Jon Thomas

Founder, Executive Director
Board President

In 2010, Jon realized that there was no philanthropic presence in the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. By 2011, Tap Cancer Out was born, with a mission to end cancer through the BJJ community. Jon leads Tap Cancer Out’s vision, strategic growth and partnerships. He has been training in BJJ since 2008 and was awarded his black belt in August of 2018.

Becky Thomas

VP of Marketing & Operations
Board Member

With her husband, Jon, Becky helped create Tap Cancer Out in 2010. She is an invaluable element of Tap Cancer Out operations, marketing, social media, business development and event management. Prior to Tap Cancer Out, Becky served in leadership account roles at a variety of digital and experiential advertising agencies. She became Tap Cancer Out’s third full-time employee at the beginning of 2020.

Sarah Fanning

Event Manager

Sarah joined Tap Cancer Out in March of 2022 and immediately got to work overseeing the logistics and details necessary to host successful Tap Cancer Out events. She handles everything from booking travel for our staff, to working with each individual venue, to nurturing the relationships with our volunteers, fundraisers, and competitors — all with a smile. Her dedication to Tap Cancer Out is unmatched (she has even started to train BJJ!) and we are proud to have her on the team.

Mark Amoroso

Board Member

Mark advises on Tap Cancer Out’s fiscal and operating strategies, financial planning, and tax management. A dedicated volunteer at many Tap Cancer Out BJJ Opens, Mark is an honorary founding member who has been involved with the nonprofit since its inception. Mark’s career has seen him serve as Chief Financial Officer for multiple organizations and he is currently the Founder of The -W- Panda Consulting.

Pat Walsh

Board Member

Pat is a pioneer in the Certified B Corp and Social Enterprise landscape. He was the cofounder of Classy—the innovative social fundraising platform used by Tap Cancer Out and hundreds of other nonprofits—and still serves on its Board as an Advisor. Pat serves as a strategic mentor to the Tap Cancer Out team and can be credited with helping inspire and shape its creation.

Andrew Myerson

Board Member

Andrew is the co-founder and Chief Haymaker of Haymakers for Hope, a 501c3 that organizes high end charity boxing events for cancer research, care, and survivorship. Previously Andrew was an entrepreneur in residence with Accomplice and an Associate at Goldman Sachs in New York. Andrew lives in Charlestown, MA with his wife, two kids and dog.