Christian G. Downs, JD, MHA, is Executive Director of the Association of Community Cancer Centers. Mr. Downs brings more than 15 years of association management expertise, guiding associations in their work on national policy and educational programming. He has been instrumental in working with healthcare providers, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and Congress on association–specific issues.
Mr. Downs led the Association of Community Cancer Centers' efforts on such critical issues as easing implementation of new regulations, ensuring patient access to new cancer therapies, and refining physician office payments for delivery of services.
Mr. Downs worked in the public policy department of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) on physician office and billing and coding issues. Previously he administered a large tertiary care hospital, managed a physician multispecialty practice, and worked for the Education and Health Committee of the Virginia State Senate.
Mr. Downs received his master's degree in health administration from the Medical College of Virginia and his law degree from George Mason University with a special focus on regulatory and administrative law. He is a board member of the Patient Advocate Foundation and C–Change, a large coordinating organization for cancer groups.
Lois Utterback, CPA, is Director of Finance, Association of Community Cancer Centers. A Certified Public Accountant in the State of Maryland and a member of the Maryland Association of CPAs, Ms. Utterback is accomplished at analyzing non-profit association operations and growth opportunities. She has more than 30 years of experience managing and providing creative and timely solutions to meet daily operational and strategic planning needs.
Ms. Utterback oversees the Association's legal, financial, and administrative functions. She is an exceptional organizer who is recognized for her integrity and commitment as well as her ability to maximize staff performance.
Ms. Utterback received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Maryland.
Mike Andrews is Senior Director, Corporate Relations, and serves as the primary liaison between the Association of Community Cancer Centers and its Industry Advisory Council, Emerging Companies Council, and Technical Advisory Council.
Previously, Mr. Andrews was National Campaign Director for major healthcare programs at the Sister to Sister Foundation. He worked closely with sponsors and partners to make sure the programs succeeded. Before that, he served as Associate Director of Major Gifts for the University of Maryland Medical System. He began his career in the hotel industry.
Marianne Gandee, MA, is the Director of Development at the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC). Ms. Gandee graduated from Mary Washington University with a BS in Psychology. She earned her Masters in Communication at Johns Hopkins University in 2010. She has over 20 years of business development experience, and currently leads ACCC’s development efforts, acquiring funding for large multi-year initiatives that address current and future-looking educational gaps of ACCC’s members – the multidisciplinary cancer care team.
Since joining ACCC in 2012, Ms. Gandee has worked to create and sustain partnerships that forward the education and policy goals of ACCC. She serves as a primary liaison for ACCC’s engagement with other professional association and advocacy groups, pharmaceutical companies and ACCC leadership. She has led teams to work with thought-leaders to execute oncology-focused education initiatives, including: biomarker testing and companion diagnostics, immunotherapy, oral chemotherapy implementation and adherence, metastatic disease, supportive care (with a focus on distress screening), care coordination and process improvement initiatives for the multidisciplinary cancer care team.
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Lori Gardner is Senior Director, Communications and Marketing. She has more than 30 years of association membership and marketing experience. Ms. Gardner leads successful recruitment and retention campaigns utilizing strategies such as direct mail, email marketing, telemarketing, advertising, and member–to–member outreach. Ms. Gardner also has expertise in marketing and management in publications, website, merchandise, meetings, and certification, as well as experience in conducting market research and needs assessments and public relations.
Ms. Gardner has worked for such organizations as the American Cancer Society, National Association of Social Workers, Society of American Foresters, Community Associations Institute, and B’nai B’rith Women.
Amanda Kramar is the Chief Learning Officer, Provider Education for the Association of Community Cancer Centers. In conjunction with members of the business development team, Ms. Kramar develops new and innovative ideas for education programs and develops collaborative relationships with partners and funders to secure educational grants to support these programs. Amanda and her team are also responsible for directing the development and implementation of all funded projects, ensuring that the deliverables exceed quality, content, budget, and timeline expectations.
Ms. Kramar has 10 years’ experience in the medical education field, managing project portfolios from proposal and budget development through reconciliation. Prior to joining ACCC, Ms. Kramar was with the American College of Cardiology Foundation leading its grants team and managing a portfolio of educational products as well as relationships with a variety of strategic industry and association partners.
Lorna Lucas, MSM, is the Director, Provider Education. She manages the ACCC education initiatives portfolio which produces high-quality resources and tools to support the multidisciplinary oncology care team. The Provider Education portfolio is comprised of diverse education projects that address the complex issues facing cancer care providers today. She and the Provider Education team strive to enhance the ACCC member learning experience by developing and tailoring innovative education content.
Ms. Lucas has 10 years of experience working on education programming with the majority of time spent in the healthcare association field. She previously served as Program Manager for the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) working on the scientific programming for the Digestive Disease Week (DDW) annual meeting, which attracted 15,000 healthcare professionals. Prior to that Ms. Lucas worked for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and served as an Instructor and Coordinator at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Monique J. Marino is Managing Editor of Oncology Issues, the official journal of the Association of Community Cancer Centers. In addition to these responsibilities, Ms. Marino is responsible for the production of other publications and content, including ACCC’s annual Patient Assistance and Reimbursement Guide and print-related materials related to a wide range of education projects, such as patient navigation and cancer survivorship.
Previously, Ms. Marino worked as the Publications Manager for the Brain Injury Association of America, where she oversaw the production of the Association’s professional journal, Brain Injury Source, and its membership newspaper, TBI Challenge!
Mal Milburn is Manager, Advertising & Corporate Relations. He is responsible for the sales and marketing of ACCC’s publication, Oncology Issues, website, and two annual national conferences. Mr. Milburn has more than 22 years of experience in advertising sales and marketing.
Previously Mr. Milburn worked for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) where he was responsible for advertising sales and marketing of the Association’s college textbooks.
Leah Ralph is Director, Health Policy. She is responsible for analyzing federal regulations and coverage decisions relevant to ACCC membership, tracking all health care and oncology related federal and state legislation, and educating and lobbying Congress and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on issues of importance to the oncology community.
Ms. Ralph's areas of focus include the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Medicare policy, and payment and delivery reform. Prior to joining ACCC, she was a senior health policy analyst at a bipartisan think tank in Washington, D.C. and a legislative aide on Capitol Hill during passage of the ACA.
Pam Rattananont Ferris, MPH, is the Director of Strategy and Development at the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC). Ms. Rattananont Ferris graduated from Colgate University with a BS in Neuroscience. She earned her masters in Public Health at Columbia University in 2000. She has over 17 years of experience in medical education, communications, and publications from both the industry and agency perspectives. Ms. Rattananont Ferris leads the development efforts for ACCC’s educational initiatives including the Financial Advocacy Network, Immuno-Oncology Initiative, and Oncology Pharmacy Education Network.
Latha Shivakumar has a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular biology from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She has 11 years of experience in the continuing medical education field and is currently the Director of Clinical Education Development at the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC). In her current role, she is responsible for identifying educational needs among the ACCC members and developing innovative clinical educational programs to address these gaps.
Latha started her career in oncology research and transitioned to the continuing education field where she retained her focus on oncology. Most recently, she was the Director of Educational Development at The France Foundation, where she contributed to expanding their educational offerings in oncology and set up new collaborations with medical societies and academic centers. Prior to this, Latha has held educational development positions with accredited medical education providers including, Rockpointe corporation, Institute for Medical Education and Research, and Physicians Education Resource.
Betsy Spruill serves as key resource for ACCC leadership and staff, facilitating excellent, timely service to the ACCC Board of Trustees, Committee Chairs, and membership through effective communication and related support activities. She works closely with the Executive Director and serves as a Board liaison for other staff. In addition to supporting organizational infrastructure, Ms. Spruill manages the implementation of the ACCC annual elections and nominations process.
Previously, Ms. Spruill worked at the Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, where she was Executive Operations Manager. Along with her experience in association governance, her multi-faceted background includes hotel and restaurant communications and photography, having worked for Marriott International, Flash Communications, and as a freelance photographer.