Alan Astrow, MD, FACP
Alan Astrow is Chief of the Division of Hematology/Medical Oncology at New York–Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, where he focuses on the care and medical treatment of breast and gynecological cancers. He is also Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. Prior to taking the position at NY–PBMH, Dr. Astrow served as Division Director for Hematology/Medical Oncology at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn and Professor of Clinical Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Dr. Astrow has a long-standing interest in improving communication between doctor and patient. At NY–PBMH he is working with the medical center leadership to develop a clinical cancer center in collaboration with Weill Cornell Medicine and to make available the full range of Weill Cornell cancer program clinical trials.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Yale University, Dr. Astrow obtained his MD from the Yale School of Medicine. He did his internal residency at Boston City Hospital and his fellowship in hematology and medical oncology at NYU Medical Center.
Dr. Astrow has received several awards and is included in New York Magazine’s list of Best Doctors in New York and the Castle-Connally Guide to Top Doctors New York Metro Region.
Sage Bolte, PhD, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, CST
Sage Bolte received her bachelor’s degree in both psychology and social work at Hope College, in Holland, MI, and later continued her studies at the University of Michigan, where she received her master’s degree in social work. She received the American Cancer Society’s Doctoral Training Grant in 2008 and obtained her PhD in social work from The National School of Social Services at the Catholic University of America in 2010.
Dr. Bolte also has her certificate in sexual health from the University of Michigan. She is a certified sex therapist, known nationally for her work in sexual health and cancer, and respected as a leader in the field of oncology social work.
Sage joined the Life with Cancer (a program of the Inova Schar Cancer Institute) family 13 years ago, as an oncology counselor. She served as Program Coordinator at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital and is now Executive Director of Life with Cancer. Dr. Bolte has grown the young adult support program at Inova and the annual young adult survivorship conference.
She has written or contributed to several peer-reviewed articles and books, including three chapters in the Oxford textbook The Handbook for Oncology Social Work.
Monica Fawzy Bryant, Esq.
Monica Fawzy Bryant is a cancer rights attorney, speaker and author. She is dedicated to improving access to and availability of quality information on the practical, insurance and financial issues surrounding a cancer diagnosis. Monica is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer for Triage Cancer, a national nonprofit organization connecting people to cancer survivorship information through a national speakers bureau, educational events and online tools.
Throughout her career, Monica has provided numerous educational seminars, written articles and blogs, and appeared on community television and radio shows discussing healthcare-related legal issues. Previously, Monica worked as Midwest Regional Director for a national disability rights organization, Legislative Counsel for U.S. Congresswoman Linda T. Sanchez and Law Clerk for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. During her time in Congress, she focused on health, justice, civil rights and women’s issues. Additionally, Monica is an adjunct law professor at John Marshall School of Law in Chicago, teaching a class on cancer rights, the Vice Chair for the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Breast Cancer Initiatives Executive Committee, and sits on the ABA’s Affordable Care Act Task Force and the Coalition to Protect Parenthood After Cancer.
Suzanne Gerdes, MS, RD, CDN
Suzanne Gerdes is a registered dietitian and certified dietitian-nutritionist. Currently, she is a clinical dietitian/nutritionist in the outpatient setting at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where she counsels patients, families, and caregivers on how to maintain adequate nutrition during and after cancer treatment. In her role, Suzanne also develops education materials and presentations to inform the community and healthcare professionals about nutrition and cancer.
Suzanne is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group. Additionally, Suzanne is the Associate Editor of The Spectrum, a newsletter for members of the Healthy Aging Dietetic Practice Group.
Suzanne received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Vassar College and a Master of Science degree in nutrition and exercise physiology from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has a special interest in helping individuals improve overall wellness through diet and physical activity.
Julie Jansen — author, executive and career coach, motivational speaker, and resume and LinkedIn profile writer — has helped senior executives, managers and professionals reach their fullest potential in today’s chaotic business world since 1999.
Julie works with clients in advertising, consumer products, entertainment, fashion, financial services, logistics, magazine publishing, manufacturing, new media, non-profit, public relations and professional services. In the past month, she was the keynote speaker for Yale University, CFA Institute of New Mexico and PVH, among others.
A fully revised, third edition of her book I Don’t Know What I Want, But I Know It’s Not This: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Gratifying Work was released by Penguin in March 2016. The book has also been published in the U.K., Germany, Austria, Romania and the Czech Republic. You Want Me to Work With Who? Eleven Keys to a Stress-Free, Satisfying and Successful Work Life…No Matter Who You Work With was published by Penguin Books in 2006. Julie is also the author of a workplace coach e-booklet series on networking, enhancing your image, delegation, managing your career, time management and getting organized.
Holly Mills, MS, RD, CSO, CDN
Holly Mills is a registered dietitian, certified dietitian-nutritionist and certified specialist in oncology nutrition. She currently works as an oncology dietitian in the outpatient setting at John Theurer Cancer Center, at Hackensack University Medical Center, in New Jersey. Her responsibilities in this role include providing education and clinical care to patients undergoing chemotherapy, surgery and bone marrow transplant.
Holly’s previous work experience includes positions at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, as an outpatient registered dietitian; NYU Clinical Cancer Center, as an outpatient clinical nutritionist; and New York–Presbyterian Hospital, as a clinical nutritionist on the oncology service. Holly also has extensive ongoing experience with general medicine patients with a variety of conditions, including diabetes, heart disease and renal disease.
Holly has served on the editorial review committee for the American Institute for Cancer Research publication Nutrition of the Cancer Patient, sharing evidence-based clinical recommendations with healthcare providers and oncology patients around the country.
Holly completed her dietetic internship at North Shore–LIJ Health System and holds a Master of Science degree in clinical nutrition from New York University.
Joanna L. Fawzy Morales, Esq.
Joanna Fawzy Morales is a cancer rights attorney, author, speaker, and CEO of Triage Cancer, a national nonprofit organization connecting people to cancer survivorship information through educational events, a speakers bureau, and online materials and resources.
Joanna has spent more than 23 years working on behalf of individuals with cancer, including as an adjunct professor of law at Loyola Law School, teaching a seminar in cancer rights law, and at the John Wayne Cancer Institute’s Psychosocial Care Program.
Joanna has presented hundreds of seminars on employment, insurance, healthcare and advocacy issues throughout the country. In addition, she serves on numerous cancer community committees and boards, including the American Cancer Society’s California Division Board.
She has been published in publications such as Psycho-Oncology, Coping with Cancer, Women and Ability Magazine. She also contributed to a book entitled Work and Cancer Survivors. She has co-authored a book on cancer rights law for the American Bar Association (release date 2018).
Joanna has received numerous awards and recognition for her service to the cancer community. In 2010, she was also recognized by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of the Top 20 Attorneys in California Under the Age of 40.
Rebecca V. Nellis, MPP
Rebecca Nellis is the Chief Mission Officer for Cancer and Careers. Since 2004, she has helped evolve the organization from early concept to national prominence.
Rebecca now oversees all mission-driven initiatives, including the long-term strategy and growth of Cancer and Careers’ programs and services. As an expert on cancer-workplace issues, she travels the country speaking at national cancer conferences, leading hospitals and community events — more than 100 presentations to date — about the intersection of life, work and cancer. Rebecca also serves as spokesperson to the press, with recent interviews published in Inside Edition, Today.com, Women’s Health, The Economist Intelligence Unit, Health Affairs, and Reader’s Digest, and broadcast on WCBS “Health and Well Being,” NBC New York and CBS Salt Lake City.
As an active member of the cancer community, she has served on numerous committees and working groups. Currently, she is on the steering committees for Workplace Transitions for People Touched by Cancer and Breast Cancer: A Story Half Told — Supporting Workplace Conversations, and the advisory committee for “Work Ability in Young Adult Cancer Survivors (WAYS): A Mixed-Methods Study,” at Wake Forest University.
Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from New York University and a Master of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University. Her graduate thesis was entitled “Implications of Cancer Survivorship on Financial Assets, Work Productivity and Employment Circumstances.”
Ruth Oratz, MD, FACP
Ruth Oratz is a clinical professor of medicine at NYU School of Medicine, where she practices and teaches. She is a medical oncologist specializing in the care of people with and at risk for breast cancer. She is especially committed to helping the individual with cancer continue to live life actively and fully, placing significant attention on flexible treatment programs and those that address concerns about career, family life, relationships and sexuality. Her teaching focuses on the art of medicine, bringing humanities to the sciences.
Dr. Oratz is an advisor to several national advocacy organizations, including breastcancer.org, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, CancerCare, Young Survival Coalition and Sharsheret: Linking Young Jewish Women in Their Fight Against Breast Cancer. Dr. Oratz served as chair of the Medical Advisory Board of Susan G. Komen, Greater NYC, from 2008–2012, and on the National Board of the YWCA, USA. She was named “Physician of the Year” by CancerCare. Dr. Oratz has been recognized in “The Best Doctors in America” and “The Best Doctors in NYC.” She is active both locally and nationally as a speaker and healthcare educator, appearing on television and radio as well as lecturing to the public. Recent appearances include The Dr. Oz Show and “Doctor Radio.”
Archie Smart is an executive vice president at MSLGROUP, responsible for leading the digital and interactive services for North America. With over 20 years of experience working in the digital communications space, Archie brings deep expertise to any account he works on, including the Alzheimer’s Association, Emirates, Ferrero, BMW, Cisco and Pratt & Whitney. Previously, Archie served as the chief technology officer at Targeted Victory, a full service interactive media and technology organization, where he led the digital and social media teams for Mitt Romney for President, The Republican National Committee and American Crossroads.
Archie also worked as head of technology at NJI Media and ID Society, where he developed the global digital presence for recognizable brands such as Estée Lauder, American Express, Diageo, Nautica, Elizabeth Arden, and The Guggenheim Museum.
Archie is passionate about creating practical and accessible technology and social media solutions; he’s led the creation of mobile apps for public figures and candidates for public office, online polling programs and served as an advisory board member for startup and established organizations in the commercial real estate, photography and health care sectors. Archie also serves as a President of the Smart Family Fund where he supports nonprofit organizations in the education, media and public policy sectors.
Kate Sweeney is the Executive Director of the CEW Foundation and the Co-Founder of the Cancer and Careers program. She began with a vision — to eliminate fear and uncertainty for working people with cancer. Now 16 years strong, Cancer and Careers is the recognized authority on work-related support for cancer patients and survivors. The pioneer program boldly leads the discussion on where life, cancer and work intersect.
Under Kate’s leadership, Cancer and Careers serves more than 365,000 people online, in print and in person each year. Program highlights include launching a first-of-its-kind interactive career coaching center for survivors to get personalized advice from professional coaches; bringing direct services to remote and underserved communities in the U.S.; partnering with Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) to offer company-wide support within the workplace; and collaborating with QVC to present “Beauty with Benefits,” a two-hour beauty-product fundraising telecast that has raised more than $4.5M to date in support of Cancer and Careers’ free programs and services. In addition to running the $3M CEW Foundation, Kate continues to serve as an expert on the issues surrounding cancer in the workplace.