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.
Elizabeth Thompson, Chief Executive Officer
Elizabeth "Liz" Thompson 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. Ms. Thompson is a global leader who has had the honor and privilege to work on some of the most significant health challenges of our time with some of the brightest, most committed professionals on the planet to find solutions benefitting people at the local, national, and global levels.
A highly respected leader in the international cancer community, Ms. Thompson has been is recognized for her passion for driving innovation in science and medicine as well as her expertise in formulating public policy and educational initiatives focused on quality and outcomes. While establishing her public reputation through successful major initiatives, Ms. Thompson's management and leadership skills have been equally impressive, with four significant cancer research organizations as legacies. She has built two burgeoning organizations (one dedicated to breast cancer and the other to colon cancer), developed and expanded programming with a growing organization dedicated to pancreatic cancer, and headed one of the largest, most well recognized nonprofits of our time (Susan G. Komen for the Cure).
Ms. Thompson received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Dakota where she attended the Tom Brokaw School of Communications. For Ms. Thompson's complete biography, click here.
Meghan Gutierrez, Chief Program, Policy and Communications Officer
Meghan Gutierrez is the Chief Program, Policy and Communications Officer for the Lymphoma Research Foundation. She joined the organization in 2008.
In this capacity, Ms. Gutierrez leads the Foundation's legislative and policy initiatives before the U.S. Congress and federal agencies, and coordinates the activity of the organization's advocate community. She also directs the development and implementation of strategies for the organization's public affairs and communications functions.
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. Prior to this work, Ms. Gutierrez served on the Congressional staff of one of the U.S. House of Representatives' leaders on healthcare policy. 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.
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).
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 in 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.
Robin Roland Levy, Director, Public Policy and Advocacy
Robin Roland Levy is the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at the Lymphoma Research Foundation. She joined the organization in December 2013.
In this capacity, she leads the Foundation's legislative and policy initiatives before the U.S. Congress and federal agencies, and coordinates the activity of the organization's advocate community.
Ms. Levy brings a decade of experience in policy analysis, advocate and public outreach, and program and budget management to the position. Robin began her career in the Executive Branch of the federal government, working in the White House Counsel's office during the Clinton Administration. Most recently she was the Assistant Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League, where she managed the policy and advocacy portfolio. Prior to this work, Robin worked for a prominent law firm in Washington, DC and clerked for the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
Ms. Levy received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Jewish Studies from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and her law degree from George Mason University, School of Law in Arlington, Virginia.
Evelyn Lipori, Director of Stewardship
Evelyn Lipori is the Director of Stewardship for the Lymphoma Research Foundation. She joined the Foundation staff in 2010, following her ten-year tenure on its Board of Directors. As a board member, Ms. Lipori was a member of the Executive Committee, Chair of the Education and Patient Services Committee, and served as the Foundation's Secretary.
In her current role, Ms. Lipori leads the organization's Individual and Major Donor Programs, as well as Workplace Giving and Planned Giving efforts.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Lipori worked as Assistant to the Chairman of Warburg Pincus, LLC for 20 years, where she was responsible for the administration of his family's foundation, as well as all his personal philanthropy. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pace University. Ms. Lipori is a long-term survivor of Follicular non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Max Mulcahy, Director of Clinical and Scientific Research
Max Mulcahy is as the Director of Clinical and Scientific 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 and Associate Director of 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.
Heather Patrick, Vice President of Community Engagement & Active Lifestyle Events
Heather Patrick is the Vice President of Community Engagement & Active Lifestyle Events for the Lymphoma Research Foundation. She joined the organization in 2013.
In this new role for LRF, Ms. Patrick leads LRF's efforts to connect with people in communities to develop deeper relationships with physician researchers, healthcare providers, patients, advocates, donors and volunteers. She also directs the strategy to implement and grow the Actively Lifestyle Events portfolio, including the Lymphomathon 5K Walk Series.
Ms. Patrick has spent almost fifteen years in the non-profit community both as a volunteer and as a staff person, serving at the local and national levels of healthcare nonprofits focused on impact. In previous roles, Heather has been responsible for the design and implementation of best practices for 120 Affiliates ranging from fundraising to structure to governance, leading the development and management of community grants program portfolio that spans 2000 organizations and makes investments of $95M annually, and developing the strategy for restructuring a field network to leverage resources and improve efficiencies.
In August of 2009, Ms. Patrick was selected to participate in the Leadership Institute for Nonprofit Executives at Rice University. She also serves as the Chair of the Delta Gamma Foundation Richard D. Shirk Family Lectureship in Healthcare Values and Ethics at the University Of Houston, and was a member of the 2012 Community – Campus Partnerships for Health Conference planning committee. She participates on the Advisory Council for the Houston Delta Gamma Foundation and serves on the Advisory Council for the St. Luke's Episcopal Health Charities Center for Collaborative Leadership. Heather earned her BBA from the University of Houston.
Peggy Ann Torney, Director of Communications and Marketing
Peggy Ann Torney is the Director of Communications and Marketing. She joined the organization in 2010.
As the Director of Communications and Marketing, Ms. Torney leads the Foundation's communications and marketing strategies. She is responsible for the organization's brand management, public relations, print publications, digital communications and social media efforts. A specialist in communications and marketing, Ms. Torney has directed the development and implementation of creative communication strategies to raise public awareness of lymphoma and build national brand recognition for the Foundation. During her tenure, Ms. Torney has launched several initiatives that have been instrumental in raising awareness for lymphoma and providing hope to all those affected by the disease, including the first-of-its kind LRF Ambassador Program, the national Light it Red for Lymphoma campaign, and award-winning Twitter chats.
Ms. Torney has spoken at national digital communications conferences and is a published author. She previously served as the Associate Director of Public Affairs and Senior Manager of Public Affairs at the Lymphoma Research Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked at Macmillan/McGraw-Hill and MSNBC. Ms. Torney holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fordham University, as well as a Masters degree in journalism from Columbia University.
Anita E. Welborn, Senior Director of Patient Education and Services
Anita E. Welborn is the Senior Director, Patient Education and Services. She joined the organization in January, 2014.
In this capacity, Ms. Welborn leads the Foundation's patient education and support services including regional and local workshops, webcasts as well as the organization's patient education materials. She also oversees the Helpline, the foundation's call center that responds to information requests and inquiries from those touched by a lymphoma diagnosis.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Welborn was the Vice President of Patient Services Operations at The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). There she increased awareness and utilization of their programs among patients and served as a spokesperson and ambassador for the organization. In addition to overseeing the LLS Information Resource Center, she directed the ongoing development and operation of all LLS patient services insurance navigation programs, including the launch of a multi-million dollar patient financial assistance program providing patients with significant relief of overwhelming cancer treatment costs. Before her work with LLS, Anita was the Director of the Child Advocacy Resource Center at Safe Horizon and a Clinical Supervisor for Help USA Domestic Violence Shelter Programs. Ms. Welborn holds a Master's of Science degree in Social Work Administration from Columbia University in the area of Children and Family Services. Ms. Welborn was also a Governor's appointee to the New York State Citizen's Review Eastern Panel from 2004-2007 addressing and responding to issues of safety, medical/mental health and social needs of New York State residents.