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    CureCervicalCancer Team

    BOARD

    Patricia Gordon, MD
    Founding Director and Chair of the Board

    Patricia Gordon, MD

    Patricia Gordon MD (Harvard ’78, UCLA School of Medicine ’82, Cedars-Sinai Internship ’84) has been a radiation oncologist for 28 years.  For many years she was a partner at Beverly Hills Radiation Oncology, and served on the medical team at Beverly Hills Cancer Center. In August, 2014, she formally retired from clinical practice to lead CureCervicalCancer into the future.

    Her commitment to saving women’s lives in the developing world has brought her to a second career as a non-profit leader and medical activist. Using the “See and Treat” method, she founded CureCervicalCancer, which trains local healthcare professionals to screen and treat women for precervical cancer. The organization has established dozens of sustainable CureCervicalCancer clinics in Africa, Central America, Haiti, and Southeast Asia – where help is needed most.

    “I have learned first-hand that high-tech solutions aren’t necessarily the best way to solve medical problems in low-resource countries. Often simple low-tech solutions, such as cryotherapy for pre-malignant cervical lesions, work more efficiently and effectively. This low-cost cryotherapy technique is an effective tool for cervical cancer prevention. We are making life-saving differences for thousands of women and hope to widen our impact to potentially save millions. Cervical cancer kills nearly 500,000 women per year in the developing world and is the leading cause of cancer related death for women. Yet with early detection, “See and Treat,” none of these women need die. CureCervicalCancer’s goal is to industrialize “See and Treat,” the simple, yet elegant, technique, worldwide using our “Clinic in a Suitcase” model. The slow progression of pre-malignant cervical lesions to frank cervical cancer often takes 5-10 years, and this is where CCC comes in. This pre-malignant condition is 90% preventable with this simple technique.”

    “When the CCC team establishes a clinic, the equipment and locally trained professionals remain in place to continue the fight against cervical cancer for years to come. Our sustainable “Clinic in a Suitcase” model requires monthly reporting to measure outcomes, target successes, and assess where help is needed most. I am committed to leading CureCervicalCancer into the future, and have dedicated my life to overcoming the tragic and needless epidemic of cervical cancer.”

    Judy Laner
    Director

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    Judy (left) and Tsehay (right), one of CCC’s fabulous cryotherapy nurses at Ayder Hospital in Northern Ethiopia

    Judy Laner brings to CCC six years of volunteer service work in Africa through Free the Children and the Knock Foundation. Her experiences include building schools, working in orphanages, and fundraising and building her own schoolhouse back in 2008. Judy joined forces with CCC in April 2013 in Ethiopia. While there, she took on the tasks of organizing the incoming patients and recording the data of the see and treat findings. Since then, she has joined CCC on numerous programs. She worked tirelessly while in Guatemala in September 2013 and Kenya in April 2014. She will also be busy with patient data on our upcoming trip to Vietnam in December 2014.

    “What jazzes me the most about these trips are that I can really help people.  I learned how little it takes to make a huge difference in  someone’s life over in these remote locations.  I also really am fascinated about other cultures.  I feel that while I am helping them, they are teaching me as well.  I am constantly learning and taking something positive from the experience to apply to my own life.  I also feel that our basic needs are all the same no matter where you live.  People want to be healthy so that they can live their lives.  CCC is helping people to do just that and I am honored to be a part of it.”

    While not traveling the globe, Judy resides in Chicago with her new husband and blended family of 6 grown kids and attends Harper College to finish her Interior Design degree.

    Arno J. Mundt, MD, FACRO
    Director

    Arno Mundt, MDA native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Arno Mundt graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Philosophy and went on to Medical School at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In March 2006, Dr. Mundt was recruited to be Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Mundt is an internationally recognized radiation oncologist and is current President of The American College of Radiation Oncology. He has published over 100 journal articles, book chapters and reviews predominantly focusing on the use of novel radiotherapy approaches including intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT) and stereotactic radiosurgery. Dr. Mundt’s specialty is in radiation therapy for gynecologic malignancies (cervical, uterine, vulvar).

    John Einck, MD
    Director

    John Einck, MD

    John Einck is an associate professor of radiation medicine and applied sciences at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and director of its division of clinical radiation oncology. As a specialist in brachytherapy, Dr. Einck has an active practice in cancers of the cervix, prostate, and breast. He is also particularly interested in the challenge of preventing, diagnosing and treating these cancers in the developing world. Dr. Einck assisted with the design and implementation of the cervical cancer treatment program at Institut Curie in Dakar, Senegal and is passionate about continuing these efforts throughout the developing world through CureCervicalCancer.

    Caroline Nitschmann, MD
    Director

    Caroline Nitschmann

    Caroline Nitschmann received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Illinois. She completed her residency training at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Massachusetts General Hospital combined Harvard Obstetrics and Gynecology program. She won the Resident Teaching award each year of her residency and was elected Teaching Chief Resident in her final year. She is currently a Fellow in Gynecologic Oncology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Her research interests include global women’s health and cervical cancer. She looks forward to fulfilling personal and professional goals through a career of research, education, and service advocating for the underserved global women’s health population. Dr. Nitschmann was invaluable to CCC in April 2014 where she was our lead gynecologist during the establishment of four CCC clinics in Kisumu, Kenya.

    Judy Carmel
    Director and Businesswoman

    IMG_3112Judy Carmel brings over forty years of experience in business development as well as philanthropy to CureCervicalCancer, with a vast knowledge in finance. Her expertise is invaluable to CCC as she is part of the daily discussions at the CCC office. Her work with philanthropy is dear to her heart and taken very seriously. She is involved with many non-profit organizations and is a vital component of their operations.

    “I am looking forward to being part of the team in Vietnam where I will see one of my clinics and CCC in action. This will help me in my future fundraising endeavors for the organization.”

    Joanie Byrne Hall
    Director

    Joanie Hall

    Joanie Byrne Hall grew up in Fort Wayne, IN. She is a graduate of Michigan State University ’84 where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and on the MSU Student Foundation Steering Committee. Joanie has headed up committees and events for The Agnes Irwin School, The Haverford School, Shipley School, Benchmark School, The Gunnery and Holderness School. She and her husband served on the Parents Executive Committee at Hobart & William Smith Colleges. They are members of the St. Lawrence Parents Committee. Joanie currently serves on the boards of the US Olympic & Paralympic Foundation, the Yellowstone Club Community Foundation, St. Lawrence University Board of Trustees and the Barbara Bradley Baekgaard Family Foundation. She served on the Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia for eight years and chaired several events during her terms. She was committed to a Meals on Wheels route through Bryn Mawr Hospital for 13 years. In 2013 she participated in The Philanthropy Workshop as part of Cohort 19. Joanie has worked in a variety of businesses- from the ski industry to finance to retail and decorative arts. The Halls raised their family in Haverford, PA while all spending as much time skiing as possible. They now divide their time between New York City and Big Sky, MT.

    Cathy MacNaughton
    Director


    Cathy MacNaughton is a California native and holds a BA summa cum laude from Saint Mary’s College and MBA magna cum laude from San Francisco State University. She retired, on an international basis, as Vice President of Administration and Regulatory Compliance for Managed Health Network, a managed behavioral health care company in 1996.

    Mrs. MacNaughton is the Executive Vice President of the MacNaughton Family Foundation.

    She is active in various professional and charitable organizations. She was a partner and Executive President with a fashion industry startup, Lusso Vero, Inc. She was responsible for Development, Administration and Strategic Planning of this new design house. The firm closed in July 2006.

    Mrs. MacNaughton has served on the boards of the San Francisco Opera Guild; San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum; Diablo Regional Arts Association; Bay Area Arthritis Auxiliary; and Bay Area Community Resources. She raised funds for many charitable events, including the San Francisco Symphony, Black and White Ball; and Palm Springs Aids Assistance Program. Mrs. MacNaughton co-chaired the San Francisco Opera 2003 Opening Gala and the San Francisco Opera 90th Anniversary Opening Gala in 2012. For three years she co-chaired the San Francisco State University Aids Research Program Gala, Designing by Design. Her role in the San Francisco Opera included President of the Medallion Society, bringing together high-level donors. Currently, she received the 2016 Palm Springs Aids Assistant Program Herb Lazenby Community Service Award. Mr. and Mrs. MacNaughton contribute to Boy Scouts of America, Contra Costa Hospice and Yellowstone Club Community Foundation.

    Mrs. MacNaughton has supported CureCervicalCancer since its inception and has a clinic in Haiti named after her.

     

    TEAM

    Rebecca Lepsik
    Program Director

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    Rebecca joined CureCervicalCancer in November 2016 as the Program Director. Rebecca first became interested in women’s health while working at a homeless shelter as a Case Manager. After witnessing the terrible impact that the lack of quality health care services had on her clients, she felt compelled to pursue a career in nursing. She spent several years working as a Labor and Delivery nurse in Chicago. On her holidays, she traveled the globe trying to satisfy her endless wanderlust. Joining the team at CCC brought her the multi-faceted opportunity that she had been seeking: the chance to bring healthcare to the most vulnerable women all over the world.

    Heather Kun
    Strategic Advisor

    Heather Kun, MS ScD is Principal and Founder of HK Impact Advisors and Executive Director of FCancer. Prior to founding her own consulting firm, Dr. Kun was Vice President of Research and Evaluation at the National Health Foundation (NHF) for over 6 years. She was responsible for overseeing the research and evaluation arm of the organization in addition to participating in development, operational and fundraising activities. She also oversaw all of the chronic disease prevention and management, patient safety, patient family centered care and other hospital/community clinic-based programs.

    Prior to working for NHF, Dr. Kun was an epidemic intelligence service officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stationed in the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Acute Communicable Disease Control Branch. She has also worked as a consultant for various private family foundations and has led and participated in multiple large scale quantitative and qualitative research projects specifically centered on immigrant health.

    Dr. Kun received her Doctorate of Science (Sc.D) degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. Her dissertation work addressed health status and access to healthcare of farmworkers living along the eastern Mexico‐California border. Dr. Kun also holds an M.S. degree in Environmental Science and Management from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a B.A. in Biology and Environmental Sciences from Yale University.

    Julia Scott
    Director of Communications

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    Julia Scott studied Neurobiology and Business at the University of Texas at Austin, and went immediately in to surgical sales where she covered Gynecological products for a Hawaii distributorship. She loved promoting women’s wellness but, at the end of the day, didn’t feel fulfilled. After two years she parted ways with sales to pursue a Master in Applied Psychology (Marketing & Consumer Insights) at USC. New to the team, Julia is thrilled to be back in the health field to work for CCC as she writes her thesis on cervical cancer awareness.

    Leila Hariri
    Senior Program Coordinator

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    Leila Hariri graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Psychobiology in June 2015 and she is working towards a career in Medicine. During her undergraduate years, Leila tutored, mentored, and taught health modules to at-risk children living in low-income housing in Los Angeles. She was also certified as a group exercise instructor and taught fitness classes to students and staff. She has been a part of the CCC team for over a year now. She is grateful for the opportunity to travel to resource-poor regions of the world, gain hands-on clinical experience, and contribute to such a great cause. She has been to Haiti, Guatemala, and Kenya and this year she will be planning and coordinating potential upcoming programs in China, Kenya, Vietnam, Ethiopia, and Nepal.

    Phorum Sheth
    Program/Coordinator

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    Phorum Sheth graduated UCLA with a B.S. in Biochemistry and a minor in Theater in March of 2016 and she wants to become an astronaut to study biological systems in microgravity climates. She has been teaching underprivileged students in the Compton area to motivate them to pursue higher education. She also participates in research studying the transmission of Parkinson’s disease. Her creative credits include performances and writings such as plays, poems, and songs. She is currently recording her debut album. In her short time at CCC she has learned so much about what more needs to be done to motivate the American community to donate their resources. Her sole wish is to access the potential of these amazing woman around the world and provide them opportunity to pursue their dreams. She is astounded by the accomplishments CCC has made in this area and cannot wait to get involved on the ground floor with trips such as Haiti, Vietnam, and potentially India.

    Suna Jung
    Program/Coordinator



    Suna E. Jung will be graduating at UCLA with a B.S. in Computational and Systems Biology with a concentration in Neurosystems in June 2017. She is pursuing her long-lived dreams to specialize as a Neurosurgeon after finishing medical school. Miss Jung was actively involved in the research of developmental biology and fundamentals of evolution that focused heavily on the genetic and molecular systematic aspects of pre-Cambrian phylogeny at UCLA. She is a free-spirited soul and has always been passionate about the mathematical and scientific logistics such as an enigma of the specificity and precision of molecular structures and functions despite their vast diversity. She has felt the most fulfilled when she takes time to analyze and understand scientific concepts and apply the knowledge and expertise to help other people, especially the less fortunate. Hence, she is absolutely thrilled and honored to be a member of CureCervicalCancer that is devoted to saving women’s lives from such an unprejudiced and deadly, yet 100% preventable, cancer. She is dedicated in helping the awareness grow to the public and eager to gain unique and rewarding clinical experience while saving women from all around the world.