Board of Directors
The Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Board of Directors is composed of leaders in medicine, science, business, fundraising, and entertainment. Their expertise helps the Foundation continue its mission to save lives through cancer prevention and early detection.
Carolyn R. Aldigé, President and Founder
Scott McIntyre, Chairman
Gary Lytle, Vice Chairman
James L. Mulshine, M.D., Vice-Chairman, Scientific Director
Kathryn A. West, Secretary
Brock R. Landry, Treasurer
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Carolyn R. Aldigé, President and Founder Back to top
Ms. Aldigé is president of the Prevent Cancer Foundation (formerly the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation), a national non-profit organization she founded in 1985 in memory of her father, Edward P. Richardson, who died of cancer one year earlier. Ms. Aldigé is a member of he board of the National Coalition for Cancer Research, having served for eight years as its president. She also serves on boards of directors/advisors of six National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Centers and as a member of the board of four additional non-profit cancer-related organizations. She has been a member of C-Change (formerly the National Dialogue on Cancer) and serves on several key committees of this organization, as well as committees and task forces of the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Preventive Oncology and the Coalition for a Stronger FDA. She is vice president of the Global Lung Cancer Coalition and a member of the steering committees of the International Digestive Cancer Alliance and National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable. Ms. Aldigé was named a Washingtonian of the Year 1996 and has won acclaim from numerous non-profit organizations and cancer centers, as well as the National Cancer Institute.
Scott McIntyre, Chairman
Scott McIntyre leads PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) US Public Sector serving the business advisory needs of the U.S. Federal Government, state and local governments, and multilateral development agencies. He is also the co-lead for PwC’s Global Government and Public Sector Practice operating in more than 100 countries. Scott’s business unit works with leaders throughout the public sector and performs work ranging from foreign direct investment and reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan to fraud prevention and controls across federal agencies and crisis donor funds. Scott directly works with clients in the Department of Defense where he currently serves as the Client Leader for PwC’s work across DoD. Scott also serves as the President of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Solutions LLC, a technology subsidiary of PwC LLP.
Scott has more than twenty years of consulting, financial management and operations improvement experience with government, aerospace & defense and healthcare clients. He has participated or led large acquisitions working with private equity and strategic buyers in addition to working on several of PwC’s own transactions.
Scott is a former partner at KPMG where he worked in their Federal Government practice primarily with Defense and Public Health agencies and in KPMG’s Aerospace and Defense practice serving defense contractors.
Scott holds and MS in Information Systems from The Johns Hopkins University, an MBA from the Atkinson Graduate School of Management and a BA in Business Administration from Washington & Jefferson College.
Gary Lytle, Vice Chairman
Gary Lytle co-founded Clark, Lytle & Geduldig (formerly Clark & Lytle) and brings nearly 30 years of governmental relations experience to representing the interests of the firm’s clients. Prior to re-joining Clark, Lytle & Geduldig in 2008, Lytle was senior vice president of federal relations for Qwest, where he served as head of the Washington, D.C. office and lead lobbyist on all issues involving Congress, the Administration, and the Federal Communications Commission.
From September, 2000 until 2001, Lytle was interim president and chief executive officer of the United States Telecom Association (USTA). From 1993 to 1999, he was vice president of federal relations at Ameritech, and from 1980 to 1992 held government relations positions at Michigan Bell, including vice president of government affairs, where he was responsible for all state and federal relations activities.
Lytle is also on the board of directors of the University Club of Washington, D.C.
Lytle holds B.A. and M.B.A. degrees in Business Administration from Michigan State University, where he played varsity basketball and baseball. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Lytle currently resides in Arlington, Virginia. Lytle has four adult children.
James L. Mulshine, M.D., Vice-Chairman, Scientific Director
Dr. Mulshine is vice president and associate provost for research at Rush University Medical Center, responsible for all aspects of the research enterprise. Internationally recognized in lung cancer research, he previously served as head of the Intervention Section, Center for Cancer Research, at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). He is currently the principal investigator on seven studies, has been awarded eight patents and has been honored with numerous academic awards. Dr. Mulshine is on the editorial boards of Oncology, Cure, Cancer Today, International Journal of Oncology, Lung Cancer Frontiers, Cancer Prevention International and Clinical Cancer Research. He has written editorial reviews for the New England Journal of Medicine, Blood, Cancer, Journal of Clinical Oncology and Journal of the National Cancer Institute. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Association of Cancer Research and the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Mulshine received his bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross, and his medical degree from Loyola University of Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Mulshine has also served as the NCI intramural chair of the Institutional Review Board.
Kathryn A. West, RN, MSN, OCN, Secretary
Ms. West is advocacy director of Amgen Inc. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Science degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. She has worked as a pediatric oncology nurse, a bone marrow transplant nurse and in adult oncology nursing For ten years, she held positions as an oncology nurse and administrative director of Oncology Services at UCLA Medical Center, where she worked alongside world-renowned cancer researchers and physicians and managed a staff of over 170 health care providers. In collaboration with a dedicated team, Ms. West led the effort to develop and implement the Medical Center’s first Oncology Intermediate Care Unit. Also during her time at UCLA, Ms. West partnered with Kaiser Permanente to develop and implement the Urban HealthCare Project. This project was designed to provide healthcare to the underserved and uninsured population of South Central Los Angeles. Ms. West joined Amgen Inc. in March 2000 as national director of the Oncology Clinical Specialist team, managing a group of 40 oncology nurse specialists and 5 Regional Managers. In 2002, Ms. West transitioned to Marketing where she worked on the development and implementation of a national quality improvement project, the AIM Higher Initiative.
In March 2005, Ms. West assumed the position of advocacy director for the Oncology Business Unit (OBU) at Amgen. In her role as advocacy director, Ms. West works closely with Amgen’s Global Government Affairs (GGA) office in Washington D.C. to develop business plans, strategies and relationships with advocacy partners and organizations. Ms. West has been an active member of the Oncology Nursing Society since 1990 and has been recognized as an Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN) since 1992. She is active in her local ONS chapter and currently serves on the Board of her local Greater Los Angeles ONS chapter as their Government Liaison. Additional community activities include serving as youth ministry advisor at St. Brigid Catholic Church in Los Angeles and as a volunteer with Big Sisters of Los Angeles.
Brock R. Landry, Treasurer
Brock Landry is chairman of Venable LLP’s Government Division that includes over 150 lawyers in the legislative, regulatory, government contracts and local government practice areas. His own practice focuses on “trade association law,” which, for Mr. Landry, has a far reach. This broad area of law includes internal governance, non-profit taxation, antitrust, regulatory issues (environmental, health, and safety), international trade, standards development, litigation, legislative and general corporate matters. Mr. Landry received his J.D. at the University of Michigan Law School, 1974, Fettes College, Edinburgh, Scotland and his B.A., cum laude, from Yale University, 1970.
Active in community, civic, and charitable efforts, Mr. Landry also serves on the Board of Directors of Volunteers of America Chesapeake and on the Board of Trustees of the Cranbrook Educational Community.
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Christie Strategies is an independent media and political strategy firm providing government relations, communications, and diversity consulting for a wide range of companies and organizations. Ron Christie, founder and President of Christie Strategies, is a veteran senior advisor of both the White House and the Congress, brings years of government relations and media experience.
Christie was appointed a Resident Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University for the Fall 2011 term. He has also served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Haverford College as well as an adjunct professor at The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management and is a visiting assistant professor of Political Science at Haverford College. He has served as a guest lecturer at University of Virginia’s Center for Politics and is on George Washington University’s African American Leadership Board. Christie is a frequent television, radio, and print political commentator, and is the author of the book Black in the White House published by Nelson Current in January 2006.
Previously, Christie was Executive Vice President and Director of Global Government Affairs at Ruder Finn and of Counsel at the DC law firm of Patton Boggs, LLP. From 2002 to 2004, he was Acting Director of USA Freedom Corps and special assistant to President George W. Bush. He began service at the White House in 2001 as deputy assistant to Vice President Cheney for domestic policy, advising the Vice President on policy initiatives in health care, budget, tax, and other policy areas.
Prior to joining the Vice Presidentâ€™s staff, he briefly served as counsel to U.S. Senator George Allen (R-VA). He also served as senior advisor to former House Budget Committee Chairman John Kasich (R-OH). Active in international affairs, he was elected as a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations in 2001, a distinguished group devoted to promoting improved understanding of international affairs through the free exchange of ideas.
He is a published author of Acting White: The Curious History of a Racial Slur, and Blackwards: How Black Leadership is Returning America to the Days of Separate But Equal, and a frequent commentator on current political events and has appeared as a political/legal analyst on The Situation Room, Hannity & Colmes, The Oâ€™Reilly Factor, Fox and Friends, Hardball with Chris Matthews, Lou Dobbs Tonight, The Tavis Smiley Show, and Fox News Sunday. Christie regularly appears as a political contributor on National Public Radio and The Takeaway – a unique collaboration between PRI (Public Radio International), WNYC Radio, WGBH (Boston),The New York Times and BBC.
Based in Washington, D.C. He received his B.A. from Haverford College and his J.D. from the George Washington University National Law Center.
Mr. Figdor is a general partner with Tiedemann Investment Group, a privately held investment partnership, and a portfolio manager at Tiedemann Arbitrage Associates Fund. He received his M.B.A. in finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University, and graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in finance from the UConn School of Business.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of the University of Connecticut Foundation and has supported the UConn School of Business, the Fund for UConn and the Alumni Association.
Mr. Figdor and his wife Michele are long-time supporters of the Foundation, and have held a semi-annual fundraiser since 2004 when they threw a cocktail party fundraiser. The following year they increased their involvement by hosting their first of many Texas Hold Em’ Poker Tournament fundraisers in New York City. The most recent Poker Tournament in 2010 raised over $115,000 and in total their events have raised over $300, 000
Jeremy Hardy FitzGerald
Ms. FitzGerald is currently on the Board of the National Rehabilitation Hospital and co-chair of their development and communication committee. She was educated at National Cathedral School and holds a B.A. from Hollins University, has served on the school’s Board of Trustees and as chair of the Parents Council, and received the Roth Award for Distinguished Alumna. Ms. FitzGerald has kept busy working at the Landon School as an editor with the Parents Bulletin, as Chair of the Mothers Committee and Garden Festival, as well as Founder and Chair of the school’s Christmas greens sale and Antique Show, as well as Co-chair of the Grandparents Annual Giving. In addition, Ms. FitzGerald has served as Trustee for the Gunnery School in Washington, Connecticut.
Other community service includes serving as Chair of the Advisory Board for the Girl Scouts of D.C.; and serving the Children’s Hospital; National Museum Women in The Arts; Junior League of Washington; Women’s Center of Vienna, VA; Capitol Speakers Club; Chevy Chase Park; and Director Indian Beach.
As CEO of the top-ranked Podesta Group, Kimberley Fritts oversees the operations of a multimillion dollar government relations and global public affairs firm in Washington, DC. Voted best lobbying shop by Legal Times readers and named to PR Week’s list of top US public relations firms, the Podesta Group has enjoyed profound growth under Kimberley’s leadership, landing her on Washington Business Journal’s recent list of “Women Who Mean Business.”
Formerly the Southern Political Director for the Republican National Committee, Kimberley also serves as the firm’s point person on politics in the Southeastern United States. Her extensive campaign experience includes serving as Deputy Campaign Manager for former Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL) and as Political Director for former US Senator Connie Mack (R-FL).
In addition to her management duties, Kimberley regularly works with Podesta Group client managers to craft inventive political, legislative and strategic communications strategies that position organizations for success in Washington and around the globe. Kimberley is a skilled coalition builder, and among her achievements on behalf of firm clients, she was responsible for building an industry-wide alliance of the major television broadcast networks and motion picture studios that resulted in the design and implementation of the current television ratings parental guideline system.
Whether heading up government relations campaigns in Washington or developing political strategies on the local level, Kimberley brings her tested know-how to bear on behalf of the firm’s clients. A Mississippi native, she earned her BA at The George Washington University. Kimberley lives in Arlington, VA with husband, Marion Turner, and their daughter Margaret Turner.
Joyce H. Gates
Joyce Gates is the Managing Partner of Warehouse Productions, LLC, an event planning business that specializes in large-scale events. She has extensive experience in fundraising, government relations, and on Capitol Hill, having worked for many years as a lobbyist for the food industry, and as Chief of Staff for a senior member of the U.S. House of Representatives. She is a Board member and Development Committee Chair of Dress for Success DC, a non-profit organization that provides interview suits, mentoring, and career development to low-income women in over 75 cities worldwide. She also serves on the Steering Committee for the annual fundraising dinner for the Consortium of Catholic Academies in DC. Joyce and her husband Bruce chaired the Prevent Cancer Spring Gala in 2007, and Joyce co-chaired the 2011 Spring Gala. She has been active in many Congressional and Gubernatorial campaigns, and also fundraising efforts to elect women to the U.S. House. Joyce graduated from the University of Illinois, and she and Bruce have three sons and live in Alexandria, Virginia.
Gordon (Don) Hutchins, Jr.
Gordon (Don) Hutchins, Jr. is president and chief operating officer of Fusion Telecommunications International, Inc., a global telecommunications service provider. In his position, he manages all day-to-day operations of the company’s business providing Internet-based voice and data telecommunications services to corporations, as well as other service providers, throughout the world. Prior to joining Fusion in late 2005, Mr. Hutchins served as CEO of SwissFone, an international telecommunications carrier based in Washington, D.C., and as CEO of STAR Telecommunications, based in Santa Barbara, California. He has also served for the past 20 years as chairman of GH Associates, Inc., a management strategy consulting firm that he founded. During that time, he has consulted to over 100 telecommunications and technology businesses throughout the world, and has served in interim CEO/COO roles with ten of them. Prior to founding GH Associates, Mr. Hutchins served as CEO of ICC Communications and as CEO of LDX NET, and held positions with MCI, McDonnell Douglas, and AT&T. A committed entrepreneur, Mr. Hutchins also founded and built Telecom One, a long distance company later sold to Broadwing Communications, and TCO Network Services, a local wireless services carrier that was purchased by Winstar. Mr. Hutchins is a founder of the Association of Communications Enterprises (ASCENT) and the European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA), a director and executive committee member of the U.S. Internet Industry Association, and an experienced corporate director who has served on the boards of public and private enterprises within the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan. He holds a BSEE degree from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from the University of Dallas.
Katherine Kennedy is an entrepreneur, philanthropist and television personality with experience in logistical organizing, strategic partnerships, and corporate social responsibility as a means for both bettering community relations and strategic social marketing.
Ms. Kennedy is the Founder of KMK PR and Consulting where she advises on fundraising, strategic partnerships and marketing campaigns. She has works with organizations such as the Prevent Cancer Foundation, The United Nations Foundation, MS Society, The Canary Foundation and a dozen others while also consulting with social entrepreneurial ventures likes TOMS Shoes.
She was recently honored as one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Shapers. She was honored to be a part of the 2010 White House’s “Next Generation Leaders” program, received an award in 2010 for the Rosewood 30 under 30 in Social Entrepreneurship, was honored as Loyola Marymount University’s Leadership Institute’s Service and Leadership recipient in 2010, received the Apex Society’s 30 under 30 in Media and Philanthropy in 2010, and was celebrated as the 2008 Washington Center’s award recipient for Civic Engagement.
Ms. Kennedy has a Master’s Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University, a Masters in Communication, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University and a BA in Business and Political Science from Loyola Marymount University.
Jon E. Mittelhauser
Jon is the Vice President of Engineering for Nebula. (www.nebula.com)
A veteran of multiple successful start-ups, Mr. Mittelhauser has a proven track record of building highly regarded and nimble engineering organizations from the ground up and helping to architect world-changing technologies.
Most recently, Mr. Mittelhauser ran the software organization at OnLive, Inc. and had overall management responsibility for the successful launch of their service in 2010. He helped grow OnLive’s engineering organization from 20 engineers to nearly 200, and put in place the teams, processes and infrastructure necessary to launch the service to millions of users across multiple data centers and thousands of servers.
He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, graduating from there with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science in 1992 and a Master’s degree in 1994.
Mittelhauser is married with two daughters.
Joann Piccolo opened the Global Government Affairs Office for TE Connectivity (TE) in January 2007. She is responsible for overseeing government relations globally for the company with offices in Washington, D.C., Switzerland, and China. Responsibilities of the office include the coordination of all public policy issues globally, assisting the businesses in their governmental interface as well as branding the corporation with the various governments.
Prior to joining TE, Joann worked for Motorola for 23 years and served as the Corporate Vice President of U.S. Government Relations. She also was Assistant Vice President for Government Relations for the New York Commodity Exchange (COMEX) and served as a legislative staff assistant in the U.S. Senate.
Joann serves as a member of the Boards/Advisory Committee and/or Executive committees of the TE Connectivity Foundation, Organization for International Investment (OFII), Public Affairs Council, National Women’s History Museum, The Foundation for Public Affairs, National Foreign Trade Council, the European-American Business Council, the Ripon Society and the National Science & Technology Education Partnership, as well as serving on leadership committees with many industry and political associations. Joann holds degrees in both History and Political Science from Dunbarton College, Washington, D.C. She is married to Tim Carmody and resides in McLean, Virginia.
She is a renowned strategist with more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry and in bank regulation and policy. Her career includes work with the FDIC and Office of Thrift Supervision and, most recently, serving as a fixed income strategist who provides frequent market commentary in national media interviews.
Her career includes serving as the Senior Advisor to the Deputy Director and COO of the Office of Thrift Supervision on policy and operational issues. Before that, she spent 12 years as Chief Market Strategist for fixed income capital markets at Legg Mason and participated in the development and oversight of institutional and retail business lines and also spent five years with the FDIC as Deputy Assistant Director, managing the policy and training section of the Office of Capital Markets.
Stark has made numerous media appearances with high-profile broadcast, print and digital outlets, including interviews with CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Fox Business News, Reuters and the Dow Jones News Service (Wall Street Journal).
Mr. Swygert serves is an executive with Capital One ®. He previously served as the Regional President for Greater Washington, D.C. at Wachovia Corporation, and as Retail and Small Business Banking Executive for Southern California and Arozpna operations of Wachovia Corp. since December 2005. He has led successful retail teams for Wachovia for many years and served as retail banking executive for Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
He first joined Wachovia in 1988, and has held numerous roles since then, including small business executive; group retail bank executive, Western Banking Group; retail bank executive, Mid-Atlantic and PennDel; retail bank director; financial sales leader; and regional marketing manager. His prior experience at Wachovia gave him a deep and broad understanding of retail banking, including leading sales teams, managing marketing efforts and leading a branch in his first job at Wachovia as a branch manager.
Mr. Swygert serves as Director of Northern Virginia Technology Council, is a board member of Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area, The Fishing School, Junior Achievement of America, Holy Cross Hospital Foundation, The Phillips Collection, and the Fairfax Symphony. He is also a member of The Economic Club and the Greater Washington Board of Trade.
Mr. Swygert holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and finance from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.
Alan P. Dye
Mr. Dye was born in Eustis, Florida in 1946. He attended Duke University (A.B., 1968) and received his legal education at University of Florida (J.D., 1971) and New York University (LL.M. in Taxation, 1973). He was an attorney-advisor to Judge Austin Hoyt, U.S. Tax Court, from 1973-1975. Mr. Dye is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the Florida Bar, as well as the American Bar Association (member, Exempt Organizations Committee of the Taxation Section, 1977 to present). He is a fellow with the American College of Tax Counsel as well as the American Society of Association Executives. Mr. Dye, a founding member of the Prevent Cancer Foundation Board of Directors, was elected as chairman in 1994 and served until 1996.
The Honorable Harold M. Keshishian
Mr. Keshishian was born in London, England in 1929 and raised in Washington, D.C. since 1931. He was the president of Mark Keshishian and Sons Oriental Rugs, founded by his father and uncle in 1907. Mr. Keshishian received a presidential appointment by George Bush and then by Bill Clinton to the Cultural Properties Advisory Committee. He served in the army as a communications specialist, stationed in Germany. He was a member of the Metropolitan Club in Washington, D.C., a collector of antiquities, and author of numerous books. He served on various cultural and civic boards including the Textile Museum and was director emeritus of the Prevent Cancer Foundation as well as a member of the Finance Committee.
David S. Alberts, M.D.
Dr. Alberts is regents professor of Medicine, Pharmacology, Public Health, Nutritional Sciences, & BI05 Institute and Director of the Arizona Cancer Center. Dr. Alberts was a member of the President’s Cancer Advisory Board and is a member of the AACR, ASPO, and the ASCO. He is presently on the Board of Advisors of the National Cancer Institute. He has served as chair of the Cancer Prevention and Control Committee, Gynecologic Oncology Group, as well as served on the Board of the National Cancer Advisory Board, clinical Trials Working Group. Dr. Alberts has also served on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. He has been a member of the Board of the Prevent Cancer Foundation since 1994 and served as vice chairman of the Foundation Board and was scientific director from 1997 – 2003. He is currently director emeritus of the Prevent Cancer Foundation and chairman of the Medical Advisory Board.
Catherine P. Bennett
Catherine Bennett is the senior vice president of the National Foreign Trade Council, which was founded in 1914 to advocate for trade liberalization and a rules based world economy. She joined the organization, which represents the policy interests of its 300 members through its offices in New York, NY and Washington, DC, in October 2007.
Before joining the NFTC, Ms. Bennett was a partner with Venable LLP in Washington, D.C., where she focused on a wide range of legislative and regulatory issues. Prior to that, she worked for almost 28 years for Pfizer Inc where she served as vice president of Government Relations and had global responsibility for issues relating to international trade, taxation, and intellectual property protection. Ms. Bennett also served on the National Security Council Staff at the White House and as an aide to Representative Peter H.B. Frelinghuysen.
Ms. Bennett has a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and a Masters Degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She is also a graduate of Smith College. She has been a member of the Prevent Cancer Foundation Board of Directors since 1994 and is currently chairman emeritus. She and her husband, Fred Frailey, live in McLean, Virginia and have five children.
Mrs. Bush is an actress and has performed on numerous stages throughout the Washington, D.C. area as well as summer stock in Maine. She also volunteers regularly in her community at Paul Spring’s Retirement Home and Carpenter’s Shelter. She is a former board member of Very Special Arts Foundation and Capital Children’s Museum. She is currently a member of the 1872 Society of Alexandria Hospital. Mrs. Bush is a cancer survivor. She has been a member of the Prevent Cancer Foundation Board of Directors since 1991 and is currently director emeritus.
Marcia Myers Carlucci
Ms. Carlucci has served in senior governmental relations positions in the U.S. Senate, two government agencies, and with the Washington office of PriceWaterhouseCoopers. She is a member of the Board of Reading is Fundamental; the Jamestown Foundation; the National Museum of Women int he Arts and the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation. She has served on the boards of Children’s Television Workshop and the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. Ms. Carlucci was also chairman of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Service (DACOWITS), and coordinated a worldwide Voting Assistance Project for the Defense Department.
Alexine Clement Jackson
Mrs. Jackson has been an active volunteer in the Washington community for over 30 years. Her past volunteer service includes: Community Foundation for the National Capital Region (immediate past chair); board member, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts; Co-chair, 25th Anniversary Gala for the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts; chair of the 1994 Wolf Trap Ball; Washington Concert Opera; co-chair, 125th Anniversary Gala Dinner for Howard University College of Medicine. Mrs. Jackson served a 5-year term (1996-2001) as national board president of the YWCA of the USA. She is a past chairman of the board of the Washington Performing Arts Society and past president of the YWCA of the National Capital Area.
Mrs. Jackson’s current board memberships include: Black Women’s Agenda (Immediate Past Chair), The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Strathmore Hall Arts Center, Intercultural Cancer Council (past chair), National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and since 1996 a director of the Prevent Cancer Foundation where she is currently director emeritus. As a 22-year breast cancer survivor, Mrs. Jackson has been an advocate and public spokesperson for cancer prevention, early detection and quality healthcare for all. She has been featured in an ad highlighting the importance of pharmaceutical research in cancer survivorship which has appeared in many national magazines.
Among the several special honors bestowed on Mrs. Jackson are the following: an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, by Spelman College in Atlanta, GA (April, 1998); Spirit of Giving Award (May 2006) by The Community Foundation of the National Capital Region); 2005 Dorothy I. Height Leadership Service Award at the Martin Luther King International Breakfast; 2004 Community Service award (with husband) by the Interfaith Conference of Metro Washington; 2001 Community Service award by The Black Women’s Agenda; the Cultural Alliance 1996 Founders’ Award in the category of Distinguished Service to the Arts; “Woman of Courage and Distinction Award” by the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs at its Centennial Convention in 1996; a 1994 Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian magazine. Mrs. Jackson is a magna cum laude graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, GA and has a Master of Arts degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.
Betty C. Alewine is the former president and chief executive officer of COMSAT Corporation, a global provider of satellite services and digital networking services and technology. During her service with COMSAT, Mrs. Alewine concurrently served from 1990 to 1995 as the United States’ representative to the Board of Governors of INTELSAT, the body responsible for INTELSAT’s strategic business, financial and operating decisions. During this time period, Mrs. Alewine also served as vice chairman and chairman of the INTELSAT Board.
Mrs. Alewine is a director of the New York Life Insurance Company, a vice chairman of the Kennedy Center Corporate Fund, and a member of the Inter-American Development Bank Advisory Council and the Business-Higher Education Forum. Mrs. Alewine also has served on the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Council (NSTAC), the U.S. Department of State’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy, the Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC), and the Board of Directors of the United States Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI).
Michael F. Brewer
Mr. Brewer is the president of Drug Innovation & Design, Inc. (DIAD) in Newton, Massachusetts, a start-up company focused on new cancer therapies. Previously, he was senior vice president, Communications and Government Affairs, and vice president, Government Affairs with The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation. Mr. Brewer has also served as director, Environment and Public Affairs at Cummins Engine Co. in Columbus, Indiana, and as assistant vice president for Government and Community Affairs at Harvard University where he received his J.D. degree. He is past chairman and past president of the Board of Directors of the National Symphony Orchestra Association, is past chairman of the National Trustees of the National Symphony Orchestra, and served on the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee and it Human Gene Therapy Subcommittee at the Natinal Insitutes of Health, among other roles.
Mr. Doornink is executive chairman of Turtle Beach, Inc., leading provider of headsets and other audio peripherals for gaming devices and is an operating partner with Stripes Group, a private investment firm. Mr. Doornink serves as senior advisor to the board of directors of Activision-Blizzard and is founder of Erasmus Equity Investments, LLC. Mr. Doornink has been a member of the board of directors and president of Activision, Inc., chief executive officer of Activision Publishing, and president of Hunt-Wesson Snack Food, a division of ConAgra Foods. Prior to this, he worked at the Procter & Gamble Company for 13 years. Mr. Doornink holds an MBA from Columbia University. He received his undergraduate degree in economics from Hogere Economische School of Arnhem in the Netherlands. Mr. Doornink supports a number of charitable organizations with missions that range from fighting cancer to improving education.
Joel Jankowsky heads the policy department at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer Feld LLP. He also serves as a member of the firm’s management committee. Mr. Jankowsky represents numerous clients on a variety of public policy matters, with an emphasis on entertainment, telecommunications and technology-related issues.
Prior to joining the firm in 1977, Mr. Jankowsky was legislative assistant to the Honorable Carl Albert, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, from 1972 to 1977. Mr. Jankowsky served as a captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps from 1968 to 1972.
Mr. Jankowsky received his B.B.A. in 1965 and his J.D. in 1968 from the University of Oklahoma. He is a member of the Bars of Oklahoma and the District of Columbia, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Military Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mr. Jankowsky is active in numerous civic and community programs. He chairs the board of directors of the Close Up Foundation; serves on the boards of directors of the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C., and the Bryce Harlow Foundation; serves on the board of advisors of the Carl Albert Center at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma; and is a sustaining director of the Prevent Cancer Foundation. He previously served as a member of the Page Review Commission for the U.S. House of Representatives and as a member of the board of trustees of The Potomac School in McLean, Virginia
Ms. Leahy is the spouse of long-time Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy and is a Registered Nurse who has worked in Vermont, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Most recently, she worked as a staff nurse in the Medical-Surgical Unit of Arlington Hospital in northern Virginia. She is now a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Vermont College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Ms. Leahy is also the honorary chair of the Vermont National Guard Family Support Program, which helps ensure that the families of the state’s citizen-soldiers receive the assistance and care they need during lengthy deployments of their loved ones.
Jean Perin is an interior designer and philanthropist who works on land conservation and transportation issues in Virginia. She serves on the boards of the Piedmont Environmental Council and the Virginia League of Conservation Voters. She is the Conservation Chairman of the Fauquier Loudoun Garden Club.
Jean Perin is serving her second term as a board member for the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation. Ms. Perin helps the organization by raising funds to support researchers and to educate the public about cancer prevention.
Ms. Roane is now in her 28th year with W*USA TV 9. She currently co-anchors 9 NEWS NOW from 5-7am and 9-10am. During her career, Ms. Roane has covered a wealth of hard news stories, from politics, the arts, education and sports to women’s health issues. She has interviewed newsmakers, entertainers, and politicians including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Defense Secretary William Cohen, David Rockefeller, Michael J. Fox, Danny Glover, Magic Johnson and author Mary Higgins Clarke. She covered the 1996 Republican and Democratic conventions and the 1988 GOP convention. Ms. Roane was recently selected as a distinguished annual honoree by the ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership’s Greater Washington Network, which recognized Andrea’s outstanding work within the community and the region as a “leader and trailblazer deserving of recognition.”
Ms. Roane is best known to viewers for her passionate reporting on breast health issues and promoting the importance of early detection in the fight against breast cancer through the Buddy Check 9 program which was launched in partnership with the Prevent Cancer Foundation in 1993. Ms. Roane was named one of Washingtonian Magazine’s sixteen “Washingtonians Of The Year” in 2006 for her continued work on breast cancer awareness.
Ms. Roane’s commitment to women’s health and community service has been recognized with many awards, locally and nationally. Ms. Roane co-chairs the Kennedy Center Community and Friends Board and is a board member of the National Museum of Women In The Arts. She is also a member of the Howard University Hospital Cancer Advisory Board and Trustee of the Catholic University of America. Ms. Roane is a member of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (Federal Association); the Women’s Forum of Washington. She is a lifetime member of both the NAACP and the National Council of Negro Women.
Leading lifestyle expert David Tutera is hailed as an artistic visionary whose ability, uniquely creative talents and outstanding reputation have made him a tremendous success in the lifestyle arena. Mr. Tutera has created a name for himself by taking his passion for designing spectacular events and transforming it into a lifestyle. He continuously exceeds the expected with an unmatched level of inspiration, imagination, and innovation to create the latest trends in entertaining. At age 19, Mr. Tutera opened his own events planning business. Today, David Tutera Inc. is an award winning company built from experience, dedication and Mr. Tutera’s natural talent for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. His name has become synonymous with style, elegance, creativity and vision.
Honored in 2006 by Modern Bride Magazine as one of the “Top 25 Trendsetters of the Year,” Mr. Tutera is also a contributing entertaining expert on ABC’s hit morning show The View, TBS’s Movie And A Makeover, as well as on The Tony Danza Show. He is also a professional speaker hired by Condé Nast, In Style and many others to lecture on the topics of weddings, lifestyle, design and more. In addition, Mr. Tutera was recently awarded as the “2005 Best Celebrity Wedding Planner” by Life & Style Magazine. He has been featured on many television shows as well as in a variety of publications. Mr. Tutera has designed events for both celebrities and charities and he has published four books, which became national bestsellers.
Ms. Vanderhye is a community activist and served from 2008-2010 as a delegate of the 34th district in the Virginia House of Delegates . She served on the House Science and Technology Committee and was appointed to the Joint Study Commission on Bioscience and Biotechnology. She is an articulate and skilled public servant, community leader and activist on many issues. Ms. Vanderhye was appointed by Governor Mark Warner and re-appointed by Governor Tim Kaine to the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority. She was previously appointed by President Bill Clinton to the National Capital Planning Commission and was the NCPC representative to the Transportation Planning Board for the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments. At NCPC, she was also chairman of the Task Force for Memorials. Governor Doug Wilder appointed Ms. Vanderhye to the Chesapeake Bay Local Assistance Board and the Commission on Population Growth and Development. Past president of the Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions, she is also past chairman of the Northern Virginia Planning District Commission. She serves on the boards of the Claude Moore Colonial Farm, and Our Military Kids, a nonprofit that assists the children of National Guard and Reserve members deployed in the war on terrorism. Earlier in her distinguished career, Ms. Vanderhye served as assistant to both Dr. Henry Kissinger and the Honorable Brent Scowcroft at the National Security Council in the White House and as a research assistant for the Brookings Institution.
Virginia A. Weil
Ms. Weil serves as Senior Vice President of the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU) and head of the Washington office. Ms. Weil directs BCIU’s U.S. and foreign government relations, program development, commercial training functions and membership services. BCIU, a not-for-profit business association, is dedicated to supporting and furthering America’s business leadership in the global marketplace. Prior to joining BCIU, Ms. Weil was assistant vice president for Government Liaison in the Washington office of Edison Mission Energy. Ms. Weil was also a senior manager at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu International in the firm’s Communications Group, with a focus on international government liaison for the U.S. firm’s industry groups. In addition, Ms. Weil previously served in the Finance Department of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) where she was responsible for all phases of project lending to U.S. private sector investors in international projects. Prior to her work at OPIC, Ms. Weil was a financial analyst at Sears World Trade, Inc. Ms. Weil is a member of the Board of Trustees of Wheaton College and has served on boards and advisory councils for a number of institutions focusing on business, women’s and social service issues.
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