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.
Kristin Marie Ferguson, DNP, RN, OCN, is Senior Director, Cancer Care Delivery & Health Policy at ACCC. Together with engaged volunteer leadership and committed professional staff, the Department of Cancer Care Delivery & Health Policy works towards improving cancer care delivery in all settings, supporting the oncology workforce, and transforming reimbursement for cancer care delivery so that the needs of patients and professionals are met.
Dr. Ferguson has over a decade of oncology nursing experience. Prior to working with ACCC, she worked at MedStar Georgetown University Lombardi Cancer Center as the Clinical Operations Manager. She is currently on the national Board of Directors for the Oncology Nursing Society. Dr. Ferguson has spoken and taught nationally and internationally on the topics of cancer, nursing leadership, and health care coordination.
Dr. Ferguson received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Boston College, her Master of Science in Nursing: Community/Public Health from Catholic University of America, and her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Duke University.
Dr. Leigh Boehmer, PharmD, BCOP, is the Medical Director for the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC). In this role, he’s responsible for assessing educational needs and designing interventions for multidisciplinary cancer care teams serving patients in the community. He also serves as a liaison with external stakeholders, including patient advocacy organizations, policy experts, and governmental agencies, to advance the objectives of ACCC membership and projects.
An alumnus of the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, Dr. Boehmer completed PGY1 and PGY2 oncology residencies at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He has served as an assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, and as an inpatient medical oncology clinical pharmacy specialist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Prior to his position with ACCC, he served as Oncology Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at a community cancer program in North Central Iowa.
Lori Gardner is Senior Director, Membership and Public Relations. 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.
Neil Gottlieb, MBA, is an award winning and globally recognized leader in the healthcare industry with more than 26 years of diverse business experience in pharmaceutical sales, training and development; multiple U.S. and global leadership positions; and digital health marketing agency experience in business development and strategy. In addition, he has led non-profit development teams with the sole purpose of raising funds to bring amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) treatments into clinical trials.
He received his Bachelor of Science and Masters of Business Administration degrees from the University of Arizona.
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.
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.
Lisa Townsend is Director, Marketing & Communications for the Association of Community Cancer Centers, where she provides oversight for marketing and communications related to live and virtual meetings, educational programming, and advocacy efforts, including branding, website, digital, and social media.
Previously, Lisa was the Director of Programs and Strategic Partnerships for a national women's heart health organization, where she was managed a variety healthy lifestyle initiatives, marketing and educational campaigns, and digital communications. She has more than 12 years of experience in associations and non-profit organizations specializing in medical, gender-based, and public health issues, marketing to both patients and healthcare professionals. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers College and an Associates Degree in Baking & Pastry Arts from the Culinary Institute of America.