Board of Directors
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS's) Board of Directors for FY13 is comprised of distinguished individuals dedicated to LLS's mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
Timothy S. Durst
Chair of the Board
Tim Durst is a partner with Baker Botts LLP, an international law firm. He works in the firm's Dallas office. His law practice focuses on commercial and intellectual property litigation matters (such as patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation cases). Tim's involvement in the Society stems from his son's diagnosis - just short of his second birthday in 1997 - of ALL. (He's now a healthy, thriving, ten-plus-year survivor.) Tim has worked on the North Texas Chapter Board since 1999, including serving two terms as president. He has participated in Team In Training, Light The Night, and local golf and black-tie events. Since joining the National Board in 2006, Tim has worked on board development, public policy, and TAP matters, and chaired the 2007 Volunteer Leadership Conference and the Board Development Committee. Term ends: 2012. (As Chair, term extends to 2014).
James H. Davis, PhD, JD
Jim Davis is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Human Genome Sciences, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company with multiple Phase 2 and 3 products. His professional background is in the area of intellectual property law, including intellectual property rights and regulatory compliance and licensing - issues related to the commercialization of new technologies. Jim has been counsel to a major intellectual property firm; a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of a major New York law firm; head of research and development for an agricultural biotechnology company; and a Special Assistant at the Environmental Protection Agency, where he focused on biotechnology regulation. He is a CML patient and a clinical trial participant. Jim began his term on the National Board in 2007 and serves on the Therapy Acceleration Program and Medical & Scientific Affairs and Executive committees. Term ends: 2013. (As Vice Chair, term extends to 2014.)
Ken Schwartz is a transaction advisory services partner with Ernst & Young LLP. He has been providing services to both private equity and corporate acquirers for the past ten years. Ken's experience includes complex, cross-border mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and recapitalizations. He has led teams working on transactions ranging from $5 million to more than $25 billion. Ken is a certified public accountant with more than 17 years of experience. He earned his bachelor degree from the State University of New York at Albany. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Long Island chapter of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. Ken joined the National Board in 2010 and served on the Audit and Investment committees. Term ends: 2013.
Raanan Horowitz is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Elbit Systems of America, LLC, a leading provider of high-performance products and systems solutions for the defense, homeland security, commercial aviation, and medical instrumentation markets. Raanan leads the strategic and operational direction of the Fort Worth-headquartered company, and serves as a member of the Elbit Systems of America board of directors. During his tenure with the company, he has been instrumental in driving its organic growth and strategic acquisitions, resulting in its evolution to providing mission-critical systems to many major defense platforms. Mr. Horowitz is active in the defense and aerospace industry through his service in the U.S. Army Science Board. He serves on the Board of Governors of the Aerospace Industry Association and is a member of the Business Executives for National Security (BENS). He received an MBA from the Seidman School of Business at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, and was also awarded a master of science degree in electrical engineering and a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Tel-Aviv University in Israel. Raanan joined the National Board in 2008, and serves on the Finance and Board Development committees and the Strategic Plan Task Force. Term ends: 2014.
Board of Directors
James A. Beck
Jim Beck is a certified financial planning practitioner and major shareholder and principal of Hefren-Tillotson, a Pittsburgh-based financial planning and investment firm. He has more than 25 years of experience in investments and financial planning. Jim's indirect involvement with LLS dates back to 1951, when his 4-year-old brother lost his battle with leukemia. He has been active in his local chapter in numerous capacities over the past 25 years, including Chapter President and Treasurer. Jim joined the National Board in 2008, and has served on the Donor Development, Finance, and Investment committees and is a member of the Canadian Board. Term ends: 2014.
William G. Behnke
Bill Behnke is the founder and President of The Behnke Group, founded in 2005. He is a senior executive with extensive background in direct sales, marketing, sales management, and business development, with a specialization in the health care market. He has more than 15 years of experience selling to CEOs, CFOs, CMOs, and boards of directors of health insurance companies and hospitals, and has significant success raising capital from venture capital firms, private equity firms, and accredited private investors. Bill has been a member of the South Texas chapter since 2005. He has been instrumental in opening doors; most recently he has recruited and supported the last two Men of the Year candidates. Term ends: 2014.
Jorge Benitez joined Accenture in 1981 after graduating cum laude from the University of Florida with degrees in accounting and economics. With more than 28 years of experience in management consulting, technology and outsourcing, Jorge's specialty is directing large-scale global-change initiatives across a diverse set of industry segments. Throughout his career, Jorge has been recognized by his peers and clients for his ability to lead with a keen focus on both people and business results. He has led the Minority Mentoring Program for Accenture's US business, Global People Advocacy worldwide, and the global Partner Matters function for Accenture. Jorge's success in business and the community has been recognized on a local and national level. He was selected in 2005 as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States. Outside of work, Jorge enjoys reading, writing, boating and deep-sea fishing, as well as traveling around the world. Jorge has been a member of the Southern Florida chapter since 2008, joined the National Board in 2010, and has served on the Board Development and Finance committees and the Strategic Plan Task Force. Term ends: 2013.
James E. Bradner, MD
James E. Bradner, MD, is a staff physician in the Division of Hematologic Malignancies at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, as well as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation, the American Society of Hematology, the American Chemical Society and the American Association of Cancer Research. Dr. Bradner received his AB from Harvard University, his MD from the University of Chicago, and his MMS from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Bradner's awards and honors include the Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award, the Smith Family Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research, the Dunkin Donuts Rising Star Award, and the HMS Distinguished Excellence in Teaching Award. For the past five years, Dr. Bradner has worked closely with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The Bradner laboratory is the grateful recipient of two competitive Specialized Center of Research (SCOR) grants, which have catalyzed the development of a new prototype drug for leukemia and another for Multiple Myeloma and Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. In addition, the Therapeutics Acceleration Program (TAP) continues to support the clinical development of two drugs from the Bradner laboratory now in clinical trials. Dr. Bradner joined the LLS National Board in 2013. Term ends: 2015.
Peter Brock has been developing commercial real estate in the New York and Florida markets since 1975. For the past ten years, he's been a principal in Brock Development and has developed major retail projects in the Florida area. Peter has founded two land and development funds that have invested in commercial real estate in Florida, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Tennessee, New Mexico and California. He has served on the investment committee of those funds for the past four years. He is the founder of Brock Services Corporation, a hotel management company. Peter has been a member of the Palm Beach Area chapter since 2004, and assists with donor development by personally contacting donors and sharing his story. Peter graduated from the University of Pennsylvania; has a bachelor degree in economics from the Wharton School of Finance & Commerce; and holds a master of business administration degree from the Columbia Graduate School of Business. Term ends: 2014.
Dana A. Callow, Jr.
Dana Callow is the Managing Partner of Boston Millennia Partners, and co-founded Boston Capital Ventures in 1982. He was a Senior Consultant at Braxton Associates, an international strategic planning firm. He worked with Fortune 100 companies in strategic planning and implementing merger and acquisition strategies. Dana is currently Presiding Director and Chair of the governance committee of PAREXEL International Corporation, a $1-billion-plus clinical-trials management company. Dana is a Director of Jobs for Massachusetts, a Massachusetts based non-profit organization comprised of business and political leaders, including the governor and congressional leaders. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Dartmouth/Tuck Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship; a member of the Board of Trustees and the Chairman of the Investment Committee at Tufts University; and serves on the board of overseers at Tufts University Medical School. He was a major sponsor for the Massachusetts Chapter's gala and Black Tie event. Dana is a magna cum laude graduate of Tufts University, and holds an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College. Term ends: 2014.
Scott A. Carroll
Scott A. Carroll is the resident manager of the Cincinnati, Ohio office of Jackson Lewis LLP. Scott has represented clients across the spectrum of labor and employment law, including wrongful discharge litigation, collective bargaining, union avoidance, and human resources counseling. He has expertise in drafting, counseling, prosecuting, and defending theft-of-trade-secret cases and/or non-compete, non-solicitation cases. Scott is a member of the U.S. Sixth Circuit Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the Cincinnati Bar Association. He received his BS degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1990, and he earned his JD from The College of Law at the University of Cincinnati in 1993, where he was a member of the University of Cincinnati Law Review. Scott became a member of the South Ohio chapter in 2002 and was Chapter President in 2005. Term ends: 2014.
Elizabeth J. (Betsy) Clark, PhD
Betsy Clark is the Executive Director of the National Association of Social Workers - the largest organization of professional social workers, with nearly 150,000 members. Her clinical specialty is oncology social work. She has conducted research, developed service delivery programs and published papers and book chapters on psychosocial oncology, cancer survivorship, and loss and bereavement. She is an editor of the book Social Work and Oncology: Supporting Survivors, Families, and Caregivers, published by the American Cancer Society, and she serves on the editorial boards of CURE: Cancer Updates, Research, and Education, and the journal Illness, Crisis, and Loss. She is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers, and was recently elected to the National Academies of Practice. She holds bachelor and master degrees in social work, a master of public health from the University of Pittsburgh, and master and doctorate degrees in medical sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Betsy joined the National Board in 2009 and serves on the Board Development, Patient Services, and Public Policy committees. Term ends: 2015.
Jorge Cortes, MD
Jorge Cortes is a professor of medicine and Deputy Chair in the Department of Leukemia at The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. He is also the chief of the CML Section of the Department of Leukemia. He earned his medical degree at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in Mexico City. His clinical interests focus on new drug development and the management of patients with myelodysplastic syndromes, myeloproliferative disorders and acute and chronic leukemias. He has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed medical publications. He is editor-in-chief of Clinical Leukemia, co-chief editor of Current Malignant Hematology Reports, and is on the editorial boards of Clinical Cancer Research, Leukemia and Journal of Clinical Oncology. He was an LLS Scholar in clinical research and received the Kenney Award in 2006. Jorge joined the National Board in 2007 and serves on the Medical & Scientific Affairs and Mission Oversight committees. Term ends: 2013.
Bernard H. Garil
Bernie Garil is a retired investment adviser and broker-dealer executive and former President of OpCap Advisors, a subsidiary of Oppenheimer Capital. He is a director or trustee of 16 investment companies for which UBS Global Asset Management (Americas) Inc. serves as investment advisor, sub-advisor, or manager, and is a member of the Audit and Nominating committees of each of the funds. He is a member of the board of directors, Chairman of the Examining Committee, and a member of Trust Investment and Operating committees of OFI Trust Company. Since 1976, Bernie has been a volunteer for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as a donor, past member of the National Board of Directors (1987-1995), a trustee of the New York City chapter (1976-1995) and president of the chapter (1982-1985). He graduated from Brooklyn College with a BS in accounting and did graduate work in finance at American University. Bernie currently serves on the investment committee of LLS and the Brooklyn College Foundation, as well as working on investment issues at UBS and OFI Trust Company. Term ends: 2014.
Beth E. Hawley
Beth E. Hawley became involved with LLS after a friend's young daughter was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoblastic Lymphoma nine years ago. She currently serves as Chief Customer Experience Officer for Cogent HMG, the nation's largest privately-held hospitalist company, where she oversees performance, value, innovation, reporting and marketing. She is co-author of the Greeno-Hawley Hospital Medicine IndexTM, the first objective tool designed to measure the capabilities of a hospitalist program. Ms. Hawley holds a BS from Drexel University, an MBA from Eastern University, a certificate in occupational therapy from the University of Pennsylvania and a green belt in six-sigma certification from Villanova University. She serves on the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) Practice Analysis Committee. She is a fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and a member of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). She has two grown children and a brand new grandson, who live near her in the Philadelphia area. Term ends: 2014.
Pamela Jo Haylock, PhD
Pamela "PJ" Haylock received both her BSN and MA degrees from the University of Iowa College of Nursing, and a PhD from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. In November 2008 she became the CEO of the Association for Vascular Access, a multidisciplinary membership association. PJ has a background in clinical oncology care, including roles as an oncology clinical nurse specialist, enterostomal therapist, oncology product line manager in community hospitals, and independent oncology care consultant. At the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Bethesda, MD, she compiled and drafted the final copy of a computerized online database of Supportive Care Statements related to diagnoses of malignant diseases (1989-1995). PJ is currently part of the core development team that created the Cancer Survival Toolbox, a series of self-learning audio programs designed to help cancer survivors and caregivers learn and effectively use self-advocacy skills. Term ends: 2014.
Richard M. Jeanneret
Rich Jeanneret is the Americas Vice Chair of Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) and is a member of the Americas Executive Board at Ernst & Young. Rich was formerly the Mid-Atlantic Managing Partner of the Assurance and Advisory Business Services Practice - more than 1,000 professionals providing assurance and business advisory services to its clients in that region. Rich has 26 years of experience providing advisory and consulting services to private equity, financial services, real estate, and hospitality industry clients. He has extensive transactional expertise, and has worked on several mergers and acquisitions with financial buyers and spinoffs from public companies. Rich received his bachelor of arts in economics from Boston College and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts. Rich has been active with a number of charitable and civic activities over the course of his career. Rich has been a member of the National Capital Area chapter since 1999 and has chaired or served on the Black Tie Committee for nine years. Term ends: 2014.
Joseph B. Kelley
Joe Kelley is Vice President, Government Affairs for Lilly USA, where he serves as the head of Lilly's Washington office and is responsible for Lilly's federal, state, and international government affairs activities. He is also a member of Lilly's U.S. Affiliate's Operations Committee. He has been an active member of LLS's National Capital chapter, where he served on the Executive Committee, and co-chairs the chapter's highly successful Annual Leukemia Ball. Joe has been responsible for raising significant funds for this very successful event. Joe established the Virginia Sheldon Jerome Foundation in memory of his wife, who he lost to AML in 2002. Joe has also assisted with LLS's government affairs activities to help secure funding for blood cancer research. Joe joined the National Board in 2009 and serves on the Public Policy and Board Development committees. Term ends: 2015.
Marie V. McDemmond
Marie McDemmond is Chair of the Board of the Lumina Foundation for Education and President Emeritus of Norfolk State University (NSU). She served as President of NSU from July 1, 1997 to January 31, 2006. Marie received her bachelor degree from Xavier University of Louisiana and her master degree from the University of New Orleans. She did additional graduate work in public finance and management at the State University of New York at Albany and received her doctoral degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is the recipient of two honorary doctoral degrees. Marie is the first African American woman to head any of the National Association of Colleges and University Business Officers (NACUBO) regions, on whose board she served. Marie served as Virginia's Civilian Aide to the United States Secretary of the Army for Virginia and was appointed by President Bush to the President's Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Term ends: 2014.
Steven T. Rosen, MD, FACP
Dr. Rosen is Genevieve Teuton Professor of Medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University; Director of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University; and Director of Cancer Programs at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Following his graduation with distinction from Northwestern University Medical School's Six-Year Honors Program in 1976, Steven completed his residency in internal medicine at Northwestern and a fellowship in medical oncology at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Rosen's laboratory research focuses on experimental therapeutics and hematologic malignancies. Dr. Rosen has received numerous grant awards and contracts, and has published more than 250 scientific papers. Dr. Rosen was the recipient of Northwestern University Medical School's Alumni Achievement Award (1994), the Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from Northwestern Memorial Hospital (1995), the Marv Samuel Award from the Chicago Baseball Cancer Charities (1996), and recognition from the Woman's Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital for Compassionate Care (1996). He is acknowledged in Best Doctors in America and Best Doctors in Chicago. Term ends: 2014.
Franklin O. Smith, III, MD
Franklin O. Smith, III, MD, is Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College Of Medicine. He serves as the Clinical Director of the University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute at the University of Cincinnati. Previously, Dr. Smith served as the Director of the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and as the Vice-Chair of the Children's Oncology Group. Dr. Smith received his BS from Wofford College and his MD from the University of South Carolina School Of Medicine. He was a resident in pediatrics at the University of Florida College of Medicine and did fellowship training in pediatric hematology/oncology at the University of Washington and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Dr. Smith has clinical expertise in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. His research focus is Acute Myeloid Leukemia and Fanconi Anemia. He has served on the LLS Board for the Indiana and Tri-State chapters and is currently a member of the LLS Medical and Scientific Affairs Committee. Term ends: 2015.
Kathryn C. Vecellio
Kathryn Vecellio is a trustee of her family's foundation and volunteer for many community and charitable organizations for the past 36 years. In addition to holding a board position with the LLS Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia chapter, Kathryn serves on the boards of the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and Harvard's affiliate, the Schepens Eye Research Institute. Kathryn also currently serves on the boards of the Norton Museum of Art, her family's foundation, and The Leadership Board of the Cleveland Clinic Florida and Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute Leadership Commission in Cleveland. She has received many awards, including the Women in Leadership Award from the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches and the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Term ends: 2014.
Louise G. Warner
Louise Warner has been involved with LLS since 1999, and has been very active at both the local and national levels. She served as Chapter President and Secretary and chaired numerous Black Tie events, Light The Night, and the Donor Development Committee. She completed the Disney half-marathon with Team In Training in 2003. She served as the first Chair of the Board of Representatives, and has been involved in strategic planning, organizational design and planning volunteer leadership conferences. She co-chaired task forces on volunteer engagement and chapter president best practices, and is currently a member of the Board Development Committee. She joined the National Board in 2008. She serves on the Board Development and Patient Services committees and chairs the Strategic Plan Task Force. Louise lost her mother to lymphoma in 2004. Term ends: 2014.
Keith S. White
Keith S. White, CEO of ParkerWhite, developed this San Diego-based company into a premier national branding agency, bringing more than 15 years of brand development, marketing, sales, consumer and business management experience to the agency. Throughout his career, Keith, a multi-disciplinary marketing professional, has built powerful consumer and trade brands in the marketplace and has successfully launched and grown many well-known consumer brands. He has been the lead brand strategist on Star Trac Fitness, Donjoy, Zimmer Medical, Next Proteins, Airwalk, and Westec Security (ADT). In his spare time Keith has launched a data-mining marketing firm, AtomicMinds; a real estate investment firm, Sottaku Doji; and a charity for keeping America's youth active, American Youth Fitness Organization (AYFO). All three organizations are active today. His undergraduate work started at Auburn University in the sciences, and he completed his bachelor degree in communications at the University of California, San Diego. Term ends: 2015.
Matthew E. Winter
Matthew Winter is President & CEO of Allstate Financial and a member of the Allstate senior management team. Since joining Allstate in 2009, he has been responsible for leading Allstate Financial's effort to provide life insurance and retirement products to middle-income Americans. He most recently served as Vice Chairman of American International Group, and was President & CEO of AIG American General Domestic Life Companies for approximately three years. Matt earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Michigan, a JD from Albany Law School of Union University, and an LLM from the University of Virginia School of Law. Matt joined the National Board in 2010 and serves on the Investment and Finance committees. Term ends: 2013.
Life Member Directors
Rodman N. Myers
Rod Myers is Of Counsel to Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn in Detroit, Michigan. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan, and the Detroit Bar Association. He is a graduate of Wayne State University, and received his law degree from The University of Michigan. Rod has been an active volunteer for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society since 1985. He was the founding president of the Michigan chapter, and has chaired nearly every chapter committee over the years. He was elected to the National Board of Trustees in 1985, and served the Board in a wide range of capacities, including the Executive, Chapter Development, and Legal Affairs committees. Rod received the National Leadership Award in 1994. Rod is a member of the Patient Services Committee. Term ends: Life Member.
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