national Board of Directors
Los Angeles, CA
Stephanie R. Davis, JD, MA
Sherman Oaks, CA
Boca Raton, FL
Julie M. Fleshman, JD, MBA
President and CEO
Stevan Holmberg, MBA, DBA
New York, NY
Hampton Roads, VA
Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Founding Chair Emeritus
Stephanie R. Davis, JD, MA
Stephanie lost her mother, maternal aunt and grandmother to pancreatic cancer. She additionally lost her mother’s maternal cousin and her paternal uncle to pancreatic cancer. She is absolutely dedicated to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Inc. and our mission.
She is a lawyer, mediator and psychotherapist. Admitted to the California State Bar in 1990, much of her time is spent working with various associations in helping to fulfill their missions. She has experience as a litigator, however her passion lies in the art of communication. She is a senior intern at the California Family Counseling Center in Encino, California, working with children, individuals, couples and families. She spent two years working with incarcerated youth in two of Los Angeles County’s Probation Camps. She is currently studying for her MFT license.
She has embraced a variety of public and private organizations over the past many years. She served as adjunct faculty at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Museum of Tolerance, in Los Angeles. She was one of the first people recruited and trained by their "Tools for Tolerance" program as a facilitator and has trained numerous law enforcement agencies on issues surrounding diversity. Other organizations that have benefited from her talents include Bet Tzedek Legal Services, Dispute Resolution Services of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Los Angeles Valley College and our own Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Inc.
Stephanie has been married for 28 years and has two grown sons.
Tim lost his wife, Barbara, to pancreatic cancer on March 7, 2000. His son, Christopher, is a chef working at The Argyle in West Hollywood, California.
Julie M. Fleshman, JD, MBA
Under Julie’s leadership, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network has laid the groundwork to make true inroads on this disease. The organization’s advocacy and grassroots efforts have led to a 400% increase in federal funding for pancreatic cancer research and the organization has funded researchers from around the country. Over 35,000 patients and families have been served through the Patient and Liaison Services program. Its grassroots network has grown to 75 volunteer affiliates, and in 2006, its first international affiliate in Japan opened.
Julie graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law and Leavey School of Business in December 2000 with a JD/MBA degree. Julie graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1997 with a B.A. in Law & Society and was awarded most outstanding graduating senior in the Law & Society program. She also studied abroad at Oxford University and in Tokyo, Japan.
Stevan Holmberg, MBA, DBA
Dr. Holmberg became a member of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Board of Directors after losing his wife, Margie to pancreatic cancer. Margie was a sixth grade reading and English teacher in Montgomery County, Maryland. She lost her battle with pancreatic cancer on April 4, 2007. During the thirteen months of her illness, he conducted extensive research on alternative treatments and found the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s patient information resources extremely valuable and insightful.
Dr. Holmberg is very honored and proud to join the fight to enhance diagnostic and treatment research, encourage additional federal government funding, provide information and hope to patients and their families, and to encourage others to join in raising their voices to find a cure. He has participated in the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s annual gala, An Evening with the Stars, Patient Educational Symposium events, government relations advocacy, and assisted in fund raising.
Dr. Holmberg has been very involved with numerous medical and non-medical nonprofit organizations. He has assisted nonprofit organizations in developing and implementing strategic plans, building membership and funding, assessing member needs, developing effective organizations, formulating entrepreneurial and innovative ideas, and practical financial management tools and metrics.
After practicing for KPMG in New York City, Mr. Kuhn moved to Miami to enter the automobile business. In 1998, he formed Direct Automotive, which purchased a chain of car dealerships based in North and Central Florida. Jason currently serves as the President and CEO of Direct, which is headquartered in Tampa.
Jason was the youngest car dealer ever to be elected to serve on the board of the Florida Automobile Dealers Association, and continues to serve in the capacity of director. He has conducted educational seminars in automotive acquisitions, and strategic operations.
Jason is very involved in non-profit fundraising and sits on various local boards. In 2004, Jason lost his 62 year old father to pancreatic cancer, and since then has been active in the cancer community both locally and on a national level. He is working closely with Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa to eventually initiate a pancreatic cancer center of excellence.
His focus now is to increase research funding into identifying the causes, and improving the diagnosis, treatment and long-term care of patients with this disease. Although pancreas cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in America, it receives far less research funding than far less deadly diseases.
Rickerson helped lead the business, financial and cultural transformation of ALARIS Medical Systems, the leading innovator in medication management instruments to reduce medication errors, based in San Diego and England. Earlier in his career, he helped lead the strategic re-focus of Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc. based in Minneapolis, which was renamed Guidant after it pioneered the development of the implantable defibrillator, a device that now saves several hundred thousand lives each year. He began his business career in the 1980s with global pharmaceutical giant, Eli Lilly & Company, based in Indianapolis. He also served on the Board of Directors of mini-conglomerate, Keene Corporation, based in New York, in the 1990s. He also consulted with more than two dozen Fortune 500 companies. His work has been featured in business publications, including Forbes, Business Week, and The Wall Street Journal.
Rickerson is also a co-founder of two endowment boards associated with Princeton University, where both he and his spouse, Nancy, graduated. They live in Rancho Santa Fe, California and New York City. He took his law degree from Georgetown. In 2007, Princeton established a multi-million dollar athletic fields endowment for the “Rickerson Family Field,” for the work he and his wife have done for their alma mater. Due to his 40 years of support, New Jersey’s state intercollegiate rugby championship is named “The Rickerson Cup.”
Rickerson also serves on the board of a “no strings attached” memorial scholarship for graduating seniors who demonstrate their exceptional character and ability to maintain a positive attitude while overcoming significant adversity at Ridge High School in Basking Ridge, NJ, from which he graduated.
After recently completing her maximum term as a trustee of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, she was appointed a member of the Senior Council. She has served on the boards of Pacific Northwest Ballet, Northwest School for Hearing-Impaired Children, Channel 9/KCTS (Public Television), the Jewish Television Network, University Prep (a private school in Seattle), The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, A Contemporary Theatre and The Shoah Foundation (founded by Steven Spielberg). She was a Washington State Arts Commissioner and also served on Senator Patty Murray’s (D-WA) and Senator Maria Cantwell’s (D-WA) executive finance and planning committees. Cynthia continues to be politically active and is on the Obama for America National Finance Committee.
Since her father’s diagnosis of pancreatic cancer in 2000 and subsequent death a year later, Cynthia has helped to bring greater visibility to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network as the founding Chairman of the Board. In addition to raising critical funding for research to fund a cure, she has played an important role in helping to move Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s legislative agenda through Congress. She also tirelessly speaks to families all over the country who are battling pancreatic cancer.