Team Cannonball

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Melissa M. Wiggins, B.A., L.L.B., L.P.

Co-Founder / Executive Director

Melissa Wiggins is a founding member of Cannonball Kids’ cancer Foundation and mum (mom) to Cannon, who was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma cancer when he was 20 months old. During Cannon’s year and a half of treatments, Melissa saw the horrific effects first-hand. This experience motivated her to spend hundreds of hours researching and learning about the enormous lack of funding and research dedicated to pediatric cancer and effects, such as secondary cancers, that occur as a result of antiquated treatments. Melissa and her husband, Michael Wiggins, founded Cannonball Kids' cancer Foundation on June 16, 2014 with a mission to eradicate kids' cancer.

Melissa is a native of Scotland and attended the country's most prestigious schools including University of Glasgow and University of Edinburgh, where she earned her law degree and diploma in Legal Practice. She worked as a commercial litigation solicitor (attorney) in her country's capital of Edinburgh prior to moving to Orlando, Florida in 2010. Her legal training, court experience and background in advocacy serves her well as she represents Cannonball Kids' cancer Foundation as an advocate and educator.

Contact Melissa at melissa.wiggins@cannonballkidscancer.org.


Richard Johnson

creative director

A strong mission statement is key to every organization, but when it is paired with an equally strong brand and creative vision it can have an even bigger impact and focus on its core mission.

Rich brings 10 years of multimedia and branding experience to our organization. His message-driven projects have been featured on Huffington post, CNN as well as countless international media channels. His goal is to create engaging content for our organization and tell the story of our children fighting cancer. Rich resides in Orlando with his wife, Caressa, and their two children.

Contact Rich at rich.johnson@cannonballkidscancer.org.


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DEBRA BRETT

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

Debra became aware of Cannon’s story after moving into the same neighborhood as the Wiggins’ family shortly after Cannon’s diagnosis. Her eyes were opened to the horrific world of children’s cancer and she was motivated to get involved.

Debra earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications at the University of Central Florida and worked as a public relations/marketing manager at the Walt Disney World Resort. She also had the privilege of being selected as a Rotary International Goodwill Ambassador serving in Australia. Upon her return from Down Under, Debra ran her own photography business.

Debra is a mom to three children and resides in Orlando with her husband, Bob. She enjoys volunteering at her children’s schools, CrossFit and supporting Orlando City Soccer.

Contact Debra at debra.brett@cannonballkidscancer.org.


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Mieke Rich

Program Manager/

Grant Specialist

Mieke holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Florida State University and an M.S. in Transportation Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She has 20 years of experience as a sales engineer in the medical industry.

In her free time, Mieke is heavily involved in her community in Orlando, FL. She was a member of the Junior League of Greater Orlando for 10 years where she ran their provision program and chaired their gala for two years. She is in her fourth year of service on the board of directorsfor the College Park Neighborhood Association, where she currently serves as treasurer. She is also a member of the College Park Main Street Design Committee where she is leading the efforts to revitalize Albert Park in downtown College Park.

Mieke has been married to her husband Scott for 7 years and they have two boys, Ben and Gray.


Annie Alvaro

Executive Assistant

Annie was born and raised in Ohio and is a proud alumna of The Ohio State University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication. She met her husband, Chad, in Columbus, and they moved to Orlando in 2003 where Annie worked in commercial real estate for CNL and GE, earning her real estate license along the way. Annie and Chad discovered College Park in 2011, and, after having two beautiful children, Keflin and Julia, she decided to devote her time to her children and causes like CKc.