Our Board

The National Leiomyosarcoma Foundation is comprised of volunteer Board members committed to the foundation's vision.

The Board members serving the Foundation are here for YOU – for patients, families, and caregivers.  They are passionate about answering your questions and being available to respond to requested assistance. They represent and work for you.

The Board members have been touched by LMS in some way, whether as a survivor/thriver, or as a family member of someone who has been diagnosed with LMS.

 
Annie Achee
President, Medical Research Liasion
annieachee@aol.com
 

As the President of the Foundation,  I am devoted to the work of this Foundation,carried out through the lens of a sarcoma coalition network approach/platform.  The "mission that matters" with the Foundation is a strong focus on patient advocacy through education, research funding support, and reaching out to other complimentary organizations to amplify patient/family/caregiver resource assistance.  My coalition-related efforts offer increased awareness of the Foundation's focus on behalf of patients, families, and caregivers.  As a caregiver myself,  I am passionate about the well being of the LMS community being served by this Foundation through the collaborative/partnering perspective.   I am honored and  totally committed to helping patients and their families through the Foundation's mission and purpose.  Our place in the sarcoma research community landscape is growing, respected, and encouraged by the researchers who are part of who we are - our everyday Heroes, along with patients -  our Champions of Hope.  

 
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Madeline Wood
Community Outreach, Special Projects
Email: madeline@nlmsf.org
 

Having lived in Cincinnati, Ohio for 44 years, I consider myself a Cincinnatian even though I was raised and educated near Detroit, Michigan.  My background was in primary and intermediate education.  After 30 years of teaching primary and intermediate grades, I moved on to a supervisory student teacher position for the Miami of Ohio University.

Not unlike others, when my daughter, Annemarie, at age 46 was diagnosed with peritoneal Leiomyosarcoma (LMS), my world changed its course.  As a result, my passion was totally focused on being an active member of the National Leiomyosarcoma Foundation (NLMSF).  My tenacity to investigate, rise to the challenge to fight this disease, through research and awareness, let my husband John and I to actively join the Foundation in 2011.  In 2012,  I became recording secretary, for two years and now the membership chairperson.

My husband, John, vice-president since 2013 of the NLMSF, joined me, as did close friends, to organize/coordinate the 2-5K runs in Cincinnati. I held numerous fundraisers from home parties to “wine and dine” events, to Shop for Cause with Macy’s department store.

Fortunately, our daughter is in remission.  It warms my heart to meet other survivors who may still be battling the disease and leave me saddened when I hear of the LMS angels we lose.  Rather than concentrate on me, I would like to concentrate on you and them.

My dream is to see the NLMSF increase its following/membership, as well as fundraising efforts through regions with others who agree with our very necessary cause.  Thank you to those who have joined us, and to you who have not, please consider it.  “Together we can... Reach for the Cure.”

 
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Cat Voors
Treasurer, Fundraising Campaign Support
treasurer@nlmsf.org 
 
I, too, am a Leiomyosarcoma (LMS) patient, since June, 2014 and I lost one of my best friends to LMS early in 2016. I live in Fort Wayne, IN and I have been very involved in my community in activist and political work, and have worked on many boards, including President of the Board of Fort Wayne Women’s Bureau and the state boards of Planned Parenthood and the National Organization for Women. I have also held many jobs, paid and volunteer positions, with not-for-profits and as a business owner. I am currently the Director of Operations for Willowgreen, Inc., which publishes and distributes books and other materials by James E. Miller for those who are grieving, for caregivers, and for those in transition. I am honored to be on the board of the NLMSF. I support the goals and enjoy working with the good people of the NLMSF Board who are all equally committed to the mission of patient support/advocacy, and supporting the medical research oncologists who are working on finding a cure for LMS.

 

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Mitchell D. Achee, M.D.                                                                     

Medical Advisory Chair, Fundraising Campaign
mitch@nlmsf.org

Mitch is a leiomyosarcoma survivor, diagnosed in 2011.  He is a Board Certified Diagnostic Radiologist practicing for over 30 years in Denver, Colorado.  He received a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and his M.D. from the University of Virginia.  He completed his internship in Internal Medicine and his residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Colorado. He has served on both Active Duty and in the Reserves in the Army.  Mitch has served in various leadership roles in his practice, at hospitals and for the Denver Medical Society.   Mitch has developed a strong interest in cancer patient support and advocacy and sarcoma research.  He is a member of the Connective Tissue Oncology Society (CTOS), the Radiological Society of North America and the America Roentgen Ray Society and the American College of Radiology.  

Mary Anne Oldford
Program Logistics Administrator / Website/Facebook Administrator
 

Mary Anne is the proud Mother of two married sons and the Grandmother of five precious grandchildren that give her strength and courage to be brave and march forward on this journey with LMS.

In May 2014, she was diagnosed Leiomyosarcoma Stage IV Cancer with lung and bone metastasis and she is currently in treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
Mary Anne is also a gracious and experienced volunteer and dedicated to the support of sarcoma patients and caregivers.
She is currently the founder and administrator for
the Sarcoma Sunflower Brigade of Boston, MA, and
also an administrator for another Facebook group, Leiomyosarcoma LMS support group as well.

Mary Anne has had a very extensive and successful
career in the areas of corporate and high-tech marketing, sales, and business management.  She was the Owner and President of the Transition Resources Plus, a business and career consulting business.She worked in the High-tech computer market place as a Senior Account Manager and as a Technical Recruiter managing major corporate accounts and on-site computer consultants.

She is a volunteer mentor for the One on One Program at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA. Mary Anne participates and is active with several important Dana Farber sponsored patient/family programs at the Blum Resource and the Zakim Integrative Therapy Centers. Including an active member of Dana Farber’s Sarcoma Support Group.

Mary Anne’s education and overall professional background centers around marketing, sales, and business management. She is committed to bringing support groups
and the NLMSF together to unite a mission and purpose of building community awareness and promoting funding for LMS and Sarcoma research.  She graduated from the New England School of Art and Design, and Northeaster University, Boston, MA.

Mary Ann has expressed how honored she is to become a board member and become part of the NLMSF team. She is dedicated to working toward awareness, knowledge sharing, advocacy and will always be supportive of our fundraising to help with more research to finding more treatments and one day a cure for Sarcoma and LMS.

 

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Karen Galler
Secretary, Community Outreach

karen@nlmsf.org

I am a Psychotherapist in private practice with a degree in Social Work.  I was diagnosed with Uterine Leiomyosarcoma (ULMS) in 2010.  Since then, I have had several recurrences and have been through chemotherapy, radiation, and a major surgery as well as several more minor procedures.

I first came across the NLMSF in 2012, and attended HugFest in Ann Arbor, Michigan in April of 2013.  It was such a wonderful experience to meet other survivors and caregivers, and to hear about the exciting new developments in sarcoma research and treatment.  It can be such an isolating experience to have a rare disease like Leiomyosarcoma and I realize how important it is to connect with others who have had similar experiences.  It is also very rewarding to be involved in fundraising and advocacy work, and I feel honored to be joining the Board of the National Leiomyosarcoma Foundation as Secretary.

Board Support

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 Steve Baker
NLMSF Legislative Liaison/Facebook Administrator
Mayor Pro-Tem - Berkley Michigan

Steve is Mayor Pro Tem in the City of Berkley, Michigan, with extensive experience in local, state, and federal policy advocacy. His wife, diagnosed with high-grade uLMS in 2014, continues to inspire him as they work to raise awareness, enact legislation, and support research to care for and cure LMS patients. Instrumental in working with the Foundation to coordinate a 2016 National Leiomyosarcoma Day resolution with Senator Debra Stabenow's office (D-MI).
 
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Gail Gore
Community Outreach; Special Projects
gail@nlmsf.org
 
I was born in Augusta, Georgia, and now reside in North Augusta, SC  My husband, Robert and I have been married for over 49 years.  We have two sons, one daughter, and five grandchildren. I am a LMS survivor and thriver.
In November of 2010,   I found the NLMSF website, and learned about the events sponsored by the Foundation, which supported LMS patients and caregivers.   I gained strength from participating in events and  meeting other survivors, caregivers, and especially people in the medical field that knew about LMS and were researching to advance  treatment options for this disease.  I immediately became a member of the NLMSF in 2013, and appreciate being a volunteer to support the Foundation.  My hope is to continue to contribute as much as possible to the mission, vision, and goals of the NLMSF, to work together in bringing awareness of this disease, promote fundraising efforts for medical research advancement, and help others to cope with LMS.

 

 
 
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Randa Laouar
Program Logistics Administrator   I am a Biochemistry and Physiology graduate from the University of Colorado. I started working at the NLMSF in August 2016. Currently, I am working for a biotech company that involves extensive genetic/ drug research. I hope to apply the skills I learned thus far for LMS research and provide patients with readily accessible and comprehensible information on new treatment advancements. Although LMS is a rare disease, it certainly deserves more attention and I am honored to help spread awareness and support the foundation in empowering patients and searching for the cure!  
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John H. Wood Volunteer  john@nlmsf.org

I have been a volunteer for NLMSF activities for about 7 years. Our daughter, Annemarie, survived after receiving surgery and treatment at the James Cancer Center in Columbus, Ohio. My wife, Madeline, and I understand the need for raising money for research, helping patients and their families through the journey with cancer, and the need to continue programs that foster public awareness of this dreaded disease.
 

Reaching For the Cure Together