Kids & Art Foundation has an AMAEYZING, dedicated, and diverse team who help us stay true to our mission and provide the power of creativity and art to pediatric cancer patients and their families. These families have very specialized needs and to best support them, our team is all part-time and has very specialized experience to meet these needs.

Team Members

Purvi Shah

Founder and CEO

Rachel Handsman

Program Lead

Sejal Desai

Operations Manager

Carmen Rodriguez Ericson

Program Coordinator

Caroline Robins


Deborah Hopkins


Daniela Sardiello

Volunteer Coordinator

Lillian Ma

Grants Writer

Kristine Dworkin

Writer and Editor

Joshua Bernstein


Board of Directors

Deka Dike, Chair

CEO and Founder, Omatochi and Vice President Mortgage Loan Advisor, U. S. Bank

Nathalie Auber

Partner and CFO, Sofinnova

Teri Behm

Founder and Architect, Behm Architects

Caty James Everett

Founder and CEO, Red Bridge Leadership

Debra Braun

Photographer, Community Builder

Advisory Council

Artist Advisory

Bianca Levan – Chair
Rinat Goren
Don Ross

Research Advisory

Dawn Linhardt – Chair OTD, OTR/L, CLT, C/NDT
Priya Talreja Health Coach – Stanford Prevention Research Center

Parent Advisory

Courtney Angle Rodgers
Vidhya Navalpakkam

Health Advisory

Adrianne Angle – Yoga Instructor

Merian Willis-van-Eijk – MSN, RN, CPHON Stanford Children’s Hospital

Dr. Subha Aahlad – Pediatrician, Foster City Pediatrics Medical Group

Pam Simon – Program Manager/NP Stanford Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program (AYA) at LPCH and Stanford Health Care

Dr. Ayelet Hirshfeld – Psychoanalyst and Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Business And Technology Advisory

Apurva Shah – CEO Duality Robotics, Adjunct Faculty at CCA

Janis Nakano Spivack  – CEO Brite Catalysts

Karan Parikh – CEO GreenRain

Finance Advisory

Pratish Patel – Associate Professor of Finance at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo


Jensen & Novacic

Legal Counsel

Morrison & Foerster