Meet the BOARD
Jackie has been heavily involved with Kitsap Cancer Services as Board Member and Executive Director since its inception in 2004. As a cancer survivor, Jackie understands firsthand, the emotional, physical, and financial issues that accompany a cancer diagnosis. Jackie and her husband, Mark, also very much involved in the organization, moved to the Poulsbo area in 1999 from Pullman where they were both employed in the field of Orthopedics and Sportsmedicine. Jackie received her MS degree at Eastern Washington University and was employed as a teacher/Athletic Trainer at the University of Idaho prior to becoming a PA Surgical Asst. in Orthopedics in Pullman. Residing in Poulsbo, she has two fabulous stepchildren and grandchildren. Her hobbies include SCUBA diving and travel, underwater photography, graphite pencil art, skiing and golf. Her goal was and is to make a difference in the lives of those who are struggling with a cancer diagnosis and to assist those oncology professionals who are searching for patient resources in Kitsap County.
Leah brings people, ideas, and inspiration together to make the world a better place. She considers herself to be a rebel and over the years, has learned to embrace her disruptive nature. Impatiently devouring knowledge has always led Persinger to a better understanding of her surroundings and community. Her passion for community, diversity, and progress lights a fire beneath everything she does. Her belief that one human can make a difference has motivated her to volunteer since she was 10 years old.
Persinger started volunteering for Kitsap Cancer Services 6-years ago after her own cancer diagnosis and now serves as the Vice President for our Board of Directors.
She has lived in Kitsap County for over 30-years, the beauty of our area still takes her breath away. She loves to surf, hike, garden, and bake. She has studied and worked in Business Management for 20 years. Persinger feels really blessed to be working as a licensed Realtor in the Kitsap and surrounding counties.
Angela Flemming has been a volunteer board member with Kitsap Cancer Services for almost 8 years and has recently accepted a role as KCS President. She has over 16 years’ experience in Non Profits organizations and is the Development Manager for the Suquamish Research & Strategic Development Department as well as the Suquamish Foundation. She is a founding member of Kitsap Professional Leaders of Color and is on the steering committee for the Kitsap Racial Equity and Empowerment Fund. She hopes to lend her expertise towards finding grant funding for KCS as cancer plays a major impact on the health of residents in Washington State and local Kitsap County. Angela has lived in the Kingston and Poulsbo area for over 40 years and attended North Kitsap schools. She is the mother of two college age kids and resides in the Poulsbo area. She enjoys playing indoor soccer in her spare time.
Hello, I am Angela, I am a mom, a wife, a mental health counselor, an artist, a philanthropist, and a cancer survivor.
Kitsap Cancer Services became an extension to my family in 2016, when I assisted in facilitating and starting a support group for local Kitsap County youth with parents or loved ones who have been impacted by cancer. Little did I know where this journey would take my family and I as KCS helped support the development of our group and adopted our group, We Can Cope, as part of Kitsap Kids Connected program. Six months after becoming a facilitator and volunteer for KCS, I myself would embark in my own battle with breast cancers. Then in 2018, just five months after my remission, cancer would hit home once again as our twelve year old daughter was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
As a wife, a mother, and a mental health counselor, KCS has allowed me to take my journey and my family's journey and provide its purpose by helping support and guide others through their battles. It has help me to teach our three children the importance of giving back and supporting others and it has given my daughter a platform to have a voice to give others hope and inspiration. As President of the Board of directors I strongly believe in our mission and serving families in our community here in Kitsap County, giving back to others the way the community supported my family through our challenges when cancer hit so close to home.
Hello, I am Augie, short for Augustine. I joined Kitsap Cancer Services as a volunteer in 2016 after my wife was diagnosed with cancer. From my time in high school as a LA Sheriff Explore, Boy Scouts Order of the Arrow, United States Navy, to present volunteer work has been important to me and I value giving back and mentoring others. KCS allowed me to volunteer and give back to my community in a very personal way as not only had I supported my wife through her breast cancer but our young twelve year old daughter was diagnosed in 2018 with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Giving back to others and helping others navigate the challenges with cancer in the family became a way for myself and my family to make sense of such a challenging disease. As a Board Member since 2018, I have enjoyed helping organize fundraisers and help support and mentor others who have spouses and children diagnosed with cancer. It is more than just volunteering for us but an extension of our family and a way to give back to a community that supported us in such a difficult time.
I am Marcie Axtman, Treasurer for KCS since 2018. Every year Kitsap Cancer Services and the Rotary Club of East Bremerton put on a joint fundraiser. Maybe you’ve heard of it,Sweetheart Dinner Auction. I am a 21 year member of the Rotary club and it was through this collaboration I got to know Jackie Smaha and the KCS organization and mission.
Having lost my mother to a very rare form of cancer, being part of a compassionate non-profit focusing on people fighting cancer feels right.
I am “retired” from a commercial banking career that started when I was 17. I now enjoy my own pace, my family (especially a toddler granddaughter that calls me “Nana”), volunteering, some travel, the sun and boating.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio. Met my husband in Annapolis, MD. We have 2 daughters and 6 grandchildren. After traveling all over for the navy we are retired and happily spending time with grandchildren and cruising.
I have been a member of this wonderful group for over 20 years. The support these ladies provide became evident when my husband was diagnosed with cancer. The Kitsap community is fortunate to have this organization here.
Theresa Eskridge has been a volunteer Board Member with Kitsap Cancer Services for one year.
She has over 20+ years of media experience and has been a small business owner.
Theresa is also working to help KCS procure more grants, and raise funds to help our neighbors in need. Theresa has 4 daughters, 8 grandchildren, and loves travel and gardening.
Katie came to us during the shelter-in-place order of May 2020 to pour her energy and talent into garnering support for individuals on their cancer journey. A Puget Sound native, Morgan has held corporate sponsorship, digital marketing, and traditional advertising roles for NPR station, KNKX, Sound Publishing, and the Home Depot. Since every innovative storyteller needs fresh inspiration, Katie hunts for raw perspectives through her extracurricular activities. Diving in the fastest navigable currents on the planet, engaging in Israeli tactical driving training in the desert, paddling thousands of miles up Coast, in the middle of disaster zones mixing concrete and making terrible puns, and distributing food in Africa during the pandemic.