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Peter Kovler
Chair
Washington, DC

Laurie MacCaskill
Vice Chair
Los Angeles, CA

Stephanie R. Davis, JD, MA
Secretary
Sherman Oaks, CA

Tim Ennis
Boca Raton, FL

Julie M. Fleshman, JD, MBA
President and CEO
Los Angeles

Stevan Holmberg, MBA, DBA
Potomac, MD

Jason Kuhn
Tampa, FL

Terrence Meck
New York, NY

Jai Pausch
Hampton Roads, VA

Stuart Rickerson
Treasurer
Rancho Santa Fe, CA

Cynthia Stroum
Founding Chair Emeritus
Seattle, WA


Peter Kovler
Chair
Washington, DC

Peter Kovler serves as the Director of the Marjorie Kovler Philanthropic Fund and as Chairman of the Board of the Blum-Kovler Foundation. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Center for National Policy and is the founder of Chicago’s Kovler Center for Survivors of Torture. With an impressive background in government affairs, Kovler previously worked as an award-winning documentary producer, as well as an acclaimed editor, speech writer and reporter. In 1970, Kovler lost his mother to pancreatic cancer; he now serves as a committed advocate to advancing research into the disease. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Judy.
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Laurie MacCaskill
Vice Chair
Los Angeles
Since she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2006, Laurie MacCaskill has served as a tireless volunteer and advocate for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. She and her husband, Paul, divide their time between Los Angeles and Aspen, Colorado. Passionate about furthering preventative health, wellness and nutrition causes, MacCaskill was one of the founding board members of the Aspen Center for Integral Health, volunteers with The Colleagues in Los Angeles, and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Committee for the Performing Arts with the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. MacCaskill has an extensive background in the field of advertising, working with major publications including Time, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated and USNews and World Report as well as the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency. She also has co-owned a commercial design firm, was employed as a residential real estate agent, worked in a fine art gallery specializing in modern and contemporary masters, and trained Fortune 500 company executives on honing their communication skills.
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Stephanie R. Davis, JD, MA
Secretary
Sherman Oaks, CA

Stephanie Davis was born and raised in Sherman Oaks, California. She has remained a dedicated member of her community and has worked with various organizations to help the community strive and prosper. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater at California State University Northridge, a Law Degree from the University of La Verne, and a Masters in Psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute in Encino, CA.

Stephanie lost her mother, maternal aunt and grandmother to pancreatic cancer. She additionally lost her mother’s maternal cousin and her paternal uncle to pancreatic cancer. She is absolutely dedicated to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Inc. and our mission.

She is a lawyer, mediator and psychotherapist. Admitted to the California State Bar in 1990, much of her time is spent working with various associations in helping to fulfill their missions. She has experience as a litigator, however her passion lies in the art of communication. She is a senior intern at the California Family Counseling Center in Encino, California, working with children, individuals, couples and families. She spent two years working with incarcerated youth in two of Los Angeles County’s Probation Camps. She is currently studying for her MFT license.

She has embraced a variety of public and private organizations over the past many years. She served as adjunct faculty at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Museum of Tolerance, in Los Angeles. She was one of the first people recruited and trained by their "Tools for Tolerance" program as a facilitator and has trained numerous law enforcement agencies on issues surrounding diversity. Other organizations that have benefited from her talents include Bet Tzedek Legal Services, Dispute Resolution Services of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Los Angeles Valley College and our own Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Inc.

Stephanie has been married for 28 years and has two grown sons.
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Tim Ennis
Boca Raton, FL

Tim Ennis is the President and CEO of Montondo’s Seafood, Inc., a major supplier of seafood to restaurants and institutions in the Western New York area. Tim has won numerous awards including the 1998 Niagara Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year and the 1992 Eastern Niagara Chamber Retailer of the Year. He sits on the Town of Lockport planning board, the Lockport Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, the Dale Association Senior Citizen Board, he is a member of the Partners in Pride Program with the Lockport School District and he is the Co-Chairman of the Lockport Memorial Hospital Modernization Project. He is a past member of the Town of Lockport Zoning Board.

Tim lost his wife, Barbara, to pancreatic cancer on March 7, 2000. His son, Christopher, is a chef working at The Argyle in West Hollywood, California.
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Julie M. Fleshman, JD, MBA
President and CEO
Los Angeles

Julie Fleshman serves as the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s President and CEO.  In 1999, Julie lost her father to pancreatic cancer and is committed to change the course of this disease. She became the organization’s first full-time staff person and Executive Director in April 2000.  In July 2004, the Board of Directors appointed Julie as President and CEO of the organization.  The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network has grown to a staff of over 50, with offices in Los Angeles, CA and Washington, D.C and is providing programs to people across the country.

Under Julie’s leadership, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network has laid the groundwork to make true inroads on this disease. The organization’s advocacy and grassroots efforts have led to a 400% increase in federal funding for pancreatic cancer research and the organization has funded researchers from around the country. Over 35,000 patients and families have been served through the Patient and Liaison Services program. Its grassroots network has grown to 75 volunteer affiliates, and in 2006, its first international affiliate in Japan opened.

Julie graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law and Leavey School of Business in December 2000 with a JD/MBA degree. Julie graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1997 with a B.A. in Law & Society and was awarded most outstanding graduating senior in the Law & Society program. She also studied abroad at Oxford University and in Tokyo, Japan. 
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Stevan Holmberg, MBA, DBA
Potomac, MD

Dr. Stevan Holmberg was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tulsa and his MBA and Doctor of Business Administration degrees from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He is a Professor in the Kogod School of Business at American University in Washington, DC and teaches in the area of strategic management; strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions; and entrepreneurship. He is Chair of the Management Department and former Acting Dean of the Kogod School of Business.

Dr. Holmberg became a member of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Board of Directors after losing his wife, Margie to pancreatic cancer. Margie was a sixth grade reading and English teacher in Montgomery County, Maryland. She lost her battle with pancreatic cancer on April 4, 2007. During the thirteen months of her illness, he conducted extensive research on alternative treatments and found the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s patient information resources extremely valuable and insightful.

Dr. Holmberg is very honored and proud to join the fight to enhance diagnostic and treatment research, encourage additional federal government funding, provide information and hope to patients and their families, and to encourage others to join in raising their voices to find a cure. He has participated in the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s annual gala, An Evening with the Stars, Patient Educational Symposium events, government relations advocacy, and assisted in fund raising.

Dr. Holmberg has been very involved with numerous medical and non-medical nonprofit organizations. He has assisted nonprofit organizations in developing and implementing strategic plans, building membership and funding, assessing member needs, developing effective organizations, formulating entrepreneurial and innovative ideas, and practical financial management tools and metrics.
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Jason Kuhn
Tampa, FL
Jason Kuhn was born and raised in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and finance at Washington University in St. Louis, a law degree from the Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, and an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law.

After practicing for KPMG in New York City, Mr. Kuhn moved to Miami to enter the automobile business. In 1998, he formed Direct Automotive, which purchased a chain of car dealerships based in North and Central Florida. Jason currently serves as the President and CEO of Direct, which is headquartered in Tampa.

Jason was the youngest car dealer ever to be elected to serve on the board of the Florida Automobile Dealers Association, and continues to serve in the capacity of director. He has conducted educational seminars in automotive acquisitions, and strategic operations.

Jason is very involved in non-profit fundraising and sits on various local boards. In 2004, Jason lost his 62 year old father to pancreatic cancer, and since then has been active in the cancer community both locally and on a national level. He is working closely with Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa to eventually initiate a pancreatic cancer center of excellence.
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Terrence Meck
New York, NY
Terrence Meck is the Executive Director of The Palette Fund, a private foundation that honors the legacy of his late partner Rand Harlan Skolnick through collaborative grant making and programs that value human rights and education. Since its inception in 2009, the Palette Fund has granted more than $2.5 million in the areas of Queer youth, Patient Navigation and Nutrition and Wellness. Terrence is also President of Intrinsic Capital, a real estate investment firm based in New York City. From 2003 to 2008, Terrence and Rand co-owned The Raven Resort Properties in New Hope, PA, providing a vibrant resource for the diverse community. Terrence currently serves on the boards of the Movement Advancement Project, the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, and the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute. He presently resides in New York City and received his B.A. in political science from Princeton University in 2000.
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Jai Pausch
Hampton Roads, VA

Jai Pausch became an impassioned advocate promoting pancreatic cancer research following the death of her husband, Randy Pausch, PhD, acclaimed Carnegie Mellon University professor and author of the internationally best-selling book, The Last Lecture, who passed from the disease in 2008. Previously, Jai Pausch led the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science Web team as the Director of Electronic Publications. She also served as Outreach Coordinator for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Computer Science. Pausch holds a B.A. in French Language and Literature from North Carolina State University, and an M.A. degree in Comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Today, Pausch researches do-it-yourself instructional videos for home repairs and remodeling. She lives with her children, Dylan, Logan and Chloe, in Hampton Roads, Virginia.
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Stuart Rickerson
Treasurer
Rancho Santa Fe, CA

Stuart Rickerson, after 25 years experience as an executive and corporate legal officer, had his distinguished business career in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries cut short when he was diagnosed with pancreas cancer in January 2005. As a consequence, he was forced into retirement from the day-to-day management of complex international health care companies. He is recognized as a leader in board and corporate governance, performance-based executive compensation and using the legal process to achieve strategic business and competitive advantage. He has served on several publicly-traded NYSE and NASDAQ boards during his career.

His focus now is to increase research funding into identifying the causes, and improving the diagnosis, treatment and long-term care of patients with this disease. Although pancreas cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in America, it receives far less research funding than far less deadly diseases.

Rickerson helped lead the business, financial and cultural transformation of ALARIS Medical Systems, the leading innovator in medication management instruments to reduce medication errors, based in San Diego and England. Earlier in his career, he helped lead the strategic re-focus of Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc. based in Minneapolis, which was renamed Guidant after it pioneered the development of the implantable defibrillator, a device that now saves several hundred thousand lives each year. He began his business career in the 1980s with global pharmaceutical giant, Eli Lilly & Company, based in Indianapolis. He also served on the Board of Directors of mini-conglomerate, Keene Corporation, based in New York, in the 1990s. He also consulted with more than two dozen Fortune 500 companies. His work has been featured in business publications, including Forbes, Business Week, and The Wall Street Journal.

Rickerson is also a co-founder of two endowment boards associated with Princeton University, where both he and his spouse, Nancy, graduated. They live in Rancho Santa Fe, California and New York City. He took his law degree from Georgetown. In 2007, Princeton established a multi-million dollar athletic fields endowment for the “Rickerson Family Field,” for the work he and his wife have done for their alma mater. Due to his 40 years of support, New Jersey’s state intercollegiate rugby championship is named “The Rickerson Cup.”

Rickerson also serves on the board of a “no strings attached” memorial scholarship for graduating seniors who demonstrate their exceptional character and ability to maintain a positive attitude while overcoming significant adversity at Ridge High School in Basking Ridge, NJ, from which he graduated.
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Cynthia Stroum
Founding Chair Emeritus
Seattle, WA

Cynthia Stroum received her Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations/journalism cum laude from the University of Southern California. After graduation, Cynthia stayed in Los Angeles and worked in the film industry, eventually producing national television commercials. Returning home to Seattle, she became involved in community service, establishing two philanthropic foundations as well as handling her personal investments in start-up businesses (Starbuck’s being one of them). Cynthia was a Tony nominated producer for the 2004 Broadway production of A Raisin in the Sun.

After recently completing her maximum term as a trustee of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, she was appointed a member of the Senior Council. She has served on the boards of Pacific Northwest Ballet, Northwest School for Hearing-Impaired Children, Channel 9/KCTS (Public Television), the Jewish Television Network, University Prep (a private school in Seattle), The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, A Contemporary Theatre and The Shoah Foundation (founded by Steven Spielberg). She was a Washington State Arts Commissioner and also served on Senator Patty Murray’s (D-WA) and Senator Maria Cantwell’s (D-WA) executive finance and planning committees. Cynthia continues to be politically active and is on the Obama for America National Finance Committee.

Since her father’s diagnosis of pancreatic cancer in 2000 and subsequent death a year later, Cynthia has helped to bring greater visibility to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network as the founding Chairman of the Board. In addition to raising critical funding for research to fund a cure, she has played an important role in helping to move Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s legislative agenda through Congress. She also tirelessly speaks to families all over the country who are battling pancreatic cancer.
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