A Shared Passion
Our principle activity is to redesign bedrooms for children with cancer, and cancer - like conditions, at their home. We completely redecorate the bedroom by painting murals, purchasing new furniture, choosing an overall theme, and more, to meet the desires of the child and his or her family - ultimately surprising them with an exciting new place for the child to spend his or her time! To accomplish this we must plan, fundraise, and execute by connecting with local hospitals, businesses, and our designer, Mardel Curwick, for the various requirements necessary to make our overall goal of designing a child's dream come true.
Meet the Board
Lauren curwick- presidenT
Lauren Curwick graduated in the spring of 2015 from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and minor in Biology. Lauren spent a year and a half in a small coastal town of South Carolina as an AmeriCorps VISTA service member for one year and a Medical Scribe for Tidelands Health in the Emergency Department during the remainder of her time. Throughout the year of 2017, Lauren volunteered her time to illustrate a children's book called 'My Dog Named Hope,' which won a silver Benjamin Franklin award for book design. The book has raised over $50,000 for The MACC Fund and Designing Dreams. She began medical school in August of 2017 at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI with the hopes of becoming a physician in the area of pediatric oncology. Since that time, she has become involved in many research, community service and quality improvement opportunities. Her favorite part about Designing Dreams is seeing the child's face when they see their transformed dream room for the first time. It is what makes all of the behind the scenes hard work worth it, and Lauren loves being able to make an impact in such deserving children's lives with some of her best friends by her side. Lauren is looking forward to the day she can be apart of pediatric cancer patient's medical care.
MARDEL CURWICK- Director of design
Mardel Curwick founded and operates a design business called The Elegant Interior. Mardel's favorite part about Designing Dreams is envisioning the projects and seeing the designs come to life. The expression on the children's faces as a result has been the most rewarding aspect of Mardel's career as a designer.
Erin monasterio- Secretary
Erin graduated in the spring of 2015 from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities with a Bachelors degree in Communication Studies. Erin is currently working at the University of Minnesota Foundation as the Call Center Supervisor. Her favorite part about Designing Dreams is being able to make in impact in children's lives with her best friends. Hearing about everything each child and their family go through and then getting to see their faces when the new room is revealed makes all the hard work worth it for Erin.
Teal johnson- Treasurer
Teal Johnson graduated in the spring of 2015 from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. She is currently attending law school at Syracuse University, and hopes to become a criminal or corporate attorney. Her favorite part of Designing Dreams is meeting and getting to know the children and their families. Each child and their support system is inspiring and a joy to experience even if just for a short time. Giving back to very deserving children is what makes all the planning and fundraising worth it for Teal.
Ken Bockhorst- Board Member
Ken joined Badger Meter in October 2017 as Chief Operating Officer, and was appointed President in April 2018. Prior to Badger Meter he served as Executive Vice President of Actuant’s Energy Segment since April 2016. Before his role as EVP at Actuant, he served as the President of Hydratight and Global Vice President of Operations for their Industrial Segment. Prior to Actuant he served in various roles of increasing responsibility at Eaton and Idex in Operations and Marketing. Ken received his BA from Marian University and an Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. "I’m excited to join this team because of the joy they have been providing to children over the past several years. I look forward to helping the organization continue to provide respite to those who need it most for the next several years."
Holly Deyoung- Board Member
Holly hails from Beaver Dam for the past 20+ years, has a professional background in Human Resources and is excited to be able to give back through our unique organization. As a new member to the Board, Holly is eager to be a part of the redesign process from beginning to end. She is looking forward to meeting the families and seeing the looks on their faces at the big reveal.
todd hedberg- Board member
Todd is the managing partner of over 300,000 sq. ft. of commercial space in the Wisconsin market. His background focuses extensively on sales, marketing, and budget preparation. Todd currently serves on the board of the Peder Hedberg Foundation and Church Health Services and is a past board member of the Dodge County Humane Society. After attending Designing Dreams' fundraisers as both a guest speaker and donor, he was asked to join the board. He looks forward to working with this organization and is honored to help with their mission.
Mark Roedl- Board member
Mark has been involved in sales and account management for over 30 years, primarily in the food processing industry. Upon learning about Designing Dreams mission, he became very supportive of our cause. Mark is excited to be a part of our team to help us achieve our goals in years to come.
Meet the Volunteer Teams
AJ Riehbrandt- photographer & videographer
AJ graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh in December of 2016 with a degree in Art and Photography. AJ is currently job searching but wants to utilize his photography, videography and creative skills. In his free time, AJ enjoys taking photographs of friends and surroundings. His favorite part about Designing Dreams is seeing the reactions of the children when they first step into their rooms. AJ is lucky enough to be on the other side of the door filming the children’s reactions, so he truly has the best seat in the house.
Marcus Verhage- photographer & videographer
Marcus graduated from the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse in the spring of 2016. He majored in marketing and information systems and was lucky enough to land a job at Epic as a Quality Assurance Specialist. Marcus works with AJ to create media content to post on the Designing Dreams’ social media pages. His favorite part about Designing Dreams is being able to capture the stories of the families and share them with others who are going through the same thing. The Designing Dreams community continues to grow and come together to support each other, which makes the whole experience worth it for Marcus.
Max Salzwedel- Videographer
Maxwell graduated from Full Sail University in June of 2015 with a bachelors in computer science and film studies. Max fills his free time with freelance work in the Madison/Milwaukee area, including shooting weddings, music videos and commercials. In his free time he also enjoys reading and exploring outside with his camera. His favorite part of designing dreams is being able to enter these families' homes and capture something truly beautiful. “The reactions on their faces make it all worth it. I feel honored just being a part of the team, and it’s truly a blessed experience.”