I have not personally had a cancer experience, but I’ve seen family members suffer from this disease.
Professional Background and Education
I’ve worked at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, raising philanthropic donations in support of cancer research, education and care, for the last seven years. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics from Mississippi State University, and raised money for political campaigns prior to coming to work at the cancer center.
Additional Community Affiliations and Memberships
Member of the National Association of Cancer Center Development Officers
Why I Became an Advocate
Within my job I often encounter scientists and physicians who devote their professional lives to improving cancer care and outcomes. Five years ago when this group was founded it was a result of those scientists and physicians at Lombardi realizing the great need to invite patients in to their research process, to produce studies that more directly address patients’ needs and reflect their voices. I was able to assist in the founding of this advocate group and have watched it grow into a phenomenal group of women committed to helping future breast cancer patients, and I am happy to be associated with them.
Specialized Advocacy Training and Advocacy Interests
Susan G. Komen for the Cure grant-writing work shop; Regular contributor to Georgetown Medicine magazine
American Association for Cancer Research, 2015 Annual Meeting – The Role of Patient Advocates in Breast Cancer Research at Georgetown-Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center (poster)
San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, 2015 – Patient Advocates as Partners in Breast Cancer Research at Georgetown-Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center (poster)
American Association for Cancer Research, 2016 Annual Meeting – Energizing and Educating to Bridge the Scientist-Patient Advocate Gap (poster)