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The Alliance welcomes new staff

The Alliance has recently filled important positions that will help us more effectively achieve our mission of ending this disease within our lifetime.


Scott Wise

Scott Wise started at the Alliance on August 6 as our vice president of technology. Scott will be instrumental as we launch new, more user friendly, software to help organize and run our events, community, and development efforts. He brings 19 years of experience in IT, including 15 years at the American Society of Clinical Oncology and two years at the American Association for Clinical Chemistry. Outside of work, Scott is a youth baseball and basketball coach, as well as a big fan of Washington, DC, sports teams. He’s also a home brewer.

Moira Kennedy


Moira Kennedy started with the Alliance as our development associate on August 28. Moira is a member of the individual giving team and leads acknowledgments, matching gifts, and workplace giving, among other roles. Moira, a Chicago native, is a recent graduate of Dominican University, where she double-majored in business marketing and apparel merchandising. During college she interned with a Chicago-based homeless foundation and the National Museum of American History. In her free time, she loves traveling, binge watching any reality TV show on Bravo, and trying new fitness classes.


Tamala Scott

Tamala Scott joined the Alliance on September 11 as our director of individual giving. Tamala will lead the individual giving team’s many initiatives, including Dress in Blue Day, Blue Star Tributes, planned giving, and Facebook fundraises, to name a few. As a graduate of Temple University, Tamala’s love of philanthropy began to thrive during her early college years as a leader of several fundraising events on my campus and in the local surrounding community. Outside of fundraising, Tamala is a huge Philadelphia Eagles fan and loves to read, cook, travel, and volunteer at her church.


Danielle Peterson

Danielle Peterson joined the Alliances on October 8 as a social worker and patient and family support navigator. Danielle’s experiences as a social worker expands the Alliance’s abilities to assist allies seeking help. Danielle brings more than ten years of clinical experience as a social worker, with the last five dedicated to oncology social work. Danielle’s professional focus has been on the psychosocial adjustment to a cancer diagnosis for both the individual and their loved ones. In her spare time, Danielle knits socks, sweaters, blankets, and more—a form of self-care and creative expression.  


Heather Myklegard

Heather Myklegard began her tenure at the Alliance on October 15 as our assistant director of social media. Social media is a critical element in effective communications, and Heather will lead and build our social media efforts across all departments and initiatives.  Heather started her career in non-profits and brings 10 years of professional experience in digital marketing to the team. She also has an extensive background in health promotion and wellness. When she’s not working, Heather is a mom to three boys and enjoys traveling, watching football, and having living room dance parties.

In case you missed them, other recent new faces include:

Dr. Ronit Yarden joined as our director of medical affairs.

Wendy Nickel joined as our vice president of prevention.


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