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About the NCI Council of Research Advocates

NCRA members with NCI Deputy Director Dr. Douglas Lowy.

Credit: National Cancer Institute

The Office of Advocacy Relations (OAR) manages the NCI Council of Research Advocates (NCRA), the only federal advisory committee comprised solely of advocate leaders at NCI. NCRA  convenes around broad cancer research issues and provides the Director with advice and strategic insights from the community's perspective.

NCRA members are selected for their expert knowledge of cancer research and policy, as well as their ability to represent a broad patient perspective.

Prior NCRA meeting agendas and summaries can be found through the NCI Division of Extramural Activities.

Chair

Anjelica Q. Davis
2021
President
Fight Colorectal Cancer
Springfield, Missouri

Members

Melinda Bachini
2024
Advocacy Coordinator
Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation
Herriman, Montana
 
Rick Bangs, MBA, PMP
2021
Chair, SWOG Patient Advocate Committee
Rochester Hills, Michigan
 
Yelak S. Biru
2023
Patient Advocate
International Myeloma Foundation
North Hollywood, California
 
Annie Ellis
2024
Research Advocate
Gynecologic Cancer Steering Committee
Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance
New York, New York
 
Julie Fleshman, J.D., MBA
2020
President and Chief Executive Officer
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
Manhattan Beach, California
 
Danielle Leach, MPA
2021
Chief of Community and Government Relations
National Brain Tumor Society
Newton, Massachusetts
 
Jennifer W. Pegher
2021
Executive Director
Association of American Cancer Institutes
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
 
Kristine L. Rhodes, M.P.H.
2024
Chief Executive Officer
American Indian Cancer Foundation
Minneapolis, Minnesota
 
Kristen C. Santiago
2023
Senior Director
Public Policy Initiatives
LUNGevity
Bethesda, Maryland
 
Jacqueline D. Smith
2024
Associate Director
U.S. Oncology Advocacy and Policy
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Lawrenceville, New Jersey
 
Kevin J. Stemberger
2024
Research Advocate
Co-Founder and Partner
Noble Capital Partners, LLC
Farmington Hills, Michigan
 
Nicole E. Willmarth, Ph.D.
2023
Chief Mission Officer
American Brain Tumor Association
Chicago, Illinois

 

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