The CureCervicalCancer Team
Meet the Board of Directors
Patricia Gordon, MD
and Chair of the Board
Patricia Gordon MD (Harvard ’78, UCLA School of Medicine ’82, Cedars-Sinai Internship ’84) has been a radiation oncologist for 28 years. For many years she was a partner at Beverly Hills Radiation Oncology, and served on the medical team at Beverly Hills Cancer Center. In August 2014, she formally retired from clinical practice to lead CureCervicalCancer into the future.
Her commitment to saving women’s lives in the developing world has brought her to a second career as a non-profit leader and international women’s health advocate. Using the “See and Treat” method, she founded CureCervicalCancer, which trains local healthcare professionals to screen and treat women for precervical cancer. The organization has established 67 sustainable and ongoing CureCervicalCancer clinics in Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Haiti, Guatemala, Vietnam, and training programs in rural China – where help is needed most.
“Cervical cancer is the leading cause of death in countries where Pap smears are virtually nonexistent. We have a global epidemic: upwards of 300,000 women die every year from a nearly 100% preventable disease. Ninety-five percent of these women are in resource-poor countries living in extreme poverty. It was for these vulnerable women that I decided to act. I maintain fervently I cannot see the world and remain indifferent to it.”
The World Health Organization endorses a technique known as “See & Treat” for the detection and treatment of cervical cancer. It takes less than 15 minutes and it has nearly a 100 percent success rate. With this knowledge, she took this procedure into some of the most resource-poor areas of the world. Her first stops were in Senegal and the northern region of Ethiopia. Since those two fateful trips, Dr. Gordon and her team have industrialized this procedure. CureCervicalCancer has now established 67 sustainable clinics all over the world dedicated to the prevention and treatment of cervical cancer.
When the CCC team establishes a clinic, the equipment and locally trained professionals remain in place to continue the fight against cervical cancer for years to come. Our sustainable “Clinic in a Suitcase” model requires monthly reporting to measure outcomes, target successes, and assess where help is needed most. Dr. Gordon is committed to leading CureCervicalCancer into the future, and she has dedicated her life to overcoming this tragic and needless epidemic.
Judy Carmel brings over forty years of experience in business development as well as philanthropy to CureCervicalCancer, with a vast knowledge in finance. Her expertise is invaluable to CCC as she is part of the daily discussions at the CCC office. Her work with philanthropy is dear to her heart and taken very seriously. She is involved with many non-profit organizations and is a vital component of their operations.
“I am looking forward to being part of the team in Vietnam where I will see one of my clinics and CCC in action. This will help me in my future fundraising endeavors for the organization.”
Director of Volunteers
Judy Laner brings to CCC six years of volunteer service work in Africa through Free the Children and the Knock Foundation. Her experiences include building schools, working in orphanages, and fundraising and building her own schoolhouse back in 2008. Judy joined forces with CCC in April 2013 in Ethiopia. While there, she took on the tasks of organizing the incoming patients and recording the data of the see and treat findings. Since then, she has joined CCC on numerous programs. She worked tirelessly while in Guatemala in September 2013 and Kenya in April 2014. She will also be busy with patient data on our upcoming trip to Vietnam in December 2014.
“What jazzes me the most about these trips are that I can really help people. I learned how little it takes to make a huge difference in someone’s life over in these remote locations. I also really am fascinated about other cultures. I feel that while I am helping them, they are teaching me as well. I am constantly learning and taking something positive from the experience to apply to my own life. I also feel that our basic needs are all the same no matter where you live. People want to be healthy so that they can live their lives. CCC is helping people to do just that and I am honored to be a part of it.”
While not traveling the globe, Judy resides in Chicago with her new husband and blended family of 6 grown kids and attends Harper College to finish her Interior Design degree.
Arno J. Mundt, MD, FACRO
Professor and Chair, UC San Diego Health, Radiation Medicine
A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Arno Mundt graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Philosophy and went on to Medical School at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In March 2006, Dr. Mundt was recruited to be Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Mundt is an internationally recognized radiation oncologist and is current President of The American College of Radiation Oncology. He has published over 100 journal articles, book chapters and reviews predominantly focusing on the use of novel radiotherapy approaches including intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT) and stereotactic radiosurgery. Dr. Mundt’s specialty is in radiation therapy for gynecologic malignancies (cervical, uterine, vulvar).
John Einck, MD
Professor & Residency Program Director, UC San Diego Health, Radiation Medicine
John Einck is an associate professor of radiation medicine and applied sciences at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and director of its division of clinical radiation oncology. As a specialist in brachytherapy, Dr. Einck has an active practice in cancers of the cervix, prostate, and breast. He is also particularly interested in the challenge of preventing, diagnosing and treating these cancers in the developing world. Dr. Einck assisted with the design and implementation of the cervical cancer treatment program at Institut Curie in Dakar, Senegal and is passionate about continuing these efforts throughout the developing world through CureCervicalCancer.
Caroline Nitschmann, MD
Caroline Nitschmann received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Illinois. She completed her residency training at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Massachusetts General Hospital combined Harvard Obstetrics and Gynecology program. She won the Resident Teaching award each year of her residency and was elected Teaching Chief Resident in her final year. She is currently a Fellow in Gynecologic Oncology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Her research interests include global women’s health and cervical cancer. She looks forward to fulfilling personal and professional goals through a career of research, education, and service advocating for the underserved global women’s health population. Dr. Nitschmann was invaluable to CCC in April 2014 where she was our lead gynecologist during the establishment of four CCC clinics in Kisumu, Kenya.
Cathy MacNaughton is a California native and holds a BA summa cum laude from Saint Mary’s College and MBA magna cum laude from San Francisco State University. She retired, on an international basis, as Vice President of Administration and Regulatory Compliance for Managed Health Network, a managed behavioral health care company in 1996.
Mrs. MacNaughton is the Executive Vice President of the MacNaughton Family Foundation.
She is active in various professional and charitable organizations. She was a partner and Executive President with a fashion industry startup, Lusso Vero, Inc. She was responsible for Development, Administration and Strategic Planning of this new design house. The firm closed in July 2006.
Mrs. MacNaughton has served on the boards of the San Francisco Opera Guild; San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum; Diablo Regional Arts Association; Bay Area Arthritis Auxiliary; and Bay Area Community Resources. She raised funds for many charitable events, including the San Francisco Symphony, Black and White Ball; and Palm Springs Aids Assistance Program. Mrs. MacNaughton co-chaired the San Francisco Opera 2003 Opening Gala and the San Francisco Opera 90th Anniversary Opening Gala in 2012. For three years she co-chaired the San Francisco State University Aids Research Program Gala, Designing by Design. Her role in the San Francisco Opera included President of the Medallion Society, bringing together high-level donors. Currently, she received the 2016 Palm Springs Aids Assistant Program Herb Lazenby Community Service Award. Mr. and Mrs. MacNaughton contribute to Boy Scouts of America, Contra Costa Hospice and Yellowstone Club Community Foundation.
Mrs. MacNaughton has supported CureCervicalCancer since its inception and has a clinic in Haiti named after her.
Joanie Byrne Hall
Joanie Byrne Hall grew up in Fort Wayne, IN. She is a graduate of Michigan State University ’84 where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and on the MSU Student Foundation Steering Committee. Joanie has headed up committees and events for The Agnes Irwin School, The Haverford School, Shipley School, Benchmark School, The Gunnery and Holderness School. She and her husband served on the Parents Executive Committee at Hobart & William Smith Colleges. They are members of the St. Lawrence Parents Committee. Joanie currently serves on the boards of the US Olympic & Paralympic Foundation, the Yellowstone Club Community Foundation, St. Lawrence University Board of Trustees and the Barbara Bradley Baekgaard Family Foundation. She served on the Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia for eight years and chaired several events during her terms. She was committed to a Meals on Wheels route through Bryn Mawr Hospital for 13 years. In 2013 she participated in The Philanthropy Workshop as part of Cohort 19. Joanie has worked in a variety of businesses- from the ski industry to finance to retail and decorative arts. The Halls raised their family in Haverford, PA while all spending as much time skiing as possible. They now divide their time between New York City and Big Sky, MT.
Meet The Team
Rebecca joined CureCervicalCancer in November 2016 as the Program Director. Rebecca first became interested in women’s health while working at a homeless shelter as a Case Manager. After witnessing the terrible impact that the lack of quality health care services had on her clients, she felt compelled to pursue a career in nursing. She spent several years working as a Labor and Delivery nurse in Chicago. On her holidays, she traveled the globe trying to satisfy her endless wanderlust. Joining the team at CCC brought her the multi-faceted opportunity that she had been seeking: the chance to bring healthcare to the most vulnerable women all over the world.
Heather Kun, MS ScD is Principal and Founder of HK Impact Advisors and Executive Director of FCancer. Prior to founding her own consulting firm, Dr. Kun was Vice President of Research and Evaluation at the National Health Foundation (NHF) for over 6 years. She was responsible for overseeing the research and evaluation arm of the organization in addition to participating in development, operational and fundraising activities. She also oversaw all of the chronic disease prevention and management, patient safety, patient family centered care and other hospital/community clinic-based programs.
Prior to working for NHF, Dr. Kun was an epidemic intelligence service officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stationed in the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Acute Communicable Disease Control Branch. She has also worked as a consultant for various private family foundations and has led and participated in multiple large scale quantitative and qualitative research projects specifically centered on immigrant health.
Dr. Kun received her Doctorate of Science (Sc.D) degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. Her dissertation work addressed health status and access to healthcare of farmworkers living along the eastern Mexico‐California border. Dr. Kun also holds an M.S. degree in Environmental Science and Management from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a B.A. in Biology and Environmental Sciences from Yale University.
Lauren is currently an undergraduate UCLA student and will be graduating in Spring 2018 with a B.S. in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology and a minor in global health. While at UCLA, she has mentored at-risk high school students in order to help them access higher education and also has participated in research about stem cells in the cornea. She hopes to one day become an oncologist. As a Vietnamese-American, it is easy for her to see herself in the shoes of CCC’s patients. She believes strongly in the need for health equity and is excited to work for CCC which provides much-needed access to cervical cancer prevention for women around the world.