Our Team

Shelby Russell

Executive Director

Shelby was hired as the Kids Cancer Alliance, Inc. ED in May 2010. Shelby received her Bachelors of Social Work from the University of Kentucky in 2006 and her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Louisville in 2007. Shelby volunteered at camp as a counselor for five years and worked as the outpatient social worker at the U.K. Pediatric Hematology-Oncology clinic before her employment with KCA. Shelby says she enjoys working for KCA because there’s always a new challenge around the corner and because she is continuously learning from and being inspired by the children and families we serve.

Contact Shelby at Shelby@kidscanceralliance.org.

Leah McComb

Program Director

Leah McComb is a 12-year veteran of summer camp programs. After attending Purdue University and graduating with a degree in political science she accepted a position with the YMCA of Greater Louisville, managing 8 camp programs with over 600 kids a day.  While at the Y, Leah also spent time planning new programs, fundraising and training staff and volunteers.  She joined the KCA family in February 2013, and is having a great time!  In her free time Leah enjoys baking, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Contact Leah at Leah@kidscanceralliance.org.

Brandon “Spot” Padgett

Program Coordinator

Brandon Padgett was really excited to join the Kids Cancer Alliance team in April 2016 as our Program Coordinator.  Brandon grew up in Arkansas and eventually found his way to Kentucky and graduated from Lindsey Wilson College with a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation, Tourism and Sports Management.  Brandon comes in with lots of experience from working in residential camps for several years.  In his spare time, Brandon enjoys playing games of all sorts, camping, getting his kayak out in the water and having adventures with friends and family.  Most people who know Brandon know him by the name “Spot”.

Contact Spot at Programs@kidscanceralliance.org.

Becca Washer

Philanthropy Director

Becca joined Kids Cancer Alliance in May 2019 as our Philanthropy Director. Prior to her role at KCA, Becca spent over eight years at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana in program, administrative, and development positions. As the Philanthropy Director at KCA, she will develop and lead the organization’s strategic fund development program to support the mission. When she’s not working, you can find Becca teaching and practicing yoga at 502 Power Yoga or serving as the Board President for Kentucky Yoga Initiative.

Contact Becca at Becca@kidscanceralliance.org

Emily Trager

Event Coordinator

We are thrilled to introduce our new Event Coordinator, Emily Trager. Emily comes to us from Bellarmine University with a history of event planning in various settings. Emily will be responsible for the planning and logistics of our events. Please welcome Emily to the KCA family!

Contact Emily at Emily@kidscanceralliance.org

Brandon Woehrle

Administrative Assistant

Brandon has been affiliated with Indian Summer Camp and Kids Cancer Alliance for over 25 years. From attending as a camper, to volunteering for over 10 years with Kids Cancer Alliance, he has experience with several aspects of the organization. He has spent several years as an Indian Summer Camp staff member.  He graduated from Indiana University Southeast with a Bachelors in Business Administration, and is proud to be part of Kids Cancer Alliance Team.

Contact Brandon at Brandon@kidscanceralliance.org.

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