Meet Previous Leaders of Fight Colorectal Cancer

Carlea Bauman

Carlea led Fight Colorectal Cancer as its first executive director from 2006-2013. Over seven years, she:

  • Led the revenue growth from $340,000 in 2006 to $1.3 million in 2013
  • Grew Call-on Congress from 36 advocates in 2007 to 89 advocates in 2013
  • Strategically grew the database to 30,000 contacts interested in colorectal cancer
  • Set the course of legislative direction to unify our voice on the Hill
  • Successfully re-branded the look and feel of the organization to reflect our advocates’ desire to fight for a cure

She transitioned to a new role in October 2013 but her impact will always ripple throughout the staff and team of advocates. Read the official press release and her farewell blog post.

Steve Depp

Steve was an extraordinary volunteer and advocate who worked to promote screening and increase research funding. He brought both his personal experience with cancer and a strong scientific background to his work with Fight Colorectal Cancer as a member of the board of directors and an advocate with members of Congress. Steve had a doctorate in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In his first job after graduate school, he worked for the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico where his group developed radio frequency identification (RFID) technology that has become E-ZPass on major highways. After moving to IBM, he was closely involved in developing the flat liquid crystal displays that have enabled light, portable laptop computers, cell phones, and flatscreen televisions. He holds eight patents for his work. He came to us after his diagnosis for advanced colon cancer, and served a Treasurer for several years.

Lisa Dubow

Lisa Dubow was diagnosed with stage III colorectal cancer at age 42. She dedicated her life to colorectal cancer awareness and patient advocacy through her work with Fight Colorectal Cancer and many other charitable and political organizations. She lived several years in remission until her recurrence. She passed away in 2007. The state of California recognized her through the “Outstanding Leadership and Advocacy Award” in recognition of her tireless efforts and steadfast commitments to improving the quality of healthcare for all Americans. She was often seen on Capitol Hill educating elected officials about the importance of research and patient access to care and clinical trials. She established Fight Colorectal Cancer’s Lisa Fund in 2006 to fund researchers looking for a cure.

As a survivor and advocate, she fought for research funding to support innovation and science. Lisa, a founding member of Fight Colorectal Cancer, credited late-breaking research with extending her life long enough to see her son grow into adulthood. Her son, Sean Twersky, continues her efforts to support research.

Bob Erwin

Bob Erwin became a patient advocate when his wife Marti Nelson was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1990. Bob and Marti were instrumental in developing one of the first compassionate use programs for the then-new treatment, Herceptin.  Some of their story is chronicled in Her-2: The Making of Herceptin, a Revolutionary Treatment for Breast Cancer by Robert Bazell. After Marti’s death in 1994, Bob continued to advocate on behalf of patients while working in the biotech industry.  His scientific knowledge coupled with his passion make Bob an effective advocate in forums with stakeholders such as the FDA, the Institute of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.  As a founder of Large Scale Biology and Novici Biotech, he helped Fight Colorectal Cancer navigate its start-up days, and continues to provide guidance on regulatory issues.

Andy Giusti

Andy was a biotechnology research scientist working on a colon cancer vaccine when he was diagnosed with stage IV colorectal cancer in 2005. He contacted us via email and quickly became a trusted advisor on scientific issues. As a result, he served a year as our Director of Research Advocacy. His background as both a scientist and patient was invaluable as we laid the groundwork for the organization’s research program. When he felt that his treatment schedule wouldn’t allow him to serve effectively on a daily basis, he joined the Coalition’s Board of Directors. His focus was pushing for great science that would translate to patient benefit as quickly as possible. It was under Andy’s guidance and leadership that the Lisa Fund research program became a reality. He passed away in 2010.

Kate Murphy

Kate Murphy was a dear friend of many with Fight Colorectal Cancer and an avid patient advocate. As one of the founding members of the Colon Cancer Alliance and then Fight Colorectal Cancer, she was known for her wisdom, empathy and determination. She bridged the gap between researchers and patients and brought comfort through clear information as she served as the Director of Research Communications for Fight Colorectal Cancer up to the time of her death.

Read more about Kate Murphy and her legacy at Fight Colorectal Cancer.

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