Send Me On Vacation provides much-needed vacations to breast cancer survivors who need to rejuvenate and heal their minds, bodies and spirits.
Not only has Cathy brought this homegrown charity to national prominence in the last three years, but she has engaged in many other philanthropic endeavors as well….from founding a “collegeship” program for Girls Inc in Harlem, New York providing the opportunity for smart, bold and strong inner-city girls to go away to college …. to raising funds and orchestrating medical missions in the Bahamas. Her efforts funded the purchase a mammogram machine for the residents of Abaco, Bahamas.Cathy’s energy is boundless and her mind is creative in coming up with tremendous fundraising ideas to support her charitable dreams.Two years ago Send Me On Vacation launched a wellness program for survivors called A Mermaids Journey. Survivors attend a weeklong workshop and learn to “Let Go” of the fear and anger that battling breast cancer brings and create a more abundant life.
Mrs. Backus has brought her synergistic charm to engage many volunteers to join in the cause. These include famous vocalists, top chefs, politicians, business owners, and community leaders. The beauty of Cathy is that she has the ability to energize people from every walk of life throughout North America and truly is a woman who makes a difference in lives of survivors striving to become thrivers.
Leland Eugene (Gene) Backus is a native Nevadan and graduate of UCLA School of Law. He has been chief trial counsel or regional counsel on some of the largest complex cases in the country from the MGM Fire Litigation where he was appointed Liaison Counsel to Agent Orange, asbestos, Dupont Hotel Fire Litigation, Pepcon Plant Explosion, Bone Screw Litigation, tobacco, diet drug and other medical/pharmaceutical complex and class action litigation. When asked what he specializes in, his answer is often the “complex and ugly.” He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in 2007, 2008 and 2009 for Nevada and the Mountain States. His law firm, Backus-Carranza Burden represents
When asked what he specializes in, his answer is often the “complex and ugly.” He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in 2007, 2008 and 2009 for Nevada and the Mountain States. His law firm, Backus-Carranza Burden represents hotel, construction, health care, real estate, and insurance clientele.
Mr. Backus is an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association in complex construction and commercial matters and has been selected as panel chairman in many large-scale disputes. He has authored several articles in the field of litigation, including ABA survey publications on pharmaceuticals and medical device litigation issues. Not only has he educated others in healthcare law and products liability internationally, he has lectured in construction law at the national level at both the esteemed Super-conference and the ABA Forum for the Construction Industry. He has helped educate judges and lawyers on civil rule practice; his peers refer to him as a “lawyer’s lawyer.”
Ms. Sheehy is Cheif Operation Officer of iMDirect Marketing and Co-Founder of All Digital Rewards. She has over 20 years of experience and is recognized as an industry leader in the development, execution and management of B2C direct response marketing campaigns. Her innate ability to dissect complex business flows and her passion for emerging technologies allows her to develop successful acquisition and retention systems for her customers.
She has served on many boards at the executive level that supports youth development, cancer survivors, and commerce. In the past, she has volunteered as a youth soccer and basketball coach for close to a decade. She is a proud mother of three adult sons. She enjoys sharing great wine with friends, reading, hiking, traveling, cross fit, boating, and cycling. She resides with her family and three dogs in Phoenix, AZ.
Mr. Dance is the Chief Customer Officer of TuGo Insurance, one of Canada’s leading providers of travel medical insurance.
Travel Underwriters is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia and also has offices in Toronto, Ontario, Montreal, Quebec and Tijuana, Mexico.
In his role as Chief Customer Officer, Mr. Dance has overall responsibility for all customer facing operations of the company, including, Sales, Business Development, Claims, Customer Service and Customer Operations.
Prior to joining Travel Underwriters, Mr. Dance was Vice-President of Marsh Canada, one of the world’s leading insurance brokerage firms.
Mr. Crist leads the National Timeshare Owners Association (NTOA) with over a decade of professional experience in association management and non-profit development. He had established solid working relationships with key stakeholders in the resort community. Under his leadership, the organization has expanded into Canada and created a comprehensive new member education series that promotes the use and benefits of vacation ownership in North America.
As a member of both CRDA and ARDA, Greg often asked to write about vacation ownership and speaks at various conferences on consumer/owner related topics. Greg’s collaborative nature in working with other organizations who are equally committed to improving timeshares both as a product and an experience has allowed him to bridge complex issues with beneficial solutions.
Ms. Horwitz is a two-time breast cancer survivor and the inspiration behind Send Me On Vacation. Cathy Backus and Pam became fast friends over 29 years ago when they instantly bonded over their love of travel and family.
As well as being a Board Member, Pam is the Chair of the Survivor Committee for SMOV. This position evokes special bonds with the survivors blessed by Send Me On Vacation and having someone there who understands what it means to be a survivor is a crucial part of the recovery process.
Pam helps them to understand life after treatment, before getting a vacation of a lifetime. She is passionate about yoga, holistic healing, clean eating and the power of positive thinking which all play a part in brightening the future life of a survivor.
Mr. Walter (Wally) Halicki Jr. is the president of Reputation Maxx, and also oversees sales and marketing for JW Maxx Solutions-Latin America division. In his current role with JWM, Wally currently manages a team of account managers and sales consultants serving clients throughout Latin America.
Wally is also the current board President of Amigos de Los Ninos, a charitable organization based in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico where he resides. He has served as board member, secretary, and as mentioned is the current president of this association, all over the past eight years. Wally has over a decade of sales and marketing experience from the vacation ownership industry, accrued at multiple vacation ownership properties in Los Cabos.
Wally is a devoted husband to his wife of 11 years, Diana, and a proud father of sons Eric, William, and son number three come October 2016.
Mrs. Shaw is Chief Executive Officer and Clinical Director of the Charleston Hypnosis Center located in South Carolina. She is also a Certified Master Trainer in Clinical Hypnosis and Guided Imagery and the Official Hypnotherapist for Charleston’s Mix96 Radio. Having conducted over 50,000 hours of one-on-one sessions and group workshops, she is a leading authority on personal development, stress management, and peak performance.
Mrs. Shaw is the creator of “The Mermaid’s Journey,” an experiential workshop developed for SMOV breast cancer survivors to provide them self-help tools for emotional healing and mental resilience which she believes is an essential skill set for minimizing the role stress plays on healing, health, and immunity, as well as our ability to live to our fullest potential. Msr. Shaw believes that breast cancer survivors can turn their biggest challenge into their most profound gift to the world by learning to actively foster their own emotional fitness and, thus, become role models in their circles of influence.
Mr. Howes is the CEO of KixPay Inc a merchant services provider delivering payment solutions through a proprietary gateway to insurance, legal and accounting firms in Canada and the USA.
KixPay has its head office in Vancouver B.C. and the US business is located in Columbus GA operating under the trade name Securfee LLC.
Mr. Howes is an avid traveler for business and pleasure, a board member of his local minor hockey association, fisherman, sports fan, father to 3 young men and husband to a great woman.