Volunteer & Supervisor Spotlights

Learn more about St. Jude volunteers and St. Jude staff who supervisor volunteers, and they ways they go above and beyond to serve St. Jude patients and families. 

Jennifer Chavez

Jennifer Chavez

Chavez has been a parent adviser with the PFCC program since 2017 and is an active parent mentor on the E-council, hosting Family Talk events, and is the 2019 chair for the Patient Family Advisory Council. Read about Jennifer.

Chris Bridges

Chris Bridges

Chris Bridges joined the Patient Family Advisory Council (PFAC) as a parent adviser in 2011 and was elected the 2017–2018 PFAC chair. Read about Chris.

William “Rog” Sphar

William “Rog” Sphar

William “Rog” Sphar has been a Child Life volunteer in the Diagnostic Imaging clinic since September of 2007. Read about Rog.

Kellie Clelland

Kellie Clelland

Kellie Clelland volunteers in the Simulation Center as an actor and regularly donates platelets. Read about Kellie.

Bridgett Beckley

Bridgett Beckley

Bridgett Beckley, a teacher at a local school, says looking into the eyes of St. Jude patients and their families is humbling. Read more about Bridgett.

Ashley Dismuke

Ashley Dismuke

Ashley Dismuke has been a parent adviser on the Patient Family Advisory Council (PFAC) and a parent mentor since 2013. Read more about Ashley.

Cara Wittig

Cara Wittig

Cara Wittig had a variety of volunteer positions—doing arts and crafts in the Imagine Room, assisting in Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) events, and helping with the Volunteen program. Read more about Cara.

Razi Aamar

Razi Aamar

During a typical shift as a Ready Runner, Razi Aamar scouted the parking lots and buildings for used wagons and wheelchairs. He collected them and took them to be sanitized and restocked. Read more about Razi.

Leah Taylor

Leah Taylor

Leah Taylor worked around the hospital stocking wagons as a Ready Runner, playing in the Imagine Room, pushing the Happy Cart and lending a hand around Tri Delta Place. Read more about Leah.

Ashley Cobb

Ashley Cobb

Ashley Cobb had a variety of different positions as a Summer Volunteer, collecting used wagons, greeting families and distributing toys in inpatient rooms. Read more about Ashley.

Kelly Waddell

Kelly Waddell

Kelly Waddell has spent more than five years volunteering as an adviser for the Patient Family Advisory Council, as well as a member on the Intensive Care Unit Council. Read more about Kelly.

Carole DiMaso

Carole DiMaso

Carole DiMaso's lengthy tenure in the Kay Research and Care Center playroom has allowed her the chance to get to know some of the families residing on the floor. Read more about Carole.

Patty Donnelly

Patty Donnelly

Patty Donnelly volunteers to tutor children in the St. Jude School Program. She uses fun and interesting activities to help patients reinforce classroom lessons. Read more about Patty.

Olivia Summitt

Olivia Summitt

Olivia Summitt recently began volunteering as a Child Life volunteer in the Medicine Room playroom. Read more about Olivia.

Jeri Stichka

Jeri Stichka

Beginning as an Elephant Keeper in August 2017, Jeri Stichka volunteered at Target House in the arts and crafts room helping children express their creativity. She currently serves as a pantry volunteer at Target House. Read more about Jeri.

Betsy Lambert

Betsy Lambert

Betsy Lambert began her tenure as a parent advisor in 2008. She works closely with the Patient Family-Centered Care Program as the lead parent mentor. Read more about Betsy.

Lisa Musser

Lisa Musser

When the Patient Family Advisory Council was formed in 2008, Lisa Musser saw an opportunity to give back to the hospital that had done so much for her family. Read more about Lisa.

Cathy Swain

Cathy Swain

Cathy Swain, a 7-year volunteer at St. Jude, uses her time serving in the Medicine Room, School, Auxiliary and Child Life. Read more about Cathy.

Alberto Quesada

Alberto Quesada

Alberto Quesada, a Child Life volunteer, spends his time engaging with children in fun activities meant to distract them from the reason they’re at St. Jude. Read more about Alberto.

Alison Allensworth

Alison Allensworth

Alison Allensworth says volunteering at St. Jude allows her to build relationships and network with a diverse group of people. Read more about Alison.

Brian Thompson

Brian Thompson

Brian Thompson and his dog Piper have been Doggy Daze volunteers at St. Jude since October 2014. Read more about Brian.

Janet Gatewood

Janet Gatewood

Janet Gatewood began volunteering in the Teen Room in October 2007 after her retirement from the Immunology department. Read more about Janet.

Norman Wilkes

Norman Wilkes

Norman Wilkes, a volunteer at St. Jude since December 2014, works as a greeter in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Read more about Norman.

Jason Winkle

Jason Winkle

Jason Winkle is a member of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Patient Family Advisory Council and a parent mentor to newly diagnosed families. Read more about Jason.

Christine Stella

Christine Stella

Christine Stella, a volunteer in the Family Resource Center, says her work makes her feel as if she is contributing in some way to the patient experience. Read more about Christine.

Lyndal Grieb

Lyndal Grieb

Lyndal Grieb, a former Memphis Public Library employee, is a kitchen volunteer at St. Jude, preparing snack bags. Read more about Lyndal.

Jana Welch

Jana Welch

Jana Welch started volunteering at St. Jude in 2016 and has a goal of offering a year in each volunteer role. Read more about Jana.

Carole Blackburn

Carole Blackburn

Carole Blackburn began volunteering at St. Jude in January 2004 in the Eucharistic Lay Ministry. Read more about Carole.

Kelly Adkins

Kelly Adkins

Kelly Adkins has been a Child Life Volunteer at St. Jude since August of 2009. Read more about Kelly.

Yuki Inaba

Yuki Inaba

Yuki Inaba, an outdoors enthusiast, has been a volunteer at St. Jude since 2012. Read more about Yuki.

Ann Scobey

Ann Scobey

The children Ann Scobey plays with in the Surgery Waiting Room have left an impression on her. Read more about Ann.

Supervisor Spotlights

Brent Powell

Brent Powell

Chaplain Brent Powell joined St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 1987 and has been the director of Spiritual Care Services for 29 years. Read about Brent.

Shandra Taylor

Shandra Taylor

Shandra Taylor has been a Child Life specialist at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital since 2018 and became a volunteer supervisor shortly after. Read about Shandra.

Mary Carnes

Mary Carnes

Mary Carnes has been the garden site coordinator at St. Jude since the summer of 2016. Read about Mary.

Sarah Klein

Sarah Klein

Read more about Sarah Klein, who supervises St. Jude school program volunteers.

Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith supervises St. Jude Child Life program volunteers. Read more about Jennifer.

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