Board Members

Board of Director's Chairperson, Teri Warford: My mother died of cancer in 2009. During the last few months of her life I took her up to the oncology clinic on a regular basis. The people who were involved in Cheerful Heart and serving soup at that time were always so upbeat, kind, and loving. We didn’t often have the soup there, we made Mom’s appointments right before lunch so we could go out to eat afterwards and then maybe take a drive. But we often took soup home; when we got back to the assisted living where Mom stayed I would warm the soup for her dinner. So, I stay involved with CH in honor of Mom. I am "paying forward" the wonderful kindness she received from people. I believe CH has an important place in Lake County, serving cancer patients, their families, and caregivers. I am proud and honored to be on the board.

Jeanne Doepke: The mission for Cheerful Heart is one of service to our fellow man. As a cancer survivor I feel so lucky to have been born in this day and age to have access to advanced cancer treatments so that I feel well enough to want to give back in some way to my fellow cancer patients. Many members of the CH board are more involved in service than I, however, I still feel I am making a contribution and always hope to do more. At our board meetings we hear about the folks we serve and all the generous folks who contribute to this cause. Making a difference to a patient or caregiver who is involved in cancer treatment keeps me wanting to do more.

  Valerie Lindstrom: I became a Cheerful Heart board member in 2003 and my husband, Art, and I both served as volunteers and board members. Art was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia in 1997, and we felt giving back to cancer patients was important for us. Art felt good being able to share with others struggling with the diagnosis. It was our experience that folks find it difficult to talk with cancer patients and their families because they don’t know what to say. Listening and sharing with a cancer patient when they most need love and care is still one of the reasons why I stay involved with Cheerful Heart. Art passed away in August 2008 and I feel like I’m honoring him by continuing to connect with cancer patients.

Barbara Morin: I joined Cheerful Heart in 2008 as the Volunteer Coordinator and board member. Coming from a family with a history of cancer (father, mother and myself in 1985) helped create my passion to contribute to CH as best I can. Most rewarding are the friendships I have formed during my weekly visits to the oncology clinic. Knowing the cancer patients and staff has fulfilled and enriched my life in so many ways, and strengthened me for my most recent battle with cancer.

Landon Godfrey: I am extremely excited to be part of Cheerful Heart where we can make a difference to those needing it most. That is ultimately what got me into healthcare in the first place. I grew up with my grandparents and got to see through them how challenging it was to navigate hospitals and clinics. I decided to become a pharmacist which allowed me many opportunities to work with patients and try to be a positive and helpful part of their life. I got into healthcare administration 10 years ago hoping to make impact on our culture of compassionate care and clinical excellence. I have found this career to be extremely challenging but incredibly rewarding. I hope to be able to contribute to the great team in place with Cheerful Heart

Devin Huntley: I was born and raised in Missoula and when I left the state after graduating from high school I had one goal in mind, and that was to return to western Montana.  It took me almost 20 years but I made it!  I was able to raise both of my daughters here and over time my wife has come to love Montana as I do.  As I’m sure you all know, there is something very special about Montanans.  We look out for one another and when there is a need we take care of one another; and that is why I joined this team. The mission of Cheerful Heart speaks to me, and if I can do something that makes someone’s day a bit brighter or better or easier then I am all in!