Sarah Kerch, MPH

Director

Sarah Kerch guides the direction of the Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative and uses her skills in strategic planning, partner facilitation, and program management to ensure a strong infrastructure for cancer control work throughout Wisconsin. Sarah received her Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012, and later worked in Chicago developing and evaluating community-based strategies to address maternal and child health disparities and the growing impact of chronic disease. As a mom of two young kids, Sarah loves spending her almost nonexistent free time doing absolutely nothing.

Focus Areas
  • Program administration
  • Strategic planning
  • Wisconsin Cancer Plan
Contact

(608) 262-8599

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Allison Antoine, CHES

Project Coordinator

Allison Antoine coordinates Wisconsin’s Colorectal Cancer Control Program and supports health systems with evidence-based interventions to increase colorectal cancer screening rates for underserved patients. As a Certified Health Education Specialist fluent in Spanish, Allison is currently working toward a Master of Public Health through the Medical College of Wisconsin. Allison is the Chair of the executive team of the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors Cancer Council and is a member of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable. Allison enjoys running marathons, yoga, reading, experimenting in the kitchen, and exploring new places with her family.

Focus Areas
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Cancer screening
  • Grants Program
Contact

(414) 219-7836

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Beth Brunner

Partnership manager

Beth Brunner leads member recruitment and engagement efforts to strengthen our membership’s ability to implement the Wisconsin Cancer Plan. Beth joined the Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative after working for the American Cancer Society for 20 years, where she was dedicated to initiatives that prevent and detect cancer, as well as strategic business planning, external partnerships, and grant management. Beth loves spending time with her family, relaxing with friends, watching her children’s sporting events and school musicals, and cheering on her Wisconsin Badgers.

Focus Areas
  • Membership engagement
  • Community partnerships
  • Steering Committee
Contact

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Mary Cianciara, MPH

Outreach Specialist

Mary Cianciara connects our members with the tools they need to expand access to cancer screenings. In addition, she supports our Grants Program and helps to guide evaluation activities with our Outreach Team. Mary brings an invaluable patient-centered perspective to her work, from her previous role at UW Health where she supported patients and families through the hospital admissions process. Mary received a Master of Public Health degree from George Washington University. When she's not at work, you'll find her playing outside with her German shepherds Penny and Rudy, experimenting with new recipes, or binge-reading her latest book.

Focus Areas
  • Cancer screening
  • Grants Program
  • Evaluation
Contact

(608) 263-2214

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Alexandria Cull Weatherer, MPH

Outreach Specialist

Alexandria Cull Weatherer supports our members’ work in cancer survivorship and cancer vaccine promotion. Alexandria received a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and has worked to advance adult and childhood immunization at the International Vaccine Access Center in Baltimore and as a public health educator with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Most recently, Alexandria worked as a scientific analyst evaluating program impact for the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. She loves traveling, dance, and spending time with family.

Focus Areas
  • HPV vaccine promotion
  • Hepatitis B vaccine promotion
  • Cancer survivorship
Contact

(608) 262-2774

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Lin Zhao, MD

Preventive Medicine Resident

Lin Zhao is a preventive medicine resident at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and is working with Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative for her MPH Capstone. Lin participates in Cancer Survivorship projects and helps to quantify and address the unique challenges, long-term health issues and quality-of-life concerns that Wisconsin’s cancer survivors face. Lin is currently pursuing her Master of Public Health at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Outside of work, Lin loves trail running and mountain biking on Wisconsin trails.

Focus Areas
  • Cancer survivorship
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Amy Johnson, JD

Policy Coordinator

Amy Johnson leads policy-related efforts for the Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative. She monitors state and federal policy issues, educates our staff and membership on policy-related issues, and develops member resources such as issue briefs and our quarterly Policy Review newsletter. Amy began her career in public policy as staff to a US senator and later worked as a federal and state lobbyist on health care issues. She holds a law degree from Drake University. When away from the office, Amy enjoys researching her ancestors and watching international crime shows.

Focus Areas
  • Cancer policy (local, state, federal)
  • Policy Committee
  • Policy-related resource development
Contact

(608) 262-7285

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Carrie Kilman, MFA

Communications Manager

Carrie Kilman guides our print and online communications, and works closely with staff to develop resources and publications that are accessible, effective, and culturally inclusive. As our resident storyteller, Carrie brings 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. She loves used bookstores, cheesy jokes, and endless pots of strong coffee.

Focus Areas
  • Content development
  • Website management
  • Membership communications
Contact

(608) 261-1048

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Noelle LoConte, MD

Principal Investigator

Dr. Noelle LoConte is an associate professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center. She completed medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is one of only a few physicians practicing in the Midwest with dual fellowship training in both medical oncology and geriatrics. Dr. LoConte’s clinical interests are in gastrointestinal cancers and cancer of any type in older adults. She is the Principal Investigator for multiple federal grants, as well as clinical trials of new chemotherapies for gastrointestinal cancers, from Phase I through Phase III studies. Dr. LoConte serves on various committees at the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and has become a national leader in researching and raising public awareness about the connection between alcohol consumption and cancer risk. She is a Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears fan.

Focus Areas
  • Program oversight
  • Cancer treatment
  • Alcohol and cancer risk
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Tina Pap

Member Engagement Specialist

Tina Pap manages our membership database and is a leader in coordinating and executing the Wisconsin Cancer Summit and other events. She also serves as a liaison between internal and external partners. Tina has a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and Marketing from Northern Michigan University. Known as our Yooper transplant, she is a lover of all things related to sports, the outdoors, and chocolate, especially chocolate chip cookies.

Focus Areas
  • Member events (Summit, Regional Meetings, Webinars)
  • Membership support
Contact

(608) 265-9322

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Alex Peeters, CHES

Outreach Specialist

Alex provides our members with education and outreach related to cancer risk reduction, with a special focus on alcohol and cancer. She has a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Community Health Education from UW-La Crosse and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. Before joining our team, Alex helped health care systems more effectively treat tobacco use and dependence, as an outreach specialist for the UW-Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention. In her free time, Alex enjoys doing anything outdoors with her fluffy golden retriever, Howie.

Focus Areas
  • Cancer risk factors
  • Alcohol and cancer risk
  • Tobacco
  • Skin cancer prevention
Contact

(608) 265-9129

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Chloe Weil

Communications Assistant

Chloe Weil helps our team communicate with partners and members across the state through our website, monthly newsletter, and social media platforms. Chloe is currently pursuing a double major in Journalism and Film and TV at UW-Madison. Chloe can't go a day without chatting about what happened last Monday on the Bachelor or her favorite films!

Focus Areas
  • Social media
  • Member events calendar
  • Monthly newsletter, ENGAGE
Contact

(608) 890-3253

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