Lymphoma Research Foundation Senior Leadership
The Lymphoma Research Foundation senior leadership team oversees the Foundation's work to combat lymphoma and assist members of the lymphoma community.
Meghan Gutierrez, Chief Executive Officer
Meghan Gutierrez is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF), the nation's largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to funding lymphoma research and providing patients and health care professionals with critical information on the disease.
Gutierrez has focused her entire career in the government and philanthropic sectors, beginning as a Congressional staff member for one of the U.S. House of Representatives’ foremost leaders on health care policy, then shifting to the non-profit arena, working on an array of health-related issues, ranging from mental health parity and rare disease awareness to medical technology and the treatment of chronic disease.
Previously, Gutierrez served as the Foundation’s Chief Program, Policy and Communications Officer, where she was responsible for the organization's mission programs, including research, education, patient services, public policy, communications and marketing. She was a driving force behind programs such as the LRF Adolescent and Young Adult Lymphoma Initiative and the development of the first mobile app for people with lymphoma. A specialist in government relations and communications, she has served as a health policy and communications advisor for several non-profit and educational institutions, including Columbia University and the Partnership for a Drug-Free America. Ms. Gutierrez earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa.
Lisa Vogel, Chief Operating Officer
Lisa Vogel is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Lymphoma Research Foundation. She joined the organization in July 2009.
As the COO, Ms. Vogel is responsible for the Foundation's finance operations, including reporting and budgeting, database management and infrastructure support, human resources, as well as day-to-day operations. She also directs the management of the Foundation's investments and its expense management initiatives.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Vogel held several senior finance and operation roles at JPMorganChase, where she spent over twenty years. Ms. Vogel has her CPA and prior to her roles at JPMorganChase worked at several other financial institutions and in public accounting. Immediately preceding her joining the Lymphoma Research Foundation, Ms. Vogel had been consulting with a non-profit organization. Ms. Vogel earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University.
Peggy Ann Torney, Senior Director of Strategy and Communications
Peggy Ann Torney is the Chief Strategy, Communications and Engagement Officer at the Lymphoma Research Foundation. She joined the organization in 2010.
As the Chief Strategy, Communications and Engagement Officer, Ms. Torney plays a critical role in the strategic direction of the Foundation's communications and mission programs. She has been invaluable in building national brand recognition for the Foundation and connecting patients and their loved ones to the resources they need to make informed decisions regarding their health. Her patient-focused approach to communications has enabled her to spearhead many award-winning and impactful initiatives, such as the development of the first mobile app to help lymphoma patients learn about and manage their disease, a first-of-its kind Ambassador Program that provides a platform for those affected by lymphoma to share their inspiring stories of hope, and an Adolescent and Young Adult initiative that addresses the unique challenges of dealing with a lymphoma diagnosis at a young age. Under Ms. Torney's leadership, LRF has become a leader in digital communications and social media, as well as in raising awareness through global campaigns such as Light it Red for Lymphoma. Her expertise and strategic vision touch every aspect of the organization and enable LRF to have disease information at the fingertips of more people than ever before.
Ms. Torney has spoken at national digital communications conferences and is a published author. She previously served as Sr. Director of Strategy and Communications at the Lymphoma Research Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked at Macmillan/McGraw Hill Science and MSNBC. Ms. Torney holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fordham University, as well as a Master of Science degree in journalism from Columbia University.
Carol Flores, Controller & VP of Information Services
Carol Flores is the Controller & VP of Information Services for the Lymphoma Research Foundation. She joined the organization in March 2012.
In this capacity she leads the day to day operations of the finance and the database units. She is responsible for implementing best practices, efficient operations and systems, and a sustainable architecture to support the foundation in its mission.
Ms Flores has over twenty years experience as senior financial and reporting manager in the non-profit, public, and private sector. Prior to joining the foundation she was Vice President of Financial Reporting and Expenses at New York City Economic Development (NYCEDC). NYCEDC is the city's primary engine charged with economic growth, job creation, and improving the quality of life.
Ms. Flores earned a BBA in accounting from Baruch College of The City University of New York (CUNY).
Max Mulcahy, Sr. Director of Patient and Professional Programs
Max Mulcahy is as the Sr. Director of Patient and Professional Programs. He joined the organization in 2010.
In this role, Mr. Mulcahy oversees the execution and development of the Lymphoma Research Foundation's (LRF) Scientific Advisory Board and scientific consortia meetings, which drive the Foundation's research agenda and disease-specific priorities. Mr. Mulcahy has been instrumental in the development and creation of the Foundation's national professional education portfolio. He works closely with internationally recognized experts to advance lymphoma education among health care professionals, as well as to develop continuing education programs for nurses.
During his tenure at the Foundation, Mr. Mulcahy has served as Senior Manager, Associate Director of Programs and Director of Clinical Programs. Prior to joining the Foundation, Mr. Mulcahy served as Director of Programs at the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and as policy fellow through the Legacy Heritage Fellowship Program. He holds a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Syracuse University and a Masters of Public Administration from Baruch College.
Taylor Zitay Kahn, Director of Distinguished Events
Taylor Zitay Kahn is the Director of Distinguished Events for the Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF). She joined the organization in November 2006.
As the Director of Distinguished Events, Ms. Kahn is responsible for leading the Foundation's high level fundraising events of various sizes and scope in cities across the country. She is an experienced fundraising professional and plays a critical role in securing funding to support LRF's development goals.
Prior to being named Director, Ms. Kahn has held several positions within the Foundation's development department and most recently served as the Senior Manager of Special Events and Fundraising. Ms. Kahn earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Providence College.