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Since our launch in 2008, there has been an amazing outpouring of generosity and hope from the ever-growing Stand Up To Cancer community.

It is of great comfort to know that we are all in this together — from patients to clinicians, from advocates to lawmakers, from Hollywood celebrities to everyday heroes — in support of one cause: making everyone diagnosed with cancer a survivor. Like you, everyone on our team has a personal connection to cancer and a personal investment in ending this disease.

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Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a division of the Entertainment Industry Foundation


Council of Founders and Advisors (CFA)/President & CEO

Katie Couric, Sherry Lansing, Kathleen Lobb, Lisa Paulsen, Rusty Robertson, Sue Schwartz, Pam Oas Williams, Ellen Ziffren, Sung Poblete, PhD, RN, SU2C’s Current Council of Founders and Advisors (CFA) / President & CEO
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Sung Poblete, PhD, RN, President & Chief Executive Officer
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Cathryn Dhanatya, Chief Administrative officer

Deborah Morrison, Chief Financial Officer

Vance White, Executive Assistant to Chief Financial Officer

Ryan Airey, Assistant to Chief Administrative Officer


Advocacy & Strategic Collaborations

Renee Nicholas, Vice President of Advocacy & Strategic Collaborations

Frederick Johnson, Advocacy & Strategic Collaborations Specialist
“I stand up for my father who I lost to colon cancer.”


Business Development

Timothy Hayes, Associate Director of Business Development



Kathleen Lobb, Chief Communications Officer, Stand Up To Cancer
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Jane E. Rubinstein, Senior Vice President, Communications

Maurine Slutzky, Senior Vice President, Communications
“I stand up for my Grandmother, my aunt Rivka, my great aunt Madeline and all my friends and family who have also lost loved ones too soon.”

Taylor Ratcliff, Communications Manager

Alex Reed, Communications Coordinator

April James, Executive Assistant, Communications

Samantha Doctrow, Communications Assistant



Nancy Kim, Senior Vice President, Digital Strategy

Robyn Bucknam, Vice President, Digital
“I stand up for my daughter Pearl and the loved ones that I’ve lost.”

Maggie Bell, Digital Marketing Manager

Stephanie Bours, Digital Manager, Social Media & Content

Brian Lee, Digital Platform Coordinator

Lauren Vanskiver, Social Media & Digital Outreach Coordinator
“I stand up for my dad and also, my Aunt Sueanne, who just beat breast cancer.”

Michelle Arkuski, Digital Marketing Assistant
“I stand up for my Uncle Ossum who we lost to colon cancer, my cousin Steven, and everyone else out there fighting for another day.”



Shawn Burke, Vice President Finance & Controller

Victoria Tang, Accounting Manager

Sara Mayer, Donation Manager
“I stand up to honor those we’ve lost, support those who are fighting now and end this disease for future generations.”

Tanisha Nall, Accounting Coordinator - Payables

Kristian Hager, Accounting Coordinator - Receivables


In-House Production Team

Rachael Nisenkier, Producer

Amanda Szot, Creative Producer

Lauren Crasner, Associate Producer

Tiff Shih, Video Editor
“I stand up for my mother, who is a cancer survivor, as well as the millions of others who fight and live with cancer every day.”

Patricia Alberto, Production Coordinator
“I stand up for my uncle Alden, auntie Julie, auntie Daisy, and Philippe Tabada.”


Marketing Team

Rusty Robertson, Partner, Robertson Schwartz Agency (RSA) and founding member Stand Up To Cancer.
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Sue Schwartz, Partner, Robertson Schwartz Agency (RSA) and founding member Stand Up To Cancer.
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Angee Jenkins, Sr. Vice President, Marketing & Donor Relations (RSA)
“I stand up for my father.”

Julia Stein, Consumer Products & Creative Services (RSA)
“I stand up for the end of cancer and all that have been touched by it.”

Lauren Lewis, Director, Marketing & Donor Relations (RSA)
”I stand up for my dad and for all of my family and friends who have battled and lost, or are living with and fighting cancer.”

Jena Umfress, Manager, Marketing & Donor Relations (RSA)

Katie Saria, Coordinator, Marketing & Donor Relations (RSA)
“I stand up for my best friend, and anyone else’s best friends who have lost mothers too early.”

Vivian Ritchie Handler, Consumer Products & Creative Services (RSA)
“I stand up for dear friends and family that have lost the fight. I stand up for loved ones still pushing for more time on this Earth.”

Sean Fine, Executive Assistant (RSA)
“I stand up for ending cancer.”


Office Services

Irene Garcia, Human Resources Manager

Sean Mogridge, Office Services Coordinator



Jenny Kuntz, Senior Vice President, Operations
“I stand up for my dad who I lost to lung cancer and for many other friends and family who have been touched by this horrible disease.”

Chelsey Emanuel, Director of Operations

Dave Latham, Senior Asset & Licensing Manager

Bridget Kennedy, Donor Services Coordinator

Brittany Alexis, Operations Assistant


Philanthropy & Community Relations

Roop Sumal, Vice President, Philanthropy & Community Relations

James O’Sullivan, Director of Philanthropy & Corporate Relations

Bobby Fergerstrom, Senior Manager, Philanthropy & Community Relations
“I stand up to help continue the battle because I believe one day cancer will be defeated.”



David Bernstein, PhD, Senior Director, Science and Strategy

Catherine Higgins, PhD, Director of Scientific Program Management

Anabella Ciliberto, Catalyst Account Director

Joseph Kadish, Administrative Manager

Helen Martirosova, Scientific Program Coordinator

Cristina Fajardo, Clinical Trials Specialist

Lauren Zgorzynski, Administrative Assistant

Margaret Sullivan, Administrative Assistant

American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)

Margaret Foti, Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Foti oversees all activities related to AACR’s role as scientific partner for SU2C.
“I stand up for my sister who is an ovarian cancer survivor and for all those whose lives have been touched by cancer.”

Michael K. Stewart, Chief Financial Officer
“I stand up for my mother-in-law whom we lost to lymphoma and for many other friends and family whose lives have been cut short by cancer.”

Ruth E. Fortson, Director, Executive Office Administration
“I stand up for my great niece, Genevieve Ceperley.”

John Zhang, PhD, Senior Director, Scientific Review and Grants Administration
“I stand up for my brother who lost his battle against glioblastoma multiforme, my farther-in-law who is still fighting mantle cell lymphoma, and all those who are affected by cancer.”

Daphne Georlette, PhD, Assistant Director
“I stand up for Francis, a dear friend I have lost to AML.”

(Christina) Leah Kline, Senior Scientific Program Administrator
“I stand up for each cancer patient, young and old, and for each family member and friend, who walks alongside.”

Mary Zhi Wang, MPH, MS, Administrative Manager, SU2C Grants Administration
“I stand up for my father, grandfather, and my close friend Mi. They are dearly missed.”

Jacquelyn Crutchley, Program Associate
“I stand up for my Aunt Sharon who we lost to brain cancer, my Grammy who we lost to bone marrow cancer and my dear friend and mentor Brigid, a survivor of cancer. It seems every week I hear a new story of someone close struggling with cancer, I continue to stand up for them.”

Ariel Myatt, MS, Program Assistant
“I stand up for my good friends who have lost their lives or have been diagnosed with cancer and for all of those who seek to find hope for their loved ones affected by cancer.”

Jon G. Retzlaff, Managing Director, Science Policy and Government Affairs
“I stand up for all the researchers and clinicians who are focused every day on making progress against this dreaded disease that has affected so many, including my mom and aunt, and one of my closest friends from college, Kim Zurcher, who died of melanoma at the age of 38 and left behind a beautiful wife, Jennifer, and two wonderful children, Zachary and Lucas.”

Rick Buck, Senior Director, Communications and Public Relations

Richard L. Lobb, Director of Communications
“I stand up for Uncle Jack and Aunt Patsy, gone too soon from lung cancer and colon cancer, respectively.”

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