Pablove Staff

Kerstin Lynam

Chief Executive Officer

Kerstin was appointed CEO of Pablove in July 2019 to lead the foundation to new heights in the fight against childhood cancer. She is an accomplished non-profit and business executive with 20 years’ experience in organizational leadership, Board relations and operations, including four years as the CEO of the Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research and eleven years as the President and CEO of the Veterans Medical Research Foundation of San Diego, as well as on the executive team of a Silicon Valley startup. She earned an MBA from the University of Colorado, Denver, and a summa cum laude double major BA in Political Science and German from the University of New Mexico. She enjoys performing arts and ethnic food with her husband Eric and college-age daughter.

Bart Verry

Vice President of Development

Bart manages all of the fundraising efforts for Pablove and works closely with volunteers throughout the country to share the pablove nationally. Bart has been in the development field for 20 years in Southern California, having worked for a variety of organizations such as Global Green USA, the Make-A Wish Foundation, the Los Angeles LGBT Center and AIDS Project Los Angeles. Bart and his husband Mark live in LA (and escape to Palm Springs as often as possible) with their gorgeous English Springer Spaniel, Laci Jae.

Leah Reichman

Grants Administrator

Leah Reichman is the Program Leader for our Powered by Pablove Research Grants Program. She oversees all of our grant programs and guides our grant initiatives. As the main contact person for our research grants, she works with researchers, hospitals, our Board of Directors and Scientific Advisory Committee to ensure we are making the most worthwhile investment of research dollars.  Leah received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Touro College and a Master in Public Health from Columbia University. Prior to joining The Pablove Foundation, she worked in the pediatric cancer research world on both coasts. A native New Yorker, Leah has fully embraced LA as her home city. When not running our grants program, Leah can be found running after her three active boys or wandering in one of the few bookstores that still exist!

Raul Lorenzana

pablove shutterbugs senior manager of alumni engagement

In his role as Pablove Shutterbugs Program Manager, Raul oversees programming in Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area and Austin. He works together with communities and his fellow Pablove colleagues to bring the joy of photography to kids and teens living with cancer. Raul is a graduate from the University of CA, Davis and holds a BA in History and Chicano Studies, with an emphasis in Public Policy and Education, and a minor in Latin-American and Hemispheric Studies. As a native of Los Angeles, he enjoys exploring his city and constantly searching for the best breakfast burrito in town.

Ashley Blakeney

Pablove Shutterbugs Senior Manager of National Programs
As Senior Manager of National Programs, Ashley oversees the Pablove Shutterbugs programming in cities across the country including Boston, New Orleans, New York, Denver, Seattle and Houston. Working closely with a dedicated national team of Master Teaching Artists, Ashley engages local communities on an in-depth level. Ashley earned a BA in Creative Writing and Photography from the University of Southern California and is a certified Social Emotional Arts (SEA) facilitator through UCLA’s Arts & Healing Initiative. Hailing from New Haven, CT, Ashley is the ultimate pizza snob, a music enthusiast and a photographer. She loves dancing to 90s hip-hop music and enjoys a good Lord of the Rings marathon. She also prides herself on being the best hugger around!

Lauren Aufiero

social media specialist

Labeled a “social butterfly” since childhood it’s no wonder that Lauren is the chatty master behind Pablove’s Social Media channels. With 10 years of agency and in-house experience managing social strategy and creative content development for consumer brands, Lauren commands our digital channels with lovable personality and a penchant for playful alliteration. A native Bostonian, Lauren has called LA her home for the past 9 years. You can spot her at many local coffee shops scrolling Pablove’s instagram feed with her pug-daschund rescue, Scout.

Ryan Kelly

Director of Sports Programs

A former US national team cyclist, wellness consultant and yoga facilitator, Ryan is no stranger to Pablove Across America. She will be overseeing Pablove’s signature cycling event as well as growing the Pablove Cycling program, and Team Pablove activities. She has served as a ride leader and soigneur for seven different PAA events and her athleticism, heart and commitment to the mission of The Pablove Foundation is unparalleled. In her spare time, she likes to cook and keep it zen.

portrait of John Sanders

John Sanders

pablove shutterbugs assistant program manager

As Assistant Program Manager, John ensures the continued effectiveness of the Shutterbugs program by contributing to the artistic and educational needs of the Pablove Shutterbugs team. John also oversees the operation of the Pablove print shop. John graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hills earning a BA in Digital Media Arts, with an Audio Recording option. John brings years of experience in youth development, and arts education to the Pablove team, having previously worked for a nationally recognized non-profit, and an arts education non-profit. Growing up in Long Beach, Ca, John loves being out and enjoying the sun. When not working, you could find John on the beach playing in flag football leagues and enjoying Taco Tuesdays!

Stephanie Funari

operations and production coordinator

Stephanie initially joined Pablove on the Shutterbugs team as the Summer Camp Coordinator for 2019 and has now transitioned into the role of the Operations and Productions Coordinator. She was raised in Colorado and studied at CU Boulder; where she double majored in Anthropology and Communications. After graduating, she became and AmeriCorps VISTA and served her local community centers helping fight childhood obesity through building community gardens. She then moved to LA to pursue a passion of TV and Film Casting and was in Talent Management working for a celebrity fashion photographer when she discovered Pablove and their mission. She is of Greek and Italian heritage and considers eating good food and traveling vital to happiness! On the weekends, you will find her brunching with friends and definitely rooting for the Broncos during football season.

Board of Directors

Blair Herter

Chairman of the Board

A lifelong fan of underdogs, Blair fell in pablove with our mission while pedaling in Pablove Across America 2017.

Throughout his years supporting Pablove as an admirable fundraiser, PAA cyclist and friend, Blair has shown an unwavering commitment to the well-being of children and families impacted by childhood cancer.

Herter is the VP of Content Partnerships and Brand Development at Comcast Spectacor. Prior to this role, he served as Chief Brand Officer/SVP, Partnerships at ADVNCR and led the Branded and Originals Development teams at IGN. Herter follows the successful two-year-tenure of Pablove’s prior board chair, Simon Rust Lamb, Esquire.

Blair grew up in southwestern Louisiana — WHO DAT! — and moved to Los Angeles in 2001.  He spent some time as a Manhattanite between then and now, but very much considers himself a full-fledged Angeleno.
His son, Emerson was born in Santa Monica and he can’t imagine raising him anywhere other than Socal.  Blair loves reading and music and not-being-the-strongest-cyclist-but-he-does-have-a-big-heart.  He is honored beyond words to be a part of this incredible mission.

Alexa Dedlow

Board Member

Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Alexa has always had a passion for film. She decided to continue to foster and utilize her creative eye at American University where she graduated with a BA in video production. She also produced her first major film while studying abroad in Prague,CZ at the world renown FAMU Film School. After college, she continued on to produce content for the likes of Comedy Central, STARZ, OWN and Interscope Records. However, it was her work with Interscope Records as a creative consultant that lead her into the world of music video. Initially hired to pitch new artist driven content, she soon teamed up with the video department and it was clear that her love of music and film had finally found a home. Over the next five years, Alexa continued to foster her creative eye through commissioning music videos as well as initiate, pitch and develop new ideas for non music video content (e.g Television/Film, DVD, Interactive and Live Format). In hopes of continuing to create forward thinking content while strategizing for cohesive branding through music and film, Alexa was given the opportunity to work at Apple Music under former Interscope VP of A&R, Larry Jackson. Since the launch of the platform in 2015, Alexa continues to create unique music and artist driven content. Her passions are not limited to film, as she also enjoys traveling and is an avid motorcycle enthusiast!

Anne Litt

Board Member

Anne Litt is the acclaimed host of KCRW’s popular weekend afternoon music program. One of the station’s most respected on-air personalities, Anne recently served as KCRW’s Program Director for Music for two years and previously led the launch of the station’s first online-only music channel, now called Eclectic24. Outside the studio, the Virginia native and self-described Southern Belle is an in-demand music supervisor for films and commercials, including high profile spots running during the London Olympics and NBA Finals, and provides the soundtrack for some of LA’s best restaurants and retail stores, as well as fashion shows by designer Trina Turk. A dedicated mom, she also volunteers her talents to a number of charities benefitting children, including Pablove and Alex’s Lemonade. Anne has called KCRW home for over a dozen years, her latest landing in a life-long love of radio. That spirit of sharing, and the idea of telling a story each week that is rooted in an exact time and place in the universe – in essence creating a moment in time – are what keep her excited.


Charlotte Rolfs

Board Member
Charlotte is a water color artist from New Orleans, LA, and has been in the art and design business for over 25 years.  She found Pablove through the New Orleans connection and was an avid supporter for several years before doing her first PAA in 2017.  The 2017 experience was deeply meaningful and solidified her commitment to spreading the mission of the Foundation.
Charlotte moved to New Orleans in 1998 from Jackson, WY, but is “from from” Baton Rouge.  She is currently working to develop a line of paper goods from her watercolors.  Service to others, long bike rides, the Tetons, and writing letters are just a few of her favorites. Monarch butterflies and all Shutterbugs are her fearless leaders.

Glenn Oratz

Board Member

Glenn earned his B.S. in Finance from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. from UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management. He has worked in the financial services industry since 1989 and joined UBS Private Wealth Management as a Managing Director in 2013. Prior to joining UBS, Glenn spent thirteen years at Merrill Lynch, where he was a Managing Director in the Private Banking and Investment Group. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Glenn spent seven years at Goldman Sachs, where he served as a Vice President in the Private Client Services Division, as well as two years at J.P. Morgan, where he served as a Relationship Manager and Credit Analyst in the Private Bank.

Glenn lives in San Diego, California, with his wife Gabrielle and their twin sons. He is very active in philanthropic endeavors, currently serving as Chair of the Rancho Santa Fe School Endowment and is an Investments Committee Member of the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego. Glenn’s personal interests include travel, music, photography and recreational activities.

John Bennett

Board Member

John’s son Brock was diagnosed with Wilms Tumor in October of 2009. As a cancer father, John has witnessed firsthand the challenges of pediatric cancer and the life-altering impact it has on the affected families. John discovered The Pablove Foundation the night Brock was diagnosed and hospitalized, awaiting a surgical team to remove his cancerous kidney. It was during Brock’s treatment that John and his wife Wendy decided to commit themselves to identify and engage new and innovative ways to support children and families during their journey. Professionally, John is a senior leader at the Microsoft Corporation where his responsibility is driving strategy and implementation of several operational capabilities for the company’s devices products. Additionally, John has worked in the Windows Client Division as a global business manager and in the Advanced Strategies and Research Division focused on low cost computing solutions in underdeveloped countries. John holds a Bachelors of Science in Finance and a minor in Economics from Westminster College. John lives in the Seattle area with his wife and two children. Time permitting, he pursues his passion for cycling.

Paul Adams

Board Member

Paul Adams is the owner and founder of Bang The Drum, a management company that handles the careers of a select group of highly-talented producers, mixers, songwriters, and composers. Beginning as a promoter in his native Manchester, Paul went on to work as a booking agent at the legendary Bron Agency. Since 1993, Paul has been managing record producers. He moved to New York in 2001 to head up the NY office of World’s End and joined Magus Entertainment three years later, where he continued to manage producers and also represented Duran Duran amongst others before establishing Bang The Drum in 2012. Paul is also a successful DJ who has spun events for Rick Rubin, Ringo Starr, the David Lynch Foundation and Communion, among others.

Saro Armenian, DO MPH

Board Member & Scientific Advisory Committee Chair

Dr. Saro Armenian is a pediatric hematologist/oncologist with expertise in pediatric cancer, epidemiology, and cancer survivorship. He is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Population Sciences, and Directs the Childhood Cancer Survivorship Program and the Division of Outcomes Research at City of Hope. He is the immediate past Chair of the Children’s Oncology Group Survivorship and Outcomes Committee, and is a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Clinical Research Scholar. He has been the recipient of several awards including the American Society of Bone Marrow Transplantation HistoGenetics New Investigator Award, Paul Calabresi Clinical Oncology Career Development Award, the Ruby N. Roney Endowment at City of Hope, and is a past-fellow of the American Society of Hematology Clinical Training Institute. His research is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and the American Cancer Society.

Simon Rust Lamb

Board Member

Simon Rust Lamb is an entertainment industry veteran with 20 years of experience discovering, developing and amplifying artists, creative experiences and brands.

As the former Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Insomniac, Simon managed Electric Daisy Carnival, which drew 400,000 people to Las Vegas in 2015, Nocturnal Wonderland, and many other brands.  While there, he was the Executive Producer of the EDC documentary film “Under the Electric Sky” which premiered at Sundance and sold to Focus Films.

Prior to Insomniac, Simon had a solo law practice focusing on the protection and monetization of intellectual property assets. As a lawyer and now with his consulting practice, Simon provides creative and strategic business to clients across the media spectrum, including the LA Podcast Festival.

Additionally, Simon is an avid entertainment business observer and critic, having written numerous articles on the arts and media for Pollstar, LA WeeklyRay GunResSurfaceURB, etc. He graduated magna cum laude from Southwestern Law School, and earned his Bachelor’s at Occidental College. He is a proud member of the Pablove Cycling Club and a Pablove Across America rider.

Scott Keys

Board Member

Scott is chief administrative officer for Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors. He is responsible for managing all facets of Firm administration. Prior to joining Kayne Anderson in 2009, Scott served as the CFO of Indymac Bank from 2002 to April 2008. He was also with Ernst & Young LLP from 1986 to 2001, including four years as an audit partner specializing in the financial services industry. Scott earned a B.S. in Accounting from Loyola Marymount University in 1986. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Tina Schwartz riding for Pablove

Tina Schwartz

Board Member & Fundraising and Marketing Advisory Committee Member

A Houston, TX resident originally from Washington State, Tina Schwartz is already very involved in Pablove: Her husband Dick Schwartz is a multi-year Pablove Across America (PAA) rider, and Tina is embarking on her 2nd consecutive PAA ride. Her contributions are numerous: She recruited her family to PAA, serves as an unpaid Teaching Assistant for the Shutterbugs Program in Houston, and is a co-chair of the Houston Friends of Pablove group. Her energy, love and enthusiasm for Pablove and the Shutterbugs program are palpable, and she brings tons of energy and heart to the Board. On top of that, she is enormously fun and spreads love wherever she goes. Tina’s profession is serving her community as a high-volume real estate agent with Keller Williams – making home sales exciting and infusing down payments of love to real estate.

Tom Kattus

Board Member

Tom Kattus is an avid cyclist, runner and surfer. Tom has been involved in the bicycle industry since 1988. From inventing a specialized racing handlebar, the BreakAway Bar, to owning his own company and working with other high end cycling and sports-related gear, Tom has been all around the industry and served in his dream job with Campagnolo North America for over ten years. He is a father of two children, and a cyclist, surfer, and runner. Tom is also a cancer dad – his son Mark is a survivor who was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkins Lymphoma at the age of 18. He is a four time rider on PAA.


Yael Prough

Board Member & Fundraising and Marketing Advisory Committee Member

Yael Prough is the EVP and Global GM of IGN Entertainment, the world’s largest digital media company in the video game and entertainment enthusiast markets. Her leadership abilities, limitless drive, and genuine compassion for those in her life – both professional and personal – are the stuff of legend, and Pablove is excited to benefit from her considerable skills and experience. In the past, Prough has worked with educational non-profits and is excited to now stand up for children living with cancer. When she is not busy with work or Pablove, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two kids, 11 and 16, cooking and putting the miles in on her Peloton or at Soul Cycle. Prough says “I joined the Pablove Board of Directors because I’m passionate about the organization and the amazing team behind not only finding a cure for childhood cancer, but improving the lives of kids with love”

Emeritus Board

Rhea Scott

Emeritus Board Member

Leo Mascarenhas, MD MS

Past Scientific Advisory Committee Chair

Past Board Members

Jeff Castelaz

Co-Founder and Former Board Member

Scientific Advisory Committee

James Amatruda, MD PhD

Committee Member

Shahab Asgharzadeh, MD

Committee Member

Jeffrey S. Dome, MD PhD

Committee Member

Sinisa Dovat, MD PhD

Committee Member

Saro Armenian, DO MPH

Board Member & Scientific Advisory Committee Chair

Steven DuBois, MD MS

Committee Member

Muller Fabbri, MD PhD

Committee Member

Tanja Gruber, MD PhD

Committee Member

Corrine M. Linardic, MD PhD

Committee Member

David M. Loeb, MD PhD

Committee Member

Leo Mascarenhas, MD MS

Past Scientific Advisory Committee Chair

Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo, MD

Committee Member

David O. Walterhouse, MD

Committee Member

Daniel S. Wechsler, MD PhD

Committee Member