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ACS CAN welcomes three new Board members in 2022

​Maureen G. Mann, MS, MBA, FACHE of Florida will serve as chair.

Beginning January 1, 2022, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Board will welcome three new directors.

In November, the ACS CAN Board of Directors elected officers and directors for the 2022 term.

David Ford, Los Angeles, CA (far left in photo) – Mr. Ford is senior government relations manager at Southern California Edison, managing relationships with government municipalities and promoting awareness of a clean energy future. He serves on several strategic and philanthropic boards including with the American Cancer Society West Region Los Angeles, Los Angeles Philharmonic, American Association of Blacks in Energy and Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber Educational Foundation. As an ACS CAN California volunteer advocate, Mr. Ford has experience sharing his personal cancer story with stakeholders to highlight the complex issues many patients and survivors experience and how policymakers can take action to address them.

David O. Garcia, PhD, FACSM, Tucson, AZ (center) – Dr. Garcia is an associate professor at Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona and has extensive experience in physical activity, diet, and weight management. Dr. Garcia also serves as assistant director for Community Outreach & Engagement for the University of Arizona Cancer Center, where he examines the burden of obesity-related diseases and cancers in Mexican-Origin adults, expertise that he will leverage when advocating for policymakers to pursue public policies aimed at reducing cancer disparities.

Omar M. Rashid, MD, JD, FACS, FSSO, DABS, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (far right in photo) – Dr. Rashid specializes in surgical oncology and robotic surgery and is board-certified in Complex General Surgical Oncology and General Surgery. His research team leads initiatives related to cancer care, surgical care, health policy, cancer prevention and survivorship. Dr. Rashid serves as an ACS CAN volunteer advocate in Florida, urging his elected officials to prioritize policies that increase access to health care, reduce the burden of tobacco addiction and bolster lifesaving cancer research and prevention programs. He is chair of the American Cancer Society Southeast Florida Area Board and serves on the American Cancer Society Broward County Board.

The following ACS CAN Board members were elected to serve as officers in 2022:

  • Maureen G. Mann, MS, MBA, FACHE – Chair
  • Kimberly L. Jeffries Leonard, PhD – Vice Chair
  • Bernard Jackvony, JD – Treasurer
  • John J. Manna, Jr., Esq. – Secretary

Sandra Cassese, MSN, RN, CNS, will serve as Immediate Past Chair of the Board.

We recognize and thank Richard L. Deming, MD, and John Alfonso, CPA, CGMA, whose terms on the Board end December 31, 2021. 


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