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 of saving lives across all populations through cancer prevention and early detection.
Carolyn R. (“Bo”) Aldigé is Founder and CEO of the Prevent Cancer Foundation, a national non-profit organization she started in 1985 in memory of her father, who died of cancer one year earlier. In the more than 30 years since its inception, the Prevent Cancer Foundation® has become nationally recognized as a leader in the fight against cancer through prevention and early detection. The foundation, a four-star rated charity, was selected by its peers and named a “Top Non-Profit” by Philanthropedia, an affiliate of GuideStar.
Ms. Aldigé has served on boards of directors/advisors of eight National Cancer Institute designated Cancer Centers, including the External Advisory Board of the top-ranked MD Anderson Cancer Center. She is a member of the boards of directors of the National Coalition for Cancer Research (having served for eight years as its president), Friends of Cancer Research and the Intercultural Cancer Council; the Council of Scientific Advisors of the American Association for Cancer Research; and the Patient Advocate Advisory Board of Stand Up to Cancer. She is vice-chairman of the Global Lung Cancer Coalition (GLCC), a member of the executive committee of the International Digestive Cancer Alliance (IDCA), a member of the Advisory Board of the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program, and a member of the board of directors of the International Society for Cancer Prevention (ISCaP).
For her many contributions to the Washington, DC community, Carolyn Aldigé was named a Washingtonian of the Year 1996. She has been honored by the National Cancer Institute and is the only individual who has received Public Service Awards from the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Preventive Oncology. In October 2015, she received the Platinum Award for Outstanding Contributions to Healthcare from the publication Medical Marketing & Media. She has also been honored by numerous non-profit organizations and cancer centers.
Gary Lytle co-founded CGCN Group (formerly Clark & Lytle) in 2008. He is now an Associate of the firm.
From 2001-2008, he was senior vice president of federal relations for Qwest, where he served as head of the Washington, DC office. From 2000-2001 he served as interim president and CEO at the United States Telecom Association.
From 1993-1999, he was vice president of federal relations at Ameritech and from 1980 to 1992 held government relations positions at Michigan Bell.
Lytle holds B.A. and M.B. A. degrees in business administration from Michigan State University, where he played varsity basketball and baseball.
He is a former member of the board of directors of the Washington Performing Arts Society and a current member of the boards of the Prevent Cancer Foundation and the University Club of Washington, DC. A native of Detroit, Lytle resides in Arlington, VA.
Joann Piccolo is a principal in Carmody Consulting, LLC. In this capacity she advises clients in the areas of public affairs and global government affairs structures. Most recently, Piccolo opened and led the Office of Global Government Affairs and Corporate Responsibility for TE Connectivity Inc., where she was responsible for overseeing government interface and corporate giving globally with offices in Washington, D.C., Switzerland, Belgium and China. She established the TE Political Action Committee and served as its Chair. Her office was also responsible for overseeing the TE Connectivity Foundation of which she was a board member.
Prior to joining TE, Piccolo worked for Motorola for 23 years and served as the Corporate Vice President of U.S. Government Relations. During her career she also served as Assistant Vice President for Government Relations for the New York Commodity Exchange (COMEX) as well as having worked in the U.S. Senate.
Ms. Piccolo was a founding member and board member of many Washington based organizations and continues to advise many of them but has narrowed her participation on boards and currently serves on the executive committee of the National Science and Technology Education Partnership as well as serving as Vice-Chair of the Prevent Cancer Foundation. With over thirty-five years of experience in the area of public policy she also enjoys serving as a mentor and executive coach to many who are beginning their careers in the area of public affairs.
Piccolo holds degrees in both History and Political Science from Dunbarton College, Washington, D.C.
Dr. James L. Mulshine is Vice President and Associate Provost for Research at Rush University Medical Center, responsible for all aspects of the research enterprise. 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 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.
Internationally recognized in lung cancer research, he previously served as head of the Intervention Section of the 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. 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. Dr. Mulshine has also served as the NCI intramural chair of the Institutional Review Board.
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.
Mr. Phaneuf is a Partner at PwC, with more than 25 years of experience in both the public and private sectors (financial services). He is currently a Leader for the Public Sector Financial Service Practice (PSFS). This Practice provides professional services to those Federal Government Agencies that are responsible for providing supervision and oversight to the Financial Services Industry. Some of Mr. Phaneuf’s clients include: FDIC, NCUA, The Federal Reserve Bank, OCC, and U.S. Treasury. Mr. Phaneuf is a Certified Public Account (CPA) licensed in Virginia since 1995 (inactive).
He has served on the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Finance Committee since 2011, and currently chairs the Foundation’s Audit Committee.
Mr. Phaneuf is married to Lisa and has two children, Dylan, age 17, and Jason, age 14. He lives in Leesburg, Virginia and grew up in Fairfax County. He and his wife both attended Clemson University and are big Tigers fans. Mr. Phaneuf also enjoys playing golf and coaching his son’s basketball team.
Ron Christie is Founder and President of Christie Strategies, an independent media and political strategy firm providing government relations, communications, and diversity consulting for a wide range of companies and organizations. Christie brings years of government relations and media experience as a veteran senior advisor of both the White House and Congress.
Previously, Christie was Executive Vice President and Director of Global Government Affairs at Ruder Finn and Director of Counsel at the DC law firm 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 on policy initiatives including health care, budget and tax. Christie has served as a resident fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, a visiting assistant professor at Haverford College, an adjunct professor at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management.
Christie received his bachelor’s degree from Haverford College and his Juris Doctor from the George Washington University National Law Center.
Jeremy Hardy FitzGerald has devoted many volunteer hours to community organizations and to schools she, her children and/or grandchildren attended.
She currently serves on the board of directors of the National Rehabilitation Hospital, as well as co-chair of the Development and Communications Committee. She has been involved in various roles in organizations including the Girl Scouts, National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Junior League of Washington and the Capital Speakers Club.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from Hollins University and has been a member of its board of trustees. She has served in various volunteer roles at the Landon School – as an editor of the Parents Bulletin, Chair of the Mothers Committee and Garden Festival, and current co-chair of the Grandparents Annual Giving program. She is a past trustee of the Gunnery School of Washington, Connecticut.
Ms. Casey-Landry is an accomplished senior executive with broad experience in management, policy development, and advocacy. She is the founder and managing director of DCL Banking Advisors, LLC. Prior to founding and directing DCL Banking Advisors, LLC, Ms. Casey-Landry was the senior executive vice president and chief operating officer at the American Bankers Association.
Previously, Ms. Casey-Landry held the roles of principal and national director of Financial Services and chairman of the National Financial Services Committee, and she served on the National Management Committee. Ms. Casey-Landry’s career highlights also include executive director of Independent Community Bankers Association, vice president of Public Affairs and Public Liaison at the Oversight Board of the Resolution Trust Corporation and senior bank examiner at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Ms. Casey-Landry served as a resident fellow at Harvard University, teaching a course at the Institute of Politics, John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Ms. Casey-Landry has received multiple awards for her strong leadership skills and expertise, including the Women in Housing & Finance Distinguished Industry Leader Award and the New Jersey League of Community Bankers Warren Hill Service Award. In 2005, US Banker named Ms. Casey-Landry as one of the Most Powerful Women in Washington. One year later, she was named the Enterprising Woman of Washington by the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Ms. Casey-Landry has a bachelor’s degree in Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs and Economics from Miami University and a Master of Public Administration from George Washington University.
Mr. Fazio served for 20 years as a member of Congress, representing California’s 3rd and 4th Districts from 1979 to 1999. During his tenure of distinguished public service, he was appointed to the House Appropriations Committee, serving as a subcommittee chairman or ranking member for 18 years. He also served as the vice chair of the Democratic Caucus from 1989 until 1994, and was the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for four years. Mr. Fazio currently works as a Senior Advisor in the Washington office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and sits on the board of Northrop Grumman. He serves as co-chair of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a public policy think tank and also sits on the Council on American Politics. Before running for congress, Mr. Fazio served on the Sacramento County Charter Commission, Sacramento County Planning Commission and as a member of the California State Assembly. He earned a B.A. from Union College in Schenectady, New York served as a CORO Foundation Fellow in California.
Mr. Fazio is involved in community, civic and charitable activities that include serving with numerous organizations: The United States Association of Former Members of Congress, National Parks Conservation Association, the Campaign Finance Institute, Energy Future Coalition, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, Center for Strategic Budgetary Assessments, UC Davis Medical School Advisory Board, and Advisory Board Member of the Congressional Management Foundation.
Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, American Express
Dr. Joxel Garcia is a health care leader and manager with tested experience and success in the areas of corporate health care, global health, public health, federal and state government administration and policy making. He currently serves as the Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at American Express. Prior to joining American Express in 2017, Dr. Garcia served as MD Anderson’s inaugural executive director of the cancer prevention and control platform, part of the Moon Shots Program.
Dr. Garcia was the nation’s 13th assistant secretary for health during President George W. Bush’s administration. At the same time, he was named a U.S. Public Health Service four-star Admiral and U.S. Representative to the World Health Organization. Later he served as president and dean of medicine for Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences in his native Puerto Rico. In 2012, he became director and chief medical officer for the Washington, D.C. Department of Health. He also served as a founding partner with Aegis Health Security, a global health care advisory firm, and is a current board member.
Dr. Garcia holds an MBA from University of Hartford and MD from Ponce School of Medicine.
Charlie Houser had more than 35 years of experience in the telecommunications industry as an entrepreneur, investor, and senior executive when he helped launch Green Cloud Technologies, a national cloud services company headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina.
He serves as Executive Chairman of the Board. He served as founder and in senior management positions, including Chief Operating Officer, Chief Executive, and Chairman of three companies that generated over $100 million in annual revenues.
Charlie has also served as either director and/or chairman of several organizations, including the Telecommunications Resellers Association, LDDS, Tel/Man, Corporate Telemanagement Group, Nuvox Communications, Seruus Telecom Fund, L.P., Seruus Ventures, Teleco, Inc., iBasis, Inc., and Summit Financial Corporation. He served as Chairman of the Board of Wilmer Hall, a children’s home founded in 1864 in Mobile, Al. He was the recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year award in South Carolina in 1993. He was elected the first mayor of Magnolia Springs, Alabama in 2006 and served 2 terms. He currently resides in Greenville, SC, where he is active in the MIT Venture Mentoring Program, counseling entrepreneurs in early stage development.
He holds a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Southern Mississippi, and completed the Executive Program at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Outside of business, Charlie is an avid reader, fisherman, hunter, collector, and has been active in various Bible Studies for over 25 years.
Charlie’s wife, Janie, died in 2014, after a four-year battle with ovarian cancer. He recently married Sally Enstad, a life-long friend whose husband died in 2011. He has three children and seven grandchildren.
Joel Jankowsky is a senior partner with four decades of experience at the firm. Mr. Jankowsky represents numerous clients on a variety of public policy matters, with an emphasis on intellectual property, telecommunications and technology-related issues.
Practice & Background
Prior to joining Akin Gump 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 has received multiple national accolades for his work. The National Law Journal named him among the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” in 2013. The publication also named him as one of the “Most Influential Lawyers” in the field of government affairs in 2011.
Mr. Jankowsky’s recent representations include:
Mr. Jankowsky is active in civic and community programs, including:
Awards & Accolades
Mr. Jankowsky has been a guest lecturer at the:
Ms. Kazmi is a well-respected pharmaceutical executive with a proven track record of leading oncology clinical and commercial projects that improve outcomes for cancer patients and their communities. Ms. Kazmi has demonstrated her commitment to patients in both industry and nonprofit roles, including development of a new 501c3 organization dedicated to providing free product to indigent patients and improving access to specialty medications.
Ms. Kazmi has held roles of increasing responsibility across Bristol-Myers Squibb, Sanofi and Otsuka over a career spanning 30 years. She has led Phase 1 and 2 studies in pediatric oncology, launched new products in both hematology and solid tumors, developed expanded access programs and led fruitful discussions with the FDA on oncology development programs. Prior to her career in the pharmaceutical industry, Ms. Kazmi was a management consultant at Booz-Allen and Hamilton and a clinical research associate at Parexel International.
Ms. Kazmi has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry and Economics from Smith College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She lives in Princeton, NJ with her husband and two children.
Ms. Kazmi has received multiple awards for her philanthropic work, including awards from CancerCare, Gilda’s Club and Susan G. Komen. She was one of 16 women to receive the inaugural award of Breakthrough Women in Pharma from MM&M. Ms. Kazmi has presented at numerous Congresses and was the keynote speaker at NYU’s first Symposium on Ethics in Medical Research. She is also currently serving her third term as President of the Board of Managers of CancerCare of New Jersey.
Ms. Kazmi brings a strong network of industry relationships, experience in managing complex projects and strategic skills to the boards she serves.
Peter Levin is an entrepreneur, professor and inventor in areas of technology and public policy. He is currently the co-founder and CEO of Amida Technology Solutions, which focuses on data and data security. Dr. Levin was appointed Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Chief Technology Officer of the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2009. He has a long and distinguished career in both government and technology. Most recently, Dr. Levin worked as cofounder and Chief Executive of an award-winning semiconductor software firm.
Mr. Levin has sat on the board of directors of several early-stage technology start-ups, most notably NeoLinear Inc. and Astaro AG, and he was a general partner of TVM as well as a venture partner in Ventizz Capital – both early-stage venture capital firms based in Germany. Dr. Levin was a White House Fellow during the Clinton Administration.
After completing his doctoral studies in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Dr. Levin began his academic career at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and later served as research dean in the College of Engineering at Boston University. A National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator, he is the author of more than 50 articles on topics ranging from global positioning and cybersecurity to advanced simulations of electromagnetic and ultrasonic systems.
A business leader and advisor, who has a record of driving rapid, profitable organizational growth and delivering significant value creation for all stakeholders. Successfully delivered high levels of success in various roles in commercial real estate investment and services organizations. A senior strategic leader and significant contributor to rapid growth and eventual successful sale which generated significant partner value. Strong record of success and leadership evolved from acting on core values, quality principles, collaborative and inclusive management style.
BUSINESS ADVISOR , Washington, DC
Provides strategic business advice to a select number of regional and national real estate companies. In addition, provides leadership coaching for mostly real estate professionals located in various parts of the U.S.
CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD, INC., Washington, DC
President, U.S. Markets, 2013-2014
President, Eastern Region, 2012-2013
Executive Managing Director, 2011-2012
Led the firms entire US market based operations except for NY Tri-state region
JONES LANG LASALLE
International Director, 2006-2008
Spaulding & Slye
Director, Transactional Services, U.S., Principal and Executive Team member, 2002-2006
Promoted to lead all transaction services for the company and most of its operations; led 3X revenue growth over next 6 years, with net income over 20% annually.
Director, Transaction Services, DC market, 1994-2002
Partner, Client Services, 1991-1994
Promoted to Partner; assigned clients included Bank of America, MetLife, NY Life, TIAA and managed national IBM account for 15 years.
Manager, Suburban Washington DC market, 1989-1991
Manager, Suburban Maryland Office, 1986-1989
SPAULDING & SLYE, Washington DC, acquired by Jones Lang LaSalle in 2006
MCCANN COMPANY, Houston, TX, 1981-1984
IBM CORPORATION, Boston, MA, 1979-1981
BOARDS & PHILANTHROPIC
Washington Jesuit Academy, Washington, DC
Chairman of Board, (2013 – 2016)
Member, Board of Directors, (2010 – Present)
Mater Dei School, Bethesda, MD
Chairman of Board, (1998-2000)
Member, Board of Directors, (1994-2000)
Ivy Mount School, Bethesda, MD
Member, Board of Directors (2010-2012)
Little Sisters of the Poor, Washington, DC
Member, Board of Directors, (2009-2011)
Center City Consortium, Washington, DC, dedicated to preservation of private education for at risk children
Member, Board of Directors (2007-2009)
Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Washington DC
2014, Richard England Memorial Awardee for extraordinary work on behalf of children in Washington, DC
Sheri Peterson McGrath, CEO, directs the daily operations of The McGrath Group, overseeing all administrative and financial aspects of the firm. Sheri began her government career with internships at the Central Intelligence Agency and State Department before accepting a position on Capitol Hill. Leaving the Hill, she started a career in government relations, specializing in health, tax, insurance and financial services. Later Sheri gained development experience working for a visual-arts non-profit.
A native Washingtonian, Sheri has lived in California, Massachusetts and spent 10 years abroad before returning home to Washington. With a bachelor’s degree from George Mason University, a master’s degree from George Washington University, and several years of experience directing multiple organizations, Sheri is a seasoned professional with a dynamic background in lobbying, government, fundraising and the non-profits.
Sheri’s management experience and her attention to detail ensure that the best possible service is provided to TMG clients.
In addition, Sheri recently joined the Development Committee of the Prevent Cancer Foundation, and is promoting PCF’s mission and is active in its fundraising efforts.
Sheri is also an active member, and former chair (and founder), of Holy Trinity Church’s St. Jean Baptiste Committee serving a parish and Catholic high school in Haiti. She is also a member of Holy Trinity’s Kennedy Guild of Christ Child Society (CCS), which supports middle school boys at San Miguel School in Washington, D.C, and participates in other projects for the greater CCS D.C. Guild.
Finally, she is a member of the Virginia Hospital Center Women’s Empowerment Circle, which promotes women’s health and education.
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. 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 previously led PwC’s $2.4B global public sector business operating in more than one 100 countries.
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 Chairman of the Board of Directors of Prevent Cancer Foundation. He holds an 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.
Princeton University, A.B. 1984
Major: A.B, with honors in Political Science,
Georgetown University, JD, 1991
White House Intern in Counsel’s office 1991 (President George H.W. Bush)
Vice President Biden’s White House Cancer Moonshot, Policy Analyst -2016
DuPont Pharmaceuticals Government Affairs Director (previously joint venture DuPont Merck) 1992 – 2005
Williams and Jensen 1989-1992
Pantry Partners, Founder, 2005 – present
Potomac School Board Member and Executive Committee 2010 – current
Leukemia, Lymphoma Society (LLS)
Cape Cod Foundation, Chatham Board Member
National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Board Member 10 years
Hollyn Kidd Schuemann is executive director for federal affairs at General Motors. Prior to joining General Motors, Ms. Schuemann served as vice president, government relations, at Viacom Inc.. She also served in several staff positions within the United States Congress, including on the powerful House Committee on Energy and Commerce as well as in the offices of members of Congress from Louisiana and California. Between her terms of service on Capitol Hill, Ms. Schuemann also was a Principal in the government relations practice at Public Strategies, Inc., a public relations and policy firm. Ms. Schuemann is currently a board member of the bipartisan Franklin Center for Global and International Exchange. On behalf of the Prevent Cancer Foundation®, Ms. Schuemann was a Co-Chair for the 2017 and the 2016 Annual Spring Galas, as well as a Finance Committee Member for the 2015 Gala. She has also served as Treasurer of the Louisiana State Society. Ms. Schuemann received her B.A. from the Louisiana State University. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband and twin daughters.
Mr. Shure is the Chief Financial Officer of MedData. He is an experienced and disciplined financial manager with 20 years of thought leadership as portfolio manager and business operations executive.
Before joining MedData through the acquisition of Cardon Outreach, Mr. Shure was Partner at Ambrose Capital Partners, a New York-based private equity fund providing growth capital and operational expertise to growing businesses. Prior to Ambrose, Mr. Shure was Partner at Maximus Capital, a hedge fund dedicated to public health care investments, where he served on the firm’s Investment Committee. Prior to Maximus, he was with C-Bridge Corporation, a technology consulting firm. He began his career as an Analyst with Bear, Stearns & Co. and Alex Brown & Sons.
Mr. Shure is an advocate of participative community involvement through public education and outreach. He has served on the Board of Beyond the Boroughs, a New York-based national scholarship fund.
Mr. Shure holds a BA from Yale University and MBA from Columbia Business School.
Pawan Singh is currently partner and principal at Deloitte, he is the lead client service partner for the military health system account, US consulting life sciences and healthcare technology leader and global healthcare leader for consulting. Previously, Mr. Singh was the managing director, chief technology officer at BearingPoint.
He is a graduate from Punjab Engineering College, received his MBA from Willamette University, MS in computer information systems from New Jersey Institute of Technology and attended Harvard Business School for executive education and program for leadership development.
Crossroads Strategies (CRS), Washington, D.C.
Executive Vice President
CRS is a multi-client firm with 16 registered lobbyists providing advocacy services to a broad spectrum of clients in the fields of health care, financial services, defense, telecommunications, energy, hi-tech, agriculture, transportation and infrastructure. Co-lead the firm’s health care practice which includes multiple biopharmaceutical companies, an industry trade association, a home infusion provider and a small business health care coalition. Also responsible for tax issues for all firm clients.
Novartis, Washington, D.C.
July 2014-January 2017
Chief liaison to the Novartis Oncology Business Unit on behalf of Novartis Federal Government Affairs. Responsibilities include seeking legislative opportunities and identifying threats across the enterprise and developing/implementing strategies to advocate for and achieve solutions. Tasked with making Novartis a “partner of choice” for legislative policymakers on a range of issues including pricing/value of pharmaceuticals, protecting Medicare Part D, and advancing incentives for the research and development of innovative medicines. Actively coordinate legislative efforts with policy, communications, patient advocacy, regulatory and legal colleagues to attain desired results.
Merck, Washington, D.C.
Executive Director & Counsel, July 2012 – July 2014
Interim Head of Office, January – March 2011
Senior Director & Counsel, April 2006 – June 2012
Director & Counsel, June 2003 – April 2006
Responsible for identifying important legislative opportunities and threats to the Company, analyzing their potential impact, ensuring the timely development of appropriate policy positions, and developing and implementing strategies to advocate for and achieve the desired results. Led the formation of internal working groups, efforts to gain appropriate cross-functional input into the development of federal policy and advocacy positions, and efforts to shape and improve legislation to incorporate Merck’s views, including appropriate third party outreach and coalition building. Performed a leadership role in trade associations and coalitions to ensure that their advocacy positions and activities were aligned with Merck positions. Staffed CEO and other Merck executives in their roles as board members of major trade associations (PhRMA, NAM). Managed development of Merck PAC.
Congressman Ed Whitfield (KY-01), Washington, D.C.
Legislative Director, July 2001- June 2003
Senior Legislative Assistant, December 1998 – June 2001
Legislative Assistant, January 1997 – November 1998
Staff Assistant, September 1996 – January 1997
Oversaw legislative initiatives and supervised legislative staff to advance the Member’s agenda. Devised and implemented strategies and tactics to facilitate passage of legislation while staffing Member on the Energy & Commerce Subcommittees on Health and Energy & Air Quality. Advised Member on issues pertaining to the Ways & Means, International Relations, Resources, and Science Committees. Developed and managed relationships with other Members and their staff, including advocating for legislation and creating bi-partisan coalitions. Analyzed legislation, drafted bill text, speeches, committee statements, and messaging points for various audiences to promote legislative priorities.
College of William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, Williamsburg, VA
Juris Doctor, 1995
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Affairs, History Minor, 1992
Board of Directors, 2013-present
Prevent Cancer Foundation
Spring Gala Co-Chair, 2016 & 2017
Spring Gala Corporate Committee Chair, 2015
Alan P. 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.
He was an attorney-advisor to Judge Austin Hoyt, U.S. Tax Court, from 1973-1975. Dye is a founding member of the Prevent Cancer Foundation Board of Directors and served as Chairman from 1994-1996.
Dye received his bachelor’s degree from Duke University, his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida and Latin Legum Magister in Taxation from New York University.
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.
Dr. David S. Alberts is a regents professor of Medicine, Pharmacology, Public Health and Nutritional Sciences as well as emeritus director at the University of Arizona Cancer Center. Alberts is a member of the AACR, ASPO, and the ASCO. He is presently on the Board of Advisors of the National Cancer Institute.
Dr. Alberts was a member of the President’s Cancer Advisory Board . He has served as Chair of the Cancer Prevention and Control Committee and the Gynecologic Oncology Group. Alberts has also served on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and the National Cancer Advisory Board.
Dr. Alberts received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Virginia School of Medicine.
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 300 members 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 master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She is also a graduate of Smith College.
Margaret 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 currently a member of the 1872 Society of Alexandria Hospital.
Bush is a former board member of Very Special Arts Foundation and Capital Children’s Museum. She is a cancer survivor.
Marcia Myers Carlucci has served in senior governmental relations positions in the U.S. Senate, two government agencies and with the Washington office of PriceWaterhouseCoopers. She presently serves on the Board of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Jamestown Foundation and the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation.
She has served on the boards of Reading is Fundamental, 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.
As a 22-year breast cancer survivor, Alexine Clement Jackson has been an advocate and public spokesperson for cancer prevention, early detection and quality healthcare across several national platforms. Jackson is an active volunteer in the Washington community. Her current board memberships include the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Strathmore Hall Arts Center, Intercultural Cancer Council and the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.
She has also volunteered with the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, the Washington Concert Opera and the Washington Performing Arts Society.
Jackson is a magna cum laude graduate of Spelman College and has a Master of Arts in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the University of Iowa.
Betty C. 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.
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, Alewine concurrently served as the United States’ Representative to the Board of Governors of INTELSAT, the body responsible for INTELSAT’s strategic business, financial and operating decisions. Mrs. Alewine also has served on the INTELSAT Board, the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Council, the U.S. Department of State’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy and the Board of Directors of the United States Telecommunications Training Institute.
Michael F. Brewer is the President of Drug Innovation & Design, Inc. in Newton, Massachusetts, a start-up company focused on new cancer therapies.
Previously, Brewer was Senior Vice President of Communications and Government Affairs and Vice President of Government Affairs with The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation. Mr. Brewer has also served as Director of Environment and Public Affairs at Cummins Engine Co. and as Assistant Vice President for Government and Community Affairs at Harvard University. He has served on the Board of Directors for the National Symphony Orchestra Association and on an advisory committee at the National Institutes of Health.
Brewer received his law degree from Harvard University.
Joyce Gates is the Managing Partner of Warehouse Productions, LLC, an event planning business that specializes in large-scale events. Gates is a board member and Development Committee Chair of Dress for Success D.C, a non-profit organization that provides career development counseling to low-income women. Gates also serves on the Steering Committee for the annual fundraising dinner for the Consortium of Catholic Academies in D.C.
Gates has extensive experience in fundraising and government relations on Capitol Hill, having worked for many years as a food industry lobbyist and as Chief of Staff for a senior member of the U.S. House of Representatives. She has been active in many Congressional and Gubernatorial campaigns, and also fundraising efforts to elect women to the U.S. House.
Joyce received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois.
Mrs. Hagel worked on the Capitol Hill in the 1980s as press secretary for Congressman G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery (D-MS), before working as a free-lance writer and editor for trade associations and government agencies, followed by marketing manager for the American Society of Association Executives in Washington, DC.
Mrs. Hagel traveled extensively with her husband, former U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, throughout Europe and the Middle East. She also served as an election monitor with the International Republican Institute in Kiev, Ukraine, for the parliamentary elections in March 2006.
For the past ten years, she has worked as a volunteer instructor of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in McLean, VA. Prior to that, she was an adjunct English professor at Northern Virginia Community College. She also continues to work weekly as a volunteer tutor/mentor in the DC public schools, most recently at Ferebee Hope Elementary, as well as at the Boys and Girls Club, both located in Southeast DC.
BA and MA, Literature, American University, Washington, DC
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.
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 includes internal governance, non-profit taxation, antitrust, regulatory issues (environmental, health, and safety), international trade, standards development, litigation, legislative and general corporate matters. Active in community, civic, and charitable efforts, Mr. Landry also serves on the Board of Directors for Volunteers of America Chesapeake and on the Board of Trustees of the Cranbrook Educational Community.
Mr. Landry received his bachelor’s degree cum laude from Yale University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School.
Marcelle Leahy is a registered nurse and the spouse of long-time Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy. 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 provides care and assistance to the families of military during lengthy deployments.
Previously, Leahy worked as a staff nurse in the Medical-Surgical Unit of Arlington Hospital in northern Virginia.
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.
Andrea Roane is a morning news anchor for WUSA TV 9. 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. 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.
Roane has interviewed newsmakers, entertainers, and politicians including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Hillary Clinton, former Defense Secretary William Cohen, David Rockefeller, Michael J. Fox, Danny Glover and Magic Johnson. 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. She is a lifetime member of both the NAACP and the National Council of Negro Women.
Roane received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Louisiana State University.
George Swygert is an executive with Capital One. He also 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 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 at Wachovia. He has led successful retail teams for Wachovia for many years and served as a retail banking executive for Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, D.C. 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.
Swygert holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and finance from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.
Leading lifestyle expert David Tutera is hailed as an artistic visionary whose ability, creativity and outstanding reputation have made him a tremendous success in the lifestyle arena. He continuously exceeds expectations with an unmatched level of inspiration, imagination and innovation to create the latest trends in entertaining. At age 19, Tutera opened his own events planning business. Today, David Tutera Inc. is an award winning company built from experience, dedication and his natural talent for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. You can see his work on his hit reality television show CELEBrations.
Tutera has designed events for celebrities including Jennifer Lopez, Elton John and Barbara Walters. He has been featured on many television shows including Good Morning America and The View as well as in a variety of publications. He has given lectures on the topics of weddings, lifestyle, design and more.
Margaret Vanderhye is an articulate and skilled public servant, community leader and activist on many issues. She serves on the boards of the Claude Moore Colonial Farm and Our Military Kids, a nonprofit that assists the children of deployed military members.
Vanderhye served 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. 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. Earlier in her distinguished career, Vanderhye served as assistant to both Dr. Henry Kissinger and the Honorable Brent Scowcroft at the National Security Council in the White House.
Vanderhye earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in economics and international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Virginia Weil serves as Senior Vice President of the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU) and is head of the Washington office. BCIU is non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and furthering America’s business leadership in the global marketplace. Weil directs BCIU’s U.S. and foreign government relations division, program development, commercial training functions and membership services. Weil is a member of the Board of Trustees of Wheaton College and serves on boards and advisory councils for a number of institutions focusing on business, women’s and social service issues.
Prior to joining BCIU, Weil was Assistant Vice President for Government Liaison in the Washington office of Edison Mission Energy. 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 and as a financial analyst at Sears World Trade, Inc.
Weil received her bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College and master’s degree from Georgetown University.