The San Diego Brain Tumor Foundation is grateful to our faithful board members who dedicate their time to make it possible for us to make a difference in the lives of brain tumor patients and their families in San Diego .
Connie Reeves Campbell
President and Executive Director
Connie Reeves Campbell was the driving force in the formation of the San Diego Brain Tumor Foundation in 2002. Connie’s husband Dennis was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 1998 and lost his fight in 2000. Connie was determined to help others who were struggling with all of the issues she dealt with while caring for Dennis. Using her personal experiences, drive and passion to help others, the San Diego Brain Tumor Foundation was formed to Support the Needs of Patients & Their Families who have been impacted with this disease.
Connie has been a San Diego resident for over 30 years, and began a work career with Great America Bank in Commercial Lending where she met Dennis. Her career advanced into the Incentive and Meeting Planning Industry where she has over 21 years of experience. Connie formed her company Connie Reeves & Company in 2002 focused on special events, fund raising, incentive travel and meeting planning. Connie was the Vice President of Incentive Travel Inc., and Director of Operations for Worldtravel Meetings and Incentives from 1993 – 2002.
Volunteer work has played a key role in Connie’s life. She was a member of the San Diego Junior Chamber of Commerce as a young adult for 8 years. While a volunteer with the Junior Chamber she was the Committee Chair for America’s Finest City Week and was responsible for every aspect of the week including the fundraising. The Hillcrest Receiving Home, now the Polinsky Children’s Center was a beneficiary of 3 years of Connie’s volunteer service. Connie also served as a Committee Member for 3 years with The National Brain Tumor Foundation for the San Diego Angel Adventure. She was also on the planning committee for the San Diego Hospice annual golf tournament for Camp Erin from 2007 – 2011. Additionally, Connie has served for 6 years for SITE Southern California and Director of Events for the San Diego Film Festival for 8 years concurrently.
Connie’s compassion for the patients and family needs of those suffering with a brain tumor is what drives the San Diego Brain Tumor Foundation.
Darcy Mitchell Cohen
Darcy Mitchell Cohen was raised in Indiana and moved to San Diego 29 years ago. Darcy graduated with honors from the University of Denver and earned her JD degree with distinction from the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. Darcy is Senior Legal Counsel at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. where she provides counsel to the Corporate Research & Development group and the Office of the Chief Scientist. Darcy has been with Qualcomm since 1995. Prior to joining Qualcomm, Darcy worked as in-house counsel at United Technologies Corporation and a local software company.
Darcy learned to be of service to others through the example set by her parents who both volunteered tirelessly in various community and national service organizations. When Darcy first arrived in San Diego, she volunteered through the Volunteers in Parole program as a mentor to girls released from the California Youth Authority. She also taught mentally and physically handicapped children to swim through a program at UCSD. Later, while raising her family, Darcy volunteered at her sons’ schools and with the youth program at her church. She also participated in Teen Volunteers in Action with her son. Through TVIA, Darcy and her son participated in many volunteer projects from beach clean ups to planning and participating in a holiday program for the elderly in downtown San Diego.
In addition to serving as a Board Member of the San Diego Brain Tumor Foundation, Darcy also volunteers at Father Joe’s Villages and provides legal services to victims of human trafficking and domestic violence through the Casa Cornelia Law Center.
Chris Hildebrand is a native San Diegan who attended local schools and graduated with honors from San Diego State University with a major in Art. With her art degree in hand, she worked in banking for eight years and later as an office manager for a local church. For the last 16 years she has worked as an artist/wood sculptor designing and creating commissioned art work for individuals and organizations.
Chris has always been heavily involved in volunteer work and has served willingly in a large variety of projects and activities including Stephen Ministry, Art Docent, Hurricane Katrina Disaster Work Teams, Prayers and Squares Quilt ministry, Grossmont High School Band Booster Board and the National Brain Tumor Foundation Angel Adventure committee. She also was in charge of a total renovation of her church. For ten years she was co-leader of a three day Women’s Retreat.
Chris is a creative person whose passions include wood sculpture, painting, photography and computer work. She has designed numerous logos, murals and sculptures for local businesses and charitable organizations. She also enjoys music and plays piano and sings in various vocal groups.
Her involvement with the brain tumor community began when her brother, Dennis Campbell was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 1997.
She has served the San Diego Brain Tumor Foundation as CFO/Treasurer since 2009.
Janis Prupes was raised in Los Angeles, California and graduated from Los Angeles Valley College. Jan has over 25 years of professional work experience in accounting management for financial institutions; including AFTRA-SAG Federal Credit Union and California Savings and Loan. Jan was an advisor in the business planning and development of Symitar Systems Incorporated; a software development company that was co-founded by her husband. She was instrumental in establishing the financial systems and managing all aspects of accounting for the newly formed corporation. She was an active and influential participant in Symitar Systems Corporate Event planning and Entertainment coordination.
Jan has participated in and actively supported multiple organizations including Rady’s Children’s Hospital, The Whittier Institute, Scripps Memorial Hospital, UCSD Moores Cancer Center, Lions-Tigers- and Bears, The Betty’s and Hands United For Children.
Jan’s involvement with the San Diego Brain Tumor Foundation started in 2002 when she joined Connie Reeves Campbell as Connie formed the Foundation. Jan’s interest in this organization which gives day to day comfort and care to brain tumor patients and their families is very personal, as she survived her late husband’s passing after an 8 year prolonged battle with Leukemia. She has an intimate understanding of what those afflicted and their families are going through. Her dedication to help and continued involvement is genuine and very sincere. She remains committed to helping and supporting this wonderful cause.
Marlon Garzo Saria
MSN, RN, AOCNS
Marlon Garzo Saria is an advanced practice nurse researcher in the Neuro-Oncology Program at the Moores Cancer Center, University of California San Diego. He is also currently serving in the U.S. Air Force Reserves Nurse Corps and is stationed at the 452d Aerospace Medicine Squadron, March Air Reserve Base, California. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at the University of the Philippines (UP) and his Master’s degree in Nursing at UCLA where he is currently a PhD candidate. In 2012, he was conferred the title of a Visiting Research Scholar by the Board of Directors of Chiba University in Japan.
Marlon served as an Associate Editor for the Evidence-Based Practice column of the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing and is working as a section editor for the 5th edition of the Core Curriculum for Oncology Nursing. He is actively involved in multiple professional and civic organizations including the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care, Philippine Nurses Association of America, San Diego Brain Tumor Foundation, San Diego Filipino-American Humanitarian Foundation, and the Filipino-American Community Empowerment.
Marlon has given numerous national and international presentations at the Annual Congress of ONS, Annual Meetings of the Indian Society for Neuro-Oncology and the Philippine Society for Neuro-Oncology, United Arab Emirates Cancer Congress, and the Emirates Oncology Conference. He received the Pearl Moore Award from ONS; and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the UP. He has also received a 2-year doctoral fellowship award from the American Cancer Society.