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.
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.
To be the preeminent Colorado charitable entity assisting cancer patients in meeting their needed living expenses.
Provide temporary financial support to cancer patients undergoing treatment.
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.
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 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 joined RMCA in January 2012 and is the current Treasurer. Michael is a Banking Officer with FirstBank where he has worked for the past 2 years. He has a Business-Marketing degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Audrey J Theisen is the current Secretary of the RMCA Board of Directors. Audrey has a PhD in Public Health Administration. Her experience in health care consists of working in Health Information Management in hospitals, medical clinics, Social Security Disability Determination and the Colorado Medicaid Program. She is a professor in the Allied Health Profession teaching technical skills of Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Program s as well as Health Information Management courses. Her educational background includes a PhD in Public Health Administration, a Master of Science in Computer Information System, a Bachelor of Science in Business and is a Registered Health Information Administrator. She has been on the Board of Directors at Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance since 2011. Her work experience includes working at Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers as a Clinical Research Coordinator. She wanted to use her advocacy skills to help cancer patients and their families apply for financial assistance through organizations such RMCA and their business partners. She has been the co-author of several health care publications. She also actively participates in the Hands All Around and Quilt of Valor quilting organizations.
Molly Callender joined RMCA’s Board of Directors in October of 2012. Molly is an associate attorney at Brown & Hulbert, LLC, specializing in estate and tax planning, probate litigation, and contested protected person proceedings. Molly has a Business-Management degree from Tulane University and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Denver.
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.
Joel Makolin joined Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance in January of 2012. Joel is a Credit Officer in the Energy and Water Services Group at CoBank, ACB. Prior to that, Mr. Joel was Portfolio Manager in the Energy Division at US Bank and General Counsel at Professional Bureau of Collections, Inc. Joel has a BBA in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa College of Law.
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 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 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.
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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.
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