Our Team


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 and 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. She became Tap Cancer Out’s third full-time employee at the beginning of 2020.


Dave Bannan

Operations Manager

After his time as a dedicated TCO competitor and volunteer, Dave joined Tap Cancer Out as its first full-time employee in 2019. As Operations Manager, Dave leads the planning and matchmaking of Tap Cancer Out’s Sub-Only Showcase as well as supporting the logistics of our more than two-dozen events each year. Dave is currently a blue belt in BJJ, training out of Milford, CT.


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 is currently the CFO of Moore Holdings LLC.



Pat Walsh

Board Member

Pat is the cofounder & Chief Impact Officer of Classy—the innovative social fundraising platform used by Tap Cancer Out and hundreds of other nonprofits. He leads Classy’s strategic growth and sector initiatives, including the CLASSY Awards and PROGRESS. Pat serves as a strategic mentor to the Tap Cancer Out team and can be credited with inspiring its creation.



Luigi Mondelli

Advisory Board Member

Luigi Mondelli is the head instructor of American Top Team Connecticut and founder of the Kore Martial Arts Association. He is a fourth-degree BJJ black belt under Ricardo Liborio.




Carlos Lobato

Advisory Board Member

Carlos is the owner of Inkify, a screen-printing and embroidery company in Massachusetts that specializes in BJJ clothing and promotional items. Carlos has been supporting Tap Cancer Out since its inception as a strategic partner and dedicated volunteer. He has been training in BJJ since 2008 and is currently a purple belt.