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

note: all FightCRC Board Members are independent voting members.


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. Nancy has been an active board member since 2005.


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. Alan has been an active board member since 2005.


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. Gordon has been an active board member since 2011.


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. Hélène has been an active board member since 2010.


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. Andrea has been an active board member since 2009.


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. Dana has been an active board member since 2011.


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. David has been an active board member since September 2012.


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Anjee Davis, President

Anjee-Davis-PresidentAnjelica (“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

Michael-Sola-Vice-PresidentMichael, 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.


Danielle Burgess, Director of Communications

danielle-burgess-communications-directorDanielle 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.


Andrea (Andi) Dwyer, Director of Health Promotion

Andi-DwyerAndrea (Andi) Dwyer is a public health practitioner from the University of Colorado Cancer Center and Colorado School of Public Health. She joined Fight Colorectal Cancer in 2014 to develop a health education program that provides relevant and timely information to survivors, caregivers, and families looking for reliable resources to guide them through a colorectal cancer diagnosis.
Andi joins the team bringing nearly ten years experience in cancer prevention and survivorship, with a special concentration in colorectal cancer. As one of her biggest accomplishments, she was a leader in design and implementation of a statewide colorectal screening program in Colorado and one of the largest screening patient navigation programs in the country.  Colorectal cancer is personal to Andi, her mother was diagnosed with the disease in her early 40′s.
Andi received her Bachelors of Science in Biology and Chemistry from Regis Jesuit University in Denver, Colorado and is a student within the Colorado School of Public Health. In addition to her role at Fight Colorectal Cancer, she serves as the Program Director for the Cancer Prevention and Control Research network, working in the dissemination and implementation of science with a focus on cancer survivorship. She is the co-chair of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, Evidence Based Education and Outreach Task Group and has served as a leader on the Colorado Cancer Coalition.  Andi is a native of Colorado, from a farming and ranching community and currently lives in Denver.
*This position is jointly supported by University of Colorado Cancer Center and Fight Colorectal Cancer

Emily White, Advocacy Manager

Emily joined Fight CoEmily-White-Advocacy-Managerlorectal Cancer as a 2013 graduate of 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 joined the team with experience in public relations, campaign communication, and journalism. With a strong interest in politics and a background in communication, she enjoys training advocates on our legislative goals so they can confidently share their stories with members of Congress and help us fight for policies that are beneficial to colorectal cancer research, screening, and treatment. Shortly after joining the Fight CRC team, Emily found out that her grandfather is a colorectal cancer survivor and the disease runs in her family. This motivates her to raise awareness and encourage others to know their family history. Emily currently resides in Charleston, SC.


Jerri Lyn Mooney, Office Manager

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Jerri Lyn brings more than 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. 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.  Outside of work, Jerri Lyn is an active member of Society for Creative Anachronism and helps to foster kittens until they are old enough to be adopted.


Margaret Carvin, Policy Strategist

Margaret-Carvin-Policy-StrategistMargaret 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.


Michell Baker, Partnership Manager

michell-baker-FightCRC-GACAs the manager of our philanthropy efforts, Michell coordinates relationships with individuals and organizations who donate and fundraise for Fight Colorectal Cancer. She’s an advocate for quality healthcare for all and passionate about awareness and screening. Michell lost her dad to colon cancer in June 2008 and attended her first Call-on Congress in March 2009 with her sisters. After that experience, her family started their own nonprofit organization, Steve Baker Colon Cancer Alliance (SBCCA), to focus on awareness and prevention of CRC in Oregon. Michell led the organization as the Executive Director. She has attended every Call-on Congress since 2009, served on the Grassroots Action Committee (GAC) and represented Fight CRC at several meetings and advocacy events across the country. She and the SBCCA took One Million Strong coast-to-coast in 2014 as she hosted the event in her hometown of Portland, Oregon. 


Shawna Snyder, Communications Coordinator

Shawna joined Fight Colorectal Cancer in May 2014 after serving as the Communications Intern. She is a graduate of the University of Central Missouri, earning her degree in Public Relations with a minor in Business Administration. After having a close friend diagnosed with colorectal cancer at the age of 30, Shawna developed a passion to fight for and spread awareness for those who can’t. Shawna is passionate about not just spreading the message, but encouraging new advocates to join us.

 

 

 

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