Board of Directors
Executive Director – Kristine Greer
Kristine Greer is the founder and executive director of Charlene’s Light…a Foundation for Ovarian Cancer. She was diagnosed with Stage lll ovarian cancer twelve years ago and now has a passion to help others afflicted by this cancer. Her dear friend, Charlene Postigo, inspired her to create this foundation. In memory of Charlene and in honor of all who have heard those words “you have cancer”, Kristine promises to make a difference in this fight!
President – Amy Kocak
Amy is Charlene’s daughter and is a dedicated Board Member. She is a contracts specialist at Park Nicollet Health Services in Minneapolis, MN. Amy feels strongly about raising ovarian cancer awareness.
Treasurer – Judy Lautenschlager
Judy has served on the Board of Directors since 2008 and is currently serving as treasurer. Judy’s life was touched by ovarian cancer twice – first when her friend Kristine Greer was diagnosed and again when her sister-in-law, Jane, was diagnosed. Jane lost her courageous battle in 2010. Judy is very passionate about saving lives.
Secretary – Amanda Kelly
Amanda lost her mother to ovarian cancer in 2009. She became a member of the Board to help raise awareness for this cause, and to assist with event planning. Amanda is a professional event planner. She also cares deeply about enhancing the lives of the women and caregivers she meets.
Social Media & Marketing – Atsuko Sibuya
Jo Ann Bollman
Jo Ann was diagnosed with stage III ovarian cancer 9 years ago. Since then, she and Kristine have worked together on various events to raise awareness and funds for research for this dreaded disease that gets far too little attention.
Mr. Postigo was the devoted husband of Charlene Postigo, for whom this foundation was created. He and their three children were deeply affected by ovarian cancer and he wants to make a difference.
Jane Busche– in 2012, Jane and Keane lost their 19 year old daughter to a very rare ovarian cancer. Kristine asked Jane and Keane if Charlene’s Light could help inform others that ovarian cancer can strike women of all ages. This resulted in the start of the Elizabeth Busche Memorial Golf Tournament in 2013 to raise funds for ovarian cancer research in memory of Elizabeth. Jane and Keane are passionate about raising funds for ovarian cancer research, helping patients, and bringing awareness to others.
Medical Advisory Board
Dr. Holly Berg, MD
Dr. Berg is an Emergency Room doctor at North Memorial Hospital in Minneapolis, MN and has seen many cases of ovarian cancer in the ER. She wants to help raise awareness of the subtle symptoms. Dr. Berg was personally touched when her grandmother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
Dr. Colleen Evans, MD
Dr. Evans is a gynecologic oncologist at Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic. She is the only gynecologic oncologist in Northern Minnesota. Her expertise and caring dedication to helping women dealing with gynecologic cancers is invaluable.
Dr. Carol Farchmin, MD
Dr. Farchmin is a family medicine physician who works for Essentia Health in Duluth, MN. She is dedicated to educating her patients about the common, subtle symptoms of ovarian cancer. Dr. Farchmin shares her medical knowledge with the Board of Directors.
Dr. Carlos Grados, MD
Dr. Grados is a retired OB/GYN doctor who shares in the passion to help others. Throughout his career, he saw many women who had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. He now serves on the Board and offers his medical expertise and compassion.