Board of Directors
Executive Director, Facing Cancer Together
Angela has held a number of leadership roles within the non-profit world in NYC and the Boston area. She began her career over 30 years ago in social services in NYC where she created an innovative day treatment program for dually diagnosed adults. She went on to work with a number of research groups at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as well as the VA Boston Healthcare System and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Angela is committed to combining the clarity of mindful leadership with compassion for Facing Cancer Together’s community.
Interim President, Oncology Nurse Practitioner
Allison is an oncology nurse practitioner whose career is dedicated to caring for patients with life limiting disease. She currently provides palliative care to patients in the community who benefit from a home visit to manage symptoms or discuss advanced care planning. Additionally, she runs her own business helping patients and families on their journeys in the health care system treating cancer and serious illness. She is deeply committed to palliative care and is a founding member of an initiative to educate and support hospice nurses in Romania. She is a lecturer at Simmons University School of Nursing.
Stuart Schneller, MD
Dr. Schneller is a rheumatologist (arthritis specialist) who has been in practice for 41 years at Steward-St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton, MA. He was formerly the Chief of the Division of Rheumatology and served on the hospital’s Medical Executive Committee for ten years and is a clinical assistant professor of medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. Currently, he is on the hospital’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) which evaluates new patient research and clinical trials. He began his involvement with FCT 17 years ago when one of his family members was diagnosed with cancer and he has remained engaged with FCT ever since and has served on the board for 11 years.
Leslie Martin, MD
Dr. Leslie Martin is a retired medical oncologist. She received her BA from Brown University and her MD from Tufts University School of Medicine. She was Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tufts. She worked at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for 40 years and had a special interest in caring for women with breast cancer and in palliative care. She was committed to compassionate patient care and to teaching and mentoring of young physicians throughout her career. Dr. Martin also served as a hospice medical director for almost 30 years.
Kalen Fletcher, LICSW, MSW, MPH
Oncology Social Worker
Kalen is an oncology social worker with a public health and research background. She currently works at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute where she develops psychosocial programming and provides supportive counseling for young adult colorectal cancer patients and their family members. In addition, Kalen facilitates the young adult cancer support group at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She is currently assisting with a research project aimed at creating a social work led intervention for family caregivers of patients with terminal cancer. Having been impacted by cancer both personally and professionally, Kalen is incredibly committed to FCT’s mission of promoting cancer patients’ hope, empowerment and connection through group support.
AVP, Small Business Development Officer, Cambridge Savings Bank
Olritch Donnat has undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Management. As a Small Business Development Officer, Olritch delivers comprehensive service to clients by attending to their financial well-being. Working closely with small business owners, he analyzes current and past budgets, expenses, sales, revenues and products deficiencies in order to provide recommendations for business growth and problem solving. He is a strategic thinker with excellent communication skills and an outstanding ability to cultivate and maintain long-term relationships with industry professionals. Having been touched by cancer through the battles fought by family members, Olritch has been involved in many non-profit organizations dedicated to supporting people with cancer.
Cary Meyer, PsyD
Cary Meyer, PsyD is a clinical psychologist at Lahey Health Cancer Institute. He earned his doctorate in psychology at William James College in Boston and completed his training at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA. He is a clinical assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. He began his career in cancer care while working in the Hematology Service at Auckland City Hospital in New Zealand. After returning to Boston, Cary joined Lahey in 2014 to provide psychosocial support for hematology and oncology patients across the North Shore of Boston.
Through his connection to the experience of the people he works with, Dr. Meyer understands the important role Facing Cancer Together fills in supporting patients and their families.
Julie Miller, MD, PhD
Dr. Miller is a physician-scientist in Neuro-Oncology. She received her BS from Cornell University and an MD and PhD from Stanford University School of Medicine. Following residency in Neurology and fellowship in Neuro-Oncology in the combined programs at Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, she joined the staff in the Center for Neuro-Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital. As an early career investigator, she is also building a translational research laboratory within the Brain Tumor Research Center at MGH, focused on exploring new therapeutic strategies to treat gliomas. Following her own personal experience with cancer, she became involved in FCT as a way to help others living with cancer and give back to the community.
Cathy is a graduate of Northeastern University with a BS in Education focused on Community Health Education, Cardiovascular Science and Exercise. She is a non-profit professional with more than 30 years of experience. Most of her career was with the American Heart Association where she steadily rose through the ranks. She is skilled at building partnerships, interpreting data, fundraising and maintaining strategic alliances. Cathy’s family has been touched by cancer more than once and understands first-hand the different types of support that are needed. This is Cathy’s first year on the Board.
Eric Boatright is a senior architect and project manager at Utile, an architecture and planning firm located in Boston’s Chinatown. He currently works on multi-family housing projects and various commercial projects throughout the Boston region. He learned about the challenges of living with cancer and the value and importance of support for those impacted by cancer from his mother-in-law, Harriet Berman. He is proud to support the legacy of the organization she helped establish.
Sarah Peterson, MPH
Clerk, Adjunct Professor, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Sarah is a graduate of the Milken Institute of Public Health at the George Washington University, where she studied global public health before serving as a Community Health Educator with the United States Peace Corps in Peru. As an employee of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, she was a member of state and city-level collaborative efforts to eliminate cancer disparities in Boston and an advocate for inclusive policies and programs. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for five years, where she teachers courses on health promotion and education, and community health needs assessments for students in the Master of Public Health program. Sarah is a native of New England with family roots in Wisconsin and Puerto Rico. Her experiences and studies have inspired a dedication to work with underserved and marginalized populations in the US and abroad.
Real Estate Investment Executive
Cynthia Lacasse is a real estate investment executive and business leader with expertise in real estate and affordable housing finance. She is currently Director of Rental Business Development at MassHousing where she oversees rental lending program management, product development and marketing and origination. Ms. Lacasse is currently Co-Chair of the Board of the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership, Inc. (MBHP) and a member of the Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund Advisory Board. She has also long been involved in programs dedicated to supporting cancer patients. Prior to joining FCT's Board, Ms. Lacasse was a founding Board Member and Treasurer of Thrive, a Boston-based non-profit providing support, education and services to young women with breast cancer. She also served on Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Program for Young Women with Breast Cancer Advisory Committee.