Thanks to these amazing board members volunteering their time and resources, we are able to raise much needed funds for Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) patients and their caregivers nationwide.

 

Our Amazing Team

Lindsey Beres

Lindsey Beres

Founder

Living with CFIDS, aka ME: Myalgic Encephaloyelitis, since 2001, Lindsey has spent majority of her adult life learning to function with a chronic illness. Through compassion, motivation, necessity and desire to help others Lindsey has developed this non-profit that raises funds to DIRECTLY support CFIDS/ME patients in need TODAY. She continues to live everyday to the fullest and loves to hike, camp, practice yoga and be outdoors on her good days. She misses her passion of riding horses and hopes to one day be able to enjoy that again.
Traci Thompson

Traci Thompson

Executive Board Member

Traci owns and operates several local businesses and is big supporter of local charities. Traci and her husband have been heavily involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Scottsdale for over 15 years. Upon meeting Lindsey, hearing her story and recognizing the real need for this non-profit she couldn't wait to become a part of the team. Traci is excited about the new opportunity to work with a small non-profit that has such a great need.
Nancy Surdo

Nancy Surdo

Caregiver Advocate

Nancy comes to Bent But Not Broken with years of Caregiving experience. After spending almost 18 years with TWA as a Flight Attendant and traveling the world, Nancy worked for a Dr. marketing health related products that he had produced to aid natural healing for patients looking for alternatives to prescription drugs. A move to San Diego also meant a job change and back into the travel industry with Corporate Travel for Executives of Corporations in San Diego. For the past 15 years Nancy has worked as Vice President of Westar Design & Development, Inc. , a Custom Home Builder as the marketing and client contact representative. Throughout her career Nancy has been a caregiver to both her parents as they became older as well as her Aunt and Mother in Law. In the past 13 years she has been a caregiver to her own daughter Lindsey, the Founder of Bent But Not Broken. The desire to help was of course because it is her daughter, but the knowledge gained and personal experiences at hospitals and doctors has given her the passion to help others so that maybe they can save some time in the process of seeking help. She attends BBNB board meetings and assists with volunteers for all events or patient needs.
Emily Evans

Emily Evans

Vice President

Emily got involved with BBNB because of her desire to give back. She and Lindsey met through a networking group and after learning of BBNB's cause Emily decided to be involved. Her strengths in organization and communication have helped BBNB in fund raising efforts, community outreach, and organizing events. These same traits have helped a Emily in her business as well. As an Independent Agent for Aflac since 2011 she has built strong relationships with her clients and the communities she is part of. Her passion is helping others avoid financial hardship from catastrophic events and stems from her own financial struggle after a major motorcycle accident. In addition to the BBNB Board Emily is highly involved in the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce as an Ambassador, a leader in the Sonora Desert Scouts Club, Gilbert PROS, and enjoys spending time with her husband Peter on the many projects they do together.
Jennifer Rojas

Jennifer Rojas

Director of Board Operations

Jennifer Rojas, HR and Recruiting Manager for AppointmentPlus, has had the good fortune to spend over a decade fostering relationships and engaging the community through her various roles in Human Resources, Finance and Operations. She has been with AppointmentPlus since 2010 where she has successfully driven and executed on a growth strategy for talent management and employee relations. She is incredibly excited and honored to be serving on a board that creates so much impact for, provides resources to and is so supportive of the CFIDS community.
Deanna Lee

Deanna Lee

Public/Media Relations

Deanna Lee, Human Resources Director for Square One Concepts, Inc., first came to Bent But Not Broken as an intern. A background in Communication and PR from Arizona State University with a desire to work for purpose fueled her efforts in BBNB. Those initial efforts helped her book BBNB for a studio interview with Frontdoors Magazine, publish an article in Arizona Health and Living Magazine, and secure a PSA recording with CBS radio. Additionally, she created and organizes BBNB’s annual Booze Cruise. Although they were friends before coming to BBNB, Deanna’s friendship with Lindsey has grown over the years and has brought her to truly love and care for the mission of BBNB.
Greg Swiszcz

Greg Swiszcz

Patient Care Package Program Coordinator

I am an entrepreneur by heart. I have my own company, My City Apartments, which is a local Marketing Company specializing in the Multi-family Industry. I have always been a believer in giving back, and have served on multiple boards for non-profits over the years. I have held pretty much every position within them as well. My involvement for BBNB comes into play because one of my best friends, Lindsey Beres, "is not only the Founder, but a patient as well." If I'm going to devote my time to a cause, why not put the effort towards an organization that can help someone dear to me.
Steve Booze

Steve Booze

Corporate Board Member

Steve Booze, Chief Operations Officer, has been delivering exceptional results in technology, customer success and organizational management for more than 15 years. Prior to joining Appointment-Plus in 2011, Steve worked and managed teams throughout North America, Asia and Europe designing and implementing small to large-scale SaaS and client/server services for many mid-sized and major corporations.
JoEllen Verna

JoEllen Verna

Vice President

Jo Ellen values living a life of integrity and passion and surrounding herself with like-minded people. She believes in personal growth and leading a life that supports a healthy, well-rounded body and mind. She has a habit of launching new businesses, loves planning and promoting events and more than anything, enjoys the company of family and friends.
Melissa Hughes

Melissa Hughes

Event Director

Melissa Hughes has been part of the not-for-profit circle for over 15 years. Hughes joined the Board of Directors in 2013 as Event Director. Hughes was diagnosed with Hashimotos Disease in 2013 and her desire to help with Lindsey fight for her mission to provide support for the chronic illness within her community made Hughes joining that much more pliable. Her Scottsdale-Ariz.-based company, Two Gals Events, has been a driving force behind aspects of donor, sponsor and philanthropic efforts . Hughes also provides ongoing counsel to the group with regard to strategic planning initiatives for future endeavors and undertakings.​ Ms. Hughes also sits on the Boards of the Illinois Jacquet Foundation and Bikers for Boobies for Breast Cancer . Melissa has a deep passion for helping her community.
Krystal Ball

Krystal Ball

Third Party Event Coordinator

Having been born and raised in the Valley of the Sun, Krystal brings her networking skills and attention to detail to the Board. As part of the Event Planning team, Krystal helps bring new and exciting ideas on how we can participate with outside vendors, companies and potential Sponsors to help our Charity grow and thrive. Krystal is the General Manager of the 7 For All Mankind Premium Denim store in the Fashion Square Mall, and likes to spend her free time networking with other entrepreneurial minded individuals, working out, and helping with Philanthropic events.
Dana Donaldson

Dana Donaldson

Corporate Board Member

Dana Donaldson grew up with a grandmother who was a professional seamstress. Her grandmother was always redecorating her home and visiting antique stores, so it is no surprise that Dana would absorb that love of design. This created a passion in Dana to discover what her clients love and by listening to their needs create the home of their dreams. With over 15 years experience in the design industry, Dana brings a wealth of experience, specializing in luxury residential and commercial interior design. In her spare time, Dana loves spending time with her family and 4 dogs.