Our Team

Dr. Karen Wonders

Founder and CEO

Karen Wonders, Ph.D., FACSM, is the Founder and CEO of Maple Tree Cancer Alliance, and Professor of Exercise Physiology at Wright State University. Her passion is to advocate for exercise to become a part of the national standard of care for cancer.

Maple Tree provides free exercise training, nutrition counseling, and emotional support to thousands of cancer survivors every month at several locations across the US. Dr. Wonders is committed to evidence-based practice in her facilities, and has a robust research program that has more than 100 published peer-reviewed manuscripts on the topic of exercise and cancer recovery.

A gifted communicator, Dr. Wonders has given numerous professional presentations on the national, state, and local levels, including a talk at TEDxDayton on Exercising through Cancer Care. Finally, she is married to her college sweetheart, and together they have seven children. If you think her hands are full, you should see her heart!

Dr. Jay K Harness

Chief Medical Officer

Jay K. Harness, MD, FACS is a Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of California- Irvine and a breast surgeon at both St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, CA and Northern Inyo Hospital in Bishop, CA. Dr. Harness received both his MD degree and training in general surgery at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor. He then remained on the faculty at the University of Michigan and developed one of the first United States academic multidisciplinary breast centers in 1985. Dr. Harness left the University of Michigan in 1989 and spent two years at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston where he also established a multidisciplinary breast center at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. Subsequently, he came to Oakland, California in 1991 to join the University of California-East Bay Department of Surgery where he was a Professor and Chief of Surgical Oncology at Highland General Hospital.  The opportunity to direct his third multidisciplinary breast program at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, CA came in the summer of 2003. He started his fourth breast surgery program at Northern Inyo Hospital in Bishop, CA in 2016. 

Over the years, Dr. Harness has been known for his work in the fields of endocrine and breast surgery, as well as the use of ultrasound in surgical practice. He is a member of several national and international surgical societies and associations.  He is a Past-President of:  Breast Surgery International (BSI), The American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS) and the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons (AAES).  He has authored over 100 scientific articles and book chapters and has been the lead editor of 3 textbooks. His most recent books, The Breast Cancer Answers Book and Operative Approaches to Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy: Indications, Techniques, & Outcomes were published in 2016. He is a co-founder and Medical Director of Breast Cancer Answers (www.breastcanceranswers.com) which is a Social Media video site for breast cancer patients, family members and friends.

Regan Fedric

Chief Programming Officer

Regan Fedric, Exercise Oncology Specialist, delivers her mission from the past 20 years of bridging the gap between fitness and medicine in cancer care. 

Regan was the Co-Founder of Sunflower Wellness and has recently joined Maple Tree Cancer Alliance as the Chief Programming Officer. Regan began working in this field in 2001 as she co-developed the IMPACT Program (Integrating Medical Professionals and Certified Trainers) in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has amassed thousands of clinical hours and is a leader in the emerging field of Exercise Oncology. She helped establish programs at University of California San Francisco, Stanford, Kaiser Permanente, Marin Cancer Care, and several community clinics that support the underserved population. With Maple Tree Cancer Alliance Regan will focus on growth and program development on the West Coast and the Tampa Florida area with hopes of growing programs across the country.   

Kathryn H. Schmitz

Chief Science Officer

Kathryn Schmitz, PhD, MPH, FACSM, is a Professor of Public Health Sciences at the Pennsylvania State University’s College of Medicine. She is clinical trialist who has led many exercise trials.  Dr. Schmitz has also translated her work into clinical practice.  She has also served as president of the American College of Sports Medicine.  Dr Schmitz chairs the Global Exercise Is Medicine Governing Committee and she is the founder of the Moving Through Cancer Initiative of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Dr. Schmitz has published over 260 peer reviewed scientific papers (h-index 62) and has had $25 million dollars in funding for her research since 2001.  She was the lead author of the first ACSM Roundtable on Exercise for Cancer Survivors.  In March 2018 Dr. Schmitz co-chaired an International Multidisciplinary ACSM Roundtable on Exercise and Cancer Prevention and Control.  The physicians, outpatient rehabilitation specialists, researchers, and exercise professionals in the room broadly agreed it is time for exercise oncology to go prime time.  The question is how.  Dr. Schmitz’ professional mission is to answer that question.

 

Andrew Wonders

VP of Finance

Andrew Wonders is an Assistant Professor at Cedarville University in the School of Business. Prior to teaching, Andrew spent 13 years working in the sport event industry. His past experience includes working for Olympic organizing committees in Sydney and Salt Lake City and for the host broadcaster for the 2002 World Cup. Andrew spent two years working in the athletic department at the University of Northern Colorado, and eight years working for private companies managing sport events ranging from multi-day fundraising walks and bike rides to marathon and half-marathon road races. Amongst these experiences were multiple start-up ventures.

 

Laura Miller

Director of Content and Media

Laura Miller joined Maple Tree in September 2019. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations as well as making sure our social media reflects the work we are honored to be doing.

SAN FRANCISCO LEADERSHIP TEAM
Pauline Goloubef: pauline.goloubef@mapletreecanceralliance.org

TAMPA LEADERSHIP TEAM
Sara Rice: sara.rice@mapletreecanceralliance.org

PITTSBURGH LEADERSHIP TEAM
Ben Kutz: ben.kutz@mapletreecanceralliance.org

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EXERCISE ONCOLOGY INSTRUCTORS

At Maple Tree, each Exercise Oncology Instructor holds a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, as well as our nationally recognized, NASM-accredited Exercise Oncology Instructor certification.

BOARD MEMBERS

Kelly McCluskey, MD, President
Far Hills OBGYN, Greene County
937-369-8397
klerskine@gmail.com

Jeff Gammell, Vice President
Attorney at Law
M&M Title, Montgomery Cty
jgammell@mmtitle.com

Stephen Updegraff, Treasurer
Accountant, UAI Accounting and Tax Prep
937-308-0250
Stephen.updegraff@gmail.com

Ken Winter, Secretary
Heritage Fellowship Church, Clark County
937-708-0223
Kenwinter15@gmail.com

Ken Chaij
Director of Oncology Services at Kettering Health Network
Kenneth.chaij@ketteringhealth.org

Jill Reese, MS, RN, AGCNS-BC, OCN
Foster J Boyd MD Regional Cancer Center
937-470-2380
Jmreese870@gmail.com

Josh Francis
University of Dayton, Montgomery County
937-417-3350
Joshua.j.francis@gmail.com

Jason Kmick
Buhl Recreation Center, Lawrence County PA
724-730-9910
jkmick@fhbuhlclub.org

Nathan Baird
(Finance) San Francisco CA
760-484-8037
Ntbaird11@gmail.com