Our Board of Directors

Joan Slaughter (Co-Founder) is the mother of Morgan Adams. With a background in accounting, Joan was a member of a special projects divestiture team for a Fortune 100 company prior to Morgan’s diagnosis. After Morgan died, Joan and her late husband, Steven Adams, started the Foundation that bears their daughter’s name. Joan serves as Executive Director and has focused her work on fundraising and raising community support for pediatric cancer research. Joan also serves on the Philanthropy Council of the Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation Board, is the Chair of the Colorado Kids’ Cancer Association, and serves as a Patient Advocate on the NIH’s Pediatric Central Institutional Review Board. Joan and Steven have two other children, Andrew and Sara Grace.

Bari DeJaynes is an artist and designer and runs his own art and design studio in Greenwich Village, New York. Utilizing his 20 years in advertising and marketing, Bari helps manage design, marketing, and promotion projects, including auction catalogs, corporate banners, event invitations, and print ads for MAF. As a founding board member of The Morgan Adams Foundation, he has donated countless hours to the Foundation, supports the work of the Foundation financially, and regularly contributes his artwork to artma.

Bari DeJaynes

John Dudasch has a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Colorado State University and is the Vice President of Operations for a global engineering and construction firm. John and his wife, Vicki were first introduced to MAF at the Morgan Adams Concours d’Elegance in 2012, a month after losing their 11-year-old daughter Avery to a brain tumor. Both John and Vicki were so overwhelmed and impressed by the event, the cause, and the foundation that they knew they wanted to get involved. John is focusing on supporting MAF in the areas of operational and organizational planning.

John Dudasch

Dan Kelly has 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, with a focus on the development of energy assets throughout the western United States. Prior to starting up a small consulting company, Dan spent 13 years in various capacities with Noble Energy, Inc., including the Vice President of Strategy and Planning. He was a strong advocate for The Morgan Adams Foundation at Noble Energy and continues to work closely with Joan. He is also a Director for SRC Energy, which is based in Denver, Colorado. He has a bachelor of science degree in petroleum engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.

Dan Kelly

Dr. Arthur Liu received his bachelor of science and master of science degrees in electrical engineering and computer science and his Ph.D. in medical engineering and medical physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He then went on to attend Harvard Medical School. He received his training in radiation oncology in the Harvard Radiation Oncology Program and is board certified in Radiation Oncology.

In 2007, he moved to Colorado to join the staff in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Colorado. He is the Vice-Chair and Practice Director of the department. His clinical interest is pediatric radiation oncology, and he is also the Director of Pediatric Radiation Oncology. He works closely with the physicians at the Children’s Hospital Colorado. His research interests include late effects of radiation therapy, quantitative structural brain imaging and application of novel radiation approaches in childhood malignancies.

Dr. Arthur Liu

Jeff McPherson is a Tax Partner with a prominent accounting and consulting firm in Denver.  He has a bachelor of science and a master of accountancy from the University of Denver.  Jeff was connected with Morgan Adams Foundation in 2016 when his then six-year-old son was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.  After learning more about childhood cancer and the lack of funding for research, he was compelled to join MAF to help them with their mission by providing support in the financial management of the organization.

Jeff McPherson

Eric Neeper is a litigator handling complex contract and business-related disputes for many local and national corporations within Colorado and across the country. While in law school, Eric co-authored “Toward a Neuroscience Model of Tort Law: How Functional Neuroimaging Will Transform Tort Doctrine,” published in Columbia University’s Science and Technology Law Review (2012), which advocates for the incorporation of functional neuroimaging evidence in tort law. Immediately after law school, he joined Minor & Brown in Denver, where he has earned a reputation for being tech-savvy, practical, responsive, and approachable in his practice. Eric was introduced to The Morgan Adams Foundation through Minor & Brown and first volunteered for the 2012 artma event. He passionately and wholeheartedly believes in the mission of the foundation and is honored to have the opportunity to contribute wherever needed.

Eric Neeper

Jesse Russell is a strategic leader, digital transformation thought leader, and enterprise software veteran. He currently holds and has served in significant leadership roles at leading global technology companies including Oracle, SAP, NetSuite, and Coupa. A Colorado native, Jesse attended the University of Colorado Boulder and holds a BA in Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations and Economics, as well as an MBA in Finance from the University of Denver Daniels College of Business. Jesse joined The Morgan Adams Foundation Board in 2019; he brings significant prior board experience as well as a background in strategy, operations, fundraising, and a passion for fighting cancer.  Jesse lives in Denver, Colorado, with his wife Kylie, their son, and labradoodle.

Jesse Russell

Perpetual Members

Steven Adams (Co-Founder) (September 4, 1962 – September 22, 2013)

Steven was a professional photographer and the father of Morgan Adams, for whom the foundation is named. Steven was also a member of the Children’s Hospital Oncology Advisory Board for three years and, in partnership with his wife, Joan Slaughter, created multiple events to raise money for children’s cancer research. Before organizing The Morgan Adams Foundation, they worked for four years under the umbrella of the Children’s Hospital Foundation. To date their efforts, with the help of their friends and volunteers, have grossed over $4.7 million. The Steven Adams Memorial Endowment Fund is named in his honor and will help to keep the dream of Steven and Joan Slaughter alive and well.

Steven Adams

Brett M. Derosier, Co-Founder and Event Chair, Morgan Adams Concours d’Elegance (September 10, 1976 – August 13, 2005)

Brett’s vision of a unique event – a carefully blended display of the best driving and flying machines in history – has come together through his incredibly hard work, his dedication and most of all, his belief in the purpose behind it all: a cure for children with cancer. We grieve the untimely loss of such an incredible partner and yet we celebrate his life, knowing that what he envisioned and loved will continue to grow, and in so doing, will honor his spirit.

Brett M. Derosier

Young Professional Board Members

Kylie Alstrup, a legal researcher and literary enthusiast, works as a Real Estate Paralegal at Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC.  Before joining the team at ISPP, Kylie was a Sales and Events Manager for a major beauty conglomerate. Kylie volunteers with multiple wildlife conservation groups and is an active board member of Pheasants Forever South Metro Chapter, as well as a member of Rocky Mountain Sportswomen.

Kylie is a Colorado native and lives in Conifer, CO. She received her BA from Colorado State University, majoring in English with a minor in Communications. She obtained her Paralegal Certificate and her Master’s Degree in Legal Studies from the University of Colorado – Denver.

Kylie Alstrup

Aish Narang, a digital marketer and growth hacker, serves as Head of Ecosystem at WDHB Strategic Learning, a global consulting firm with the purpose of inspiring and empowering people and organizations to embrace change and create sustained transformation. Prior to WDHB, she conducted audit and advisory fieldwork for a Big Four accounting firm, while honing her entrepreneurial spirit by being heavily involved with the Denver startup market. Aish is also a public speaker for high school students where she has spoken in front of crowds of as large as 7,000 people on topics such as generational collaboration, work ethic, and leadership in a global and dynamic world. Much of her social work is conducted around supporting safe cities by using mobile application and data visualization platforms to combat sexual assaults across the globe with other entrepreneurs from the United Nations.

Currently residing in Denver, Aish grew up in Dubai, Scotland, England, and Belgium. She obtained a B.S. in Accounting with a minor in Leadership Studies, as well as her Master of Accountancy, both from the University of Denver.

Aish Narang

Caitlin Spain was diagnosed with a brain tumor on her cerebellum at age 7 and given a 10% chance of survival. Post-surgery, she underwent physical therapy to regain the fine motor skills that were erased during the process. Caitlin is grateful to Children’s Hospital Colorado and the professionals involved in her recovery and has an affinity for the work that the MAF does and for the pioneering of new treatment options for children diagnosed with brain tumors and other diseases.

Caitlin is a wealth advisor with Trilogy Financial, where she spends her days structuring individualized financial strategies to propel people forward on the path toward their financial priorities and goals. Her background is in leadership and coaching, and she has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Caitlin Spain