Contributors

Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc)

Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc)

Margaret Foti PhD, MD (hc), is chief executive officer of the AACR. Under her visionary leadership, the organization has grown to more than 36,000 laboratory, translational, and clinical researchers; population scientists; other health care professionals; and cancer advocates in 107 countries and territories. Read More…

Rick Buck

Rick Buck

Rick Buck is senior director of communications and public relations for the AACR. He is a health care communications and public relations professional with more than 20 years of experience in brand development and positioning, public relations, social media, internal communications, marketing, advertising, public affairs and government relations. Prior to joining the AACR, Buck led communications and PR initiatives at national health care organizations including Bayada Home Health Care, AmeriHealth Mercy (now AmeriHealth Caritas), AmeriPath, and NovaCare. He began his career in television as a creative services director for local affiliates. Read More…

Frédéric Biemar, PhD

Frédéric Biemar, PhD

Frédéric Biemar, PhD, provides support and oversight for all international initiatives at the AACR. Prior to joining the organization, Biemar was an assistant professor of biology at Temple University in Philadelphia. Read More…

Shannon Gallagher-Colombo, PhD

Shannon Gallagher-Colombo, PhD

Shannon Gallagher-Colombo, PhD, is a program administrator in scientific review and grants administration at the AACR. Prior to joining the AACR, Gallagher-Colombo was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania. Read More…

Josh Goldstein

Josh Goldstein

Josh Goldstein is director of brand strategy communications at the AACR. He has spent more than 25 years working with national, regional and local print, broadcast and online media both as a journalist and public affairs professional. Goldstein is a specialist in brand journalism and in developing content through research, reporting and writing on policy and legislative issues, business, science, health, and medicine. Prior to joining the AACR, Goldstein worked at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Knight-Ridder Newspapers, and the Center for Responsive Politics. Read More…

Julia Gunther

Julia Gunther

As assistant director of media and public relations, Julia Gunther works with AACR staff and members to promote the organization’s meetings, journals, and initiatives to the media and the public. She is passionate about garnering support for cancer research through effective communication. Read More…

Karen Honey, PhD

Karen Honey, PhD

As senior managing editor, science communications, Karen Honey, PhD, helps the AACR communicate scientific information to the public and educate the public about the importance of lifesaving cancer research. Read More…

Marci Landsmann

Marci Landsmann

Marci Landsmann is the editor of Cancer Today magazine, which is published by the AACR as a practical resource for anyone affected by a cancer, whether a patient, caregiver, or survivor. She has been a medical editor and writer for more than 15 years. Read More…

Richard Lobb

Richard Lobb

As director of communications at the AACR, Richard Lobb works with the communications team to create and implement strategic plans to increase the AACR’s visibility across key audiences. Read More…

Eileen Glanton Loftus

Eileen Glanton Loftus

Eileen Glanton Loftus is a senior writer and editor in the communications department of the AACR. Her editorial experience spans newspapers, magazines, websites, and book publishing. She has been a newsperson for The Associated Press, a reporter at Forbes, and a freelance writer for numerous publications. Read More…

Kevin McLaughlin

Kevin McLaughlin

Kevin McLaughlin leads the staff of Cancer Today. McLaughlin is passionate about living up to Cancer Today’s slogan – Practical Knowledge, Real Hope – by offering timely and accurate information about the latest cancer research and treatments. Read More…

Karen Russell Mills

Karen Russell Mills

Karen Russell Mills manages the AACR’s Survivor and Patient Advocacy program. She coordinates the association’s Scientist↔Survivor programs and updates the Survivor and Patient Advocacy information and resources on www.AACR.org. Read More…

Michael Powell, PhD

Michael Powell, PhD

Michael J. Powell, PhD, is staff liaison to the Fellows of the AACR Academy, the Pediatric Cancer and Radiation Science and Medicine Scientific Working Groups, the Surgical Oncology Task Force, the Cancer Prevention, Early Detection, and Interception Committee, and Associate Director of Scientific Programs within the AACR’s Executive Office. Before joining the AACR, he conducted his postdoctoral studies at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where he investigated novel molecular therapeutics and drug combination strategies for the treatment of infants with leukemia. Prior to this, he researched the role of autophagy, epigenetics, and longevity-related sirtuin proteins in breast and prostate cancer tumorigenesis and in the onset of various neuroendocrine-related disorders. Dr. Powell currently resides in Philadelphia.

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Jocelyn Wainwright, MS

Jocelyn Wainwright, MS

Jocelyn Wainwright coordinates various scientific programs at AACR. She administers and provides support for the initiatives of the Radiation Science and Medicine Working Group, Pediatric Cancer Working Group, Cancer Prevention Committee, and Fellows of the AACR Academy. Wainwright received a master’s in health policy from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, where she studied how policy affects behavior with a focus on tobacco use. She enjoys working with AACR members to develop innovative scientific programs that benefit the cancer research community.

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Srivani Ravoori, PhD

Srivani Ravoori, PhD

Srivani Ravoori, PhD, is associate director of science communications at the AACR. Ravoori helps manage science content creation for the Communications and Public Relations Department and guides the team in identifying the latest advances in cancer research from the organization’s conferences, journals, and other scientific activities. Ravoori helps develop strategies to integrate and streamline the dissemination of cancer science through various communications and social media platforms.

Ravoori is an experienced science content developer and an expert in translating complex cancer science into simple language with the goal of educating the public, media, policymakers, and the health care industry about the importance of cancer research. She holds a PhD degree in cancer biology and dedicated the first 15 years of her career to conducting basic and translational cancer research.
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Jon Retzlaff

Jon Retzlaff

Jon Retzlaff is the managing director of science policy and government affairs at the AACR. Previously, he led the health and biomedical practice for a government relations firm in Washington, D.C., served as legislative director for the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, and worked for the National Institutes of Health. Read More…

Shawn Sweeney, PhD

Shawn Sweeney, PhD

Shawn M. Sweeney, PhD, is the Director of the AACR Project GENIE Coordinating Center and project lead and has been with the project since its inception. His prior roles at the AACR include serving as liaison for four of the AACR scientific working groups; project lead and content developer for the AACR Cancer Progress Report (2011- 2016); and as an internal scientific consultant. Before joining the AACR, Sweeney was a postdoctoral researcher and research associate in the Cardiovascular Institute and the Institute for Medicine and Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, respectively. His more than 15-year career in research focused on the role of the microenvironment in cardiovascular development and disease, as well as in breast cancer metastasis with an active drug development program. Sweeney was also an adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the School of Medicine of the International University of the Health Sciences (2008-2017). He firmly believes in the power of bicycles to transform individuals, neighborhoods, cities, countries, and ultimately the world.

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Erin McLaughlin

Erin McLaughlin

Erin McLaughlin is a program associate in the Scientific Review and Grants Administration Department at the AACR. She provides support to the AACR’s non-SU2C portfolio and conducts post-award evaluations for these grant programs. She has degrees from Swarthmore and New York University and currently resides in central New Jersey. Read More…