Our story.

Mission

The mission of RAWF is to provide quality of life support for childhood brain tumor survivors and their families. From the purchase of a lifesaving medical device to developing and producing tools to help daily management of care easier — the foundation aims to help survivors thrive creating connections to innovation and information that can improve life after survival.

Vision

Bringing hope and support  to childhood brain tumor survivors facing chronic conditions and promoting awareness of the long term effects of treatment of brain tumors.

Background

Raymond A. Wood Foundation (RAWF)  was incorporated in December 2016 and is a 501(c)3) nonprofit organization with a goal to support survivors of childhood brain tumors and their families by providing a means to get devices or therapies that may help with ongoing chronic conditions that result from brain tumor treatment. The foundation is named for Alex Wood, a childhood brain tumor survivor.

Who We Are

RAWF consists of one unpaid executive director, five volunteer board members and two contracted consultants.


Amy Wood, Executive Director
Amy currently is the Creative Director for Inclind, Inc. a web development agency based in Lewes, Delaware. She started her career in television as a field producer and writer on the political beat in Washington DC and went on to produce The Standard Deviants, an educational video series and PBS television show which aired briefly in the late ‘90s and was termed “the Sesame Street for adults.” She also produced videos for clients including the Naval Media Center and PBSYou. In the early 2000’s, Amy moved into marketing with a focus on web and print design and served as an advertising agency art director and tourism marketing manager before launching her own boutique design studio where she helped many small businesses build their brands.

She holds a BA in Mass Communication from Towson University and a MA in graphic design from Savannah College of Art and Design. She started the Raymond A. Wood Foundation in honor of her son Alex. She calls herself the “medical momvocate” and is currently launching a blog focused on parent-caregivers of children with chronic and challenging medical conditions.

Her spare time is spent with husband Shawn and son Alex, tinkering with her home décor, reading mindless novels and enjoying life in Ocean City, MD.

Board of Directors

Ellen Waters, Secretary
Ellen JV Waters has been a Certified Residential Appraiser for over 10 years and is still currently active in the field. Her primary concentration of work is in Ocean City, MD and the nearby surrounding communities. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for CareFirst of MD. During her children’s formative years, she was involved in many school related activities serving on the School Improvement Advisory Council for the better part of 10 years. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science with a certificate in Medical Technology. She is a Certified USMS Adult Learn to swim instructor and remains active in the swimming world. She has lived in Ocean City for over 30 years, is currently married and has raised 2 children.

Cindy Myers, Treasurer
Cindy L. Myers, CPA earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Salisbury University and is a Certified Public Accountant. She is self-employed and manages a small accounting and tax practice from her home.  Her 30 years of public accounting experience is quite diversified between accounting, income taxes and other business-related matters She specializes in setting up accounting systems for small businesses including training and consulting with small business owners to help them achieve financial goals for their business. 

Cindy’s dedication to her clients business needs is evident by the long relationships and referrals from community business owners. Her patience and commitment to her clients have been a significant factor for her many years of success in the challenging public accounting field.

Cindy lives in Crownsville, MD and is married with two sons, one a recent graduate from Towson University and the other attends the University of Maryland. She is an avid runner and is a member of the Annapolis Striders Running Club. She also likes to spend time training and playing with her German Shepherd.

Caroline Coakley
Caroline Coakley resides in Mclean, VA with her husband and four beautiful children. She is a graduate of Mount Saint Mary's College where she majored in Business and Finance. She went on to become a financial advisor for Signator Investors, a subsidiary of John Hancock Insurance. There she spent nine years focusing on the needs of her clients while being active in many business related organizations such as the DC Board of Trade and the Bethesda chapter of the Chamber of Commerce. Caroline took time away from work to raise her four children along with her husband Liam. In July of 2016 Caroline joined Beautycounter and in her position as Director she is an educator, mentor, and team manager.

Shawn Wood
Shawn Wood is a sales representative at H & M Wagner & Sons Foodservice. He is a graduate of Salisbury University with a BS in business administration. Prior to that, he was general manager of M.R. Ducks and Talbot Street Watersports in Ocean City, MD.

Shawn is the co-founder of the Raymond A. Wood Foundation and is the expert on using the handheld blood analyzer. He provides support to our families as they are onboarded with program. In his spare time, he enjoys offshore fishing and spending time with his son and survivor, Alex.

Lindsey Miller
Lindsey Miller works at the National Restaurant Association on their Public Affairs team. She manages their grassroots advocacy programs, and works to strengthen the ties between the restaurant industry, local communities, and elected officials. Prior to joining the National Restaurant Association, Lindsey worked at iHeartMedia for three years on their Political Sales & Strategy team. There she worked with political clients across the country and managed external partnerships with external organizations on events such as MSNBC, The Washington Post, and the National Governors Association. Lindsey started her career in politics working for US Rep. Scott Perry (PA-10) in both his Pennsylvania and DC office. Lindsey grew up in Ocean City, MD and is a graduate of Stephen Decatur High School and Elizabethtown College. Lindsey spends most of her free time going to concerts and hanging out with her cat, Nixon.

Consultants

Tom Wilson, Lower Shore Services
Tom is the founder of Lower Shore Support Services (LSSS), nonprofit organization located on Maryland's Eastern Shore whose mission is to provide 'back office' services to other nonprofits. He provides a wide variety of services including bookkeeping, payroll, accounting, database management, fundraising, grant writing, etc.to help nonprofits succeed.

Olive Mawyer, Marketing Manager
Olive has extensive marketing experience in both the non-profit and public sectors, including large financial corporations. She is owner/founder of OLEA Solutions, an event and marketing company focused on small businesses and non-profits. Olive and her husband, Troy, live in Ocean City, Maryland with Stella, a chocolate lab and Zoe, a cat with an attitude (aka Tortitude).

Who We Serve

RAWF provides support to survivors of all types of brain tumors, malignant or benign, diagnosed between the ages of 0-19 and the families that care for them.