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Kim Thiboldeaux, Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Kim Thiboldeaux joined The Wellness Community in 2000 as President and CEO. In 2009, the headquarters offices of The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club joined forces to become the Cancer Support Community, one of the largest providers of social and emotional support worldwide, where Kim has maintained her role as CEO. The combined organization is the largest nonprofit employer of psychosocial oncology mental health professionals in North America, advancing the idea that psychosocial care is as important as medical care in the face of a cancer diagnosis. The Cancer Support Community provides social and emotional support through a network of more than 50 local affiliates, more than 100 satellite locations and online at www.cancersupportcommunity.org. The organization also maintains a Research & Training Institute in Philadelphia and a Cancer Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.
Formerly the Director of Patient Relations for Oncology & Transplant at Hoffmann-LaRoche, Inc., Kim brings to this position a wealth of experience in health care, patient education and national patient advocacy. Kim serves in numerous leadership roles in the cancer and health care communities including: member of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, Co-Chair of the Alliance for Quality Psychosocial Care, and Cancer Today magazine National Advisory Board Member. Prior to joining Roche, she served as the Director of Corporate Relations at Whitman-Walker Clinic, a Washington, D.C.-based health clinic that provides comprehensive services to people with HIV and AIDS.
Kim is the co-author of Reclaiming Your Life After Diagnosis (2012), and The Total Cancer Wellness Guide (2007), both full length books published by BenBella Books. She is the host of Frankly Speaking About Cancer with the Cancer Support Community, an award-winning Internet talk radio show that airs weekly on VoiceAmerica.com and is aimed at informing and inspiring listeners to live well with cancer. Kim is also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post.
Linda House, RN, BSN, MSM, President
Linda House has a long-standing history with the Cancer Support Community. First she served as a local, affiliate volunteer and now, as President of the headquarters office. In her current role, Linda oversees several areas of CSC including the Research and Training Institute, the Cancer Policy Institute, strategic growth and development and marketing and communications while maintaining high engagement with CSC’s affiliates and service delivery functions. Linda joined CSC after many years working in the cancer care environment, including over a decade of direct patient care in the acute oncology and hospice care setting.
Immediately prior to joining CSC, Linda served as Executive Director of St. Vincent Cancer Care in Indianapolis where she led a team of individuals to provide care across the full cancer continuum. Prior to that, Linda was Senior Director of Advocacy and Professional Relations for Lilly Oncology working with patient and professional organizations on programs and broad issues related to cancer care.
Linda serves in a variety of advisory roles in the national cancer community and is also an active volunteer with a number of organizations in her local community.
Michael Abdeljabbar, Senior Accountant
Michael Abdeljabbar joined the Cancer Support Community in September 2014 as Senior Accountant. A graduate of Virginia Tech, Michael spent the previous eight years serving as the Accountant for another DC non-profit organization. He is also Associate Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Northern Virginia Community College.
Anabella Aspiras, RN, MPA, Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives
Anabella Aspiras, RN, MPA
Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives
Prior to joining CSC, Anabella Aspiras served as Director for Patient Engagement on Vice President Biden's Cancer Moonshot Task Force. A registered nurse by training, she spent the first part of her career working in critical care, vascular access, and emergency medicine. Nursing took Anabella to Haiti twice following the 2010 earthquake, to Guyana to coordinate public health clinics along the Essequibo River, and to Sierra Leone to assist with Ebola containment efforts. Inspired by her frontline experiences, Anabella returned to school to complete a Master of Public Administration in health policy to better understand the intersection of health and social justice. Following her graduate studies, Anabella became a Patient Services Administrator for Oncology at New York Presbyterian Hospital, where she worked with interdisciplinary care teams to ensure evidence-based, holistic and person-centered care for patients and families facing cancer.
Anabella's dedication to achieving better patient outcomes for every individual with cancer is motivated in part by her own mother, who died from metastatic breast cancer in 2010. During the four years that Anabella cared for her mother while in treatment, they utilized the many services of their local Cancer Support Community affiliate, then called The Wellness Community. Anabella holds a Master of Public Administration from New York University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Government & Politics from the University of Maryland.
Lauren Ballantoni, Coordinator, Development
Lauren joined the CSC staff in February 2017 as Development Coordinator. She is responsible for providing support to CSC’s fundraising and development efforts, including maintaining the donor database as well as donor relation efforts. Lauren graduated from Florida State University in 2016 with a Master’s in both Social Work and Public Administration, where she focused on nonprofit management. Her previous development experience comes from her time working for the Thomasville Community Resource Center, helping with their grant management and fundraising efforts.
Joanne Buzaglo, PhD, Senior Vice President, Research and Training
Joanne Buzaglo, PhD
Senior Vice President, Research and Training
Joanne Buzaglo, PhD, is the Senior Vice President of Research & Training at the Cancer Support Community. She leads strategic initiatives that leverage the research capabilities of CSC’s global cancer patient support network through collaborations with patients, caregivers, advocacy organizations, academics, health economists and leaders in industry. One such initiative is the Cancer Experience Registry, an online vehicle that engages patients and caregivers to inform future priorities in research, innovative programs and health care policy.
Dr. Buzaglo is a behavioral health researcher and clinical psychologist with extensive experience in the development and evaluation of theoretically guided interventions designed to help patients cope with the complex challenges associated with cancer. Before arriving at CSC, she was the Deputy Director of the Fox Chase Cancer Center’s NCI-funded Behavioral Research Core Facility, whose mission is to provide consultation and training in behavioral principles relating to research design, program evaluation, and tailored communications. She is a Co-Investigator on a number of PCORI initiatives and has been a Co- Investigator on numerous NCI- and DoD-funded cancer-related studies that focus on enhancing doctor-patient communication, clinical trial participation, patient adherence to medical recommendations, and adaptation to cancer survivorship. She received her doctorate at Temple University and completed a post-graduate fellowship in Health Services, Research, & Development at the VA Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. In addition, she trained at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania and at Friends Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Buzaglo joined Cancer Support Community in August 2008.
Daniela Cracolici, Coordinator, Affiliate Relations & Strategic Growth
Coordinator, Affiliate Relations & Strategic Growth
Daniela Cracolici joined the Cancer Support Community in May 2016 as the Affiliate Relations & Strategic Growth Coordinator. Previously she was a Development intern with CSC. In her current role, Daniela provides support to the organization’s network of affiliates, hospital and health care partners. Daniela graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minors in Neuroscience and Marketing. She is an active alumni of the Delta Gamma Fraternity, whose official philanthropy is Service for Sight and mission is to “Do Good.”
Katie Dimond, Coordinator, Program Development & Delivery
Coordinator, Program Development & Delivery
Katie Dimond joined the Cancer Support Community in January 2017 as the Program and Services Coordinator. In her current role, Katie provides administrative and technology support to the Cancer Support Helpline and other online delivery services in addition to statistical tracking and monthly reporting. Katie graduated with a BA in Anthropology from Trinity College in 2016 where she completed a senior thesis about where and how women give birth and had the opportunity to study abroad in Prague.
Henry Duong, Coordinator, Communications
Henry Duong joined the Cancer Support Community in March 2017 as the Communications Coordinator. In his current role, Henry focuses on developing social media strategy, producing the Frankly Speaking About Cancer radio show, and creating email marketing campaigns. Previous to this position, Henry worked at CSC as a Communications Intern. Prior to joining CSC, he served as a Social Media and Outreach Assistant at the American University Museum. Henry graduated from American University in 2017 with a BA in Strategic Communications & Public Relations and a minor in Marketing. At AU, he led an Alternative Breaks program to Vietnam in 2016 to study post-conflict recovery relating to unexploded ordnances and Agent Orange.
Jami Fancher, Coordinator, Development
Jami Fancher began working at Cancer Support Community in May of 2016 as Development Coordinator. She provides support for CSC's fundraising and development efforts, including maintaining the donor relationship database and donor outreach efforts. Jami graduated from The Ohio State University in 2016 where she specialized in Non-Profit Management with a bachelor’s degree in Public Affairs. Before working at CSC headquarters, Jami worked at the Cancer Support Community's Central Ohio affiliate for nearly three years as the Development Assistant.
Elizabeth Franklin, LGSW, ACSW, Senior Director, Policy & Advocacy
Elizabeth Franklin, LGSW, ACSW, is Senior Director of Policy & Advocacy at the Cancer Support Community where she is responsible for the development and implementation of CSC’s regulatory and legislative agenda, securing and growing relationships with policymakers and stakeholders across multiple sectors, and engaging national partners to identify areas of common work and consensus to collectively advocate for positive change for people affected by cancer.
Elizabeth was formerly Director of Policy and Engagement at the George Washington University Cancer Institute where she worked at both the macro level, developing and implementing the Institute’s policy agenda, and at the micro level, working with the patient-centered care team to ensure that all patients had access to high-quality, timely cancer care. Previously, Elizabeth was Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy with the Prevent Cancer Foundation as well as Special Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer at the headquarters of the National Association of Social Workers.
Currently a doctoral student at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, Elizabeth is focusing her studies on the systemic barriers facing underserved cancer patients and their families, and finding innovative, policy-oriented solutions to healthcare challenges. Elizabeth obtained her Masters degree in social work from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Bachelors degree in social work from the University of Kentucky. She is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker in the District of Columbia and a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers.
Brittany Gallagher, Coordinator, Strategic Events
Coordinator, Strategic Events
Brittany Gallagher joined the Cancer Support Community in July 2016 as the Strategic Events Coordinator. In her role, she develops strategies to plan and manage all of Cancer Support Community’s events. Previously, Brittany worked at the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, helping plan the 2016 International Convention. In 2015, Brittany graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor's degree in Global Affairs. During her time at Mason, Brittany was active in working with incoming international students and had the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in Budapest, Hungary.
Sara Goldberger, LCSW-R, Senior Director, Program Development & Delivery
Sara Goldberger, LCSW-R
Senior Director, Program Development & Delivery
Sara Goldberger is the Senior Director of Program Development & Delivery at Cancer Support Community. She is responsible for the development of new programs and special projects and ensuring quality standards of program delivery across the affiliate network. Sara has worked in the field of psychosocial oncology for over 25 years. Previously, she served as the Program Director of Gilda’s Club Westchester for 6 years. Sara began her social work career at Calvary Hospital, Bronx NY, an acute care hospital for terminally ill cancer patients. She received her MSW from Columbia University in New York were she was the Dean’s Award Scholar in recognition of excellence in both academics and clinical work in the field.
Tanisha Haltiwanger, Manager, Administrative Support
Manager, Administrative Support
Tanisha Haltiwanger, Manager, Administrative Support, joined the Cancer Support Community in 2015. Tanisha is a skilled Administrative Professional and has 15 years of experience in both the corporate and nonprofit sector. Tanisha began her career at the Department of State and has extensive experience in the fields of finance, and HR.
Tanisha is a long time native of Washington, DC. She enjoys gardening, cooking and sightseeing.
Heather Hollen, Director, Education
Heather Hollen joined the Cancer Support Community team in January 2017. As the Education Director, she manages and develops content for education programs and eLearning courses. Heather most recently worked as an Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) Fellow at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). During her time there, she worked on binational children’s health issues, education projects on lead-based paint exposure, and grades K-8 sun-safety materials for skin cancer prevention. Heather received her Master of Science degree in Environmental Health Science and Industrial Hygiene from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She has exhibited and presented at a variety of national conferences and has been an abstract reviewer for the American Public Health Association.
Chelsea Johnson, Coordinator, Education
Chelsea Johnson began working at the Cancer Support Community in August 2016 as the Education and Outreach Coordinator. In her role, she develops educational materials and programs for people impacted by cancer. Chelsea graduated from the University of Maryland in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Community Health. In the summer of 2014, she participated in the 4k for Cancer, a 70-day bike ride from Baltimore to Portland, Oregon. Through this ride, she helped to raise awareness for cancer research and raise funds for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
Jamese Johnson, MPH, CPH, Manager, Research
Jamese Johnson, MPH, CPH,
Jamese Johnson, MPH, CPH, joined Cancer Support Community in August 2015. As Research Manager, she provides project support for the development, management, and execution of research initiatives at the CSC Research & Training Institute. Jamese graduated from the University of California, Irvine in June 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Public Health Sciences. She then went on to receive her Masters of Public Health in December 2014 from the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Before joining CSC, Jamese worked with United Way Metropolitan Dallas and also worked as graduate research assistant in the primary care research center at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.
Kelly Kamp, Coordinator, Communications
Kelly Kamp joined the Cancer Support Community in March 2016 as the Communications Coordinator. In this position, she designs and writes print and digital collateral to help promote various events and programs for the Marketing and Communications team. Kelly has her Masters in Publishing and Writing from Emerson College and also has degrees in English and Graphic Design from Western Kentucky University and The Art Institute of Ohio-Cincinnati, respectively. As a military kid, she grew up around the world, and she fell in love with travel and new experiences.
Jay Lockaby, MSS, MLSP, Senior Vice President, Affiliate Relations & Strategic Growth
Jay Lockaby, MSS, MLSP
Senior Vice President, Affiliate Relations & Strategic Growth
Jay Lockaby is Senior Vice President, Affiliate Relations and Strategic Growth at CSC HQ. Jay has more than 25 years’ experience in the non-profit sector, primarily in management, fundraising and working with boards. He was previously the CEO of CSC Florida Suncoast affiliate(formerly TWC-Southwest Florida) for nearly eight years. At the time of his hiring at CSC HQ, CSC FL Suncoast was completing a capital campaign to build the network’s first-ever, Gold LEED Certified affiliate site, a model facility for the network which opened in November 2010. During Jay's tenure, CSC-Florida Suncoast experienced significant growth both in revenue and the number of people affected by cancer served.
Prior to his tenure with TWC/CSC, Jay was a Regional Social Services Director for The Salvation Army, Pennsylvania-Delaware region. He is a 1992 graduate of Emory University where he was a 5-time NCAA All-American in swimming. He holds Masters degrees in Social Service and Law and Social Policy from Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Jay is married to Tracy Bradford-Lockaby and has a son, Owen, and daughter, Layla. He still swims competitively and is an active alumnus of Leadership Sarasota and Leadership Florida.
Nick Power, Project Coordinator, Strategic Initiatives
Project Coordinator, Strategic Initiatives
Nick Power joined the Cancer Support Community in March 2017 as the Project Coordinator for Strategic Initiatives. In his current role, Nick works with hospitals, patients, and other stakeholders to help develop individual CSC initiatives. Previous to this position, Nick worked at CSC as both a Communications Intern and a Program & Development Intern. Prior to joining CSC, he served as a Policy Intern at Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Nick graduated from American University in 2016 with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies: Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government and a minor in Psychology.
Christina Raia, Director, Corporate Development
Director, Corporate Development
Christina Raia joined Cancer Support Community in July 2009 and currently serves as the Director, Corporate Development. In this position Christina is responsible for CSC's corporate fundraising, and also serves as the liaison for CSC's Young Leadership Council in New York City. Prior to joining Cancer Support Community, Christina served as Development Manager for Gilda’s Club Worldwide.
Christina holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from St. Joseph’s College, where she also obtained certificates in Advertising & Public Relations, Human Resources and Management. Christina is currently an MBA candidate at the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College.
Kristen Cox Santiago, Senior Director, Policy & Advocacy
Kristen Cox Santiago
Senior Director, Policy & Advocacy
Kristen Santiago has substantial experience working in the healthcare industry in roles in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. In her current role as Senior Director, Policy & Advocacy for The Cancer Support Community (CSC), Kristen is responsible for the development and implementation of CSC’s regulatory and legislative agenda, securing and growing relationships with policymakers and stakeholders across multiple sectors, and engaging national partners to identify areas of common work and consensus to collectively advocate for positive change for people affected by cancer.
In Kristen’s previous position as Director, Strategic Initiatives & Outreach at C-Change, Kristen oversaw two of the organization’s strategic initiatives: Assuring Value in Cancer Care, focusing on improving the quality of care for individuals with cancer and their loved ones; and Sustaining a Strong National Cancer Workforce, focusing on increasing the quantity of individuals who provide care and improving the quality of the care they provide.
Prior to C-Change, Kristen worked for TAP and Takeda Pharmaceuticals and The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and interned with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity. Kristen earned a Masters of Science in Health Promotion Management at American University and a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Language Pathology from The George Washington University.
Kristen is driven by a strong personal desire to impact the health status and quality of life of individuals.
Claire Saxton, Senior Director, Education
Senior Director, Education
Claire is responsible for CSC’s national patient education and outreach programs. She has 25 years of experience in nonprofit management, and a wealth of experience in patient education and advocacy. Claire came to CSC from the Urology Care Foundation, where she managed national patient education programs and public awareness campaigns with partners that included coalitions of patient advocacy organizations for National Bladder Health Month as well as the National Football League for prostate cancer awareness.
As Executive Director of the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, Claire expanded their educational programming and developed the first National Bladder Cancer Awareness Day. While the Executive Director of the Breast Cancer Resource Center in Austin, Texas, she doubled their patient advocacy and outreach programs. Claire began her work in health advocacy while part of the team that opened the National Domestic Violence Hotline in 1996.
Claire holds an MBA from the University of Oregon and an undergraduate degree from Rice University. She is inspired by the everyday courage of patients, survivors and their loved ones she has met throughout her career. Outside of work, Claire loves spending time with her husband Andrew, son Luke and their dog Blossom.
Jenny Song, Director, Digital & Web
Director, Digital & Web
Jenny Song is the Director of Digital and Web at the Cancer Support Community. She is responsible for expanding the organization’s online presence and strategically extending its reach to people impacted by cancer. She oversees the growth, management and ongoing sustainability of CSC’s digital and web assets and content across multiple platforms, including developing and implementing the organization’s digital and mobile strategy.
Jenny has been in health care communications for more than 14 years, specifically in the field of oncology and patient advocacy, developing patient education materials and communicating to the public about pre-clinical cancer research and pediatric cancer research. In her various roles, she created content strategies and managed multi-media projects, including producing podcasts, webinars, videos and overseeing the relaunch of several websites. Jenny began her career as a health care journalist, and her writing has been featured in Cancer Today, a consumer magazine produced by the American Association for Cancer Research.
Sarah Suettinger, Manager, Development
Sarah Suettinger joined the Cancer Support Community in April 2015 as the Development Manager. In addition to supporting the team in all development and fundraising efforts, Sarah manages the planning and execution of all CSC Development and Cancer Policy Institute events. Her previous development experience comes from her time at Teach for America – Metro DC and more recently as the Membership Manager at The Mariners’ Museum. In 2013, Sarah graduated with a Masters in Nutrition and Integrative Health from Maryland University of Integrative Health.
Jeff Travers, Executive Vice President, Finance & Administration
Executive Vice President, Finance & Administration
Jeff Travers joined the Cancer Support Community in 2015, leading a team that manages the organization's finances, HR, technology, and operations, while supporting CSC's Finance Committee and Board of Directors. Jeff joined CSC after many years working with local and national nonprofit organizations.
Most recently, Jeff was a director and a member of the senior leadership team at Fight For Children, which supports education reform efforts in local schools. During his eight years at Fight For Children, Jeff worked on various projects and initiatives, including managing the organization’s multi-million dollar annual fundraiser, twice redesigning its website, leading its strategic planning process, and supporting the launch of several major programmatic initiatives. Earlier in his career, Jeff was the associate executive director at Whitman-Walker Clinic (now Whitman-Walker Health) in Washington, DC. Over nine years at the Clinic, Jeff played a variety of roles, including managing the organization’s fundraising team, running the organization’s operations, and developing its real estate portfolio, including two of its medical facilities. Jeff also founded and ran a small business providing management support to more than a dozen local and national nonprofit organizations.
Jeff is an active volunteer in community-based and civic organizations. He is currently serving as the Chair of the DC Healthy Youth and Schools Commission, a position to which he was appointed by the Mayor of DC. He has also served as a board member and chair of two local nonprofit organizations, Adoptions Together and the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative. He served for several years as the Treasurer of the Logan Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission, an elected position which advises DC government agencies on matters of concern to citizens.
Jeff has a BA in History, with a minor in Fine Arts, from Georgetown University and an MBA, with a concentration on leadership, from the George Washington University. He lives in Washington, DC with his two school-aged children, Neil and Emma.
Alexandra Zaleta, PhD, Director, Research
Alexandra Zaleta, PhD
Alexandra Zaleta, PhD, is the Director of Research at the Cancer Support Community. In this role, she manages and supports numerous Research and Training Institute initiatives focusing on individuals with cancer and caregivers. Dr. Zaleta is trained as a behavioral health researcher and a clinical psychologist. She received her undergraduate degree from Vassar College and a masters degree in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University. She completed her doctorate in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and clinical internship training at Boston Consortium/VA Boston Healthcare System. She subsequently completed three years of postdoctoral training in Psychosocial Oncology and Women’s Behavioral Health at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital. Dr. Zaleta’s professional interests involve the intersection of health psychology and geriatric psychology. In her previous positions, she developed research projects focusing on cancer and dementia, with an emphasis on the psychological consequences of illness, fear of illness recurrence, health communication, and survivorship.