David R. Penberthy, MD, MBA, is Medical Director, Radiation Oncology, of Bon Secours - Southside Medical Center based in Petersburg, Virginia. After completing his MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia in 2011, Dr. Penberthy has served as the Medical Director of Radiation Oncology and Cancer Committee Chairman at Southside Regional Medical Center (SRMC) in Petersburg, Virginia. During his tenure as chairman, Dr. Penberthy led SRMC’s oncology program through two American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer accreditation surveys resulting in cancer program accreditation, each time earning an Outstanding Achievement Award, an accolade achieved by only a small fraction of community oncology programs in the country.
After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Doctor of Medicine degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. Penberthy completed a surgical internship at Bethesda Naval Hospital. He then served as a U.S. Navy Flight Surgeon with Fighter Squadron 101 in Oceana, Virginia. His strong interest and knowledge of technology eventually led him to the field of Radiation Oncology. In this field, Dr. Penberthy applies sophisticated medical technologies to alleviate the suffering caused by cancer, one of the most pressing medical issues of our generation.
Dr. Penberthy is enthusiastic about patient care and he is intensely engaged in providing state of the art, patient centered, compassionate oncology care.
Olalekan “Lekan” Ajayi, PharmD, MBA, is Chief Operating Officer for Highlands Oncology Group, P.A. In this role, Dr. Ajayi oversees the deployment of strategic initiatives into operational goals for all organizational service lines, including oncology. Dr. Ajayi currently serves on the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) Board of Trustees as the secretary.
Dr. Ajayi is passionate about leadership development and building high-performance teams through the application of operational excellence principles. He holds a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Wyoming and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado Denver.
Dr. Nadine J. Barrett is a medical sociologist and an assistant professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine, within Duke University’s School of Medicine. She is the inaugural director of the Office of Health Equity and Disparities at the Duke Cancer Institute and serves as the director of the Duke Community Engagement Core, within the Center for Community and Population Health Improvement. A health equity and stakeholder engagement strategist, Dr. Barrett applies her expertise across three interrelated areas: 1) linking vulnerable communities to health services and research, 2) leveraging community and health system assets and services to align priorities and improve community and population health, and 3) convening diverse stakeholders to develop community and patient-centered programs, services, and research.
In 2017, she accepted an ACCC Innovator Award on behalf of Duke Cancer Institute for its initiative, Come Together: A Health Disparities & Equity Cancer Program Built on Community Collaboration. She is the recipient of several awards, including the American Sociology Association’s Minority Fellowship Award, an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Services Research, and the MLK Southern Christian Leadership Conference Drum Major for Justice Award. Her national appointments include the PCORI Health Disparities Advisory Panel Board and the ACCC Board of Trustees. Dr. Barrett is both passionate about and committed to achieving health equity.
Dr. Barrett has several funded projects including Project PLACE (Population Level Approaches to Cancer Elimination), funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), which is a three-pronged research project designed to implement three robust mechanisms to inform the health equity strategic direction of the Duke Cancer Institute over the next five to eight years. Project PLACE is a highly intensive community engagement model and platform designed to shape robust scholarly productivity, partnered research and community programs to improve population health. She is also the Duke PI (subcontract) of a national Susan G. Komen pipeline training grant on translational research in inflammatory breast cancer and community-engaged research. Dr. Barrett also co-directs the NCI-funded Cancer Research and Education Program Core of the NCCU/DCI Translational Health Disparities Research Program which incorporates specified training in minority accrual in clinical research—a program she developed within the Duke Cancer Institute titled, “Just Ask.”
Una Hopkins, RN, FNP-BC, DNP, is a registered nurse with more than 30 years of experience in oncology, 25 as a nurse practitioner. Dr. Hopkins is currently the director for research and evidence-based practice at the Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York, where she is responsible for the oversight and management of nurse engagement in programs of research and evidence-based practice, academic and affiliations, nursing internet and intranet development, and presentations and publications for the department of nursing. This includes the management of selected staff and operations, academic affiliations and funded educational projects, survey preparation, specialized training initiatives, education related to promotion of nursing research and evidence-based practice, oversight of project management, and funding attainment.
Dr. Hopkins has received numerous awards for her accomplishments in clinical and research work and since 1927, has published over 20 articles in various medical journals. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Nursing Science from the College of New Rochelle where she also studied to become a family nurse practitioner. She received her doctorate from Pace University in New York City. Dr. Hopkins serves on the Advisory Committee for the ACCC Institute for Clinical Immuno-Oncology.
Krista Nelson, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, BCD, is an oncology social worker who currently serves in clinical, research, and program management roles within Providence Health and Services. Ms. Nelson recently joined the Compassion team as a Program Manager, and she appreciates the opportunity to bring her clinical expertise to work on creating supportive infusions of compassion to caregivers.
She provides individual support as well as group support for those affected with cancer. She facilitates a Young Survival Coalition online support group for women with metastatic cancer and runs a program for children with a parent with cancer. In 2015 Providence Cancer Center received an ACCC Innovator Award for its Family Program for Parents with Cancer and Their Children.
Ms. Nelson defines her role as providing support for people and their families throughout the cancer continuum and sharing the expertise that she has learned from other patients with cancer. In working with those affected by cancer, she loves, “being able to witness the grace, courage, and life lessons of individuals dealing with cancer and the opportunity to be a part of their journey.”
She is a Past President of the Board of Directors of the Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW) and past Invited Director of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS). She loves being a part of the national discussion involving the psychosocial care of people with cancer.
She has been a speaker at local and national conferences on issues of survivorship, palliative care, distress screening, and children who have a parent with cancer. Krista also serves as an Invited Director on the board of directors of the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), and as a Director of the American Clinical Social Work Association (ACSWA). In 2015, Krista was named as a finalist in the Schwartz Center Compassionate Caregiver of the Year Award.
Krista also has been a volunteer facilitator at retreats for women with breast cancer and at camps and programs that support grieving children. She also has volunteered annually on medical relief teams to Haiti since 2009.
Robert R. Buras, MD, is a fellowship-trained breast surgeon with extensive experience in the management of breast cancer and benign breast conditions. Inspired by his mother who finished college while he was in high school and worked as an OR nurse for 22 years, he went on to medical school at the University of Chicago. After completing general surgery residency training at the University of Illinois and Cook County Hospital, Dr. Buras became a surgical oncology fellow at the City of Hope Cancer Center in Duarte California. He is board-certified in general surgery.
His interest in breast cancer and cellular biology led to a faculty position at the Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown University, where Dr. Buras practiced surgical oncology primarily focused on the treatment of breast cancer. After serving in a general surgery private practice in the Maryland, Virginia, DC region, he was recruited as the Director of Breast Surgery at University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Buras is now a staff surgeon at The Breast Center at Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he is now able to practice his art in a community hospital setting with strong academic programs.
Amy Ellis is the chief quality officer at Northwest Medical Specialties (NWMS), who oversees its quality improvement, strategic practice initiatives, and value-based care programs, including the Oncology Care Model, Oncology Medical Home, and various commercial payment models. Amy works to continually transform the way care is provided to patients by utilizing innovative tools, such as artificial intelligence, care management technology, electronic patient-reported outcomes, population health technology, continual process improvement, and data analysis.
Amy brings 15 years of healthcare experience to the NWMS team, which includes clinical oncology research and alternative payment model implementation. Amy has been recognized for her work on the Payment Reform Committee with the Community Oncology Alliance, her active involvement in the Association of Community Cancer Centers’ committees and practice initiatives, as well as her value-based care leadership with the Quality Cancer Care Alliance Network and Washington state oncology initiatives. Amy is passionate about the quality of care provided to patients and strives to improve outcomes and the patient experience.
In 2019, Amy received a HemOnc Today’s Next Gen Innovator award for her forward-thinking approach in cancer care.
Jorge J. García, PharmD, MS, MHA, MBA, FACHE, serves as an assistant vice president at Baptist Health South Florida with responsibility for system-wide oncology pharmacy services primarily at the Miami Cancer Institute, the Lynn Cancer Institute, and inpatient oncology pharmacy services at several acute hospitals.
Dr. García has pioneered pharmacy charge integrity and revenue management in the health-system setting and is a thought leader and national speaker in this area, as well as in the areas of alternative payment models, biosimilars, and value-based oncology care. Dr. García leads advocacy efforts at the national level to promote evaluation of safe and effective use of biosimilars, along with stakeholder engagement to support a more just and sustainable biosimilar pharmacoeconomics model.
Dr. García obtained his Doctor of Pharmacy and MBA from Nova Southeastern University in 2010. He then transitioned to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to pursue an ASHP-accredited PGY-1 & PGY-2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency and a Master of Science in Pharmacy Administration. He also completed an MHA from Florida Atlantic University. Dr. García is a board member at the Florida Society of Clinical Oncology (FLASCO), a recipient of the FLASCO 2018 Above and Beyond Award, and a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Pablo Gutman, MD, MBA, is Chairman of the Pathology Department and Medical Director of the Cancer Institute at Holy Cross Health (a 500+ bed hospital system in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area). He is Board Certified in Anatomical Pathology, Clinical Pathology, Hematopathology and Cytopathology. As a pathologist, he has become particularly interested in optimizing tissue acquisition and processing for diagnosis and molecular testing of tumors, as well as simplifying and integrating molecular data into pathology reports and the electronic medical record. As Medical Director of the Cancer Institute at Holy Cross Health, he is heavily involved in strategic and operational aspects of running one of the busiest Cancer Centers in the State of Maryland. In his somewhat limited free time, Dr, Gutman enjoys sailing, woodworking, hiking, and spending time with his family both in the U.S. and abroad.
Ginah Nightingale, PharmD, BCOP, is a full-time faculty member in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the Jefferson College of Pharmacy (JCP) in both the didactic and experiential settings. Dr. Nightingale’s clinical practice sites include the inpatient Medical Oncology unit at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and the ambulatory Senior Adult Oncology Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Kimmel Cancer Center where she provides medication management services, medication adherence counseling and medication education.
Dr. Nightingale’s research interests include senior adult oncology, specifically, medication related problems including polypharmacy, potentially inappropriate medication use, adverse drug events and medication adherence in senor adults living with cancer. She has authored several papers on the prevalence of polypharmacy in older adults with cancer and the impact of polypharmacy on patient outcomes in older adults with cancer.
Dr. Nightingale is an active member of the Hematology Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA), the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG), and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC). Dr. Nightingale earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University in New Jersey. She is a Board Certified Oncology Pharmacist through the Board of Pharmacy Specialties.
Dr. Noel is an assistant professor at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin (UT). At the UT Dell Medical School, she holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Oncology and the Department of Health Social Work, co-chairs the Health Equity in Research Workgroup, and serves on the Livestrong Cancer Institutes’ Clinical and Prevention Research Workgroup and the Breast Clinical Outcomes Workgroup. Dr. Noel has extensive practice background in health administration in the field of oncology and non-profit management. Her research interests seek to connect communities most impacted by cancer disparities with cancer care services by exploring patient-provider communication effects on psychosocial barriers to care. She has a passion for conducting community-based participatory research and has a wealth of experience engaging communities, social scientists, and medical professionals in research pursuits. She also has been successful at recruiting members of marginalized populations into community-engaged research.
Lori Schneider is an oncology operations manager at Green Bay Oncology and has worked in healthcare for over 25 years. As an operations manager, she has oversight of the financial counseling, social work, medical records, reception, and dietitian teams at Green Bay Oncology and oversees provider scheduling and credentialing.
She joined Green Bay Oncology as a receptionist and later transferred to the billing department where she worked in accounts receivable. In 2006, Schneider developed the financial counseling role as the business office manager before becoming an operations manager.
Lori has presented at conferences on the importance of financial counseling in oncology, including what is needed to have a centralized team who cares for patients’ financial and insurance needs (e.g., prior authorizations for medical, radiation, surgical, gynecological, and pediatric oncology). Additional conference topics include the importance of pharmaceutical and specialty pharmacy representatives who can help cancer program- or practice-based enhance financial counseling programs. Schneider and her team have assisted cancer programs and practices nationally and locally, including helping them establish and enhance their own financial counseling programs. She is a past chairperson for the ACCC Financial Advocacy Network and is currently an ACCC Board Member.
Leigha Senter-Jamieson, MS, CGC, is a cancer genetic counselor at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and clinical associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine. She is an active researcher with over 50 peer-reviewed publications, overseeing thesis work for OSU graduate students.
She has been active in the National Society of Genetic Counselors, including co-chairing the region IV Education conference in 2004, co-chairing the Cancer SIG from 2009 to 2011, chairing the Audrey Heimler Special Project Committee in 2009, and chairing the Education Committee in 2012. She was also Communications Committee Chair for the American Board of Genetic Counseling from 2009-201, an executive council member for the Collaborative Group of the Americas on Inherited Colorectal Cancers from 2007 to 2010, and a medical advisor for FORCE.
David R. Spigel, MD, joined Sarah Cannon in 2003 and as chief scientific officer, he oversees all scientific aspects of Sarah Cannon's clinical trial program, working with the research physician leaders to ensure the best new agents and studies are available to our patients. He serves as a primary contact for the Pharma and biotech partners as well as the strategic site physicians with whom Sarah Cannon conducts cancer research.
Dr. Spigel received his bachelor’s degree from Tulane University in New Orleans in 1992, and medical degree from The University of Tennessee in Memphis in 1996. After completing an internal medicine and chief residency at Indiana University Medical Center, he completed a fellowship in hematology and oncology at The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. He is board certified in medical oncology. Additionally, he is a partner with Tennessee Oncology, PLLC.
Wendi Waugh, BS, RT(R)(T), CMD, CTR, is Administrative Director of Cancer Services & Community Health and Wellness at Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth, Ohio. She brings more than 30 years of experience in healthcare to this role. She began her career in medical imaging but has spent the last 28 years in oncology. Her passion for community health and community development led her to assume a larger leadership role at Southern Ohio Medical Center in 2013, when she assumed leadership of the Community Health and Wellness teams.
A 13-year survivor of breast cancer, Wendi special interests include community development, public speaking, leadership, dance, fitness, hiking, and biking, and spending time with her family.
She is a graduate of the Radiologic Technology Program at Shawnee State University and received her training for radiation therapy at Weber State University. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Administration and Health Informatics from Kennedy Western Reserve. Wendi is also a Certified Cancer Registrar and Certified Medical Dosimetrist.