Relay For Life

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Nationwide Relay Leadership Team (NRLT)

The Nationwide Relay Leadership Team is a group of leadership volunteers who work alongside American Cancer Society staff to develop strategy to and directly support Relay For Life events across the country.

The NRLT is part of the larger Relay For Life National Volunteer Team, which also includes Relay leadership teams at the regional and area level. Region Leads work to represent the needs of their region, including the area teams in their region. The NRLT is also a part of the larger Nationwide Community Fundraising Leadership Team, which is made up of volunteers representing all Community Fundraising events and initiatives at the American Cancer Society.

Current members of the NRLT are listed below:

Regional Relay For Life Leads

  • North Region: Sara Potter
  • North Central Region: Josh Richey
  • Northeast Region: Zach Dane
  • South Region: Debbie McDonald & Shirley Bailey
  • Southeast Region: Katie Casamassina
  • West Region: Jolene Wegsteen
  • Unified Event Support: Heidi Varner
  • Campus: Megan Palestro

NRLT Co-Leads

Saralyn Lash
Saralyn is a 27 year cancer survivor who began Relaying in 1996 in Wooster, Ohio.

If you have questions about the NRLT, please contact Saralyn Lash at

Suzy Lawrence

A Relay volunteer for more than 25 years, Suzy is excited to build on the energy we’ve experience from having in-person events back!

If you have questions about the NRLT, please contact Suzy Lawrence at