Founding Board of Directors

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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.

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Dianna Van Voorhis, Board Chairperson

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).

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Rachel Howard, Vice Chairperson

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. 

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Carri Farrand, Board Secretary

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.

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Denise Standard, Board Treasurer

Denise has a diverse background in accounting, financial reporting, and financial analysis. She has worked in corporate accounting for 20 years, holding positions of Assistant Controller and Senior Accountant at nationwide companies. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the College of New Jersey.