Nationwide Community Fundraising Leadership Team

The Nationwide Community Fundraising Leadership Team (NCFLT) was created in 2020, merging volunteer leadership from all of the major community fundraising properties into a cohesive team in the fight against cancer. The NCFLT works to represent and support community fundraising for Relay For Life, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, DetermiNation, and other community fundraising initiatives for the American Cancer Society. The team is responsible for creating and driving national and regional strategy for these major funders of the Society’s life-saving work. The NCFLT is made up of approximately 30 volunteers that work directly with 15-20 staff partners at the American Cancer Society.

The NCFLT is made up of approximately 30 volunteers that work directly with 15-20 staff partners at the American Cancer Society.

The 2023 NCFLT volunteers and staff, pictured in Houston, Texas at the annual NCFLT meeting in February 2023.

NCFLT Leadership

NCFLT Leadership provides overall direction, strategy, and leadership for all community fundraising event types.

Cameron Graber

NCFLT Volunteer Co-Lead

Ruth Fitzsimmons

NCFLT Volunteer Co-Lead

Katie Paulson

Senior Director, Regional Community Fundraising

Marie Daly

Senior Vice President, Community Fundraising

Event Type Leads & Staff

Fundraising event leadership volunteers provide national and direction for the core fundraising events and support the implementation in collaboration with regional and strategic volunteer leaders.


Suzy Lawrence

Relay For Life
Volunteer Lead

Bryan Sherwood

Relay For Life
Senior Director

Yamile Rivera

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 
Volunteer Lead

Vicky Green

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Senior Director

Meghan McCormack

Endurance & DetermiNation
Volunteer Co-Lead

Megan Kreft 

Endurance & DetermiNation
Volunteer Co-Lead

Paul Purdy

Endurance, DetermiNation, & Network Fundraising
Senior Director

Regional Leadership Volunteers

Regional leadership volunteers implement nation-wide and regional strategies to impact the success of community fundraising in their region.
  • Shelle Arnold (North Co-Lead)
  • Lisa Wilfong (North Co-Lead)
  • Roxie Smith (North Co-Lead)
  • Sarah Liporace (Northeast Co-Lead)
  • Marc Koll (South Co-Lead)
  • LaVonda Bailey (South Co-Lead)
  • Sharon Chicano (Southeast Co-Lead)
  • Martel Marshall (California/Guam/Hawaii Co-Lead)
  • Jennifer Minard (California/Guam/Hawaii Co-Lead)
  • Heidi Varner (Unified Event Support Co-Lead)

ACS Region Map

Strategic Leadership Volunteers

Strategic leadership volunteers focus on developing and implementing specific foundational strategies nationwide and across all the core events.
  • Shelley Sprouffske & Heather Mills (Top Performers)
  • Theresa Miller & Diane Denoyer  (Voices of Hope)
  • Keisha McKinney (Digital Marketing)
  • Adam Bloom & Jenna Capuzzo (Fundraising)
  • Shelly Miller & Melissa McLain (Recognition)
  • Cynthia Dickson & Debbie McDonald (Survivor & Caregiver)
  • Nan Jenkins (Mission)


The National Campus and Youth Engagement Team Co-Leads represent their team on the NCFLT.

Sam Keimweiss

Volunteer Co-Lead

Caitlyn Risley

Volunteer Co-Lead

Dillon Ardabell

National Director,
College & Youth Engagement
The NCYET provides support, develops resources for students, and facilitate the creation of a national network of students, faculty, and staff who are committed to the fight against cancer. The team partners with regional volunteers to further engage and support each region’s volunteers. Read More >
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