Meet the Board of Directors
CEO & FOUNDER
Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer, Certified Patient Advocate
Certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as a Cancer Exercise Trainer and a Certified Athletic Trainer by the National Athletic Trainers Association. Robb has over 18 years of experience in the health and fitness industry and is a Certified Patient Advocate. Background includes dual Majors from California Lutheran University with degrees in Biological Science and Sports Medicine as well as a Masters degree in Sports Business Administration from the United States Sports Academy. Over the years Robb has designed and implemented fitness programs for both adult and child cancer survivors. He is a former Board Member of the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation and is currently the West Coast Program Director for Play Fit, Stay Fit which is a fitness program for child cancer survivors.
CO-FOUNDER & DIRECTOR OF FAMILY ENGAGEMENT
4x Cancer Survivor, Stroke Survivor and Child Cancer Advocate
Elle serves as our Co-Director and Director of Family Engagement. Elle has a background with over 30 years experience in Medical Business Administration and outside of being an advocate for childhood cancer families, enjoys volunteering for the ALS Association.
Board Member, Secretary
Isaiah was born and raised in Newbury Park, CA, where he participated as a leader in the local soccer community and multiple student-led organizations while attending Newbury Park High School.
Isaiah later attended Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA, where he earned his BA in Economics & Business and played Collegiate Men’s Soccer. He then attended Pepperdine Graziadio Business School, where he earned his MS in Real Estate Finance & Investments. He holds a CA Real Estate Salesperson License.
Currently, Isaiah is working as a Real Estate Financial Analyst at Somera Capital Management, a boutique real estate investment firm that acquires and manages value-added real estate investments on behalf of their principals and accredited investor partners. As of August of 2022, Isaiah is transitioning to work as a Real Estate Analyst at M&A Real Estate Partners, a privately held real estate firm focused on the acquisition and management of institutional quality student housing communities in the United States.
Isaiah has several years of experience working as a Board Member & Program Development Assistant for Cancer Fit Inc. As the son of two cancer survivors, Isaiah learned to see life through a unique lens, creating a greater sense of gratitude for those who have supported him along his journey.
He currently lives in Santa Barbara with his wife, Katie, who is a first-grade teacher and former Women’s Soccer Player at Westmont College.
Leslie is a media and marketing veteran and is the head of marketing for FITGMR, a performance and player development company in esports and gaming. She began her career in broadcasting, moving from sales into sales management and then into a corporate role in revenue management during which she oversaw $400M in broadcast and digital revenue. Leslie left her corporate role for academia and spent three years teaching integrated marketing communications at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. While there, she launched the schools’ first student-staffed digital media agency, which is where she became involved in esports. From there, Leslie stepped into an Executive Director position at Beasley Esports and oversaw the development of CheckpointXP, an esports and video game platform. Leslie has been working with FITGMR since November 2021.
Board Member, Adolescent Advisor
“Hi! I’m Cianna” is one of our fondest memories of getting to know her. Cianna, a high school freshman, has been the designer of Cancer Fit greeting cards for almost 2 years now and is already on her way to being an accomplished artist. She loves to cosplay on tiktok and has over 2k followers. Most importantly, she is very outspoken about her story with pediatric cancer. Having spent ten years of watching her sister, Zelaya, go through cancer and taking care of her youngest sister, Semera, she uses her experiences to speak the truth about pediatric cancer. Not only promoting awareness and support for the patients, but for the whole family, which she feels is extremely underrepresented.
Kathy Kelley specializes in design and real estate after years as an executive in fashion with Ralph Lauren. A UCLA graduate living in Los Angeles with her husband and three children, her oldest daughter is a proud cancer survivor. As a result of her daughter’s experience, she became involved in working to fund pediatric cancer research as well as joining the Institutional Review Board and other groups at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as a parent and community advocate working toward better treatments for children with cancer.
She is involved with Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times Board of Trustee member and now, Cancer Fit.
Board Member, Parent of Cancer Survivor/Bone Marrow Transplant Survivor Mom/Momcologist/Wife of Cheff Alexx
Charlie’s daughter Zelaya was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia in February 2012. Life so many pediatric cancer parents, after her daughter’s diagnosis, Charlie made the decision to leave her career behind and dedicate 100% of her time to caring for Zelaya and her two other daughters, Cianna and Semera. Aside from “mommy” Charlie has had to wear many hats over the years, including educator to all 3 of their children, medical researcher and oncology/transplant nurse a.k.a. Momcologist. After 10 years, 2 relapses and a bone marrow transplant, their little survivor is thriving and Charlie is always there to help other pediatric cancer parents and their families, walk their journey in whatever way they may need.
Dan and his wife Stephanie have 3 children, Archer (7), Neve (4) and Sutton (1). They reside in Santa Barbara, CA. The Kennedy’s love to enjoy the best beaches, pools, restaurants and gold courses that the central coast has to offer. With connections to Cancer Fit since its inception, Dan has already built life long relationships with the team at Cancer Fit and one of the young cancer survivors. He is excited to continue to support the Cancer Fit team and community in a more formal role.
Dan retired from a 12 year professional soccer career in 2017 where he most recently played for the LA Galaxy. Dan was selected by on his peers to represent Major League Soccer players as an Executive Board member for the players association. In this role, he was responsible for Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations, strategic planning, executive team building and budget approval. As a former athlete, Dan is passionate about educating all professional athletes on real estate investing and the tremendous benefits of establishing a strong real estate portfolio leading into the life after an athletic career.
Since retiring from Major League Soccer, Dan co-founded Driven Capital Partners. DCP is an investment real estate company that specializes in apartments and industrial warehouse investments. DCP manages roughly $150 million in assets for over 120 unique investors. Creating passive income and wealth generation through commercial real estate, DCP seeks opportunities with favorable risk-adjusted returns and look to improve financial performance and property value through targeted value-add investment strategies.
Dan received his MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business in 2018.
NANCI ALVARADO, Medical Social Worker for Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
GUY BAILEY, Non-Profit Legal Counsel
DR. FRANCISCO BRACHO MD, Pediatric Oncologist
Attending Physician; Hematology, Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation, Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine of USC. Dr. Bracho is fluent in Spanish. He received his medical degree from the University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine. Following his residency at Los Angeles County University of Southern California Women’s and Children’s Hospital, he started a fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at Children’s Hospital Orange County.
He relocated and completed his fellowship at Georgetown University Medical Center Washington, D.C. under the umbrella of the National Cancer Institute. He has diverse expertise in areas including cord blood transplant, hereditary angioedema and white cell diseases.
Dr. Bracho is the Medical Director for Ventura County Medical Center’s Pediatric Oncology Department which provides comprehensive pediatric services. Pediatric Hematology/oncology delivers services to detect, diagnose and treat children and adolescents with cancer and blood disorders. Our full scope of services include an infusion clinic, psycho-social support, inpatient chemotherapy, procedural sedation, transfusions and clinical research.
SANDRA ANDRADE, Clinical Psychologist
Sandra Andrade, PsyD, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in Westlake Village, California. Sandra specializes in working with children, teens, and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, emotion dysregulation, and traits consistent with Borderline Personality Disorder. She graduated with her doctorate from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University with an emphasis in individuals, family, children, and couples. Sandra has strengthened her education and increased her skills by attending additional courses and training through Dr. Marsha Linehan’s Behavioral Tech (2012 and 2016) and Lane Pederson’s DBTNCAA (2014) programs to enhance and add to her proficiency with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Sandra is currently participating in the intensive training program for DBT through Behavioral Tech to prepare her for certification. Additionally, she has attended courses with Tina Bryon, Ph. D., and Daniel Siegel, M.D., discussing The Whole Brain Child and other treatment and therapy strategies in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, attachment theory, and interpersonal Neurobiology.
Sandra has worked in the field for over 10 years. Prior to private practice, Sandra worked with clients of all ages experiencing a variety of mental health difficulties including anxiety, depression, mood disorders, traumatic brain injuries, adjustment disorders, personality disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder. She has also worked in a variety of settings including inpatient and outpatient settings.
Sandra utilizes many tools to work with her clients and provides a comfortable space to help facilitate change. She utilizes many modalities to assist her clients including, but not limited to, mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal skills. Sandra spent her early life in Gulfport, Mississippi and preteen and teen years in Ventura County, California. During her time away from the office she enjoys training for triathlons, supporting Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, honoring the life of her first daughter, and enjoys spending quality time with her second daughter, son, and husband.
AARTI BATRA, Physical Therapist
Aarti is a physical therapist working at Newbury Park Physical Therapy in Newbury Park, California, specializing in orthopedics, infant torticollis and plagiocephaly as well as pelvic floor health. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from California State University Northridge in 2007. She then went on to earn her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Mount St. Mary’s College in 2010. Her postgraduate studies have included pelvic health including prenatal and postnatal, mentorship in pelvic health, kinesiotaping, torticollis and plagiocephaly in infants, visceral mobilization, a year long manual therapy course, movement science series and pain science.
Aarti has previously been part-time faculty at Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles where she has taught Anatomy and Physiology labs for the undergraduate biology department. Aarti is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA) and enjoys advocating for the profession as part of APTA’s Vision 2020.
Aarti was born and raised in Bradford, England and moved to the United States in 2001. To maintain her work-life balance, she enjoys spending time with her husband and her two kids, family and friends, reading, cooking and running.
CHEF ALEXX F. GUEVARA
Chef & Nutrition Specialist
Chef Alexx Guevara graduated from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts (once part of the Le Cordon Bleu London programs) with a Professional Culinary Arts Diploma. Chef Alexx, as he is affectionately known to his clients and students, owns and operates Mechanixx of Health-curated performance nutrition and dietary programs for specific health needs and development of educational programs. Alexx consults, trains, demonstrates, and lectures within the professional culinary industry, the health and fitness community.
As a professional chef, Alexx has worked for the international Hyatt Hotel system and both the restaurant and catering divisions of the Patina Restaurant Group. He started his career in the late 1990s at renowned restaurants such as Border Grill, Aubergine and Melisse. While partnered with Primtime Restaurant Group, Chef Alexx consulted on, developed, and trained all back-of-the-house operations and personnel for several restaurant and food service projects throughout the United States. His private chef clientele include celebrities from the entertainment and music industry and professional athletes. Not only are celebrities Alexx’s clients, but they are also his students. He has trained actors and actresses for their roles in films such as “Woman on Top,” “No Reservations” and “Spider Man 3.”
Alexx is a performance nutrition specialist. He creates individualized nutritional profiles and menus based on clinical tests, genetic and cultural predisposition. Chef Alexx has consulted and designed nutrition programs for resort spas, mental health and substance abuse treatment centers. He has developed and presented workshops and seminars specific to health issues for major hospitals and health clinics, such as UCLA Medical Center, Centinela-Freeman Hospital, HOAG Hospital, Mission Viejo Memorial and HEALTHSOUTH. He has also worked with sports organizations like the LA Kings, Lakers, Galaxy, and Angels and for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, the minor-league affiliate of the San Diego Padres. Alexx himself was a semi-professional road cyclist.
Chef Alexx was the Executive Chef of the world-renowned and the award winning spa boot camp-The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu. He was the opening Executive Chef and Lead Chef Instructor for Kitchen Academy-Hollywood; sister school of the Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena, California. Prior to the Kitchen Academy, Chef Alexx was the Director of Consumer Education for the Southern California School of Culinary Arts.
Alexx has developed and presented cooking and health education programs in English and Spanish for The Wellness Community and The Celiac Disease Foundation and was part of the Latino task force outreach program for The American Heart Association. His cooking and nutrition demonstration program for Orange County’s Preventive Healthcare for the Aging agency received an award of excellence and created grant opportunities for the county’s senior centers. Alexx has volunteered his time to public and private organizations like Orangewood Children’s Foundation, training “at risk” and foster youth in professional food service and basic life skills; and the Sisters of St. Joseph’s Bethany House, educating women in transition from rehab and domestic abuse.
True to his passion for food and fitness, and even greater passion for sharing his expertise, Chef Alexx has been highly sought after as an “expert contributor” and has had several appearances on national cable and local television: including KCAL Channel 9, KTLA’s Morning Show, The Oxygen Network, Fit TV, The Food Network, The Dr. Phil Show, and The Ellen Degeneres Show. He has been featured numerous times in national and regional newspapers and publications such as Robb Report, Travel & Leisure, the LA Times, Orange County Register, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News and USA Today.
Chef Alexx continues to works as a private performance chef culinary and nutrition consultant. Alexx lives in Utah with his wife Charlie and their three daughters. Their mission is the ongoing education and advocacy for families and the medical community on the value of holistic and alternative nutrition for physical health and mental wellbeing.
ELIDET BORDON, Marketing & Social Media
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