Board of Directors

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Meet the FCSN Board of Directors. Our Board is comprised of community and national leaders with expertise in a wide range of areas, including fund development, communications, law, governance, organizational effectiveness, fire service, public administration and business management. The Board is responsible for ensuring the alignment of the strategic and financial health of the organization on an ongoing basis. 

Michael Dubron

FOUNDER

Michael Dubron is a firefighter/paramedic with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, where he is currently assigned to flight operations. On February 06, 2003, at the age of 39, he received the news, which came as a complete shock, and was met with disbelief. Mike was diagnosed with cancer.

Upon Mike’s return to work after a nine-month absence, he established a program where firefighters and their families can get immediate assistance to cope with a cancer diagnosis. The Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN) is comprised of firefighters and their families who are cancer survivors, care givers and volunteers providing comfort strength and hope to those diagnosed with cancer, provide cancer awareness and education.

Mike continues his work as a firefighter, and he proudly bears the title Founder of the Firefighter Cancer Support Network as well as cancer survivor.

Bryan Frieders

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER  |  PRESIDENT

Bryan Frieders is the retired Fire Chief of the Pasadena (CA) Fire Department.  He is also the President of the nationwide non-profit Firefighter Cancer Support Network.  Bryan has more than 31 years of Fire/EMS experience in a variety of assignments ranging from operations to emergency management.  He is a well-known speaker on the topic of firefighter health and safety, leadership, and cancer risk reduction.  Bryan holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration, a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocational Education, and an Associate’s Degree in Fire Technology.  He has also been designated as a Chief Fire Officer (CFO) by the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE).

Julie Sherman

Vice President

Julie Sherman

Senior Partner
Straussner Sherman

Julie graduated from UCLA with Honors in 1986, and obtained her Juris Doctorate Degree in June of 1989 from Southwestern University School of Law. Julie started her career representing professional basketball players in contract negotiations with the NBA and since has represented safety members and their families for 30 years in workers’ compensation, personal injury, disability retirement and employment issues. Julie has drafted workers’ compensation legislation on behalf of police unions and testified before the California State Senate and Assembly. She is a Certified Specialist and has served as the President of the LA Valley Applicants’ Attorneys Association. She sits on the governing board of the Star and Shield Foundation, is an advisor for the California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation and is Counsel for the Firefighter Cancer Support Network and the Law Enforcement Cancer Support Foundation. She has been selected to Southern California Super Lawyers since 2009 and has been recognized in Los Angeles magazine’s Top Women Attorneys in Southern California.

Julie loves to spend time with her family and is extremely proud of her children.

Trey Kelso

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER  |  Treasurer

Trey Kelso, is the Deputy Fire Chief of the the Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department, and is a Past Fire Chief of the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department. Both departments are in Prince George’s County, MD.

Kelso is a designated Chief Fire Officer (CFO) through Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE). He is a Maryland Instructor Certification Review Board State Emergency Services Instructor in the Management Track for the Maryland Fire Rescue Institute.  He has more than 25 years of experience in the fire and emergency services.

In 2009, Trey started the Maryland Chapter of Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN), and he serves as the Maryland State Director. Trey was elected to the FCSN Board of Directors in 2012, where he currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer.

Trey holds an MBA from Frostburg State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology and Management from Syracuse University.

Joe Schumacher

CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER  |  Secretary

Joe Schumacher is the Secretary and Chief Operations Officer (CFO) for the FCSN and the Assistant Virginia State Director. Joe started volunteering with FCSN in 2013 after his second battle with cancer. Joe was first diagnosed in 1996 with testicular cancer and again in 2013 with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Joe is currently managing two exciting projects for FCSN which will expand FCSN’s reach and ability to better serve firefighters both in the United States and internationally.

In 2018 Joe retired from the City of Fairfax Fire Department at the rank of Captain after a wonderful thirty-year career. During Joe’s career, he was awarded both the department’s Lifesaving Award and the Silver Medal of Valor. Prior to being hired in 1988, Joe was a volunteer firefighter with the Fairfax Volunteer Fire Department where his passion for firefighting began.

Joe remains an active member of the City of Fairfax Professional Firefighters and Paramedics Association. He is also a member of the National Capital Region Incident Management Team where he operates as a Safety Officer and Public Information Officer. Joe is also a member of the Sons of the American Legion and volunteers at the FISH Food Pantry in his area. When not working or volunteering, Joe enjoys SCUBA diving and traveling with his wife of thirty-four years, Carol. 

Ben Helquist

CHAIR, GOVERNANCE & OVERSIGHT

Ben is a partner at Straussner & Sherman, a law firm in Los Angeles that is dedicated to representing firefighters afflicted by job-related cancer. Ben’s representation has helped many firefighters and their families prove industrially caused cancer for purposes of workers’ compensation and disability retirement benefits. These legal victories have helped shaped the case law surrounding California’s “firefighter cancer presumption laws.” Ben earned his JD from the University of Oregon and is admitted to the California State Bar.

Dan Murphy

Chair, Fundraising

Dan Murphy

Vice President & Chief Philanthropy Officer
Dignity Health Foundation – Inland Empire
Glendale Memorial Health Foundation

Dan is Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer for Dignity Health Foundation – Inland Empire and Glendale Memorial Health Foundation. He has over 25 years of fundraising experience previously serving in vice president positions at Heritage Valley Health System and Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, PA, as well as fundraising management positions at University of Maryland Medical System, Loyola College of Maryland and Miami University (OH). He currently serves as the health care chair for Inland Action advocacy board and is a member of Leadership Glendale.

Dan received his BA and MS degrees from Miami University in Oxford, OH and a graduate of the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy Executive Residency Program. He lives in Claremont, CA with his wife and three daughters.

Jaci Brown, MEd.

Board Member

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CONTENT AND COMMUNICATIONS
Arizona diamondbacks

Jaci Brown, M.Ed., brings over 30 years of experience to her role as the Senior Vice President of Content and Communications with Major League Baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks where she is responsible for internal and external communications strategy and execution. Her oversight includes game operations, event entertainment production, DBTV productions, social media, digital production, corporate communications, player & media relations, publications, photography, alumni and archiving.

Brown has 29 years of experience in leadership roles, including the last 12 years (2009-21) with Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), most recently serving as Chief Communications Officer and Senior Vice President of Market Strategy. She also spent 20 years in Washington, D.C. serving in various leadership and team roles in public policy and politics. She served two US Secretaries of Education and the Vice President of the United States, supporting priority domestic policy programs and communication initiatives for the Administration. After leaving The White House, Jaci served on the leadership team of the public policy organization, Citizens for a Sound Economy (which later became FreedomWorks), where, over the course of 16 years, she and her teams raised millions of dollars nationwide, grew a national network of grassroots activists, and led multiple political and public policy victories both at the state and national levels.

Jaci holds an MEd from the University of Virginia, a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University, and is active in community service organizations along with her husband and three children. Most importantly, she is the proud daughter of a lifelong firefighter father who, unfortunately lost his battle with colon cancer.

Matty Gregg

BOARD MEMBER

Matty Gregg

Vice President, Organizational Effectiveness
First Republic Bank – Boston, Massachusetts

Matty Gregg is self-described as a life enthusiast. He is extremely excited to be a part of the Firefighter Cancer Support Network. In 2018, he ran 5425 miles across America to raise funds and awareness for the organization. In the past five years, he has raised over $500,000 for various charities through what he defines as “extreme activities.” When he’s not spending time with his family, Matty is the Vice President of Organizational Effectiveness of First Republic Bank in Boston, Massachusetts and a producer of musical national tours.

Kathryn Barger

BOARD MEMBER

Member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

Kathryn Ann Barger-Leibrich is an American politician, serving as a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for the 5th District since 2016. Barger began her career in government in 1988 when she interned in the office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. By 2001 she had risen up the ranks to Antonovich’s chief of staff.

In her role as a county supervisor, Barger has co-authored bills furthering the county’s support for veterans and foster children. Barger also co-authored motions to address homelessness in LA County, which notably includes a bill passed by the California State Assembly in May 2018 amending the state’s definition of “gravely disabled”, and allowing more state-sponsored medical care to be provided to those who may be suffering from a serious mental illness.

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