Amy Sawdy | finance director
Amy joined the Colon Cancer Coalition in 2021. She is a CPA and has experience in audit, tax, and small business accounting. Her speciality area was auditing nonprofit organizations. She is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a degree in Accounting. Amy is passionate about making a difference and helping others through her work. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, being in nature (especially going on hikes with her husband and dog), exercising, and listening to audiobooks and podcasts. Email Amy

Chris Evans | president
Chris joined the Colon Cancer Coalition in 2011 as CFO.  A CPA she has worked in public accounting, airline and manufacturing and consulting. She started working for non profits as a way of giving back and has grown a passion around serving colorectal cancer patients and getting people screened. A graduate of Marquette University, she currently is a director on the boards of two other nonprofit organizations in the Twin Cities (Minnesota) area.  In her spare time you will find Chris attending Minnesota United (MLS) soccer games, watching hockey, gardening, and generally enjoying family time with her four boys.  Email Chris

Erin Peterson | mission & partnerships director
Erin started with the Colon Cancer Coalition in early 2011 after ten years in a Minneapolis-based marketing and public relations agency. Her background includes media relations and social media, event marketing, sponsorships, and promotion for both consumer brands and non-profit organizations. At the Coalition, Erin has developed a passion for colorectal cancer prevention and screening, focusing on erasing health disparities and working towards a solution for early-onset colorectal cancer. She also sits on the steering committee for the Minnesota Cancer Alliance. Outside of the office, Erin can be found with her two teenagers enjoying the marching band, baseball, softball and dance, or enjoying the Minnesota summers on the lake. She looks forward to soon exploring new corners of the globe (post-pandemic). Email Erin

Grant Berg | social media coordinator
Grant joined the Colon Cancer Coalition in September of 2021. Grant has worked within the nonprofit sector for the last 4 years, most recently working on legislative initiatives and lobbying efforts with various grassroots organizations. An avid storyteller, Grant has worked on various historical projects including a walking tour on Hennepin County’s Women’s Suffrage movement, and is excited to bring this experience into the Colon Cancer Coalition. In his free time he can be found hanging out with his cat, Merlin, powerlifting, canoeing, and biking. Email Grant

Jackie Evans | national events director
Jackie is an award-winning event planner with experience in non-profits, community relations, and corporate event planning. She is a familiar face at the Colon Cancer Coalition, having previously worked as an Event Manager assisting local event directors with Get Your Year In Gear races from 2014-16. In between, she spent the last five years planning large-scale corporate in-person and virtual events around the world. When she is not holding a clipboard at events, Jackie can be found entertaining family or friends, coaching cheerleading, or rocking out at a concert. Jackie, her husband, and two dogs live in St. Louis Park. Email Jackie

Maggie Sotos | marketing & communications director
Maggie joined the Colon Cancer Coalition team in September 2021. Originally from Elmhurst, Illinois, Maggie’s career started in higher education where she recruited and marketed to young people new to the college application process. During the pandemic, Maggie joined the Minnesota Department of Health’s COVID Communications crew to assist with public inquiry, multimedia production, and media coordination. Maggie is an avid reader, part-time gym rat, year-round bicyclist, and full-time prankster. She and her wife live in South Minneapolis with their two dogs, cat, and a bird she has had for 25 years. Email Maggie

Mariah Kerr | event manager
Mariah began with the Colon Cancer Coalition early spring of 2017. She found her passion throughout her studies and as an intern with many non-profit organizations, leading her into a career that will make a difference. Mariah is a graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato with a degree in Sports Management. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors, working out, and trying new foods. Email Mariah

Rachel Lee | event manager
Rachel found her passion for non-profit work while teaching in South Korea. She began working with the Colon Cancer Coalition in 2016 as an intern and joined the event team a few months later. With a strong interest in travel and meeting new people, Rachel is thrilled to have found a career that allows her to do both. In her spare time, Rachel can be found renovating her house, planning her next road trip, reading a cookbook, running, eating, or cooking for friends and family. Email Rachel

Stacy Zwerdling | senior community event manager
Stacy got involved in nonprofit work after planning a fundraising event for another organization. With this experience, Stacy found a strong desire to work for a nonprofit in the area of events. She brings her volunteer event planning experience to her to her job overseeing and assisting volunteer Get Your Rear in Gear event directors. “Knowing what a local event organizer experiences during the planning process, makes me excited to assist them carry out the best event possible,” she says. Stacy also enjoys time with her family, her two boys, volunteering with Bowling for Brains, and spending as much time as possible at the family cabin. Email Stacy

Tessa Rittberg | marketing manager
Tessa found herself at the Colon Cancer Coalition in early 2015, after discovering her calling to the non-profit world. Minnesota born and raised, Tessa is thrilled to have found such a passionate group of people who are determined to make a positive change in the world. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the depths of Netflix, playing with her pets, and working on projects in her home. Email Tessa

Sarah DeBord | forever our north star
A California girl at heart, Sarah spent eight years working in Hollywood as a location manager for film shoots. After a stint as a stay-at-home-mom, she went back to work and bringing with her a passion for the cause following her own stage IV colon cancer diagnosis in 2011. When not out redefining people’s perceptions about colon cancer, Sarah could be found hanging out with her two sons, and looking at the extended forecast in hopes that flip flop weather was on the radar. Sarah departed this world on July 22, 2020, after an 8.5 year battle with metastatic colorectal cancer. She endured over 170 rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. She dedicated 5.5 years of her life to educating others about the disease that would ultimately take her life. Her wish was that other young parents would never endure the same fate. She is dearly missed.

Lulu | internal affairs consultant
Lulu works as a freelance purebred consultant, usually coming in when she feels like we need the judgement of her Ed Asner-like eyebrows and forehead. When she does grace us with her presence, she obsesses about the whereabouts of her mom Christie, and is only interested in you if you have treats. Otherwise, please don’t touch her, look at her, or really just get anywhere near her.

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