Kirsten Freiborg | Board Chair
Young On-Set Colorectal Cancer Survivor
Sr. Program Manager – Medical Education, Medtronic, Inc.
Kirsten Freiborg was diagnosed with Stage III colon cancer when she was just 22, one month before graduating from the University of St. Thomas with a B.S. in Neuroscience. With no family history of colon cancer, her Stage III diagnosis came as a complete shock to her and to her doctors. At the time, she was the youngest patient her physicians had seen diagnosed with colon cancer. Kirsten is now using her story of surviving young-onset colorectal cancer to encourage awareness and screening and inspire other young patients like herself.
Jack Abdo | Treasurer
CFO, Partner, Abdo, Eick & Meyers
Jack Abdo is an audit partner with Abdo, Eick & Meyers, LLP, with 20 years of experience auditing not-for-profit and for-profits. He is registered and licensed to practice as a CPA in Minnesota, Idaho, Pennsylvania and Florida and oversees all of the financial management for the Colon Cancer Coalition. Jack manages all of the Apple Valley and Edina office’s business audits and all audits regulated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, several nonprofits, and many OMB Circular A-133 audits. Jack sits on the boards of several for-profit and not-for-profit entities.
Jane Korn | Secretary
Medical Director, Minnesota Department of Health (retired)
Jane Korn, MD, MPH completed her internal medicine residency and public health training in epidemiology at the University of Minnesota, practicing hospital-based primary care for eight years before joining the Minnesota Department of Health in 1991. Dr. Korn served as the Medical Director of the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Division at MDH until 2017 where she helped build the Sage cancer screening program and led the development of the Minnesota Cancer Alliance.
Matt Flory | Board Member
Account Representative, State Health Systems, American Cancer Society, Inc.
Matt Flory has worked for the American Cancer Society for nearly 16 years and was recently selected as “President Elect” to the Minnesota Public Health Association. In his current position at the American Cancer Society he promotes cancer screening by building evidence-based partnerships with health insurance plans, health care providers and public health organizations. Matt has a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota.
Randy Lopez | Board Member
Colorectal Cancer Survivor
Founder/Chief Instigator, JaKE Agency
Randy has previously held VP Marketing roles at Del Taco, Buca di Beppo, Ruby’s Diner, and executive marketing positions at Arnold Palmer Golf Management and TGI Friday’s. He has also developed integrated advertising campaigns and brand strategies for such clients as Toshiba, Tommy Bahama, Red Robin, Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, Wolfgang Puck and Robbins Brothers with ad agencies G&M Plumbing and Johnson Gray. As a Stage IV colon cancer cancer survivor, Randy was featured on CNN’s Special Investigation: Saving Your Life hosted by Dr. Sanjay Gupta as well as CBS HealthWatch™: Colorectal Cancer / Digestive Health Awareness Webcast hosted by Dr. Travis Stork of The Doctors. He serves on the Board of Directors for the California Restaurant Association – OC Chapter and is a Co-Founder and Board Member of Ophelia Jump Productions, a theatre company in Southern California that focuses on producing highly regarded, award winning works.
Michael P. Spencer, MD | Board Member
Surgeon, Colon & Rectal Surgery Associates (CRSAL)
Dr. Michael P. Spencer is president of Colon & Rectal Surgery Associates in the Twin Cities in Minnesota. He is an American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery certified colon & rectal surgeon and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area. He received his medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in 1985, surgical training from Mayo Clinic in 1991, and colon and rectal surgical training at the University of Minnesota in 1992.
Jeff Smedsrud | Chair Emeritus
Colorectal Cancer Survivor
President, HealthCare.com, Inc.
A colon cancer survivor himself, Jeff Smedsrud was diagnosed in 2003 at the age of 44. Promoting colon cancer awareness has been a passion for him ever since. He has run marathons throughout the world, including all seven continents. Smedsrud is the president of HealthCare.com, Inc. and serves on the board of several regional health care organizations.