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ACS welcomes three new members to its Board of Directors

Board Elects Five New Officers for 2020 

The American Cancer Society (ACS)  is pleased to announce three new members and the newly elected leadership officers to its Board of Directors, with all terms beginning on January 1, 2020.   

"We are honored to welcome these distinguished members to the Board of Directors," said Jeffrey L. Kean, 2020 chair of the Board. "Our Board comprises strong leaders who collectively use their talent, expertise, and commitment to help ACS continue its mission of attacking cancer from every angle."  

The ACS Board of Directors consists of 21 members, which includes five officers and 16 directors. Directors are elected for a two-year term, and officers hold their positions for a one-year term. For more details, read the 2020 Board Directory.

Joining the Board are:  

  • Katie Eccles, Salt Lake City, UT: Katie is an attorney and of counsel at Ray, Quinney & Nebeker. In 2015, she received the local ACS Sword of Hope Award in recognition of her years of service as chair of its Hope Lodge Board to fund, design and construct the Hope Lodge in Salt Lake City. Katie currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees for the University of Utah and chairs its Audit Committee, as well as serving as a trustee of the Nora Eccles Treadwell Foundation, the Emma Eccles Jones Foundation, and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.  
  • Patrick Geraghty, Jacksonville, FL: Patrick is president and CEO of GuideWell, which includes Florida Blue, GuideWell Connect, GuideWell Health, GuideWell Source, and PopHealthCare. He established CEOs Against Cancer chapters in Minnesota and Florida and received the national CEO of the Year award from ACS in 2011. Patrick is also a recipient of the 2017 St. George National Award. 
  • Oyebode Taiwo, MD, MPH, Minneapolis, MN: Oyebode is the corporate medical director of 3M where he is responsible for the development of 3M's global health strategy, as well as the leadership and management of the medical organization.

"We thank our outgoing Board members Edward Benz, Jr., MD, FACP, Kevin J. Cullen, MD, and Gregory L. Pemberton, Esq., for their dedication to the ACS mission," said Daniel P. Heist, outgoing 2019 chair of the Board. "We are excited to continue the great work with the newly-elected officers that bring more than 110 years of volunteer experience to the Board leadership roles."  

The 2020 American Cancer Society Board of Directors: 


  • Jeffrey L. Kean - Chair  
  • John Alfonso, CPA, CGMA - Vice Chair 
  • Carmen E. Guerra, MD, MSCE, FACP - Board Scientific Officer 
  • Brian A. Marlow, CFA - Secretary/Treasurer 
  • Daniel P. Heist - Immediate Past Chair 


  • Joseph A. Agresta, Jr.  
  • Bruce N. Barron  
  • Jennifer R. Crozer 
  • Katie Eccles 
  • Patrick Geraghty 
  • Mark A. Goldberg, MD 
  • Gareth T. Joyce
  • Amit Kumar, PhD   
  • Michelle M. LeBeau, PhD 
  • Michael T. Marquardt  
  • Margaret McCaffery 
  • Terri McClements  
  • Joseph M. Naylor   
  • William D. Novelli 
  • Gary Shedlin 
  • Oyebode Taiwo, MD, MPH 



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