WHO WE ARE


The Rutledge Foundation was founded in 2011 following Carley Rutledge’s diagnosis of stage IV Ewing Sarcoma. When friends and family learned there had been no change in cure rates or treatment options in over 30 years, they wanted to help make a difference.

The Rutledge Foundation exists to bring awareness and attention to the over one million adolescents and young adults, ages 15 to 39, diagnosed with cancer every year. We are committed to finding less toxic, more curative treatments for sarcoma cancers and supporting young cancer patients as they battle this devastating disease.

Since its establishment, the Rutledge Foundation has operated under three main objectives:

  • Support research and clinical trials for pediatric sarcomas

  • Identify and meet the unique needs of adolescent and young adult cancer patients

  • Increase awareness and early detection of adolescent and young adult cancers

OUR STORY

The Rutledge Foundation exists to bring awareness and attention to the over one million adolescents and young adults, ages 15 to 39, diagnosed with cancer every year. We are committed to finding less toxic, curative treatments for sarcomas, one of the most aggresive cancers in this population.

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OUR LEADERSHIP

LAURA RUTLEDGE
Executive Director

Laura grew up in McAllen, Texas and graduated from the University of Texas with a BS in Finance. She worked in the Mortgage Business for 8 years. While raising her four children she volunteered in her community and served on the boards of two schools. She currently serves as Rutledge Foundation Executive Director and board member. Laura spear heads investigating cutting edge sarcoma research and builds collaborative relationships between the medical, biotech and research communities. She and her husband John have 4 grown children: Meredith, Blake, Carley and Grant.

CAROLYN ROBERTS
Director of Development

Carolyn grew up in Fort Worth, Texas and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies in 1983. Post graduation she worked for Graham Associates in Arlington, Texas and Dunaway Associates of Fort Worth in Site Design, Land Planning, Platting and Zoning. She spent the next years raising her three sons and volunteering extensively in the community both in Fort Worth and Seattle, Washington. She is now Development Director of Rutledge Foundation and volunteers at Christ Chapel Bible Church and at South Hi Mount Elementary. Carolyn and her husband, David, have three grown sons, Freese, John David and James.

BRENDA LAMMERS
Business Manager

Brenda grew up in Midvale, Idaho, she moved to Texas in 2000 when her husband started his Large Animal Surgery Internship and Residency at Texas A&M University. She received her Associate’s degree from Treasure Valley Community College and Marketing from the University of Idaho. She worked at LoneStar Student Loans as a Portfolio Accounting Specialist, Sergeant’s Western World as Office Manager, and 9 years at Aledo Independent School District as a Special Education Aide. She is the Business Manager at the Rutledge Foundation and the Carley’s Closet Coordinator. Brenda lives in Aledo, Texas with her husband Tim, and their children Bodee, Judd and Recee.


BOARD MEMBERS

JOHN RUTLEDGE
Interim President

John was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. He received a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Duke University in 1983 and a graduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1985. John has worked at Freese and Nichols in Fort Worth since graduating. He is currently a Principal and Vice-President of the firm. John has 4 children and one grandchild. Along with his wife, Laura, John co-founded the Rutledge Foundation. He is the father of Carley Rutledge whose inspiring journey as a cancer survivor prompted the formation of the Foundation.

DONNA CRAFT
Secretary

Donna grew up in Jacksboro,Texas and Graduated from Texas Tech University in Lubbock with a BBA in Finance in 1981. She worked for American Quasar in the 1980’s, sold Real Estate and Specialty Advertising. She had an Art Gallery for 16 years in Fort Worth and currently continues with an online Art Gallery. She is married to her husband Ross and they have one son, Corbin, who is attending Abilene Christian University.

BILL PENNY

Bill grew up in Bay City, Texas and came to Fort Worth early in his career. He received a B.A., Accounting with highest honors in 1975 from the University of Texas and his degree in Law, JD, from the University of Texas in 1978. He also attended Southern Methodist University, where he received an LLM in taxation in 1980. He is a partner at Holland, Johns and Penny, LLP, in Fort Worth, where he specializes in Estate Planning, Probate, Corporate Law and Partnership Law. Bill and his wife, Lindy, live in Fort Worth. They have three grown sons, William, King and Lawson.

KYLE KNIGHT

Kyle grew up in Odessa, Texas and came to Fort Worth to attend TCU, where he received his BBA in Finance in 1992 and MBA in 1994. He has worked at Central Bank & Trust, Corbin & Company and Paine Webber, which later became UBS Financial Services, and continues to work there as a Financial Advisor in Wealth Management. Kyle and his wife, Sarah, live in Keller with their children Justin and Grace (a Ewing sarcoma survivor).

CHRIS KROEGER

Chris grew up in Houston, Texas and graduated in 1989 with a BBA and MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. Chris moved to the Dallas-Fort Worth area to start a 25-year career with Sabre, a global travel technology company, where he held various senior sales, general management, and marketing positions, including four years as Chief Marketing Officer. Chris now operates Chris Kroeger Consulting, LLC and is a partner in Social Venture Partners, an organization focused on helping non-profits drive greater impact in their communities. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Marketing at TCU. Chris lives in Keller, Texas with his wife Stacy and his teenage children Sage and Kysen.

LISA WILLIAMS SARVADI

Lisa grew up in McAllen, Texas. She graduated in 1989 from the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Mechanical Engineering Route to Business. She moved to Houston, Texas with her husband John and built a career in the oil and gas industry, working for Koch Industries and Tenneco Gas Marketing. Lisa and her husband John have two sons Ben and George and a daughter, Katherine. In addition to the Rutledge Foundation, Lisa has served on the boards of Houston Tri Delta Alumnae and Bayou Villages National Charity League. She is currently a volunteer at the Kinkaid School, an active member of Chapelwood United Methodist Church, and a member of the National Charity League and a sustaining member of the Junior League.

ANISH K. RAY, M.D.

Anish grew up in Calcutta, India and graduated from Calcutta National Medical College, Kolkata, India, with a MBBS in 1993. He attended medical school at Nassau University Medical Center, New York and graduated in 2009. It has been Anish’s keen interest and passion to pursue research endeavors in Pediatric Oncology since he was a medical student. He received my Pediatric Hematology / Oncology fellowship training at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas and has been actively involved in Sarcoma research. He am currently serving as an attending physician at Cook Children’s Medical Center, in the Hematology/Oncology department as well as on on translational research projects at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (Fort Worth, TX) led by Dr. Riyaz Basha, Associate Professor of Pediatrics. He also serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of Rutledge Foundation. Outside of work, he enjoys the company of books, music and his family that consists of his daughter Uma and wife Ayesha.

BLAKE RUTLEDGE

Blake grew up in Fort Worth, TX with the rest of the Rutledge clan. He studied Communication Design & Computer Science at Washington University in St Louis, graduating with a BFA in 2014. He then moved to NYC, first working as an Artist in Residence at Ogilvy & Mather, a large advertising agency. After a couple years, Blake left O&M to be a freelance Creative Technologist, working with companies such as HUSH & SpecialGuest, designing and building website and permanent interactive architectural installations for brands. Blake lives with friends in Brooklyn, somehow manages to keep a good number of plants alive, and spends as much time outdoors as possible despite all the concrete everywhere.

TAMARA REESE

Tamara grew up in Dallas, Texas. She graduated from Abilene Christian University in 1984 with a B.S. in Biology. It was there that she met her husband, Dan Reese. They married in 1986 and moved to Lubbock, Texas for him to attend Texas Tech University Law School. While in Lubbock, she worked at the Texas Tech Health Science Center as a research technician specializing in tissue culture and monoclonal antibodies research in the Biochemistry department. They moved back to Fort Worth in 1990, and she began working at UNTHSC, formerly TCOM, in the Biochemistry department. She was a tissue culture specialist with a focus on developing both skin and eye “equivalents” to be used for pharmaceutical research. She retired from that role in 2007, and now focuses her time on being a community volunteer as well as baking and cooking for her small business, T’s Pantry. She and Dan have two sons, Keller and Connor.

GARY RAY

Gary is the President of MODCO Energy Insurance & Risk Management with over 30 years of oil and gas insurance industry experience. Gary’s primary focus is in oil and gas commercial insurance sales, targeting medium to large accounts, and has developed numerous exclusive insurance programs for the oil and gas industry. He founded the company in 2004 and has served as President since inception. Before starting MODCO, Gary was a Senior Vice President at Wm. Rigg Co. from 2000 until 2004. Previously he was a Named Partner and Senior Vice President at Burk, Luebbehusen, Ray & Company. Gary has proven to be a leader not only at MODCO, but also in the community, serving as a Past Chairman of the Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate and is a proud co-founder of the Tallest Hog At The Trough Syndicate. He joined the Rutledge Foundation board in 2017.

GRANT RUTLEDGE

Grant was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, and is currently a Junior at TCU, working on a major in Finance, as well as a minor in accounting. He is currently employed at GM financial as an intern in the commercial lending department. Carley Rutledge is Grant’s sister, a cancer survivor, and his inspiration to serve the Rutledge Foundation.

 

MEDICAL ADVISORY BOARD

W. Paul Bowman, MD, Chairman of Pediatrics, UNTHSC

Angela B. Donahue, RN, BSN, 2014-2015 President, Texas Medical Association Alliance, Woman’s Board of Cook Children’s Medical Center, 2017 Jewel Charity Ball President

David J. Donahue, MD Pediatric Neurosurgery, CCMC Surgical Director, Epilepsy Program

James E. O’Dorisio, FACC, MD, Vascular Surgery, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Marin General Hospital


MEDICAL PARTNERS

Baylor Scott & White Health – Fort Worth, Texas
Children’s Cancer Therapy Development Institute – Beaverton, Oregon
Cook Children’s – Fort Worth, Texas
JPS Cancer Center – Fort Worth, Texas
Mary Crowley Cancer Research Centers – Dallas, Texas
Medical City Children’s Hospital – Dallas, Texas
MD Anderson – Houston, Texas
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – Memphis, Tennessee

UT Southwestern Medical Center – Dallas, Texas
UT Southwestern Medical Center – Richardson, Texas
Texas Children’s Hospital – Houston, Texas
Moncrief Cancer Institute – Fort Worth, Texas
Vannie E. Cook Jr Cancer Foundation – McAllen, Texas
Huntsman Cancer Institute – University of Utah-Salt Lake City, Utah
UNT Health Science Center – Fort Worth, Texas


COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Amon G. Carter Foundation – Fort Worth, Texas
Approach Resources – Fort Worth, Texas
Freese & Nichols, Inc. – Fort Worth, Texas
Fort Worth Texas Magazine – Fort Worth, Texas
Joni E. Templeton Foundation – Dallas, Texas
Kearley and Associates – Fort Worth, Texas
FIT Worth- Healthy City Initiative – Fort Worth, Texas
Sid W. Richardson Foundation – Fort Worth, Texas

Streams & Valleys – Fort Worth, Texas
The Ryan Foundation – Fort Worth, Texas
TradeMark – Fort Worth, Texas
Transamerica – Plano, Texas
Union & Fifth
UPS Foundation, Inc. – Atlanta, Georgia
Waterside – Fort Worth, Texas
Whole Foods Market – Fort Worth, Texas


MARKETING/PUBLIC RELATIONS

Kearley & Company is a strategic marketing and branding firm that serves clients across several industries. Kearley specializes in financial institutions (credit unions, specifically), healthcare, and various b-to-b and b-to-c industries. Visit kearley.com

Metamedia Creative Co. is a digital marketing and web design agency that serves the ever-growing digital needs of local and national clients across various industries. Visit metamediacreative.com.