Our Mission

We create healing spaces for children with cancer bringing hope and happiness to their families ♥.

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.

From Humble Beginings

Lauren sought to create an organization that could make a direct, positive impact on children battling critical illnesses.

During Lauren's Sophomore year of college she decided to create an organization that would make a direct, positive impact on children battling cancer. Her mother Mardel, an interior designer, proposed the idea of redesigning children’s bedrooms, and Lauren instantly responded, “Designing Dreams!” Learn more about how Designing Dreams began.

What They Say?

Our Core Values

Our core values are the principals we live by.

Have Passion: Our hearts and minds are wired to help.

Build Relationships: Empathy is everything.

Practice Integrity: We do the right thing.

Happiness is Key: We are zealous, creative, positive, and fun-loving.

Be Bold: We are courageous in our endeavors to make an impact.

Foster Leadership: We lead by example and listen to all ideas.

Embrace Togetherness: We laugh, celebrate, encourage, inspire, collaborate, and grow — together.

Success Stories!

Meet our team

Designing Dreams is a volunteer-based team of driven individuals in a fun-loving environment.

Ken Bockhorst, MBA

Board Member
‍‍
President, Badger Meter

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 EVP of Actuant’s Energy Segment.

Stefanie Book

Board Member
Fixed Income Trader, Allianz Investment Management

Stefanie earned her BA in Economics from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She is currently working as a Fixed Income Trader.

dr. Lauren Curwick, MD

Co-Founder & Board President
General Surgery Residency, UAB

Lauren graduated pre-med from the University of Minnesota in 2015 where she studied psychology and biology. In May 2021, she completed her MD from The Medical College of Wisconsin. She is currently in general surgery residency at UAB.

Mardel Curwick

Co-Founder & Director of Design
Founder, The Elegant Interior

Mardel founded and operates a design business, The Elegant Interior. She also leads the design of all bedroom redesigns for Designing Dreams.

Todd Hedberg

Board Member
Managing Partner, Commercial Real Estate

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.

Teal Johnson, Esq.

Board Member
Attorney, Goldberg Segalla

Teal received her B.S. in Psychology from UMN-Twin Cities and J.D. from Syracuse University. She is an attorney specializing in Commercial Litigation, Creditors Rights, and Bankruptcy.

Erin Monasterio

Board Member
Call Center Supervisor, UMN Foundation

Erin holds a Bachelor's degree from University of Minnesota- Twin Cities in Communication Studies. She works at the University of Minnesota Foundation as the Call Center Supervisor.

Kelly O'Donnell

Board Member and Executive Director
CEO, Lively Digital Marketing

Kelly holds an MBA in Social Impact & Leadership from Boston University and a Digital Marketing Certificate from Cornell University. She is the Founder of Lively Digital Marketing.

Mark Roedl

Board Member
Area Sales Manager, Key Technology

Mark has been involved in sales and account management for over 30 years, primarily in the food processing industry. He is a proud supporter of Designing Dreams.

Aryanna Bohl

Student Nurse, MATC/UWM

Aryanna has a background in inpatient pediatric oncology and is on track to become a Registered Nurse in Spring ‘22. Aryanna hopes to eventually earn her MSN in Acute Care-Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with an emphasis on Pediatric Oncology/Hematology.

Dr. Lauren Curwick, MD

General Surgery Residency, UAB
Co-Founder, Designing Dreams

Lauren graduated pre-med from the University of Minnesota in 2015 where she studied psychology and biology. In May 2021, she completed her MD from The Medical College of Wisconsin. She is currently in general surgery residency at UAB.

Jane Dudley

Certified Child Life Specialist, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Jane received her B.A. in Psychology from Stonehill College before going on to receive her M.S. in Child Life and Family-Centered Care from Wheelock College. Jane worked in Pediatric Hematology Oncology at Tufts Children's Hospital in Boston, MA for seven years before joining the Child Life team at CHOP.

Kelly Morin

Program Manager, HopeKids Arizona

Kelly graduated with her degree in Business Management with a Minor in Marketing from Grand Canyon University. Kelly currently lives in Scottsdale and manages the coordination of over 530 events annually for approximately 1400 HopeKids in Arizona, providing free activities to children with cancer or another life-threatening medical condition.

Kelly O'Donnell, MBA

CEO, Lively Consultancy
Executive Director, Designing Dreams

Kelly holds an MBA in Social Impact & Leadership from Boston University and a Digital Marketing Certificate from Cornell University. She has 10 years of experience working in the digital marketing and social good space.

Olivia Oster

MN Residential Realtor, Kris Lindahl Real Estate

Olivia received her Bachelor’s in Communications from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She has upwards of 10 years experience in the student-led leadership nonprofit sector.

Shannon Ring

Creative Account/ Project Manager, NortonLifeLock

Shannon received her B.A. in Mass Communications from UCLA and her MBA from Arizona State. She currently resides in Scottsdale, AZ and specializes in marketing project management.

Carly Waldman

Online Marketing Specialist, Badger Meter

Carly graduated from University of Wisconsin - Whitewater with a degree in Marketing. She currently lives in southeast Wisconsin and specializes in Website User Experience and Digital Marketing.

Carly Waldman

Online Marketing Specialist, Badger Meter

Carly graduated from University of Wisconsin - Whitewater with a degree in Marketing. She currently lives in southeast Wisconsin and specializes in Website User Experience and Digital Marketing.

Success Stories!

Designing Dreams is a volunteer-based team of driven individuals in a fun-loving environment.

Board of Advisors

Shannon Ring

Creative Account/ Project Manager, NortonLifeLock

Shannon received her B.A. in Mass Communications from UCLA and her MBA from Arizona State. She currently resides in Scottsdale, AZ and specializes in marketing project management.

Kelly Schindler

Program Manager, HopeKids Arizona

Kelly graduated with her degree in Business Management with a Minor in Marketing from Grand Canyon University. Kelly currently lives in Scottsdale and manages the coordination of over 530 events annually for approximately 1400 HopeKids in Arizona, providing free activities to children with cancer or another life-threatening medical condition.

Carly Waldman

Online Marketing Specialist, Badger Meter

Carly graduated from University of Wisconsin - Whitewater with a degree in Marketing. She currently lives in southeast Wisconsin and specializes in Website User Experience and Digital Marketing.

Board of Directors

Ken Bockhorst

Board Member
‍‍
President, Badger Meter

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 EVP of Actuant’s Energy Segment.

Stefanie Book

Board Member
Fixed Income Trader, Allianz Investment Management

Stefanie earned her BA in Economics from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She is currently working as a Fixed Income Trader.

Lauren Curwick

Co-Founder & Board President
Medical Student, College of Wisconsin

Lauren attends medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin and is on track to become a physician in 2021.

Mardel Curwick

Co-Founder & Director of Design
Founder, The Elegant Interior

Mardel founded and operates a design business, The Elegant Interior. She also leads the design of all bedroom redesigns for Designing Dreams.

Todd Hedberg

Board Member
Managing Partner, Commercial Real Estate

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.

Teal Johnson

Board Member
Attorney, Melvin & Melvin, PLLC

Teal received her B.S. in Psychology from UMN-Twin Cities and J.D. from Syracuse University. She is an attorney specializing in Commercial Litigation, Creditors Rights, and Bankruptcy.

Erin Monasterio

Board Member
Call Center Supervisor, UMN Foundation

Erin holds a Bachelor's degree from University of Minnesota- Twin Cities in Communication Studies. She works at the University of Minnesota Foundation as the Call Center Supervisor.

Kelly O'Donnell

Board Member and Executive Director
CEO, Lively Digital Marketing

Kelly holds an MBA in Social Impact & Leadership from Boston University and a Digital Marketing Certificate from Cornell University. She is the Founder of Lively Digital Marketing.

Mark Roedl

Board Member
Area Sales Manager, Key Technology

Mark has been involved in sales and account management for over 30 years, primarily in the food processing industry. He is a proud supporter of Designing Dreams.

Board of Advisors

Savana Bired

Project Analyst, Kromeon

Savana received her B.A. in Communications with minors in Advertising & Journalism from Rowan University. She is a Project Analyst for Kromeon and is taking courses to obtain her Digital Marketing Certification from UCSD-Extension.

Aryanna Bohl

Student Nurse, MATC/UWM

Aryanna has a background in inpatient pediatric oncology and is on track to become a Registered Nurse in Spring ‘22. Aryanna hopes to eventually earn her MSN in Acute Care-Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with an emphasis on Pediatric Oncology/Hematology.

Lauren Curwick

Co-Founder & Board President
Medical Student, College of Wisconsin

Lauren attends medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin and is on track to become a physician in 2021.

Jane Dudley

Certified Child Life Specialist

Jane received her B.A. in Psychology from Stonehill College before going on to receive her M.S. in Child Life and Family-Centered Care from Wheelock College. After working in Pediatric HematologyOncology at Tufts Children's Hospital in Boston, MA for seven years, Jane is moving to Philadelphia and hopes to join a child life team in the Philly area!

Kelly O'Donnell

Executive Director, Designing Dreams

Kelly holds an MBA in Social Impact & Leadership from Boston University and a Digital Marketing Certificate from Cornell University. She has 10 years of experience working in the digital marketing and social good space.

Olivia Oster

MN Residential Realtor, Kris Lindahl Real Estate

Olivia received her Bachelor’s in Communications from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She has upwards of 10 years experience in the student-led leadership nonprofit sector.

Shannon Ring

Creative Account/ Project Manager, NortonLifeLock

Shannon received her B.A. in Mass Communications from UCLA and her MBA from Arizona State. She currently resides in Scottsdale, AZ and specializes in marketing project management.

Kelly Schindler

Program Manager, HopeKids Arizona

Kelly graduated with her degree in Business Management with a Minor in Marketing from Grand Canyon University. Kelly currently lives in Scottsdale and manages the coordination of over 530 events annually for approximately 1400 HopeKids in Arizona, providing free activities to children with cancer or another life-threatening medical condition.

Carly Waldman

Online Marketing Specialist, Badger Meter

Carly graduated from University of Wisconsin - Whitewater with a degree in Marketing. She currently lives in southeast Wisconsin and specializes in Website User Experience and Digital Marketing.

Success Stories!

Our Supporters

From corporate sponsors, to in-kind donors, to interior design and hospital partnerships, our mission wouldn't be possible without all of you.

Ken Bockhorst, MBA

Board Member
‍‍
President, Badger Meter

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 EVP of Actuant’s Energy Segment.

Stefanie Book

Board Member
Fixed Income Trader, Allianz Investment Management

Stefanie earned her BA in Economics from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She is currently working as a Fixed Income Trader.

dr. Lauren Curwick, MD

Co-Founder & Board President
General Surgery Residency, UAB

Lauren graduated pre-med from the University of Minnesota in 2015 where she studied psychology and biology. In May 2021, she completed her MD from The Medical College of Wisconsin. She is currently in general surgery residency at UAB.

Mardel Curwick

Co-Founder & Director of Design
Founder, The Elegant Interior

Mardel founded and operates a design business, The Elegant Interior. She also leads the design of all bedroom redesigns for Designing Dreams.

Todd Hedberg

Board Member
Managing Partner, Commercial Real Estate

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.

Teal Johnson, Esq.

Board Member
Attorney, Goldberg Segalla

Teal received her B.S. in Psychology from UMN-Twin Cities and J.D. from Syracuse University. She is an attorney specializing in Commercial Litigation, Creditors Rights, and Bankruptcy.

Erin Monasterio

Board Member
Call Center Supervisor, UMN Foundation

Erin holds a Bachelor's degree from University of Minnesota- Twin Cities in Communication Studies. She works at the University of Minnesota Foundation as the Call Center Supervisor.

Kelly O'Donnell

Board Member and Executive Director
CEO, Lively Digital Marketing

Kelly holds an MBA in Social Impact & Leadership from Boston University and a Digital Marketing Certificate from Cornell University. She is the Founder of Lively Digital Marketing.

Mark Roedl

Board Member
Area Sales Manager, Key Technology

Mark has been involved in sales and account management for over 30 years, primarily in the food processing industry. He is a proud supporter of Designing Dreams.

Badger Meter

Corporate Sponsors

Aryanna has a background in inpatient pediatric oncology and is on track to become a Registered Nurse in Spring ‘22. Aryanna hopes to eventually earn her MSN in Acute Care-Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with an emphasis on Pediatric Oncology/Hematology.

The Elegant Interior

Interior Design Partnership

Lauren graduated pre-med from the University of Minnesota in 2015 where she studied psychology and biology. In May 2021, she completed her MD from The Medical College of Wisconsin. She is currently in general surgery residency at UAB.

Feizy

In-Kind Donor

Jane received her B.A. in Psychology from Stonehill College before going on to receive her M.S. in Child Life and Family-Centered Care from Wheelock College. Jane worked in Pediatric Hematology Oncology at Tufts Children's Hospital in Boston, MA for seven years before joining the Child Life team at CHOP.

The Heartland

Interior Design Partnership

Kelly graduated with her degree in Business Management with a Minor in Marketing from Grand Canyon University. Kelly currently lives in Scottsdale and manages the coordination of over 530 events annually for approximately 1400 HopeKids in Arizona, providing free activities to children with cancer or another life-threatening medical condition.

The Modern Hive

Interior Design Partnership

Kelly holds an MBA in Social Impact & Leadership from Boston University and a Digital Marketing Certificate from Cornell University. She has 10 years of experience working in the digital marketing and social good space.

Nebraska Furniture Mart

In-Kind Donor

Olivia received her Bachelor’s in Communications from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She has upwards of 10 years experience in the student-led leadership nonprofit sector.

Shannon Ring

Creative Account/ Project Manager, NortonLifeLock

Shannon received her B.A. in Mass Communications from UCLA and her MBA from Arizona State. She currently resides in Scottsdale, AZ and specializes in marketing project management.

Carly Waldman

Online Marketing Specialist, Badger Meter

Carly graduated from University of Wisconsin - Whitewater with a degree in Marketing. She currently lives in southeast Wisconsin and specializes in Website User Experience and Digital Marketing.

Carly Waldman

Online Marketing Specialist, Badger Meter

Carly graduated from University of Wisconsin - Whitewater with a degree in Marketing. She currently lives in southeast Wisconsin and specializes in Website User Experience and Digital Marketing.

Success Stories!

Designing Dreams is a volunteer-based team of driven individuals in a fun-loving environment.

Board of Advisors

Shannon Ring

Creative Account/ Project Manager, NortonLifeLock

Shannon received her B.A. in Mass Communications from UCLA and her MBA from Arizona State. She currently resides in Scottsdale, AZ and specializes in marketing project management.

Kelly Schindler

Program Manager, HopeKids Arizona

Kelly graduated with her degree in Business Management with a Minor in Marketing from Grand Canyon University. Kelly currently lives in Scottsdale and manages the coordination of over 530 events annually for approximately 1400 HopeKids in Arizona, providing free activities to children with cancer or another life-threatening medical condition.

Carly Waldman

Online Marketing Specialist, Badger Meter

Carly graduated from University of Wisconsin - Whitewater with a degree in Marketing. She currently lives in southeast Wisconsin and specializes in Website User Experience and Digital Marketing.

Board of Directors

Ken Bockhorst

Board Member
‍‍
President, Badger Meter

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 EVP of Actuant’s Energy Segment.

Stefanie Book

Board Member
Fixed Income Trader, Allianz Investment Management

Stefanie earned her BA in Economics from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She is currently working as a Fixed Income Trader.

Lauren Curwick

Co-Founder & Board President
Medical Student, College of Wisconsin

Lauren attends medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin and is on track to become a physician in 2021.

Mardel Curwick

Co-Founder & Director of Design
Founder, The Elegant Interior

Mardel founded and operates a design business, The Elegant Interior. She also leads the design of all bedroom redesigns for Designing Dreams.

Todd Hedberg

Board Member
Managing Partner, Commercial Real Estate

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.

Teal Johnson

Board Member
Attorney, Melvin & Melvin, PLLC

Teal received her B.S. in Psychology from UMN-Twin Cities and J.D. from Syracuse University. She is an attorney specializing in Commercial Litigation, Creditors Rights, and Bankruptcy.

Erin Monasterio

Board Member
Call Center Supervisor, UMN Foundation

Erin holds a Bachelor's degree from University of Minnesota- Twin Cities in Communication Studies. She works at the University of Minnesota Foundation as the Call Center Supervisor.

Kelly O'Donnell

Board Member and Executive Director
CEO, Lively Digital Marketing

Kelly holds an MBA in Social Impact & Leadership from Boston University and a Digital Marketing Certificate from Cornell University. She is the Founder of Lively Digital Marketing.

Mark Roedl

Board Member
Area Sales Manager, Key Technology

Mark has been involved in sales and account management for over 30 years, primarily in the food processing industry. He is a proud supporter of Designing Dreams.

Board of Advisors

Savana Bired

Project Analyst, Kromeon

Savana received her B.A. in Communications with minors in Advertising & Journalism from Rowan University. She is a Project Analyst for Kromeon and is taking courses to obtain her Digital Marketing Certification from UCSD-Extension.

Aryanna Bohl

Student Nurse, MATC/UWM

Aryanna has a background in inpatient pediatric oncology and is on track to become a Registered Nurse in Spring ‘22. Aryanna hopes to eventually earn her MSN in Acute Care-Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with an emphasis on Pediatric Oncology/Hematology.

Lauren Curwick

Co-Founder & Board President
Medical Student, College of Wisconsin

Lauren attends medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin and is on track to become a physician in 2021.

Jane Dudley

Certified Child Life Specialist

Jane received her B.A. in Psychology from Stonehill College before going on to receive her M.S. in Child Life and Family-Centered Care from Wheelock College. After working in Pediatric HematologyOncology at Tufts Children's Hospital in Boston, MA for seven years, Jane is moving to Philadelphia and hopes to join a child life team in the Philly area!

Kelly O'Donnell

Executive Director, Designing Dreams

Kelly holds an MBA in Social Impact & Leadership from Boston University and a Digital Marketing Certificate from Cornell University. She has 10 years of experience working in the digital marketing and social good space.

Olivia Oster

MN Residential Realtor, Kris Lindahl Real Estate

Olivia received her Bachelor’s in Communications from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She has upwards of 10 years experience in the student-led leadership nonprofit sector.

Shannon Ring

Creative Account/ Project Manager, NortonLifeLock

Shannon received her B.A. in Mass Communications from UCLA and her MBA from Arizona State. She currently resides in Scottsdale, AZ and specializes in marketing project management.

Kelly Schindler

Program Manager, HopeKids Arizona

Kelly graduated with her degree in Business Management with a Minor in Marketing from Grand Canyon University. Kelly currently lives in Scottsdale and manages the coordination of over 530 events annually for approximately 1400 HopeKids in Arizona, providing free activities to children with cancer or another life-threatening medical condition.

Carly Waldman

Online Marketing Specialist, Badger Meter

Carly graduated from University of Wisconsin - Whitewater with a degree in Marketing. She currently lives in southeast Wisconsin and specializes in Website User Experience and Digital Marketing.