Who We Are

Mission

Patient Empowerment Network (PEN) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. PEN’s mission is to fortify cancer patients and care partners with the knowledge and tools to boost their confidence, put them in control of their healthcare journey, and assist them in receiving the best, most personalized care available to ensure they have the best possible outcome.

Our programs enhance patient health literacy to enable shared decision-making and provide informational and educational resources to empower patients and care partners at every step of their cancer journey.

The Patient Empowerment Network (PEN) is committed to inclusivity in all levels of our organization, governing staff, the Board, volunteers, business partners and all external stakeholders, to deliver on our mission on behalf of cancer patients and their care partners.  Read More

Our Team

Andrea Conners

Executive Director

Kara Rayburn

Director of Digital Communications and Engagement

Robin Barnes

Director of Development

Nykema Mpama

Network Manager Coordinator

Reagan LaBor

Partnerships and Programs Coordinator

Board of Directors

Darla Brown

Board Chair

Sajjad Iqbal

Board Secretary

Jack Aiello

Board Treasurer

LaWanda Byrd

Board Member

Nancy Gatschet

Board Member

Asalia Goldberg

Board Member

Alyssa Gutjahr

Board Member

Ray Parisi

Board Member

Scott Riccio

Board Member

Sherea Cary

Care Partner Network Manager

Cora Connor

RMC Network Manager

Carly Flumer

Thyroid Cancer Network Manager

Summer Golden and Jeff Bushnell

MPN Network Managers

Lisa Hatfield

Myeloma Network Manager

Sajjad Iqbal

Head & Neck Cancer Network Manager

Mary Leer

Breast Cancer Network Manager

Honora Miller

Myeloma Network Manager

Heather Smith

Lung Cancer Network Manager

Diahanna Vallentine

Financial Network Manager

Volleen White

CLL Network Manager

Nykema Mpama

Network Manager Coordinator

Digital Advisory Board

Annual Report

The Value of PEN

Video 1: Your Path to Patient Empowerment

Your Path to Patient Empowerment from Patient Empowerment Network on Vimeo.

Video 2: Learn More about Your Diagnosis

Learn More about Your Diagnosis from Patient Empowerment Network on Vimeo.

Video 3: Free Resources For Cancer Patients

Free Resources for Cancer Patients from Patient Empowerment Network on Vimeo.

Video 4: Community and Connection

Community and Connection from Patient Empowerment Network on Vimeo.

Video 5: Bridging the Digital Divide

Bridging the Digital Divide from Patient Empowerment Network on Vimeo.

Our Partners

MDS Foundation
HealthUnlocked
Lazarex
Health Content Collective
LLS