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Joanne Wilson

Joanne Wilson

Co-Founder

Lorraine Kerz

Lorraine Kerz

Executive Director

Melissa Kress

Melissa Kress

Treasurer

Terry Bonnette

Terry Bonnette

Board Member

Whitney Meakin

Whitney Meakin

Board Member

Jamie Ruloph

Jamie Ruloph

Board Member

Eric Eichner

Eric Eichner

Board Member

Jamie Reeves

Jamie Reeves

Board Member

Joanne Wilson

Joanne Wilson

Co-Founder

“Over a relatively short period of time I watched Lorraine’s heart break as she helped to care for her beautiful son while his health declined. He fought his nemesis (Cancer) every step of the way, he fought it with humor, he fought it with love, and he fought it with every bit of life he had, but he lost. In the aftermath of this loss, my friend Lorraine was left devastated, and she needed to find a way to divert that anger and pain into something positive in Sy’s memory. When she decided to create this amazing fund, to help other young adults that were battling the same enemy as Silas, I knew I needed to be part of it. I am so proud of all the hard work that Lorraine and many others have done to keep this dream alive. Lorraine is the heart of Sy’s Fund and you all are its life force, everyone who gives or receives from this fund keeps it alive. Thank you all so much.”

Joanne’s friendship and dedicated hard work so generously helped Sy’s Fund become a reality before her move from Western Massachusetts to Pennsylvania in 2012.

Lorraine Kerz

Lorraine Kerz

Executive Director

Lorraine founded Sy’s Fun:D in 2010 as a way to pay tribute to her son Silas’s generous and fun loving spirit after losing him to cancer in 2008 at the age of 29. She carries with her the tremendous love and insight she gained from Sy in his short but powerful time on earth, and is inspired by her daughters Phoebe, Eve, Jesse, Stephanie & Alex every day as well. Lorraine continues to learn invaluable lessons and is touched by each and every young adult with cancer she has the privilege of connecting with. She lives in Western Massachusetts; along with her passion for Sy’s Fun:D Lorraine loves hiking, photography, and visits with her grandchildren and extended family & friends.

Melissa Kress

Melissa Kress

Treasurer

Melissa, a good friend of Silas has been a Sy’s Fun:D board member and Treasurer since 2012.  Melissa lives in Swanzey, NH. She has 20 years of experience in the customer service field, has served on the NH Board of Fair Associations as Treasurer and is happily employed by Wieczorek Insurance in Keene, NH.

Terry Bonnette

Terry Bonnette

Board Member

Terry Bonnette is semi-retired. She has over 30 years of experience in the customer service and transportation fields. She loves traveling, golfing, and keeping active. Terry became a Sy’s Fund board member in 2015. In 2011 she combined her love of golf and helping others by taking the reins and has been the lead organizer of the Sy’s Fund golf tournament ever since. ”Research someday will pay off, but these young adults need immediate comfort and support. Sy’s Fund does that!”

Whitney Meakin

Whitney Meakin

Board Member

Whitney lives in Keene NH with her awesome boyfriend and two bonus kids. She opened her own salon in Keene, NH 3 years ago after working in the industry for 10 years. Having both lost the same young friend to cancer she was introduced to Sy’s Fund by (now) fellow board member Mickey. She participated in the second annual Rock Paper Scissors tournament (her first Sy’s Fund event.) She gives back to the community in many ways such as events giving back to school haircuts for underprivileged kids and giving haircuts to the homeless. She is very excited to find other ways to “give back” besides just cutting hair!

Jamie Ruloph

Jamie Ruloph

Board Member

“Being a two-time cancer warrior often gives us a different perspective on life! I have 20 years in customer service & retail management, as well as many years volunteering with various non-profits for cancer, homelessness, LGBTQ+ organizations and many more! I enjoy traveling, outdoor music venues, and making people laugh. I have been living in Northeastern Oregon for 4 years and enjoy the beautiful hikes and views that it has to offer.” -Jamie

Eric Eichner

Eric Eichner

Board Member

Eric, a critical thinker and casual artist left the auto industry after 25 years in 2009 to “play in the dirt”- opening his septic and sewer inspection business: Inspections by Eric (clever, isn’t he?) Originally from The Charter Oak State (Connecticut) he migrated north to the Granite State (New Hampshire) in 1989 to see what opportunities abounded in northern New England. Living in Surry, NH with his wife Michele Kuiawa for the past 25 years it is very clear he will never (ever) move again. Eric became involved with Sy’s Fun:D as a sizzler in 2016-uncovering a passion for making the world “just a bit better” and joined the board in 2017.

Jamie Reeves

Jamie Reeves

Board Member

Jamie, who lives in Keene, NH, is a graduate of Keene State College and is currently enjoying employment at Liberty Mutual Insurance. Jamie became a Sy’s Fund board member in 2015. She plays softball and enjoys snowshoeing, kayaking, and reading.