Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of Nevus Outreach establishes governance policy and long-range vision for the organization, and has oversight of the staff. The members of the board are all donors to Nevus Outreach, and share a major responsibility for both ongoing fundraising efforts and significant volunteer requirements.
Anne Houseal is a retired USAF Colonel, with over 26 years of service. She earned a Bachelor Degree in Education from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma. Anne’s leadership and accountability was routinely sought. She served on the Air Force Inspector General Inspection Team and was honored to serve as a Commander three times.
After retiring from active duty in 2009, she became a full time homeschooling mother to four children. She and her husband have seven children and six grandchildren. Her youngest is the nevus owner. Anne has attended all but one conference since 2004 and was invited to join the Nevus Outreach Board of Directors during the 2012 International Nevus Conference.
Michael Kushner is currently a Director of Strategic Accounts at SHI International Corp., a private provider of IT software and hardware. He has worked there since 1996, after graduating from Rutgers University with a B.A. in English and Psychology.
Michael is married, with two children. His wife, Wendy, teaches 7th Grade Social Studies in the Edison, NJ school district. His daughter, Ariella, is 14, and has a cape nevus and many satellites; his daughter, Maya, is 10. Michael and his family have attended the past six Nevus Outreach Conferences, since their first, in Columbus, OH, in 2004.
Travis Bailey lives in Craigsville West Virginia with his wife Cassandra and two daughters. Before graduating High School in 2002 he joined the West Virginia Army National Guard. He served 8 years in the West Virginia Army National Guard leaving as a Staff Sergeant and a combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is the father of the Gavin Bailey who was born on October 5, 2011 with CMN and NCM. Gavin died on March 23, 2013 from Neurocutaneous Melanocytosis. Travis and Cassandra felt it was right to donate Gavins tissue and organs to the tissue bank for scientific research. In 2014 the tissue bank at UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA was renamed The Gavin Bailey Tissue Repository for Neural Crest Disorders. Travis now serves on the board and hopes for a cure for NCM and CMN.
Robert is Director of Operations and a partner with DeVille Developments, a commercial real estate development and management company in Canton, Ohio. He manages the daily operations of the company and is responsible for human resources, risk management, financing and accounting functions of the company as well as property management of the company’s portfolio of over 50 retail and office properties. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Otterbein College and received an MBA from Ohio University. Robert has a facial, scalp, cape and BTN nevus all rolled into one and has had more than twenty surgeries and skin grafts. He lives with his wife Molly in Bolivar, Ohio and has two children at home, Jason (18) and Jessica (11) and an adult son Jarrod and daughter in law Marisa. He was a longtime Boy Scout leader and has served his community on various Library, Parks and domestic violence boards.
Jon Gordon is a patent attorney and a partner in the firm of Frommer Lawrence & Haug LLP. His practice focuses on patent prosecution, due diligence, and licensing. Jon studied law at Duke, where he received his J.D. with honors, and he also has an M.S. in computer science from New York University. As an undergraduate, Jon studied physics and philosophy at Yale. His other interests include cooking, rock climbing, and ham radio.
Jon lives with his wife and children in Brooklyn, New York. His older son, Leo, was born in 2004 with a giant nevus that covered about 80% of his back and several satellites. His younger son, Alexander, was born in November 2014 and is so far not much for conversation.
Mike Loehr has been employed at Trane for 25 years and has been an account manager for the last 15 years. He’s a graduate of Hamilton Technical Institute with a degree in Electronic Engineering. Mike is also an active Illowa Council Boy Scouts Board Member, Cornerstone Church Deacon. Mike and Betsy also started a non for profit Respond Ministry raising funds for families in need of financial assistance in adoption and fostering children. Mike and Betsy are both proud parents of Elle, 10 years old with bathing trunk nevus. Nevus Outreach has been a part of their family from the beginning and has played a key role in the success of their family.
Fort Worth, TX
Dean Rogers is currently a Lean Six Sigma Business Improvement Specialist with American Airlines in the TAESL Rolls Royce engine repair and overhaul facility, and has been an Aircraft Maintenance Technician and Crew Chief for 25 years. He has had the opportunity to work in all aspects of the maintenance at AA from flight line maintenance to heavy overhaul on the Boeing 757 and 767 to turbine engine repair and overhaul for the Rolls Royce RB211 and Trent 800.
Dean is married, with two children. His son Matthew, 17, has a cape nevus with many satellites, is a High School senior and a competitive varsity and club soccer player, with future plans to study petroleum engineering. Daughter Kimberlynn, 20, is a sophomore at Texas A&M Corpus Christie majoring in Biological Sciences and Pre Medicine. Dean and his family have attended every conference since 1998 in Orlando Florida.c
San Francisco, CA
Joshua Saipe is originally from Libertyville, Illinois and currently lives in San Francisco, California with his wife Julie. He is a healthcare private equity investor, with over 14 years of healthcare, investing, and transactional experience with Health Evolution Partners, RoundTable Healthcare Partners, and J. P. Morgan Securities. Joshua’s professional experience includes principal investments, board membership, strategic and M&A advisory, and financings. He has a particular focus on the life sciences sector, working with medical technology, medical device and products, specialty and generic pharmaceutical, drug delivery, and specialty and outsourced services companies. Joshua currently serves on the Board of Directors of two private healthcare companies: Prolacta Bioscience and Freedom Innovations. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University. Joshua was born with a congenital nevus. He enjoys traveling, hiking, running, reading, vegetarian culinary experiences, and new adventures with Julie and their Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier, Olive.
Mark Sanchez currently works for Insperity as a Human Resource professional traveling nationally to support clients. He has fourteen years experience in the hospitality industry in operations, sales, event management and human resources. Mark has worked for Marriott International, Hyatt Hotels and Starwood Hotels all over the country. He holds a BFA from Texas Christian University and an MBA from Texas Women's University.
Mark is honored to be on the board. His daughter Annabelle is his nevus owner."Annabelle's tenacity and spunk inspires me, so my hope is that through our familys' experience I can help others in their journey and that together we strive to find new answers, promote awareness and be agents of change". Mark, his wife Andrea, Annabelle and baby David reside in Houston, TX and have attended the 2012 and 2014 Nevus Conferences.
Merilee Vance was born and raised in southern California, then moved to Montana, where she currently lives with her husband, Dustin, who is employed by the USPS, and their three daughters, Cali, Brooklyn and Macy, ages 6, 3, and 1. Merilee is a registered nurse with her BSN, and serves as the Immunization Nurse for the local hospital clinic, overseeing all immunizations and injections. Her educational endeavors provided an opportunity to participate in the Student Exchange Program in the Netherlands and to hold the honor of Nursing Class President.
Merilee's involvement with Nevus Outreach is two-fold-Having a daughter with a nevus and serving as the 2014 Nevus Outreach Conference Volunteer Coordinator. She attended the 2010 conference and both Merilee and her daughter, Brooklyn, attended the 2012 and 2014 conferences. Merilee is pleased and excited to continue serving Nevus Outreach families by joining the 2015 Board of Directors.