Susan Chaityn Lebovits, Executive Director leads Boston Cancer Support’s strategic branding, partnerships, and program development. She has been a patient advocate devoted to understanding the complex needs of individuals and families affected by cancer, providing them with a full scope of resources throughout the cancer experience. Before founding BCS, Susan wrote for The Boston Globe, where she covered business and lifestyle. Susan was also on staff at Boston University, where she co-founded the Office of Sustainability, and Brandeis University, where she was the Senior Communications Specialist and science writer. Her community support includes:
Member, Massachusetts Cancer Research Roundtable @ The Dana-Farber / Harvard Cancer Center and Harvard Catalyst | The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center. This jointly launched initiative was formed to address the major cancer research needs in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The goal of this initiative is to foster research that will reduce the burden of cancer among Massachusetts residents.
Member, Governing Board, Tufts University Partnership for the Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI) project entitled “Engaging Cancer Survivors in the Community for Assessing Nutritional Needs and Barriers.”
Member, Massachusetts Comprehensive Cancer Prevention & Control Network, Northeast Metro West Palliative Care Workgroup
Working Group Member
Comprehensive Cancer Prevention and Control Network
Member, Cape & Islands Community Health Network (CHNA 27 )
Beth Freeman, Director of Development is a private business owner who has experienced the challenges of cancer firsthand. Moved by the care given to her father as he battled terminal lung cancer, and a cancer survivor herself, Beth wanted to help patients and families during this arduous time. She has served on the leadership council of The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare for over a decade, during which time one of her responsibilities included donor fundraising. Prior to joining BCS Beth has held numerous fundraising positions in education and cultural institutions throughout Greater Boston. Beth holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Sargent College of Allied Health Professions at Boston University.
Katie Dobbin Binda, MSW, LICSW has over 25 years of experience in healthcare. Katie is widely recognized for her counseling and coaching expertise, as well as her leadership in innovative program development, patient advocacy and workshop facilitation. She has led numerous support groups, including those for cancer survivors navigating the period following active treatment, and for young adults living with cancer. Katie is the Founding Director of the HOPES Program (now known as the Katherine A. Gallagher Integrative Therapies Program) at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, creating wellness programs and services for patients, families and staff. She created education and support programs, including introductions to chemotherapy and clinical trials; complementary therapies; exercise; stress management and cancer survivorship. While at Mass General, Katie co-founded the Cancer Center’s Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC), an initiative to ensure that the voices of patients and families are formally integrated into cancer care. This innovative patient advocacy initiative has led to enhanced patient-organizational relationships. Katie is an Adjunct Faculty member in the school of social work at Wheelock College in Boston, and runs a private consulting and counseling practice.
Madelon Kastor, CPA, MBA, comes to BCS with expertise in taxation, internal/external audits, and project management. She has assisted companies in a wide range of industries with their accounting needs, while holding a full-time position at Fidelity Investments. Specialties include CFF Quickbooks, start-up company books, and CFO/Controller work. Her IT project management experience includes large and small-scale project and program management in finance, accounting, treasury, business operations, and executive functions.
Elisabeth Keller, J.D. has been a faculty member of Boston College Law School since 1990. She is an Associate Professor of Legal Reasoning, Research, and Writing, and the director of the law school’s Academic Support Program. She also serves as the law school coordinator of the Education and Law Dual Degree program, a joint program of the Law School and the B.C. Lynch School of Education. Elisabeth received her Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University, and graduated from Ohio State University with a Master of Arts in Higher Education and a Juris Doctor. Elisabeth says she is proud to serve on the board of BCS because she understands that knowledge and support, during times of illness, can make a critical difference in the lives of patients and their loved ones.
Diane Shipp, MSW, spent a number of years working as a staff social worker at The Institute for Juvenile Research in Illinois, the first children’s mental health clinic in the nation, helping families to identify challenges and find equilibrium. Diane has also trained direct-service workers in family assessment techniques, provided consultation to therapists during particularly challenging cases, and practiced individual and family therapy. Diane says, “The hallmark of a healthy, functional family is one in which all members are supported in their individual development and needs. If one person is faced with a challenge, the entire family is impacted.” A native of Puerto Rico, Diane is fluent in Spanish.
Heidi Werther, MS, CPCC, ACC. is Vice President, Human Resources at Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP). She is a professional coach, mediator, and business consultant. Heidi’s career spans over 25 years working for Fortune 500s, small entrepreneurial firms, and non-profit organizations, where she has served in leadership roles, worked on product development, marketing, business administration, and business development. As the Director of Business and Client Development at Circles, a Sodexo Company, Heidi was instrumental in the development of a patient and family concierge model, which was implemented in hospitals and health care systems in an effort to increase the patient experience and provide peace of mind to patients and their families. This work provided Heidi with tremendous insight into the challenges faced by patients and their families while involved with hospital services. Having navigated the terrain to assist her mother after a cancer diagnosis, Heidi knows how important it is to have resources available not only for the patient, but for caregivers as well. Her continued passion for the field of cancer care led her to joining the BCS Board. Heidi earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Management from Babson College, a Master of Science, Mediation and Applied Conflict Studies from Champlain College, and a CPCC, Certified Professional Co-active Coach, from the Coaches Training Institute.
Medical Advisory Board
Robb Friedman, MD
Director of Anticoagulation Clinic, Vernon Cancer Center, Newton Wellesley Hospital
Itai Pashtan, MD
Radiation Oncologist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Brigham and Women’s Hospital; South Shore Hospital; Sturdy Memorial Hospital.
Rachelle Colson LaMaster LICSW
Clinical Oncology Social Worker, Vernon Cancer Center, Newton Wellesley Hospital
Emily Gusse – Formally a staff consultant for Trinity Partners, Emily works with Boston Cancer Support to gather, analyze and disseminate data. Emily’s diverse project management experience comes from more than 25 engagements spanning small-cap biotech to top-10 pharma across diverse therapeutic areas, including severe rare diseases, oncology, and neurology. Expertise includes project management, primary market research, quantitative data analysis, excel-based forecasting, report development, presentation delivery and vendor management.
Quality Assurance, User Experience
Sarah Binda -A third year student at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Sarah is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts and concurrent Certificate in Business. Sarah is a strategic and creative thinker with internship experience in media relations, marketing and fundraising. She has a proven track record in leading the development of creative communications and social media strategies.