Board of Directors

The Have Faith Be Strong board of directors is dedicated to the mission of helping enrich the lives of children and families affected by childhood cancer and increasing childhood cancer awareness.

Board of Directors

Jennifer Thayer is the President and Co-founder of Have Faith Be Strong.  She is the loving mother of four including her two surviving children Bailey and Samuel and our Angels Breanna and Jalen.   She holds a Masters Degree in Counseling and is an experienced Elementary School teacher.
Lance Thayer is the Vice-President and Co-founder of Have Faith Be Strong.  He is the proud loving father of four; Jalen, Breanna, Bailey, and Samuel.  He holds a Masters Degree in Education and is an experienced teacher and coach.
Fay Tracy is the Treasurer of Have Faith Be Strong.  She is the mother of two and grandmother of one.  She is Jalen’s former middle school teacher, coach, and National Honor Society advisor.
Hank Waddles is a member Board of Directors for Have Faith Be Strong.  Hank is the father of three and former home school teacher of Jalen.  Hank has a Degree from Stanford University.
Scott Thayer is the Chairman of the Board for Have Faith Be Strong.  Scott is the father of two and Uncle of Breanna, Jalen, Bailey, and Samuel.  Scott has a Doctorate Degree in Education from U.S.C. and is the Vice President of Student Services at Cuyamaca College in San Diego.
Amy Saldana is a member of the Board of Directors for Have Faith Be Strong.  She is the mother of four.  Her daughter Rheile was a good friend and classmate of Jalen.
Todd Johnson is a member of the Board of Directors for Have Faith Be Strong.  He is the father of three.  His son Blake was a good friend and teammate of Jalen in Lacrosse.
Mary Buggs is a member of the Board of Directors for Have Faith Be Strong.  She graduated from Iowa State University and currently lives in Long Beach. Mary is married and a mother to 4 children, Drew, Chloe, Lily and Luke.  Her relationship with the Thayer family started 12 years ago when her son Drew and Bailey played on a football team together. She has a strong passion to help families that are dealing with cancer and other life threatening disease.  Inspired by Jalen’s strength and positive attitude, Mary hopes to continue his legacy by helping others in need.
Gary Olive, JD was born and raised in Los Angeles. After a career in law Gary now works as Executive Recruiter in healthcare. Gary is the proud father of two children and has a black belt in tae kwon do.Gary is a member of the Board of Directors for Have Faith Be Strong.
Pedro Ramirez is a member of the Board of Directors for Have Faith Be Strong.

Dave Bell is a member of the Board of Directors for Have Faith Be Strong.

Honorary Member (Posthumous)

Giuliano Vilchez (2011)

Joy Morton (2011-2012)

Bio’s and photographs will be updated soon..