Hailey Malepeai, MA Hailey joined Expedition Inspiration in September of 2015. She comes to the organization with a tapestry of experience ranging from hospitality management to wedding and corporate event planning, as well as nonprofit administration and grant writing.
Originally from Twin Falls, Idaho, Hailey bounced to Colorado to Ketchum to Utah and finally back to Idaho in 2009 to pursue a master's degree at Idaho State University. It was there that she began a passionate career in nonprofit management working for Health West, Inc, a community health center. Since then, Hailey's heart has been in improving the health and lives of those around her.
Breast cancer directly affected her life when her grandma Joyce was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2012 and bravely fought the disease until her death in 2013. Now with a daughter of own, Hailey wishes nothing more than to find a cure for this hateful disease.
Hailey and her husband moved from Eastern Idaho to Boise just before the birth of their daughter in 2013. In her spare time, Hailey can be found chasing her husband Ian, daughter Malia, and Hungarian Vizla Tuli through Idaho's rivers and mountains.
Debra Alsaker-Burke, JD, Past Chair
Debra has served on the Expedition Inspiration board of directors since 2010. Debra joined Expedition Inspiration to honor the memory of Brenda Williams, MD, who had been her friend since college.
Debra graduated from University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and psychology in 1976 and received her doctorate from the University of Idaho Law School in 1979. She has worked with the Idaho Supreme Court as a child protection manager since 1999.
Debra was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and has lived in Boise, Idaho, since 1979. She loves Boise because it still has a "small town feel” and great access to the outdoors and the Boise River Greenbelt.
Debra lives with her husband Chris, her mother Myra, her golden retrieverBeau and her cat Smoke. She’s also a mother to her daughter, who lives in Seattle, and her son, who lives in Los Angeles. Her hobbies and interests include hiking, jogging, bike riding and reading.
Tom Keenan Tom joined the Expedition Inspiration Board in 2014. His initial involvement with EI was in 2007 after his sister-in-law Peggy Wing was diagnosed with breast cancer. That summer Tom joined the group of climbers who summited Castle Peak, and he has only missed one climb since. Presently, Tom is responsible for organizing the yearly EI summer climbs.
Natives of Montana, Tom and his wife Laury have owned and operated Towne and Parke Jewelry located in Sun Valley, Idaho for the past 30 years. Tom is a Graduate Gemologist, certified watchmaker and goldsmith. The father of two daughters, Tom realizes the importance of finding a cure for breast cancer. He states, "Although a small percentage of breast cancers are hereditary, after losing a sister-in-law to the disease this factor is often in my thoughts".
Tom loves living in the Wood River valley due to the abundance of outdoor activities available to those living in a mountain community. He is an active hiker, climber, skier and fisherman. Tom cherishes the memories of the many hikes with his wife Laury, and having summited Mount Borah with his oldest daughter Molly and Devils Bedstead with his youngest daughter Annie. These climbs were both successful Expedition Inspiration fundraising climbs.
Jackie has been a member of the board since 2013. She joined the Expedition Inspiration Board to support and continue the efforts of her dear friend Brenda Williams, who lost her fight with breast cancer. Brenda was one who inspired everyone with her energy, brilliance, dedication, and positive outlook.
Breast cancer has frequently touched her life through her BFF Brenda, her Aunt Tootie, her Mother-in Law, Alice, her friends, her neighbors and her co-workers. She believes everyone is “aware” of breast cancer and it is time to not just be aware—but to make a difference in finding a cure.
Jackie graduated from the University of Idaho in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Bachelor of Science in Recreation. Her career as a reading specialist included teaching disadvantaged children, as well as working in administration to support the efforts of Title I in Portland Public Schools.
Jackie has volunteered extensively for Portland Public Schools. She has collaborated and helped in planning a multitude of fundraisers supporting a vast number of needs. Her contributions include not only raising funds, but also many, many volunteer hours.
Jackie lived in Portland, Oregon with her husband Kelly until five years ago when they began sharing their time between Portland and Washington DC. They have two wonderful daughters, Kelsie, married to Kyle McDaniel and living in LaGrande, Oregon and Courtney who lives in Seattle. She is now retired and when in DC enjoys touring visiting friends from the west coast. She loves entertaining, and enjoys traveling, gardening, paddle boarding, kayaking, and spending time with family and friends.
Christal Holmes, CPA, Treasurer
Christal Holmes is a senior tax accountant with Harris & Co and a Certified Public Accountant, licensed to practice in the state of Idaho. Christal has more than 9 years of experience practicing public accounting. She has knowledge in the areas of tax preparation and planning which include Individuals, Partnerships, C-Corporations, S-Corporations, Limited Liability Companies (LLC) and Tax Exempt Organizations. She also has experience preparing Reviewed and Compiled financial statements as well as the use of various versions of Quickbooks. Before joining the firm, Christal worked for the Grand Teton Music Festival in Teton Village, Wyoming where she gained lots of valuable experience in non-profit accounting as their Director of Finance.
Christal enjoys horseback riding in the Owyhees and also hiking/exploring around the old mining towns of Silver City, Idaho. She likes to stay involved in various volunteer positions with organizations in her community.
Margaret Hepworth, M.Ed, Meeting Coordinator
Margaret Hepworth joined the Expedition Inspiration Board in March of 2014. She first became aware of EI through founding member, Dr. Ronald Dorn. Margaret and her husband have lost several family members to breast cancer and Margaret is also a survivor of the disease.
Margaret lives in Boise with her husband Charlie. She graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in Education and Art and also has a Master’s Degree in Education from Boise State University. Margaret taught in the Boise School District before staying home to raise her four children.
As a stay at home mom, Margaret has volunteered extensively in the community. She recently completed her final term as a commissioner for the Boise City Department of Arts and History where she was Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Mayor’s Awards. Other board involvement and service includes The Junior League of Boise, FUNDSY, Foothills School of Arts and Sciences, The Family Advocate Program, YMCA Strong Kids Leadership Circle, St. Luke’s Kid For A Night, Festival of Trees, The Boise School District, Boise Art Museum, and Surel’s Place Artist Residence.
In addition to spending time with family, Margaret is passionate about the outdoors and enjoys participating in triathlons, cycling and nordic skiing.
Cheryl Jorcyk, PhD, Chair
Cheryl Jorcyk received her BS from Penn State University. During her undergraduate years she spent the summers working with Dr. Takis Papas at the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD, where she first gained her interest in cancer research.
Dr. Jorcyk received her PhD from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD under Dr. Dennis Watson involving the study of the human oncogene ETS1 gene and its involvement in cancer development. She did her postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Jeffrey Green at the National Cancer Institute, NIH, where she worked on a transgenic mouse model for breast and prostate cancer.
Dr. Jorcyk is a currently a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Biomolecular Research Program at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. Through collaboration with the Boise VA Medical Center, Dr. Jorcyk started studying the cellular factor Oncostatin M (OSM)and its function in tumor progression. Currently, her lab is focused on studying the role of OSM in breast cancer invasion and metastasis and plans to develop a novel therapeutic to block OSM. She currently has funding from NIH, the American Cancer Society, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, NASA, The W.M. Keck Foundation, the Murdock Charitable Trust, St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center Mountain States Tumor Institute, and the Birt Family. Dr. Jorcyk has published over 45 journal articles.
Paul Montgomery, MD
Paul Montgomery, MD, has been a valuable member of the Expedition Inspiration Medical Advisory Committee since 2009.
Dr. Paul Montgomery has been a Medical Oncologist/Hematologist at Mountain States Tumor Institute since 1991. He graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine and completed his residency at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, and Hematology.
Montgomery is a fellow in the American College of Physicians within the American Society of Internal Medicine, and a member of the American Society of Hematology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Idaho Medical Association and the Ada County Medical Association.
He currently serves on the NCCCP Disparities Physician Lead and is an active affiliate of the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Boise, Idaho, and the St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Boise/Meridian, Idaho.
Montgomery’s most recent publication was "Premedication to reduce discomfort during screening mammography” with CK Lambertz, CJ Johnson and JR Maxwell in PubMed in 2008. He has co-authored 15 other published articles and given lectures at more than 30 conferences and events.
Suzanne Pere Mulenos, BSN
Suzanne has been involved in leadership roles at Expedition Inspiration ever since she started volunteering years ago. She currently serves on the executive committee as she recently stepped down from the chair position on the board. Prior to being chair, she served as co-chair of the board, and on the annual Twilight Snowshoe committee for three years.
Suzanne is a breast cancer survivor and attributes her involvement with EI to her "deep desire to bring this disease to its knees forever.” Suzanne also taught Founder Laura Evans in her step classes.
Suzanne received her B.S. in Nursing from Western Washington University Intercollegiate Center for nursing Education in 1977. She owned Fit City in the Seattle area from 1980-1990 and continues to teach fitness classes today.
Suzanne believes that EI’s mission is important because "only within the arena of research the promise of a cure(s) resides.” She feels that supporting collaborative research as EI does is vital as she is dedicated to "taking more from breast cancer” than it did from her.
Born in Carmel, California, Suzanne has lived in Sun Valley, Idaho, since 2000 and loves "just about everything” about being a Sun Valley local. Her husband Jimmy designs software, and her daughter Arielle is currently studying at GWU.
Outside of finding "an end to breast cancer as we know it,” Suzanne enjoys skate skiing, water skiing, surfing, swimming and engaging others in activities that are designed to lead them towards better health.
Jennifer Poole, Vice Chair Jennifer is the Idaho Grassroots Manager for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.
In 2006, Jennifer was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer at the age of 35 on her baseline mammogram. She kept her motivation during treatment not only by thinking about her family but also with the mantra – “Fake It Til You Make It” and telling herself that she was too much of a control freak to let cancer run her life. She completed her main treatments of chemo and Herceptin in December 2007. The next several years brought on many surgeries for additional scares and reconstruction along with long term side effects from chemotherapy and Tamoxifen. Jennifer now advocates to create awareness about breast cancer in young women and the importance of being your own advocate and additionally the role of exercise in preventing cancer or cancer reoccurrence. She is a certified personal trainer with a specialization as a Cancer Exercise Specialist. She has worked as an instructor/personal trainer for the YMCA’s cancer survivorship exercise programs.
Prior to joining the American Cancer Society as staff, she volunteered with Relay for Life, ACS CAN National Leadership and Lobby Day in Washington DC and was the ACS CAN Idaho Congressional District 2 Lead. She has volunteered with Susan G Komen Idaho and was on staff as their Missions Manager for two years. Jennifer also assists in peer reviews of breast cancer grant applications for the US Department of Defense and other breast cancer organizations. She is also an Idaho Certified Professional Mediator and Trainer and adjunct faculty for Boise State’s Dispute Resolution Program.
Jennifer comes from a family of breast cancer survivors including her grandmother who was diagnosed a year before Jennifer, at the age of 95 and again at 98. She has always been involved in the mission of breast cancer and research but while in treatment herself her then 4 year old daughter asked her if she was going to have to have her “boobies” cut off too when she grew up. Jennifer’s response became her mission – “Not if there is anything I can do about it!”
She was born and raised in Boise and seeks to enjoy all the area has to offer each day with her husband, teenage Irish-dancing-daughter, three grown sons, and two dogs.