FOUNDER

Nick Nicholson

Nick Nicholson is the founder of Judy Nicholson Kidney Cancer Foundation. He is also the founder of Nicholson Properties, Inc. (dissolved) and Coldwell Banker Commercial, Jacksonville, FL. He is a Principal at Century 21 First Coast Realty, Jacksonville, FL. He was President of the Beaches Chamber of Commerce in 1993. He is a retired, Special Agent in Charge, Naval Investigative Service (NCIS), Mayport (1986). Nick is an Eagle Scout and a Grandfather to 10 wonderful children. Nick has retired from his service to the foundation.

OFFICERS & DIRECTORS

Linda Ostoski, President

Linda Ostoski was a dear friend and colleague of Judy Nicholson and has been affiliated with the Foundation since its inception. Linda currently serves as President of the Board and is proud to bring awareness to kidney cancer in Judy’s honor. For the past 12 years, Linda has worked at Watson Realty Corp and is a top producer as a luxury real estate agent in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. In addition to Judy Nicholson Kidney Cancer Foundation, she has been involved with multiple charities including the Hunger Fight and Watson Cares. Linda looks forward to continuing to give back and growing the Foundation under her leadership.

Jayla Barnes, Vice President

Jayla Barnes FNP-BC, a nurse practitioner in the medical profession for 20 years serving in various capacities and healthcare settings from pediatric trauma/ICU to ICU/ER nurse, hospice and now as a Nurse Practitioner specializing in complex medical conditions and symptom management known as Palliative Medicine. Both my personal and professional experiences have taught me to honor the beauty of life as well as the beauty of dying and more importantly, to appreciate that there’s a lot that lies between the two. Throughout my professional attrition, one of the things that remains a constant is my desire to share knowledge with others and empower people to make better choices about their health and wellness. You may not get to choose what happens to you but how you response is completely your decision. I know I’m here to assist others on their journey.

Adine Nicholson, Treasurer

Adine recently rejoined the Judy Nicholson Foundation board and is currently serving as Treasurer. Adine has over 20 years of experience of administration, financial planning and fundraising for start-up non-profits. Currently, she is the Director of Development for the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians and the Wild Animal Health Fund. Adine remains passionate about finding a cure for kidney cancer and providing kidney cancer patients with important information to help them through their journey to a long health life.

Walter Johnson

Seasoned Pastor offering 40 years of experience in pastoral care and spiritual leadership to growing church. Committed to creating thriving community and guiding individuals transformed by the gospel. Prepared to bring background in organizational leadership, ministry program development, and mission-oriented strategic planning to growing church. Accomplished leader bringing more than 40 years’ expertise in cultivating and shepherding community. Successful providing discipleship, welcoming new members, facilitating pastoral care and preaching to community.  Walter is a kidney cancer survivor and has been cancer free since 2010.

Rachel Ruusma

Rachel Ruusma is a caregiver for her husband, who has been battling renal cell cancer for over 6 years. Rachel and her husband advocate for increases in kidney cancer funding. She believes patients and caregivers need more than just a doctor’s care and information in this battle. In her employment, Rachel is a non-CPA manager in a mid-size accounting firm in Indianapolis where she helps to manage projects and internal/external client relations.  Rachel’s husband has been battling cancer since 2014.

Megan Conley

Megan Conley currently serves as the Head of Operations & Course Development at a global compliance training firm in the financial services industry. Ms. Conley is admitted to practice law in Illinois. Megan was diagnosed with Chromophobe Renal Cell Carcinoma in January 2020 and is currently in remission. Since her diagnosis, she has become involved in many aspects of kidney cancer advocacy including working with lawmakers on research funding and speaking with patients about taking control of their health and how to navigate the healthcare system. Ms. Conley is passionate about educating and empowering patients. She has worked with the Kidney Cancer Association, KidneyCan, Powerful Patient and National Kidney Foundation. She also recently served as a consumer reviewer within the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) where she helped with the review and evaluation of kidney cancer research proposals.

Honorary Board Members

Winston Tan, MD

Naomi Haas, MD

Jaime Merchan, MD

Roberto Pili, MD

Deb Maskins, Co_founder Kidney Cancer Canada

Committee Chairs

Director of Administration: Linda Anderson

Public Relations: Josh Hendricks

Video Resources: Scott Nicholson

Treasurer’s Assistant: Paula Gibson

Development Consultant: Beth Robbins

Nutritionist: Lori Bumbaco with Cancer Nutrition Care

Fitness Expert: Jenny Spencer with Fight the Fatigue