About Us

Our Staff

Maria Elena Geyer

President / CEO

A healthcare executive with more than 25 years of experience in non-profit management, Geyer joined CancerPartners as President and CEO in January 2015. Prior to her position at CancerPartners, Geyer was CEO of North Eastern Pennsylvania Blood Services for the American Red Cross. And for 22 years, served in executive positions at the Puget Sound Blood Center in Seattle, Washington, first as Director of Donor and Volunteer Resources, then Executive Vice President of Marketing and Community Affairs.

Esteemed for her record of success in growing programs and in community outreach, during her first year of leading CancerPartners, Geyer launched a groundbreaking nutrition program and forged strong community partnerships in the Coachella Valley. She spearheaded the creation of “Better Together for Community,” a collaborative of five local cancer support organizations serving patients and families locally, and secured a unique mental health grant to support its ambitious outreach plan.

Charlie Adams, MA, LMFT

Program Director

Charlie Adams is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the Program Director at CancerPartners. Charlie recently left the corporate world of managed behavioral health care after more than seven years at Beacon Health Options. His clinical experience includes working with patients in acute psychiatric facilities to outpatient clinics and post-acute case management. Charlie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Multicultural Counseling from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA and a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles. His clinical work includes attending to and advocating for needs of the LGBTQ community and working on challenging relational issues that clients struggle with, helping them to understand their internal landscapes.

As CancerPartners Program Director, Charlie will oversee the organization’s programs of social, emotional and educational support, which aim to provide information about living with and beyond cancer and to increase awareness and skill-building around healthy living and wellness for residents of the desert cities.

Darcy Aviles, MA, APCC

Program Manager

Darcy Aviles, a Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, serves as CancerPartners’ Program Manager. In this role, she assists in the development and management of social, emotional and educational programs and conducts New Participant Orientations. Darcy holds a Master of Arts in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling from the University of Redlands and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Educational Studies from the University of California, Irvine. She has worked in the healthcare field for more than seven years and has a background in both non-profit management and mental health.In addition to her work at CancerPartners, she is a Mental Health Therapist at local facilities. Her professional and educational background have given her the opportunity to work with, advocate for and represent diverse populations including minority groups, cancer patients and the LGBT community. She has a passion for helping distressed individuals and couples, abuse and trauma survivors, post-divorce families, stepfamilies and couples.

Renee Jarvis, PhD, LCSW

Clinical Supervisor

Renee Jarvis is the Clinical Supervisor at CancerPartners. She earned a Doctorate degree from Loma Linda University, a Master’s Degree from California State University, San Bernardino and a Bachelor’s Degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Renee oversees the psychosocial support programs and provides supervision of clinical staff at CancerPartners. She is a cancer survivor and her research has explored factors of social support that cancer patients find helpful. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has worked with cancer patients for over ten years.

April Hanig

April Hanig, MA, LMFT

Program Consultant

Former Program Director April Hanig currently serves as Program Consultant at CancerPartners. A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, April has a background in both non-profit management and mental health. She earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the American Jewish University in Los Angeles.  Since 2011, she has worked with individuals and families from diverse backgrounds in school settings, clinics, and non-profit agencies and maintains a private practice in Rancho Mirage. As CancerPartners Program Consultant, April assists in the development of new programs.