Michelle BarnesMichelle 2

Business Development 

Michelle Barnes serves as an advisor to the World Child Cancer team, responsible for Business Development and Partnerships.   Over the last dozen years, she has worked for a variety of non-profits and social enterprises as an Interim Executive and an advisor during transitions. She also has served as a Vice-President for two large national non-profit organizations. Prior, she worked in the technology sector in marketing and business development.  Michelle holds an MBA from UCLA and a BA in Economics from William and Mary.

Michelle is passionate about World Child Cancer’s Mission to build capacity to help children with cancer in low income countries.   “There are few organizations with such an impressive return on investment.  World Child Cancer is a game changer for the 100,000 children who die needlessly every year.”

Niki RutishauserNiki

Social Media Manager

Niki Rutishauser is World Child Cancer USA’s Social Media Manager. She received a Bachelors degree in International Affairs from the University of Colorado and has lived and worked in Morocco and Turkey before returning to Colorado. On the weekends, she spends her time exploring the mountains with her dog Moose.

Leslie StrateLeslie Strate


Leslie Strate is serving as an advisor to the World Child Cancer USA team.   She has more than 20 years of experience in hospital and healthcare philanthropy, having served as Executive Director of Bonfils Blood Center Foundation and President & Chief Development Officer of St. Anthony Health Foundation.  While with St. Anthony, she actively supported the hospital’s international sister-hospital work in Vietnam and Haiti.  World Child Cancer’s vision — a world where every child with cancer has equal access to the best treatment and care — is a fit for her experience, interests and passion.

A graduate of Stanford University, Leslie also has a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Regis University.  She loves Colorado’s mountains where she hikes, runs and skis with her husband and two children.