Board of Directors
Ashley Lentz, Founder and Executive Director
Ashley has worked in the wellness industry for 15 years and more specifically with cancer survivors since 2012. Her career has involved various roles in the nonprofit sector, including front line management, executive leadership, and multi-site operations. She has led large-scale cancer exercise training programs which involved recruiting, training, and certifying cancer fitness specialists. Ashley’s work as an educator also includes teaching exercise science at the collegiate level as well as various certification and continuing education workshops for fitness professionals.
Ashley’s own education includes a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology, a master’s degree in Environmental Health, and a graduate certificate in Functional Aging. Ashley is a Certified Exercise Physiologist and Cancer Exercise Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine, as well as a Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist through the Cancer Exercise Training Institute.
Rachel Howard, Board Chairperson and Founding Director
Rachel Howard, of RiverHouse Consulting, is an executive coach and consultant with over 30 years of experience in nonprofit leadership and executive roles. In 2014, Rachel completed her treatment for Stage IV Colon Cancer. She met Ashley in 2015 who helped her build strength, confidence, and a healthy outlook. Rachel earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago, where she went on to earn her Master's Degree in Social Service Administration. She holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Board Consulting and is a Licensed Social Worker in New York and New Jersey, and an International Coaching Federation (ICF) - Certified Coach. She is currently cancer-free.
Steve Stern, Board Treasurer
Stephen Stern is a retired nonprofit finance professional with more than 20 years of hands-on experience directing the financial activities for INCLUDEnyc, St. Ann’s Corner of Harm Reduction and Families Reaching In Ever New Directions. After graduating from Drexel University with a BS in Commerce & Engineering, he started his career in the music and direct marketing industries before moving to the not-for-profit world where he felt the work was more meaningful.
Anna Smith, Board Secretary
Anna Smith is a program manager with more than 15 years' experience working across complex ecosystems of people, products, and processes. She spent roughly the first decade of her career in Washington, D.C., where she created digital experiences for major nonprofits and government entities including the Natural Resources Defense Council, Planned Parenthood, the Peace Corps, and the U.S. Department of State. After moving to Brooklyn, she joined The New York Times to lead production for the crossword and cooking teams before pivoting from media to the tech industry in her current role at Google. A graduate of the University of Georgia (BA Sociology), Anna spent the first half of her childhood in Alabama, and the second in Tennessee.
Dianna Standard Van Voorhis, Founding Director
Dianna’s background includes branding, graphic design, advertising, and web design for large companies and manufacturers in the food, technology, and wellness industries. She holds associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in Applied Science and Fine Arts from The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She currently owns and operates her own design business, which she established in 2008. Dianna also is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and Certified Cancer Recovery Specialist through the National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT).
Carri Farrand-Clemens, Founding Director
Carri Farrand is an event planner and producer with over 20 years of experience spanning both the corporate and nonprofit worlds. Having launched her own event consulting company, A Closer Look Events, in 2017, her experience brings a unique and diversified perspective to not only event production, but nonprofit fundraising and development. Prior to forming ACLE and holding Event Director positions in corporate organizations, Carri worked in fundraising, development, and event logistics with such nonprofits as Dress for Success Worldwide in New York, and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, the Susan G. Komen National Race for the Cure, and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, all in Washington, DC.
Ross Miller, Director
Ross Miller is a founding editor of The Verge, one of the largest and most influential technology publications. He has 15+ years as a reporter covering tech's impact on communication and storytelling, and over a decade in leadership roles scaling remote-first global organizations, developing new lines of business and partnerships, and crafting profitable multimedia strategies.
He is also a veteran video and podcast producer, and an occasional host / moderator when time allows. Outside of media, he has consulted on initiatives for some of the largest video game and technology companies, including a year-long stint at Spotify helping to shape its international content portfolio. A graduate of the University of Georgia (BS Mathematics, BA Telecommunications / New Media) and the Quantic School of Business and Technology (Executive MBA), Ross originally hails from Atlanta, had a brief go with San Francisco, and
currently resides in New York.
Meg Bartley, Director
Meg is currently an Operations Manager for Our Climate, a climate justice nonprofit that empowers youth. Prior to her non-profit experience, Meg was a college lacrosse coach and player for numerous years. During this time her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer which changed Meg's outlook forever. Meg saw how vital exercise was to her mother's treatment and recovery, and fully believes that all people living with a cancer diagnosis should have access to specialized exercise programs.
Abby Kaufmann, Director
Abigail “Abby” Kaufmann has been working as a fitness professional for over ten years in New York, NY. She is a certified yoga instructor, personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and Pilates instructor. She holds specialty certifications in pre- and post-natal yoga, yoga for cancer survivors, kettlebell basics, and TRX basics. Abby’s mother was diagnosed with colon cancer 15 years ago, and from that moment Abby strived to do whatever possible to help her stay active. Abby has been a close advisor to The Aunt Sister Project since its launch in 2020 and teaches online classes for ASP’s progressive programs.