Dr. William Boykin, Jr., MD
Dr. William H. Boykin, Jr. is a successful urologist at Bluegrass Comprehensive Urology 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. He is currently the chair of the Department of Surgery and Medical Staff Quality Management Committee at King's Daughters Medical Center in Ashland.
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.
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 previously served as the State Lead Ambassador for New York and participated in the Celebration on The Hill events. She is an active supporter of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events having achieved the designation of Making Strides Pacesetter five times. Ms. Cassese is a 2009 recipient of the National St. George Award and 2011 recipient of The Capitol Dome Award. She is the Chair of the American Cancer Society Eastern Division Board of Advisors and is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). Ms. Cassese also serves as a National Ambassador and 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. In 2014, Ms. Cassese was recognized for her work to improve mammography screening rates for minority women in Dutchess County.
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 – and in 2013 was elevated to the position of 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.
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 current past 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 15 grandchildren.
Kristi DeLaurentiis, an eighteen-year cancer survivor, is a dedicated American Cancer Society volunteer. She is the Lakeshore Division's Chair-Elect, formerly serving on the Illinois Division Board (1997-2013) and acting as chair of the Illinois Division's Advocacy and Public Policy Committee from 2005 to 2013. During that 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 and to advance American Cancer Society priorities.
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 and Income Development Committees.
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 government agencies and private and nonprofit clients. Prior to joining Metro Strategies, Kristi was the former government relations director for the Metropolitan Planning Council, an 80 year old organization that works to advance quality of life issues within a 10-County, 3-State region.
Ms. DeLaurentiis has a twenty-plus year history of public service, with gubernatorial and legislative appointments to several boards and commissions during her professional career. Kristi holds a master's of science degree from Governors State University and lives in Lansing, Illinois with her husband. She has two grown children.
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 awards 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.
Dan Glickman is the Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Congressional Program, a nongovernmental, nonpartisan educational program for members of the United States Congress. The program provides lawmakers with a stronger grasp of critical public policy issues by convening high-level conferences and breakfast meetings in which legislators are brought together with internationally-recognized academics, experts and leaders to study the issues and explore various policy alternatives.
He served as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from March 1995 until January 2001. Under his leadership, the Department administered farm and conservation programs; modernized food safety regulations; forged international trade agreements to expand U.S. markets; and improved its commitment to fairness and equality in civil rights.
Before his appointment as Secretary of Agriculture, Secretary Glickman served for 18 years in the U.S. House of Representatives representing the 4th Congressional District of Kansas. During that time, he was a member of the House Agriculture Committee, including six years as chairman of the subcommittee with jurisdiction over federal farm policy issues. Moreover, he was an active member of the House Judiciary Committee; chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; and was a leading congressional expert on general aviation policy.
Secretary Glickman is also a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C. The BPC was formed in 2007 by former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and George Mitchell to develop and promote bipartisan solutions to the country's problems and to promote civility in government. As part of the Bipartisan Policy Center's program, he and former cabinet members Donna Shalala, Mike Leavitt and Ann Veneman co-chair an Initiative on Nutrition and Physical Activity, which recently published a Paper recommending substantially augmenting medical school training of doctors and other health care professionals in the areas of nutrition, physical activity and other prevention strategies.
Secretary Glickman served as Chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) from 2004 until 2010. Prior to joining the MPAA, he was the Director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government (2002-2004).
Before his election to Congress in 1976, Secretary Glickman served as president of the Wichita School Board; was a partner in the law firm of Sargent, Klenda and Glickman; and worked as a trial attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He received his Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from The George Washington University. He is a member of the Kansas and District of Columbia Bars.
Secretary Glickman was elected to the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Board of Directors in September 2014. He is also on the board of directors of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange; Food Research and Action Center, a domestic anti-hunger organization; National 4-H Council; and the Center for U.S. Global Engagement, where he is Chair of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. He co-chairs an initiative of eight U.S. based foundations looking at long-term implications of food and agricultural policy. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a senior fellow of the Center on Communication Leadership and Policy at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, the Council on American Politics at The Graduate School of Political Management at The George Washington University, and is a member of the board of the World Food Program-USA. He is the co-chair of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs' global agricultural development initiative. In 2012 and 2013 Secretary Glickman chaired an Institute of Medicine Panel on "Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention". He is the author of "Farm Futures," in Foreign Affairs (May/June 2009).
Joel T.S. Greer, Esq.
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 on The University of Iowa Law School Foundation's Board of Directors, as president of MEGA-10, as secretary of the Martha Ellen Tye Foundation Board of Trustees, as secretary of 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, 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 Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA, of Marshalltown Rotary, of Child Abuse Prevention Services, of the Community Y Heritage Club, of the Mid-Iowa Mental Health Center, of Iowa River Hospice, and of the Marshalltown United Way.
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.
Daniel P. Heist, CPA
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.
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.
Allison Jones 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.
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 American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, 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 Executive Committee of Friends of Cancer Research, and Chairs 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."
Lansing graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree from Northwestern University in 1966.
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 15 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 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.
John J. Manna, Jr.
John 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 Chair-Elect of the Eastern Division and is a member of the Westchester/Rockland Regional Board of Advisors. John was Co-Chair of the Relay for Life of Rockland County from 2008 through 2011 and continues to serve on that event's organizing committee. 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 Directors the Center for Safety and Change, which provides shelter and related services to victims of domestic violence and their families, and is a member of the President's Council of St. Thomas Aquinas College. 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.
Michael T. Marquardt
Michael 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.
William J. Mayer, MD, MPH, Treasurer
William J. Mayer, MD, MPH, is Senior Vice President for Managed Care and Community Health at Bronson Healthcare, a non-profit, tertiary care health system serving West Michigan and Northern Indiana. He has over 25 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 is Chair 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. He also advises the director of the Michigan Medicaid program as a member of the State of Michigan Medical Care Advisory Council.
Dr. Mayer is a member of the American Cancer Society Lakeshore Division's Board of Directors. In November 2011, Dr. Mayer was elected to the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network's (ACS CAN) Board of Directors. He currently serves as the ACS CAN Treasurer and Audit and Finance Committee Chair.
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.
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.
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.
Ken 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.
William P. Underriner
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.
Robert E. Youle
Robert E. Youle is a member of Sherman & Howard, LLC in the firm's Denver, Colorado office, and has practiced complex commercial litigation since 1976. Rob is a frequent lecturer on antitrust and commercial litigation issues and has served as adjunct professor of antitrust law at the University of Denver College of Law.
Throughout his professional career, Rob has earned honors and awards for his legal work, including being listed in Best Lawyers in America from 1995 through 2015; being named one of Denver's best commercial litigation lawyers in 5280 Magazine; and being listed in Colorado Superlawyers every year since its inception. Rob is a member of the Board of Directors of the University of Iowa Law School Foundation, a member of the Executive Committee of the Board and Chairs the Foundation's Development Committee. In 2009, Rob received the University of Iowa College of Law's Distinguished Alumni Service Award, the first such award the College had ever given.
Rob has volunteered for the American Cancer Society for twenty-seven years and was recognized for his service with the St. George Award in 1998. He has held leadership positions at every level of the organization, including service as Board Chair of the Great West Division and the Society's former Colorado and Rocky Mountain Divisions. Rob presently serves as Chair of the American Cancer Society Board of Directors, having served as a member of the Board since 2007.
Rob previously served as a member of the ACS CAN Board of Directors from 2005 – 2012, during which time he served as Secretary, Treasurer, and Chair of the Board. In 2012, Rob was awarded the Volunteer Award for Excellence in Advocacy for his contributions to ACS CAN. He was re-elected to the Board of ACS CAN in January 2015.
Rob is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law (J.D. 1976) and the University of Illinois (B.S. 1973).