Staff & Board


The staff and volunteer leadership at the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network are dedicated to leveraging the power of government to end suffering and death from cancer. Our diverse background and experiences help us set the direction for the incredibly successful initiatives we're conducting at every level of government.  We are immensely grateful for the cancer-fighting work our staff and, most importantly, our volunteers do every day in Washington, DC and in over 100 communities across the country.

CEO and President

Karen E. KnudsenKaren E. Knudsen

Chief Executive Officer, American Cancer Society and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network



Lisa LacasseLisa Lacasse, MBA

President, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network





Board of Directors

Sandra Cassese, MSN, RN, CNS
Immediate Past Chair of the Board

Kay Coleman

David Ford

David O. Garcia, PhD, FACSM

Bernard A. Jackvony, J.D

Kimberly L. Jeffries Leonard, PhD
Vice Chair

Maureen G. Mann, MS, MBA, FACHE
Chair of the Board

John J. Manna, Jr., Esq

Michael T. Marquardt

Scarlott K. Mueller, MPH, RN, FAAN

Philip R. O’Brien

Marcus Plescia, MD, MPH

Omar M. Rashid, MD, JD, FACS, FSSO, DABS

Jose R. Ramos Jr.

William P. Underriner

Bruce D. Waldholtz, MD