Nicole Schmidt

Board Member 

Nicole was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. She attended the University of Missouri and received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in Child Life. Nicole works at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center as a Certified Child Life Specialist. Her role is to help patients and families cope with the challenges of hospitalization. She does this by providing age appropriate preparation and support for medical procedures and new diagnoses, pain management techniques, coping strategies, and play. 

At the University of Missouri, Nicole met Caitlin Shapiro, Secretary of Blackout Melanoma, and soon not only grew to become close friends with her, but her family as well. Even only meeting Beca a few times, it was obvious to see the kind of influence she had on Caitlin’s life. Every summer, Nicole looked forward to participating in Beca’s 5K and throughout the year, she would attend other organizational event that supported Beca’s fight and cause. 

Nicole’s background of working with children and families in the hospital setting inspired her to take interest in the Blackout Melanoma board, in particular, working with Caitlin to co-chair the Beca’s Care Program, which provides financial support to metastatic melanoma patients. 

“I’m excited to work with families to help ease their stress during a difficult time in their lives through the Beca’s Care Program. I am even more excited to have the opportunity to serve on this board with a wonderfully talented group of individuals fighting for this mission.” 

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