The RNCG Angel Foundation was founded in October 2014 to assist cancer patients that didn't have the financial resources to to overcome medical, emotional and financial barriers to their care. Cancer doesn't just affect the patient but everyone around them. It is something no one is prepared to handle when the diagnosis is made. Our foundation has teamed up with RN Cancer Guide oncology nurse navigators, clinicians, attorneys, and other community resources to assist these patients and families overcome these barriers.
Susan K. Scherer
Director and Vice President
Susan is the Founder and CEO of RN Cancer Guides Solutions, LLC. She is also an experienced RN and an OCN (Oncology Certified Nurse). Her entrepreneurial spirit and clinical knowledge is a strong part of the foundation for both RN Cancer Guides Solutions, LLC and its foundation. Scherer currently serves as the Co-Chair for the Southwest Florida Cancer Control Collaborative, and also the Legislative Liaison for the Greater Tampa Bay Oncology Nursing Society. She also serves on the Oncology Nursing Society National Leadership Board for Nurse Navigation.
Rechtzigel has a 20-year extensive career in Healthcare finance and management. She has earned her Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Accounting from Saginaw Valley State University. Rechtzigel has provided managerial oversight and leadership to physicians in various specialties. Rechtzigel experience includes, P & L review, budgeting, system implementations, revenue cycle, year-end audits , and process improvement plans. Rechtzigel lost her father to cancer over ten years ago and the struggles that a person must go through in a short amount of time can be overwhelming. After attending RNCG 2015 first annual gala she was drawn to the miracles that Susan and her team are performing. If patients, such as Lisa’s father had a team of people to navigate him through the system like RNCG maybe cancer could become manageable.
Debbie London Baker
Chair of Legal Services
Baker continued school after 25 years of being a professional communications coach, she went to law school as a walk of faith. Baker is committed to be of service wherever she can go with a focus on people and families, who are undergoing unexpected crises, planned or unplanned life changes. A cancer diagnosis qualifies as unexpected and unplanned. Her goal is to be a resource and trusted adviser to her clients whether they are Pro-Bono, Low Bono or full fee paying. Baker believes that the RNCG Angel Foundation is a place where she can be of service. She believed for a number of years that people need health advocates – whether confronting life threatening disease or not. The Foundation offers that in an area where people are overwhelmed by a diagnosis and generally don’t’ have informed people standing by their side as they take the ride of their lives.
Jim Aardema has an entrepreneurial career with an appetite for digging into complex issues and initiatives including enterprises and projects with massive permitting, political, and public relations elements in major markets. Early in his career, Aardema developed a disruptive strategy that brought private capital and self-funding initiatives to the environmental cleanup industry, pioneering the first deployment of this strategy resulting in successful, vertically integrated engineering, remedial design, and construction enterprises with contracts exceeding $200 million within a two year period. Aardema pursued work involving the redevelopment of fallow land, addressing issues of environmental justice, contamination, and revitalization, returning properties to productive use. Aardema is a proven leader of multi-disciplinary teams, and a collaborator with focus on organized, effective processes and outcomes. As a co-founder and president of cause and enterprise marketing agencies, he has led programs and campaigns in public relations, marketing and advertising visioning, design, planning, and execution.