EXECUTIVE TEAM

Meet The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Executive Team

Officers

Louis J. DeGennaro, Ph.D.

Louis J. DeGennaro, Ph.D.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Louis J. DeGennaro, Ph.D., is president and chief executive officer of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), a global leader in the fight against cancer. Dr. DeGennaro leads the mission and operations of this $400 million cancer patient advocacy agency with headquarters in Rye Brook, New York.

Dr. DeGennaro has been a member of the LLS executive leadership team since he joined LLS as chief scientific officer in 2005. He was named LLS chief mission officer in 2009, with responsibility for leadership of all of LLS's mission functions, including research, patient education and support, public policy and advocacy. He was named president and CEO in September 2014.

As the key architect of LLS's cures and access agenda, Dr. DeGennaro conceived and pioneered LLS’s Therapy Acceleration Program® - a venture philanthropy approach to accelerating new treatments to patients through drug discovery and development partnerships with the biotechnology industry. LLS’s foray into venture philanthropy helped redefine the activist role of nonprofits to meet urgent unmet medical needs.  Under Dr. DeGennaro’s leadership LLS launched its groundbreaking precision medicine Beat AML® Master Trial in October 2016, leading the offensive against acute myeloid leukemia, one of the most deadly blood cancers. 

Dr. DeGennaro has devoted his career to saving lives through drug discovery – first in academic research, later directing drug development at several pharmaceutical companies. At LLS he has found the perfect intersection of science and patient care, overseeing the funding of cutting-edge research, supporting patients and engaging in patient advocacy work. In addition to providing leadership and vision for his staff, he is committed to keeping a significant constituency of volunteers motivated and dedicated to the organization.

After receiving his doctorate in biochemistry from the University of California at San Francisco, Dr. DeGennaro did his post-doctoral research at the Yale University School of Medicine.  His previous academic appointments include research group leader, Max Planck Institute in Munich, Germanyand associate professor of neurology and cell biology, University of Massachusetts Medical School.  His previous private sector appointments included Senior Director, Molecular Genetics, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and Executive Vice President, Synex Pharmaceuticals.

Troy Dunmire

Troy Dunmire

EVP, Chief Operating Officer

As chief operating officer, Troy Dunmire provides operations oversight and leadership for key LLS business units including Field Operations, Information Technology, Advancement, Corporate Development, Campaigns, Marketing and Communications. He is responsible for leading all operational activities and implementing an overall finance and expense management strategy aligned with LLS’s strategic business plan. He works closely with the cross-functional senior leadership team, primarily to assess strategic growth on LLS’s operating plan.

Dunmire comes to LLS after more than 20 years at Gap Inc., having served in multiple roles and functions across Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic. In his most recent position as senior vice president of stores, his purview included oversight of 750 stores across the United States and Canada with revenue in excess of $2 billion. Throughout his career, he’s developed and executed comprehensive business and operating strategies across staff, customers and stores, leading to top-line sales and gross margin improvements.

Dunmire has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from University of South Florida, where he currently serves as a member of the alumni association board of directors. 

Danielle Gee

Danielle Gee

Chief of Staff

As chief of staff, Danielle Gee is the program manager of the executive team responsible for guiding operational planning, strategic planning, priority initiatives and various enterprise projects. While she provides critical support to LLS President and CEO Louis J. DeGennaro, Ph.D., she also works closely with the cross-functional senior leadership team, primarily to assess progress on LLS’s operating plan. As part of this periodic evaluation, Gee has helped to develop key metrics and analytics, as well as a staff and Board of Directors dashboard and communication plan.

Prior to joining LLS, Gee was associate director of equities sales with UBS Investment Bank in New York City, where she managed relationships with current and prospective clients and provided analysis and research on stock valuations to drive incremental revenue. She previously was a consultant in public financial management, providing strategic consulting services and debt transaction analytical support for municipal clients.

Gee holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and an M.B.A from Harvard Business School.

Lynn Godfrey

Lynn Godfrey

EVP, Chief Marketing Officer

As chief marketing officer, Lynn Godfrey oversees integrated marketing and communications, creative strategy, digital marketing and strategic planning of LLS brand efforts. She is responsible for leading all campaign marketing initiatives and implementing an overall strategy aligned with LLS’s business plan.

Godfrey comes to LLS after six years at Girl Scouts of the USA, where she served as chief brand marketing & communications officer. She has more than 20 years of experience in vision-driven innovation and success in delivering transformations across brand strategy, integrated digital marketing and multi-platform communications in diverse industries such as media, educational, nonprofit and youth and financial services.

Godfrey has a bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology from Wesleyan University and master’s degree in marketing from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

 

Kathy Griesenbeck

Kathy Griesenbeck

EVP, Chief Relationship Officer

As chief relationship officer, Kathy Griesenbeck oversees LLS’s 56 domestic chapters, ensuring financial growth, operational efficiency and management. Part of her oversight is the volunteer engagement initiative to ensure organizational aptitude through strategic volunteer principles.

Griesenbeck has extensive experience in nonprofit leadership and a track record of transformational success. Joining the organization in 2002 as executive director, she developed the San Antonio and Austin markets—moving them from $300,000 to $7 million. This was accomplished by partnering with the Board of Trustees and implementation of innovation in LLS campaigns. In 2013, she was promoted to region VP for the southwest and southeast where she worked with 18 chapters across 13 states to develop and implement strategic growth.

Griesenbeck has a bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin and master’s degree in communications from Our Lady of the Lake University.

Marcie Klein

Marcie Klein

EVP, Chief Communications Officer

Marcie Klein is responsible for overseeing the strategy and execution of the organization’s narrative, including public relations, internal communications and crisis and issues management, in order to create awareness for LLS and burnish its reputation. Her team provides support for LLS’s mission pillars of research, patient services and advocacy, as well as its fundraising campaigns and development initiatives, and generates owned content and earned media coverage to create awareness and engagement for LLS across a wide range of external and internal audiences and stakeholders. Klein collaborates with her colleagues on the executive leadership team to develop the enterprise strategic and operating plans, with an emphasis on reaching more patients and supporting revenue growth. Klein’s leadership and guidance of the communications function has led to significant growth in earned media awareness in her five-year tenure at LLS.

Klein brings more than 25 years of communications and public relations experience to her current role. Prior to joining LLS, she was senior vice president at Pollock Communications and senior vice president at Ogilvy Public Relations, with a focus on healthcare and consumer products and food sciences; prior, she was vice president of public relations and corporate communications at Combe Incorporated, a consumer products company.

Klein has a bachelor’s degree in English and Communications from Tulane University.

Margo K. Lucero

Margo K. Lucero

EVP, Corporate Partnerships and Development

As executive vice president of corporate partnerships and development, Margo K. Lucero provides strategic direction and overall leadership to grow LLS’s national corporate partnership portfolio. She focuses on providing customized solutions to LLS’s corporate culture by exploring restricted and unrestricted opportunities and works closely with leadership to integrate campaigns into relationships.

Lucero has an extensive track record of success in nonprofit and for-profit leadership. She came to LLS from Kingsley Gate Partners, LLC where she was vice president and focused on community based networks including sales, business development, operations and marketing. Previously, she was SVP of corporate and international development at JDRF International, where she was responsible for identification and solicitation of prospective global organizations through sponsorship, cause marketing and philanthropic development opportunities. Prior to JDRF, Margo was the vice president of experiential marketing, business development and partnerships with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, overseeing strategic development and diversification of partner engagement.

Lucero holds a bachelor’s degree in communicative disorders from The University of New Mexico and an M.B.A. from The University of Texas at Dallas.

JR Miller

JR Miller

EVP, Chief Financial Officer

As chief financial officer, JR ensures that LLS achieves the ambitious financial goals of its long-range strategic plan. Miller leads the finance organization and risk management and is responsible for enhancing LLS's financial efficiency and effectiveness in partnership with the organization's executive team. 

Throughout his 20-year tenure at LLS, Miller served as a regional vice president, overseeing ten chapters across the U.S., and as vice president of field operations, in which he was responsible for management of LLS Canada. From 2015 to 2018, Miller served as CEO of PearlPoint, an online service that provides nutritional support for cancer patients, which he has since integrated into LLS’s family of patient support services.

Prior to joining LLS, Miller was in corporate accounting with David C. Cook, a nonprofit publishing company, and an internal auditor for Farm Family Insurance Companies.

Miller holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Gordon College and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Gwen Nichols, MD

Gwen Nichols, MD

EVP, Chief Medical Officer

As LLS’s chief medical officer (CMO), Gwen Nichols, M.D., plays a critical role in advancing cures through a unique combination of clinical, academic and pharmaceutical experience. She oversees LLS’s scientific research portfolio, patient services and policy and advocacy initiatives. A physician and scientific researcher, she has dedicated her career to advancing cures for cancers.

Most recently, Dr. Nichols was oncology site head of the Roche Translational Clinical Research Center, where she worked to develop new cancer therapies, translating them from the laboratory to clinical trials. Prior to joining Roche in 2007, Dr. Nichols was at Columbia University for more than ten years, where she served as the director of the Hematologic Malignancies Program.

While at Columbia University, Dr. Nichols maintained an active clinical practice and received the prestigious honors of “Physician of the Year” from Columbia University and the “Humanism in Medicine Award” from the American Association of Medical Colleges.

Dr. Nichols trained in internal medicine at the University of Chicago and completed post-doctoral research and a hematology-oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center where she was an attending physician. She received her medical degree with honors from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Dale Nissenbaum

Dale Nissenbaum

EVP, General Counsel

As general counsel, Dale Nissenbaum is responsible for legal strategy and compliance, and supports LLS’s National Board of Directors in developing and maintaining best practices in governance policies and procedures.

Nissenbaum brings to LLS more than 20 years of in-house and corporate law firm legal experience. Since 2012, she served as general counsel for Brunswick Group, LLC, a global communications firm, where she served as a strategic partner and advisor to senior leadership on legal and business issues. Nissenbaum has extensive experience in complex business transactions, critical contract negotiations, business strategy development and litigation.

Nissenbaum has a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from University of Pennsylvania and earned her Juris Doctor degree from Columbia University School of Law.

 

Tom Osgood

Tom Osgood

EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer

As chief human resources officer, Tom Osgood is responsible for the direction and management of all human resources functions across LLS. He leads multiple strategic initiatives, including organization development, change management, and enterprise-wide talent management and leadership development programs and processes. In addition, Osgood is responsible for driving the transformation of LLS’s culture, specifically in the areas of performance management and employee engagement.

Prior to joining LLS, Osgood was managing partner, K. Russo Consulting, Inc., where he provided strategic search and HR consulting services, with a focus on being a trusted adviser and business partner. His experience also includes chief human resources officer for Cannondale Sports Unlimited, a $1B bicycle and apparel company, with 2,100 worldwide employees, and prior to that was vice president of global human resources for Avon products, Inc.

Osgood earned his master’s degree in organizational development from Columbia University and his bachelor’s degree in management from Binghamton University.

Coker Powell

Coker Powell

EVP, Products & Campaign Development

Coker Powell is a forward-thinking development leader with a highly successful track record in creating and executing strategic plans to drive organizational growth and innovation. As executive vice president, products & campaign development, Powell is responsible for LLS’s $250 million fundraising campaign portfolio, including Light The Night; Team In Training; Man & Woman of the Year; Students of the Year; Student Series; Leukemia Cup Regatta and Big Climb. She joined LLS in 2015 as senior vice president of LLS’s largest fundraising campaign, Light The Night, where she was responsible for international strategic direction and revenue. Under Coker’s lead, Light The Night has achieved record growth of 26%, and was recognized by the P2P Forum as “2016 Program of the Year” with the most revenue growth of any walk program in North America.

Prior to joining LLS, Powell was national director of heart walk field revenue at American Heart Association, where she oversaw national strategic direction and revenue for more than 320 walk events. Powell holds a bachelor’s degree from Wofford College and a master’s degree in communication from Wake Forest University.

Vanessa White

Vanessa White

EVP, Chief Development Officer

As chief development officer, Vanessa White provides strategic direction and leadership for LLS’s advancement activities, including major gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations. She evaluates the effectiveness of current programs and develops new initiatives to maximize community/corporate/foundation support.

Vanessa has extensive experience in nonprofit leadership and health administration with a track record of success. She came to LLS from Boys & Girls Clubs of America, where she served as national vice president of development. Prior to that, she was associate vice president, principal, major, and planned giving and campaign operations for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she closed many transformational philanthropic gifts. Vanessa was also in the office of Development and Alumni Relations for the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Medicine, after holding many other positions at Penn Medicine for almost 10 years.

Vanessa holds a master’s degree in health administration from Penn State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from The University of Rhode Island.