Linda House, RN, BSN, MSM
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.
Maria Belen Gonzalo
Manager, Policy & Advocacy
Maria Gonzalo joined the Cancer Support Community as a volunteer in October 2012, and became a full-time staff member in April 2013. In her current position as Development Manager, Maria supports the development team in analyzing internal and external databases in order to strengthen CSC’s strategy for individual and foundational giving.
Maria holds a B.A. in Economics from Universidad Nacional de Cordoba in Argentina and a M.S. in Economics from Arizona State University, where she taught economics before joining the CSC.
When not at work, Maria enjoys fixing and sailing her old sailboat in the Chesapeake Bay.
Elizabeth Franklin, LGSW, ACSW
Senior Director, Policy & Advocacy
Elizabeth Franklin, LGSW, ACSW, is Senior Director of Policy and 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.
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.