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Evan Spear Foundation was founded in 2018 by Julie Spear in memory and honor of her son Evan’s spirit of giving and generosity and to further his legacy of saving lives by choosing to be an organ and tissue donor. 

At this moment there are approximately 113,000 people in the US in need of a lifesaving organ transplant and about every ten minutes, someone is added to the national transplant waiting list.  While 95% of US adults support organ donation only 54% are actually registered to be organ and tissue donors upon their death. Tragically, on average, 20 people die each day while waiting for a life-saving transplant.  


The Evan Spear Foundation’s mission is to support Donor Families and inspire and educate the public to raise awareness of the importance of organ and tissue donation, to save lives by increasing the number of registered organ and tissue donors. 



Julie is the Founder and CEO of the Evan Spear Foundation. As Evan’s mom and passionate community advocate for organ and tissue donation, it is Julie's mission to further Evan’s legacy of giving the gift of life through organ and tissue donation. She is an active Advocate for the Donor Alliance in Denver, Colorado engaging with the community to encourage others to say yes to donation. She resides in Boulder, Colorado where she stays busy with her engineering consulting practice. Julie enjoys running and spending time with her son Colin, a Senior at Saint John’s University, Queens, New York. 

Julie Spear

Founder and CEO

Board of Directors


Catherine is the President of the Evan Spear Foundation. A philanthropist, she has been actively volunteering for non-profit organizations for the past 12 years. Most recently, after battling a rare illness, Catherine advocated and co-created a local chapter meeting for the GBS-CIDP Foundation International Organization at the Greenwich Hospital. As President of the Evan Spear Foundation Catherine is committed to helping save more lives by spreading and increasing awareness of the importance of organ and tissue donation. She currently resides in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Catherine Bato



Mitchell Miller

Vice President


Maren Stenseth


As the Secretary of the Board of Directors, Mitchell is excited to help the Evan Spear Foundation become an advocate for giving the gift of life. As a fraternity brother of Evan’s and college friend, Mitchell is eager to share Evan’s story and further his legacy of saving lives. As a recent University of Arizona graduate he is honored to be a part of the Evan Spear Foundation. He currently resides in San Jose, California and enjoys all forms of exercise, golf and spending time with his friends and family.

A CPA and CFP® practitioner, Maren is the Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Evan Spear Foundation, Inc. Maren has been touched by Evan’s story and the difference that his choice to be an organ and tissue donor made, not only for the recipients, but so many others affected by his decision. She hopes that by utilizing her volunteer experience with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and various other philanthropic groups, she may help grow the Evan Spear Foundation to become a widely recognized organization promoting organ and tissue donation. Maren resides with her son in Los Angeles, California and when she’s not working at her financial services practice, she can be found playing, watching or traveling somewhere for soccer.

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