Dr. Anurag Agrawal—Executive Board Member: Anu did his undergraduate at the University of Texas at Austin and medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston before transitioning to Children's Hospital and Research Center Oakland for pediatrics residency. He was inspired by the resilience of the children and families dealing with a cancer diagnosis while in residency and pursued a career in pediatric oncology, continuing his training in Oakland for fellowship. He has always retained an interested in international work and spent over two years working in Africa, in Lesotho and Botswana, as part of the Baylor International Pediatrics AIDS Initiative treating children with HIV as well as blood disorders and cancer. He currently practices clinical oncology and transplant in Oakland with emphasis in supportive care and early phase therapeutics. He also is continuing his international work with ongoing projects in hematology and oncology in Southeast Asia. Anu enjoys outdoor activities including sailing, hiking and biking as well as traveling and spending time with friends. Anu met Pierre while he was receiving treatment in Oakland and will always remember the intellectual conversations they had together as well as his strength during his cancer journey--"Pierre always recognized the importance of trying to have fun and maintain quality of life, and I hope to continue his goals in this direction as part of the Board."
Kristen Barbarics—Executive Board Member: Kristen Barbarics received her BA in English from Boston University, her EdM from Harvard University and her MBA from Simmons College, where she was a Dean's Merit Scholar. Currently, she is Director of Development and Alumni at Town School for Boys, an independent K-8 school in Pacific Heights. In her position, she serves as a senior member of the school's administration team and is responsible for all aspects of fundraising, as well as alumni engagement. Previous to this, Kristen was Director of Development at Benioff Children's Hospital, where she became involved in the work of Pierre's Birthday Fund and co-created the California Childhood Cancer Coalition. Kristen also held senior fundraising roles at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard University. She is a member of the advisory board of Aspire Schools. She lives in Pacific Heights and enjoys spending time with friends, pilates, and traveling. "I was incredibly inspired by Pierre's work as a patient at UCSF Benioff Children's hospital and am thrilled to have the opportunity to help advance one of his important legacies to make hospital stays for children a better experience."
Dr. W. Clay Gustafson—Executive Board Member: Clay received his Bachelor of Science from Rice University where he double majored in English Literature and Biochemistry. He then attended grad school at the University of Texas Medical Branch MD/PhD with the PhD in Human Biological Chemistry and Genetics. His dissertation was on cancer molecular biology and genetics. Clay was a pediatric resident at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center/Children's Medical Center Dallas. He came to UCSF Benioff on a pediatric hematology-oncology fellowship. He is presently a Pediatric Oncologist, Assistant Professor in Residence. Clay’s career is focused on research and finding a cure for childhood cancer while also caring for children with cancer. He is married with one daughter. Pierre met Clay in February 2015 on the second day the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Mission Bay Campus opened and just shortly after Pierre found out that his cancer was back. Pierre loved and trusted Clay. “I was Pierre’s Oncologist. My research is focused primarily on neuroblastoma, the tumor that Pierre had and he was one of my very favorite patients. His bright smile and mischievous charm made caring for him a pleasure. He was a brilliant, energetic young man who also did a small research project in my lab. I’m honored to contribute even a little bit to his legacy through the Birthday Fund.”
Linda Helper-Corley—Treasurer and Executive Board Member: Linda received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara where she double majored in Business Economics and Religious Studies. She has worked as a Finance and Operations professional in the Bay Area for 30 years, is a Certified Public Accountant and presently the Manager of Portfolio Accounting and Performance Measurement at Standish Mellon Asset Management. Linda is married with two young adult children. She is passionate about volunteering for children of all ages and enjoys gardening, hiking, running, skiing and reading. “I met Pierre when he was 4, and my youngest son was in preschool with him. Pierre was a kid to be noticed right from the beginning – a bit mischievous, quite charming and stylish, with a beautiful smile that lit up the room. I am fortunate that I had Pierre in my life for 14 years, and have the opportunity to continue his legacy of providing joy to others.”
Elizabeth "Betsy" Hill—Gala Chair and Executive Board Member: Betsy received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and her Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of the Pacific. After a career in the ski industry, she has worked as a Physical Therapist specializing in sports medicine. She has served on the boards of St. Luke's Hospital Jr. Auxiliary, Highlands Preschool, Saklan Valley School, Millennium High School, and the Claremont Book Club. Betsy lives in Piedmont, California and has 4 children. "My son Clayton and Pierre quickly became inseparable at Head-Royce, bonding over their shared quirky humor and precocious fashion sense. Pierre continues to inspire us with his generosity and his selfless dream to help other hospitalized kids."
Dr. Carolyn Hoppe—Executive Board Member: Carolyn received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of California, Berkeley and then attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine. She completed her residency and fellowship in Hematology-Oncology at Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland and has been working at the Oakland campus for 25 years. Carolyn was Pierre’s very first Hematologist-Oncologist and did all of Pierre’s diagnostic biopsies during his first week in the hospital. Carolyn became a Schreyer family friend and confidant. She was always there for the family throughout Pierre’s fight. Carolyn is married with three children (21, 20, 15) and has two cats. She enjoys time out with family and friends, long walks, riding her bike to work, Sunday crossword puzzles, watching Top Chef and eating good food. “I met Pierre at Children’s Hospital Oakland on the day he diagnosed himself with cancer and feel fortunate to have been part of his journey. He taught me how to be a better doctor and to enjoy the simple pleasures in life.”
Kelly Mehlenbacher—Secretary and Executive Board Member: Kelly is a native Texan, who currently resides in New York City. She graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Political Science. Upon graduating, Kelly was an intern turned Accounting Associate on Hillary Clinton's first Presidential campaign. After which, she joined President Obama's Administration, first as a Special Assistant to the Director of Budget and Resource Management at USAID and later as the Deputy White House Liaison at the U.S. Department of State. While Washington, DC provided many opportunities she could only have dreamed of a few years before, the pull of Texas, and her family, became too strong to ignore. With a new niece and Sister-in-Law in the picture, she returned home, bringing her experience in democratic politics with her as the Operations Director of Battleground Texas. However, the unfinished business of Hillary Clinton potentially becoming the first female President called again. Kelly moved to Brooklyn a year later to serve as the Treasury Manager at Hillary for America, where she was responsible for managing and reporting on all receivables for three separate legal entities. Now, Kelly is the Chief Operating Officer of Onward Together, a 501(c)4 social advocacy organization. As a Leo, Kelly is fiercely loyal, passionate and outspoken. She cares deeply about her family and friends and believes we should all work towards making our country more equal, fair and just. She loves reading, wine and sarcasm. "Nothing is more important to me than family and during the 2016 campaign Pierre's brother Andrew became part of my family. I have incredible admiration for the Schreyer family and it is a great honor to be able to contribute to Pierre's legacy of love and kindness by serving as a member of the board."
Michele Metz—Advisory Board Director: Michele received her Bachelor of Arts from Tulane University and a M.A. and Ph. D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Michele was Pierre’s high school advisor and met Pierre his freshman year. They became friends and Pierre enjoyed spending time together after school. After Pierre was diagnosed, Michele was a companion at the hospital or at Pierre’s home and he especially enjoyed having tea together. Michele taught History and History of Art in the Upper School of the Head-Royce School for 27 years. She is presently retired. Michele has one son and enjoys reading, walking, needlepoint and cats and dogs. “I met Pierre through his brother Andrew whom I taught in 2009. When Pierre arrived at high school, he was a member of my homeroom. His wit, imagination, and consideration of others continue to inspire me, and I feel lucky to help continue his legacy of providing joy to others.”
Charles Olivier III—Executive Board Member:Charles received his Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and Business administration from the University of Illinois - Springfield. After graduating, he worked on President Obama's re-election campaign HQ in Chicago. After winning the re-election campaign, he moved to D.C. and joined a political consulting firm started by two senior Obama aides where he served as Chief Operating Officer. Recently, he served as the Deputy CFO and Controller of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign where he met Andrew and learned about his little brother, Pierre. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer of the Democratic National Committee and lives in Washington, D.C.. Charles is the oldest of 3 siblings. He is passionate about creating pipelines to create more diversity and inclusion in the political process. He likes to keep his downtime unplanned for spontaneous adventures."I first learned about Pierre's magical spirit and his journey while walking along the Brooklyn Bridge Promenade with his brother Andrew. After learning about his courage, determination, and compassion for others while fighting his own uphill battle I immediately asked if I could be involved. I couldn't be more excited to help lift Pierre's legacy and continue his mission of enriching the lives of other hospitalized children. His story should be an inspiration to everyone. He certainly inspires me to keep helping others and doing all the good one can possibly do regardless of our personal battles. "
Andrew Schreyer—President and Founder: Andrew received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Chapman University. After working in data analytics for Oakland based solar start-up Sungevity, Andrew joined the team at Hillary for America, Hillary Clinton's Presidential campaign, where he was the Operations and Systems Manager at their Brooklyn headquarters; he is now a consultant. Andrew has a passion for food and loves to cook new dishes at home. He can most often be found at the nearest Blue Bottle Coffee shop enjoying a single origin drip coffee. He currently lives in New York City. “Pierre was my younger brother--he was one of the most generous and caring people whom I’ve had the pleasure to meet. He started the work of Pierre’s Birthday Fund when he was sick in the hospital. I was always amazed at the good he wanted to do for others, even on his worst days. As soon as he passed, I knew I wanted to take on his vision and continue his legacy. I’m proud to be a part of this amazing team that is so passionate about our mission.”
Jennifer Schreyer—Executive Director: Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she double majored in Political Science and French. After graduating, she worked in Paris at the Enrico Navarra Gallery, followed by work at the fashion house Céline. Jennifer moved to California and was a real estate agent in the Oakland area for 12 years. When Pierre was diagnosed in 2013 with neuroblastoma, she cared for him full-time, spending countless days at both UCSF Benioff Oakland and San Francisco. Working with Pierre, Jennifer discovered ways to brighten the day of hospitalized children to enhance leisure activities and pain management therapies. She is passionate about helping others and especially carrying on Pierre’s work to help other children. Jennifer’s interests include decoration and design, fashion, art, refinishing furniture, remodeling, cooking and entertaining. “As Pierre’s mother, I realize first hand how important continuing Pierre’s legacy of love and generosity is. I strive everyday to keep his spirit alive as he is a constant inspiration to me.”