Board of Directors

Dr. William Boykin, Jr., MD

Dr. William H. Boykin, Jr. is a successful urologist at the Urology Center of Northeast Kentucky and is the former chair and founder of the Kentucky Physicians' Workgroup. An influential member of the medical community in Ashland, Kentucky, William has obtained board certification from the American Board of Urology and the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review. Before settling in the Ashland area, William gained extensive experience as a urologist living and working in Georgia, Texas, Tennessee, and Oklahoma. He served as a staff urologist and surgery chair at Reynolds Army Community Hospital in Fort Sill, OK. William also served as chair of the Department of Surgery at MacGregor Medical Association and was clinical faculty for the Urology Services at both University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston and Baylor College of Medicine.

Through his medical experience William has developed a passion for reaching the underserved, and enthusiastically supports the mission and strategic direction of the American Cancer Society. William has held many positions within the Society at both the national and regional levels and is currently serving as the Vice Chair and Secretary of the Mid-South Division Board of Directors. Although dedicated to the field of medicine William is politically active through both his local community and the Society, and understands the role of advocacy in solving critical medical problems. As a result, William eventually became involved with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and joined its Board of Directors in 2008.

In addition to his work as an ACS CAN fundraising campaign spokesperson, William also volunteered as an Ambassador at its Celebration on the Hill advocacy event in 2006.

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William E. (Ed) Coulter, Ed.D.

William E. (Ed) Coulter, Ed.D. Dr. Ed Coulter was appointed Chancellor Emeritus of Arkansas State University Mountain Home in 2012. Prior to his retirement, he served as Chancellor of the University from 1995 through 2012. As founding Chancellor, Dr. Coulter guided efforts to purchase over 200 acres of land, constructed seven endowed major buildings, created all academic programs on campus and obtained full accreditations.

Dr. Coulter earned his Bachelor of Science in Education from Ouachita Baptist University and his Masters in Education and Doctorate in Education from the University of Arkansas. Dr. Coulter is the Chair of the Mid-South Division of the American Cancer Society (the “Society”), is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and previously served on the Society’s Board of Directors.

In addition to his service to the Society and ACS CAN, Dr. Coulter has served on the Boards of Directors of the American Association of Community Colleges (serving as 2007 Chair of this 1200 member organization), the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, the Baptist Medical Center System (35 years), and Integrity First Bank. He is a member of the Mountain Home Rotary Club and First Baptist Church of Mountain Home.

Dr. Coulter and his wife Lucretia live on a 400 acre farm and are blessed with 7 children and 14 grandchildren.

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Lori G. Bremner

 

Lori Bremner Bio PhotoLori Bremner has been an active volunteer with the American Cancer Society for the last 17 years in advocacy, Relay For Life and governance. She is a former California State Lead Ambassador, former chair of the California Division Legislative Advocacy Team and served as the survivorship co-chair during Celebration on the Hill 2006 and as chair of the National Advocacy Strategic Operations Advisory Group. Currently Lori is a National Ambassador, an ACT! Lead and serves as a member of the Coach Cadre and Nationwide Leadership Training Team. ACS CAN awarded Lori the State Lead Ambassador of the Year in 2008 and the 2013 Volunteer Award for Excellence and she was given the 2010 Improving Quality of Life award in the Greater Bay Redwood Empire Region. Lori has served on a variety of national committees and workgroups. Additionally, Lori is a trainer with the Nationwide Leadership Training Team, a California Division Hero of Hope, an International Hero of Hope and an active team captain and committee member at her local Relay For Life. Lori is a member of the ACS CAN Board of Directors and is the 2014 Chair of the California Division Board of Directors.

Lori works as a Commercial Real Estate Manager for Orion Partners, Ltd. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude from the University of Illinois (B.A. 1980) and went to graduate school at the University of Colorado (M.A. 1983). She lives in Sonoma, California with her three teen and college age sons.

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Sandra Cassese, MSN, RN, CNS, Secretary

Sandra "Sandi" Cassese has been volunteering with the American Cancer Society for more than 25 years. She has been a speaker at Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events and breakfasts, and has served as a trainer for the Triple Touch and Reach to Recovery programs. She is the immediate past New York State Lead Ambassador, previously participated in Celebration on The Hill events, and is an active supporter of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events having achieved the designation of Making Strides Pacesetter four times. Ms. Cassese is a 2009 recipient of the National St. George Award and 2011 recipient of The Capitol Dome Award. She is currently serving as chair of the board development committee of the American Cancer Society, Eastern Division Board of Advisors and is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Eastern Division and Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network where she currently serves as President Elect and Chair of the Income Development Committee. Ms. Cassese also serves as a National Ambassador as well as an Online Ambassador for ACS CAN.

In addition to her service to ACS and ACS CAN, in 2008 Ms. Cassese was recognized by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce when she was named an Athena Award Honoree in recognition of excellence in her profession, commitment to her community, and support of other women's leadership goals. In 2012, she was honored by The American Cancer Society's Hudson Valley Region in appreciation for her leadership and dedication to helping create a world with more birthdays through volunteerism. She was also honored by Hospice, Inc. for her dedication to Hospice and to the Mid-Hudson Valley Community.

Ms. Cassese earned her Nursing Diploma from The Charles E. Gregory School of Nursing, a Bachelor's degree in Nursing from The State University of New York at New Paltz, and a Master's degree in Community Health from Sage Graduate School. As a nurse at Benedictine Hospital in Kingston, NY, Ms. Cassese began the hospital's breast health program. Through this program, she became involved with the Healthy Women's Partnership, collaborating with ACS and the New York State Department of Health to develop a training program teaching nurses clinical breast examination skills. Ms. Cassese joined the Health Quest System in 2002 as the first ever Service Line Administrator for Oncology Services at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, NY. In 2009, Ms. Cassese was promoted to Oncology Administrator to lead the oncology service line across each of the Health Quest Hospital System's three hospitals and two out-patient oncology facilities - the first clinical service to fully clinically integrate. In 2013 her new title is Vice President for Oncology Services. Ms. Cassese led the hospital system's efforts to become fully tobacco free and also was the driving force behind Vassar Brothers Medical Center and Health Quest Corporate to each become accredited as CEO Cancer Gold Standard Organizations.

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Kristi DeLaurentiis

Kristi DeLaurentiis, a seventeen-year cancer survivor, is a dedicated American Cancer Society volunteer. She is the new Lakeshore Division’s Chair-Elect, having served on the Illinois Division since 1997, and for the past eight years serving as chair of the Illinois Division's Advocacy and Public Policy Committee during which time she served as the Illinois Division's first State Lead Ambassador, helping to establish a team of active volunteers committed to advocacy across the state.

As chair of the Illinois Division's Advocacy Committee, Kristi worked with legislators in Illinois to pass vital legislation including the Smoke-Free Illinois Act, Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention Act (IBCCP), Oral Chemo-Parity Law, colorectal cancer screening pilot and clinical trials insurance coverage programs, and a state-wide cigarette tax, as well as other important life-saving measures. Ms. DeLaurentiis participated in Celebration on the Hill events in 2002 and 2006; she joined the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) in 2011 and has served on the ACS CAN Audit & Finance Committee and Income Development Committee.

Ms. DeLaurentiis has a twenty-plus year history of public service, having been a member of Governors State University's Board of Trustees, Illinois' University Civil Service Merit Board, Illinois Nature Preserve Commission and Illinois General Assembly's Citizen Council on Women, and Illinois' Digital Divide Elimination Advisory Committee. .

Professionally, Ms. DeLaurentiis is director of government affairs and community development for Metro Strategies, Inc., a consulting firm based in Chicago that provides planning, policy, and public affairs services to public, private and nonprofit clients. Prior to joining Metro Strategies, Kristi was director of planning and development at the Village of Lansing, working to improve the quality of life in her home community. She also served as government relations director for the Metropolitan Planning Council, an organization that for more than 78 years been dedicated to shaping a more sustainable and prosperous greater Chicago region. In an earlier career, Ms. DeLaurentiis co-authored 8 medical/scientific research abstracts and articles relating to the study of cancers and the effects of radiation and chemotherapies. She earned her M.S. in Environmental Biology from Governors State University. Ms. DeLaurentiis lives in Lansing, IL with her husband.

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Richard L. Deming, MD

Dr. Richard Deming is the Medical Director of Mercy Cancer Center in Des Moines, Iowa and Physician Vice President and Chief of Staff at Mercy Medical Center. He came to Mercy Cancer Center in 1989 after spending two years on staff at the National Cancer Institute and National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He is originally from South Dakota and graduated summa cum laude from South Dakota State University. He obtained his medical degree from Creighton University in 1980. Dr. Deming completed a residency in radiation oncology at the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Deming is active in many professional oncology organizations. He is the immediate past president of the Iowa Society of Therapeutic Radiology and currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Iowa Cancer Consortium, and is an officer of the Board of Directors of Iowa Oncology Research Association. He is Vice Chairman of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines. He is Founder and Chairman of Above + Beyond Cancer. Dr. Deming is a member of the Iowa Leadership Council of the American Cancer Society and serves on the Boards of Directors for the American Cancer Society Midwest Division and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.

Dr. Deming has been the recipient of numerous award including the Making a Difference Award from the American Cancer Society, the Sword of Hope Award for Healthcare Promotion, the Light of Wellness Leadership Award from the Iowa Wellness Council, the Volunteer of the Year Award from the YMCA of Greater Des Moines, the Lane Adams Quality of Life Award from the American Cancer Society, the Iowa Cancer Champion Award, and the Outstanding Individual Philanthropist Award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

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Joel T.S. Greer, Esq.

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Joel T.S. Greer, Esq. is a partner of the firm Cartwright, Druker & Ryden in Marshalltown, Iowa. He received his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Iowa and practices in insurance defense, personal injury, product liability, corporate law, mediation, and adoption. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, past president of the Iowa State Bar Association, past president of the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, past V.P. of the Iowa Association for Justice, and a director of the Iowa Defense Counsel Association

Mr. Greer has been an active volunteer for the American Cancer Society for over twenty-seven years, including serving as Chair of the Marshall County Board of Directors, and as president the Iowa Leadership Council, and chair of Team Rotary. Currently, Mr. Greer is past secretary and current member of the Midwest Division Board of Directors and was elected to the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Board of Directors in January 2013. He has been an advocacy volunteer for many years, including currently serving as the ACT! Lead for the Iowa Fourth District and representing ACS CAN at the One Voice Against Cancer Coalition Lobby Day, and as an ambassador at Celebration on the Hill. In addition to his work with the Society and ACS CAN, Mr. Greer serves as president of Iowa River Hospice, on The University of Iowa Law School Foundation's Board of Directors, as secretary of the Martha Ellen Tye Foundation Board of Trustees, on the Community Foundation of Marshall County Governing Committee, on the Marshalltown City Council, on the Board of Directors of the Marshall County Council on Aging, as secretary of Quakerdale Group Homes Board of Directors, on the Marshalltown Central Business District's Board of Directors, and as secretary of Trail  Resources and Iowa Land Stewards, Inc. . He is a past president of the University of Iowa Alumni Association, of the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, of the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA, of Marshalltown Rotary, of Child Abuse Prevention Services, of the Community Y Heritage Club , of the Mid-Iowa Mental Health Center, and of the Marshalltown United Way.

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John Hamilton, DDS, Vice Chair

Dr. John Hamilton has been a volunteer with the American Cancer Society at the local and national levels for many years. Dr. Hamilton served on the former North Dakota and Rocky Mountain Divisions' Boards of Directors and is a Past Chair of the Great West Division Board of Directors. In his community, Dr. Hamilton is actively involved with the annual Williston Relay for Life event and the Man to Man program. Dr. Hamilton is a member of the American Cancer Society Board of Directors and serves as the Vice Chair of the ACS CAN Board of Directors. In recognition of his service, Dr. Hamilton was awarded the American Cancer Society's St. George Medal.

In addition to his work with the Society, Dr. Hamilton has been involved with First Lutheran Church, the Boy Scouts of America, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, and the Elks Club.

Dr. Hamilton received his Bachelor of Science from North Dakota State University and his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Minnesota and is currently practicing in Williston, North Dakota.

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Daniel P. Heist, CPA

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Daniel P. Heist, CPA, is the director of internal audit at Pennsylvania State University with more than 25 years of accounting, auditing, and management experience. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

An American Cancer Society volunteer for more than 20 years, Mr. Heist has been a member of the American Cancer Society Board of Directors since 2008. He currently serves as chair of the Finance Committee, a member of the Compensation Committee, and an ex-officio member of the Audit Committee.

In addition to his service on the American Cancer Society Board, Mr. Heist previously served locally as the president and chairman of the Lehigh Valley Unit and has been a member on the East Central board of directors since 1994. He was elected to the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Board of Directors in January 2014.

Mr. Heist received his bachelors degree in Accounting from The Pennsylvania State University. He resides in State College, Pennsylvania with his wife Pamela and daughter Katelyn.

 

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Bernard A. Jackvony, J.D.

Bernard A. Jackvony is a nationally recognized fiduciary litigator with the firm of Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West LLC and concentrates his practice in the areas of trust and estate planning for individuals, families, fiduciaries and charitable organizations. He has represented clients in fiduciary litigation in Rhode Island, Florida, New Jersey, California, New York, Massachusetts and Oklahoma. Mr. Jackvony served the citizens of Rhode Island as Lieutenant Governor in the late 1990s.

Mr. Jackvony earned his J.D. from Suffolk University; his master's degree in taxation from Boston University and his undergraduate degree in accounting from Bryant University. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees at Bryant University for nine years and has assisted the university in its transition to a full accredited international business school. Mr. Jackvony served as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps from 1970 to 1973. He is admitted to practice law in Rhode Island and Florida. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trusts and Estates Council. He is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society Foundation Board of Trustees and its Treasurer.

Mr. Jackvony has been a volunteer with the American Cancer Society for over 30 years, including previous service on the Florida Division Board of Directors and as a current member of the New England Division Board of Directors. In November 2011, Mr. Jackvony was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.

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Allison Jones Thomson

Allison Thomson

Allison Jones Thomson runs her own consulting practice for marketing strategy and communications in the Silicon Valley area of California. Early in her career she worked in cancer research at Johnson & Johnson, following that she held numerous positions in sales and marketing management for medical device organizations including Eppendorf, Carl Zeiss, Radionics and Photoelectron. Ms. Thomson received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Simmons College and M.B.A. from Sacred Heart University.

After her father died from lung cancer, Ms. Thomson set out to make a difference in the cancer community. She has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Brain Tumor Foundation (n/k/a the National Brain Tumor Society) for five years and currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Cancer CAREpoint, a community organization that provides psycho-social services to cancer patients in the South Bay Area of California. Additionally, she sits on the ACS CA Advisory Board. She became involved with ACS CAN during the Proposition 29 campaign to raise the state tobacco tax in California in order to fund cancer research, smoking reduction programs, and tobacco law enforcement. Ms. Thomson was elected to the ACS CAN Board of Directors in January 2013.

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Sherry Lansing

During almost 30 years in the motion picture business, Sherry Lansing was involved in the production, marketing, and distribution of more than 200 films, including Academy Award winners Forrest Gump (1994), Braveheart (1995), and Titanic (1997). Throughout her film career, Lansing earned a reputation as a trailblazer, a visionary leader, and a creative filmmaker. In 1980, she became the first woman to head a major film studio when she was appointed President of 20th Century Fox. Later, as an independent producer, Lansing was responsible for such successful films as, Fatal Attraction, The Accused, School Ties, Indecent Proposal, and Black Rain. Returning to the executive ranks in 1992, she was named Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures and began an unprecedented tenure that lasted more than 12 years (1992 - 2005), during which the studio enjoyed enormous creative and financial success.

The Sherry Lansing Foundation (SLF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to cancer research, health, public education, and encore career opportunities, was formed in 2005. Among the SLF's initiatives is the EnCorps Teachers Program, founded by Lansing to retrain retired and mid-career professionals from the technology sector to serve as math and science teachers in California public schools. Lansing - a former math and English teacher - is also the founder of PrimeTime LAUSD, a partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District. PrimeTime engages retirees in improving the state of public education through targeted volunteerism. In addition, Lansing serves on the Board of Regents of the University of California. She is also a co-founder of the Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles Future Fund, which provides college scholarships to deserving "Little Sisters."

In December 2004, Lansing was appointed to the Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee (ICOC) of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. CIRM was established by California's groundbreaking ballot measure, Proposition 71, which provides $3 billion in funding for embryonic stem cell research. Lansing serves as the cancer patient advocate, as well as Chair of the Governance Committee and Co-Chair of the Scientific and Medical Accountability Standards Working Group.

Additionally, Lansing serves on the boards of the American Association for Cancer Research Foundation, the Carter Center, the Entertainment Industry Foundation, Encore.org, the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, and the W.M. Keck Foundation.  She also serves on the Advisory Committee of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, the Executive Committee of Friends of Cancer Research, and is Honorary Chair of STOP CANCER, a nonprofit philanthropic group she founded in partnership with the late Dr. Armand Hammer.  In addition, Lansing is a co-founder of the Stand Up To Cancer initiative, which funds collaborative, multi-institutional cancer research "Dream Teams."  In January 2013, Lansing was elected to the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Board of Directors.

Lansing graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree from Northwestern University in 1966.

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Maureen G. Mann, MS, MBA, FACHE

Maureen G. Mann, MS, MBA, FACHE is currently the Executive Director of the Michael and Dianne Bienes Comprehensive Cancer Center at Holy Cross Hospital, where she is responsible for the strategic and daily operations of an $85 million service line.

Mrs. Mann has served in many oncology related roles in the state and local community. She has been an American Cancer Society volunteer for more than 13  years, including membership on the Florida Division Board of Directors, the Broward County Board of Directors, and Executive Committee. Maureen was recently elected to serve as Chair Elect of the Florida Division Board of Directors and re-elected to the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Board of Directors.

Maureen also currently serves on the national editorial board of the Association of Community Cancer Centers and she was recently appointed by the Florida Department of Health to serve on the Florida State Cancer Plan Council. She served on the Board of Directors of Gilda's Club of South Florida for 10  years and is a member of Leadership Miami - Class of 1995, and the Junior League of Ft. Lauderdale. Maureen received a B.A. from Harvard University and M.S. and M.B.A. degrees from the Florida Institute of Technology. Since graduation she has served on the local Harvard Club Schools and Scholarships Committee annually conducting off campus alumni interviews for the college. In 2012, Maureen completed her first half marathon in a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. She also enjoys swimming and traveling the world with her husband.

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John J. Manna, Jr.

John Manna Bio PhotoJohn J. Manna, Jr. has been a volunteer with the American Cancer Society for over 10 years. He currently serves as a member of the Board and First Vice President of the Eastern Division and President of the Hudson Valley Regional Board of Advisors. John was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network in October 2013 and is a recipient of the American Cancer Society's St. George Medal.

In addition to his work with the Society, John serves as Co-Treasurer and member of the Board of the Center for Safety and Change. John was named the Philanthropist of the Year for Rockland County, NY in 2008 by the Rockland Development Council.

John received his Bachelor of Arts from Fordham University and his Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law and is currently an investor is real estate and technology ventures.

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Michael T. Marquardt

Michael Marquardt Bio PhotoMichael T. Marquardt is the founder and CEO of Global Kompass Strategies, Inc. providing guidance to CEOs and members of senior leadership teams in the United States, Europe, and Asia on issues strategic to their organizations. He also advises Audit Committees and Boards of Directors on effective risk management measures, corporate governance, and emerging technology issues. Since 2007 he has served as the independent non-executive Chairman of a large healthcare logistics and technology company based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In the United States, Mr. Marquardt serves on the Board of Directors of Commonwealth Trust Company, an independent trust company based in Delaware with more than US$17 billion in assets under administration.

Mr. Marquardt grew up in Berlin and immigrated to the United States two years after witnessing the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of New England and Master’s degree from the University of Virginia. He currently serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including the Delaware Theatre Company (Director Emeritus), the American Cancer Society's South Atlantic Division, and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Inc. Additionally he serves on the Chairman’s Advisory Council of the Better Business Bureau of Delaware and the Advisory Council of the Center for Political Communication at the University of Delaware.

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William J. Mayer, MD, MPH Treasurer

William J. Mayer, MD, MPH, is Vice President for Community Health and Chief Medical Informatics Officer at Bronson Healthcare, a non-profit, tertiary care health system serving West Michigan and Northern Indiana. He has over 20 years of leadership experience in health care and health-related organizations. His professional roles have included program director at the National Cancer Institute; co-leader of health care consulting at Watson Wyatt Worldwide in Washington, D.C.; corporate medical director, division president and executive vice president at Kellogg Company; and medical director at United Health Care. Mayer has served on the faculty of the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program, as a lecturer in epidemiology at The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Hygiene and Public Health, as a Committee member at the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, and as a reviewer for the New England Journal of Medicine. He has published a number of peer-reviewed papers and book chapters on such subjects as Black/White differences in cancers of the breast and bladder, cancer prevention in primary care, and assessing and improving health care quality.

In addition to his professional responsibilities at Bronson, Dr. Mayer serves as a member of Board of Directors of C-Change, the national coalition to conquer cancer that was called together by former President George H.W. Bush. He also advises the director of the Michigan Medicaid program as a member of the Medical Care Advisory Council. Dr. Mayer is a member of the Board of Directors of the West Michigan Cancer Center and serves as medical editor of the Hope Health Letter, an award-winning national newsletter for employees and their families.

Dr. Mayer is a member of the American Cancer Society, Great Lakes Division's Board of Directors. He served on the Division's Governance Ends/Means workgroup, Nominating & Recruiting Committee members and currently serves on the Audit Committee. In November 2011, Dr. Mayer was elected to the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network's Board of Directors.

In addition, Dr. Mayer has served as a member of the Michigan Cancer Consortium's Advocacy Task Force and was a founding member of the Calhoun County Cancer Control Coalition where he worked in partnership with the American Cancer Society to build a comprehensive community-based cancer plan. Dr. Mayer has also collaborated with ACS to build a nationwide strategy for enhancing physician relationships.

Dr. Mayer resides in the Kalamazoo, Michigan area with his wife Annie and their two sons.

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Pamela K. Meyerhoffer, FAHP

Pamela K. Meyerhoffer Bio PhotoPamela K. Meyerhoffer, FAHP is the Executive Director for Wickenburg Community Hospital Foundation. Prior to 2010, Ms. Meyerhoffer served as president and CEO of Sun Health Foundation and Sun Health Auxiliary as well as Executive Vice President of Sun Health Services for 27 years. She was responsible for fundraising in support of nonprofit community healthcare services in the western Valley of the Sun as well as marketing, public relations, referral services, governmental relations and community health education.

A distinguished volunteer, Ms. Meyerhoffer has been an American Cancer Society volunteer for 40 years and a member of the American Cancer Society Board of Directors since 2004. In addition to her current role as chair of the American Cancer Society Board of Directors, Ms. Meyerhoffer is a member of the Audit, Compensation, Governance, and Strategic Planning and Agenda Development Committees. She was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network in October 2013.

Ms. Meyerhoffer attended Arizona State University, received a BS in Business from University of Phoenix and is a Fellow of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (FAHP). She is also a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) awarded by the Association of Fund Raising Professionals and an Accredited Business Communicator (ABC) awarded by the International Association of Business Communicators.

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Rick Q. Ngo, MD, FACS

Rick Q. Ngo, MD, FACS is a surgeon with Southwest Surgical Associates, LLP in Houston, Texas focusing on minimally invasive hernia, gallbladder and breast disease surgery. He received his B.A. from Rice University and medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Medicine - San Antonio. Dr. Ngo completed his General Surgery Residency at St. Joseph Hospital in Houston.

Dr. Ngo is a member of the American Cancer Society's High Plains Division Board of Directors and was elected to the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Board of Directors in January 2013. He has been an advocacy volunteer for many years, including having served as the ACT! Lead for the 7th Congressional District of Texas and representing ACS CAN at the One Voice Against Cancer Coalition Lobby Day. In addition to his work with the Society and ACS CAN, Dr. Ngo currently holds leadership positions with the Vietnamese American Medical Association – Greater Houston and YMCA Greater Houston International Services.

Dr. Ngo resides in Houston with his wife Nicole and their three children.

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Christy Russell, MD Chair of the Board

Christy A. Russell, MD, is a medical oncologist who is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and Co-Director of the USC/Norris Breast Cancer Center. Christy is a member of the American College of Physicians, the American Society of Breast Disease, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. As part of her research efforts, Christy is a member of the Breast Committee of the Southwest Oncology Group and the Breast Cancer International Research Group. In addition, she has published in the area of systemic treatment of breast cancer and is currently interested in cancer prevention and novel therapies for breast cancer.

Christy has served in many leadership positions within ACS at the local, regional, and national levels. She is known locally and nationally as a highly sought speaker on the subject of breast cancer, delivering 50-75 educational speeches per year. She continues to be highly regarded for her communication skills not only within the medical community, but to the lay public as well with regards to the topic of cancer and the mission of the American Cancer Society and its sister advocacy organization, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). She continues to display scientific, intellectual, and ethical integrity through her profession and volunteer activities. Christy previously served on the National Board of Directors and the National Assembly, and is the past President of the California Division Board of Directors. Christy has served on the ACS CAN Board of Directors since 2005 and is the current Chair of Board.

Christy received her medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the Good Samaritan Medical Center and Phoenix Veteran's Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, and a fellowship in hematology/medical oncology at the Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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Ken Scherer

Ken Scherer Bio PhotoKen Scherer is Chief Executive Officer of the Motion Picture & Television Fund Foundation, a non-profit organization offering health and charitable services to Southern California’s entertainment community.  During his sixteen years in this leadership position, Mr. Scherer has worked closely with Foundation Chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg in successfully raising over $500,000,000 for the programs and services of the entertainment industry’s leading charity. 

Before joining MPTF in 1996, Mr. Scherer was a partner in Mark Frost Productions where he developed and produced the critically acclaimed TNT film Crazy Horse.  He previously served as COO and Executive In Charge of Production at Lynch/Frost Productions overseeing the groundbreaking ABC series Twin Peaks as well as American Chronicles (Fox), On The Air (ABC), a feature documentary Hugh Hefner: Once Upon A Time and the feature film Twin Peaks – Fire Walk With Me (New Line Cinema).

From 1985-1991, he led a successful marketing/fundraising program for five years at The American Film Institute. 

He earned a B.A. from Bloomfield College (Bloomfield, New Jersey) where he has also served on the Board of Trustees and received an M.S. from Syracuse University.  Mr. Scherer was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network in January 2014 and also serves on the NFL Player Care Foundation Board.

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William P. Underriner

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William P. Underriner is President and owner of Underriner Motors in Billings, MT and is the Immediate Past Chair of the National Automobile Dealers Association and currently serves on the board of directors representing Montana’s franchised new-car dealers. He majored in Business Administration at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY.

Bill is a member of the American Cancer Society's Great West Division Board of Directors and was elected to the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Board of Directors in January 2014. Bill was awarded the American Cancer Society’s St. George Award in 2008. He In addition to his work with the Society and ACS CAN, Bill currently holds leadership positions with the Big Sky Alexis de Tocqueville Society of United Way and the St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation and is an active supporter of the Billings Symphony, Billings Chamber of Commerce, Billings YMCA, Festival of Trees, Boy Scouts of Montana, Billings Clinic, Alberta Bair Theatre, School District 2 Drivers Education Program, Montana State University Billings Wine Fest, Ronald McDonald House, St. Vincent Hospital, Camp Make a Dream Cancer Camp for Kids, Rocky Mountain College and Professional Montana Chapter. 

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