Gresham (Ross) Roskamp – Chairman of the Board
Ross taught Biology and football for 8 years in Iowa and California. He spent 3 years as a systems engineer and salesman with IBM. In 1970 he joined his brothers in Illinois to build and manage homes for mentally handicapped adults. Since 1981 he has designed, built, and operated continuing care communities in Florida, Arizona, and California. He recently celebrated his 64th wedding anniversary with his wife Ruth.
Donna Farris – President, Retreat Program Director
Donna, MSW, LCSW, is the co-founder and current President of Healing Odyssey, Inc. As a medical social worker, Donna has been working with cancer patients and families since 1989 in inpatient units, support groups, home care, and in private practice. Donna collaborated with an Oncology Nurse Specialist to create the Healing Odyssey Retreat program in 1994. She continues to facilitate the core program and to create new, innovative programs for graduates of Healing Odyssey. Donna currently has a successful private counseling practice in Orange County, CA. She is a best-selling author, speaker and educator focusing on health and wellness.
Debbi Kleinzweig – Retreat Program Co-Director
Debbi, RN, BSN, OCN, is an oncology nurse and educator who has worked with cancer patients in a variety of settings since 1977. Aside from the administration and management of chemotherapy and other drugs to treat cancer, her responsibilities have included nursing and patient education, home health care and research. She has lectured nationally on a variety of oncology nursing subjects and is currently certified as an Oncology Certified Nurse by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation. Debbi is a Healing Odyssey Board member and has co-facilitated retreats for over 15 years.
Rayna Davis – Treasurer
Rayna is a 26 year survivor of breast cancer and came to Healing Odyssey retreat #3. Since then she has staffed many retreats, serves on the Board of Directors of Healing Odyssey as its Treasurer and is the Retreat Operations Manager. She has a B.A. from Northeastern University, with a major in Mathematics. She worked in the computer industry for 30 years, as a director of software consulting services. She is single, and lives in Huntington Beach.
Diane Holdaway – Outreach Director
Diane is an 18 year cancer survivor of both Thyroid and Ovarian Cancer. At the time of diagnosis her boys were 5 and 6 years old. She attended Healing Odyssey retreat #47 and has staffed several retreats since then. She has a bachelor’s degree from CSULB in Business and has worked as a Controller for the last 30 years. She is celebrating 30 years of marriage and her boys are young adults.
Barbara Hogan – Marketing Director
Barb is a retired sales and marketing executive from major high tech firms. She has been an active member of the Healing Odyssey Board of Directors for 10+ years, and has served as a retreat counselor on many occasions. She is responsible for Healing Odyssey’s marketing programs and presence on social media.
Debbie Belsher – Fund Development Director
Debbie is a 16 year survivor of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She has a bachelor’s degree in finance with a minor in communication. She enjoyed a 35+ year career as a Payroll and Human Resources specialist. At the time of her diagnosis she was working full time as a Relationship Manager for Ceridian Corporation. She was also caring for her mother, husband and 2 children. Through her cancer counselor she found Healing Odyssey and attended retreat #42. She has maintained a connection with Healing Odyssey over the years and when her health improved, she volunteered as a leader for multiple retreats, and later was asked to join our board. She is a 28 year resident of Lake Forest, CA and is happily married to her husband of 33 years. Her kids are now 31 and 24. The oldest is an LCSW and works for the County of Orange and the youngest is still in school. She and her husband enjoy travelling, gardening and family time.
Barbara Stamp – Retreat Registrar
Barbara is a 20 year breast cancer survivor. She attended Healing Odyssey retreat # 16 in 2001. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Healing Odyssey as Retreat Registrar. She is a CPA and currently works as Controller for a company in the telecommunications sector. Barbara is in a 30 year committed relationship with Healing Odyssey’s official photographer, Bill Hoyland.
Donna Negrete – Board Member
Donna N. is a 25 year breast cancer survivor who attended HO #7. She came on a scholarship, and it changed her life. She has volunteered in every year since including staffing 2 retreats, and she is now so happy to be finally able to be on the board. She is a CPA with a B.S. in Business from the University of the Pacific with a concentration in Accounting and a M.S. in Tax from Golden Gate University. In addition to being an officer in their family business, she has had a boutique consulting practice for over 20 years. Her children are now married young adults, and she and Jim will be celebrating 41 years in 2021.