Less Cancer Board of Directors
Tom Sherman is a founding director of Next Generation Choices Foundation and the Less Cancer Campaign. Dr. Sherman who resides in Rye, New Hampshire is Chairman of the Board of Directors and Treasurer. Dr. Sherman practices gastroenterology and internal medicine. Dr. Sherman previously was based in Warrenton,Virginia and was former Medical Staff President and Board member of Fauquier Hospital.
Couzens’ vision for the organization was to bridge a critical gap on escalating incidences of cancer. The work of the organization is specific to education, advocacy, policy and most recently research.
In addition Couzens has been the visionary for cancer prevention day and National Cancer Prevention Day February 4th; a resolution sponsored by Co-Chair of the House Cancer Caucus Congressman Steve Israel in both 2012, 2013 and 2014. Couzens who spoke in the the US Capitol this past February 4th spoke for the need to leader the War on Cancer with Prevention.
Currently States that are recognizing Cancer Prevention Day are Virginia, Michigan, New Hampshire and most recently New York.
Since founding the organization over a decade ago under Couzens’ leadership he as forged several partnerships among them Hospitals, Universities, Schools, Non-Profit Organizations in an effort to educate, advocate and participate in efforts for seeds of change in reducing risks for human health and the environment and creating choices and building awareness for choices that can reduce risk.
John Couzens (Board Member Emeritus) is a Managing Director of Asset Advisory Services at Northern Trust Company. Couzens who left Northern Trust in 1994 for CFO position returned in 2009 to run alternative assets held in trust. Couzens led acquisitions program for wealth management/private client business. Currently Couzens is responsible for Arizona banking business. Previously, Couzens was founder and managing partner of Trinity Capital Services, a consulting firm for U.S. private corporations that net between $25 and $300 million. John has more than 20 years of experience in finance, business management, and the representation of business owners in complex governance situations. His industry experience includes technology, life sciences, manufacturing, and distribution. Before founding Trinity Capital Services, John represented the privately held multi-billion dollar Anschutz Company (Denver) for nine years. While with Anschutz Company Couzens was CFO at Interwest Group, Inc. and Slingshot Networks, LLC. CEO at Internet Communications Corporation and Qwest Digital Media, LLC. Corporate board director for various portfolio companies. Led teams in dozens of corporate finance transactions.
Dr. Herberman (In memoriam) was founding director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and Associate Vice Chancellor for Cancer Research, Hillman Professor of Oncology and Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Herberman is an internationally recognized tumor immunologist who has made major discoveries in his field and has fostered the application of this information to novel approaches to cancer therapy, diagnosis and prevention. The phenomenon of natural killer (NK) cell-mediated cytotoxicity against tumors was first discovered in Dr. Herberman’s laboratory at the National Cancer Institute in the early 1970s. In addition to his pioneering investigation of NK cells, Dr. Herberman has played a leading role in multiple areas of tumor immunology.
Mr. Lam is a partner at the law firm of Copilevitz & Canter, LLC. He works primarily in the areas of corporate, tax, and charitable fundraising law. His work focuses on nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations. Mr. Lam handles the formation, structuring, and qualification of exempt organizations. He advises on matters such as public charity status, intermediate sanctions, lobbying, political activities, the unrelated business income rules, and the use of supporting organizations, and fundraising. Nonprofit clients come to Mr. Lam for both general counsel services and for specialized service in connection with charitable fundraising regulation and taxation issues. A graduate of the University of Kansas (B.A., with distinction. 1987; J.D., 1991), Mr. Lam is a member of the Kansas and Missouri Bars. He has been admitted to practice before the Supreme Courts of the states of Kansas and Missouri, as well as the United States Supreme Court.
Miles O’Brien is a 26-year broadcast news veteran.
Based in New York City, he owns a production company that creates, produces and distributes original content across all media platforms.
For nearly 17 years he worked as a correspondent, anchor and producer for CNN based in Atlanta and New York. At various times he was CNN’s science, space, aviation, technology and environment correspondent. Miles O’Brien in the News: PBS, PBS-Moscow, Miles O’Brien Remembers Yuri Gagarin’s Monumental Space Trip, CNN -Hurricane Katrina,CNN- Space Shuttle Columbia Breaks Up on Re-Entry, Part IV
Veronique is an advocate for Sustainable schools, an activist in the areas of indigenous rights, biodiversity conservation, green technologies, discovery learning, and women’s reproductive health. She serves as a trustee of The Rainforest Foundation, Global Goods Partners, LessCancer.org and Round Hill Hotels and Villas. She is also a sponsor of the American Museum of Natural History and an Advisory Board member of the Sustainable Acai Project. Graphic designer, former cook and mountaineer, a weaver of webs, connecting individuals to each other, to their communities, to the earth. Community organizer striving to bring sustainable, creative, resourceful abundance to the whole.
Dr. Maryann Donovan is the Director of the Center for Environmental Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (CEO-UPCI) and the Associate Director for Research Services at UPCI. The CEO-UPCI was established in 2004 as the first cancer institute-academic medical center-based interdisciplinary program focused on communicating the evidence linking environmental exposures to adverse health outcomes. The Center provides information and lectures for the public on environmental exposures that increase cancer risk with an emphasis on strategies to reduce risk. Staff also participate in regional and national initiatives to educate legislators and inform public policy.
Dr. Donovan, a cellular and molecular biologist with additional training in environmental science, has spent more than 30 years in academia. In her early research she published the first studies demonstrating that a biological control agent, still used commercially to control insect pests, was not toxic for non-target species. Subsequently, as a human molecular geneticist, she studied the molecular regulation of hemoglobin switching, coagulation disorders and breast tumor metastasis. She also co-directed the first cancer molecular diagnostic lab at the University of Pittsburgh/University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, developing and validating assays to improve cancer diagnosis.
K.C. Graham graduated from the University of Virginia in 1979, with a degree in Psychology. After college, she moved to NY and worked in the financing section of the thoroughbred horse industry. She continued her work in the horse industry when she moved to Louisville, Kentucky, to work for Citizens Fidelity Bank (now PNC) in their Equine Lending Division. K.C. then moved to Lexington, Kentucky, to start her own business; buying and selling horses, as well as publishing a newsletter on international horse racing. Following horse racing around the globe, she went to the Southern Hemisphere and lived in Australia for two years.
Once she returned to the states, she moved to Middleburg, Virginia, which she still calls home. K.C. joined the Board of Trustees of The Hill School, an independent K-8 school in Middleburg where she served a total of 14 years. She was on the Building and Grounds Committee, the Education School Life Committee, the Search Committee for the new Head of School, and on the Executive Committee as Secretary. K.C. was also a member of the board of the Middleburg Community Center. A portion of her service was as Treasurer.
In 1999, K.C. joined the board of Dover Corporation, a Fortune 500 international manufacturing conglomerate. She serves on the Compensation Committee as well as the Governance and Nominating Committee.
At UVA, K.C. is currently an Emeritus Trustee of the College Foundation Board, and a member of NCOUR (National Committee on University Resources) and Women in Philanthropy.
Most recently, K.C. was elected and invited to join the Board of Trustees of Tabor Academy in Marion, MA,. K.C. is also a member of the board of three family foundations; the Graham Family Foundation, the Tara Foundation and the Ohrstrom Foundation.
The library in the UVA Neurology Department is named for her grandmother, Elizabeth Ohrstrom. It is through this library that the relationship started with the Ohrstrom Foundation and the UVA School of Nursing.
K.C. lives in Middleburg, Virginia, with her husband Ben and daughters Sydney “Syd Rose and Katherine “Boo” Graham.
Larry Fisher is President, Family Wealth Services for Chevy Chase Trust and is responsible for providing comprehensive wealth planning advice and overseeing services to families, individuals, foundations, and endowments. Larry is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma. He is currently a member of the Suburban Hospital Foundation Board. Larry is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Council of the United States, Teach for America – D.C. Region and Junior Achievement of the National Capital Area. He is also a former Treasurer and Executive Committee member of the Board of The National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center. He is the former Chair of the Board of Directors of the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC). From 1995 to 2009, he was a member of the Board of Visitors at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.
Natalia (Ali) Pejacsevich graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in English Literature. Following graduation, she lived between Kingston, Jamaica and Washington, DC curating for the Museum of the Americas at the Organization of American States. She then moved to Paris where she pursued her post graduate work at the Sorbonne. Moving from Paris to London, she began working in Film and TV Production for a UK based production company that was ultimately acquired by BBC Worldwide. Ali now resides in Middleburg, Virginia with her husband, three children, two dogs and various farm animals! She is passionate about bringing knowledge regarding cancer prevention and awareness to the general public.
David MacDonald is an advisor for the Trout Group. David has worked with Trout since 2004 and brought over 14 years of experience in healthcare banking, operations and consulting to Trout Capital. David has advised companies at all stages from start-up companies to large, public pharmaceutical companies and has executed transactions in hedge/venture fund placement, private company finance, and business development. David began his career as the CFO of Aptagen, Inc, a DNA and protein science company in Northern Virginia. He holds a BA in Economics and Philosophy from Skidmore College and an MPhil and Ph.D. from Cambridge University in Economic Theory.
Robert A. Bilott, a distinguished attorney who has been at the forefront of environmental litigation. The attorney was the focus of a recent story in the New York Times that caught global attention; The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare.
Bilott is a partner in Cincinnati-based Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, where he practices in the Environmental, Litigation, and Product Liability and Personal Injury groups, representing a diverse range of clients on a wide variety of matters involving federal, state, and local environmental laws and related litigation, which he has been pursuing since 1990.
More on his experience: Rob has been listed for several years as one of the Best Lawyers in America for his litigation and environmental practice and has received an “AV” peer-review rating, the highest possible, by Martindale-Hubbell. For five consecutive years, he has been named a “Top Local Plaintiff Litigation Star” by Benchmark Plaintiff in Ohio for environmental work, and he is named a 2016 Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation for his litigation work. In addition, he is a member of the National Trial Lawyers, a national organization of trial lawyers and since 2008 has been ranked as one of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Ohio.” In 2005, Rob received the “Trial Lawyer of the Year Award” from The Trial Lawyers for Public Justice Foundation for his work on an innovative, ground-breaking approach to settling an environmental class action involving tens of thousands of people alleging contaminated drinking water in West Virginia and Ohio. In 2014, he received the coveted “Clarence Darrow Award” from the mass tort bar in connection with the same litigation. Rob also has been listed as a Leading Lawyer in Environmental Law by Cincy Business Magazine since 2008 and was named a 2006 Ohio Super Lawyer Rising Star.
Donna Eacho is a graduate of Duke University and holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She worked as a bank executive for ten years, including five years as Vice President of The First National Bank of Chicago.
After her banking career, Donna focused on educational, community and political fund raising and volunteer efforts. For nine years, she was an active member of the Board of Trustees of Round House Theatre in Bethesda, Maryland. Donna served as a judge for the National Capital Business Ethics Awards program, and she was a member of the Board of Visitors of Duke University-Trinity College of Arts and Sciences.
From 2009 to 2013, Donna and Bill Eacho lived in Vienna, Austria where Bill served the US Ambassador to Austria.
TV inspiration Yvette Lee Bowser
Writer-producer Yvette Lee Bowser is the first and youngest African-American woman to create and run her own television series. She also has the distinction of executive producing and shepherding six series onto the schedule.
A graduate of Stanford University, Bowser began her career in television as an apprentice writer on A Different World, where she became a producer during her five-year tenure.
At age 27, Bowser founded SisterLee Productions and created the hit show Living Single for Fox. It was the number one comedy in African-American and Latino households its entire five-year run. Most recently, Bowser produced the groundbreaking series black-ish. She currently serves as Showrunner on the Netflix series Dear White People (a socio-political satire based on the 2014 film of the same name).
Deeply committed to charitable causes, Bowser has lent her support to many organizations. She’s also on the Board of Trustees at her son’s school, where she plays and active role in their policy setting and fundraising efforts.
Understanding the value of helping others, Bowser is dedicated to mentoring writers and women in particular. Over the years, her guidance has empowered numerous writers to find work in the highly competitive television industry.