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.

Lizzie lives in Reno with her husband, Patrick, and their two children.  When not working, she loves skiing, backpacking, road trips, the beach, watching Chicago Cubs games, and spending time with friends and family.

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.

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. I was born in Reno, love this community, and want to make it a better place to live.

About me:

When I was a kid, I wanted to be the first female Major League Baseball player or Jane Goodall’s protégé.

Ask me about:

Childhood cancer support services, raising twins, backpacking, car camping and info about skiing around Lake Tahoe.

What I think is amazing:

Nature and the human body.

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