Colorado Cancer Coalition Speaker’s Bureau

We’re in the process of building a statewide Speaker’s Bureau so you can access local experts for your cancer related events. If you have a request for a speaker, or would like to offer your expertise as a speaker, please fill out one of the forms below.

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Dennis Ahnen

Colorado Cancer Center, University of Colorado School of Medicine and Gastroenterology of the Rockies

Background: I am a Gastroenterologist and have been working in the area of colonic carcinogenesis and colorectal cancer prevention for 39 years. I am Professor Emeritus at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, a member of the Colorado Comprehensive Cancer Center and have worked on the Colorectal Cancer Task Force of the Colorado Cancer Coalition for the last 15 years. I currently lead the Genetics Clinic for Gastroenterology of the Rockies. I have expertise in chemo-prevention and screening for colorectal cancer as well and hereditary colorectal cancer syndromes.

Topics and Audience

Topics for speaking engagements: Cancer Prevention, Evidence Based Cancer Prevention Programs, Screening Guidelines

Audiences for speaking engagements: Community members, Providers (Primary Care), Providers (Specialty), Clinic Staff

Jeri Ajayi

Colorado Cancer Coalition Steering Committee Member

Background: I am a member of the Colorado Cancer Coalition (CCC) Steering Committee and I am a former Program Manager for several years, with experience in "grass roots" community engagement to prevent and reduce breast, cervical, colo-rectal, and prostate cancer. Interventions included education to raise awareness and the coordination of services to increase screenings.

Topics and Audience

Topics for speaking engagements: Cancer Burden/Statistics, Cancer Prevention, Evidence Based Cancer Prevention Programs, Screening Guidelines

Audiences for speaking engagements: Community-based organization, Community members, Cancer Survivors, Employers, Faith-based groups

Helen L. Coons, Ph.D., ABPP

Health Psychology Solutions

Background:Dr. Coons is the President and Clinical Director of Health Psychology Solutions, Denver and Boulder. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Temple University after interning in Medical Psychology at the Duke University Medical Center. As a clinical health psychologist with over 25 years of expertise in psychosocial oncology at the local, national and international levels, she has given over 100 community presentations on topics such as living well with fear of recurrence, body image and sexual health, chemobrain, difficult conversations with family about cancer, coping with advanced cancers, caregiver concerns, health care decisions for women and men at high risk for cancer, etc. Dr. Coons also gives grand rounds and workshops to oncology and other health care providers on giving difficult medical news to patients, communication skills to improve patient satisfaction, sexual health in adults with cancer, etc. Dr. Coons routinely consults at a national level on psychosocial oncology care and patient resources. She presented at the Institute of Medicine National Cancer Policy Board meeting on Psychosocial Service Needs among Women with Breast Cancer; served on four of the Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) professional advisory committees to develop patient resources as well as the advisory committee for an advanced breast cancer survey for the oncology division of Novartis, and currently sits on LBBC’s Medical Advisory Board.

Topics and Audience

Topics for speaking engagements: Survivorship, Health care decisions for individuals and families at risk for cancer.

Audiences for speaking engagements: Community-based organization, Community members, Cancer Survivors, Cancer Caregivers, Providers (Primary Care), Providers (Specialty), Clinic Staff, Government officials/policy makers, Health care administrators, Insurance administrators, Employers, Public Health Professionals, Cancer advocacy groups

Tara Galeano

Boulder Sex Therapy

Background: I am a psychotherapist in private practice, I am a sex therapist, and I am an educator. I have been facilitating groups for over twenty years in businesses, educational institutions, and medical organizations such as National Renewal Energy Laboratory, Boulder Community Hospital, University of Colorado, and Naropa University. My style is warm, direct, and gentle as I help women who are recovering from cancer learn about their intimate desires and rekindle them in their lives.

Topics and Audience

Topics for speaking engagements: Survivorship, Sex after Cancer

Audiences for speaking engagements: Community-based organization, Community members, Cancer Survivors, Cancer Caregivers, Providers (Primary Care), Providers (Specialty), Clinic Staff, Public Health Professionals

Jane Harris

American Cancer Society

Background: I have over 30 years experience working in community health settings. I enjoy speaking to community groups and sharing screening guidelines and other important prevention and education topics.

Topics and Audience

Topics for speaking engagements: Cancer Prevention, Evidence Based Cancer Prevention Programs, Screening Guidelines

Audiences for speaking engagements: Community-based organization, Community members, Cancer Survivors, Cancer Caregivers, Providers (Primary Care), Clinic Staff, Health care administrators, Insurance administrators, Employers, Public Health Professionals

Chrystine Kelley

Colorado Dept of Public Health & Environment

Background: I am the Radon Program Manager for CDPHE and have 14 years experience in educating the public, realtors, builders, health care professionals and others on radon induced lung cancer prevention

Topics for speaking engagements: Cancer Burden/Statistics, Cancer Prevention, Evidence Based Cancer Prevention Programs

Audiences for speaking engagements: Community-based organization, Community members, Cancer Survivors, Cancer Caregivers, Providers (Primary Care), Providers (Specialty), Clinic Staff, Government officials/policy makers, Health care administrators, Insurance administrators, Employers, Public Health Professionals

Topics and Audience

Topics for speaking engagements: Cancer Burden/Statistics, Cancer Prevention, Evidence Based Cancer Prevention Programs

Audiences for speaking engagements: Community-based organization, Community members, Cancer Survivors, Cancer Caregivers, Providers (Primary Care), Providers (Specialty), Clinic Staff, Government officials/policy makers, Health care administrators, Insurance administrators, Employers, Public Health Professionals

Jana Bolduan Lomax, PsyD

Shift Healing, LLC

Background:I am a licensed Clinical Health Psychologist with 12 years of clinical and program administration experiences in academic and community cancer centers. I am an adjunct faculty at University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology and University of Colorado - Denver. I have expertise in Psychosocial Oncology, Evidenced-based Supportive Oncology Care, Clinical Cancer Survivorship, Supportive Oncology Program Development and Implementation and Evaluation.

Topics and Audience

Topics for speaking engagements: Survivorship, Psychosocial Oncology and Evidence-Based Supportive Care; Developing Psychosocial Oncology/Survivorship Programs; Coping with Chronic Illness; and Caregiver Support

Audiences for speaking engagements: Community-based organization, Community members, Cancer Survivors, Cancer Caregivers, Providers (Primary Care), Providers (Specialty), Clinic Staff, Insurance administrators, Public Health Professionals

Michael Russer & Jacqueline Lopez

Cancer Intimacy Help

Background: Relationship, Sex and Intimacy for Reproductive Cancer Survivors and any other cancer

Topics and Audience

Topics for speaking engagements: Cancer Burden/Statistics, Patient Navigation, Survivorship, Fulfilled Life After Cancer With Intimate Partner

Audiences for speaking engagements: Community-based organization, Community members, Cancer Survivors, Cancer Caregivers, Clinic Staff, Health care administrators, Public Health Professionals, Oncology Nurses – Cancer Navigators

Paula Marchionda

Marchionda Imaginative Medicine Institute

Background: "Dr. Marchionda earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of New Mexico before attending medical school at the University of Arizona during which time she was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer. After medical school she completed her internship in Family Medicine in Seattle followed by a master’s degree in Public Health and medical residency in Preventive Medicine at the University of Colorado. She was awarded the American Cancer Society Physician Training Award while at the University of Colorado, enabling her to pursue her interest in cancer control, prevention, and survivorship. Dr. Marchionda is board certified in Preventive Medicine and has special interests in cancer survivorship, wellness and integrative medicine.
In addition, she a fellow in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona and an assistant clinical professor at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. She is also an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist and provides Acudetox ear acupuncture to her patients and clients.
She has worked with healers from many different traditions and modalities over several decades and does not align with any particular tradition or call herself by any traditional title other than healer and physician.
She is able and wiling to speak on any topic related to the above."

Topics and Audience

Topics for speaking engagements: Cancer Burden/Statistics, Cancer Prevention, Evidence Based Cancer Prevention Programs, Screening Guidelines (Specify cancer type in the other section), Survivorship, Complementary & Integrative Medicine including Oncology

Audiences for speaking engagements: Community-based organization, Community members, Cancer Survivors, Cancer Caregivers, Providers (Primary Care), Providers (Specialty), Clinic Staff, Government officials/policy makers, Health care administrators, Insurance administrators, Employers, Public Health Professionals, any audience

Tracy Maxwell

Solo Survivors

Background:I am a four-time ovarian cancer survivor, a healing coach and survivorship guide. When I was originally diagnosed, I was CEO of a small start-up, single and living alone. My first thought was, "Who is going to take care of me?" Luckily a cadre of friends and family took that on, and I learned to allow myself to be cared for and supported. I blogged about my experience as a single person with cancer, and a publisher recruited me to write a book. Being Single, With Cancer: A Solo Survivor’s Guide to Life, Love, Health and Happiness was published in 2014. As a professional speaker for five years, I enjoy sharing my message of hope and healing with cancer survivors and healthcare providers, and I truly love coaching others through the healing and survivorship processes.

Topics and Audience

Topics for speaking engagements: Survivorship, emotional impacts, healing, singles with cancer

Audiences for speaking engagements: Cancer Survivors, Providers (Primary Care), Providers (Specialty), Clinic Staff

Annette Bennington McElhiney

Advocate for the Clearity Foundation

Background: Retired college professor MSUD
Volunteer Clearity Foundation
http://www.clearityfoundation.org/

Topics and Audience

Topics for speaking engagements:  Survivorship, Molecular profiles in ovarian cancer

Audiences for speaking engagements: Community-based organization, Community members, Cancer Survivors, Women’s groups

Sandy Priester, MBA, CHTP, RMT

LifeSpark Cancer Resources

Background: I am Co-Founder and Executive Director of LifeSpark Cancer Resources, a charity that provides wellness therapies (Reiki and Healing Touch) to cancer patients from Longmont to Colorado Springs. I have 30 years of experience in energy medicine and complementary therapies, and speak frequently to health care professionals and cancer survivors about the benefits of integrative care and non-pharmacological interventions to promote healing and peace. I am the Co-Chair of the Survivorship Task Force of the Colorado Cancer Coalition.

Topics and Audience

Topics for speaking engagements: Survivorship, Complementary and Integrative Medicine

Audiences for speaking engagements: Community-based organization, Community members, Cancer Survivors, Cancer Caregivers, Providers (Primary Care), Providers (Specialty), Clinic Staff, Government officials/policy makers, Health care administrators, Insurance administrators, Employers, Public Health Professionals

Randi Rycroft

Colorado Central Cancer Registry

Background: I am the Director of the Colorado Central Cancer Registry and have 28 years experience with cancer data collection and analysis. I have a Master of Science in Public Health degree and am a Certified Tumor Registrar. I can provide information about incidence and mortality trends and other cancer data in Colorado.

Topics and Audience

Topics for speaking engagements: Cancer Burden/Statistics

Audiences for speaking engagements: Community-based organization, Community members, Cancer Survivors, Cancer Caregivers, Providers (Primary Care), Providers (Specialty), Clinic Staff, Government officials/policy makers, Health care administrators, Insurance administrators, Employers, Public Health Professionals

Jackie Woods

American Cancer Society

Background: I have worked in the healthcare arena for 20+ years, primarily in the hospitals and primary care arena. I have been with ACS for 3.5 years and continue to work with hospitals and primary care physicians regarding our resources, webinars, and education. I am comfortable speaking to most groups regarding the above topics.

Topics and Audience

Topics for speaking engagements: Cancer Burden/Statistics, Cancer Prevention, Evidence Based Cancer Prevention Programs, Patient Navigation, Screening Guidelines, Survivorship

Audiences for speaking engagements: Community members, Cancer Survivors, Cancer Caregivers, Providers (Primary Care), Providers (Specialty), Clinic Staff, Health care administrators, Employers