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Board co-chair Clare Graca, Executive Director Lolette May, Board co-chair Sara Ramos.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) is creating new volunteer Area Boards in 46 geographic areas across the country. The new Dallas/Fort Worth Area Executive Board was announced by Executive Director Lolette May on November 9.

Area Executive Board members are dedicated, community-minded leaders who have the influence, passion and connection to mobilize people and organizations to support the Society’s mission to save lives, celebrate lives and lead the fight for a world without cancer.

In North Texas, the American Cancer Society provided more than 22,058 services to nearly 8,000 cancer patients. It funded $7.7 million in grants to 13 researchers in North Texas. 47 Nobel Prize-winning scientists have received research funding from the Society. The Dallas Cattle Baron’s Ball is the Society’s largest single fundraiser, raising $3.5 million. 33 local Relay for Life events with 2,805 cancer survivors and 14,536 participants raised $2.5 million.

The new co-chairs for the board are Clare Graca, Chief Business Development Officer, Integrative Emergency Services and Sara Ramos, Senior Vice President, PNC Financial Services. Each brings a wealth of talent and experience to their roles.

Members of the newly formed American Cancer Society Area Executive Board are: Kim Alumbaugh, M.D., Community Volunteer; Susan Arledge, President, ESRP; Dixey Arterburn, Vice President, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty; Kalyn Asher, President-Asker Media; Mindy Berkson, Founder & Surrogacy Consultant, Newborn Advantage Surrogacy; Claudia Coleman, Director Chief of Staff, AT&T; Mary Ann Denton, Licensed Professional Counselor; Lori Drew, Director, External Relations, Moncrief Cancer Institute/UT Southwestern; Kristin Jenkins, President, Dallas/Fort-worth Hospital Council Education and Research Foundation; Suzy Lockwood, Associate Dean for Nursing and Professor of Nursing, Texas Christian University, Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences; Albert Parra, M. D., Medical Oncologist/Hematologist, The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders; R. Steven Paulson, M. D., President/CEO, Texas Oncology; Terry Philen, Chief Financial Officer, Custom Extrusions Holdings, LLC; Ginger Sager, Community Volunteer ; Alesia Coffman Turner, Senior Vice President, Private Client Advisor & Institutional Client Advisor, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management; James Watson, Senior Vice President-Investments, Wells Fargo Advisors; Thomas Williams, Attorney & Partner, Haynes and Boone, LLP; Tori Wickard, Project Architect, Associate, Perkins + Will.


Photos by Barbara Gary

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