Our Team

ART OF LIFE’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Heidi Snell Fiorentino

Heidi Snell Fiorentino

President
Heidi's Bio
Heidi is the veteran member of our Board and brings experience and passion from the medical field. She is a Sales Rep at Genentech, specializing in breast cancer medicine. As a breast cancer survivor, herself, and past participant in the Art of Life Paint It Forward Project Heidi was so inspired by her experience that she wanted to give back by serving on the Board of Directors.

Heidi grew up in Sanger and attended Fresno Pacific University. She loves spending time with her husband, Chris, of 28 years and their three kids Alexis (23) Devin (21) and Ryan (16). She is actively involved at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church where she serves as an Ecumenical Minister. An avid fitness buff, Heidi has run four marathons, including one in Paris. She also teaches spin at Copper River Country Club.

Melissa Oberti

Melissa Oberti

Treasurer
Melissa's Bio
Melissa is a Fresno Native with a rich family history in the Central Valley. As Co-Founder of FitnessSocial, Melissa spends her days operating the boutique Kettlebell & TRXfitness studio. With a Bachelor’s Degree from Fresno State she brings with her years of project and construction management, business administration, and marketing expertise. Melissa loves all that Art of Life stands for and is excited to help the organization reach its future goals through serving on the Board of Directors.

Melissa is mom to her son, Harrison, who is a freshman at Texas Tech and daughter, Arden, who is in 7th grade. There is nothing more important to her than spending time with family!

Patrice Loretta

Patrice Loretta

Secretary
Patrice's Bio
Patrice is a Fresno native and has over 37 years of experience in both business and non-profit operations, marketing and management.  Passionate about Art of Life Cancer Foundation and a survivor herself, Patrice was most attracted to the organization because of its ability to provide the experience of hope, joy and support at a time when one most feels isolated, hopeless and deflated by the impact of cancer.

Patrice and her husband Steve have been married over 20 years and is very proud of the daughter of her heart, Samantha. She enjoys anything outdoors, kayaking, cycling, sailing, gardening and “glamping” in their trailer as her favorites. When Steve and Patrice aren’t outdoors they are rooting for their favorite drivers on NASCAR.

Matt Perkins

Matt Perkins

Board Member
Matt's Bio
Matt is the Worship Arts Pastor at People’s Church and has been actively serving, across the globe, in Worship ministry for 30+ years. His years of leadership experience, creativity and passion for championing Art of Life make him a perfect fit for the Board of Directors. Matt lost his first wife, Marybeth, to cancer and wants to share with others that there is hope even through loss.

Matt and his wife Kari, have a wonderful blended family with two daughters and five sons. His current favorite hobby right now is coffee roasting and he recently launched his side business, “The Family Blend Coffee Roasters”.

Joan Minasian

Joan Minasian

Board Member
Joan's Bio
Joan is a seasoned Non-Profit Consultant with years of fund development and leadership experience with both American Cancer Society and Fresno Pacific University. She has a Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Fresno Pacific University. Although she is technically retired, Joan can be found serving as an Advisor for Fresno State’s Humanics Program. Joan is passionate about helping Art of Life reach its fullest potential as she was one of the first cancer survivors to participate in the Art of Life’s Program in 2006.

Joan and her husband Marty, have been married for 31 years. When they aren’t working on the family vineyard they love to spend time at the coast!

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Jenelle Higton

Jenelle Higton

Executive Director
Jenelle's Bio
Jenelle moved to Fresno in 2004 after graduating from The Master’s College with a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Counseling. Jenelle dedicated over 10 years as Practice Administrator at California Oncology of the Central Valley and California Oncology of Turlock.

She was part of a key team of people that created the Art of Life program. Her passion and vision for the program led the charge to develop the Art of Life Cancer Foundation as a 501(c)3 Community Benefit Organization in 2013. Her passion is to see the stories and artwork of local cancer survivors featured in the Art of Life Healing Garden at Woodward Park and in turn, to create a landmark of hope in the Central Valley. In 2018, Jenelle was recognized as Fresno’s Woman of the Year for District 2.

Jenelle loves traveling and spending time with her husband, Ryan, and two daughters, Hailey (9) and Hope (6).

Kellie Moore

Kellie Moore

Operations Manager

AD HOC BOARD MEMBERS 

LESLIE BATTY

JENNA SAWDON-BEA

JOE DOHERTY

LIZ HARRISON

LOUIS HERWALDT

CHRISTOPHER PERKINS, MD

ANNA TOLLADAY