Leading Hope

We are fulfilling our mission because of the support and dedication of our incredible staff and volunteers, scientific advisory board, board of directors and corporate advisory board. Thank you for your support, oversight, passion and commitment to conquering pancreatic cancer.

Staff Directory

Linda Tantawi

Kerri Kaplan

Linda Perla
Senior Administrative Assistant
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Communications and Marketing

Alexas Santiago
Senior Manager, Communications and Marketing
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Stephanie DerGarabedian
National Director of Development
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Peter Casalino
Director of Data Services
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Cori Peck
Matching Gifts & Database Coordinator
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Digital Services

Glen Peck
Senior Vice President, Technology & Business Intelligence
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Meghan Mullen
Specialist, Digital Technology
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Samantha Rahn
Coordinator, Digital Marketing
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Ellen Zimmerman
Senior Manager, Content Development
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Collaborative Fundraising & Donor Relations

Emily Lindauer
Senior Manager, Collaborative Fundraising & Donor Relations
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Mia Augostini
Manager, Direct Marketing
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Nancy Zinn
Coordinator, Donor Relations
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External and Community Relations

Susan M. Jacobson
Director, External and Community Relations
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Susanne Igneri
Manager, External and Community Relations
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Dalton Allison
Senior Coordinator, External and Community Relations
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Lisa Sebetic
Senior Coordinator, External and Community Relations
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Faisal Jawaid
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Joseph Galvin
Senior Accountant
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Nia Lountzis
Accounting Coordinator
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Elizabeth Blanchard
Finance Analyst
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Research Programs

Andrew Rakeman, PhD
Vice President, Research
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Sejin Chung, PhD
Program Scientist
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Sasha Singh
Grants Manager
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Jaclyn Lyman
Head of Clinical Research and Development
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Scientific Advisory Board

David Tuveson, MD, PhD
Chief Scientist – Lustgarten Foundation
Professor, Director – Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Cancer Center

Elizabeth M. Jaffee, MD
Chief Medical Advisor – Lustgarten Foundation
Deputy Director, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
Professor of Oncology

Peter Allen, MD
Chief, Division of Surgical Oncology – Duke Surgery, Duke University School of Medicine
Professor of Surgery

Dafna Bar-Sagi, PhD
Chief Science Officer, SVP and Vice Dean for Science – NYU Langone Health
Professor, Department of Medicine

Luis Diaz, MD
Head of the Division of Solid Tumor Oncology – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Ted Hong, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital
Director, Gastrointestinal Service, Department of Radiation Oncology

Tyler Jacks, PhD
Koch Institute, MIT
Professor, Director, Koch Institute, HHMI Investigator

Reuben Shaw, PhD
Professor, Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory – Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Selwyn Vickers, MD
President and CEO – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Bert Vogelstein, MD
Professor, HHMI Investigator – The Ludwig Center at Johns Hopkins

Jen Jen Yeh, MD
Professor, Vice Chair of Research – UNC School of Medicine

Translational Advisory Group (TAG)

Elizabeth Jaffee, M.D.
Johns Hopkins
Professor, Deputy Director, Comprehensive Cancer Center

James Abbruzzese, M.D.
Duke University
Professor of Medicine, Chief, Division of Medical Oncology

Lisa Coussens, Ph.D.
Professor, Associate Director for Basic Research

Cristina Ferrone, M.D.
Cedars Sinai Medical Center
Professor, Chair, Department of Surgery

Christine Iacabuzio-Donahue, M.D., Ph.D.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Director, Center for Pancreatic Cancer Research

Alec Kimmelman, M.D., Ph.D.
NYU Langone Health
Director of the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center

Jennifer Knox, M.D.
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Professor of Medicine, Co-Director of the McCain Centre for Pancreatic Cancer

Dan Laheru, M.D.
Johns Hopkins
Professor of Oncology

Andrew Lowy, M.D.
Professor of Surgery

Anirban Maitra, M.B.B.S.
MD Anderson
Professor of Pathology Deputy Division Head for Academic Science

Bob Vonderheide, M.D., D.Phil.
University of Pennsylvania
Professor, Director Abramson Cancer Center

Brian Wolpin, M.D., MPH
Associate Professor, Director, GI Cancer Center, Co-Director, Pancreas and Biliary Tumor Center

Board of Directors

Board Officers

Andrew Lustgarten
Chairman – Lustgarten Foundation
Executive Chairman – HYE

Adam Silver
Vice Chairman – Lustgarten Foundation
Commissioner – National Basketball Association

Philip D’Ambrosio
Treasurer – Lustgarten Foundation
Senior Vice President and Treasurer  – MSG Entertainment

Jennie Fortunoff
Secretary – Lustgarten Foundation
Principal – Esterow Events & Consulting, Inc.

Board Members

Richard Barakat, MD, MBA
Physician-in-Chief, Executive Director and SVP, Cancer Services, Northwell Health Cancer Institute – Northwell Health

Sommer Bazuro, PhD
Chief Medical Officer – IPG Health

John Cobb
Partner – Paul Hastings

Aaron Kantoff
Founding and Managing Partner – Scion Life Sciences

Jessica Lustgarten Courtemanche
Vice President/Director, Data and Analysis – DigitasLBi North America

Marcia Lustgarten
Former Director, Optimum Community – Cablevision Systems Corporation

Sheila Mahony
Former Executive Vice President, Communication, Government and Public Affairs – Cablevision Systems Corporation

Scott Penberthy, PhD
Managing Director, Applied AI, Office of the CTO – Google

Charles R. Schueler
Former Executive Vice President, Media and Community Relations – Cablevision Systems Corporation

Willa Shalit
Co-Founder and Principal – RTM Limited
Co-Founder – Let’s Win! Pancreatic Cancer Foundation

Linda Tantawi
CEO – Lustgarten Foundation

Selwyn Vickers, MD
President and CEO – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Emeritus Members

Charles F. Dolan
Chairman Emeritus – Lustgarten Foundation

Robert F. Vizza, PhD
Chairman Emeritus – Lustgarten Foundation

James L. Dolan
Vice Chairman Emeritus – Lustgarten Foundation

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