Press release: Ovarian Cancer National Alliance Announces Three New Board Members, Board Roster for 2013

Washington, DC—The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance today announced the appointment of three new members of its Board of Directors, as well as the full slate of officers and board members for 2013.

Joining the Board of Directors are Catherine A. Baum, Jennifer Coken and Matthew Neal Miller. “I am excited to welcome our new board members to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance,” said Chief Executive Officer Calaneet Balas. “They bring us a wealth of expertise in business and health care, as well as personal experience with the devastating effects of ovarian cancer.”

The slate of board members for 2013 is listed below. Click here for bios of each board member.

Terri McKnight, President
Diane Rader O’Connor, President-Elect
Rebekah Plowman, Secretary
Denise K. Fletcher, Treasurer
Judith Abrams
Jenny Allen
Angelo Amador
Catherine Baum
Robin Cohen
Jennifer Coken
Alison Devenny
Veronica Jordan
Pamela Forbes Lieberman
Jaime Matyas
Matthew Neal Miller
Keith Mirchandani
Sue Ellen Moore

Catherine A. Baum is a managing partner of MARCAT Group LLC, an independent consulting/advisory firm specializing in business, market, and customer development. As a consultant, Ms. Baum worked with Waterford Development where she oversaw the sales and marketing efforts for its boutique condominium, office and retail endeavors in Arlington, Falls Church, and Leesburg, Virginia.

Catherine previously served as Division Manager and President of the Washington Division of Drees Homes, and Executive Vice President of the Stanley Martin Companies. She graduated from George Mason University with a BS in Management in 1981.

Catherine serves as a District representative to the Fairfax County Commission on Women as well as the Human Relations Advisory Committee of the Fairfax County School Board. She is the Chair of the George Mason University Libraries Advisory Board, a past president of the Reston Board of Commerce and a mentor in the Women’s Center “I Can” program.

Jennifer Coken has spent 25 years as a political and legislative strategist running campaigns at the federal, state and local levels, and as a visionary entrepreneur starting non-profit organizations and raising millions of dollars. Jennifer has worked for the Public Interest Research Groups, the National Parks Conservation Association, the Congressional Hunger Center, the Gore Lieberman Campaign and the Virginia Statehouse Caucus. She was one of the founders of Hands on DC, and assisted with the creation of the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center.

Jennifer was a co-founder of the Colorado Blue Flower Fund to elect progressive, pro-choice women to state and local offices. In 2010 Jennifer was a candidate for the Statehouse but lost in Colorado’s most contested primary election.

Jennifer just finished writing her first book, “When I Die, Take My Panties: Or, What Do Chemotherapy, Tap-Dancing and Candy Corn Have In Common,” a memoir about her mother’s eventual death from ovarian cancer in 2011.

Matthew Neal Miller is a management consultant with close to twenty years’ experience in the public and private sectors. Matthew currently works in the Advisory Practice of PwC where he specializes in strategic planning, organizational performance management and change management and transformation. He has led major engagements and has been a career manager to multiple staff.

Prior to coming to PwC, Matthew worked at Booz Allen Hamilton and the U.S. Department of Education. He has an MBA from Johns Hopkins University, a BA with Honors from Wesleyan University and was a visiting student at the University of Oxford. In addition, Matthew is certified as a Change Management Advanced Practitioner from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. He has served as an adjunct instructor at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies and is a member of the Project Management Institute.

Matthew’s mother died of ovarian cancer in 1994.

The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance is the foremost advocate for women with ovarian cancer in the United States. To advance the interests of women with ovarian cancer, the organization advocates at a national level for increases in research funding for the development of an early detection test, improved health care practices, and life-saving treatment protocols. The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance educates health care professionals and raises public awareness of the risks and symptoms of ovarian cancer. The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance is a 501 (c) (3) organization established in 1997.


For more information, or to schedule an interview with any of our board members, please contact Amanda Davis at or (202)331-1332.