Tom Kidd Chief Executive Officer. Director
Tom lived the experience of battling cancer for almost three years with his wife, Joan, who he was devoted to and loved dearly. She was a physician who became a patient. Joan lived her life much longer than she was expected to, because every stone was turned over, seeking all alternatives in her treatment. Their experience together became the inspiration for the formation of the Continuum to bring that same aggressive process to other patients and caregivers facing a similar battle to live longer and defeat cancer. Tom used his experience in the business world in conjunction with the knowledge he learned in his experience with Joan to form and launch the Continuum, with its mission to extend the lives of cancer patients with quality, so they can experience many life experiences that would otherwise be lost.
Tyler Marino Project Manager
Tyler Marino is the Project Manager for the Joan L. Kidd, MD Fight for Life Continuum. He was brought onboard during the development stages of the Continuum to help get the website and operations created. Tyler continues to serve as a team member with the Continuum, overseeing various projects that are aimed to improve the overall experience that the Continuum provides to its members, patients and caregivers.
Tyler has years of experience as a television and film producer, successfully managing projects of all sizes. His carrier has led him to receiving several awards and recognitions including three Telly Awards, Award of Merit at the IndieFEST Awards, and Audience Choice- Best Feature Film at the TBUFF. His experiences as a producer and managing large scale projects will help the Continuum grow into an efficient organization that gives patients and caregivers a user-friendly platform to access our vast resources.
Rachel L.D. Truxall, RN, MPH Director of Research
Rachel Truxall is the Research Director for the Joan L. Kidd Fight for Life Continuum. Rachel is a recent graduate of the University of West Florida where she earned a graduate degree in Public Health. Prior to joining the Continuum, Rachel worked as a registered nurse for nearly ten years. Working with the Continuum fulfills two of her professional ambitions: to improve one’s quality of life through health and to provide improved access to healthcare for all. The Continuum helps meet both of those goals. Personally, Rachel is also an active member of her community serving as a volunteer or board member in various environmental, sports and school non-profit organizations. Rachel’s academic record also includes an associate degree in Nursing from Daytona State College (’06) and a bachelor of science degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Florida (’98).
Kelly Mellott Marketing Manager
As part of the Fight for Life team, Kelly combines professional skill with personal passion. Kelly is dedicated to changing the impact of cancer on the lives of women, men and families in honor of her mother, Kathy Mellott and grandmother, Flora Kimpel, who were lost to ovarian cancer. Kelly is proud to call herself a "cancer pre-vivor" and uses her experience as a BRCA1 mutation carrier to lend a voice to the high-risk cancer community.
Previously, Kelly has held marketing and communications roles with UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center), one of the largest health systems in the United States, with a specific focus on Magee Womens-Hospital of UPMC and UPMC CancerCenter, Helomics (previously Precision Therapeutics), a personalized healthcare biotechnology company focused on oncology, and the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.
Kelly graduated with her Bachelors in Arts in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago.She currently lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, daughter and three dogs.
Scott Richard, MD Director
Dr. Scott Richard is a passionate Gynecologic Oncologist, dedicated to the care of women with reproductive malignancies, medical education, and clinical research. He currently serves as Associate Professor, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia. Previous roles have included Associate Professor and Director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology and Director of Robotics at Hahnemann University Hospital, as well as Assistant Professor of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Associate Director of Outreach, and Director of Gynecologic Oncology Robotics at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC in Pittsburgh. Dr. Richard obtained his Medical Degree from Albany Medical College. He currently lives in Philadelphia with his family.
Genne’ DeHenau McDonald PT Director
Genne’ has 27 years ofexperience as a physical therapist, specializing in the areas of women's health and oncology rehabilitation. She was part of the Clinical Faculty at the University of Florida and was instrumental in the creation and development of the rehabilitation programs at the Davis Cancer Center and post-mastectomy rehabilitation program at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Genne' is a 15-year cancer survivor who started and ran her own non-profit organization, Team Survivor North Florida, with the goal of enabling cancer fighters to get physically active.
Genne' was also actively involved with the American Cancer Society and the LIVESTRONG Foundation as an advocate, speaker and volunteer. She received the Lifetime Television Hero Award and the Yoplait Champion Award for her advocacy work and volunteerism, as well as the American Cancer Society Terese Lasser Award for Florida for her breast cancer advocacy work . She is currently the Program Project Manager for Medical Affairs for SI-BONE.
Mike Liquori, CPA Director
Mike has been a real estate developer since 2003 – primarily on the syndication of multiformily and residential land projects. He’s currently developing two senior housing projects as the lead developer. His early career was focused on the 1031 real estate marketplace whereby commercial property owners could exchange, tax-free like kind properties. He’s a former Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and currently holds a CPA license in Florida.
Mr. Liguori is a prominent speaker in the field of investment banking and Crowd-financing/Crowdfunding. He is a regular roster speaker at IMN Real Estate Conference and Crittenden National Real Estate Conferences, including venues at San Diego, NYC, Miami and Pittsburgh in 2016. He is a member of NAIOP – Commercial Real Estate Development Association.
He has a dual Finance/Accounting degree from the University of Texas, as well as having consulted/coached several hundred businesses in maximizing corporate value through process and strategy refinement with a former Anthony Robbins partnership – Business Breakthroughs International.
Kathryn Ong, RN Director
Kathryn is a married mom of two with a Bachelors Degree in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin. She also has her Parish Nurse Certification and serves the congregation of St Luke's Lutheran Church in Oviedo, Florida. Kathryn served with Dr. Joan Kidd at Shepherd’s Hope medical facility at St Luke's in Oviedo for ten years delivering free medical care to people in need who could not afford it. Joan considered her a best friend as well as a colleague. She currently is with Florida Hospital East, Orlando in the surgical/endoscopy units.