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The Ambassador Circle is a group of people who are committed to representing the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in communities across the country to help the organization reach its goals.
 
 
BRIAN T. BRANDT
Brian serves as Managing Director of SCS Financial, an investment and wealth management firm with offices in Boston and New York City.  For the past 17 years, Brian has worked with high net worth clients to implement customized strategies by incorporating investment portfolio design, cash flow management, and estate planning to meet their families’ goals. He earned his undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. Since his mother’s diagnosis of pancreatic cancer in 2004 and subsequent death nine months later, Brian has spearheaded many fundraising efforts to bring greater visibility to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in New England.  In doing so, Brian has become a resource for individuals and families battling pancreatic cancer.
 
 
JOLINA MITCHELL
Child actress appearing with Robert Preston, John Collumn, Mike Kellin & Pia Zadora in Broadway Production of “We Take The Town” at age 10. Hi Fashion Model regularly appearing on the pages of Harper’s Bazaar at age 16 and on the cover at 17. Met Paul Mitchell while modeling for Bazaar, fell in love and married in 1969. Mother to Angus Mitchell, only child and heir of Paul Mitchell. Accomplished Actress appearing in films and television series with recurring role on “Days of Our Lives.” Now involved with public outreach and relations for John Paul Mitchell Systems. Jolina was first touched by pancreatic cancer when she lost her uncle in 1987. The disease continued to touch her life when Paul was diagnosed in July 1988 and she became a member of his primary support and care giving team throughout his battle with the disease until it claimed him April 21, 1989. She later discovered Paul’s grandmother died of Pancreatic Cancer as well. The disease made contact again when her maternal cousin was diagnosed late 2004 losing her battle spring of 2005. Jolina has been involved with PanCAN since its 1998 inception and is a passionate advocate to finding a cure, developing diagnostic tests and educating about the urgency to achieve these goals due to the ever increasing frequency of the newly diagnosed.
 
 
TERRY LAVIN
Terry has worked in Higher Education Administration in the Boston area for over 25 years in the divisions of student affairs, graduate and executive education. Most recently, she was the Executive Director at the Harvard Kennedy School of Governments Executive Education Unit. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire in Exercise Science and an MBA from Boston College. In 2011, Terry’s wife Judy was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and passed away 15 months later. Terry and Judy began their efforts with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network together by leading a team of 50 family members and friends in Boston’s PurpleStride 2012. Terry continues to work to raise funds and awareness on behalf of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to honor of her wife, and she also currently serves as the Sponsorship Chair for the Boston Affiliate.
 
 
VINCENT CONRAD
Vincent Conrad is the Managing Director of Robertson Stephens, a San Francisco based financial services firm focused on late stage, Private Technology Companies. Vincent became connected to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network when he discovered his oncologist from 18 years ago passed from pancreatic cancer. Vincent had long been interested in championing cancer fundraising and awareness; his oncologist’s passing provided the ultimate catalyst to get involved.
 
 
MAYOR (RET.) LARRY CLARK
In 2012, Larry Clark completed a distinguished 40 year Federal Government career acquiring and managing critical national and international defense space, communications, and information systems for the United States Air Force, Department of Defense, National Reconnaissance Organization, and NATO. He held senior executive positions in the United States and at NATO in Brussels, Belgium, over the last 31 years of his career.

At the end of 2009, Larry completed 20 years in publicly appointed and elected city and state leadership roles. This includes being twice being elected to Rancho Palos Verdes City Council serving as Council Member, Mayor Pro Tem, and retiring as Mayor. Larry was twice appointed to the California State Coastal Commission, serving from 2005-2009. He has served on several boards of directors including, the Greater Los Angeles Federal Executive Board, the California League of Cities State Board, the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, and the National Contract Management Association (European Division). Larry earned B.A. degrees in Psychology and Sociology from Calif. State University Fullerton, an MBA from Calif. State University, Dominguez Hills. He attended both the Senior Officials in National Security Program, Kennedy School, Harvard University, and the Leadership in a Democratic Society Senior Executive Program at the Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, VA.

He is a 3 ½ year stage IV survivor of pancreatic cancer, having successfully endured 7 reoccurrences. In October 2013, at the last “Evening with the Stars” gala, Larry was the recipient of the ‘Spirit of Hope’ award from the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Early in 2014, Larry was named one of five National Ambassadors as an inaugural member of the Ambassadors Circle for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Over the past 3 years he has twice chaired the Executive Committee for PurpleStride Los Angeles (PSLA). Larry has been a frequent requested speaker on the subject of pancreatic cancer at various forums, and has done numerous print and TV interviews candidly sharing his survivors journey and bringing greater awareness and hope to those afflicted with pancreatic cancer.

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