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
Aicha Diallo

Aicha Diallo

Senior Director of Programs
Kar Rayburn

Kara Rayburn

Digital Communications and Engagement Director
Robin Barnes New Headshot

Robin Barnes

Development Director
Nykema Mpama

Nykema Mpama

Network Manager Coordinator
Reagan LaBor

Reagan LaBor

Partnerships and Programs Coordinator

Andrea Winchell

Grants and Programs Administrator

Board of Directors

Darla Brown

Darla Brown

Board Chair

Alyssa Gutjahr

Board Secretary

Ray Parisi

Board Treasurer

Jack Aiello

Board Member
LaWanda Byrd

LaWanda Byrd

Board Member
Sujata Dutta Headshot

Sujata Dutta

Board Member
Nancy Gatschet

Nancy Gatschet

Board Member
Sajjad Iqbal

Sajjad Iqbal

Board Member
Andrea Marquez Headshot

Andrea Marquez

Board Member
Eric Vicks Headshot

Eric Vicks

Board Member

Network Managers

Sherea Cary

Sherea Cary

Care Partner Network Manager
Cora Connor

Cora Connor

RMC Network Manager
Art Flatau

Art Flatau

AML Network Manager
Carly Flumer

Carly Flumer

Thyroid Cancer Network Manager
Summer Golden and Jeff Bushnell

Summer Golden and Jeff Bushnell

MPN Network Managers
Lisa Hatfield

Lisa Hatfield

Myeloma Network Manager
Gary Hooker

Gary Hooker

Prostate Cancer Network Manager
Sajjad Iqbal

Sajjad Iqbal

Head & Neck Cancer Network Manager
Mary Leer

Mary Leer

Breast Cancer Network Manager
Sabrina “Sabre” Ocasio

Sabrina Ocasio

Breast Cancer Network Manager
Sasha Tanori

Sasha Tanori

AML Network Manager
Diahanna Vallentine

Diahanna Vallentine

Financial Network Manager

Volleen White

CLL Network Manager
Christine Wu

Christine Wu

Lung Cancer Network Manager
Nykema Mpama

Nykema Mpama

Network Manager Coordinator

Digital Advisory Board

Mike Crocker

Mike Crocker

Melissa Adams VanHouten
Marie Ennis-O’Connor
Christina Lizaso
Casey Quinlan
Jennifer Lessinger

Ray Parisi

Sujata Dutta Headshot

Sujata Dutta

Andrea Marquez Headshot

Andrea Marquez

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.

PEN In the News

PEN Board Member, Andrea Marquez, guest stars on Rosa es Rojo’s podcast SuperVive

Board Emeritus

Scott Riccio