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E. Smith Yewell (President, Chair)

Co-Founder, Welocalize; Winner of Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Dr. Aziza T. Shad, MD (Vice President, Co-Founder, and Medical Director)

The Ellen W.P. Wasserman Chair, Department of Pediatrics, The Herman & Walter Samuelson Children's Hospital at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore; Chief, Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology; Professor of Pediatrics & Oncology, Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Mary Louise Cohen (Secretary and Co-Founder)

Founding Partner, Phillips & Cohen LLP; Co-Founder, Talent Beyond Boundaries; Co-Founder, Batonga Foundation; Vice-Chair, Mid-Atlantic Regional Board, UNICEF-USA. 


Svetlana Vallie (Treasurer)

Senior Audit Manager, KPMG 


Dr. Meskerem Asresahegn, MD

President, CEO & Chief Medical Officer, ASAP Medical Services LLC.


Carmen Cheng

Director, OS Governance, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.


Mary Grace Fisher, MBA

Vice President, Partnerships Strategy and Business Development, Marriott International.

Dr. Tenagne Haile-Mariam, MD

Chief, Section of Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine; Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, George Washington University Hospital.

Daphne Himelfarb

Childhood cancer advocate and philanthropist.

Stuart Himelfarb

Owner, The Anderson Company LLC.

Craig Kline

Partner, Troutman Pepper LLP.

Craig Lustig

Associate Director, The Ruesch Center of the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancers.


Susan Scherr

Board Secretary, The Children's Cause for Cancer Advocacy; Board Member, Make A Wish Foundation. 


Dr. Aziza T. Shad, Medical Director and Co-Founder

Dr. Shad’s world-renowned work in pediatric cancer research and clinical treatment has spanned more than 25 years and several continents.  She currently serves as The Ellen W.P. Wasserman Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the Herman & Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai.  Prior to this position, she was the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Blood, and Bone Marrow Transplantation at Georgetown Hospital, as well as the Amey Distinguished Professor of Neuro-Oncology and Childhood Cancer at Georgetown University.  Dr. Shad has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and has received countless awards for her research, clinical expertise, and academic contributions, including the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award from the Georgetown University School of Medicine, the Relentless for a Cure Award from the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, and the Women of Dow Award from the Dow Graduates Association of North America.

Julie Broas, Executive Director

Julie joined the organization’s staff in 2014, after chairing its Board of Directors and serving as a founding Board member.  For more than twenty-five years, Julie was an attorney with the global law firm Jones Day, specializing in the area of labor and employment law.  In 2010, she left the Firm to join the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, a DC-based non-profit that provides low barrier, comprehensive legal services to the District’s low- and no-income community, as the Jones Day Fellow.  A longtime community volunteer and leader, Julie has served on several additional advisory boards, including those governing Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School, the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, Bowen McCauley Dance, and the Georgetown University Hospital Parent Advisory Board.  She received her A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard University and her J.D. degree from the Columbia University Law School where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.


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