CAP TeamProfessional staff and board leadership alike share one thing in common: A passion for saving lives.
MARTI FREUND, JD
Marti Freund has been on the Gift of Life team since 2010. She earned a BA from Union College in managerial economics and a JD from the University of Miami School of Law. Following graduation, Marti worked as an attorney in New York. At Gift of Life, she is responsible for event planning, community affairs, public relations, and communications. In a managerial capacity, Marti oversees the following departments: marketing and communications, recruitment, and operations & logistics.
Throughout her life, Marti has been actively involved in non-profits. In fact, she worked for the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure prior to joining the Gift of Life team. Her career focus shifted after her brother was diagnosed with leukemia and needed a bone marrow transplant. His donor, Ronnie, was found through the Gift of Life registry. Marti is extremely passionate about Gift of Life and devotes each day to furthering its mission.
Marti is originally from New Jersey and now resides in Boca Raton with her husband, George, and three sons, George, Eric and Patrick.
Nick Hudson registered as a donor with Gift of Life as a junior at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Shortly after graduating, he received a call that would change his life forever: he was a perfect match for a 4 year-old boy suffering from leukemia. He donated bone marrow and a year later met the boy he saved, Cameron. Today, Cameron is a healthy, happy 13 year-old young man who loves dogs, video games, karate, and texting his "blood brother," Nick. He has now dedicated his life to helping cancer patients like Cameron find their own miracle match.
Prior to joining Gift of Life, Nick worked with Common Ground Community's Street to Home Initiative, which revolutionized supportive housing to Manhattan's chronic homeless population and has since been replicated nationally through the 100,000 Homes Campaign. After graduating from Emory, he was an AmeriCorps Vista Scholar in Chicago where he worked with at-risk youth in residential therapeutic housing. He earned his J.D. from St. John's University School of Law in New York and was a Public Interest Fellow in the Brooklyn criminal court system working with victims of crime.
As Gift of Life Recruitment Manager, Nick oversees all marrow donor recruitment drives, programs, campaigns, and partnerships, including managing the Community Engagement team based in Boston, New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and Israel. Nick lives in New York City with his wife Katie and loyal labradoodle, Fitz.
Russell Lowe is a Community Engagement Coordinator based in New York City. After losing his father to cancer in high school, he set out to help others so that they would never have to lose someone that they love most.
After swabbing in Israel in 2013, Russell knew becoming involved with Gift of Life would be an amazing way to help those who need it most. After finishing up his collegiate career at SUNY Oneonta as a rock star Campus Ambassador, he graduated in 2016 with a dual degree in Business Economics and Food Service & Restaurant Administration and began working for Gift of Life full-time. When he's not swabbing, Russell enjoys experimenting with recipes, breaking Guinness World Records (ask him for more info), and planning bucket list trips to reaching his goal of visiting 20 countries by the time he is 30.
Gift of Life came into Lindsay Katz's life when her cousin was diagnosed with leukemia in 2003. Lindsay grew up watching her family run bone marrow drives across the country which inspired her to become part of the Campus Ambassador Program as a senior at High Point University. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 2016, Lindsay was hired full-time as a Community Engagement Coordinator for Gift of Life.
She is based in Washington, DC and works mainly with both the Campus Ambassador Program and SeniorSwab Program, which partners with high school seniors around the country to - you guessed it - swab their senior class. Lindsay also attends marrow and stem cell donations at nearby hospitals and works to involve the DC community with the GOL mission. Lindsay is thankful to work with people who are so passionate about their work and hopes to continue to recruit new donors and help save lives!
Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Sarah Weiss now lives in Washington, DC where she works as a Community Engagement Coordinator. Sarah attended the University of MAryland and graduated with degrees in Supply Chain Management and Marketing. When she's not running drives, Sarah can be found taking selfies with her dog, Raisin, or trying out the many restaurants in D.C. Sarah first heard about Gift of Life in 2011 while spending a gap year in Israel. Upon learning how simple and impactful it is to join the registry, she swabbed her cheek that day in Bet Shemesh. Sarah was reintroduced to Gift of Life while in college at the University of Maryland and began volunteering at on-campus drives. She became a Campus Ambassador in 2015 and, by the time of graduation, added over 1,200 fellow Terps to the registry, resulting in 9 matches and counting. Sarah loved being a Campus Ambassador and is excited to continue being a part of the CAP family!
Krissy Kelly became involved with Gift of Life when she joined the Campus Ambassador Program as a senior at the University of Arizona. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Celluar Biology in 2016, she began working full-time as a Community Engagement Coordinator for Gift of Life in Boston, MA. Krissy has a strong passion and interest in the study of oncology and is driven to make a difference by sharing Gift of Life's life-saving mission with her community.
Sydney Stupp is the Los Angeles-based Community Engagement Coordinator for Gift of Life. Sydney has had a passion for cancer research and fundraising since high school where she ran the Cancer Awareness Club for 3 years. Being part of that club made Sydney realize she wanted to help even more by helping save lives. That passion translated to her being a Campus Ambassador for 2 years at Cal State Northridge, where she added hundreds of potential donors to the Gift of Life registry. She is excited to be a CAP manager for the first time and helping find more matches from LA!