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
Vice Chair

Lydia Waters Thomas, PhD

Andrea L. Portera


Karen Alcalde

Robert G. Baldassari

Fern Bekenstein

Anthony Burchard,
President, Inova Health Foundation

Susan T. Carroll, FACHE
CEO Inova Alexandria Hospital
Inova Health System

Sage Bolte, PhD, LCSW, OSW-C

John Moynihan, MD
Medical Advisor

Carolyn Peterson
Chair Emeritus

Marilou Serafin MacDonnell
Chair Emeritus

Gerald T. Gabrys

Leah Gansler

Jean Ann Gililland

Richard Magenheimer

Teresa Burke Murphy

Norma C. Ramsey

Sharon Ricciardi

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