Diane Rader O’Connor, President
An ovarian cancer survivor since 2002, Diane Rader O’Connor is president and co-founder of the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and SW Washington, a Partner Member of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. She has served on the board of directors for the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance since 2006, where she currently chairs the Governance and Service Programs Committees. She has been an integral part of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance’s Survivor’s Teaching Students: Saving Women’s Lives® program since 2004 and has recruited and prepared survivors to speak at the Oregon Health and Science University as well as local nursing schools. She has served as a Consumer Reviewer for the Department of Defense Ovarian Cancer Research Project. Diane also helped create the SW Washington Cancer Center’s gynecologic cancer support group in 2003. In 2000, Diane retired from a 32-year career as a counselor and educator in the Vancouver, WA, public school system. She has been married for 40 years and has two adult sons and two granddaughters.
Robin Cohen, President-Elect
Drexel Hill, PA
Robin Cohen has been the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation for 10 years. She is an oncology nurse at Lankenau Hospital in the Philadelphia area. She is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society, the Society of Gynecologic Nurse Oncologists, Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society and the Cambridge WHO’s WHO. In 2007, she was recognized as one of the 75 Greatest Living Philadelphians.
Jennifer Bisacre, Treasurer
Jennifer L. Bisacre, CPA, CFE earned her bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Maryland in College Park. She is an audit Manager with Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman CPAs and has been with the firm since graduation. She concentrates her skills in auditing and accounting for tax-exempt organizations.
Ms. Bisacre travels internationally on behalf of her clients, most recently completing trips to Oslo, Paris, Port-au-Prince, Kigali and Juba. Ms. Bisacre is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Greater Washington Society of CPAs and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Rebekah Plowman, Esq., Secretary
Rebekah Plowman, Esq. is a partner in the national health practice with the law firm of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP in the Atlanta office and chairs the fraud and abuse practice. She has almost 20 years of health care regulatory experience serving hospitals, physicians and ancillary providers. Prior to the practice of law, she managed a group of utilization management nurses for KeyCare, an affiliate of Indiana Blue Cross & Blue Shield and worked as an intensive care unit nurse at Indiana University Medical Center. Ms. Plowman was selected by the editors of Nightingale’s Healthcare News as one of the “Outstanding Fraud and Compliance Lawyers” of 2008 and is also listed in the Health Care Law Section of Chambers USA Guide. She currently serves as a Vice Chair of the Healthcare Liability and Litigation Practice Group of the American Health Lawyers Association.
Judith S. Abrams, President Emerita
New York, NY
Judith Abrams has spent 30 years in private banking, including 21 years at Bankers Trust (then Deutsche Bank) as Managing Director of Private Wealth Management and three years as a Senior Client Consultant with Sontag Advisory, LLC, a registered investment advisor. She is on the Advisory Board of the Susan Schiffer Stautberg Leadership Foundation and is a member of the Committee of 200 and the Belizean Grove. Her community activities have included participation in programs with Women Unlimited, Habitat for Humanity and Global Volunteers. She was a regularly featured columnist for The Jewish Week and a participant in the Trinity Church Wall Street Dialogues. Judy lost her dear friend, Judy H. Mello, to ovarian cancer, and is herself a breast cancer survivor. She resides with her husband Ralph in New York City.
New York, NY
Jenny Allen’s essays and articles have appeared for years in many magazines, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, New York, Vogue, Esquire, More, Huffington Post and Good Housekeeping. Recent essays appear in Disquiet, Please! a new anthology of humor pieces from the New Yorker, and in In The Fullness of Time: 32 Women on Life After 50 (Simon & Schuster). She is the author of a book of fables for grown-ups called The Long Chalkboard, illustrated by her husband, Jules Feiffer. She performs stand-up comedy in Manhattan, has appeared in Spalding Grey: Stories Left to Tell, and is a participating storyteller for The Moth. Her one-woman play about ovarian cancer, I Got Sick Then I Got Better was first performed on Martha’s Vineyard in the summer of 2007; director James Lapine then collaborated with Allen and with Darren Katz on shaping and expanding the material. New York Theatre Workshop produced the show in 2009, extending it three times. I Got Sick Then I Got Better has been seen in theaters, hospitals, universities and at cancer conferences around the country. Ms. Allen received the 2010 “It’s Always Something” award from Gilda’s Club NYC. She has two children, Halley, an actress, and Julie, a high school student, as well as a stepdaughter, Kate. For a calendar of future performances, and for booking inquiries, visit jennyallenwrites.com.
Catherine A. Baum
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.
New York, NY
Alison Devenny works for Cyrus Capital Partners, a 2.5 billion dollar hedge fund based in New York and London that focuses on the distressed debt market. Before joining Cyrus Capital, Alison managed the Abdul-Aziz Family Foundation for part of the Saudi Royal Family.
Alison earned her BA in International Affairs from The George Washington University in 2007 and her MPA from New York University in 2010. Alison was awarded fellowships from a variety of institutions including the Embassy of Israel, the Governor’s School of New Jersey, Public Policy and International Fellows at Carnegie Mellon University, IHS at the University of California at Berkeley and Susan Schiffer Stautberg Leadership Fellows.
In addition to serving as a member of the Board of Directors, Alison founded the Junior Committee of Ovarian Cancer National Alliance in 2009. She is a past Treasurer and Board Member of Dusan Tynek Dance Theatre, and former Junior Board member of The Family Center.
Denise K. Fletcher
New York, NY
Denise Fletcher has been a leader at public and private global companies and not-for-profits. Currently she serves on the boards of Unisys Corporation, The Mazars Group (Paris), and Inovalon. Previously she served on the public company boards of Sempra Energy, Orbitz, and Software Etc. Stores as well as the board of The Hospital Group (private U.K). She served on the boards of Girl Scouts/USA, YWCA/NYC, Flying Heritage Collection Museum and the Alumni Executive Council of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
Denise was Executive Vice President, Finance of Vulcan Inc., Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s multi-billion dollar investment company.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wellesley College, Denise holds a Master’s from Harvard University. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Economic Club of New York, the Academy of Women Achievers, the Wellesley Business Leadership Council, Financial Executives International, The Harvard Club of New York City and the Women’s Forum of New York.
Veronica Jordan, PhD
Veronica Jordan has broad business experience in health care and life science-based companies. For much of her career, she has been involved in the discovery and development of new drugs and other health care products, and has provided senior leadership to numerous clinical trial programs. Veronica’s experience includes building early-stage companies and management of larger international organizations, with functional expertise covering general management, sales and marketing, business development and technical operations. She holds a BA in biochemistry from Cambridge University and a PhD in biochemistry/cell biology from Oxford University. She has conducted post-doctoral research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School.
Jaime Berman Matyas is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the National Wildlife Federation. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Most recently she was one of 1000 people trained by Vice President Gore’s The Climate Project. She was honored in 2006 by the Washington Business Journal with their prestigious Women Who Mean Business award and in 2008 by Jewish Women International’s Women to Watch. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters. She was introduced to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance by a friend battling ovarian cancer.
Joan is the Chairman and CEO of Middle Kingdom Business Consultants LLC, (MKBC). MKBC concentrates on strategic consulting for a number of multinational firms with business activities in China. MKBC has offices in Washington, DC and Beijing, China, where her company leverages governmental relationships in both countries on behalf of company clients. Joan has visited China over 75 times and serves as an advisor to several Chinese cities and Provinces.
Joan served in a number of senior international trade positions in the U.S. government as well as the White House and U.S. Senate. Subsequently, she was a senior partner in Baker Donelson. She received her BA from Marymount College in New York, her MA in Government and Public Administration from The American University, and her JD from the Washington College of Law at The American University.
Joan was the first woman member of Baker Donelson’s Board of Directors, as well as the first woman Staff Director of the U.S. Senate. She is currently on the Boards of China’s NABI Investment Company, the Forum for International Policy, the Atlantic Council, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American and District of Columbia Bar Associations.
Matthew Neal Miller
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.
A respected business leader and visionary, Keith Mirchandani is President, CEO and Founder of Tristar Products Inc. Since starting up Tristar in 1993, he has built the company into an award-winning market leader, with over $1 billion in sales. His marketing savvy, integrity, creativity and business expertise has been pivotal to Tristar’s success at branding and selling 20-plus products in over 100 countries around the globe. He oversees product development, infomercial production, strategic partnerships and leads the overall direction of the company.