Cancer Support Community Welcomes Denver-Based Health Leader to Key Role

November 8, 2018
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WASHINGTON, DC — The Cancer Support Community (CSC), a global nonprofit, announced the addition of Susan Ash-Lee, MSW, LCSW to serve as Senior Director, Clinical Services. Ash-Lee will be responsible for all clinical program services, including in-person, telephonic, and digital support, all critical components of the $50 million in free services CSC provides patients and their loved ones each year.

A recipient of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society’s Outstanding Clinician Care Award in 2010, Ash-Lee comes to CSC after serving as the Director of Clinical Social Work at Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers (RMCC), the largest provider of cancer care in that state. RMCC also is one of CSC’s health-care partners, a collaboration that provides patients with the organization’s many support resources as part of their treatment regimen.

“Susan brings tremendous experience to this critical role,” said Kim Thiboldeaux, CEO of the Cancer Support Community. “She will work with the licensed professionals at our CSC and Gilda’s Club affiliates, the helpline, and our expanding network of hospital and health-care partners to advance our mission of providing the gold standard in support care for patients and their loved ones.”

Ash-Lee’s role will take her to all 175 locations where CSC programs operate, and she will be based in the CSC office that was established earlier this year when digital nonprofit MyLifeLine.org became part of CSC.

“Joining the Cancer Support Community at a time when the organization is growing is so thrilling,” Ash-Lee said. “My career has been about building robust supportive care oncology programs that integrate research, psychosocial support, and post-treatment survivorship in a way that ensures the best experience for the patient. To build on this work with CSC’s leaders at the global level and in communities with affiliates, hospitals, and health centers is such a privilege.”

Ash-Lee currently serves on the faculty for the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care’s Leadership Institute, psychosocial staff for Casting for Recovery, and is a member of the client services council for Project Angel Heart.

A native Coloradoan, she earned a master’s degree in social work from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in English from Westmont College. She is also a licensed clinical social worker in Colorado and California.