Lisa Surdukan, Board Member

Lisa’s daughter, Alexia, was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme in 2009 when she was 4 years old. After being diagnosed, Lisa received a donation from Addi’s Faith Foundation. Lisa knew at that time that Addi’s Faith Foundation would be a foundation she would want to be a part of. Alexia gained…

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Niki Dixon, Board Member

Niki helped to organize AFF’s very first fundraiser and has been a part of the organization ever since. She joined the board in 2010 and has served as Board Secretary for 6 years. Niki earned an education degree from Texas A&M University and went on to teach elementary school. She…

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Amber Bender, Founder ⋅ Executive Director ⋅ Board Member

Amber Bender is founder and executive director of Addi’s Faith Foundation. Her daughter, Addison Faith Bender, was just 16 months old when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor and underwent aggressive cancer treatments. After a hard-fought battle, little Addi passed away and soon after Addi’s Faith Foundation was born.…

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Amber Heron, Board Secretary

Amber has been a board member since 2011. Amber is a biology professor at Lone Star College-Kingwood and has a M.Ed. from Sam Houston State University. Her extensive background in molecular and cellular biology allows Amber to appreciate the details of the cancer research process. She and her husband Drew…

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Shana Koehler, Board Treasurer

Shana has been a supporter of Addi’s Faith Foundation since the idea was formed in Addi’s hospital room. She is a CPA, who earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Texas A&M University. With a background in public accounting, the private energy sector and several non-profits, she brings her financial…

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Troy Ahrens, Board Chairman

Troy has served Addi’s Faith Foundation since 2008 and became Board Chairman in December 2016. His passion for helping cancer kids, extensive Non-Profit Board expertise, and highly skilled employment proficiencies gives Troy the knowledge and experience needed to successfully lead AFF’s Board. Currently, Troy works as the Executive Director of…

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