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ACS CAN President Chris Hansen to retire Feb. 1

ACS CAN Deputy President Lisa Lacasse will succeed him

Chris Hansen will be retiring on Feb. 1, 2019, after eight years as the president of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). Lisa Lacasse, ACS CAN deputy president, has been chosen to lead the advocacy organization, and will serve on the Senior Leadership Team.

Here are three highlights of Chris's leadership:

  • Chris spearheaded our efforts to increase federal funding for medical research, ultimately exceeding our goal and helping to increase research funding for the National Institutes of Health by $8 billion, including $1 billion for the National Cancer Institute.
  • Chris and his team positioned the American Cancer Society and ACS CAN as the authority for cancer patients’ perspectives as the Affordable Care Act was implemented and as it has come under attack. ACS CAN established itself as an influential player with both political parties.
  • Chris also helped make significant headway on how Congress views and prioritizes patients’ quality of life during their cancer experiences. ACS CAN helped shape the Congressional dialogue related to palliative care to focus on the entire cancer experience rather than just end-of-life care.

"Chris is quick to point out that ACS CAN’s accomplishments are the result of the amazing volunteers and staff across the country, who have worked tirelessly and effectively to make cancer a national priority," said ACS CEO Gary Reedy. "This is most certainly true; however, under Chris’s leadership, we have dramatically expanded our grassroots volunteer force, strengthened our top-caliber professional staff, and increased our ACS CAN revenue to continue to fund this life-saving work."

Lisa joined ACS CAN in 2008, and has been an integral part of the leadership for every one of our advocacy successes. She has a broad range of skills and expertise, from board relations to strategic planning to oversight for tactical implementation.

Lisa brings more than 25 years of health care experience to her new role. She began her career in health policy for the Governor of Maine, worked on the executive team of the University of Maryland Medical System and, immediately before joining ACS, was the chief financial officer at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Research Center. 

She is a graduate of the University of Vermont and has an MBA in Health Care Management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.   

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