Patient Advocate Committee

The Alliance Patient Advocate Committee has three specific aims: 1) to promote patient advocate participation as full members of Alliance disease and modality/discipline committees; 2) to communicate individually with constituent patient populations to maintain currency of input and validity of voice for the collective patient experience; and 3) to allow Alliance patient advocates to remain current on the science of cancer research.  

Committee Team Members

  • Patricia Spears, Chair
    Raleigh, NC
    Committees:
    Breast, Ethics & Prevention

  • Coleen Crespo, MIS, Vice-Chair
    Raleigh, NC
    Committee:
    Health Disparities
  • Mike Abrams 
    Mike Abrams
    Warwick, RI
    Committee:
    Lymphoma
  • Dena Battle 
    Dena Battle
    Alexandria, VA
    Committee:
    Genitourinary (GU)
  • Deborah Collyar
    San Francisco, CA
    Committees:
    Ethics, Experimental
    Therapeutics & Publications
     
  • Jo-Ellen De Luca
    Spartansburg, SC
    Committees:
    Cancer in the Elderly, Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) & Gastrointestinal (GI) 
  • Ivis Febus-Sampayo
    Ivis Febus-Sampayo
    New York, NY
    Committees:
    Breast & Health Disparities
  • Sandy Finestone
    Committee:
    Health Outcomes
  • Carmen Gillis
    Carmen Gillis
    Hudson, WI
    Committee:
    Neuro-Oncology
  • Julie Krause
    Committee:
    Gastrointestinal
  • Bunny Leach
    Committee:
    AYA Liaison
  • Paul Leech
    Committee:
    Leukemia
  • Barbara LeStage
    Committee:
    Cancer in the Older Adult
  • Eva May
    Cary, NC
    Program:
    Translational Research

  • Pamela Moffitt
    Galva, IA
    Committee:
    Respiratory
     
  • James Omel, MD
    Grand Island, NE
    Committees:
    Leukemia, Myeloma & Transplant 
  • Jane Perlmutter, PhD, MBA
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Committees:
    Breast, Health Outcomes, Leukemia & Symptom Intervention

  • Phyllis J. Pettit Nassi
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Committee:
    Health Disparities

 

  • Yasmeen Watson
    San Francisco, CA
    Committee:
    Gastrointestinal (GI)
     

  • Sara Whitlock, RN, MSN
    Dayton, OH
    Committee:
    Respiratory