Board of Directors & Staff

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It takes an army to lead colorectal cancer advocacy. Meet those who take charge for us at Fight Colorectal Cancer.

Meet the Staff

Past Leaders at Fight Colorectal Cancer

Board of Directors


Nancy Roach, Chair

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A cancer survivor and advocate, Nancy knows how to make a difference. Nancy has been involved with the colorectal cancer community since 1996 when her mother-in-law was diagnosed with rectal cancer, and was a co-founder of the Colon Cancer Alliance in 1999. She works with the gastrointestinal research community, government agencies, elected officials and corporations, always pushing on behalf of people touched by colorectal cancer. She is affiliated with the National Cancer Institute Clinical Trials Working Group GI Steering Committee and SPORE program, serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for StandUp To Cancer along with the editorial board of the American Association of Cancer Research’s consumer magazine. She founded Fight Colorectal Cancer in 2005 in order to provide focus, infrastructure and support to the growing colorectal cancer advocacy movement.


Alan Balch, Ph.D.

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Alan is the newly appointed CEO of the Patient Advocate Foundation and National Patient Advocate Foundation, national non-profit organizations providing the patient voice in improving access to, and reimbursement for, high-quality healthcare through regulatory and legislative reform at the state and federal levels. Prior to this, Alan was the Vice President of the Preventive Health Partnership, a coalition effort of the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association. Alan became involved with public health advocacy after losing his grandmother to colorectal cancer in 2003.


Gordon Cole

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Gordon was a healthy 54-year-old with no symptoms when he was diagnosed with stage IV colorectal cancer in 2003. The Greensboro, NC commercial real estate appraiser (semi-retired) puts a large portion of his time into helping newly diagnosed patients navigate through the maze of difficulties and roadblocks often found when fighting this disease. He is also involved in fundraising for colorectal cancer research.
Gordon has been involved in Fight Colorectal Cancer’s Call-on Congress since 2007, and is also active with the North Carolina Comprehensive Cancer Program’s Survivorship Workgroup and other local survivor-related organizations.


Hélène Byrnes

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Hélène Byrnes became involved with Fight Colorectal Cancer after her dearest friend Andrea Kramer was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. Hélène wanted to support her efforts in raising money for research through the Lisa Fund. She enjoys volunteering with organizations that directly impact her friends, family and community. Whether it be through the Rye (NY) Youth Council, sports clubs or schools, she tries to make a difference and raise money too.

Hélène also is involved with the American Cancer Society through their Diamond Luncheon. She serves on the board of the Woman’s Club of Rye, NY.


Andrea Kramer, Secretary

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Diagnosed with stage III colorectal cancer in 2007 at the age of 47, Andrea became involved with Fight Colorectal Cancer through her interest in supporting research for late stage disease and is committed to growing Fight CRC’s Lisa Fund. Additionally, Andrea volunteers as an American Cancer Society patient navigator and a Road to Recovery driver.

Andrea also serves on the board of directors of the Cleveland Clinic’s Digestive Disease Institute. Andrea lives in Rye, NY with her husband Rob and children, Drew and Randi.


Indran Indrakrishnan, MD, FRCP (London), FRCP(C), FACP, FACG

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Dr. Indran Krishnan is a board certified gastroenterologist practicing in Lawrenceville, Georgia and a clinical professor of medicine at Emory University Medical School in Atlanta. He developed a special passion for colorectal cancer prevention after becoming close with some of his patients. He is a founding member of the Georgia Colon Cancer Coalition which focused on raising awareness for colorectal cancer prevention. He also had been part of the Colorectal Cancer Prevention Task Force for the Georgia Department of Community Health. He is the Past President & currently on the board of directors of the Georgia Gastroenterological and Endoscopic Society.

Indran is an active member of Medical Association of Georgia and has served on several committees, including the Colorectal Cancer Physician Advisory Committee, the House of Delegates, the Council on Legislation and Georgia Physicians Leadership Academy. He is a questions author and relevance reviewer for the Gastroenterology Examination Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine.


Dana Rye, Treasurer

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Dana, a college athlete with no family history of the disease, was diagnosed with stage II colon cancer at age 24 in 2009. Since then, Dana has led fundraising and advocacy efforts for Fight Colorectal Cancer and attended Call-on Congress.

She is especially interested in the increasing rate of colon cancer diagnoses in younger patients. Dana lives in Manhattan and works as a high yield bond analyst at Credit Suisse, covering the healthcare and utility industries.


David Wicks, Vice Chair

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Since 1999, David Wicks has served a variety of increased roles and responsibilities in NASDAQ’s Global Corporate Client Group based in N.Y. David currently is Vice President of the NASDAQ MarketSite, Global programs and events – and products and strategy.

In this role, David manages all aspects of NASDAQ’s Times Square facility – including the NASDAQ Tower – one of the largest stationary video screens in the world. He also oversees all global events for the Global Corporate Client Group and manages the Market Intelligence Desk “MID”, and NASDAQ affinity program. He has spent over 20 years in the securities industry in a variety of analytical, marketing and sales roles. In 2012, David lost his father to colorectal cancer.


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Anjee Davis, President

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Anjelica (“Anjee”) Davis joined Fight Colorectal Cancer in December 2011.  She came from the University of South Carolina’s Center for Colon Cancer Research, managing the development and implementation of community-based colorectal cancer programs supporting screening, education and awareness activities. Prior to that,  in 2002, she was hired by a private oncology clinic to oversee clinical trials and recruitment.   Ms. Davis brings a unique understanding of cancer research as well as clinical systems. She has a bachelor’s degree from Southwest Missouri State and a Master of Public Policy Administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  Ms. Davis is chair of the Blue Star committee for the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT), past member of the steering committee (2009-2012). She is an active member of the Cancer Leadership Council, Research!America, One Voice Against Cancer (OVAC) and the South Carolina Gastroenterology Association. Her awareness activities have been recognized by the Printing Industry of the Carolinas, Inc. for graphic communication excellence. In 2011 and 2013, her work was recognized by the NCCRT’s Blue Star Challenge.  In 2011, she was awarded the Betty Anne Moore Community Leadership award for her impact in leading statewide screening and awareness efforts in South Carolina.  Advocating for better policies, access to prevention and treatment options for patients is an effort she is passionate about.  She resides in Charleston, SC with her husband and son.


Michael Sola, Executive Vice President

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Michael, a graduate of the State University of New York at Delhi, is a more-than-20-year technologist and operations veteran. He has a mix of for- and nonprofit experience, spending the past decade in the environmental arena supporting national organizations while supporting the Non-Profit community. Michael’s focus on technical improvements and established collaborative relationships while implementing and building upon the concepts of social media and data collection tools that helps guide the organization to stay current and connected. He is an active blogger and contributing writer for Internet Management for Nonprofits: Strategies. He has spoken about nonprofit technology at the Nonprofit Technology Network’s (NTEN) conference, the Chesapeake Bay Program and the Potomac River Keepers. He is a strong proponent of integration while maintaining a focus on service and how best to share stories and connect with people in need. He wears many hats at Fight Colorectal Cancer which he joined in October 2011.


Kim Ryan, Director of Patient Information Services

kim-ryan-fight-crcKim’s 17 plus years of experience within the pharmaceutical industry makes her an incredible asset to the Fight Colorectal Cancer team and to the development and management of the Patient Education and Awareness Program, and Fight CRC’s Answer Line (877-427-2111). Her expertise ranges from patient advocacy to sales and marketing to product distribution and communications – primarily within the oncology arena. Kim brings a breadth of knowledge regarding colorectal cancer and a personal passion for helping patients gain valuable information about their diagnoses and treatment options. She also serves on the advisory board of the Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancers. Her commitment to fighting colorectal cancer stems from not only her previous work experience, but from personal loss: Kim’s father, Lt. General Martin J. Ryan, Jr. (USAF, Ret), died from colorectal cancer in 2005.

 


Danielle Burgess, Director of Communications

danielle-burgess-bioDanielle is a two-time colorectal cancer survivor diagnosed at age 17 in 2001 and again at age 25 in 2009. Surviving colorectal cancer in high school paved her way to the University of Central Missouri where she earned a Bachelors of Science in Public Relations. After working at Kansas City advertising agency Kuhn & Wittenborn and as the Director of Communications for The Avenue Church, Danielle started Semicolon Communications, a freelance company specializing in marketing consulting and copywriting. She joined Fight Colorectal Cancer as the Director of Communications in 2013. She’s a published devotional author and a featured contributor on the Huffington Post. In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors for The Colon Club and was Miss October 2009 in The Colondar.


Emily White, Program Coordinator

emily-white-fightcrcEmily joins Fight Colorectal Cancer as a recent graduate from the College of Charleston with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and a focus in Political Communication. After completing her undergraduate degree in just three years, she joins the team with experience in public relations, campaign communication, and journalism. With a strong interest in politics and a background in communication, she is excited to help advocates work with politicians to successfully implement policy that is beneficial to our cause. Her passion towards cancer prevention stems from the loss of her grandmother to lung cancer and the recent Leukemia diagnosis of a close friend.


Jerri Lyn Mooney, Office Manager

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Jerri Lyn brings 10 years of experience as an office manager to Fight Colorectal Cancer. Her background and expertise make her a valuable resource in handling the day-to-day activities of the organization. She is also well aware of the impact of cancer having lost her father in December 1999 to liver cancer. Most recently, she served as the office manager of TD Promotions and was with CSC Scientific Company before that, both based in Northern Virginia. Her current responsibilities include processing all financial transactions, maintaining Fight Colorectal Cancer’s database, fulfilling product orders and numerous other responsibilities to make sure the office runs smoothly. She is also the head tweeter for Fight Colorectal Cancer’s Twitter feed. Outside of work, Jerri Lyn is an active member of Society for Creative Anachronism and resides in Fairfax, VA with her sons Jacob and Ben.


Vanessa Kurtzer, Answer Line Associate

vanessa-k-fight-crcVanessa Kurtzer is a certified Medical Interpreter and Patient Navigator. After her husband’s diagnosis of stage III rectal cancer, she realized the necessity of guiding patients and families through the complex medical system. Vanessa is passionate and committed to assisting patients and families living with the difficult diagnosis of colorectal cancer. She was born and raised in South Texas and is fluent in Spanish. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree. She resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two children.


Margaret Carvin, Policy Strategist

margaret-carvin-bioMargaret began her career in Washington, D.C. as a Legislative Assistant working for U.S. Senator William Armstrong from Colorado. She has worked for the House Judiciary Committee as a staff counsel for the Committee and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and as a Legal Counsel for the Office of Congressional Affairs. She worked closely with federal agencies such as the FBI, Immigration Service, intelligence agencies and the White House. She advocated for the Justice Department and Administration’s policy positions and provided assistance to both the House and Senate. For more than 16 years, Margaret worked as an Assistant Director in Congressional Affairs office for the American Medical Association (AMA.) She collaborated with members in both the House and the Senate with health committees and with medical specialties on health legislation and issues. She also worked with state and local medical associations on legislation and grassroots activities. In addition, she worked with federal regulatory agencies on many issues important to the AMA. Margaret lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, daughter and son. She is a member of the California Bar Association and Washington, D.C. Bar Association.

 

 

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