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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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Susan Frank, Chief Operating Officer
”I’m standing up to end cancer. I honor all of those who survive this horrible disease and the memory of those that have been lost to all of us. As a proud member of this program, SU2C, I feel this really could be the beginning of the end of cancer. Watching my friends and family members battle cancer has humbled me.”

Deborah Morrison, Chief Financial Officer

Terry Norton-Wright, Director, Office of the President & Chief Executive Officer
“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.”

Frederick Johnson, Administrative Manager
”I stand up my father who I lost to colon cancer.”

Chris Diaz, Executive Assistant to Chief Executive Officer

Shirley Vivion, Executive Assistant to Chief Operating Officer
“I’m privileged to be part of this absolutely incredible team and feel like I’m part of something infinitely bigger than all of us! I stand up for my dear friend, Neil Pennywitt and his family during Neil’s brave battle with Merkel Cell Carcinoma.”

Vance White, Executive Assistant to Chief Financial Officer

Business Development

Tom Chiodo, Senior Vice President, Business Development
“I stand up for my mom, dad and best friend. My dad had three types of cancer in his lifetime and lived to be a healthy 95 years young. My mom passed away at age 67 from metastatic breast cancer, but in her years with us, taught me how to Stand Up. I lost my best friend Katie on Christmas Day 2010. Katy faced cancer with amazing grace and then donated her body to science so she could stand up with us until the day that everyone diagnosed with cancer will be a survivor.”

Bari Medgaus, Vice President, Business Development

Renee Nicholas, Associate Vice President, Business Development

Kimber Smith, Senior Project Manager, Business Development

Calle Norman, Manager, Business Development

Nicole George, Manager, Business Development

Alicia Cordova, Project Coordinator, Business Development


Kathleen Lobb, Senior Vice President, Communications, 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, Senior Director, 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.”

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

Libeth Morales, Manager, Communications

Taylor Ratcliff, Coordinator, Communications

Joseph Kadish, Coordinator, Communications


Eric Holden, Senior Vice President, Digital Media

Jules DiBiase, Associate Vice President, Digital/Web
“I stand up for my mom, and for my baby girl—who never met her grandmother—in hopes that my daughter and her generation will never again have to lose someone they love to this disease.”

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

Louise Cobb, Online Content Editor

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.”

Paige McCallum, Digital Media Coordinator
“I stand up for my best friend who left us way too soon, and all others in the fight seeking new treatments.”

Finance and Administration

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

JW Walton, Director, Information Technology
“I stand up for Denise, my aunt, who lost her battle with cancer and for my grandparents and uncle who continue to fight.”

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.”

Baxter Carcamo, Coordinator, Information Technology
“I stand up to cancer because I believe that once you choose hope, anything is possible.”

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.”

Madeline W. Marotto, In-House Producer
“I stand up for Grandpa John, my aunt Sheila and my mother-in-law Karen Warmer, whom we lost too soon to cancer, and for my dad and father-in-law who are both prostate cancer survivors.”

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.”

Rachael Nisenkier, In-House Production Coordinator
“I stand up for Chiam, Rose, and the too many other family members who lost their battle with Pancreatic Cancer, and for Joan, who is currently in the fight.”

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, Vice President, Marketing and Communications (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.”

Blair Konier, Marketing Coordinator (RSA)
“I stand up for future generations and all of those in the fight.”

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

Lauren Lewis, Assistant (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.”

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.”


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.”

Tia Skulski, Director, Human Resources

Chelsey Emanuel, Director, Operations

Rosie Richardson, Senior Office Manager
“I stand up in memory of family members and friends who have lost their battle with cancer and in honor of survivors and those fighting this awful disease.”

Talar Melkonian, Coordinator, Human Resources

Tiffany Johnson, Paralegal
“I stand up for all of my family and friends who have lost their loved ones to cancer.”

Bree Bowman, Donor Services Coordinator
“I stand up for my mother Sally, a breast cancer survivor who is an inspiration to both myself and countless others in the fight.”

Bridget Kennedy, Assistant, Operations

Matthew Lacombe, Front Desk Administrator

Philanthropic Services

Roop Sumal, Program Director, Philanthropic Services

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

Special Events & Projects

Cathy James, Senior Vice President, Special Events & Talent Relations

Dennis Riley, Senior Manager, Special Events
“I stand up for Kathy Simkin, a wonderful woman taken too early.”

Emily Hofstein, Director, Special Events
“I stand up for my friend who lost the battle to cancer way too young and for all those fighting every day.”

Isabella Cutini, Coordinator, Special Events
“I stand up for those who may not have anyone to support them, and may they all have toughness in soul and spirit.”

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.