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 the death of Morgan, her oldest daughter, Joan redirected her focus toward fundraising and community support for pediatric cancer research. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Hospital Colorado and is a member of the Colorado Kids’ Cancer Association. Joan and husband Steven Adams have two other children, Andrew and 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

Brian Stieritz is an Executive Vice President of a major global construction company. With a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Lehigh University and over 30 years of business experience, Brian has seen all aspects of running major businesses from developmental, operational, and financial perspectives. Brian will focus his efforts to helping the foundation ensure operational efficiency and financial responsibility, with the ultimate goal of continuing to grow MAF’s financial ability to fund research. Brian and his family have been financial supporters of MAF for the last several years.

Brian Stieritz

Perpetual Board 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