Executive Team

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    Patricia J. Goldsmith

    Chief Executive Officer

    Patricia J. Goldsmith joined CancerCare in 2014 as Chief Executive Officer, overseeing the vision and direction of the organization. Ms. Goldsmith brings more than 20 years of nonprofit management and strategic planning experience to the role, and has a proven track record of success in hospital and physician academic organizations, as well as nongovernmental health care organizations. She previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). Prior to joining NCCN, Ms. Goldsmith was Vice President for Institutional Development, Public Affairs and Marketing at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, the only Florida-based National Cancer Institute-Comprehensive Cancer Center.

    Ms. Goldsmith has studied at the Pennsylvania State University, the University of Missouri Bloch School of Business and the Harvard School of Public Health.

    See Ms. Goldsmith’s complete biography.

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    John Rutigliano

    Chief Operating Officer

    John Rutigliano directs all aspects of CancerCare’s financial and administrative functions including operational policies and procedures; budgeting, auditing and investments; information technology systems and databases; and facilities management. Prior to joining CancerCare in 1999, he was Director of Finance and Administration for GMHC, a not-for-profit organization devoted to HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy. A Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Rutigliano started his career at Deloitte.

    Mr. Rutigliano holds a Bachelor of Science, cum laude, in accounting and international business from New York University.

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    Sue Lee

    Senior Director of Development and External Advancement

    Sue Lee has principal responsibility over CancerCare’s funding from corporations, foundations, and other institutional supporters of the organization’s programs and services. Working closely with senior leadership in all program areas, Ms. Lee oversees fundraising efforts that sustain and expand CancerCare’s key services, including its financial assistance, education and counseling programs. Her responsibilities also include building and maintaining key strategic relationships and partnerships. In addition to her work at CancerCare, Ms. Lee has taught graduate-level courses on grant writing and fundraising at the Hunter College School of Social Work. Prior to joining CancerCare, Ms. Lee held various fundraising positions in arts and cultural institutions in New York City.

    Ms. Lee holds a master’s degree in health services management from The New School, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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    Michele McCourt

    Senior Director of the CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation

    Michele is Senior Director of the CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation. In this role, Ms. McCourt has overall operational responsibility for the development of the foundation. With more than 26 years of experience in patient services, she has overseen the implementation of dozens of national patient assistance and premium/co-payment assistance programs, and participated in the development of numerous patient access programs, notably in the Medicare Replacement Drug Program prior to the launch of Medicare’s Prescription Drug Program in 2006. Before joining CancerCare, Ms. McCourt served as Director of Patient Services for the National Organization of Rare Disorders (NORD).

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    Ellen Miller Sonet, MBA, JD

    Chief Strategy and Alliance Officer

    Ellen Miller Sonet leads CancerCare’s strategic branding, alliance development and national policy agenda. Before joining CancerCare, she served for nearly 17 years as Vice President of Marketing at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. While there, Ms. Sonet was an avid patient advocate who was devoted to understanding the complex nature of health care decision-making and the needs of people affected by cancer. Her work showed an unfaltering focus on clear and relevant communication that facilitated making informed health care choices and supported patients and families through their cancer experiences. Prior to her tenure at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Ms. Sonet worked in pharmaceutical marketing. She started her formal marketing career at J. Walter Thompson Advertising.

    Ms. Sonet has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Brown University, and an MBA and J.D. from Boston University.

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    Fernando Moraleda

    Chief Information Officer

    Fernando Moraleda is Chief Information Officer at CancerCare, responsible for oversight of the organization’s technology operations as well as driving technology-related business strategy. Mr. Moraleda is charged with executing a full assessment of the organization’s databases and systems in order to unify business processes, transactions, patient services and data collection. Prior to joining CancerCare, Mr. Moraleda served as Lead .Net Application Developer with the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), overseeing the organization’s information technology systems, web applications, and databases. Previous to this role, Mr. Moraleda served as Senior Software Developer for Publicis Touchpoint Solutions, JPMorgan Chase and Nationwide Insurance.

    Mr. Moraleda holds a law degree from The University of Castilla-La Mancha in Spain and a Bachelor in Science in Information Technology from DeVry University.

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    Ann Navarria, PHR, SHRM-CP

    Director of Human Resources

    Ann Navarria joined CancerCare in 1995 to serve in fundraising and public relations capacities before assuming her current position as Director of Human Resources. In this role, Ms. Navarria is responsible for providing expertise, judgment and continuity across the organization in relation to human resources policies and procedures and federal, state and local laws and regulations. Her oversight includes management of recruitment and retention, benefits administration, compensation reviews, performance management and budgeting. Ms. Navarria achieved her professional credential in 2003 from the HR Certification Institute, and is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Human Resources Professional Association of Nonprofit Organizations.

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    Brian Tomlinson, MPA, BSW

    Chief Program and Communications Officer

    Brian Tomlinson leads CancerCare’s support services, education and patient assistance programs, as well as public affairs, brand management and communications. Mr. Tomlinson, who began his career as a social worker, is a highly respected national advocate for cancer patients and their families. During his decade-long tenure at the Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF), Mr. Tomlinson was responsible for the development, execution and evaluation of the foundation’s patient education, patient services and professional education programs.

    Mr. Tomlinson holds a master’s degree in nonprofit management and public administration from Baruch College School of Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Science in social work from Long Island University.

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    Christine Verini, RPh

    Chief Business Development Officer

    Christine Verini is Chief Business Development Officer at CancerCare. In this role, Ms. Verini serves as a key member of CancerCare’s Executive Leadership Team with a primary focus on expanding existing and future mission-based programs and enhancing and building organizational support and collaborations. Ms. Verini most recently served as Vice President of Corporate Communications and Advocacy at Eisai. In this position, she oversaw the company’s internal and external communications functions; the strategic direction for corporate and brand media relations; as well as outreach to and relationships with patient advocacy and professional organizations.

    Ms. Verini received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from St. John’s University.

CancerCare Social Service Staff

Principal Communications Staff

  • Kristine FuangtharnthipOutreach Manager
  • Claire HeyisonMedia and Communications Specialist
  • Sarah QuinlanSenior Manager of Communications

Principal Development Staff

  • Randa AdibDirector of Corporate Development
  • Jacqueline GuenegoRegional Manager, Special Events
  • Eunice E. HongAssistant Director of Individual Giving
  • Erica LebensbergDirector of Special Events and Direct Response
  • Steven MarkDirector of Philanthropy
  • Sara YashpanManager of Special Events

Principal Education Staff

Principal Finance and Administration Staff

  • Thomas E. CiccotelliController
  • Tiffany CooperDatabase Manager
  • Anthony MurphyDirector of Facilities and Mail Operations
  • Hector PerezDirector of Information Technology
  • Janet RodriguezHuman Resources Generalist

Principal Financial Assistance Staff

  • Vilmarie Rodriguez, MSW, LCSWDirector of Patient Assistance Programs
  • Bennie Speaks-Tanner, Jr.Co-Payment Awards Determination and Billing Manager
  • Laura TalaveraCo-Payment Call Center Manager

CancerCare’s Board of Trustees contributes knowledge, resources and expertise to the organization.

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    Michael Parisi


    Mr. Parisi is Managing Partner of Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide, the health care division of Ogilvy and Mather. For more than two decades, he has been at the forefront of the global health care marketing arena with an intense focus on oncology.

  • Susan Smirnoff
    Board SecretaryHealthcare Communications & Public Relations Consultant
  • Timothy M. Dwyer
    Board TreasurerPresident & CEO, Entitle Direct Group, Inc.
  • Loretta Moseman
    Assistant TreasurerCiti Deputy Treasurer/CBNA Treasurer, Citibank NA Treasury
  • Janet Dewart BellCommunications and Policy Consultant
  • Christine Converse HoganManaging Director, Chief Information Officer, Fortress Investment Group
  • Margaret R. Diaz-Cruz, LMSWDirector, Stipendiary Program, Isaac H. Tuttle Fund
  • H. Frank DoroffExecutive VP/GMM, Bloomingdale's
  • John N. Evans, CPAPartner, Marks Paneth & Shron LLP
  • Flavio FigueiredoHead of Americas Corporate Sales and Solutions, Citi Markets
  • Renata Figueiredo
  • Paul M. FriedmanRetired from Guggenheim Securities LLC
  • Patti JewellSenior Director, US Oncology Public Affairs, Pfizer
  • Kris JohnsonExecutive Assistant, Mary Kay, Inc.
  • Edward C. LauberChairman, Wines Unlimited
  • Marsha J. Palanci
  • William C. PelsterRetired Attorney
  • Dorothy Schachne
  • Cornelia B. Spring Managing Director and Banker, JPMorgan Private Banking
  • Walter M. Steppacher IVManaging Director, JP Morgan Chase & Co.
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