Staff & Board of Directors Spotlight

Board of Directors

W. Charles Penley, MD - Chair, Conquer Cancer Foundation Board of Directors

“The newer therapeutic approaches that we’re using today were just in development 15 or 20 years ago. The work of the Conquer Cancer Foundation helps keep the science moving forward - providing direct funding for research that may very well have direct clinical application. The Foundation’s role in partnering with ASCO to disseminate clinically relevant information is also critical. As a practicing oncologist, ASCO has been the greatest source of continuing professional education throughout my career.”

Martin J. Murphy, DMedSc, PhD - Chair-Emeritus, Conquer Cancer Foundation Board of Directors

“There is no other organization like the Conquer Cancer Foundation. Our goal is to make transformative change in our societal approach to cancer, and in doing so we seek not just contributions, but partners. We want to engage with people of energy and talent who share our passion.”

Sandra M. Swain, MD - Member, Conquer Cancer Foundation Board of Directors

“The practice of oncology gives physicians the privilege of taking care of the whole patient. It requires a multidisciplinary approach. It requires that we be team players. I’m involved in clinical research because I couldn’t do what I do without knowing that I’m working, on both the clinical and research fronts, to improve my patients’ odds.”

Staff Spotlight

Allen Lichter, CEO of ASCO and the Conquer Cancer Foundation. -

“It’s our responsibility, as physicians, to make things better. It’s an obligation that we take on, and one that we must constantly remember. Tomorrow must be better than today. That doesn’t happen by accident. It happens by design. It happens through the support of many individuals, organizations, and foundations. This work is about as close to a team sport as you can get in medicine. We have within this organization a passion to make things better. And, as we’ve seen in pediatric oncology, where survival has gone from very low to very high in a relatively short time, it’s not always the blockbuster drug that makes the difference, but also better application of the resources we have. Every inch of progress is important. When you improve cancer survival even by a few percentage points, you’re talking about thousands of lives.”

Nancy R. Daly, MS, MPH, Executive Director of the Conquer Cancer Foundation -

“Over the course of my career, I’ve been on the front lines of both research and patient care. I have seen firsthand the resources required to be successful in both arenas – as well as the extraordinary advances that can be achieved when those resources are mobilized. The Conquer Cancer Foundation has had an enormous impact in the lives of patients, researchers, and physicians worldwide, and every dollar of support we receive helps us to expand our reach. We are so passionate about our mission and so proud of the visionary work we support – as well as the incredible people and organizations engaged with us in realizing our vision of a world free from the fear of cancer. It all starts with one voice, one gift, one decision to help. It all starts with you.”

Cooper Pate - Program Administrator, Grants & Awards Division -

“My job varies from day to day, and I love that! One day I may be on a conference call with committee members discussing how to improve the grants program or planning for the Grants Selection Committee Meeting, and the next day I could be working on our grants alumni newsletter, interviewing doctors about their research, or perhaps working to film grant recipients for videos.  I am excited to get up and go to work every morning and know that I am, in my own small way, impacting the lives of patients with cancer.”

Kate Martin - Annual Giving Manager, Development Division -

“I have a whiteboard by my desk where I chart the progress of Leadership to Legacy - our annual campaign supporting cancer research. It is so energizing and inspiring to update that board, knowing how committed our donors are to research and that their gifts will support truly gifted scientists… It pretty much makes my day.”