Morse"Grizz"
Jacob grew up in Buhl, ID, and moved to Denver, CO for his first job after college. He was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in Sept. 2016 and finished treatment at UCHealth in March 2017, five days after his 24th birthday. He was first introduced to EPIC Experience in April 2017 at CancerCon and attended his first EPIC camp the following summer. The friends that he made and the experiences that he had on the trip have helped him become more connected to the cancer community.Jacob graduated from University of Notre Dame with a BBA and earned a Master’s of Accountancy at Gonzaga University. He is a licensed CPA in Maryland and Washington and works as a consultant at a public accounting firm.Jacob, his fiancé Shannon, and his black lab, Stoney, live in Tacoma, WA. In his free time, he enjoys taking Stoney on adventures, cooking, watching college sports (Go Irish!), playing video games, and traveling. Jacob loves being a part of EPIC Experience and is excited to help others affected by cancer.
- Colin Ferro"Wingman"Colin arrived in Denver, CO in 2004 to attend Regis University for college. During his time at Regis Colin was very involved with a retreat called Kairos. Kairos was very impactful in his life and he wanted to continue to share that with his peers throughout his collegiate experience. During college Colin’s brother was diagnosed with testicular cancer. After being the emotional support and caregiver for Michael during the last two years at Regis University Colin gained more and more affection for the cancer community and wanting to support all survivors however he could.Working at the corporate office for the Red Robin Restaurant Group Colin was in search to find a career full of passion and purpose much like his time in college with Kairos. In 2013 Colin came to work for Epic Experience part time, 6 months later he was full time. Since that time his passion for the organization and the entire cancer community has grown year after year. Colin is passionate about the outdoors and the cancer community, Epic Experience has helped him embrace both of them. He is always excited to share his enthusiasm of Epic Experience with whoever will take the time to listen.
- Karl White"Moose"
Karl initially found Epic as a Lymphoma survivor when he was looking for ways to give back to the cancer community. After attending a camp in Summer 2016, Karl believed so strongly in the support he received there and Epic’s mission that he jumped at the opportunity to join the board. Karl is very excited about Epic’s future.
Karl has 10 years of Analytic experience and a BA in Math and a MBA in Finance, both from the University of Colorado. Currently he is a Senior Data Analyst at Kaiser Permanente. Karl also has 15 years of board member and Treasure experience at a Denver based Credit Union that specializes in serving the financially under served. In addition, Karl has 15 years of Sales and Management experience.
Karl is a Colorado native, but is well traveled. He has been to all 50 states and all 7 continents. He enjoys golf, dinning out, live music and gardening. He and his wife Jolene also love hanging out with and walking their dog Turk.
- Jolynn Lenz"KISS"
Jolynn is a native Coloradan and enjoys family and friends, but more importantly values assisting others with solutioning challenges—no matter what those challenges may be. This is a driving force for Jolynn’s personal and professional life along with a desired outcome to both optimize and minimize risk, whenever possible.
Jolynn enjoys trying new things, including cooking (of course, eating too!), participating in local runs (i.e., Bolder Boulder 10k), Orange Theory Fitness, Barry’s Bootcamp, walking, reading, interior design, art, traveling, and studying anything new!
Learning about Epic Experience from her husband’s childhood friend provided her with a new perspective for how adults with Cancer truly needed an experience that goes from surviving to pushing forward with thinking and living in a new way. This includes, but not limited to, understanding these adult survivors fit into society after being diagnosed / living with Cancer. The experiences provided by Epic Experience have inspired Jolynn to not just live a better life, but to actively participate in a way to help with driving desired outcomes and objectives to assist all.
Jolynn has over 25+ years in Human Resources (known as Total Rewards) where she specializes in health, retirement, compensation, systems, workforce planning, transformation, etc. for all size of global reach organizations. As a result, her extensive professional human resources experience translates to helping employees at all levels, which is a direct match for Epic Experience.
- Jim Nottingham""Jim Nottingham is currently the Global Head & General Manager of the Advanced Compute & Solutions business within the Personal Systems organization at HP. In this role, Jim leads the Workstations, Retail Solutions and VR/XR Global Business Units within Personal Systems. The Advanced Compute & Solutions businesses represent $3.7B in annual revenue for HP.
Jim joined HP’s Boise Printer Division in 1992 as an R&D engineer and architect. In
1997, he briefly left HP to join a startup company, In System Design, serving in multiple capacities. He returned to HP in 2001 as an R&D Manager and completed his master’s degree in Technology Management. Jim also holds BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Utah State University. He and his wife Sherry have three children and eight grandchildren.
Jim is honored to join the Epic Experience board. Having several friends and family
who have been impacted by cancer, he finds the vision and mission for this
organization to be very inspiring. Jim is excited to work with the board to bring the
vision to life and contribute to supporting this organization to make a positive impact on the lives of cancer patients and survivors.
- Julie Uspal“Dr. CheezIt”
Julie Uspal is an Emergency Medicine physician in Philadelphia and is honored to be part of the Epic Experience family.
She is originally from Reading, Pennsylvania, and attended the University of Pittsburgh for her undergraduate studies and the Penn State College of Medicine for medical school. She completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and then joined the faculty at Penn Medicine in 2016. She currently works as an Emergency Medicine Attending and serves as the Director of Quality and Safety in the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Emergency Department.
Julie is a breast cancer survivor who attended a winter camp with Epic Experience in 2018. She is grateful for the healing power of the Colorado mountains and the lifelong friendships she made through Epic Experience. Her experience at camp was so inspiring that she felt called to give back to the cancer community as a volunteer with Epic Experience. She has volunteered at multiple camps, is a member of the Medical Advisory Team, and now serves on the Board of Directors. She is honored to give back to an organization that does so much for the adult cancer community.
Julie enjoys travel, cooking, and adventures with her family. She lives in South Jersey with her wonderful husband, two amazing sons, and beloved pug.