Board of Directors

The Life with Cancer Board of Directors was established in 1987 by Nando DiFilippo, Life with Cancer’s founder.  At that time, Nando brought together a number of close family friends to form a core group of supporters who were tasked with raising funds to start a program in support of families dealing with cancer.  That program later became known as Life with Cancer, and the group of supporters he assembled in his wife’s memory became known as the Life with Cancer Board of Directors (the Board).  Since 1987, the Board has grown from five to 24 members as the program has developed. Besides engaging in fundraising activities to grow the program, the Board has become a significant voice in the Northern Virginia community advocating for the emotional and social needs of cancer patients and their loved ones.

Life with Cancer Board Members:

Mark C. Lowham

Lauren Peterson Fellows
Vice Chair

James R. Zabora, ScD, MSW

Lydia Waters Thomas, PhD

Andrea L. Portera


Karen Alcalde

Robert G. Baldassari

Fern Bekenstein

Anthony Burchard,
President Inova Health Foundation

Susan T. Carroll, FACHE
Vice President Oncology Services Inova Health System

Gerald T. Gabrys

John Moynihan, MD
Medical Advisor

Nicholas J. Robert, MD
Medical Advisor

Marilou Serafin MacDonnell
Chair Emeritus

Carolyn Peterson
Chair Emeritus


Leah Gansler

Jean Ann Gililland

Mark V. Hughes

Richard Magenheimer

Teresa Burke Murphy

Sharon Ricciardi

Roberta Walker

Austin T. Williams

For additional information about Life with Cancer’s Board of Directors, please contact James Zabora, Life with Cancer Director, at 703-206-5433.

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