The HEAL Board

HEAL’s Board of Directors is managed by community members dedicated to fulfilling its mission. Our board members are:



Lauren Daniels – President

Lauren graduated from Arizona State University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree. She married her husband Sean the November after graduation. She enjoys raising her three children Kayli, Sam and Gracie . Lauren volunteers in many capacities from her children’s schools to her church community. She appreciates the simple pleasures in life due to a breast cancer diagnosis at the early age of 35. Her greatest joy comes from spending time with her family and friends. Her passion has always been helping others so it is very fitting that she has started the non-profit organization the Happily Ever After League which supports moms through their cancer treatment.

Sean Daniels

Sean Daniels moved to Arizona from New Jersey in 1968 and is a founding HEAL Board of Director. He works for American Express as a Regional Sales Director in Phoenix and is married to HEAL Founder, Lauren Daniels. Sean is very proud of his three amazing children (Kayli, Sam and Grace) who also volunteer for HEAL. Sean wanted to get involved with HEAL to support Lauren’s vision and give back to the community.

Joanne Mattera – VP Events

Joanne moved to Arizona from New York in 1978. She is a breast cancer survivor and believes in living life to its fullest. She has a tremendous love of family and her greatest joy is keeping busy with 6 beautiful grandchildren. A highlight for Joanne is cooking for her family on Sundays, which is a tradition passed on from one generation to another and is enjoyed by all. She also loves entertaining and traveling with her husband Sal.

Dr. Neil Hay-Roe

Neil spent his early years in Peru where he learned to Speak English and Spanish simultaneously which has been a great asset his entire life. His family also lived in Connecticut and he graduated high school in Calgary, Canada, then went to the University of Edmonton where he earned his M.D. He interned in Akron, Ohio where he met his wife Joyce then did his residency at USC and they lived in Santa Monica. After 11 years in Canton, Ohio which included the birth of their 3 children they moved to Scottsdale so Neil could work in the new Mayo Clinic Hospital in the E.R. One of 5 original doctors there in 1998 it has grown tremendously in the last 10 years. The move to Arizona was wonderful for many reasons and great new friends were made including Lauren and Sean Daniels. Working on the HEAL board is a great opportunity to experience community coming together for the benefit of others truly in need.

Veronica Leiper

Veronica Leiper moved to Arizona from Southern California in 1987. She has been involved with HEAL since its beginning and has been on the HEAL Board of Directors since 2009. She has a B.A. from California State University, Fullerton and a MAEd from University of Phoenix. She works as an Administrator in Scottsdale Unified School District. She enjoys being active in the community and treasures time spent with her two children (Justin and Chelsea). Veronica began a relationship with Lauren while working together as PTO members and feels blessed to consider her a close friend. She admires Lauren’s commitment to helping others after turning her own battle with cancer into such a positive journey.

Candace Peterson-Barrick

Candace is originally from Indiana. She moved to AZ in 1998. Candace received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Purdue University. She has her real estate license that is hung with Dan Schwartz Realty. Candace loves to run, hike and enjoys all that AZ has to offer. It is important to Candace to spend time with friends and travel to Indiana to see her parents and family. She becameinvolved with HEAL in 2007 and is honored to be a part of such a wonderful and giving organization and excited to do what she can to help make a difference.

Michelle Preston

Originally from Southern California, Michelle came to Arizona in 1987 to attend Arizona State University and never left. After school she embarked on a management career first with Clinique cosmetics for 9 years then looking for a change she went on to Qwest Communications. If changing careers wasn’t enough she met her wonderful husband Steve the very first day on the job and in 2010 they celebrated their 10 year anniversary. Michelle was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 when her daughter, Ashley was 2. After surgery and treatment she was diagnosed a year later for a second time with breast cancer. She currently sports a IWON2X license plate and enjoys being a stay at home mom, traveling and volunteering at Ashley’s school. Fully recovered she loves this new found freedom to be the hands on mom and wife she has missed out on the past 3 years and looks forward to many new fun adventures the Preston family takes on. Michelle became aware of HEAL as a recipient and now as a cancer survivor she has turned her focus and time to give back to the organization that helped her family through all that cancer brings.

Donna Valva

Donna Valva is a native New Yorker who moved to Arizona 19 years ago. She has been on the HEAL Board of Directors since December 2011. Donna currently works for a Foreclosure Bidding Service. She came to Arizona with her husband Joe and their 4 children. She has been active in her community and had volunteered for various committees, (school, church and community) during her children’s younger days. She has found she has some free time, now that the last 3 are in college. Her first encounter with HEAL was 4 years ago when she was invited by her friend Marie Cappa, the Aunt of Founder Lauren Daniels to the Fairytale Tea and has been an avid supporter ever since.

Brad Johnson, Esq. – Advisor to the Board

After growing up in Illinois, Brad received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Arizona State University and Juris Doctor Degree from Creighton University. Brad is founding partner of the law firm Peterson Johnson. He has passionately represented accident injury victims for more than 15 years. Brad enjoys time away from the office with his wife Marla and their children, Alyssa and Jared. His greatest joy is watching his children perform.

Britan Katz – Secretary

Paulina Fife – Pantry Director

Colleen Katz – HEALing House Director

Debbie Underhill – Communications Director

Karen Phelps – Fairytale Tea Co-Chair

Lisa Pettorossi – Fairytale Tea Co-Chair

Kayli Lang – Outreach Coordinator