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Colon Cancer Alliance Announces New Appointments to Board of Directors

The Colon Cancer Alliance is thrilled to announce the addition of two new members to the Board of Directors, David Schoeman, Senior Partner in the New York Office of McKinsey & Company, and Lee Dranikoff, Managing Director at American Studies. Both members have a personal understanding of colorectal cancer and its impact, which deepens their commitment to helping others affected and to one day finding a cure.

“It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome our newest board members. Both David and Lee embody the essence of leadership and bring strong direction and positive energy to the table,” Michael Sapienza, CEO.

Lee Dranikoff, JD – Lee joined American Securities in 2003. He manages the overall deployment of the functional experts within the Resources Group and directly leads the in-house Strategy Team in the U.S. In this capacity, Lee directs the Resources Group support of due diligence on prospective investments, as well as the extensive Shared Vision process that is used at all portfolio companies. Prior to McKinsey, Lee worked as an attorney at Weil, Gotshal & Manges. Lee received a BA and an MA in Economics from Johns Hopkins University and a JD from Harvard Law School.

David Schoeman, MBA – David is a Senior Partner in the New York Office of McKinsey & Company where he servers Private Equity firms and their portfolio companies, Banks and Insurance carriers. Prior to joining McKinsey, David was a systems developer at Morgan Stanley supporting the Prime Brokerage, Clearing, and Custody businesses David received an MBA from Columbia Business School and BA in Economics and History from Northwestern University. He is a published writer on bank economics and school finance reform.

“The Colon Cancer Alliance is working tirelessly to extend its reach into the colorectal cancer community. By engaging new board leaders to uphold and encompass our mission, we are on the best path forward with the addition of Lee Dranikoff and David Shoeman,” Michael Sapienza, CEO.

About the Colon Cancer Alliance

The Colon Cancer Alliance is a national nonprofit committed to ending colon cancer within our lifetime. Working with our nation of passionate advocates, we are empowered to support the needs of patients and survivors, eager to raise awareness of preventative screening, and poised to help fund critical research. To learn more visit https://www.ccalliance.org/

Colon Cancer Alliance Announces New Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Board

Colon Cancer Alliance announced today the appointment of John Backus as the new Chairman of its Board and of Carmen Marc Valvo as Vice Chairman.

“It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome and congratulate the newly appointed Chairman, John Backus, our Vice Chair, Carmen Marc Valvo and our brand new members, David Schoeman and Lee Dranikoff. The accomplishments of these remarkable leaders cannot be overstated and, on behalf of the entire Colon Cancer Alliance, I am thrilled to welcome them in their new roles.”

-Michael Sapienza
CEO

John Backus
Chairman of the Board of Directors

Based in the national capital region, John is a seasoned technology investor and entrepreneur with over two decades of experience investing in and managing rapidly growing companies. Before becoming a venture capitalist, he co-founded US Order, which revolutionized online banking, went public in 1995 and was sold to Visa. . John holds a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

“John Backus has a prominent background as a value creator and we are thrilled to have his leadership and governance,” Michael Sapienza, CEO. “We are truly well positioned to enter the next phase of our development and it is with gratitude and admiration that I welcome him as the new Chairman.”

Carmen Marc Valvo
Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors

Carmen Marc Valvo, an American fashion designer, has used his designs as a platform to raise awareness about colon cancer all over the US. Carmen is an Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) Ambassador and has appeared in a PSA with Vanessa Williams for the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance (NCCRA).  As a colon cancer survivor, Carmen Marc Valvo has been working with Katie Couric since 2004 when she partnered with the organizers of New York Fashion Week. Carmen has been honored by numerous organizations including Gilda’s Club World Wide, the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, the American Cancer Society, and the Colon Cancer Alliance.

“Carmen Marc Valvo has a contagious energy that is both inspiring and influential to the colorectal cancer community,” Michael Sapienza, CEO. “His ability to connect, resonate, and lead patients, survivors & families, and the entire Colon Cancer Alliance organization is unsurpassable.”

The Colon Cancer Alliance would also like to thank Joe Frick for his time as the past board Chairman. “Joe has been a tremendous board chair, guiding CCA through many challenges and new opportunities. I’m personally grateful for his guidance and continued support,” Michael Sapienza, CEO.

About the Colon Cancer Alliance

The Colon Cancer Alliance is a national nonprofit committed to ending colon cancer within our lifetime. Working with our nation of passionate advocates, we are empowered to support the needs of patients and survivors, eager to raise awareness of preventative screening, and poised to help fund critical research. We are fiercely determined to end colon cancer once and for all. www.ccalliance.org