- Nancy Ferro"Mama Lou"
Since starting Epic Experience in 2012, Nancy loves each and every camp watching cancer survivors stretch beyond their usual comfort zone. Her main role at camp is cooking and working with Wingman and the volunteers.
Nancy love watching the impact of what a week of an Epic Experience has done for all of the cancer survivors that have attended from the first day they arrive to when they go home.
- 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.
- Mark Ferro"Fuzzy"Mark is most proud of his 38-year marriage to Nancy “Mama Lou” Ferro and their close-knit family, including their three children, Michael, Colin, and Kerry. He has been involved with Epic Experience since its beginning and has worn the nickname “Fuzzy” for nine years. He volunteers whenever and wherever he can, and enjoys seeing the impact the Epic Experience programs have on cancer survivors and thrivers.Mark had a 40-year career in sales and channel management in the medical and tech industries and worked with executives across multiple industries. In his new role in business development, Mark will merge his passion for Epic Experience with his sales background to look for donations so he can continue to cook breakfast for campers.
- Chris Chinn"Burpee"
Chris grew up in Northern California before relocating to Los Angeles to attend UCLA. He decided to stick around LA, where he owns a fitness training center, Sweat City Fitness. His father Louis, aka "Stud," was a very beloved Epic Experience camper and Board member. Louis' tremendous passion for Epic Experience led Chris to seek out ways he could provide value as well. After Covid forced Sweat City to transition online to Zoom training classes, Chris realized there was finally an opportunity to offer his programs directly to Epic Experience. And thus, Chris, aka "Burpee," became part of the Epic Experience family by way of health and fitness.Louis was such a special, inspirational, and influential member of Epic Experience that it was decided that his legacy must live on. And what better way to continue his legacy than through his family.Shortly after joining the Epic Board of Directors, Chris took on the role of Social Media Manager. As Chris' passion for the Epic Experience family grew, he eventually decided to join the staff and continue to inspire the adult cancer survivor community to live beyond cancer.Chris' 10+ years of experience as a small-business owner has sharpened his abilities in strategic thinking, marketing, and branding. As part of Sweat City, Chris has created 3 separate businesses: Adult Fitness Classes, Youth Speed & Agility, and Online Virtual Training. He continues to find ways to create, innovate, and evolve as a business.In his free time, Chris loves watching sports, exercising, and being a cat-dad.
- Jay Carter"Edge"
Jay joined Team Epic as the resident Tech Specialist after attending an Epic Experience winter camp in 2015. Diagnosed with Philadelphia Positive Chronic Myeloid Leukemia in 2011, Jay saw firsthand how outdoor adventure camps can positively affect the lives of cancer survivors, and he wanted to give back.
Jay gained a newfound passion for the outdoors, and loves volunteering at the Epic Experience camps. In his free time, Jay enjoys staying active in nature, learning about blockchain and Ethereum, and connecting with other cancer survivors at conferences and meet-ups.
"For me, cancer has been a blessing in disguise. It has opened my eyes to a world I did not know existed, and has set me on a path of self discovery to find my true passion in life. "
- Gail Fay"Sunshine"
Gail hosts the Epic Experience Campfires of Hope podcast. She is a uterine and ovarian cancer survivor who didn’t do support groups—until she attended a winter camp in 2016 and discovered the healing power of community, laughter, and the great outdoors. Soon after, she joined Team Epic and started volunteering at camps so other survivors could gain hope to live beyond cancer.
A California girl who spent twelve years in the Sunshine State, Gail is now thoroughly enjoying her new home in Colorado, mountain gazing and hiking as often as possible.