Cancer Center announces new board members

The center is a leader in groundbreaking research, patient care and reducing cancer disparities.
Young-Supporters-Board-PhotoThe Advisory Board of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center has elected officers and added seven new members to its roster for 2013-14.The Advisory Board is a volunteer group of community leaders, most touched by cancer in some way, who raise funds to provide patient amenities and increase awareness of the Comprehensive Cancer Center. Since its inception in 1984, it has raised more than $13 million for the center.

The new board president is Danny Markstein, managing director of Markstein Consulting LLC.  Other officers are Jeanie MacKenzie, community volunteer, president elect-I; and Joel Welker, publisher of the Birmingham Business Journal, president elect-II.

New members elected to the board are Alisa Armstrong Belcher, community volunteer; Jay Ezelle, attorney with Starnes Davis Florie LLP; Cheryl Levy, chief human resources officer for HealthSouth Corporation; Mark Jackson, CEO and chairman of Moreson Conferencing; Terry McBride, petroleum engineering consultant at Apollo Management; Sam Todd, attorney with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP; and David Walker, CFO of EBSCO Industries.

Additionally, 10 new members and officers for 2013-14 were selected for the Young Supporters Board of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

The Young Supporters Board was established in 2006 to introduce the next generation of Alabamians to the importance of cancer research and awareness. The board includes young professionals ages 22-35, all of whom have been touched by cancer in some way. The group hosts programs and fundraisers throughout the year, including the annual Cinco de Mayo-themed Fiesta Ball. Proceeds from these events support the board’s Young Investigator Grants, which fund the research of young scientists at the Cancer Center. The board also provides services and amenities for patients in the center’s inpatient and outpatient units.

Officers are: president, Katharine Davis, community volunteer; vice president, Lauren De Moss, attorney at Maynard, Cooper & Gale, PC; secretary, Jessica Jones, attorney at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP; and treasurer, Charlie Adams, director of business development at AutoTec, LLC.

New members added to the Young Supporters Board are Joey Azar, analyst with Harbert Management Corporation; Rus Beasley, development analyst with Surgical Care Affiliates;  Rebecca Beers, attorney with Haskell Slaughter Young & Rediker, LLC; Joe Griffin, credit underwriter at Regions Bank; Martha Hawthorne, Alabama territory manager at Braintree Laboratories Inc.; Katie Kimbrell, attorney with Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C.; Laura Senn, civil engineer with Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc.; Scott Thomas, UAB medical student; Allison Thompson, judicial assistant to Judge Caryl P. Privett; and Sarah Wilfong, UAB physician assistant studies student.

The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of the 41 cancer centers in the nation to meet the stringent criteria for the National Cancer Institute’s comprehensive designation. The center is a leader in groundbreaking research, patient care and reducing cancer disparities.