Ambassadors are volunteers who help the Foundation build and strengthen relationships with patients, family members, supporters and partners in their respective communities.
Steven Golick – Canada
Steven Golick is a retired partner of Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, one of Canada’s leading law firms. Steven now Co-Chairs the Patient and Family Advisory Council at the Odette Cancer Centre. In 2013 he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award for his contributions to the community, including his role as a co-founder, director, and secretary of Kids Help Phone. During his 30-year legal career, Steven was a frequent author and speaker on the issues of insolvency and restructuring, and prior to that he was a professional musician. Today, Steven continues to pursue his passion for music, playing jazz, and recording.
Caroline Kooy – The Netherlands
Caroline is part of a group of volunteers in the Netherlands. The Netherlands had always been strongly represented in the Chordoma Foundation through Hans Keulen, and after Hans’ death in 2015, Caroline has continued to represent the interests of Dutch chordoma patients. Caroline’s main focus is to make information available in local languages and geared toward local cultures and circumstances. She is also a board member of the Dutch Patiënten Platform Sarcomen and represents this patient organization in the Dutch Sarcoma Study Group. Through her professional background, Caroline has an extensive network across Europe.
Edward Les, MD – Canada
Ed is a pediatric emergency medicine physician in Alberta, Canada and a clival chordoma survivor. A former CF Board member, Ed serves as the Medical Liason for the Foundation’s Community Advisory Board. Dr. Les is also helping to spearhead a major fundraising initiative on the part of Canadian families impacted by chordoma. He helped establish a partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society to allow Canadian donors to submit tax-deductible gifts in support of chordoma research. Dr. Les lives in Calgary, Alberta with his wife Sherri, also a physician, and together they have four young children.
John Mainey – North Carolina, US
John Mainey is a retired Operations executive. During his 42-year career with IBM, Solectron, and Flextronics, the positions he held included Vice President of Supply Chain for the Americas, Vice President of Operations, and Site General Manager for facilities in Austin, Texas, Creedmoor, North Carolina, and Charlotte, North Carolina.
John is a native New Yorker but lived in Austin, Texas for 18 years before moving to his current home in Wake Forest, North Carolina in 2004. He is married to his wife Terri and has 3 children. John now spends his time giving back to the community through his involvement in the Chordoma Foundation, Christ Our Hope PCA Church, the Granville County United Way, and Made4Me.
John’s son Charles (Chuck) died of chordoma in January 2014 after courageously fighting the disease for almost 15 years.
Noreen Potempa – Illinois, US
Noreen Potempa has dedicated her career to educating children and promoting inclusion and equity within schools. Noreen lives in a northern suburb of Chicago, IL with her husband, Mick, who beat clival chordoma in 2013. During Mick’s treatment, Noreen became a strong advocate for him, as well as the entire chordoma community. In the ensuing years, Noreen has been instrumental in creating a signature One-in-a-Million Benefit in support of the Chordoma Foundation and chordoma research. The two benefits held thus far have raised more than $80,000. Noreen was an elementary school teacher for more than 30 years and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of North Shore Country Day School. She is actively involved in other philanthropic pursuits, including Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation and the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Jonathan Roye – South America
Jonathan Roye lives with his wife, Carla, in Venezuela and works in construction and investment management. His father, Rodolfo, is a chordoma survivor. Jonathan is trained as a civil engineer and also has a MBA in international management. He works to expand the Foundation’s reach into South and Central America.