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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 program 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, Ph.D., R.N., SU2C’s Current Council of Founders and Advisors (CFA) / President & CEO
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Lisa Paulsen, President & Chief Executive Officer and founding member Stand Up To Cancer
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Edward Rada, Chief Operating Officer

Deborah Morrison, Chief Financial Officer

Chris Diaz, Executive Assistant to Chief Executive Officer

Frederick Johnson, Executive Assistant to Chief Operating Officer
”I stand up my father who I lost to colon cancer.”

Vance White, Executive Assistant to Chief Financial Officer

Business Development

Linda MacMaster, Vice President, Business Development

Renee Nicholas, Associate Vice President, Advocacy and Strategic Collaborations for SU2C

David Bernstein, PhD, Director of Program Management & Strategic Initiatives, SU2C

Terry Norton-Wright, Special Projects, Business Development
“I stand up for my mother Helen, my brother Scott, my grandmother Gisella, my aunt Shouling, my uncle Carl, my aunt Maria, and my aunt Milly.”

Amelia Johnson, Coordinator, Business Development


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

Maurine Slutzky, 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.”

Misty Espinoza, Associate Vice President, Communications
“I stand up for my Uncle Mike, who is a survivor, and for all my friends who have lost too many parents and grandparents too soon.”

Tim Hammill, Director of Communications

Libeth Morales, Senior Manager, Communications

Arthur Nguyen, Manager, Communications
“I stand up for my Aunt Binh, who we miss every day.”

Taylor Ratcliff, Associate Manager, Communications

Joseph Kadish, Coordinator, Communications


Robyn Bucknam, Director of Technology
“I stand up for my daughter Pearl and the loved ones that I’ve lost.”

Maggie Bell, Digital Program Manager

Stephanie Bours, Digital Program Manager

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.”

Matthew Lacombe, Social Media Assistant


Shawn Burke, Vice President & Controller

Stephan Ceryanek, Vice President
“I Stand Up To Cancer because I want to spare others from experiencing the pain this terrible disease inflicts.”

Seng Diep, Senior Accountant
“I stand up to help find a cure for this dreadful disease.”

Kristian Hagar, Accounting Coordinator - Receivables
”I stand up for all those who have survived and continue to fight cancer every day.”

Jade Smith, Accounts Payable Coordinator

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.”

In-House Production Team

Pamela Oas Williams, In-House Executive Producer and SU2C Council of Founders and Advisors (CFA)
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“I stand up for my beloved friend Laura who inspired me every day with her indefatigable spirit to Stand Up To Cancer.”

Bedonna Smith, In-House Producer
“I stand up for family members who have passed away, and in honor of all those living with and fighting this disease.”

Nailah Holiday, In-House Associate Producer

Rachael Nisenkier, In-House Associate Producer

Lauren Crasner, Assistant to the Producers

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 (RSA)
“I stand up for my father.”

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

Carly Johnson, Marketing Manager (RSA)
“I stand up for my Aunt Carolyn and all my friends and family who have lost someone in the fight.”

Lauren Lewis, Marketing Manager (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.”

Lucy Blodgett Fisher, Digital Marketing and Emerging Platforms (RSA)
“I stand up for my sister. I stand up for Glen. I stand up for everyone’s loved ones fighting this disease.”

Vivian Ritchie Handler, Executive Assistant (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.”

Business & Legal Affairs

Casey Oetgen, Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs
“I stand up for Jenn and Christine, two dear friends who continue to inspire me long after we had to say goodbye too soon.”

Samantha Ramirez, Assistant, Business & Legal Affairs


Jenny Kuntz, 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, Operations

Bridget Kennedy, Assistant, Operations

Courtney Crook, Assistant, Operations

Philanthropy & Community Relations

Roop Sumal, Vice President, Philanthropy & Community 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.”

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.”

Frédéric Biemar, Senior Program Administrator
“I stand up for children with cancer.”

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

Patrice J. Morin, PhD, Senior Director, Scientific Review and Grants Administration
“I stand up for my father, a survivor of lung cancer, and for many friends who have been affected by this disease.”

Emer M. Smyth, PhD, Senior Program Administrator
“I stand up for my beloved uncle Micko, who died of renal cancer, my dear friend Connie, a two time breast cancer survivor, and for everyone who has faced cancer in their lives.”

Renee M. Balliet, PhD, Program Administrator (SU2C)
“I stand up for my mom, my cousin Trissy, and all the other strong fighters battling cancer.”

Leslie D. Medley, Senior Program Coordinator
“I stand up for my grandfather and my sister, Rachel.”

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

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This year, approximately 1.65 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer and about 585,720 will die of the disease.