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:
Dana Farber/ Harvard Cancer Center (CCEE) Center for Cancer Equity & Engagement. partners with organizations across the state to address cancer disparities and increase access to cancer care. We work to connect DF/HCC research faculty directly with communities to bridge the gap of access between researchers/providers and community members.
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, BCS 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, BCS Treasurer, 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. , BCS Secretary, 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.
Heidi Werther, MS, CPCC, ACC. BCS Interim Board Chair, is an executive and leadership coach who thrives on challenging and supporting individuals and teams to perform at their maximum potential. She also believes in the power of coaching and strives to drive a coaching culture within every organization she touches. 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 is a certified professional coach through the International Coaching Federation.
Global Partnerships, Strategy, Innovation at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
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
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.