Meet The Team
Dave Martinson | Executive Director
Dave is an Orange County native. He grew up in Brea and then graduated from San Jose State University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He also has a Master of Public Administration from the University of La Verne. Dave currently resides in Brea with his wife Cheri. Together they have four adult children who they are very proud of, Zackary, Madeline, Michael, and Katherine.
Dave has always had a passion for service. He served as the Executive Director of L’Arche Wavecrest located in Orange County before serving as a Major Gifts Officer for the Orange County chapter of the American Red Cross.
David joined Kure It Cancer Research in September of 2019 and is excited about this new journey and the opportunity to serve Kure It as Executive Director.
Jackie Kurtz | Director of Development and Outreach
Jackie joined the Kure It team as the Director of Development and Outreach in 2017 after supporting the organization for many years as a donor. She loves having the opportunity to raise funds for cancer researchers that would otherwise not receive the financial backing they need. This is a critical time for cancer research, and she understands that funding research will lead to saving lives.
Jackie’s proudest moment since joining the Kure It team was adding a new fundraiser, the Rivals Cup Golf Tournament, to their yearly activities. She is thrilled to report the tournament has been able to net over $300,000 for cancer research in just two years.
Jackie has a BA in Psychology and Business Administration from the University of San Diego. She lives in Costa Mesa with her husband and daughter. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, going to Ducks games and Duffy boat rides around the bay. She looks forward to a lifetime of helping connect individuals with causes that speak to them.
Renalynn Funtanilla | Development Coordinator
Originally from San Jose, California, Renalynn moved to Irvine to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in Public Health Policy. At the University of California, Irvine she developed a passion for improving lives in her community and started her career working for nonprofits. She has worked face to face with various communities in Southern California to provide education on healthy relationships and local resources. Along with community engagement, Renalynn enjoys going to the beach and do-it-yourself projects.
Renalynn started as a Development Assistant and within one year she was promoted to Development Coordinator. She now leads the Women’s Guild, the Round-Up for Research Program, and social media marketing. Renalynn’s goal is to increase supporters and volunteers to advocate for Kure It’s mission.
Maria Dumatol | Development Specialist
Maria is experienced in various industries at different levels. As an industrial artist in the aerospace industry, an account executive for the nation’s largest workers’ compensation medical bill review company, an analyst with one of the world’s largest hardware, software and electronics distributor, and a program and business development manager in the staffing and recruiting industry, but no matter where she’s worked, her deepest passion has always been in support of nonprofit business and charitable organizations.
Maria has served as president and board member of a number of organizations, such as the Asian Business Association of Orange County, Fil-Am Chamber of Commerce of Orange County, Asian Women Entrepreneurs – Orange County, and she is also a Co-Founder and current board member of the Pacific Trade and Culture Alliance. Maria has always been interested in reaching a more “Glocal Community.”
Though Maria was born in the U.S., her family moved to the Philippines when her father was scouted to run three large companies. While living in Manila, Maria earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Philippine Women’s University and majored in Communication Arts.
Maria has also been involved with local charitable organizations such as Alzheimer’s Orange County and the Center for Autism and Neurological Disorders. Maria started independently with Kure It Cancer Research in August, 2019 as an Event Coordinator/Development Consultant, and just recently became their Development Specialist. Maria is excited in coming aboard with Kure It and helping to achieve exciting initiatives with potential community partnerships.
Donna Waldo | Treasurer
Donna has been supporting Kure It since its creation as a named fund at City of Hope in 2007, raising funds for much needed kidney cancer research. In 2010, she helped create the 501(c)3 entity which allowed Kure It to expand their outreach to cover other underfunded cancers. She has seen the organization grow from a grassroots friends and family fundraising effort, to a dynamic community resource, with multiple events and outreach programs.
In her role as Treasurer, she oversees all the financial aspects of the organization. In addition to keeping the books and records, Donna enjoys volunteering her time at the various Kure It functions. Her happiest times are when she is helping others.
Donna has a BS in Marketing and Finance from USC, and an MBA from Pepperdine University. She lives in Irvine with her husband. She is the proud mom of an adult daughter and son, and a very happy Nana to her grandson! She is an avid baseball fan, and has visited all 30 MLB parks!
She is grateful to be involved with Kure It, and being a part of fulfilling Barry’s vision.
Madeline Martinson | Communication Intern
Originally from Orange County, Madeline went on to pursue a degree in Communication from Boise State University in Idaho. After her completion she moved to Texas and is working on her Master’s degree in Communication Studies at Texas State University.
Even though she has lived in these different places orange country is a special place for Madeline. Her family still resides in the area and she visits as often as she can. Madeline is passionate about helping others and engaging in lively communication. Madeline as joined Kure It as a Communication Intern and she is looking forward to connecting further with Kure It and making a difference for us.