Administration and Marketing

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Jennifer Hines, CEO

Since June 2019, Jennifer has led Children’s Cancer Connection in fulfilling its mission to connect and care for families affected by childhood cancer. She works directly with volunteers, staff and board members, to promote the work of CCC in the community and build relationships that help further the CCC mission.

Jennifer has nearly 20 years of non-profit leadership experience and spent her early career in corporate finance.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Drake University as well as PHR and SHRM-CP human resource credentials. 

When not working, you will most likely find Jennifer enjoying time outdoors gardening, biking and spending time with her friends, family and three large dogs. 

Ashley Middle, Accounting & Office Manager

Ashley Middle has been the Accounting and Office Manager at Children’s Cancer Connection since May 2022. She is responsible for handling the daily accounting functions and day-to-day tasks of general office management. Ashley graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a bachelor’s degree in Management and has more than 13 years of accounting experience. When not busy with CCC duties, Ashley enjoys attending live music and theater event with her husband, and playing with her three dogs.

Summer Evans, Director of Marketing & Communications

Summer Evans joined Children’s Cancer Connection in April 2022. She oversees CCC’s overall communications strategy, social media, website, promotional materials, media relations and other initiatives which aim to further CCC’s mission, and increase the reach of programs and events. Summer has more than 15 years of marketing and communications experience, having worked previously for the City of Waukee and Des Moines Performing Arts, among others. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State University, and was a TV news reporter in the early years of her career. Summer is an award-winning marketer, a graduate of the Waukee Leadership Institute, and a local Girl Scout leader and food pantry volunteer. When not busy with CCC duties, you can find her taking fun adventures with her husband and daughters, baking or tackling home DIY projects.

Nadia Treichel, Marketing & Graphic Design Coordinator

Nadia Treichel began her time as Graphic Design & Marketing Coordinator for Children’s Cancer Connection in February 2022. She is responsible for the layout, production and delivery of marketing materials across a variety of platforms. Nadia is a Graphic Design & Human Rights student at Drake University, with her expected graduation in December 2022. Nadia has spent time in Des Moines working in various positions within the non-profit sector as well as with the Ameri-Corps. When Nadia is not busy with CCC or schoolwork, she loves spending time outside and hanging out with her two cats.  


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Sarah Jungers, Chief Development Officer

Sarah Jungers joined Children’s Cancer Connection in 2019. She oversees all of development (fundraising) and events and works with major gift donors across the state to help align their philanthropic priorities to impact Iowa families affected by childhood cancer. Sarah has a strong background in the development and nonprofit worlds, beginning her career at Children’s Care Hospital and School (now LifeScape) in Sioux Falls, SD, continuing to the Iowa State University Foundation/College of Veterinary Medicine. Sarah is currently an active member and board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Central Iowa. Sarah holds a combined master’s degree in Business and Health Services Administration from the University of South Dakota. Outside of work, she owns and operates a photography company and enjoys spending time traveling and outdoors with her husband and two daughters. 

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Jenny Harmeyer, Development Manager

Jenny Harmeyer started as Development Manager at Children’s Cancer Connection in June 2022. As a member of the CCC Development Team, she is responsible for writing grants, securing sponsorships, and building relationships with donors. She is also responsible for seeking funding for programs, special events and ongoing CCC needs. Jenny joins CCC with more than nine years of nonprofit fundraising and event experience, most recently with Blank Park Zoo prior to CCC, and she holds a bachelor’s degree from Grand View University in Des Moines. She has also served on the board of directors for the Beaverdale Fall Festival for over six years. Outside of the office, you can find Jenny in the garden or on a hiking trail with her loyal canine companion.

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Maura Saltzman, Development Manager

Maura Saltzman joined CCC in May 2023. While obtaining her bachelor’s degree at Simpson College, Maura was introduced to nonprofit careers through an internship with the American Lung Association. She then earned her master’s in Health Administration at the University of Iowa. Maura enjoys going to concerts and music festivals, traveling, cycling, and spending time with her family and dog, Banjo.

Abby Coppola, Events Manager

Abby Coppola joined the CCC team in November 2023. She is an Iowa native and graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in Event Management and a minor in Public Relations. As Events Manager, Abby is responsible for managing logistics of all internal and third-party fundraising events, as well as assisting with behind-the-scenes processes for the development team. She loves spending her free time with her boyfriend Michael and their dog Leo, watching the Michigan Wolverines, cooking new foods, and playing the guitar and piano!


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Holly Peters, Director of Programs

Holly has been a part of the Children’s Cancer Connection family since March 2024. As the Director of Programs, she oversees the details involved in planning and scheduling programs, events, and outings for the children and families served by CCC. Holly is an Iowa native and Central College graduate with a degree in Psychology. She is a Certified Child Life Specialist and has worked at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, and was most recently a Wish Specialist at Make-A-Wish Iowa.  In her free time, you can find Holly spending time with her husband and playing with their two busy golden retrievers.

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Jourdan Reed, Camp Director

Jourdan Reed began her time at Children’s Cancer Connection in May 2019, originally as the Family Programs Project Manager. In September 2020, she became Camp Director, overseeing Camp Heart Connection programs including Oncology, Sibling, Family and Teen Camps, and the Leaders In Training (LIT) Program. Jourdan is also responsible for communicating with and following all COCA standards and policies as they apply to CCC’s camps. She got involved with Children’s Cancer Connection due to her husband’s involvement as a previous camper, and she was a volunteer for four years prior to working at CCC. Previously, Jourdan worked in the interior design field. She holds bachelor’s degrees in both Interior Design and Construction Management, but decided to pursue her passion of providing meaningful programs to families affected by childhood cancer here at CCC. Beyond CCC, you can find Jourdan spending time with her husband, son and daughter; playing board games or enjoying time outside.

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Kenzie Olson, Program Manager

Kenzie started volunteering with Children’s Cancer Connection in 2014 and took on the full-time role of Program Manager in May 2023. As the Program Manager, she assists the Director of Programs with planning and implementing events, outings and programs for the families involved with CCC, and also serves as the Assistant Camp Director for Oncology and Sibling summer camps. Kenzie graduated from the University of Iowa in 2016 with a degree in child life. She worked as a Certified Child Life Specialist in Alabama and Iowa. Kenzie loves spending time with her family, which includes her husband, son and three badly behaved dogs. Favorite hobbies includes reading, watching movies (especially “Harry Potter” and Marvel films) and taking naps.