Lizzie has been a dedicated advocate for the northern Nevada childhood cancer community since 2006. Born and raised in Reno, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Conservation Biology from the University of Nevada, Reno. Before working at NNCCF, Lizzie was the executive director at the Keaton Raphael Memorial. Here she served as a childhood cancer advocate, focusing on family assistance and fundraising for support and research. In 2012, Lizzie was recognized as the University of Nevada’s Outstanding Young Alumnus of the Year for her efforts in the fight against childhood cancer.
As the Director of Grants at NNCCF, Lizzie is responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to research, prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to private and corporate foundations. Due to her longevity with the organization, she is also the unofficial historian!
Lizzie lives in Reno with her husband, Patrick, their two children, and their always-entertaining golden retriever, Willie. She loves skiing, backpacking, road trips, the beach, the Chicago Cubs, and spending time with friends and family.
Why I started working at NNCCF:
I was ready for something new, something unique, and something that would make a positive difference in the lives of local families. Above all, I wanted to help grow the support services for childhood cancer families so that no one would have to go through the difficult journey alone. Looking back, joining the team proved to be one of the best decisions of my life. I have witnessed unbelievable dedication from donors, staff, board members, and volunteers; I have learned about love and courage from patients and families; and I have gained amazing, life-long friends!
Ask me about:
Raising twins, backpacking, car camping, and skiing.
What I think is amazing:
Nature, the human body, chimpanzees, and gorillas!
Something quirky about me:
I can list all 50 US states in alphabetical order. Thank you, Mr. Mobley, my 5th grade teacher!
My role model:
My awesome mom! She is a fun-loving, beautiful, and strong woman who has always been there for my family and me. She has taught me the importance of family, friends, independence, adventure, education, helping others, and so much more.
My favorite quote:
“Live Happy” – Kristin Katich Sumbot