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Leadership & Staff


At The Max Foundation, our greatest strength is our deep network of leaders, team members, and advisors around the world. These are visionaries directing policy reform, committed staff supporting cancer patients each day, and advocates focused on closing the cancer divide, beginning with access to treatment.”

—Paula Boultbee, President of the Executive Board

Our Leadership and Staff

Leadership Team

Our Leadership Team, which is mission focused and responsible for strategy, finances and management, includes executives from our headquarters and region heads based in the US and in regional offices around the world.

Pat Garcia-Gonzalez

Chief Executive Officer; Global Headquarters in Seattle, USA

Pat’s Bio

Erin Schwartz

Vice President of Global Strategy; Global Headquarters in Seattle, USA

Inés García González

Region Head for Latin America; Latin America Regional Office in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Mei Ching Ong

Region Head for Asia Pacific; Asia Pacific Regional Office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Viji Venkatesh

Region Head for South Asia; Regional Office in Mumbai, India

Ann Kim Novakowski

Associate Program Director; Global Headquarters in Seattle, USA

J. Michael Wrigglesworth

Director of Global Information Technology Solutions; Global Headquarters in Seattle, USA

Our Global Team

Our international team is comprised of trained global advocates. They are professionals from the country where they are based who possess a variety of backgrounds from the non-profit sector, social work, psychology, and other health-related fields. Team members speak the local languages and have an authentic understanding of the cultural customs and norms within their home country, including an awareness of health systems.

Country Name Title
Argentina Mercedes Arteaga Regional Program Officer
Argentina Maria Victoria Duhalde Local Program Coordinator
Argentina Melisa Fazio Local Program Coordinator
Argentina Ines Garcia Gonzalez Region Head
Chile Lyat Granati Local Program Coordinator
Dominican Republic Martha Rosario Molina Local Program Coordinator
Dominican Republic Nilexis Bernard Rodríguez Local Program Coordinator
Ethiopia Tenaye A. Ashebir Local Program Coordinator
Guatemala Evelyn Berduo Local Program Coordinator
India Ankita Borkar Administrative Assistant
India Phillip Fernandes Administrative Assistant
India Santosh Kadam Accounts / Office & Personnel Manager
India Priyanka Kandalgaokar Program Officer
India Prasad Kothekar Administrative Assistant
India Azim Mohd Driver
India Ashika Naik Local Program Coordinator
India Beena Narayanan Program Officer
India Jyotiy Parameshwaran Local Program Coordinator
India Sudha Samineni Program Officer
India Shalini Subramanian Local Program Coordinator
India Sidrah Patel Program Officer
India Ameya Surve Program Officer
India Komal Surve Local Program Coordinator
India Vidya Tahilramani Local Program Coordinator
India Anshika Tandon Local Program Coordinator
India Viji Venkatesh Region Head
India Julie Housekeeping
Kenya Lucy Mwangi Local Program Coordinator
Malaysia Ghai Yein Lee Local Program Coordinator
Malaysia Mei Ching Ong Region Head
Malaysia Nor Aina Binti Abd Rahim Administrative Executive
Malaysia Nurul Azwani Nadia Mansor Project Officer – Patient Support
Malaysia Yee Jia Heng Program Officer and Project Lead
Malaysia Shirleen Low Program Officer
Mexico Cynthia Figueroa Guerra Program Officer
Mexico Mariana Rubi Gonzalez Local Program Coordinator
Nepal Sweta Agrawal Local Program Coordinator
Nigeria Adetokunbo M. Bello Local Program Coordinator
Philippines Nelia Medina Program Officer
Senegal Mame Fall Local Program Coordinator
South Africa Geraldine Botha Local Program Coordinator
South Africa Catherina Scheepers Program Office and Project Leader Africa Region
Thailand Krittapart Artharn Local Program Coordinator
Thailand Thaned Kairaj Local Program Coordinator
Thailand Wirat Sae-Kuai Program Officer & Head of Thailand Liaison
Thailand Piyapong Siriviriyanum Program Officer
USA Craig Anderson Director of Information Technology
USA Josué Blanco Senior Brand Manager
USA Courtney Czarnecki Administrative Assistant
USA Lorie Gail Controller
USA Pat Garcia-Gonzalez Chief Executive Officer
USA Tomara Henderson Executive Assistant
USA Ann Kim Novakowski Associate Program Director
USA Meg Mager Senior Program Manager
USA Patti Pearce Consultant Chief Financial Officer
USA Kristina Pfeil Human Resources
USA Winona Rennick Development Manager
USA Erin Lindsay Schneider Senior Program Manager
USA Erin Schwartz Vice President of Global Strategy
USA Scott Shearer Quality Assurance
USA Michael Wrigglesworth Director of Global IT Solutions
Uzbekistan Sukrob Saliev Local Program Coordinator
Vietnam Tang Thi Thanh Thao Local Program Coordinator

Executive Board

Our Board of Directors is comprised of professionals dedicated to serving our mission. The Board provides governance and fiduciary oversight, along with guiding policy and assessing organizational performance goals. We are extremely grateful for their ongoing support.

Paula Boultbee

President of the Board

Principal at PTB Consulting LLC

Jerry Scott, CPA

Treasurer of the Board

Chartered Global Management Accountant

David Tingstad

Secretary of the Board

Beresford Booth PLLC

Pat Garcia-Gonzalez

CEO of The Max Foundation

Robert Farmer

Board Member

CML survivor and photographer

Tracey Higgins

Board Member

Edmonds Community College

Jerald Radich, MD

Board Member

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Grant Rubenstein

Board Member

Rosen~Harbottle Commercial Real Estate

Medical Advisory Board

Our Medical Advisory Board includes specialists who are key opinion leaders in the field of oncology. Based all around the world, these expert physicians are formative in leading research and managing patient care at their centers of excellence. We are extremely honored to benefit from their expertise and dedication to the patients we serve.

Hematology Advisors

Michele Baccarani, MD

Head of the Institute of Hematology and Medical Oncology “L. and A. Seràgnoli”, S. Orsola at the University Hospital, Bologna, Italy

Jorge E. Cortes, MD

Professor of Medicine, Chief/CML Section, Deputy Chair, Department of Leukemia, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, USA

Brian J. Druker, MD

Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, JELD-WEN Chair of Leukemia Research, USA

Francois Guilhot, MD

Head of the Department of Oncology, Hematology and Cell Therapy at The University Hospital of Poitier. President of the Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia French Group, France

Andreas Hochhaus, MD

Klinikum Mannheim der University Heidelberg in Mannheim, Germany

Timothy Hughes, MD

Hanson Institute, SA Pathology Adelaide, South Australia

Michael J. Mauro, MD

Leader, Myeloproliferative Diseases Program Member, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Professor of Medicine, Cornell University Medical College, New York, USA

Javier Pinilla-Ibarz, MD, PhD

Associate Member and Director of Immunotherapy. Malignant Hematology Division. H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, Florida, USA

Delphine Rea, MD, PhD

Doctor of Medicine and Sciences, Service d’Hématologie adulte, Hôpital Saint-Louis, France

Neil P. Shah, MD, PhD

Edward S. Ageno Distinguished Professor in Hematology/Oncology Leader, Hematopoietic Malignancies Program Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center University of California, San Francisco, USA

Moshe Talpaz, MD

Assoc. Director for Translational Research, The University of Michigan Health Systems, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Oncology Advisors

Matías Chacón, MD

Medical Oncologist at the Instituto Médico Alexander Fleming in Buenos Aires, Argentina

George D. Demetri, MD

Director of the Center for Sarcoma and Bone Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, USA

Peter Reichardt, MD

Head of the Department of Interdisciplinary Oncology Director of the Sarcoma Center Berlin-Brandenburg Director of the Cancer Center Berlin-Buch at HELIOS Klinikum Berlin-Buch in Berlin, Germany

Jonathan Trent, MD

Co-Director, Musculosketal Center Director, Sarcoma Medical Research Program Professor of Medicine at Sylvester Cancer Center in Miami, Florida, USA

Strategic Innovation Advisory Board

Hailing from both the public and private sectors, our Strategic Innovation Advisory Board includes incredible leaders in the fields of global health, fundraising, business and communications who lend their advice, skills and expertise towards achieving our mission. We thank our strategic advisors for their mentorship and guidance in our daily work

Carolyn Blasdel, FNP-BC

Tacoma, USA

R. Banks Bourne, MBA

Chief Executive Officer, Bourne Partners, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

Rhonda Curry

Vice President, Membership and Communications, at the Washington State Hospital Association, Seattle, USA

Gilberto de Lima Lopes, Jr., MD, MBA, FAMS

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Medical Director for International Programs and Associate Director of Global Oncology at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami, Miami, USA

Michele Galen, J.D.

Communications Consulting and Transition Coach, Boston, USA

Teresa Guillien, MPA

Managing Program Director Resource Media and Faculty in the Nonprofit Management Certificate Program at the University of Washington, USA

William E. Heisel, Journalism BA

Director of Global Services, The Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, USA.

Michael Mandola, PhD

Global Medical Director, HQ Medical Lung, Immuno-Oncology, Bristol-Myers Squibb

 Jerald Radich, MD

Clinical Research Division, Member with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Professor of Medicine at University of Washington, USA

Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo, MD

Executive Vice-President, Director of International Outreach Program; Chair, International Pediatric Research, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; Memphis, TN, USA.

Lawrence N. Shulman, MD

Deputy Director for Clinical Services, Director Center for Global Cancer Medicine, Abramson Cancer Center at University of Pennsylvania, USA

Andy Stergachis, PhD, BPharm

Professor of Pharmacy and Global Health, Associate Dean of School of Pharmacy, and Director of the Global Medicines Program, University of Washington (UW)

Kristofer Rogers

Principal at The Web Shop consulting, North Rivers, Australia.