Sunshine Kids - Staff
      The Sunshine Kids Foundation staff, assisted by dedicated volunteers, organizes numerous events and activities annually that effect the lives of hundreds of young cancer patients and their families. They welcome your inquiries and comments as they strive to create more positive and exciting experiences for children fighting cancer.

“For a whole week I felt like I was cancer free. And let me tell you that is one great feeling!”

- Amy Ehret
  Sunshine Kid














"Sunshine Kids has given me the opportunity to be a kid. I will remember it for the rest of my life. Even though I had a below the knee amputation, I now feel I can do any sport or anything"

- Katie Divulus
  Sunshine Kid














"We together as a big Sunshine Kids family will feel the pride in ourselves and in eachother knowing we made it through one of the toughest and best times of our lives"

- B. Farley
  Sunshine Kids Parent














"It was so easy to be close to everyone because we all shared something special. We have all been through so much and bringing us together was the greatest thing you could have done for us"

- 15 year old
  Sunshine Kid














"It was so rewarding for me to be able to see the kids outside of the hospital - having fun and feeling good"

-Mary Rosen, R.N.

G.W. Bailey   G.W. Bailey
Executive Director
  After serving as a SSK volunteer for 15 years, G.W. became the Executive Director in Jan. 2001. Since creating the California Fun-Time Fantasy in 1988, he has overseen the expansion of National Events that now include ten destinations and involve volunteers nation wide working with the Foundation to provide trips and activities for hundreds of young cancer patients annually.

G.W. became internationally known as a professional actor for his portrayal as Capt. Harris in the POLICE ACADEMY film series. He is also widely recognized as Sgt. Rizzo from the MASH television series and for his other feature and TV movies. He is currently a regular on the TNT television hit series, THE CLOSER.

G.W. was introduced to the Sunshine Kids by his goddaughter Brandy Aldridge who had been diagnosed with leukemia. Her experiences with other Kids who were also fighting cancer had a profound effect on Brandy, her family and friends. She inspired G.W. to begin working with the Foundation and with Rhoda in an effort to create more activities that would reach as many Kids as possible. His work with the Sunshine Kids has always been dedicated to the memory of this remarkable young woman.
Shannon   Shannon Lillis
Director of Operations
  Shannon Lillis joined the Sunshine Kids Foundation in 1994. As Director of Operations she oversees the day to day operations for the Foundation. She is also responsible for the Foundation's national sponsor, Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, Inc.  In this capacity she maintains relationships with affiliate offices and coordinates fundraising events across the United States.

Lillis received a Bachelor of Art degree in Psychology with a minor in Political Science from the University of Texas at Arlington.




Jennifer   Jennifer Wisler
Director of Children's Services
  Jennifer Wisler joined the Sunshine Kids Foundation in 1998. As Director of Children's Services since 2000 she is responsible for all children's events. Her main focus is the organization of National Events and the coordination of attending hospitals and volunteers across the country.

Wisler received a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism with a minor in Political Science from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.




  Rita Suchma
Director of Development
  Rita Suchma joined the Sunshine Kids Foundation in January 2009 as Director of Development. She is responsible for managing the day to day fundraising operations including identifying and cultivating new funding sources, grant writing, stewardship and managing the annual fund.

Suchma began her special relationship with the Sunshine Kids over 15 years ago while working with the Houston Astros Baseball Club. As the Astros Director of Community Relations and Foundation Development she served a liaison to The Sunshine Kids working with Craig and Patty Biggio on many of the Kids’ ballpark visits and holiday parties.

She is a native Houstonian and also attended the University of Houston – Downtown.



Edrian Brooks   Edrian Brooks
Associate Director of Operations
  Edrian Brooks interned with The Sunshine Kids Foundation in 2005 and joined the Foundation as Activities Coordinator in August 2006. She recently has been appointed as the Associate Director of Operations and will assist in working with our National Sponsors and with managing the day to day operations of the Foundation.

Edrian received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Marketing/Management Information Systems from Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana.



Jenni Cash  

Jenni Cash
Development Associate

  Jenni Cash joined the Sunshine Kids Foundation in 2017 as Development Associate. She assists with the day to day fundraising, grant writing and gift management. Prior to joining the Sunshine Kids, she worked as the Gift Records Coordinator for Baylor College of Medicine. Jenni received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology with a Minor in Health Education from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX.



Ben   Ben Buchert
Director of Media Services
  Ben Buchert has been producing videos of National Events for The Sunshine Kids Foundation since December 1998.  He joined the Foundation staff in 2001 as Videographer/Editor.  He attends all National Events and many local Houston area events.

Prior to his work at the Foundation, Buchert worked as an editor and photographer for United States Army Combat Training, Access Houston and KLP Productions.  He holds a degree in Video Production from The Art Institute of Houston.




Rich   Rich Hooper
Secretary / Treasurer
  Rich Hooper began his involvement with The Sunshine Kids Foundation in 1985 as a volunteer at the annual Winter Games National Event held in Aspen, Colorado. Since then he has been instrumental in many National Events throughout the Foundation’s history. Rich is responsible for a number of special projects that relate to expansion of infrastructure as well as growth of national activities. He also serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Sunshine Kids Board of Directors.

Hooper served in the United States Marine Corps as a Fighter Pilot for eight years. He was a pilot for Delta Airlines for 30 years and a Senior Flight Instructor. He retired as the Chief Line Check Airman for International Operations. For the past four years he has instructed in the Aeronautical Technology Department at San Jacinto College in Houston, Texas. He received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management from The University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee.


Not Available   Brooks Tomb
Director-Regional Offices
  Brooks joined the Sunshine Kids Foundation in 2006 when he became Director of the new Western Region Office. In his current position as Director of Regional Offices he is responsible for overseeing the coordination and management of events, staff, and fundraising activities in the Eastern and Western Regions and serving as the primary spokesperson for The Sunshine Kids in those areas.

Brooks was Founder and Director of Youthvision from 1998-2001, a 501(c)(3) that provided inner city youth in Los Angeles the opportunity to create their own public service announcements while being mentored by Hollywood professionals.

Brooks had 23 years of experience in Hollywood in a variety of positions, mostly in set lighting. He worked as a department head on movies such as “The Lost World,” and TV series including “Cold Case,” “American Dreams,” and “The Closer,” where he met G.W. Bailey. He became inspired after volunteering when the Sunshine Kids came to visit the set.

Brooks received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Columbia University in New York City.
  Courtney Bragg
Activities Coordinator
  Courtney Bragg joined the Sunshine Kids Foundation in 2016 as Activities Coordinator for the Eastern Region. As Activities Coordinator she is responsible for the planning and coordination of local events on the East Coast. Before beginning with The Sunshine Kids, she worked as a Special Education Paraprofessional. Courtney holds a B.S. in Rehabilitation & Disability Studies from Springfield College in Springfield, MA.
Natalie   Natalie Lewis
Associate Director of Regional Offices
  Natalie Neufeld Lewis took part in her first Sunshine Kids event at the 1988 Winter Games event in Aspen, Colorado. She is a 30-year leukemia survivor and became an SSK ambassador at the 30th Anniversary celebration in Orlando in 2012. She has now joined The Sunshine Kids as Associate Director of Regional Offices. In this position, she is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations and fundraising events for the Western Region office. She will also serve as a spokesperson for The Sunshine Kids across the country.

Natalie has over ten years’ experience in event planning, catering and convention services primarily in the hotel industry. Since her diagnosis in 1982, she has participated in childhood cancer awareness and in fundraising events throughout her community.

Natalie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX.


Kelli Geller   Keili Geller
Activities Coordinator
Western Region
  Keili Geller joined the Sunshine Kids Foundation in 2014. As Activities Coordinator she is responsible for the planning and coordination of local events throughout the Western Region.

Keili has many years of experience in event planning, fundraising, and volunteering. She is passionate about childhood cancer since her brother lost his battle to leukemia at a young age. From that experience, she has dedicated her life to helping families in similar situations that hers went through and ecstatic to be a part of the Sunshine Kids Foundation.

Keili received a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu Hawaii.
Janet Yon   Janet Yon
Special Projects Coordinator
Southeast Region
  Janet Yon began as a volunteer with the Sunshine Kids in 2008 and joined the Foundation in 2015 as Special Project Coordinator for the Southeast Region.  She is responsible for the planning and coordination of local events, fundraising opportunities and building community relationships across the Southeast Region. Janet brings years of experience in marketing, fundraising and event planning.
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