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. LowhamChair
  • Lauren PetersonVice Chair
  • Lydia Waters Thomas, PhDTreasurer
  • Andrea L. PorteraSecretary
  • Sage Bolte, PhD, LCSW, OSW-C, Director
  • John Moynihan, MD, Medical Advisor
  • Carolyn Peterson, Chair Emeritus
  • Marilou Serafin MacDonnell, Chair Emeritus
  • Karen Alcalde
  • Robert G. Baldassari
  • Fern Bekenstein
  • Susan T. Carroll, FACHE, Regional Executive Officer (REO), Inova Eastern Region
  • Gerald T. Gabrys
  • Leah Gansler
  • Jean Ann Gililland
  • Richard Magenheimer
  • Teresa Burke Murphy
  • Norma C. Ramsey
  • Sharon Ricciardi