A Bit About Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance

doctorladyWho We Are
Why We Were Founded
Our Vision
Our Mission
Our Goal
Board of Directors

Who We Are

Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance (RMCA), is a Colorado-based nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance for the basic living needs of cancer patients receiving treatment in Colorado. Assistance from RMCA is for rent or mortgage, food, utilities, transportation, and health insurance premiums or COBRA payments, and other non-medical expenses. RMCA's goal is to continue to provide assistance to every eligible applicant that demonstrates a dire financial situation. Support from RMCA helps cancer patients avoid delaying or ending treatment due to financial stress.

Why We Were Founded

RMCA, formerly known as Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers Foundation, was started in 1999 by a group of doctors, patients, friends, and associates of the Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers. These volunteers recognized that with treatment many patients' household budget was stretched to the limits due to treatment and treatment-related costs. A patient's normal budget is overturned at the same time their income may be reduced because they are unable to work due to the illness. Their stress level greatly increases at the very time they need to be focusing on their health. Our objective is to reduce this stress whenever possible and help ensure that patients can continue their treatment.

Our Vision

To be the preeminent Colorado charitable entity assisting cancer patients in meeting their needed living expenses.

Our Mission

Provide temporary financial support to cancer patients undergoing treatment.

Our Goal

RMCA's goal is to provide financial assistance to 100 percent of eligible patients. In our history, we have never denied funding to an eligible patient experiencing dire financial circumstances.

2013 Board of Directors:

Chris Maupin

Chris Maupin joined RMCA in February of 2011 and is the current President. Chris graduated from the University of Missouri with a B.A. in Business Management, History, and Sociology. Chris attended the University of London in 1994. Chris has worked for Shelter Insurance companies since 1988 and has run his own agency since 2003. Chris enjoys playing music and coaching youth sports. Chris is married to Amy and has a son named Carter.

Jenny Gruenhaupt

Jenny Gruenhaupt joined RMCA's Board of Directors four years ago and is the current Vice President. She currently works in the field of public relations as an independent contractor, providing project management and public relations support. In addition to her work with RMCA, Jenny is also on the IMPACT youth leadership team at Family of Christ Lutheran Church in Colorado Springs and an active member of the Douglas County Takedown Club. She has been married to her husband, Darin for 21 years and has three teenage sons.

Michael Bieber

Michael Bieber joined RMCA in January 2012 and is the current Treasurer. Michael is an analyst with CoBiz Bank. He has a Business-Marketing degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder.  Michael is a Colorado native who is proud to serve on the Board of Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance.

Audrey Thiesen

Audrey J Theisen is the current Secretary of the RMCA Board of Directors.  Audrey has been an active board member for the past three years. Audrey's background includes an extensive career in Health Information Management to include working in acute care, ambulatory care, health care education and contract work with Governmental agencies.

Rich Eisenberg

Rich Eisenberg joined Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance in November of 2012.  Rich is the owner of the liquor department in the Sam's Club south of Park Meadows in Lone Tree.  Rich has served on several boards related to the adult beverage industry.  Appointed by the governor to the initial Colorado Wine Industry Board, Rich served as its treasurer for three terms.  Rich also served as the President of the Colorado Liquor Retailers and President of Colorado United, a unique, industry board aimed at educating minors of the perils of alcohol use and abuse.  A graduate of the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy, he used his eduction as a pharmacist at Rose Medical Center and in the biomedical industry.  

 Eric Faddis

 Eric Faddis joined the RMCA’s Board of Directors in August of 2013. As a local attorney in Colorado, Eric is dedicated to serving his community in both professional and philanthropic capacities. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Colorado State University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where he served as a Senior Editor on the DU Law Review, Eric was selected for a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Judge Margie Enquist. Eric’s other philanthropic activities include serving as a volunteer judge for the Denver Urban Debate League and a volunteer trial attorney for the Colorado Lawyer Committee’s Hate Crime Education Task Force.

Chris Graf

Chris joined the RMCA Board of Directors in September 2013.  He currently works for FirstBank as a Banking Officer at the original flagship location in Lakewood.  Before starting a career in banking, Chris worked as a Corporate Pilot based out of Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport.  While he still loves to fly as a hobby, Chris now enjoys getting to work in finance and build relationships through community outreach. 

Rick Roundy

Rick joined the RMCA board in January, 2013.  Rick is the Director of Sales and Marketing for Solve IT, one of our business partners.  Rick has over 20 years of experience within the IT industry. Before Solve IT, Rick’s career evolved from desktop support to enterprise network support and design as well as co-founding his own IT services company. 

Ann Ryan

Ann has been involved with Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance since 2000 when the organization began.  Ann has served in many positions during her involvement with RMCA, including tenures on the Finance Committee as well as Board President for 2008 and 2009.  Ann began her volunteer work with Big Sisters in 1989. She worked at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company for 24 years as a District Manager. Ann received the Volunteer of the Year award from Bristol Myers Squibb twice. The first award was for her work with Big Sisters. The second award was for the Dumb Friends League working in the surgery release department. Ann retired from Bristol-Myers Squibb in 1998.  In addition, Ann has dedicated sixteen years and over 1,500 hours to the Dumb Friends League. A true dog lover, Ann has rescued many dogs over the years. Braveheart a tripod (yes, three legs) just left this world for dog heaven. She now cares for Winston a beautiful Collie who is another rescue dog.

Louise Sliman

Louise Sliman has served on the RMCA Board of Directors since 2008. Louise is a Human Resource Consultant and has worked with numerous not for profit organizations in Colorado. As a volunteer, Louise has worked with non profit boards and staff on achieving organizational goals and resolving internal conflicts. Prior to coming to RMCA, Louise served on the Board of Directors for the Boulder Area Human Resource Association for 5 years and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management. Louise attended Michigan State University and earned her BA from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is currently studying painting and is a member of the Louisville Art Association, the Louisville Arts District and the Park Hill Art Club where she volunteers her time.

 Alicia Vargo

 Alicia Vargo joined Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance in July of 2013.  Alicia Vargo is the President and CEO of Pampered Passions Fine Lingerie.  Pampered Passions Fine Lingerie, specializes in post-mastectomy services, and has been meeting the needs of post-mastectomy patients both before and after surgery for over 10 years online, and eight years in the retail store location.  Pampered Passions Fine Lingerie offers a support group for Breast Cancer Survivors, called "Breast Cancer Pirates". "Stealing one life back at a time!"  The Support Group was inspired by a woman waiting in her Doctor's office dressed up like a pirate waiting for her chemotherapy.  When asked about why she was dressed like a pirate, she claimed she was stealing her life back and she is a 2-time Cancer Survivor.  Breast Cancer Pirates Support Group serves as a Sponsor/Sponsoree Program designed to pair up a newly diagnosed patient with a friend who has been through a similar experience.




RMCA Partnerships

Support Cancer Patients in Need by becoming an RMCA Corporate Partner

Are you a business owner interested in supporting your community? Is your employer involved in the community and looking for more ways to give back? If you answered yes to these questions, please consider joining RMCA’s Corporate Partners program and becoming a part of our caring community, helping cancer patients in need.

Read more: RMCA Partnerships

Financial Assistance

Click here to learn about Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance's Financial Assistance program and download an application.

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