Meet Our Board Members

Sarah Brown

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Sarah was born and raised right here in Volusia County and is the youngest of 3 children. Sarah was first introduced to CCF back in 2018 when she started working for Susan Woosley and quickly became passionate about the foundation. In 2020 she became a board member. Her determination and compassion are some of the great qualities Sarah has to offer our foundation.

Linda Hannon
Vice President

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Linda Hannon has lived in DeLand since 2006 where she works full time as a Realtor® with Charles Rutenberg Realty. She has a passion for helping her customers achieve their goals and is honored to be in an industry that is not only exciting but is a vital part of our economy. With only five years experience in the field, she was awarded Realtor® of the Year by the West Volusia Association of Realtors. She firmly believes in continuing to educate herself and received her Brokers Associate License in 2017. Her business partner Terry Bailey has volunteered with the Childhood Cancer Foundation since its inception and invited Linda to join.

Linda’s hails from Trenton, NJ and Levittown, PA where she raised her two wonderful sons. After they finished college and began their journeys in Chicago Illinois & Burlington Vermont, she moved closer to her family here in Central Florida. “Cancer has touched my family in countless ways. My husband, sister, parents and many extended family members have lived and persevered through treatment yet died due to Cancer. Thankfully it never struck my children or any other child in my immediate family. As a parent, I can’t imagine anything worse than having your child face a cancer diagnosis. The value that the Childhood Cancer Foundation brings to our children, families, and community is priceless, and I am thankful to play a role”.

“No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another.” – Author Unknown

Barbara Cochrane

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Barbara was born in South Florida, then moved to Charlotte N.C. for school and work. There she found her desire to give back to the community. While working at Walmart for 20yrs she was on several fundraiser campaigns for Children’s Miracle Network. Including when traveling across the country setting up a new store, she would do a fundraiser to support their local hospitals.

She moved to DeLand in 2011 as a real estate agent and wanted to give back to the community. She volunteered for several years with different events. Then joined the board in 2019.

Missy Elkis

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Michelle “Missy” Elkins was born and raised in DeLand, Florida. She is a DeLand High School Class of 1993 Alumni. “There is no better place I would rather be than DeLand” is what she tells people when they ask why she still lives in DeLand. Missy has two sons that are her pride and joy. She has worked in the Real Estate Industry as a Settlement Agent for many years (she won’t state how many other than she was a child when she started). She loves working with the community and children. She has volunteered with Childhood Cancer Foundation for many years and joined the Board of Directors in 2021.

Our Patient Liaison

Cindy Whitaker
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Cindy joined the CCF team in 2016 as the family liaison however she has been in this field for over 14 years. Growing up in Orlando Florida she made a move to Volusia County 13 years ago with her family husband, Dan; daughter, Amanda; and son, Danny. Danny is the reason they made the move, he was diagnosed in 2004 with stage 4 Medulloblastoma, brain cancer.

Having a child with cancer herself, Cindy has walked this journey and understands the needs of our families which makes for a perfect fit for our organization. Having this experience is invaluable when meeting, helping and navigating the families who are embarking on this journey. Cindy is in the hospitals daily taking care of our families; bringing meals, delivering gas in grocery cards, giving them rides to and from their appointments and sometimes just holding their hands.