Board of Directors

PRESIDENT:
Stanley Leong, MD, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, USA

VICE PRESIDENT & TREASURER:
Jonathan Zager, MD, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, USA

SECRETARY:
Barbara Pockaj, MD, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, USA

BOARD MEMBERS:
Lyall Fahden
Richard Hong
Larry Levy
Eric Mogensen
Melissa Sitter
Diane Tillman
Shawn Young

Executive Administrator of SNOF:
Joan Oefner, Rhema Association Management
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THE SENTINEL LYMPH NODE WORKING GROUP

CHAIR:
Richard L. White, Jr., MD, Levine Cancer Institute, Charlotte, USA

VICE CHAIR:
Barb Pockaj, MD, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, USA

SECRETARY-TREASURER:
Jonathan Zager, MD, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, USA

MEMBERS:
Mark Faries, The Angeles Clinic & Research Institute, Providence Saint John’s Health Center, Los Angeles, USA
Carlos Garberoglio, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, USA
Giorgos Karakousis, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
Stanley Leong, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, USA
Shawn Steen, Ventura County Medical Center, Ventura, USA
John Vetto, OHSU, Portland, USA
Michael Vezeridis, Brown University, Providence, USA

Scientific Committee of The Sentinel Lymph Node Working Group

CHAIR:
Jonathan Zager, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, USAAmylou Dueck, PhD, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, USA
MEMBERS:
Amylou Dueck, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, USA
Dale Han, MD, Portland Oregon, USA
Giorgos Karakousis, Philadelphia, USA
Stanley Leong, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, USA
Barb Pockaj, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, USA
Richard L. White, Jr., Levine Cancer Institute, Charlotte, USA

SLNWG Group Coordinator
Nicole Gower, Levine Cancer Institute, Charlotte, NC Email  for all SLNWG inquiries.

Statistical & REDCap Administration Team
Amylou Dueck, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, USA
Heidi Kosiorek, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, USA

Stanley P.L. Leong, MD

SNOF President

Dr. Leong is board certified in surgery and is a nationally recognized expert in melanoma. He specializes in selective sentinel lymph node dissections, and immunotherapy for patients with advanced melanoma. Dr. Leong has lectured nationally and internationally on new advances in the treatment of malignant melanoma and the use of selective sentinel lymphadenectomy. As Associate Director of CPMC’s Center for Melanoma Research and Treatment, Dr. Leong collaborates with other investigators including Dr. Mohammed Kashani-Sabet on a new integrated research program at CPMCRI aimed at developing novel combination therapies for aggressive and metastatic tumors, including melanomas.
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Jonathan S. Zager, MD

SNOF Treasurer

Jonathan S. Zager, MD, FACS is Professor of Surgery in the Cutaneous Oncology and Sarcoma Departments at the Moffitt Cancer Center, and a senior member at Moffitt Cancer Center. Dr Zager is also the Chair of Graduate Medical Education and serves on the Moffitt Cancer Center Medical Executive Committee. His research interests include treating cutaneous melanoma as well as nonmelanoma skin cancers and soft tissue sarcomas, in particular regionally metastatic disease and arterial perfusion based therapies as well as local intralesional injections. Dr Zager has extensive experience in the field of regional perfusions and percutaneous hepatic perfusion both in the phase 3 clinical trial, and in performing isolated limb infusions for in-transit melanoma, Merkel cell carcinoma, and unresectable soft tissue sarcomas of the extremities. Dr. Zager currently serves on the committees of numerous national and international working groups and societies, such as the Society of Surgical Oncology and the Sentinel Node Oncology Foundation. He is a member of the editorial board for the World Journal of Surgical Oncology and Annals of Surgical Oncology, and has published more than 130 articles, and presented over 200 talks, often as session chair or moderator, at both national and international surgical and oncology meetings.
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Barbara Pockaj, MD

SNOF Secretary

Lyall Fahden

Board Member

Richard Hong

Board Member

Richard Hong has over thirty years in the financial services industry with experience in branch management, marketing management, sales and service management, portfolio management, and commercial banking. He has been with California Bank and Trust since 1999 and has been First Vice-President and Business Center Manager in Albany for California Bank and Trust since 2010. There, he oversees the Albany office regarding operations, sales and regulatory compliance. In this role, he develops and implements programs to maximize branch profitability, growth in loan/deposit balances, minimize risk, and assure excellent customer service. Prior to his current role at California Bank and Trust, he spent nine years as the Vice-President and Hayward Branch Manager, and two years as Vice-President and Sales & Service Manager for the San Francisco Region. Mr. Hong was previously Vice-President, Branch Manager and Cluster Manager for Citibank, where he oversaw six branch offices in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mr. Hong is an active community volunteer with extensive experience on nonprofit Boards. He is currently Treasurer and an Executive Board Member of the Richmond Community Foundation. He is a past board member of the Solano Avenue Merchants Association, an Allied member of California Society of Pediatric Dentists and a member of the Fund Raising Board for Sentinel Node Oncology Foundation. He also served two terms as Chairperson of the Chabot College Foundation, a past Board Member of Spectrum Community Services and was an Honorary Board Member of the Eden Township JACL in San Leandro. Mr. Hong graduated with a B.B.A. in Marketing from San Francisco State University and attended University of California, Berkeley at the undergraduate level.
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Larry Levy

Board Member

Larry is an Employee Relations Management Consultant, Mediator and Trainer in Marin County. He has been in private practice for over 33 years and focuses on helping the small and mid-size employer who is periodically confronted with problems with employees. Further, he also assists corporate H.R. Managers when they request an outside consultant to conduct an investigation or present specialized seminars. Larry specializes in solving problems with managers and employees, mediating conflicts, counseling personally troubled and often non-productive employees; writing employee handbooks and personnel manuals; investigating complaints of sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination; responding to wage and hour questions; interpreting and applying the various state and federal leaves of absence; answering inquires about Workers Compensation, State Disability, Unemployment Insurance and the Americans With Disabilities Act; recruiting hard to find job candidates; and conducting specialized training. He has been retained as an expert witness at sexual harassment trials and mediations involving suspected wage and hour violations. Larry has completed an exhaustive and thorough program to become an employment mediator. He is now skilled to mediate disputes within an organization to achieve a mutually beneficial resolution. Prior to opening his practice Larry spent 15 years in a corporate environment preceded by 9 years as a Marin County Adult Probation Officer. He has completed all the graduate work toward a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and he attends 10-12 labor law seminars each year. In 2009 Larry began law school at Empire College in Santa Rosa. Larry is active with the Marin Builders Association. He is actively involved with the Rotary Club of Ignacio and is actively involved with a program where at-risk young male adults are taken to San Quentin State Prison to participate in a counseling program (S.Q.U.I.R.E.S.) with inmates.
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Eric Mogensen

Board Member

As a Surviving Stage IV Melanoma Patient I have found a passion in finding the keys that will unlock the doors in curing cancer. Eric brings strong leadership skills with analytical and creative solutions. Eric was the youngest executive vice president at CPI, International an analytical science company. He then founded Elements, a manufacturer of inorganic and organic reference material for mass spectroscopy including speciation for metals. Mr. Mogensen then went on to Global distribution of SOS International, a saas tracking company of violent criminals and sex offenders. Post that he went on to develop VAEDO (Visual Acuity Electronic Display Optimization) where he was granted a provisional patent by the US Patent office. Since then he returned to his roots at Hans Fahden Winery.
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Melissa Sitter

Board Member

I was raised in San Francisco, went to St. Rose Academy High School, Santa Clara University, Instituto Stensone, Gonzaga University Campus in Florence, Italy, & graduated from Gonzaga, in Spokane, Washington. I completed my 5th year teaching degree at Xavier , while teaching in Chicago, & later in Los Angeles. My love of writing led me to a career in free lance journalism in Los Angeles, for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Pasadena Star News & national magazines, covering the “Saturday Story” ,which focused on everyday occurrences which made us try to understand the world we lived in. I became the Original Partner in Christopher Carey Designs in Pasadena, focusing on special event dressing for national clients. My love of art & architecture I learned in Italy, led me to a specialty in Italian architecture & renovation of older historic homes or replications of older Italian historic structures in the Pasadena area, San Francisco, the Napa Valley & in Italy. With Tom, my husband of 44 years, by my side, I continued to be a partner in his successful career in the insurance field, he founded nationally, leading the nation’s companies into Self-Insurance, for the very first time. Based in the Silicon Valley, Century City, & multi national offices, with both his first Company, Self Insurance Programs, & later the Matrix Companies, Tom championed the ability of companies to Self- Insure themselves...define their own risks , take greater care of their employees insurance needs in house, & have a Return to Work Company, should employees, become disabled, need to be retrained or cared fo, by the best healthcare personnel. This led to both our interests in public health concerns.. We began a more rural life in the Napa Valley 25 years ago, to start Sitter family Vineyards, in St. Helena, making wine & learning the craft of growing grapes, & celebrating fellow grape growers and winemakers, & all of the vineyard workers, who became new family members there. Our greatest joy has always been, our family,: Daughter Carrie Lally, in San Francisco, husband, Jeff & grandsons, Ryan, now a freshman at Santa Clara University; Cole, a sophomore at St. Ignatius High School in San Francisco, & John 7th grade at Town School, in San Francisco. Son Tom, who lives in London with wife Lydia & sons, Max, age 17, at Whitgift School in greater London, & Felix age 11 , who attends King’s College School in London. The Sitter home , was always full of 14 nieces & nephews, & many children’s friends. Tom’s courageous & determined battle with melanoma cancer at CPMC, until his death in 2011, gave me , a surprising & beautiful opportunity to later, be a part of the Committee on Medicine & Human Values under Dr. Bill Andereck & Dr. Ruschika Mishra, to provide help for the most ill, at CPMC. It provided me the opportunity to attend their conference in Paris, where my badge read only, "CPMC & my name," while a others all read lengthy achievements, world-wide. It gave me the information I could bring home to help others at CPMC, with an anxiously developing , cancer advocacy work. I met Eriic Mogensen, our fellow partner in the Sentinel Oncology Research Group, in front of church in St. Helena, where he wanted to share his cancer journey, & ideas he had, for working with Dr. Kashani, & Dr. Leong, ( both of whom were also Tom’s doctors}, and encouraged me to join their passion... to extend their research in melanoma. I am Humbled, I am Grateful, & I am in Awe of the their work, & that of Dr.. David Kim, “ who has joined our team. I am aware, in this exciting commitment to OUR SNORG, that perhaps ,” looking for the place where the lost ones go...maybe all the things you’re missing, lie inside of you.” And with their help, we can make a real difference in melanoma in our future patients’ lives & those of their families.
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Diane V. Tillman

Board Member

CREDENTIALS: STEM, Post-Graduate Business Stanford University, MBA Washington University, BA Math Michigan State University ABOUT: Ms. Tillman is a business woman, Philanthropist and Co-Founder of the business side of the Sentinel Node Oncology Foundation. Her work is digital innovation commercialization for growth through the comingling of Enterprise, entrepreneurial, startups and nonprofits. She established her Enterprise expertise in Technology, Management Consulting, Financial and Healthcare Life Sciences industries including Hewlett Packard (Global General Manager, Financial Services), Verizon (Innovation Incubator, Cyber Security), Accenture (Senior Managing Consultant, Digital Strategy & Systems Integration) and Citibank (Head of Digital Marketing). Adding her passion for entrepreneurial, startups and nonprofits her evolved focus is: genomics, AI, data, bioinformatics and oncology for Healthcare Life Sciences. MOST PROUD: Named among: Top 25 Women Leaders at Hewlett Packard. Launching Online Banking at Citibank. Philanthropist: to empower and enable youth through STEM for life-long authenticity and contribution as Trustee/Board Director with University of California, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Children’s Council of San Francisco, Junior League, San Francisco Craft & Folk Art Museum, PGA. Living a life working simultaneously in revenue growth and philanthropy with Global Fortune 100, VC, Private Equity, entrepreneurial, startup and nonprofit organizations in multiple industries with multiple digital innovations to affect change for world betterment.
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Shawn Young

Board Member