Board of Directors

 
Joan Slaughter
Joan Slaughter (Co-Founder), mother of Morgan Adams, has a background in accounting and was a member of a special projects divestiture team for a Fortune 100 company prior to Morgan's diagnosis. After the death of her oldest daughter, Joan has redirected her focus toward fundraising and community support for pediatric cancer research. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children's Hospital Colorado, and is a member of the Colorado Kids' Cancer Association. Joan and husband Steven Adams have two other children, Andrew and Grace.

2017 Executive Committee 

 
Bari DeJaynes
Bari DeJaynes is an artist and designer and runs his own art and design studio in Greenwich Village, New York. Utilizing his 20 years in advertising and marketing, Bari manages all of the design, marketing and promotion projects including auction catalog, corporate banners, event invitations, and print ads for MAF. He is a founding board member of The Morgan Adams Foundation, has donated countless hours to the Foundation, supports the work of the Foundation financially and regularly contributes his artwork to artma.
 
John Dudasch has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Colorado State and is the Vice President of Operations for a global engineering and construction firm. John and his wife, Vicki were first introduced to MAF at the Morgan Adams Concours d'Elegance in 2012, a month after losing their 11 year old daughter Avery to a brain tumor. Both John and Vicki were so overwhelmed and impressed by the event, the cause, and the foundation that they knew they wanted to get involved. John is focusing on supporting MAF in the areas of operational and organizational planning. 
 
Dan Kelly has 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry which has focused on the development of energy assets throughout the Western United States. Prior to starting up a small consulting company, Mr. Kelly spent 13 years in various capacities with Noble Energy, Inc., including the Vice President of Strategy and Planning. He was a strong advocate for The Morgan Adams Foundation at Noble Energy and continues to work closely with Joan. He is also a Director for SRC Energy which is based in Denver, CO. He has a BS in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.          
 
Dr. Arthur Liu received his B.S. and M.S in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and his Ph.D. in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He then went on to medical school at Harvard Medical School. He received his training in radiation oncology in the Harvard Radiation Oncology Program and is board certified in Radiation Oncology.
 
In 2007 he moved to Colorado to join the staff in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Colorado. He is the Vice-Chair and Practice Director of the department. His clinical interest is pediatric radiation oncology and he is also the Director of Pediatric Radiation Oncology. He works closely with the physicians at the Children’s Hospital Colorado. His research interests include late effects of radiation therapy, quantitative structural brain imaging and application of novel radiation approaches in childhood malignancies.
 
He enjoys volunteering at Round Up River Ranch, a camp for children with cancer and other serious illnesses, and the Cancer League of Colorado. He is married and has 4 children, Gregory, Jasmine, Jillian (who are twins), and Geoffrey. His wife, Namie, formerly worked in the biotech industry, and currently manages their busy household (including 3 new puppies) and volunteers at the children’s schools. Arthur and his family enjoy skiing in the Rockies, playing baseball and football, watching sports, and making s’mores.      

 
Michelle Maynard is the Director of Administration for Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti PC; a mid-sized Denver law firm focused on commercial real estate and land use. Michelle has over 25 years of executive operational management experience, and has spent much of her career focused on organizational process optimization. She has served as the president of, and held various board positions with, several national associations. Michelle earned her MBA from the University of Colorado. In 2003, Michelle was introduced to MAF through her employer Minor & Brown when she volunteered at Children’s Hospital assisting with art projects to be auctioned at artma. Michelle is excited to have the opportunity to assist the board and the Foundation in achieving its organizational and financial goals.

 
Brian Winn
Eric Neeper is a litigator handling complex contract and business-related disputes for many local and national corporations within Colorado and across the country. While in law school, Eric co-authored, "Toward a Neuroscience Model of Tort Law: How Functional Neuroimaging Will Transform Tort Doctrine," published in Columbia University's Science and Technology Law Review (2012), which advocates for the incorporation of functional neuroimaging evidence in tort law. Immediately after law school, he joined Minor & Brown here in Denver where he has earned a reputation for being tech savvy, practical, responsive and approachable in his practice. Eric was introduced to The Morgan Adam's Foundation through Minor & Brown and first volunteered for the 2012 artma event. He passionately and whole heartedly believes in the mission of the foundation and is honored to have the opportunity to continue wherever needed.               

 
Brian Stieritz
Brian Stieritz is an Executive Vice President of a major global construction company. With a BS in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University and over 30 years of business experience, Brian has seen all aspects of running major businesses from developmental, operational and financial perspectives. Brian will focus his efforts to helping the foundation insure operational efficiency and financial responsibility with the ultimate goal of continuing to grow MAF’s financial ability to fund research. Brian and his family have been financial supporters of MAF for the last several years.

Perpetual Board Seats

 
Steven Adams
Steven Adams (Co-Founder) September 4, 1962 - September 22, 2013 was a professional photographer and the father of Morgan Adams for whom the foundation is named. Adams was also a member of the Children’s Hospital Oncology Advisory Board for three years and, in partnership with his wife, Joan Slaughter, created multiple events to raise money for children’s cancer research. Before organizing The Morgan Adams Foundation they worked for four years under the umbrella of the Children’s Hospital Foundation. To date their efforts, with the help of their friends and volunteers, have grossed over two million dollars. The  Steven Adams Memorial Endowment Fund is named in his honor and will help to keep the dream of Steven and Joan Slaughter alive and well.   

 


 
Brett M. Derosier
Brett M. Derosier, Co-Founder and Event Chair Morgan Adams Concours d’Elegance September 10, 1976 – August 13, 2005. Brett’s vision of a unique event; a carefully blended display of the best driving and flying machines in history, has come together through his incredibly hard work, his dedication and most of all, his belief in the purpose behind it all – a cure for children with cancer. We grieve the untimely loss of such an incredible partner and yet we celebrate his life, knowing that what he envisioned and loved will continue to grow, and in so doing, will honor his spirit.