American Cancer Society

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The American Cancer Society is a nationwide voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer.

Karen E. Knudsen
Chief Executive Officer
Karen E. Knudsen
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Lisa Lacasse
President, ACS CAN
Timothy Phillips
Chief Legal and Risk Officer
William G. Cance
Chief Medical and Scientific Officer
Michael L. Neal
Chief of Organizational Advancement
Wayne White
EVP, North Central Region
Anthony Marino
EVP, Northeast Region
Brant Woodward
Sr. Executive Vice President, Field Operations
David Benson
EVP, North Region
Carolyn Williams-Goldman
Interim EVP, West Region
Jeff Klaas
EVP, West Region
Tawana Thomas Johnson
SVP and Chief Diversity Officer
Michael Reich
SVP, Communications and Marketing
Dru Rai
Chief Information Officer

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American Cancer Society Names Dr. Karen Knudsen as its Next CEO

American Cancer Society Names Dr. Karen Knudsen as its Next CEO

Karen E. Knudsen, MBA, Ph.D., will be the next chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society (ACS) and its advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), starting June 1, 2021. She will take the reins from the retiring Gary Reedy, who has served as both organizations' CEO since 2015. The hiring of a female CEO signals a new era for the 107-year-old American Cancer Society, where all of its past top leaders were men, even though its Women's Field Army was credited for building what became the modern American Cancer Society. Knudsen will also be the first scientific and oncology researcher to serve in the top staff position in the modern era. Knudsen currently serves as executive vice president of Oncology Services and enterprise director for Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Health, one of only 71 National Cancer Institute-Designated Cancer Centers recognized for its research and impact on cancer outcomes. She also holds leadership roles with some of the most important cancer entities in the nation. She is the president of the Association of American Cancer Institutes, where her platform has focused on diversity, equity and inclusion, and serves on the board of directors for the American Association of Cancer Research and the board of advisors for the National Cancer Institute. She is active in committees for the American Society for Clinical Oncology, in addition to serving on other academic and for-profit advisory boards. Knudsen holds a bachelor's degree in biology from the George Washington University; a Ph.D. in biological sciences from the University of California San Diego; and an MBA from Temple University Fox School of Business. "Dr. Knudsen is exactly what the American Cancer Society needs right now," said John Alfonso, CPA, chair of the American Cancer Society Board of Directors. "She is an accomplished researcher, innovative healthcare executive, dynamic leader of a prestigious cancer center, and true thought leader in the fight against cancer nationwide." Knudsen expects to spend a great deal of time initially listening to and learning from the American Cancer Society's various stakeholders, but she's also eager to work with volunteers and staff to shape the vision and deliver tangible results. "As director of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Health, I've experienced firsthand how the American Cancer Society improves the lives of cancer patients and their families through discovery, advocacy, and direct patient support," Knudsen said. "I share the Board of Directors' vision to ensure that ACS's impact benefits all people throughout the nation. With creativity, innovation, and novel partnerships, we will accelerate the mission and save lives." Knudsen will also serve as CEO of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, which advocates for evidence-based public policy change to make cancer a top nationwide priority. As an NCI-funded researcher and the head of a major cancer research institution, she knows firsthand the critical role government plays in saving more lives from cancer. The Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI), for which Knudsen currently serves as president, is also an important voice in advocating for funding for cancer research and access to care, including patient access to research innovations. AACI is a member of the One Voice Against Cancer Coalition, which was founded by ACS CAN in 2000 to bring public health organizations together to advocate for greater federal investments in cancer research.

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American Cancer Society Announces 2021 Ohio/ West Virginia/ Northern Kentucky Area Board

American Cancer Society Announces 2021 Ohio/ West Virginia/ Northern Kentucky Area Board

CLEVELAND, March 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a global grassroots force of nearly 2 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer. Those essential volunteers also include the 30 Ohio/ West Virginia/ Northern Kentucky American Cancer Society Area Board Members. The experience these community members and business leaders bring to the ACS board is vital to furthering the American Cancer Society's mission. To learn more, visit cancer.org. Kris Kipp – ACS Area Board Chair Executive Director, Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Officer The Ohio State University James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute Jerry Kysela – ACS Area Board Vice Chair Senior Managing Director – Executive Chairman Aon Jeanette Altenau – ACS Area Board Vice Chair Director of Community Relations & Government Affairs, TriHealth David Arends – Chairman & CEO, CR Architecture & Design Carrie Beckman - Associate Chief Nursing Officer, The Christ Hospital Kathleen Bond - ACS Volunteer Jennifer Carlson - Associate Vice President, External Relations & Advocacy, OSU Wexner Medical Center Gary Carr - Vice President of Sales, Total Quality Logistics Phillip Ciano - Partner, Ciano & Goldwasser LLP Gary Connelly - General Counsel, Geon Performance Solutions Richard Crepage, Ed. D. - ACS Volunteer Taylor Davis - VP Real Estate and Originations, GBX Group Marc DeLorenzo - SVP Strategic Sourcing, Cardinal Health Don DePerro - President & CEO, Columbus Chamber of Commerce David Drechsler - Member, McDonald Hopkins LLC Dr. Praveen Dubey - Vice President, Medical Director, Cancer Services OhioHealth Missy Duggan - Multi-National Account Manager, Delta Air Lines Dr. Douglas Flora - Executive Medical Director, St. Elizabeth Cancer Center Susan Hirth - ACS Volunteer Daniel Hopgood - SVP and Controller, Eaton Harsha Kapur - Executive Vice President & Head of Business Risk & Controls and Shared Services, KeyBank Dr. Benjamin Li - Director, Cancer Center MetroHealth Hospital Nader Masadeh - President & CEO, Buffalo Wings & Rings Ted McQuade - Managing Partner, Franklin Street Advisors Alicia Miller - Managing Director, Catalyst Insight Group T.J. Monico - Managing Director, KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc. Tanner Murphy – Manager, Audit & Assurance, Deloitte & Touche LLP Jennifer Newman - Vice President, Wealth Management Advisor, Merrill Lynch Natoya J. Walker-Minor – Deputy General Manager, Administration and External Affairs, Greater Cleveland RTA Carole Weimer - ACS Volunteer Media contact: Mary.Wilson@cancer.org SOURCE American Cancer Society Ohio, West Virginia, Northern Kentucky

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Ellen McElligott joins American Cancer Society as Senior Director

Ellen McElligott joins American Cancer Society as Senior Director

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has hired Ellen McElligott to help lead its North Central Region as Senior Director, Corporate Relations & Account Operations. She will be based in Chicago and report to Vice President, Regional Distinguished Partners Peter Steele. "Passion, energy, and inspired leadership describe Ellen most accurately," said Mr. Steele. "She's clearly demonstrated in her career that she understands what it takes to change a community and how to lead the charge for genuine impact. The American Cancer Society is thrilled to continue to level up its impact under her leadership." Ms. McElligott has a decade’s worth of experience managing corporate partnerships and philanthropic relationships. She is a Navy veteran, with a deeply personal motivation for joining the ACS. "Joining the American Cancer Society is a calling," said Ms. McElligott. "I wanted to be part of this team that's attacking cancer from every angle. I lost my five year old cousin to Neuroblastoma in 2004. Not a single day goes by without thinking of him. I want to ensure that no other family ever has to go through what we did. Every minute, we're closer to a cure, and I'm incredibly excited to raise funds that are critical to our success. We've all been touched by cancer, and we're in this fight together."

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