Desert Cancer Foundation helps pay for cancer care for local residents who need financial assistance. Our mission and impact are made possible through the dedication, generosity and support of staff members, volunteer Board of Directors, community volunteers, medical professionals and the kindness of individuals and businesses throughout the Coachella Valley and beyond.

Executive Committee

Frank Harrison, President
Debbie Pickett, Vice President
William R. Youngblood, Treasurer
Teresa Whipple, CPA, Secretary
Rob Bernheimer, Immediate Past President
Alison Mayer Sachs, MSW, CSW, LSW, OSW-C

Members at Large

Julia Burt
Elber Camacho, MD
Lisa Copeland
Stephanie Farrell, MBA, RN, BSN, CCRC, CPHQ
Richard Fausel, DO
Micki Greenspan
Amir Lavaf, MD, DABR
Deborah McGarrey
Ross McMullin
Shay Moraga
Mark Scheibach
Katie Schnaser
Richard Weintraub

Medical Advisory Board

Elber Camacho, MD
Richard Fausel, DO
Sonja N. Fung, ND
Amir Lavaf, MD, DABR
Amy Law, MD
Eric Presser, MD

Eevet Edens, Executive Director

Lina Greenlee, Patient Assistance Coordinator

Karren Serna, Bookkeeper


Sebastian George, M.D. – A prominent Coachella Valley oncologist and founder of the Cancer & Blood Institute of Rancho Mirage, Dr. George passed away in 2002.


Arthur and Cory Teichner – Art, a two-time cancer survivor, and his wife, Cory, raised monies to provide more than $10 million of cancer treatment through the Desert Cancer Foundation. Art passed away during his third battle with cancer in 2005. Cory passed away shortly thereafter of heart failure.

Juliet Sebastian