Our Leaders

Our leaders are fearless, determined and experienced. The fight against cancer is personal for many of them, and that is why they will never stop working on behalf of survivors everywhere.

Our Leadership

Greg Lee

Greg Lee

President

Prior to becoming President of LIVESTRONG in 2016, Greg Lee served as its Chief Financial Officer for nearly 10 years, responsible for the integrity and operation of all financial, accounting, technology and compliance activities for the LIVESTRONG Foundation.

With more than 25 years of experience in financial management and work in the nonprofit arena, Greg Lee served as the Manager of Finance and Administration for The University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO), where he was responsible for the finance, accounting and compliance activities for this nonprofit organization, and he managed more than $21 billion in investments for The University of Texas System.

In his role as Vice President of Finance and Business Operations for the American Heart Association, he directed the activities of both the finance and operations functions, including 31 staff in 14 regional offices, revenues in excess of $32 million, a $28 million operating budget and an investment portfolio of $35 million.

Greg Lee

Greg Lee

President

Kelly Corley, VP of Finance

Kelly Corley

VP - Finance

At the LIVESTRONG Foundation, Kelly is responsible for the overall integrity and functionality of the financial reporting, planning and analysis, and regulatory compliance activities. Kelly has a focused career in the nonprofit industry with over a decade’s experience in senior-level financial management in environments often characterized by transition or high-growth.

Prior to joining LIVESTRONG, Kelly served as the Controller for KIPP Austin Public Schools, where she directed accounting and financial compliance for the nonprofit charter district encompassing 10 schools, 3 campuses and a $50M annual budget. Formerly, Kelly was Controller for the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas where she managed all of the accounting and financial planning activities in addition to leading the implementation of an accounting ERP system. While at the Center, she was instrumental in building much of the financial infrastructure, particularly with respect to distributed purchasing and budgeting capabilities, ticketing sales settlements and the development of meaningful performance reporting to enable strategic goal development and achievement. She previously held roles as the Director of Finance for TITAS, a nonprofit music and dance presenter in Dallas and as Accounting Manager at The June Shelton School and Evaluation Center. She started her career as a Store Accountant at Whole Foods Market.

She is licensed as a CPA in the state of Texas and earned her Bachelor‘s Degree in Accounting at Texas A&M University.

Kelly Corley, VP of Finance

Kelly Corley

VP - Finance

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Lori O'Brien

VP - National Development

As the Vice President - National Development for the LIVESTRONG Foundation, Lori oversees the national general market fundraising efforts for the organization. Lori and her team lead the efforts to maximize national donor giving across a diverse set of national fundraising programs and channels.

Prior to her work at the LIVESTRONG Foundation, Lori was the director of national development for Youth Villages, where she was responsible for the national direct response and planned giving programs and worked with the regional development directors to identify and upgrade high potential givers. At Youth Villages, she generated an 800 percent increase in annual donor giving and a 660 percent increase in the number of active supporters.

Lori also worked at ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for nearly 10 years, serving as the senior vice president of national direct marketing and then chief development officer. As CDO, Lori oversaw nearly $700 million in revenue. As SVP, Lori led a diverse portfolio of fundraising techniques and initiatives, including direct mail, DRTV, telemarketing, digital marketing, tribute and memorial gifts and a brick paver capital campaign.

In addition to her fundraising work, Lori has worked at FedEx on key alliance marketing initiatives between FedEx and companies such as American Express, AT&T and IBM, and she launched a FedEx customer acquisition program directed to the customer file of these market leaders.

Lori holds a B.S. in Industrial Relations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an executive MBA from the University of Memphis Fogelman School of Business and Economics. She lives in Memphis, Tennessee, with her husband Dan and their two daughters, Mary Elise and Caroline.

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Lori O'Brien

VP - National Development

Jill Ruiter

Jill Ruiter

VP - Development & Events

Jill Ruiter joined the LIVESTRONG team in 2015. As Vice President - Development and Events, she is responsible for the management and strategic execution of all philanthropic revenue sources, including events, direct response, major gifts, stewardship, grants and corporate partners. She is passionate about mobilizing and optimizing resources which allows LIVESTRONG to continue to support cancer survivors and their families with their practical needs throughout their cancer journey.

Previously, Jill worked at the American Diabetes Association in Alexandria, Virginia where she was responsible for the implementation and execution of the Planned Giving program. As Director of this program, she oversaw nearly $25 million in annual revenue. During her tenure, she realized 150% growth in charitable gift annuity revenue and through empowerment of her team increased personal donor contacts by 320%. She also worked closely with the Major Gifts and Direct Response programs to achieve collective value of all acquisition, retention and stewardship efforts.

Jill also worked at Compassion International in Colorado Springs, Colorado where she helped develop the Planned Giving program, including the creation of their legacy society. In addition, she worked with Major Donors and planned and executed one of the largest cross-functional marketing events in the recent years.

Jill earned a B.S. in Communications from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida and an MBA from George Washington University in Washington, DC. While pursuing her MBA, Jill consulted with various energy and international banking corporations.

Jill is happiest when she is surrounded by family and friends; and she enjoys exploring the great outdoors!

Jill Ruiter

Jill Ruiter

VP - Development & Events

Ashley Wilson, Director, Marketing & Communications

Ashley Wilson

VP - Marketing & Communications

Ashley Wilson joined LIVESTRONG in October 2012. Ashley is Vice President - Marketing and Communications for LIVESTRONG where she oversees all marketing communications, including national marketing strategies, public relations, social media, creative strategy, trademark and brand management efforts with a database of over 2 million supporters and social community of over 2.5 million. Ashley is a passionate marketing professional and enjoys working each day to further the critical mission of the Foundation to change the way the world fights cancer and survivors live through and beyond cancer, today.

Prior to LIVESTRONG, she was Senior Account Executive at iostudio, an award-winning digital agency in Nashville, Tennessee. There she grew existing accounts by more than double within her first year and managed the agency’s largest corporate accounts. She developed strategy for interactive national advertising campaigns and managed day-to-day development of clients’ projects including media, creative, production, interactive, video, quality assurance and research. Before iostudio, she was at Madden Brand Agency where she was Regional Account Manager of Creative Services and developed the creative strategy for over 20+ accounts.

Ashley has her B.S. in Communications in Advertising from the University of Tennessee. She lives in Austin, Texas, where she enjoys cooking, traveling and exploring all the city has to offer with her husband, daughter and great dane.

Ashley Wilson, Director, Marketing & Communications

Ashley Wilson

VP - Marketing & Communications

Kendall Bergman

Kendall Bergman

Managing Director - Mission

Kendall Bergman joined the LIVESTRONG team in 2015. As Managing Director of Mission Operations, she oversees all of the organization’s mission programs, including LIVESTRONG’s navigation and fertility services, the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program, the programmatic relationship with the LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes, LIVESTRONG at School, the LIVESTRONG Leader program, along with ensuring that organizational and programmatic messaging are aligned with our mission focus and imperatives.

Prior to working at LIVESTRONG, Kendall spent close to a decade at Susan G. Komen global headquarters in Dallas. During her time at Komen she successfully oversaw the strategic development, management and logistical functions of a foundation grants portfolio totaling more than $60 million. While working on the strategic programs and partnerships team she worked directly with the development team to favorably solicit budget-relieving funds from key partners allowing the organization to implement, develop and execute on essential programming and expand on patient and research advocate education and training activities and opportunities. In addition, she successfully grew the volunteer base of Komen’s research advocate program to 200 members from 2008 through 2015.

In her spare time Kendall enjoys reading, watching reruns of The Office and Parks and Recreation, practicing gratitude and mindfulness, stretching her legs in the hills of West Austin, and spending time with friends, family and her dog, Sunny.

Kendall Bergman

Kendall Bergman

Managing Director - Mission

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors participate in our events, fundraise, volunteer and fight with us every step of the way. LIVESTRONG is made stronger through their advice and leadership.
Candice Aaron

Candice Aaron

Chair

Candice Aaron is currently the Chief Compliance Officer for GE Capital Equipment and Commercial Distribution Finance, working out of GE’s Dallas office. In 2009, she left her law firm partnership, where she led the firm’s corporate governance and litigation practice, to join GE Capital. Aaron graduated from the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

She has been involved with LIVESTRONG since 2008 when she was the founding Vice Chairperson of the LIVESTRONG Young Leader’s Council. In addition, along with her husband, Brent, Aaron is a member of the LIVESTRONG President’s Circle. An eight-year cancer survivor, Aaron has served on the LIVESTRONG Board of Directors since 2012 and is a member of the Board’s Executive and Audit Committees.

Candice Aaron

Candice Aaron

Chair

Joe Aragona LIVESTRONG Board Member

Joseph C. Aragona

Vice Chair

Joe Aragona is a founder and General Partner of Austin Ventures. AV has over $3 billion under management and is the most active venture and growth equity firm in Texas and among the most established in the nation. Since joining AV in 1982, Joe has focused on information technology and growth equity investing and has worked with software, communications, semiconductor and service companies. Prior to joining Austin Ventures, Joe earned both his MBA and bachelor's degree from Harvard University and worked in the Merchant Banking Group of the Bank of Boston and Chemical Bank.

Joe was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) from 1999 - 2006, chaired its Research Committee, and served as Chairman of the Board. Joe is also a member of the Board of Directors of Casa Montessori, an early childhood development center.

Joe Aragona LIVESTRONG Board Member

Joseph C. Aragona

Vice Chair

Blaine Rollins LIVESTRONG Board Member

Blaine P. Rollins

Secretary

Blaine Rollins is a testicular cancer survivor since 1998. He is managing director, senior portfolio manager and member of the Investment Committee at 361 Capital and is responsible for manager due-diligence, investment research, portfolio construction, hedging and trading strategies.

Prior to joining 361 Capital, Mr. Rollins was an independent investor from July 2006 to February 2011. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President at Janus Capital Corporation and portfolio manager of the Janus Fund, Janus Balanced Fund, Janus Equity Income Fund, Janus Aspen Growth Portfolio, Janus Advisor Large Cap Growth Fund, and the Janus Triton Fund. He began his career as a financial analyst at AMG Guaranty Trust (formerly Asset Management Group).

A frequent industry speaker, Mr. Rollins earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Colorado, and he is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Blaine Rollins LIVESTRONG Board Member

Blaine P. Rollins

Secretary

 Amelie G. Ramirez LIVESTRONG Board Member

Amelie G. Ramirez, Dr. P.H.

Treasurer

Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH, is a Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where she also is founding director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR). She also is the Dielmann Chair in Health Disparities Research and Community Outreach and the Max and Minnie Tomerlin Voelcker Endowed Chair in Cancer Healthcare Disparities and Outreach at the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She also is Co-Associate Director of the Cancer Prevention and Population Science program at the CTRC.

Over the past 25 years, Dr. Ramirez has directed many research programs focused on human and organizational communication to reduce chronic disease and cancer health disparities affecting Hispanics/Latinos and other populations. In 2007, Dr. Ramirez was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and was named a Professor of Survivorship by Susan G. Komen For the Cure. She chairs the CDC's Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection and Control Advisory Committee and Komen's National Hispanic/Latino Advisory Council, and is a member of Komen's Scientific Advisory Board, Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade Scientific Advisory Board, the LIVESTRONG Foundation's Board of Directors and the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Translating Genomic Based Research for Health.

 Amelie G. Ramirez LIVESTRONG Board Member

Amelie G. Ramirez, Dr. P.H.

Treasurer

Jeff Garvey LIVESTRONG Board Member

Jeffery C. Garvey

Executive Committee Member and Founding Chair

Jeff Garvey is the founding chairman and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the LIVESTRONG Foundation. Jeff is a pioneering venture capitalist, nationally recognized philanthropist and active contributor in the Austin community.

Jeff is the co-founder of Austin Ventures, one of the largest and most active venture capital firms in the U.S. From 1979-1999, he served as the firm’s first investment professional and a general partner and leader of the company through its first six investment funds. Previously, from 1971-1979, Jeff held several senior lending and management positions at PNC Bank, in both Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

The organizations in which Jeff has served as board member, adviser or donor over the years include KLRU Public Television, The Center For Childhood Protection, The First Tee of Greater Austin, Helping Hand Home, Children’s Medical Center Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Settlement Home for Children, The Association for Professional Fundraisers, Gladney Home For Adoption, West Austin Youth Association, St. Andrews Episcopal School, Deerfield Academy and St. Edward’s University.

Jeff Garvey LIVESTRONG Board Member

Jeffery C. Garvey

Executive Committee Member and Founding Chair

David Johnson LIVESTRONG Board Member

David Johnson, M.D.

Executive Committee Member

Dr. Johnson is the Donald W. Seldin Distinguished Chair in Internal Medicine and Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He is a member of the ABIM Board of Directors and serves as the Chair of the ABIM Subspecialty Board for Medical Oncology. From 1983 until 2010 Dr. Johnson was a member of the faculty at the Vanderbilt University Medical School where he held the Cornelius A. Craig Chair of Medical & Surgical Oncology and served as the Director of the Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology and Deputy Director of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.

Dr. Johnson's research interests involve the study of the biology of lung cancer and improving the treatment of this and other solid tumors. He played a key role in the development of the new targeted drugs bevacizumab (Avastin®) and erlotinib (Tarceva®) both of which are now FDA-approved for the treatment of lung cancer. He has authored over 330 peer reviewed articles, 40 book chapters and edited four oncology textbooks. In 2004-2005, Dr. Johnson served as President of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) during which time he helped advance ASCO's quality of care activity known as the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (or QOPI®). QOPI® was subsequently adopted as a Practice Improvement Module for diplomates seeking to maintain their certification in medical oncology. He was instrumental in establishing ASCO's Cancer Survivorship Program. Dr. Johnson also has served on the Food and Drug Administration's Oncology Drug Advisory Committee, as chairman of the Thoracic Committee of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group and on the Board of Directors of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) and the LIVESTRONG Foundation.

Dr. Johnson earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and obtained his medical oncology training at Vanderbilt University. He is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology.

David Johnson LIVESTRONG Board Member

David Johnson, M.D.

Executive Committee Member

Cindy Sweeting LIVESTRONG Board Member

Cindy L. Sweeting, CFA

Cindy Sweeting is the president of Templeton Investment Counsel, LLC and the director of portfolio management for the Templeton Global Equity Group (TGEG) for Franklin Templeton Investments. Sweeting has lead portfolio manager responsibility for the TIF-Foreign Equity Series and portfolio management responsibility for institutional separate account relationships. She also oversees the institutional segment of TGEG's global investment management business.

Sweeting previously served as TGEG's director of research, president of Templeton Global Advisors Limited and lead portfolio manager for Templeton Growth Fund and Templeton Growth (Euro) Fund. Prior to joining Templeton in 1997, Sweeting was the senior vice president of investments with McDermott International Investments. She entered the financial services industry in 1983.

Sweeting holds a B.S. in business administration with a concentration in finance, summa cum laude, from Georgetown University. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder.

Cindy Sweeting LIVESTRONG Board Member

Cindy L. Sweeting, CFA

 Jeremiah Robins LIVESTRONG Board Member

Jeremiah Robins

Mr. Jeremiah Robins is Chairman & CEO of Great Pond Management Company, LLC – a US based Private Equity firm specializing in the acquisition of controlling positions in, and the redevelopment of, underperforming middle market manufacturing companies. Founded in 1979, GPMC has successfully invested across a broad industrial spectrum including enterprises in the Brass, Iron, Steel, Specialty Chemical, HVAC, Semiconductor Packaging, Coated and Specialty Optics and Medical Device markets. Mr. Robins & GPMC began operating in mainland China in early 1990 and the firm has had a continuing presence in the PRC since that time. At present, GPMC maintains a spectrum of investments each with their own very significant presence in China. These include Rotation Dynamics Corporation, a manufacturer of specialty materials for industrial applications, China Centric Associates, a consultancy specializing in US-China transactions, and PharmaLegacy, a provider of in-vivo laboratory services for the Pharmaceutical industry. A US citizen, Mr. Robins divides his time equally between the USA and China and maintains a home and office in each country.

 Jeremiah Robins LIVESTRONG Board Member

Jeremiah Robins

Julian Day LIVESTRONG Board Member

Julian Day

Julian C. Day was elected chairman and chief executive officer of RadioShack Corporation on July 6, 2006 by the company's board of directors. Day has successfully served in senior leadership positions at several large publicly traded companies and has earned a reputation for successfully turning around companies that have experienced slow growth.

Day's retailing experience includes leadership positions at Kmart Holding Corporation (formerly the parent company of Kmart Corporation), where he was elected as president and chief operating officer in March 2002 and was promoted to chief executive officer in 2003. Day successfully took the company out of bankruptcy and led the company to substantially exceed its profit plans. Under his leadership, the company's value increased from $1.5 billion to $9 billion.

Prior to joining Kmart, he spent two years at Sears, first as chief financial officer and then as chief operating officer. As COO, he was a member of the Office of the Chief Executive and oversaw finance, logistics/supply chain, store operations, information technology and the company's business-to-business partnerships.

Before joining Sears, Day served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for Safeway, Inc., where he was responsible for financial, technology and real estate operations. While at Safeway, he strengthened the balance sheet and improved the company's credit rating, increased return on capital expenditures while tripling annual spending levels, and re-engineered the real estate development and construction process.

Day holds undergraduate and master's degrees from Oxford University and an MBA from the London Business School.

Julian Day LIVESTRONG Board Member

Julian Day

Board Emeritus

  • Lance Armstrong
  • Cathy Bonner
  • Susan Bruno
  • Jerry Carlson
  • J. Dennis Cavner
  • Howard Chalmers
  • Bruce Christensen
  • Karen Strauss Cook
  • Morris Denton
  • Larry Einhorn, MD
  • Harold P. Freeman, MD
  • R. James George, Jr.
  • Scott Gidley
  • Sanjay Gupta, MD
  • Karl Haussmann
  • James Hodge, III
  • Hamilton Jordan
  • Roger Kintzel
  • Bart Knaggs
  • Sandy Knapp
  • Mark McKinnon
  • Craig Nichols, MD
  • Larry O’Reilly
  • Lawrence Shulman, MD
  • Mike Sherwin
  • Kozo Shimano
  • Francie Larrieu Smith
  • Nav Sooch
  • Bill Stapleton
  • Mitchell Stoller
  • E. Lee Walker
  • Kirk Watson
  • Robert J. Werner
  • Steve Whisnant
  • Andrew S. White
  • Steven N. Wolff, MD