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CancerCare® Welcomes Joanne Vanak, MSN, BSN, to Board of Trustees

CancerCare, the leading national nonprofit organization providing free support services to anyone affected by cancer, is pleased to welcome new board member Joanne Vanak, MSN, BSN, to their Board of Trustees.

Ms. Vanak recently retired after a 22-year career with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a Johnson and Johnson (JNJ) family company. She has over 44 years of oncology nursing experience with a focus on research, treatment modalities, patient care and education, and spent the last years of her career leading a team of nurses and pharmacists within the Oncology Early Development Research and Development department.

“On behalf of CancerCare, we are honored to introduce Ms. Vanak as a member of our Board of Trustees,” said CancerCare CEO Patricia J. Goldsmith. “Her knowledge in the oncology space is extremely valuable to the organization and we look forward to working with her.”

“We are thrilled to add Joanne Vanak, MSN, BSN, to the CancerCare Board of Trustees,” said Michael Parisi, CancerCare’s President of the Board of Trustees. “Joanne brings a decorated career of diverse experiences from clinical development within the industry and hands-on patient care experience from her years as a Nurse Practitioner. I’ve known Joanne for many years and the one thing that has always stood out is her passion and commitment to improving the lives of people facing a cancer diagnosis.”

Prior to entering the oncology space, Ms. Vanak worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for over 25 years at a number of institutions. She is known to be exceptionally dedicated to the quality of care for cancer patients, caregivers and families, as well as to the growth and expansion of oncology nursing. She is a member of Advanced Practitioner Society for Hematology and Oncology (APSHO) and the SHAPE Partner organization, as well as an active member of the Coast Guard Spouse Club and Fort Myer-Henderson Hall Catholic Community.

About CancerCare®

Founded in 1944, CancerCare is the leading national organization providing free, professional support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical and financial challenges of cancer. Our comprehensive services include resource navigation, counseling and support groups over the phone, online and in-person, educational workshops, publications and financial and co-payment assistance. All CancerCare services are provided by master’s-prepared oncology social workers and world-leading cancer experts.

To learn more, visit our website or call 800-813-HOPE (4673).

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