The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network's (PanCAN) National Board of Directors is comprised of dedicated individuals who are leaders professionally and in their communities with a broad range of expertise including business, higher education, fundraising, policy, legal issues, finances and board governance. Each member has been personally touched by pancreatic cancer and is committed to working with PanCAN to accelerate progress.
Chair, San Francisco, CA
An enterprise software veteran, Koplow-McAdams spent the last three decades at growth-stage technology companies in operations and board roles. Most recently, she was President at New Relic, responsible for the company's growth strategies as well as leading global sales, marketing, customer success, support and business development. Prior to New Relic, Koplow-McAdams was at Salesforce, who named her President to lead the company's worldwide sales teams, focused on growing the business globally. Koplow-McAdams joined Salesforce from Intuit, where she was Vice President of Direct Sales for small business and a member of the executive committee.
Koplow-McAdams started her career at Oracle Corporation. She held a variety of roles over the course of 18 years at the company, including Senior Vice President of Oracle Direct, where she drove the company's rapid growth in the technology and applications markets.
Koplow-McAdams currently serves as a member of the board of directors for Tableau and Zendesk as well as Chair of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. She is also a member on the advisory council of the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy. She previously served on the board of directors for Informatica, now a private company.
Koplow-McAdams has a master's degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and a bachelor's degree from Mills College. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband Steve and their two daughters.
Karen Young, CPA
Vice Chair, New Jersey
Young became impassioned to assist in finding a cure for pancreatic cancer after losing both her father and her aunt to the disease.
Currently, Young works as PricewaterhouseCoopers' (PwC) U.S. Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Leader (PLS). In this role, she leads more than 3,000 professionals in delivering PwC's advisory, tax and assurance services. She drives the strategic direction in client service, capabilities and thought leadership. Young has deep relationships within the marketplace and has a proven track record in delivering the highest service, leveraging the expertise within the geographies, industry and across all PwC's lines of service.
Outside of the PwC office, Young has received several accolades, including NJBIZ's Best 50 Women in Business Award and the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association's (HBA) Rising Star Award. Additionally, Young is active as a presenter and moderator at several life sciences forums, including CBI Accounting and Reporting Congress and BioNJ. She has authored multiple publications, articles and alerts on accounting and technical matters impacting the industry and broader industry topics, such as the future of healthcare.
Young is a graduate of Villanova University. She lives in New Jersey with her husband Bill and three children: Andrew, Brian and Mary.
Cashion began his career at IFC in 1995. He has held a variety of senior positions in the Washington, D.C. office and in the field, including postings in Cote d'Ivoire, Senegal, and Turkey. Since relocating from Istanbul to D.C. in 2012, he's been active in promoting women's entrepreneurship and overseeing the equity investment business in financial institutions.
Cashion was IFC's representative on the Steering Committee of the IFC-Goldman Sachs Foundation Women Entrepreneurs Opportunity Facility, a $600 million financing facility for women entrepreneurs in emerging markets. Currently, he is the equity head of the Financial Institutions Group at IFC. Cashion has a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America and oversees an equity portfolio of $2 billion.
Previously, he served in the IFC Treasury for eight years, during which time he was the IFC board member nominee to Titularizadora Colombian (Colombia), the largest mortgage securitization company in Colombia.
Since his wife's passing, Cashion and his boys have been committed, passionate fundraisers for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network through PurpleStride Washington, D.C. They raised over $180,000 from 2013-2017.
Prior to his current role, Cronin served as Vice President of Financial Investigations for Highmark Inc., overseeing all aspects of the organization’s fraud and financial recovery activities. Additionally, Cronin was Chief Financial Officer of the HM Insurance Group of companies (HMIG), the consistent presenting sponsor for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s PurpleStride Pittsburgh. Earlier in his career, he worked in various auditing roles, including Highmark internal audit and as an external auditor at KMPG Peat Marwick.
Cronin served on the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Survivor Council for the past four years and is a board member for the Caring Foundation for Grieving Children. He has previously been a board member of the South Fayette Township Library, served on the Duquesne University Accounting Advisory Committee and participated in the Leadership Pittsburgh program.
Cronin is a graduate of Duquesne University. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Kathy, the Affiliate Chair for the Pittsburgh Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. They have two adult children – Tyler, who lives in Chicago, and Nikki, who attends Elon University. Together the family has raised more than $350,000 for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network over the past nine years through their PurpleStride team, Faith Heals, and support generated from Highmark and affiliated companies.
Julie M. Fleshman, JD, MBA
President and CEO, Los Angeles
Julie Fleshman became the organization's first full-time staff person and its first Executive Director in April 2000. Having lost her father to pancreatic cancer in 1999, she has made it her passion and commitment to change the course of the disease. In July 2004, the Board of Directors appointed Fleshman President and CEO. Under her leadership, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network has grown from a staff of one with revenues of $228,000 to a staff of over 150 with a budget of more than $40 million.
Today, Fleshman is a sought-after speaker with considerable experience addressing diverse stakeholder groups, including Congress, industry, patients, scientists, donors and volunteers. She has also been interviewed by national media such as The New York Times, CNN, Headline News and ABC News as well as local press throughout the country.
Fleshman's leadership has driven consistent excellence and innovation throughout the programs and services of the organization, including introducing precision medicine service Know Your Tumor® and Precision PromiseSM, the first response-adaptive randomized clinical trial for pancreatic cancer. At the same time, she has steadily increased revenue growth and the organization's impact. Under her direction, the organization has greatly expanded and attracted leading researchers from prestigious institutions around the country to study pancreatic cancer.
During Fleshman's tenure, advocacy and grassroots efforts have expanded to over 60 affiliates nationwide and yielded a $160 million increase in federal funding for pancreatic cancer research. The organization has awarded 199 pancreatic cancer research grants and has a projected total research investment of approximately $126 million, including the competitive Research Grants Program and leading-edge scientific and clinical initiatives. Patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals have called upon the organization more than 204,000 times for disease information, treatment options and hope.
Fleshman holds her JD and MBA degrees from Santa Clara University and a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She also studied abroad at Oxford University and in Tokyo, Japan. Fleshman has been honored for her leadership and dedication in the fight against pancreatic cancer by many organizations. She serves on the boards of several cancer care and research committees and organizations, recently completing her term as a patient advocate on the National Cancer Institute's Pancreas Task Force, and she has been published in multiple research journals. Most recently, she was asked to join the FasterCures Patients Count Leadership Council and to serve on the NCI Council of Research Advocates to provide advice to the NCI Director with respect to promoting research outcomes that are in the best interest of cancer patients. In addition, Fleshman is the Chair of the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition, a coalition of more than 80 pancreatic cancer organizations representing 32 countries around the globe.
Scott A. Griswold, CPA
Los Angeles, CA
While Griswold retired as executive vice president (EVP) of corporate development at Dole in 2013, he continued to work at Castle and Cooke Inc., a private holding company for various enterprises owned by Murdock as their EVP of Operations. He made his retirement official in 2014. Currently he spends his free time pursuing leisure activities like golf, and by donating his time and skills to various not-for-profit organizations.
Griswold graduated from Iowa's Luther College with a bachelor of arts degree in accounting. After graduating, he moved to Los Angeles, where he began his professional career within the audit division of Arthur Anderson & Co. He left Arthur Anderson & Co. a decade later as a senior audit manager.
Griswold also serves as a member of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging Impact Circle, an organization responsible for selecting and providing seed money for scientists to do initial testing of their hypothesis. The first two projects received initial funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Griswold is also a member of the board of directors of Ride On, an organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of children and adults with disabilities through adaptive horseback riding and therapy services. He is involved with his community Calvary Church. Formerly, Griswold served as a member of the board of directors of the Hollywood YMCA and as a member of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council.
Griswold became passionate about pancreatic cancer awareness, advocacy, fundraising and research after he lost a dear family friend to the disease in 2015.
Griswold lived in Manhattan Beach, CA, for more than 40 years until moving to Pacific Palisades, CA, in 2018. His late wife, Pamela, died of lung cancer in 2016. Griswold has two adult children, James, who lives with his dad in Pacific Palisades, and Tracey, who lives with her husband and daughter in Gilbert, AZ.
Barbara J. Kenner, PhD
New York, NY
Kenner serves as an advocate to the National Cancer Institute's Alliance of Pancreatic Cancer Detection Consortium (PCDC) and the Stand Up To Cancer-Lustgarten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Interception Dream Team. She is a founding member of the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition and is also on the board of the American Pancreatic Foundation and the Board of Associate Editors for Pancreas Journal.
Kenner is a founding partner of Neuropsychological Assessment and Consultation Services LLP, which provides neuropsychological assessment services for children, adolescents and adults.
She earned her PhD from New York University Steinhardt School and completed pre- and postdoctoral fellowships at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.
A past member of the NYU Steinhardt Dean's Council, she has received the school's Distinguished Alumna Achievement Award.
Kenner lives in New York City, where she serves on various boards, including the Weizmann Institute's Women in Philanthropy and Bard College Music Festival. Kenner's family, including Nick and Ashley Kenner, Kate and Sam Archibald, and her four grandchildren, also live in New York City.
Michael A.G. Korengold
Chair, Audit and Investment Committee, New York
Currently, Korengold is President and Chief Executive Officer of Enhanced Capital, a national asset management firm focused on lending to businesses throughout the United States. He serves on the firm's Investment Committees and Board of Directors. Prior to becoming president in 2003, Korengold was the company's Sr. Vice President and General Counsel. Earlier, he practiced law in Minneapolis and New Orleans, with an emphasis on corporate finance.
Korengold has lectured extensively on capital formation programs and has testified before numerous state legislatures and other governmental institutions on related issues. He has also served on the boards of numerous civic, community and charitable organizations and is currently a co-chairman of the Young Presidents' Organization, Gotham Chapter.
After receiving his bachelor's degree from Vassar College in 1986, Korengold graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1993. There, he was a member of the Order of the Coif honor society and served as an editor of the Law Review.
Korengold lives in Bronxville, New York, with his wife, Jonalie, and his two children, Ben and Gainsley, who is named after his mother.
In 2016, Kuhn led the negotiations on behalf of the 652 Volkswagen dealers against Volkswagen AG for committing diesel violations, that resulted in the largest settlement ever recorded against an automobile manufacturer in favor of its distribution network.
Kuhn, who began his career as an M&A tax consultant for KPMG in its New York City headquarters, has a degree in business administration from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis, a law degree from Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, and an LL.M. in Tax Law from the NYU School of Law.
He first joined the board of directors of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in 2003, shortly after his father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He served for nine years and spent three-and-a-half of those years as chair before taking a short hiatus. He is delighted to rejoin the board for a second term.
In a private capacity, Kuhn and his wife, Courtney, support many philanthropic causes. They have four children and split their time between Chicago and Tampa, Fla.
Kulok joined Columbia Sportswear in February 2008 and has served as Senior Vice President of Global Supply Chain Operations since May 2015. Prior to Columbia, Kulok held various leadership positions at NIKE, Inc. for more than 20 years. During this time, she led numerous teams that developed and implemented planning and supply chain processes, systems and organizations that supported growth of the company's annual revenues from $1 billion to $18 billion.
Kulok became a passionate supporter of PanCAN after losing her mother, Carol, to pancreatic cancer in September 2016 following a two-and-a-half-year battle with the disease. Kulok is an active participant in PurpleStride Orange County, serving as Team Captain for Carol’s Purple Crusaders. The team has raised more than $50,000 for PanCAN since 2014.
She lives in Portland, Ore., with her wife Diana and their dog Gracie.
Meck also serves as president of Intrinsic Capital, a small investment firm dedicated to providing seed-stage funding to socially progressive startups. He recently finished his term as president of Threshold Foundation, a community of individuals united by their commitment to create a just, joyful and generative world.
Meck currently holds positions on the board of directors of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Movement Advancement Project, God's Love We Deliver and The Provincetown Commons. He received his BA from Princeton University and splits his time between New Orleans and Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Craig A. Rogerson
Rogerson joined Hexion in July 2017. Prior to joining Hexion, Rogerson served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Chemtura Corporation, a position he held from December 2008 until April 21, 2017. Rogerson also served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Hercules Incorporated from December 2003 until November 2008. Rogerson joined Hercules in 1979 and served in a number of management positions before leaving the company to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of Wacker Silicones Corporation in 1997. In May 2000, Rogerson rejoined Hercules and was named President of its BetzDearborn Division in August 2000. Prior to being named CEO of Hercules in December 2003, Rogerson held a variety of senior management positions with the company, including president of the FiberVisions and Pinova Divisions, vice president of Global Procurement, and Chief Operating Officer.
Mr. Rogerson serves on the boards of directors of PPL, the Society of Chemical Industry, and the American Chemistry Council.
He holds a chemical engineering degree from Michigan State University, and serves on the advisory board of the Michigan State University Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science (MSU CHEMS).
Nancy Stagliano, Ph.D.
Santa Ynez, CA
Previously, as CEO, she successfully launched and/or exited three consecutive biotech companies: CytomX Therapeutics (CTMX), iPierian and, most recently, True North Therapeutics. As Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of True North Therapeutics, Dr. Stagliano led the company to its recent acquisition by Bioverativ Inc., for a total deal value of up to $825 million. Under her leadership, True North discovered and developed a first-in-class monoclonal antibody in the classical complement pathway TNT009, which received breakthrough therapy designation from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for the orphan indication, Cold Agglutinin Disease.
Previously, Dr. Stagliano was Chief Executive Officer of iPierian, Inc., which applied human iPSCs to model neurodegenerative diseases. The company and its lead antibody program against Tau for the treatment of progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and Alzheimer’s disease were acquired by Bristol-Myers Squibb in April of 2014 for a total deal value of $725 million; the antibody is currently in a Phase 2 trial in AD led by Biogen. From 2008–2010, Dr. Stagliano was the Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of CytomX Therapeutics and a lead inventor on the CytomX Probody platform. Before moving to California, Dr. Stagliano worked in Cambridge, Mass., where she had an eight-year tenure at Millennium Pharmaceuticals.
Dr. Stagliano received her Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and Master of Science degree in biomedical engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia. She obtained her Doctor of Philosophy degree in neuroscience from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, in Miami.
Rod Williams, MBA
Prior to joining PaceMate, a digital healthcare company for remote cardiac monitoring, Williams served as the Corporate Vice President of Portfolio and Services with Align Technology Inc., which designs and manufactures products for dental professionals, including the Invisalign® system. His earlier career experience included leadership as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with private equity firm PTV Healthcare Capital, and as President and CEO of Heart Rhythm Society Consulting Services.
Williams has held senior executive positions with St. Jude Medical, GE Healthcare, Johnson & Johnson and Bausch & Lomb, and he currently serves on the board of Zomedica Pharmaceuticals Corporation, which creates products for companion animals.
Williams earned both his bachelor's degree and MBA from the University of Southern California (USC) and attended the General Management Executive Leadership Program at the Wharton School of Business. While at USC on a football scholarship, he gained NCAA Academic All-American honors and many academic awards as the top student-athlete. Williams is also a former NFL player.
Williams is married to Trina and they have three children, Rodney Jr., Jordan and Dani. In 2017, Williams’ brother-in-law died of pancreatic cancer, just three months after being diagnosed. Since then, Rod has been pursuing investments in companies with novel immune-oncology bio therapeutics to address the disease.
Williams also lost his mother to cancer in 2019, and in 2020, his mother-in-law lost her battle with metastatic breast cancer, so he's very passionate about helping find treatments and cures.
Emeritus Board of Directors
Founding Board Chair
Sherman Oaks, CA
North Port, FL
Green Cove Springs, FL
Chevy Chase, MD
Los Angeles, CA
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Chevy Chase, MD
Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Ponte Vedra, FL
Laguna Beach, CA
Laguna Beach, CA
Sherman Oaks, CA