Sarah Kerch, MPH
Sarah Kerch serves as the Program Director, guiding the direction of the WI CCC Program and the WI Cancer Council. In this role, Sarah serves as the public health, visionary, and team leader for the program and the partnership. She oversees the development of the Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan and uses her skills in strategic planning, partner facilitation, and program management to ensure a strong infrastructure that supports cancer control work throughout Wisconsin. Sarah began her career in public health at the WI CCC Program before receiving her Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012. During her time in Chicago she gained experience in the development and evaluation of community-based strategies to address maternal and child health disparities, as well as the growing impact of chronic disease.
Allison Antoine, CHES
Allison Antoine serves as the Project Coordinator for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Colorectal Cancer Control Program, which is a project of the WI CCC Program. Allison provides technical assistance and support to nine partner health systems working to implement evidence-based interventions to increase colorectal cancer screening rates for underserved patients in Wisconsin. Allison is located in Milwaukee and works out of the Center for Urban Population Health, which is a partnership supported by UW School of Medicine & Public Health, UW Milwaukee, and Aurora Health Care. Allison has a BS in Community Health Education and Spanish from UW-La Crosse and is currently enrolled in an accredited MPH program through the Medical College of Wisconsin. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and has prior experience working for local nonprofits focused on reproductive health and other cancers. In addition, Allison is the 2019-2020 Chair Elect of the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors Cancer Council Executive Team, which serves all CDC-funded division of cancer prevention and control programs. Allison serves as a member of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable on the Community Health Center workgroup.
Amy Johnson, JD
Amy Johnson leads policy-related efforts for the WI Cancer Council. Amy manages our Policy Committee’s work to develop and implement a statewide cancer-related policy agenda. In addition, she monitors state and federal policy issues, provides policy-related education and guidance to our staff and membership, and develops policy resources such as issue briefs and a quarterly policy newsletter. Amy began her career in public policy serving as staff to a US Senator, and later worked as a federal lobbyist on health care and human services. More recently, Amy led the Lutheran Office for Public Policy in Wisconsin, which focused on alleviating the burden of poverty for all Wisconsinites. She holds a law degree from Drake University.
Carrie Kilman, MFA
Carrie Kilman guides our external communications, in print and online. She works closely with staff and partners to create and share resources that are accessible, effective, and culturally competent. Carrie manages a wide array of publications, such as our monthly newsletter ENGAGE, our quarterly Policy Roundup, issue briefs, and more. In addition, she develops tools designed to help our members communicate health-related content with their own audiences. Carrie has an MFA in creative nonfiction, a BA in journalism, and 15+ years of experience as a feature writer, editor, and nonprofit communicator for organizations such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Wisconsin Humanities Council, and the Wisconsin Historical Society Press.
Noelle LoConte, MD
Dr. LoConte is an associate professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin. She completed medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago, then did her internship in internal medicine at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. LoConte completed her internal medicine residency at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland. She has also completed fellowship training in both medical oncology as well as geriatrics, and is one of the few physicians practicing in the Midwest with such dual training. She joined the faculty of the UW Carbone Cancer Center in the summer of 2006. Dr. LoConte is the Principal Investigator for multiple federal grants and serves on the American Society of Clinical Oncology's Prevention Committee. Dr. LoConte's clinical interests are in gastrointestinal cancers, as well as cancer of any type in the older adult.
Tina serves as the Program Specialist for the WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Program. She provides meeting and event support to the WI CCC Program, in addition to overall administrative assistance to the WI CCC Program Director and team. In this role, Tina helps organize and manage the member database and provides support to the communication specialist and other team members in communicating with the WI Cancer Council members. Prior to joining the team, Tina worked at the University of Iowa as an Undergraduate Studies and Outreach Coordinator, where she worked with students and faculty on events, marketing, and outreach.
Alex Peeters, CHES
Alex serves as an Outreach Specialist for the WI CCC Program and the WI Cancer Council. Alex works on a variety of cancer control activities, such as increasing awareness of the alcohol-cancer connection, improving cancer screening rates, tracking statewide tobacco efforts, and engaging WI Cancer Council members. Alex has a BS in Public Health and Community Health Education from UW-La Crosse and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. Previously, Alex worked as an Outreach Specialist for the UW-Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention, where she provided training and technical assistance to health care systems on treating tobacco use and dependence.
Chloe Weil serves as the Student Communications Assistant for the WI Cancer Council. Chloe helps our team communicate with partners and members across the state through our website, monthly newsletter, and social media platforms. She helps develop innovative communication tools for our membership and closely assists in the ongoing effort to reorganize our website to better serve our diverse audience base. Chloe is currently pursuing a double major in Journalism and Film and TV at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.