Board Members

Dana Bryson
Dana Bryson
Dr Stephen P. Hunger
Dr Stephen P. Hunger
Dr Tristan Flatt
Dr Tristan Flatt

Dana Bryson brings over 25 years of experience in public, business enterprise, and non-profit sectors to increase social impact investment and grow community capacity.

Ms. Bryson has also been a Cabinet-level appointee for two US Mayors, (Jerry Brown and Anthony Williams) and was a senior appointee for Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. In these roles, she served Mayoral Chief of Staff or had oversight for City Operations.

Dr. Hunger specializes in research and treatment regarding children, adolescents and young adults with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).  He has authored more than 225 peer-reviewed manuscripts.  He was the Vice-Chairman (2002-2007) and Chairman (2008-2015) of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) ALL Disease Committee.  In these roles, he has been responsible for oversight of the design and conduct of clinical trials and linked translational research studies that enroll over 2000 children with ALL each year, including more than 70% of US children and adolescents diagnosed with ALL.  Dr. Hunger leads the COG ALL TARGET Project, that has conducted comprehensive studies of the genetic features of childhood ALL and revolutionized understanding of the genomic landscape of pediatric ALL.

Tristan is a pediatric hematologist/oncologist at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO.  He is the director of their Spanish-speaking clinic and research program.   He has a long time commitment to Mexican culture as he was an anthropologist and worked in Mexico for several years prior to attending medical school.  His area of research is acute lymphoblastic leukemia among Hispanic children with a specific focus on novel genes that portend poor outcome as well as possible predisposition genes.  He has two grant-funded studies in Mexico and he mentors and sponsors Mexican fellows and residents regularly at the hospital.

E. Martin Cochran
E. Martin Cochran
Gordon Morrison, Secretary
Gordon Morrison, Secretary
Louis Efron
Louis Efron

Marty Cochran is a licensed attorney with over sixteen years’ experience in dealing with the legal aspects of business, private equity, real estate and finance transactions.  Mr. Cochran attended college at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia and Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the Honor’s College.  Mr. Cochran then attended law school at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri where he received a Juris Doctorate.  Mr. Cochran went on to earn an LL.M. (Master’s in Law) in International Taxation and Finance from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Gordon obtained an Honours Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Edinburgh prior to joining the Family Construction business which was built up to become a UK wide and international construction, development and support services business.  Morrison Construction Group was sold in 2000 and Gordon transferred his attention to farming, property and charity work.

Louis Efron is a globally recognized thought leader, speaker, writer, and Fortune 200 HR Executive. He is the author of How to Find a Job, Career and Life You Love and Purpose Meets Execution and two upcoming books, Beyond the Ink and the children’s book, What Kind of Bee can I be? He is a contributing writer for Forbes and Huffington Post and the founder of The Voice of Purpose and the charity World Child Cancer USA. His career credits include Head of Global Engagement for Tesla Motors, International VP of HR for JDA Software, VP of HR for the Fortune 300 medical device company, Stryker, Broadway theatre and currently serves as the VP of Teammate Experience for DaVita, a Fortune 200 medical company. He studied Labor Relations at Cornell University, New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and Advanced Leadership at Harvard Business School. He holds a BA from California State University, Fullerton, as well as a BS and JD from Saratoga University School of Law.

Patricia McCall
Patricia McCall
Patrick Weinberg, Treasurer
Patrick Weinberg, Treasurer
Richard Volpe
Richard Volpe

Patricia is currently the Executive Director of the Centre for Economic Growth at INSEAD, based in Abu Dhabi. The Centre for Economic Growth focuses on developing policies for regional governments and the private sector in the area of economic growth, education, job creation and youth employment. She is also the Executive Director of the Arab Stabilization Plan, a policy initiative that aims to address the youth unemployment crisis in the MENA region through infrastructure development. She was previously the Regional Director for Duke University where she was responsible for the University’s activities in the region. She has worked on investment climate and economic reform for the United Nations in Afghanistan as well as the World Bank in Egypt and Jordan.

Patrick Weinberg is Treasurer and Director of World Child Cancer USA and an energetic global finance executive with significant experience building and leading international operations, managing startups and turnarounds.

Patrick is currently Chief Financial Officer and member of the global executive team at Addivant, one of the world’s leaders in specialty additives for the polymer and rubber industry.

Richard Volpe, Managing Director, is Global Head of Rates at Nomura, Asia’s global investment bank. Richard oversees flow and structured rates for all regions. In addition to his role as Global Head of Rates, Richard is also Head of Liquid Products and has direct responsibility for Agency Mortgages, Emerging Markets Macro and G10 FX businesses in the Americas. He is a member of the Wholesale Executive Committee (WEC), Global Markets Executive Committee and the Global Markets Americas Management Committee.

Richard joined Nomura in 2015 from Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) where he was Head of Global USD Rates Trading/Yen Delta based in America. Before joining RBS in 2008, he was at Bear Stearns where he joined in 1993 and was most notably Co-head of US Interest Rate Trading in New York.

Richard graduated from the University of Delaware with a BA in Political Science.

Scott Howard, MD, MSc, President
Scott Howard, MD, MSc, President
Serge Rogasik
Serge Rogasik

After training in internal medicine, pediatrics, and epidemiology at the University of Tennessee and completing a hematology/oncology fellowship at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Scott worked for 14 years as a faculty member treating children with leukemia and lymphoma and conducting research in oncology supportive care, international oncology, and healthcare informatics. Scott has authored or co-authored 190 scientific papers and 15 book chapters and conducts translational and clinical research with local and international collaborators. After leaving St. Jude in 2014, he founded Resonance, an informatics, consulting, and global health company with a mission to improve care and outcomes in low- and middle-income countries.

Serge has more than 20 years of experience in the biotech and chemical industry, driving growth, innovation and transformative strategies in multiple regions of the world.

Serge grew up in France and started his career in drug-delivery research in Belgium prior to taking various growth-oriented positions in marketing, strategy and business management in large, multinational corporations such as Solvay, General Electric or BASF. Serge joined Addivant as an operating partner in 2013 when SK Capital, a New York City private investment firm, acquired the activity.

Staff

Lily Garcia Rodriguez, Twinning Coordinator, Mexico and Kansas City
Lily Garcia Rodriguez, Twinning Coordinator, Mexico and Kansas City
Marian Pulford, Development Manager
Marian Pulford, Development Manager
Megan Parry - Programme Coordinator Mexico
Megan Parry - Programme Coordinator Mexico

Dr. Garcia is a Pediatric Oncologist from Mexico.  She has worked with World Child Cancer as a consultant for the programs throughout Mexico.  She was awarded a fellowship with Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City and is working on various research projects with Dr. Flatt.  She also continues her work with World Child Cancer in Mexico to coordinate the twinning relationship between Children’s Mercy Hospital and the Hospitals in Oaxaca and Pachuca in Mexico.  Her knowledge and experience is helping World Child Cancer save even more children.

Marian Pulford has a proven record of nonprofit fundraising and communications in organizations of all sizes. A Denver native, Marian loves spending time in the mountains with her husband Austin and her Golden Retriever Gilbert, practicing yoga, cooking, and painting. She is passionate about doing work that helps to create a more equitable, just, and peaceful world. She is currently completing a Master of Humanities in Social Justice and Art History. 

Megan is World Child Cancer’s Programme Coordinator in Mexico. Since finishing her BA Hons Geography in 2011 she has spent a large amount of time in the Spanish - speaking world. During her degree and ERASMUS year in Santander, Spain, she focused her studies on health and development. After graduating she travelled to Chile and spent three years working with NGO’s and teaching English. This experience sparked her interest in child health. She returned to the UK to study an MSc in paediatric nursing. Whilst on this masters programme she was awarded a travel scholarship and academic achievement awards which facilitated her research project abroad where she was able to explore her particular area of interest, children's palliative care.  Since registering as a children’s nurse she has worked in many areas of acute children’s health, including children's oncology and PICU. Moving to Mexico has led to the opportunity to coordinate and develop World Child Cancer's programmes in Mexico, an area she is very passionate about.

In her free time she enjoys being outdoors, exploring new cultures and food as well as keeping fit. 

Stephanie Cox, Executive Director
Stephanie Cox, Executive Director

Stephanie Cox has a proven history leading humanitarian and consumer goods companies in conflict zones and emerging markets spanning food security, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, clean tech and micro finance sectors. For over a decade, she worked with iDE, leading global innovation initiatives and distribution and commercialization of simple technologies specifically designed to address the needs of those living in poverty. Stephanie joined Nokero International, a solar lighting start-up, as COO in 2014. She was responsible for leading the company’s expansion into the international aid market.  With field work in more than 25 countries, she’s witnessed the plight of those suffering from lack of access to healthcare, education and economic opportunities. A survivor of cancer and the 2004 Asian tsunami, Stephanie has dedicated her life to humanitarian programs.

In 2014, Stephanie founded The Level Market during the Ebola crisis to help speed supplies to those in need. In 2016, she was named Everyday Tech Hero by the UK’s charity,  Nominet Trust 100. In 2018, she was named COBizMag Entrepreneur of Year Runner Up 2018.   She joins World Child Cancer with a passion to help children suffering from cancer overcome the odds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patrons

Caitriona Balfe
Caitriona Balfe
Gill Thaxter
Gill Thaxter
Gordon Morrison BEM Bsc
Gordon Morrison BEM Bsc

Whilst studying drama in Dublin, Caitriona was scouted by an agent and spent several years working as a model for top fashion brands. After returning to acting, Caitriona was quickly cast in a number of films including ESCAPE PLAN, JJ Abrams’ feature SUPER 8 and NOW YOU SEE ME alongside Woody Harrelson and Mark Ruffalo. Most recently, Caitriona co-starred in the feature film MONEY MONSTER with George Clooney and Julia Roberts, directed by Jodie Foster. Caitriona continues to star in the series leading role of Claire in the Starz hit television series OUTLANDER - a role for which she has won many awards and accolades.

The country you are born in should not be a deciding factor in your battle against cancer.  World Child Cancer works daily to give children in developing countries access to treatment and care and a fighting chance against this disease.  I am proud and honoured to be a patron of such a worthy charity. Please join me in helping in any way you can.

Gill became patron of World Child Cancer in 2008. Along with her husband, Geoff, she saw the immense need for improvement in care for children with cancer in developing countries after visiting Bangladesh. It was that visit which inspired Geoff to found World Child Cancer. You can read more about Geoff in the ‘Founder’ section of the website.

Over the past years, Gill has been immensely proud to watch the growth of the charity and is thrilled that so many children and their families, have been helped.

Gordon Obtained an Honours Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Edinburgh prior to joining the Family Construction business which was built up to become a UK wide and international construction, development and support services business.

Morrison Construction Group was sold in 2000 and Gordon transferred his attention to farming, property and charity work.

Gordon's charity work has spanned 20 years involving the creation of CLIC Sargent through a merger of two charities creating the largest childhood cancer support charity and more recently the development of a new charity, World Child Cancer, which continues to expand and grow.

Gordon is also a Governor and Vice Chairman of the University of Hertfordshire. The University is one of the largest employers in Hertfordshire with over 2,700 staff and a student community exceeding 25,300, including more than 2,800 international students from 100 different countries

Gordon was awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June 2015.  

Gordon is married with two grown up children and four grandchildren.

Professor Tim Eden
Professor Tim Eden

Tim has held senior academic and clinical positions in Bristol, Edinburgh, London and Manchester where he was the Teenage Cancer Trust Professor of Teenage Oncology. He has chaired many national and international committees including as the President of SIOP (International Society of Paediatric Oncologists), Chair of UKCCSG (now CCLG UK) and the Medical Research Council Childhood Leukaemia Working Party. Tim’s interests include research into causation, incidence and survival of children and adolescents with cancer worldwide, equable delivery of care for all children worldwide and the provision of psycho-social support for all children and their families. He has published over 300 peer reviewed papers, editorials and book chapters on paediatric and adolescent haematology and oncology.

Tim retired in 2008 but remains very active in a number of organisations working in the field of childhood and teenage cancer in the UK and in developing countries. He continues as a Medical Advisor to the Teenage Cancer Trust in Scotland and is active on several committees in the UK. He was an invaluable Trustee to World Child Cancer since the inception of the charity, tirelessly providing advice on the strategic development of projects and using his extensive network of international contacts to develop effective and sustainable twinning partnerships.

Tim has been married for 46 years to Randi Forsgren who introduced him to his second beautiful home of Norway. He has a son and daughter and three grandchildren. In between his busy work and his family, he enjoys Scandinavian crime novels, walking, photography, gardening, history and politics. His biggest dream is to retire and complete his first novel, not as easy as the non-fiction he has written over the last 35 years!

Ambassadors

 Donna Karbach, Mary Walcher and Kathy Stewart, Ambassador Team
Donna Karbach, Mary Walcher and Kathy Stewart, Ambassador Team
Celeste Amundsen, Ambassador
Celeste Amundsen, Ambassador
Christine Gordon, Ambassador
Christine Gordon, Ambassador

These dedicated ladies from Northern California have formed The Outlander Charity Quilt Ambassador team. The three friends met through their local quilt guild where they all served in various board positions, organizing volunteers and events. As avid fans of the Outlander books and TV show, they were inspired by leading actress Caitriona Balfe’s patronage of World Child Cancer. Following the guild’s fundraising idea of “opportunity” quilts, Mary and Donna set about to raise money for WCC and Kathy soon joined in. Mary has designed and pieced quilts based on the theme of each season of the TV show. Donna then does the quilting, adding stitches that tie in with the theme. The team shows the quilt at Scottish Gatherings in California where the booth attracts attention with an eight foot “standing stone” (made by the three ladies), and life-size cutouts of Jamie and Claire which are immediately recognizable to the many Outlander fans in attendance. While fans are having their photo taken with these props, the team members tell them about the work World Child Cancer does and invites them to make a donation to the charity. The quilt will be gifted to one of the donors in December. This is their third year raising money for WCC – they raised $5,000 in 2016 and hope to exceed that total in 2017, adding several more events to their itinerary.

Celeste has worked in the healthcare field for twenty-five years. She has been an Administrative Assistant in Emergency, Laboratory Pathology and presently Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. A career in the medical field has proven to be most rewarding to her on a daily basis. With her diverse positions throughout the health system she has gained a much greater appreciation for the fundamental need of every individual to be able to access quality and affordable healthcare. Prior to her Healthcare experience she worked in the Investment Banking Industry. Celeste studied Business Management at Pierce College in Philadelphia. Celeste is the co-administrator of the Sassenach Society of South Jersey.

Celeste resides in Southern New Jersey with her husband Tom. She has three adult children. She spends much of her free time dedicated to serving in her local parish community, her local Women’s Club and her local Outlander group which celebrates and supports the program’s cast, crew, its author and their respective charities. Celeste looks forward to supporting World Child Cancer by helping to educate and raise awareness of World Child Cancer USA.

Currently, working for a large health system in South Jersey with more than 26 years of healthcare finance experience working as a Medicare auditor and directly within the healthcare provider setting. Christine currently is the Manager of Reimbursement with oversight of all aspects of hospital regulatory reporting; Medicare/Medicaid cost reports, appeals, and facilitating audits, review hospital charge capture and audit functions, including pricing, charging/coding compliance, and reimbursement. Christine holds a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Business Administration from Rosemont College. Christine is the co-administrator of the Sassenach Society of South Jersey.

Professionally, Christine is an active member of the New Jersey Healthcare Finance Management Association chapter; as well as serving on the education and reimbursement committees. Personally, Christine volunteers for her local church in many ways; serving within the church or by working the office desk at night.

Christine and her husband live in South Jersey where they enjoy being so close to Philadelphia, New York and Washington, DC. Christine’s mother is a recent breast cancer survivor. Christine and her local Outlander group is interested in providing a way to help spread the word about World Child Cancer in regards to awareness about childhood cancer news and want to help fundraise to supplement research funding.

Dawn E. Polk, Ambassador
Dawn E. Polk, Ambassador
Jessica Picard, Ambassador
Jessica Picard, Ambassador
Kelley Hutchins, Ambassador
Kelley Hutchins, Ambassador

Jessica is currently a nursing student in central NJ and hopes to become a nurse working in labor and delivery of the maternity unit or in the operating room. She has also served as secretary for her college’s Student Nurses’ Association (SNA) since its founding in September of 2012. Jessica works part-time as a home healthcare aide in Princeton, NJ and in Skillman, NJ for two elderly patients. As a student of nursing, Jessica is proud to be an Ambassador and looks forward to working with World Child Cancer USA to help children with cancer worldwide. Born in Paris and raised in the United States, Jessica’s love of traveling and experiencing other cultures has begun early on. She also enjoys reading, hiking, drawing, and all things Outlander and is also an LGBT supporter.

Jessica is currently a nursing student in central NJ and hopes to become a nurse working in labor and delivery of the maternity unit or in the operating room. She has also served as secretary for her college’s Student Nurses’ Association (SNA) since its founding in September of 2012. Jessica works part-time as a home healthcare aide in Princeton, NJ and in Skillman, NJ for two elderly patients. As a student of nursing, Jessica is proud to be an Ambassador and looks forward to working with World Child Cancer USA to help children with cancer worldwide. Born in Paris and raised in the United States, Jessica’s love of traveling and experiencing other cultures has begun early on. She also enjoys reading, hiking, drawing, and all things Outlander and is also an LGBT supporter.

Kelley is currently a second-year Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit. She completed her combined Internal Medicine/Pediatric s Residency training in 2014 from Louisiana State University in New Orleans and Master of Public Health degree in 2015 from Des Moines University College of Health Sciences. Kelley is very enthusiastic about being an Ambassador: “being an Ambassador for World Child Cancer USA (WCC) is a great way to be able to be involved in everything I have always wanted to do! Since college, I have aspired to become a Pediatric Hematologist/Oncology, as well as be involved in international medicine. With the mission to help improve healthcare for children with cancer in developing countries, WCC is the perfect organization. I am honored to have been selected to serve in such a role and am so excited to work with such amazing people!”

Maëlle Berodes, Ambassador
Maëlle Berodes, Ambassador
Megan Luciano, Ambassador
Megan Luciano, Ambassador
Megan Pfleuger, Ambassador
Megan Pfleuger, Ambassador

Maëlle grew up in Brussels and has lived in Candada for seven years with her husband.

Maëlle began studying biomedical technology when she was 17 years old and her dream was to work as a laboratory assistant. She went on to receive a Master of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Brussels. After working in anatomy-pathological laboratory GSK for a project, she was hired as coordinator of the Asthma Clinic in Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc in Brussels.

She continued her education with a specialization at Laval University in Quebec where she received a Masters in Molecular Biology. Maëlle next worked for the Research of Quebec Fund, which helps young researchers and students to finance their research. She works at McGill University and is based at the General hospital of Montréal in the pain clinic.

She enjoys french fries and beer, reading (especially science fiction, history and the Outlander series!), and art.

Megan joined World Child Cancer as part of the ambassador program in 2016 to help spread awareness about the organization, and the need to support cancer detection and treatment in children from developing countries.

A former marketing and advertising professional Megan now serves as an independent consultant for a strategic marketing company. She is also actively involved in her community as a volunteer with numerous organizations. Among other roles, Megan serves on the Board of Governors for the Lakeland Hills YMCA, is the Vice President of the LHY Swim Team Board and is secretary for the New Jersey Chapter of the Progeria Research Foundation. Her volunteer experiences focus on group communications, volunteer coordination and fundraising.

Megan graduated with a BA from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. She and her husband along with their two sons live in northern New Jersey.

Melissa currently works as a Clinical Researcher in a lab that studies IPF (Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis).  She earned her Bachelor’s in Animal Science from Clemson University and her PhD in BioMedical Research from Florida State University.  “I thoroughly enjoy research because it’s incredibly rewarding to find potential treatments and new information for patients who have life threatening or debilitating conditions.”

Melissa recently helped create The Southern Sassenachs, an Outlander-themed Charity Event organization that fundraises for the charities supported by the amazing cast.  They just began fundraising for World Child Cancer.  “I’m incredibly excited and honored to become an Ambassador.  It’s a very small way for me to help raise awareness and educate those who aren’t familiar with childhood cancers.  I ultimately hope we can find a cure, but more importantly help those children currently undergoing treatments.”

Melissa currently lives in Alabama with her husband Rob, and two young children, Liam and Callie.  She spends her free time organizing and support The Southern Sassenachs.  She also enjoys reading and watching movies.

Stephanie Tritt, Ambassador
Stephanie Tritt, Ambassador

“I graduated with an Associates Degree in Nursing back in 2011 from Henry Ford Community College located in Dearborn, MI. Eventually I plan to go back to school to receive my Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and then hopefully my Master’s Degree after that. 

I have been working specifically as an Oncology nurse for the last 5 years and this is a cause that I am very, very passionate about and would love the opportunity to become more involved with the charity from this level and do as much as I can to help this wonderful organization!! The work you all do is amazing and so inspiring and I would love to become more apart of that. No child should ever suffer and I want to ensure that all children have equal access to cancer treatment and care!!”

Project Committee

Abby White
Abby White
Alison Finch
Alison Finch
Annabel Foot
Annabel Foot

Abby White is the co-founder and voluntary Chief Executive of World Eye Cancer Hope, which has the mission of bringing optimal evidence based life and sight saving care to all children with retinoblastoma.  Abby’s father was diagnosed with bilateral retinoblastoma in Kenya in 1946, and treated in England.  Abby was also born with tumours in both eyes.  She has an artificial eye and limited vision in her remaining eye that is now failing due to late effects of radiotherapy in infancy.  Abby studied geography at university, with a special emphasis on development in sub-Saharan Africa.  She co-ordinates the extensive activities of WE C Hope and the One Retinoblastoma World community while also assisting individual families. Abby enjoys creative writing, audio books, sailing, open water swimming and country walks with her guide dog, Annie.

Alison is Matron and Lead Nurse for Children and Young People's Cancer at University College Hospital in London, UK. Alongside her NHS roles, Alison has maintained a long-standing interest in nursing overseas, having volunteered over a number of years with an NGO in Azerbaijan, undertaken field trips to northern and southern India exploring the core values and role of nursing, and Alison has visited Bangladesh with World Child Cancer to co-lead a nurse education programme in our programme based at BSMMU in Dhaka. Alison has a particular interest in nursing leadership and teenage and young adult cancer care. She is a published author and loves getting involved in nurse-led research projects and activities. Alison has an MSc in advancing professional healthcare practice (palliative care) and was awarded an MBE for services to nursing in 2009.

Annabel is a Member of the Project Committee. She worked as a Consultant in Paediatric Oncology in Bristol, UK, for 15 years, retiring from clinical practice in 2007. In addition to clinical and teaching roles, she was lead clinician for Paediatric Cancer Services. Although caring for all types of solid tumour, leukaemia and transplant patients, she developed particular expertise in the areas of soft tissue sarcoma and neuroblastoma, leading national and international studies in these fields.  Following departure from clinical practice, she spent time working as an Advisory Consultant for pharmaceutical clinical trials.

More recently, following a stint of teaching Paediatric Oncology in Uganda, she has become a student again, now taking a Masters in Public Health, with a view to combining all her skills and helping those in less affluent countries. Leisure activities include photography (having also attained an Arts Masters in this sphere), and outdoor pursuits, including walking, cycling and sailing.

Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo
Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo
Catherine Lam
Catherine Lam
Gabriele Calaminus
Gabriele Calaminus

Dr Carlos Rodríguez-Galindo, a Spanish native, completed his training in paediatric haematology-oncology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. After 10 years as clinical researcher at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, he moved to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Children’s Hospital Boston, where he was the Director of the Paediatric Solid Tumour Program, Medical Director of the Clinical and Translational Investigations Program, and Director of the Global Health Initiative in Paediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders. He was also Professor of Paediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

In 2015, Dr Rodriguez-Galindo returned to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to serve as Executive Vice-President, Chair of the Department of Global Paediatric Medicine, and director of St. Jude Gloabl. He also holds the Four Stars of Chicago Endowed Chair in International Paediatric Research. Carlos has been working with World Child Cancer’s programme in Myanmar since 2013 and provides valuable guidance for medical staff in Yangon.

Catherine is a Paediatric Oncologist at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, USA, where she works in the Department of Global Pediatric Medicine as Medical Director of the Asia Pacific Program, and with patients in the Solid Tumour Division.  Inspired early in her training by the resilience of children and adolescents with cancer and the care providers she encountered in remote parts of Niger, Uganda, Taiwan, and China, she completed her paediatric haematology/oncology training at Toronto SickKids, Canada, with a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins, USA. 

Her specific interests include systems development and quality improvement practices in resource-limited settings, abandonment of treatment, palliative care, rare malignancies including adrenocortical tumours and nasopharyngeal carcinoma, and outcomes evaluation.  She is the Co-Chair for the SIOP PODC Abandonment of Treatment Working Group and Member of the SIOP PODC Core Committee. 

Gabriele Calaminus is Head of Global Advocacy and the Past-President of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP). She is an international expert on brain tumours, germ cell tumours and quality of life. Dr Calaminus is a prolific author of numerous scientific publications and was instrumental in the establishment of key partnerships for SIOP, including that with the World Health Organization, Childhood Cancer International (CCI), World Child Cancer, the Union for International Cancer Control, and with the Sanofi Espoir Foundation

John van Doorninck, MD
John van Doorninck, MD
Louise Soanes
Louise Soanes
Rachel Hollis
Rachel Hollis

Dr. John van Doorninck is a pediatric oncologist practicing at the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children in Denver, Colorado, USA.  A native of Denver, he studied medicine at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and completed his training in pediatric hematology/oncology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.  There, he served as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Bone Marrow Transplantation prior to accepting his current position. Dr. van Doorninck’s interest in delivering pediatric cancer care in low and middle-income countries took hold in 2007, when he took inspiration from work being done by members of SIOP’s PODC (International Society of Paediatric Oncology, group for Pediatric Oncology in Developing Countries).  His interest further developed through discussions with Professor Tim Eden of World Child Cancer. In 2014, he became formally involved in establishing World Child Cancer’s presence in the United States and in 2017 he joined the Global Project Committee. His wife, Dana Bryson, serves on the Board of Directors of World Child Cancer USA. They have two children.

Louise is an experienced children’s and young people’s cancer nurse. She has worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, UK, as a Nurse Practice Educator and has lectured in nursing at the South Bank University in London. Before taking up her current role as Teenage Cancer Trust Nurse Consultant for Adolescents and Young People at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust she was the Trust’s Senior Sister for Children’s Services.

She brings a wealth of experience to the both the Project Committee and the World Child Cancer UK Board and has had direct experience of programmes in developing countries, having visited childhood cancer wards in Bangladesh. As well as working full-time, Louise gained her professional doctorate in nursing and is the author of academic articles and books on nursing.

Rachel Hollis is Honorary Nurse Adviser for Children's Cancer in the Leeds Children's Hospital at Leeds Hospitals NHS Trust where she spent thirty years working in paediatric oncology and haematology.

Rachel is a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing of the United Kingdom. She has been involved in developing services for children and young people with cancer in the UK at the national level.

Rachel is a member of the nursing group within the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP). She is a former Chair of the SIOP Paediatric Oncology in Developing Countries (PODC) Nursing Working Group. In that capacity she has advocated for and worked with nurses from Low and Middle Income Countries in looking to define base-line standards of care and a curriculum framework for nurse training and education.

Scott Howard
Scott Howard
Stephen Hunger
Stephen Hunger
Trijn Israels
Trijn Israels

Scott is the Chair of the World Child Cancer USA Board. He is a Member of the Oncology Department at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital where he treats patients with leukaemia and lymphoma and conducts research on supportive care. His specific research interests include implementation of protocol-based therapy and development of co-operative paediatric oncology groups in low-income countries.

Scott’s mission and passion is to improve survival rates for children in developing countries. He was previously the Chair of the SIOP PODC (Paediatric Oncology in Developing Countries) committee and the Director of Clinical Trials for St Jude’s International Outreach Programme. He is now the co-Chair of the Twinning, Collaboration & Support PODC working group. He assists twinning partner centres in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. He also assists with content development for the free online oncology resource www.Cure4Kids.org

Stephen Hunger is a Medical Trustee of World Child Cancer USA and a paediatric haematologist oncologist with over twenty years of experience and leadership roles in the field.

Dr Hunger completed training in paediatrics at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Paediatric Haematology/Oncology at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is currently Professor of Paediatrics and Chief of the Section of Paediatric Haematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplantation at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Stephen has extensive experience in international paediatric cancer. He has worked closely with international colleagues to increase collaboration in childhood ALL basic and translational research and to develop new collaborative clinical trials in high risk ALL subsets. Dr Hunger directs a twinning partnership with the paediatric oncology programs in the Dominican Republic to improve outcomes for children with ALL in that country. He has a major interest in developing graduated intensity therapy regimens to help centres in low and middle income countries implement treatments that are appropriate for their local conditions.

Trijn is a Paediatric Oncologist who works for the Outreach Programme of the Paediatric Haematology – Oncology Department at VUMC Medical Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

She worked for two years as a general paediatrician on the paediatric ward of the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi. During this time she conducted daily ward rounds on the childhood oncology ward and coordinated some locally relevant clinical studies which led to a PhD thesis; Management of Children with Cancer in Malawi. She was the joint chair of SIOP PODC with Scott Howard and Coordinator of the SIOP PODC Working Group on Adapted Treatment regimens. This working group has produced consensus clinical guidelines for the management of children with Burkitt lymphoma, Wilms’ tumour, Kaposi sarcoma and concomitant supportive care in sub-Saharan Africa.

Trijn is married and has a daughter and two sons. In her spare time she likes outdoor activities including running, cycling, hiking, camping and soccer / field hockey.