Jen Roberts - CoFounder
Jennifer Roberts has been married for eleven years and is the mother to three young children. She is passionate about her family, her church and her community. She currently stays at home to raise her two rambunctious boys and one little lady. Her middle son is a cancer survivor and his journey to healing changed her life for the better. Locally, she’s enjoyed the privilege of facilitating a women’s Bible study group, teaching children’s Sunday school and serving on her church’s council. She’s also a committed member of her community’s park board where she enjoys serving the residents of her small town and helping keep the unique park as beautiful as it can be. Jennifer loves running through the trails of her small town, playing at the park with her kids, cooking, camping and completing projects around her historical home with her husband. Jennifer resides in Indiana.
kristi eytchison - cofounder
Kristi Eytchison lives in Pendleton with her husband and two sons. Both she and her husband grew up in the small community and love sharing traditions with their boys. Kristi is an established hair stylist at a local salon, Serendipity. She enjoys being outdoors, baking with her sons, and crafting when she gets the time. Like everyone, family is very important to her; raising two boys there is never a dull moment and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Kristi’s oldest son was diagnosed with brain cancer in the fall of 2012 and in February of 2014 he was in remission. Those 15 months were a whirlwind and she couldn’t have done it without her family and friends. The support her family received and love that her son was shown; her gratitude and faith continued to grow as well as her passion to give back. Kristi’s goal with INCourage is to raise awareness and bring the community together to support local families impacted by childhood cancer.
Kari Nodine is a childhood cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with a Wilm’s tumor (kidney cancer) at 4 months old. She had her kidney removed and underwent chemotherapy and radiation at Riley Children’s Hospital. She has been cancer-free for 40+ years. She is an ER nurse. Kari is married and she and her husband have one amazing son. The chemotherapy and radiation she went through for the tumor caused her good kidney to fail when she was in her 30’s. Kari was on dialysis for 5 months. In 2011, Kari and her husband found out he was a perfect donor match and she underwent a kidney transplant! She feels so blessed and wants to give back and be a blessing to others.
Rachele Martin resides in Pendleton, Indiana with her husband and three kids. She graduated from Pendleton Heights High School and went to Kaye’s Beauty College. She and her husband own Serendipity Hair Salon in Pendleton where they both work behind the chair together. When she isn’t at work you can typically find her spending time with her family or standing on the sidelines of a sporting event! She is an entrepreneur and enjoys stepping outside of the box to bring new ideas and make a difference in her town. Her hope is that INCourage will bring awareness to childhood cancer and surround people with love that are going thru difficult times. She feels blessed and honored to help serve among such amazing women.
Kasey McKenney is a Pendleton native and a proud Indiana University graduate. She now resides Downtown Indianapolis. Kasey is lover of all things travel and the outdoors. She is career driven, working for Upper Hand Sports, a software company dedicated to growing athlete participation globally. Kasey loves her work family and takes pride in their hard work and success. When Kasey isn't in her daily grind, she is family oriented and enjoys coming home to Pendleton to spoil her nieces. Kasey was initially impacted by childhood cancer in college when her young cousin, Van, was diagnosed with Brain Cancer. She believes that INCourage will help build awareness for Childhood Cancer and support incredibly strong kids like Van.