Staying sharp and teaching you the skills to stay sharp, too!
As a barber, cosmetologist, entrepreneur, business consultant and educator, Rodrick Samuels has clipped his way to the top of the beauty industry. But this man’s creativity and visionary leadership are what have made him a standout figure.
Rodrick is cutting through the unease surrounding colon cancer by partnering with the American Cancer Society and the University of South Carolina’s Center for Colon Cancer Research to spearhead the Shop Talk Movement, a campaign encouraging barbers and beauticians to start conversations about colon cancer while cutting their client’s hair.
“The Shop Talk Movement is special because as barbers and stylists, not only are we shaping heads, we’re shaping lives, too,” Rodrick explains. “People should be excited about the movement because it’s innovative, exciting and it’s helping educate people about this highly-preventable disease.”
An entrepreneur whose primary goal was to "do it big," Rodrick is all about style, attitude and how to condition you for success. To Rodrick, education is the key to success, but quality of education is crucial. His approach: something called Edutainment, a fusion of educating and entertaining. Because he believes more information is retained when the learning environment is fun and electric.
The best part? We’ll be reaping the benefits of Rodrick’s Edutainment approach when he takes our National Conference by storm this fall. “I'm excited to speak at the CCA National Conference; I want to leave participants with a new take on advocacy and nontraditional methods of spreading the message. Everyone has a job to do and...well, let’s save the rest for the conference!”
Rodrick is the founder of Profile Barber Institute and Profile Corporate, two companies that merge barber-stylist training and advanced training and consulting for the personal appearance industry and beauty organizations. He is part of the Andis educational team and a noted Milady’s educator.
His proudest accomplishment through all of this? Earlier this year, Rodrick was the recipient of the Betty Ann Moore Distinguished Service Award for his work with the Shop Talk Movement. “As an advocate, I don't look for awards or accolades. And when you’re not looking for things, they mean the most.”
Lee Aase, Mayo Clinic
Lee Aase is director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media, a first-of-its-kind social media center focused on health care, which builds on Mayo Clinic's leadership among health care providers in adopting social media tools. By night, Mr. Aase is Chancellor of Social Media University, Global (SMUG), a free online higher education institution that provides practical, hands-on training in social media for lifelong learners. Prior to joining Mayo Clinic in 2000, he spent more than a decade in political and government communications at the local, state and federal level. He received his B.S. in Political Science from Mankato State University (Minnesota) in 1986.
Gloria Borges, Esq., Wunder Project
Gloria Borges is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Wunder Project, an initiative launched by The WunderGlo Foundation. She is the Founder, President and Chairperson of The WunderGlo Foundation.
Ms. Borges is an attorney at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, one of the largest international firms in the world, specializing in business litigation. She has represented major corporations and, in her pro bono work, some of the most vulnerable clients including immigrant children and the elderly. In 2011, she received the Warren Christopher Values Award, the highest honor an employee at the firm can receive and one that recognizes those attorneys and staff who have exemplified the firm’s values of excellence, leadership and citizenship. In 2012, she received legal magazine The Recorder’s “Fast Track” award, an award given to the top 50 young attorneys in California whose leadership and career paths show special promise.
Ms. Borges graduated from Stanford Law School in 2007, and graduated with magna cum laude honors from Duke University in 2004, earning Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in History while serving as President of her class.
In September of 2010, Ms. Borges was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer, but did not allow her diagnosis to slow her down or end her commitment to community. She launched a blog, www.WunderGlo.com, which detailed all of her experiences through an aggressive treatment to beat the disease, and through that blog, she is inspiring thousands. She is still in treatment for stage IV colon cancer and is doing incredibly well.
Nilda Bracero, Advocate
When Nilda Bracero’s father, Max, passed away after a four year battle with colon cancer, she sought an organization that would help her family cope and would give them an opportunity to help others in his memory. Through her research, she found the Colon Cancer Alliance. In just two years, Ms. Bracero and her family have participated in three Undy 5000 events across the country and have celebrated the Max Bracero Crabbing for Cancer Memorial fundraiser, raising almost $7,000 for various Colon Cancer Alliance programs.
Sheila Buehler, MA, RN, CNP, Mayo Clinic
Sheila Buehler completed her Master of Art in Nursing degree and Nurse Practitioner Certification at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN. With her team in gastroenterology, she specializes in treatment of various growths of the GI tract, from the stomach to small bowel to colon and rectum. The team evaluates and treats people for everything from screening procedures, treatment of advanced neoplasms, initial cancer diagnosis, recurrences, metastatic cancers and hereditary syndromes. A major part of her work is surveillance of GI hereditary syndromes, particularly FAP and Lynch syndrome, but also including Peutz Jeghers syndrome, juvenile polyposis syndrome and Cowden’s syndrome. While there are protocols for surveillance, each person is an individual with unique needs and goals, and her work is to keep their health optimized so they can live their lives as they wish. She believes the personal journey of going through colon cancer is profound, life changing, and can be strengthening when successful. Ms. Buehler strives to help cancer patients understand their diagnosis and continue life after treatment.
Nancy Butterfield, Colon Cancer Alliance
Nancy Butterfield is the Volunteer Engagement and Exhibit Coordinator at the Colon Cancer Alliance. She started at the Colon Cancer Alliance on the Helpline offering support to patients and has transitioned into coordinating volunteers for various events. She also coordinates the sales of the Colon Cancer Alliance’s Giant Inflatable Colon. With an extensive family history of colon cancer, Ms. Butterfield is passionate about her job. She has two children and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband. She bowls on a league and frequents baseball, basketball and football games with her family.
Andrea Clay, Colon Cancer Alliance
Andrea Clay first entered the colon cancer world when her husband was diagnosed with stage III rectal cancer in 2004. As her husband’s treatment was drawing to a close, she decided to volunteer with the Colon Cancer Alliance and the American Cancer Society as a colon cancer advocate. She officially became a member of the Colon Cancer Alliance family in 2006 and currently serves as the Director of Special Projects. She has been married for 25 years and lives in northern Virginia. Two lively teenage girls and two dogs keep Ms. Clay busy in her free time.
Cathee Connor, CLM, Cancer Support Community Greater Miami
Cathee Connor is an Alumnus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. and a native of Queens, New York. Ms. Connor moved to South Florida in 1984 to begin a new job and to build a new life. At age 35, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, changing the course of her life forever. Ms. Connor endured surgery, chemo, and constant fatigue, yet was determined to rise above her circumstances. She has received numerous awards and recognitions, and has been featured on television and radio stations both nationally and internationally. Connor is certified as an ACS Breast Health Instructor and Reach to Recovery (patient support) Trainer, Colorectal Cancer Community Health Worker, Healthy Steps/Lebed Method Instructor and Pilates Instructor. Ms. Connor is busy educating and spreading the word of prevention and wellness to those who want to improve their quality of life. Even with her sometimes hectic schedule – speaking/performing, teaching dance/fitness, support groups, committees, participating in walk-a-thons – she still finds time to enjoy visiting with family and friends, bible study and to do fun things, while she pursues living the best life yet.
Andrea Dwyer, University of Colorado Cancer Center Cancer Screening Program
Andrea (Andi) Dwyer serves as the Project Director for the Colorado Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN), jointly funded by CDC and NCI and is working in the area of dissemination and implementation research. Much of Ms. Dwyer’s work within the University of Colorado Cancer Center and Colorado School of Public Health CPCRN has focused on cancer survivorship. She also serves as a manager and key member of the team who developed and implemented the patient navigation component of the Colorado Colorectal Screening Program (CCSP), one of the largest screening and early detection navigation programs in the country. Ms. Dwyer has worked for nearly ten years in the area of colorectal cancer prevention and health promotion, striving to advance awareness of prevention and colorectal cancer. She is also an instructor and curriculum developer for the Colorado Patient Navigation Training and Behavioral Health at the Colorado School of Public Health. Ms. Dwyer serves as the Colorado Colorectal Task Force- Chair and the Board President of a Colorado non-profit, Sense of Security.
Kimberly Enoch, BS, MPH, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute
Kimberly Enoch’s responsibilities as Associate Director of Population Sciences and Cancer Control include program development, implementation and management and sustainability for cancer control and research programs specifically related to breast, cervical, colorectal and prostate cancer. Ms. Enoch also functions as Project Manager for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) MammoVan Mobile Mammography Program (MMP) and as Patient Navigator for the Colorectal Cancer Education and Screening Program. As the MMP Project Manager, Kimberly manages an on-site mammography program that travels Arkansas providing breast services for women in the 27 counties that lack access to FDA-approved mammography facilities. As a Colorectal Cancer Navigator, she provides awareness and navigation to promote colorectal cancer screenings in each public health region of the state. Her dedication to effective cancer prevention and control has been instilled through personal and professional experiences.
On three separate occasions, Ms. Enoch’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. So being her main caregiver, she was greatly impacted. This experience made her want to fight cancer beyond the personal level but on a professional one, as well.
In 2013, Ms. Enoch was honored by the American Cancer Society (ACS) in Central Arkansas as a Faces of Cancer – Fight Back honoree embracing the mission of ACS and acts as an advocate for cancer, awareness, prevention and research.
Shelley Fuld Nasso, MPP, National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
Shelley Fuld Nasso joined the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) in 2013 as Senior Director of Policy. NCCS advocates for quality cancer care for all people touched by cancer and provides tools that empower people to advocate for themselves. Ms. Nasso is responsible for the development and implementation of NCCS’ public policy initiatives. Prior to joining NCCS, she served in leadership roles at Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Having lost her best friend, Dr. Brent Whitworth, to renal cell carcinoma last year, she is passionate about advocating for cancer survivors and improving quality of care. Ms. Nasso earned her B.A. in from Rice University and Master of Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School and lives near Dallas, Texas with her husband and three sons.
Arthur Gettinger, SagePoint Financial, Inc.
Arthur Gettinger’s 18 years of experience encompasses investment advisory, financial services, and insurance. Mr. Gettinger graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics in 1995. He started his financial career in 1996 as a Registered Representative with Morgan Stanley and quickly moved up to Vice President. In 2004, he became a Registered Representative of AIG Financial Advisors which subsequently was renamed SagePoint Financial. Gettinger is currently a Branch Manager and Registered Principal at SagePoint Financial. He holds a series 4, 7, 24, 31, 63 and 65 securities license registrations and is registered in 26 different U.S. states and territories through SagePoint Financial.
Elizabeth Goll Lerner, LPC, ATR-BC, Inspired Choices
Elizabeth Goll Lerner, LPC, ATR-BC, founder of Inspired Choices, is a psychotherapist, life coach and art therapist specializing in private practice and group transformational workshops. In practice for over 30 years, Ms. Lerner’s specialty is working with the whole person — mind, body and spirit. Her program "The Healing Journey" helps people with long term healing issues bring their lives in to balance. She has been a consultant to the Life with Cancer Program and Smith Farm and helps people meet their full potential by helping them heal, get in touch with their heart's purpose and take action.
Martha Gonzalez, MA, Jay Weiss Institute for Health Equity at the University of Miami Sylvester Cancer Center
Martha Gonzalez joined the Jay Weiss Institute for Health Equity at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in January 2010. As a Senior Research Assistant, Ms. Gonzalez works closely with investigators who want to impact cancer health disparities and implement community based participatory research interventions in underserved communities. Ms. Gonzalez has over 10 years’ experience working on health communications, evaluation, social marketing, health promotion and outreach. In 2009, she led an effort to develop the Hialeah Community Advisory Board, a community-driven board that aims to develop and assess the cancer and health needs of the city with the largest percentage of Latinos in the United States.
Ms. Gonzalez has a master’s degree in Liberal Studies from the University of Miami, and previously worked as the Partnership Program Manager for the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service in Miami, whose mission is to disseminate and communicate the latest and most accurate cancer information in a language the public can understand. Her research experience includes cancer health disparities, dissemination and training of evidence-based interventions for public health practitioners, and community education and outreach to vulnerable populations. Her expertise includes project management, coalition building and networking, data collection and health communication and social marketing. She is fluent in Spanish.
Chiara Gospodinoff, Advocate
Chiara Gospodinoff was born in Argentina and has lived in Miami since 2002. When Ms. Gospodinoff was nine, her mother, Ana, was diagnosed with a "hopeless" case of metastatic breast cancer. Almost five years later, her mother is alive and doing well. While her mother was sick, Ms. Gospodinoff overtook the daily care of her younger siblings. She learned the importance of clear communication and positive thinking. Ms. Gospodinoff is a high school student enrolled in the biomedical magnet program at Terra Environmental Research Institute in Miami. When asked why she wanted to study at such a demanding program she answered, "I hate cancer and I want to do something about it." Chiara is a member of the Interact Club and enjoys volunteering for multiple community service projects.
Dr. Kristi Graves, PhD, Georgetown University Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
Dr. Kristi Graves received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and completed post-doctoral training at the University of Kentucky. She is an Assistant Professor of Oncology and in the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University. Dr. Graves has led projects that span the cancer control continuum, from cancer prevention and screening to quality of life interventions with cancer survivors and their caregivers. She collaborated on a project to provide colorectal cancer screening to uninsured and underinsured residents in the District of Columbia. Dr. Graves currently leads a project to investigate ways to inform people about genetic testing for genetic changes related to small increases in colorectal cancer risk. She will also soon lead a community-based participatory research project approved for PCORI funding to improve quality of life among Latina cancer survivors and their caregivers.
Jasmine Greenamyer, MPH, Colon Cancer Alliance
Jasmine Greenamyer is currently the Interim CEO of the Colon Cancer Alliance, a national patient advocacy organization located in Washington, DC. She has extensive experience in designing, implementing and evaluating public health campaigns and community engagement programs. She has worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Education, the National Institute for Drug Abuse, and the National Institute for Health and several corporate and community organizations. In addition, Ms. Greenamyer is a Board Member at the Ruesch Center for the Cure for Gastrointestinal Cancer at Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center and a Steering Committee Member of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable.
Ms. Greenamyer currently resides in Northern Virginia. She received a Bachelor of Art in Psychology from Michigan State University and a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Behavior and Health Promotion from the University of Michigan. In addition, she completed the Performance Management program at Harvard Business School.
Teri Griege, Survivor, Colon Cancer Patient Advocate
Teri Griege is mother, wife, multi-sport athlete and survivor. Two weeks after completing the Ironman Louisville in 2009, she was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer with metastases to her liver. She was not stopped by this diagnosis and continued to train for her dream: the Ironman Word Championship in Kona, Hawaii. With the help of her army of supporters known as Teri’s Troops, she trained for this grueling event while undergoing chemotherapy and crossed the finish line in Kona on October 8, 2011, at age 50. She continues to participate in endurance sporting events around the world and travels the country as an inspirational speaker, spreading the word and educating about colon cancer. Ms. Griege has been featured on NBC’s TODAY Show, as well as numerous news outlets in her hometown of St. Louis; national magazines including USA Triathlon, espnW; and has received awards and recognition for her outstanding achievements.
Stephanie Guiffre, MPA, Colon Cancer Alliance
Stephanie Guiffre is a seasoned professional with 20 years of health promotion and health education experience combined with corporate marketing and public relations expertise. For the past 15 years, Ms. Guiffre has devoted much of her work to colorectal cancer prevention, screening and treatment initiatives. Her passion for the cause lead her to conceive, develop and manage the National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month campaign, which was designated as an official month by the United States Congress in 2000. In this capacity, she built a coalition of 50 participating nonprofit and health-related organizations, and her success in this campaign earned her a Silver Anvil Award from the National Association of Business Communicators. In addition to managing the Colon Cancer Alliance’s national conference for the past two years, Ms. Guiffre developed, managed and executed the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s annual Dialogue for Action conference, a national professionals’ meeting that focuses on increasing cancer screening as part of a comprehensive cancer prevention strategy.
Ms. Guiffre currently lives in Fairfax Station, VA with her husband Michael and her three daughters, Megan (12), Mia (8) and Olivia (5). In addition to spending time with her family, Stephanie enjoys cooking, watersports, going to the beach and music.
Cynthia Dianne Heath, Survivor
In October 2007, at the peak of her career, as she was about to enter the highest level of senior leadership, Cynthia Heath was diagnosed at 45 years old with stage IV colon cancer with metastasis to her liver. She victoriously celebrated five years of survival last October 2012! Today, she celebrates two years in remission and credits her survival to her faith, family and caregiver support, nutrition and lifestyle adjustments.
Candace Henley, Survivor
Candace Henley was only 35 when she was diagnosed with stage II colon cancer. She was a mother of five children, a bus driver at the time and was suffering with female problems. After passing out at work, her diagnosis was attributed to an over active uterus and ovary issues. Both were removed and they thought this took care of the problem. It wasn’t until a few months later after a trip to the emergency room for a bad case of acid reflux that she was diagnosed with colon cancer. She had her large intestine removed and a resection to the small intestine.
It’s been nine years since her diagnosis. Today Ms. Henley enjoys a full life with her children and grandson. In addition to being an ambassador for the Colon Cancer Alliance and Right Scan Right Time, she is a 2010 Colandar model, a lobbyist for One Voice Against Cancer, a volunteer for the Cancer Legal Resource Center, and an Army Delegate in 2006 and 2008 for the Livestrong Foundation Summit. She was instrumental in organizing Blue Hat Sunday, including two churches with over 100 parishioners wearing a fashionable hat to educate the public about colon cancer.
Ms. Henley is currently pursuing her degree in Healthcare Administration at National Louis University with a concentration in Public Policy. She will continue her efforts in advocacy and lobbying for fair and equal treatment on behalf of all cancer patients, including those who are economically disadvantaged, uninsured and under-insured.
Dr. Alfredo J. Hernandez, MD
Dr. Alfredo J. Hernandez received his undergraduate degree at Florida International University and received his medical degree with honors from University of Miami School of Medicine. He completed an Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Miami and Jackson Memorial Hospital and was Chief Resident during his residency. Dr. Hernandez completed his Fellowship at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and Digestive Health Center of Excellence. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology/Liver Diseases.
Dr. Whitney Jones, MD, Colon Cancer Prevention Project
Dr. Whitney Jones is the founder of the Colon Cancer Prevention Project and a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Louisville. In 2000, he formed Midwest Gastroenterology Associates where he is currently a practicing physician. Seeing so many patients die from colon cancer, a highly preventable disease, led Dr. Jones to found the Colon Cancer Prevention Project, an independent nonprofit dedicated to increasing colon cancer screening rates in Kentucky and surrounding communities. Since 2004, he has been a steadfast advocate for colon cancer prevention and screening, traveling to speak to groups ranging from healthcare professionals to cattleman’s associations. In March 2011, his tireless advocacy efforts were recognized nationally by the Prevent Cancer Foundation in Baltimore with one of three prestigious Cancer Prevention Laurel awards. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Dr. Jones graduated with honors and a B.A. in psychology from the University of Louisville, after which he attended the University of Louisville School of Medicine.
Larry Kessel, Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Larry Kessel is the Executive Chef and Director of Culinary Services at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Philadelphia. Mr. Kessel has over 20 years of experience in the culinary industry, studying at the Culinary Institute of America and participating in several leadership programs at Harvard University before moving on to train under the direction of Chef Charles Palmer of Aureole in New York City, NY.
Mr. Kessel has since served as owner and executive chef of Atara Bistro & Wine Bar in Boston, MA and executive chef at several esteemed schools in the Greater New England area including Harvard University and Wellesley College. He is a member of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) and has received several Silver and Gold awards from the organization.
Eva LaManna, Esq., Cancer and Careers, CEW Foundation
Eva LaManna is a Manager of Programs at Cancer and Careers (CAC). In this role she coordinates events, planning, and outreach, and implements new programs as they arise. This includes the management of the National Conference on Work and Cancer, representing CAC at national conferences and seminars, and delivering trainings and presentations on CAC content. Outside of CAC, she has worked with nonprofits including AIDS Athens, Animal Legal Defense Fund, and the Center for HIV Law and Policy. Eva received a BS in Journalism from the University of Florida and a JD from the University of Georgia School of Law.
Rosanna Lamarche, Cancer Support Community
Rosanna Lamarche is a Zumba® instructor licensed to teach several modalities of this exciting dance-fitness program that involves elements of martial arts and aerobic exercise, in combination with hip-hop, salsa, merengue, and manbo movements, among others. Ms. Lamarche is licensed to teach Zumba® Toning, Zumba® Gold and Zumba® Kids, to name a few. She is a native of Santo Domingo where, as told by her family, she enjoyed the sound of music since she sat on her mother's lap. Now, as a professional dancer, she brings the same passion for music and rhythm to her classes and her students. At the Cancer Support Community Greater Miami, Ms. Lamarche teaches a weekly Zumba® Gold class to cancer patients/survivors and their caregivers. The class focuses on regaining muscle strength, and improving posture and coordination. Her dynamic attitude and zest for life bring a ray of sunshine to the cancer patients/survivors and their caregivers in her class, often making the class the highlight of their week.
Alpha Lillstrom, JD, MA, Cancer Support Community
Prior to joining Cancer Support Community, Alpha Lillstrom served as Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel for Health and Judiciary Issues for Senator Jon Tester (Montana). In this position, she advised Senator Tester throughout the landmark debate and passage of the Affordable Care Act and served as the primary point of contact for patient advocates, stakeholders and administrators on both the state and national levels. As a young breast cancer survivor, Ms. Lillstrom also brings a strong personal perspective to the Cancer Support Community.
Brian Mansfield, USA Today
Brian Mansfield has worked as USA Today’s Nashville correspondent, covering music and entertainment, since 1997. In 2012, at age 48, he was diagnosed with both colon cancer and Lynch Syndrome, a genetic mutation that exponentially increases the likelihood of developing colorectal and other cancers. He wrote a 16-week online column, “My Semicolon Life,” that chronicled his diagnosis, surgery and recovery, culminating in a Life-section cover story in the paper.
In addition to writing for USA TODAY, Mr. Mansfield produces the syndicated America’s Opry Weekend radio show and the live Opry Country Classics for the Grand Ole Opry. He also served on the Country Music Association’s board of directors for four years.
Mr. Mansfield lives in Nashville with his wife and four children, each of whom has a 50-50 chance of having Lynch Syndrome. He's also the first person Taylor Swift followed on Twitter.
Ashwin Mehta, MD, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
Dr. Ashwin Mehta is the founding Medical Director of the Integrative Medicine Program at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. He graduated from St. George’s University School of Medicine, then did his medicine residency at the University of Florida and a sleep fellowship at the University of Miami. Currently, he is an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the University of Miami. He trained as a fellow in the Program of Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Sleep, Dr. Mehta is a member of the international Society for Integrative Oncology and applies integrative medicine modalities in his clinical practice. His expertise includes nutrition, exercise, sleep, yoga and mindfulness to achieve wellness in the context of coping with cancer treatments and prevention of recurrence. He is conducting research into how yoga, mindfulness, physical activity and nutritional interventions can improve quality of life in patients receiving treatment for cancer as well as during the survivorship period. He leads a team of experts in complementary techniques and has developed innovative and client-centered wellness programs aimed to enhance quality of life throughout the spectrum of cancer care. Dr. Mehta credits his Indian heritage for initially developing an interest in yoga, Ayurveda and meditation.
Dr. Jose Mendoza Silveiras, MD, PhD, National Research Institute
Dr. Mendoza Silveiras has more than 15 years of experience managing clinical studies around the world. Currently Dr. Mendoza is the Vice President of Clinical Operations for the National Research Institute (NRI) in California. Prior to joining NRI, Dr. Mendoza was appointed by the Food and Drug Administration to serve as a Patient Representative Consultant until 2017; in this capacity, Dr. Mendoza provides insights to the advisory committee and the FDA on issues, problems and questions pertinent to patients and evaluates risks-benefits of clinical research. From 2005 to 2011, Dr. Mendoza was a Clinical Operations Manager at Social & Scientific Systems and the Clinical Trials Director at the Naval Medical Research Center, where he was responsible for coordinating the execution of all infectious disease and vaccine clinical trials. He also worked at Care Resource in Miami in the Clinical Research Division in 2004. He received his medical degree with a specialty in general surgery and completed his medical residency in Infectious Diseases in Venezuela. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Clinical Research. He advises the Colon Cancer Alliance as the first Latino medical consultant and worked on developing a project initiating collaborations of organizations in Mexico, Central, South America and the Caribbean for the Global Colon Cancer Alliance. Dr. Mendoza has been a member of the Colon Cancer Alliance Medical Scientific Advisory Committee since its creation.
Jeannie Moore, Colon Cancer Alliance
Jeannie Moore is a proud co-founder of the Colon Cancer Alliance. Patient Support has been her passion since her mother's diagnoses in 1998. Ms. Moore has devoted her life's work to creating awareness about this disease and helping patients and their families navigate the scary world of colon cancer so that no one has to travel this path alone.
In her current role as the Patient Support Navigator, Ms. Moore assists with the Colon Cancer Alliance’s Buddy Program and online communities – her two favorite programs! She also volunteers and serves on the Board of the Colon Cancer Alliance Central Arizona Chapter, serves as their Patient Navigator and assists with the Colon Cancer Alliance Phoenix Undy 5000 5K Run/Walk.
Ms. Moore is married to her husband of 25 years, Ken, and has two sons, Daniel and Scotty. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. Her mother recently celebrated her 84th birthday and is a 15-year survivor of stage III colon cancer.
Dorothy Parker (BS, MS), Jay Weiss Institute for Health Equity, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami (UM)
From 2000-2003, Dorothy Parker was the Director of a CDC-funded program at the University of Miami that established four regional cancer control collaboratives in Florida. Since 2003, she has managed a program that promotes and provides research services for community-based and community-engaged studies to reduce cancer disparities in South Florida. Before coming to Miami, Ms. Parker was the Director of the Florida Cancer Control and Research Advisory Council at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. Ms. Parker received her master’s degree in community health planning from The Johns Hopkins University in 1977, and her bachelors’ degree from Boston University in 1974.
Martha Raymond, MA, Colon Cancer Alliance
Martha Raymond is the Patient Support and Outreach Director at the Colon Cancer Alliance. Ms. Raymond holds advanced certifications in Hospice and Palliative Care, Gerontology and Patient Navigation. She was appointed to the NYS Cancer Detection and Education Program Advisory Council by the NYS Commissioner of Health and is also a member of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) and the New York Citywide Cancer Control Coalition (C5). She is a frequent speaker with many organizations including the Medical Society of the State of New York, the Alliance for Safe Biologics and the Biotechnology Association. Prior to joining the Colon Cancer Alliance staff in 2011, Ms. Raymond enjoyed a rewarding career as a teacher with the New York State Public and Parochial School systems.
Nancy Roach, Fight Colorectal Cancer
Nancy Roach founded Fight Colorectal Cancer in 2005, nine years after her mother-in-law was diagnosed with colorectal cancer, to provide focus, infrastructure and support for colorectal cancer survivors, caregivers and those touched by the disease. Ms. Roach serves on multiple National Cancer Institute advisory and research committees. She is on the Executive Committee on the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative, an FDA-Duke public-private partnership and serves on the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program Integration Panel. She has received the Colon Cancer Alliance Sapphire Visionary Award and the NCI Director’s Service Award in recognition of her efforts for patients.
Dr. Andrew Sable, MD
Dr. Andrew Sable received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He completed an Internal Medicine Internship and Residency at the University of Miami School of Medicine. He also completed his Fellowship in Gastroenterology at the University of Miami, where he was Chief Fellow. Dr. Sable is Board Certified.
Kris Saim, Survivor
Kris Saim is a seasoned technology and social media professional with more than 10 years of industry experience. As the Director of Client Services at PlattForm, Kansas City's largest advertising agency, Mr. Saim leads a diverse team of individuals while providing strategic direction for and building rapport with clients. During September 2012, he was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer. During March 2013, TeamKris raised more than $10,000 for colon cancer awareness, more than $5,000 of which was directly attributed to his Dress in Blue Day fundraising efforts, benefitting the Colon Cancer Alliance. Twelve chemo treatments and two surgeries later, he has almost won his battle. To learn about Kris, follow him on Instagram or Twitter @ksaim.
Nicole Sheahan, Colon Cancer Alliance
Nicole Sheahan is the Corporate Outreach and Fundraising Director for the Colon Cancer Alliance. With a passion to raise funds and awareness for cancer organizations, she became actively involved in grassroots fundraising and advocacy in 1990. Ms. Sheahan has been a fundraising professional at non-profits for fifteen years. She has lectured on fundraising, including a series on corporate sponsorship in non-profit management and fundraising courses at a number of higher education institutions. She is an active member of the Association for Fundraising Professionals and lives in Washington, D.C.
Margaret-Ann Simonetta, Advocate
Margaret-Ann Simonetta is a Production Assistant at FOX 5 News in New York City. She studied Broadcast Journalism at New York University and at The New York Film Academy. While in college, Ms. Simonetta completed internships for “Good Day New York” FOX 5 and for News 12 Long Island. As a colon cancer advocate, Ms. Simonetta works with many organizations to help raise awareness and education, including the Colon Cancer Alliance, the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation and the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health.
Dinah Trevil, MPH, Jay Weiss Institute for Health Equity at the University of Miami Sylvester Cancer Center
Dinah Trevil is currently a Research Associate with Jay Weiss Institute for Health Equity at the UM Sylvester Cancer Center. She also serves as a Community Health Educator for the South Florida Center for Reducing Cancer Disparities (SUCCESS) and the FIT for Life Colorectal Cancer Project. She has been with the University of Miami since 2006. Prior to working as a Research Associate she was employed with the Pediatric Mobile Clinic where she served as the Clinical Program Coordinator for five years. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Miami and her master’s degree in Public Health with a focus in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention from Florida International University. Her experience is in project management of community-based public health programs, community networking, program planning and data collection. She is also fluent in Spanish and Kreyol.
Antonio Ucar, MD, Advanced Medical Specialties
Dr. Antonio Ucar is an internationally known and certified physician with specialties in Medical Oncology and Hematology. Dr. Ucar attended the University of Panama School of Medicine with residence at Santo Tomas Hospital in Panama. He completed his residency at University of Miami-Jackson and Memorial Hospital in Miami. Dr. Ucar has fellowships in Hematology from University of Miami-Jackson and Memorial Hospital in Miami. He also has oncology fellowships at University of Miami-Jackson and Memorial Hospital in Miami. Dr. Ucar has board certifications in Medical Oncology and Hematology. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society, Florida Chapter.
Dr. Steven Wagner, MD, Cancer Treatment Centers of America
For three consecutive years (2011-2013), Dr. Steven Wagner was recognized as a “Top Doctor” in Vascular & Interventional Radiology by Philadelphia Magazine. He earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA, and is board certified in Diagnostic Radiology; Vascular and Interventional Radiology. His areas of expertise include interventional oncology, peripheral arterial disease, venous disease and musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal and pulmonary interventions, and a variety of interventional cancer therapies. Dr. Wagner has extensive experience in tumor ablation, embolization and Y90 SIRspheres. He is also the first physician in the Philadelphia region to perform the NanoKnife procedure, an emerging interventional procedure that may potentially offer treatment to some complex and hard-to-reach tumors.
Dr. Leana Wen, MD, MSc, George Washington University
Dr. Leana Wen is an emergency physician and Director of Patient-Centered Care Research at George Washington University. She is a former Rhodes Scholar and received her training at the University of Oxford and Brigham & Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, where she was also a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School. Inspired by her own childhood illness and then her mother's long battle with cancer, Dr. Wen is passionate about guiding patients to advocate for better care. She has been featured in TIME, Newsweek, ABC News, NPR, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, The New York Times, Washington Post, Teen Vogue, and the award-winning HBO documentary Reporter. Dr. Wen speaks regularly across the U.S. and internationally on patient-physician communication, patient safety, and her new book: When Doctors Don’t Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests. Follow @DrLeanaWen to learn more.
Matthew Zachary, Stupid Cancer
Matthew Zachary was a 21-year-old college senior and concert pianist when a diagnosis of brain cancer crippled his left hand, ending his career aspirations and thrusting him into an unknown world with a grim prognosis for survival. Eleven years later, he founded Stupid Cancer, a nonprofit social bullhorn, to raise awareness for his own generation of young adults, a largely unknown group in the war on cancer who account for 72,000 new diagnoses each year. Today, Stupid Cancer has fostered a global social movement through its award-winning click-and-mortar programs and united several industries to address the underserved needs of this age group. For more information, visit StupidCancer.org. Mr. Zachary has a BA in Music, Computer Science and Sociology from Binghamton University and currently lives with his wife and twins in Brooklyn, NY.
JoAnna Zammiello, MS, RD, CNSC, LDN, Cancer Treatment Centers of America
JoAnna Zammiello is a licensed, registered dietitian dedicated to helping patients prevent or reverse malnutrition, tolerate treatment without interruptions and maintain optimal nutrition during and after cancer treatment.
In her role at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), Ms. Zammiello works specifically with hematological malignancy and those patients who have received stem cell transplants. She works to minimize treatment side effects while also providing her patients with the nourishment they need to heal. She collaborates regularly with other members of her team as well as CTCA doctors, practitioners, and staff members who directly care for patients. Together, they provide nutrition support and counseling to patients using a proactive approach. Since joining CTCA, she has worked to develop a nutrition clinic in the radiation department, and has spearheaded the use of new food service software to establish an optimal culinary plan for her patients.
Ms. Zammiello earned a Master's degree in the science of nutrition from The State University of New York College at Oneonta NY in 2009. She is a member of the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. She is also licensed with the national credentials in metabolic nutrition support.