Libby Kranz founded Unravel with her husband, Tony, after their 6-year-old daughter, Jennifer, died from Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma—a pediatric brain cancer with no cure. Libby’s blog about Jennifer, childhood cancer and her family living with grief has inspired thousands of people to be active in the fight against childhood cancer. Libby believes that if scientists can figure how to diagnose and treat the most difficult cancers—pediatrics cancers—scientists will unravel the most effective ways to treat all cancers.
Unravel provides a purpose for Libby in her role in life as a bereaved mom. Libby is a dynamic speaker giving talks at several Unravel events a year. She helps and connects with other warrior cancer families across the country. Libby has spent her life working with children including being a day care director and PE teacher until ultimately, she became a mother. In addition to Jennifer in heaven, Libby and her husband, Tony, have four surviving kids. Libby enjoys running, Crossfit, hiking and spending time with her family.
Tony Kranz founded Unravel with his wife, Libby, after their 6-year-old daughter, Jennifer, died from Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, a pediatric brain cancer with no cure. The loss of his daughter and love for his family fuel his work for pediatric cancer and give his life purpose. Tony looks forward to the time when Unravel’s work is no longer needed, because better treatments will lead to eradicating all cancers for young and old.
In addition to board responsibilities, Tony speaks at fundraising events and helps organize the annual Unravel golf tournament. Tony is a plant manager for Cintas Corporation and his plant was ranked #1 in Northwest Region for 2 years in a row. In addition to Jennifer in heaven, Tony and his wife, Libby, have four surviving kids. He enjoys bowling, golf and spending time outside with his family.
Ann Calcagno joined the Unravel board to help improve options for kids with cancer and raise awareness of the severe lack of funding for research. Her entire family was deeply affected by the death of her niece, Jennifer, and it is her wish that one day no family is ever told that there is no available treatment for their child’s cancer.
Ann is a registered nurse and brings her perspective as a medical professional to Unravel. Her experience includes working with electronic medical records, postpartum women, newborns, stroke patients, traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. Ann and her husband, Greg, have five children and she spends all of her free time watching high school football.
Travis Graham joined the Unravel board after he learned Jennifer Kranz’s story and fell in love with the mission of the organization. He is motivated by his experiences meeting families affected by cancer and the promising research Unravel is funding.
Travis brings entrepreneurial experience and a business owner’s perspective, both helpful in fostering Unravel’s growth. In addition to board responsibilities, Travis serves on the committee for Unravel’s largest fundraiser, the Glitter Gala.
He owns a printing shop that produces custom apparel, signs and vehicle wraps for companies. Travis lives in Gilroy with his wife, Megan, and his son, Lincoln, and is an avid sports fan.
Carmen is a strong cancer warrior mom and advocate for pediatric cancer research. She started fighting for kids with cancer when her baby, Ty, was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma. Now a teenager and showing no evidence of disease, Ty is still dealing with the late side effects of his treatment. Seeing firsthand how hard cancer treatments can be on children, Carmen is driven to raise funds for research to find better treatments that will help children not just survive, but also thrive.
In addition to her board responsibilities, Carmen organizes the annual Race2Unravel Pediatric Cancer 5k in Gilroy and an annual Christmas bake sale at the Santa Clara County Probation Department. Prior to volunteering with Unravel, she was on the executive board for Arms Wide Open Childhood Cancer Foundation for two years and helped organize the annual Running Over Childhood Cancer 5k and annual Gala in San Jose. Carmen is a Juvenile Probation Officer and lives in Gilroy with her husband, Scott, and children: Isabella, Siena and Ty.
Steve Humphrey joined the Unravel Board because he was inspired how the founders, Tony and Libby, are helping other cancer warrior families because of Jennifer. Steve believes strongly in Unravel and its unique approach to funding pediatric cancer research. He looks forward to better medications to treat pediatric cancer and, ultimately, cures for all childhood cancers.
Steve advises on technology needs and planning of fundraising for Unravel. He also serves on the board of a private family foundation and a fledgling nonprofit. He currently works in IT as a systems’ engineer for nonprofits and also has experience in the private aviation, retail and insurance industries. Steve and his wife, Tori, have two daughters, Hailey and Paige. As a family, they enjoy sports, travel and everything related to Disney.
After watching family and friends battle cancer, Derek Holman decided to do something to help. Once he learned about Jennifer’s story, he began supporting Unravel and then joined the Unravel board. Derek is inspired by Unravel’s unique and efficient approach to funding scientists.
Derek understands the challenges facing entrepreneurs and business owners and advises Unravel on managing the organization and working with business partners. Derek is co-founder and managing director of EP Wealth Advisors, a financial planning and investment management firm he started with his best friend. He lives in Manhattan Beach with his wife, Christina, three children and a dog. He enjoys outdoor activities including golfing, surfing and skiing with his family and actively helping to grow his local
Jody Pulford joined the Unravel board to focus on raising awareness of the lack of funding for pediatric cancer research. She worked ten years in public relations for both technology startup companies and for established brands including Adobe Systems. After the birth of her second child, she left public relations to focus on raising her kids and being involved in her local community.
In addition to board responsibilities, Jody assists Unravel with public relations, marketing, writing and editing. Jody lives in Gilroy with her husband, Joe, and their 3 kids. She loves spending time visiting family on California’s central coast and most of her hobbies revolve around food.