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Volunteer Recognition

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Volunteer Leadership Award
Award Description Current Awardees Volunteer Workgroup
Presented to volunteer leaders who have served on enterprise-wide programs, initiatives, or Board-level committees or task forces. Learn more on
  • Diana S. Diaz, RN, MS (North Central)
  • Heddie M. Sumpter (South)
  • Robert K. Brookland, MD, Chair (Northeast)
  • Kathleen M. Bond (North Central)
  • Carolyn F. Rhee, FACHE (West)
  • Roger Shubert (North Central)
  • Volunteer Staff Partnership Award
    Award Description Current Awardees Volunteer Workgroup
    Recognizes a volunteer and staff team that models and reflects a successful partnership with a positive impact on the ACS mission. Learn more on
  • Kris Scharingson and Christy Manternach (Global Headquarters)
  • Jeff Schofield and Laurie Bertrand (North)
  • Judy Upholster and Lyndsie McPadden (Northeast)
  • Kris Kipp and the Ohio State Staff Team (North Central)
  • Sharanda Williams and Octie Ashley (South)
  • Kevin Campbell and Megan Nelson (Southeast)
  • Jolene Wegsteen and Linda Force (West)
  • Dr. Andrew Salner, Chair (Northeast)
  • Laurie Bertrand, Staff (North)
  • Cynthia LeBlanc (West)
  • Perry Reed (West)
  • Jeffrey Schofield (North)
  • Gary Streit (North)
  • St. George National Award
    Award Description Current Awardees Volunteer Workgroup
    Recognizes outstanding Region volunteers who made significant contributions to the American Cancer Society's strategic goals. Learn more on
  • Steven Ai (West)
  • Rick Benning (North Central)
  • John Hinshaw (West)
  • Mark Koch, MD, FAAAP (South)
  • Donna Lundy, PhD (Southeast)
  • Miguel and Abby Melendez (Northeast)
  • Cheri Ott (North Central)
  • Jeff Ross (Southeast)
  • John Ruckdeschel, MD (South)
  • William F. "Bo" and Kelly Ryan (North)
  • Keith Whittemore (North)
  • Linda Z. Mowad, RN, Chair (Northeast)
  • Steven Ai (West)
  • Andrejs Avots-Avotins, M.D. (South)
  • Ed Coulter (South)
  • T.J. Ryan (North)
  • Trish Greene Quality of Life Award
    Award Description Current Awardees Volunteer Workgroup
    Recognizes those who have devoted their careers to quality of life areas and have accomplished outstanding research that benefits cancer patients and their families. Learn more on
  • Barbara Ann Given, PhD, MSN, BSN (North Central)
  • Marion Morra, MA, ScD, Chair (Northeast)
  • Laura J. Hilderley, RN, MS (North)
  • Kathi Mooney, PhD, RN, FAAN (North)
  • Margaret A. Pierce, DNP, RN, MS (North Central)
  • Clement S. Rose, MD (North Central)
  • Kevin Stein, PhD, FAPOS (Southeast)
  • Corinne Leach, MPH, MS, PHD, Staff (Southeast)
  • Lane Adams Quality of Life Award
    Award Description Current Awardees Volunteer Workgroup
    Recognizes individuals characterized by innovation, leadership, and consistent excellence in providing compassionate, skilled care and counsel to people with cancer and their families. Learn more on
  • Diogo Barbosa (North)
  • Catherine Gaines, PA-C (Southeast)
  • Jackie Miller, RN, BSN, OCN (Northeast)
  • Roshani Patel, MD, FACS (Northeast)
  • Amy Roberts, LCSW (Southeast)
  • Mandy Samford (South)
  • Susan D. Henry, LCSW, Chair (South)
  • Genevieve V. Foley, RN, MSN (Northeast)
  • Linda Z. Mowad, RN (Northeast)
  • Timothy Mullet, MD (South)
  • Letitia Thompson, Staff (South)
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     Volunteer Teams

    Global Young Professional Council

    The Global Young Professional Council is a group of volunteers and staff who were assembled to do research and make strategic recommendations to the Senior Leadership Team as to how to better, recruit, and retain young professional volunteers and staff to further our mission. Council members will also help to oversee the implementation of these recommendations.

    • Ian Lock, Volunteer (North)
    • Dana Bernson, Volunteer (Northeast)
    • Michelle Brady, Staff (Global Headquarters)
    • Ashley Engelman, Staff (Northeast)
    • Cynthia Lau, Volunteer (Southeast)
    • Karina Ogawa, Staff, (North Central)
    • Dustin Perchal, Staff (ACS CAN)
    • Allison Smith, Volunteer (Northeast)
    • Aroona Toor, Staff (Global Headquarters)

    Gen2End Roundtable

    The Gen2End Roundtable is a group of volunteers and staff from all different areas of the organization who work with young professionals regularly. The Roundtable is led by young professional volunteer leaders who have significant ACS and ACS CAN experience between them. They lead the group to learn more about how we can engage young professionals in all aspects of our mission and work to turn these findings into actual strategy.

    • Melissa Park, Volunteer, Co-Lead (West)
    • Kyle Polke, Volunteer, Co-Lead (North Central)
    • Caitlin DeVos, Volunteer (North)
    • Allison Johnson, Volunteer (North)
    • Ian Lock, Volunteer (North)

    Volunteer Product Council Team

    This group will help ensure that the volunteer staff partnership remains the heart of everything we do. This team is made up of volunteers who aren't afraid to identify where we fall short, and who are able to utilize data to develop strategies that will support volunteer engagement, recruitment, development, and retention.

    • Diana Diaz, Volunteer, Chair (North Central)
    • Jen Bercy, Volunteer (West)
    • Jamie Byrne-McCollum, Volunteer (South)
    • Richard Crepage, Volunteer (North Central)
    • Caitlin DeVos, Volunteer (North)
    • Mahli Lowder, Volunteer (Southeast)
    • Tim Osterholm, Volunteer (South)
    • Gail Reid Vestal, Staff (Southeast)
    • Julie Shaver, Volunteer (West)

    Volunteer Recognition Team

    This group will work to strategize and implement recognition requirements and best practices for the Society; apply business metrics and evaluation data to improve recognition standards; specifically, with National Volunteer Week; partner with Regions to provide strategic support of recognition requirements; develop partnerships with other organizations to enhance recognition standards; and ensure products support the Diversity & Inclusion strategy.

    • Bryan Earnest, Volunteer, Chair (North)
    • Dr. Margaret Drugay, Volunteer (South)
    • Grace Erikson, Volunteer (North Central)
    • Cynthia LeBlanc, Volunteer (West)
    • Margaret (Peggy) Pierce, Volunteer (North Central)

    Volunteer Technology Strategy and Implementation Team

    This team was developed to enable volunteers to have a more active role in the future use of technological practices/solutions for volunteers at the enterprise level. This team will be responsible for conducting research on potential products, will role model utilization of available tech resources for volunteers, developing strategies for implementation for any new strategies in the future, and organization-wide implementation to support our volunteer engagement strategies.

    • Zach Dane, Volunteer, Chair (Northeast)
    • Eileen Boerger, Volunteer (West)
    • Tristen Caudle, Volunteer (North)
    • Tom Flookes, Volunteer (West)
    • Linda Landis, Volunteer (Northeast)
    • Ed Scholl, Volunteer (Northeast)
    • Bryan Sherwood, Volunteer (South)
    • Jen Vargas, Volunteer (Southeast)

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