Community Advisory Board

Group portrait of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Community Advisory Board, smiling

The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center represents the cancer research interests of our community. On the academic side, we represent Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, and MetroHealth Medical Center. On the community side, we have a strong interest in supporting better health care and improved lifestyles to reduce cancer risk, incidence, and death.

Our collective efforts to reduce the high rates of cancer and cancer deaths among our underserved and minority communities have yet to be successful. To that end, we launched a partnership with community stakeholders to engage in a dialogue that allows us to better understand these complex issues and to formulate better-coordinated efforts with our available resources to address cancer in our community.

The Case CCC Community Advisory Board, established June 26, 2012, was created to help the Center establish the principles and initiatives that will improve cancer care for our community. Through extraordinary effort on everyone's part our goal is to prioritize and coordinate initiatives to have a lasting impact on the community.

For more information about the Community Advisory Board and how you can get involved, please email Erika Trapl, PhD, Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement for the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, at


    Forward Movement Project: Community Listening Tour

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    In early 2018, greater Cleveland residents, in nine neighborhoods, engaged in "town-hall" discussions about cancer risks, community trust in healthcare, and research. The goal was to learn about patient experiences. 

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    CAB Members

    • Greg Archer [Community Ambassador, Cleveland Metropolitan School District]
    • Chris Ash [Community Ambassador, Cancer Survivor]
    • Kim Bell [Cleveland Clinic]
    • Beth Bennett [The Gathering Place]
    • Geri Blair [Minority Women with Breast Cancer Uniting, Cancer Survivor]
    • Sujata Burgess [Asian Services in Action]
    • Karen Butler [Northeast Ohio Neighborhood (NEON) Health Services]
    • Chesley Cheatham [University Hospitals]
    • Gina Chicotel [Susan G. Komen - National]
    • Cheryl Davis [Community Ambassador, Cancer Survivor]
    • Neal Dawson [Center for Health Care Research & Policy, Case Western Reserve University/MetroHealth]
    • Gulnar Feerasta [LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland]
    • Camille Garcia [MetroHealth Medical Center]
    • Faye Gary [School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University]
    • Lena Grafton [NEOMED-CSU Partnership for Urban Health]
    • Margo Hudon [Seeds of Literacy]
    • Elizabeth Jones [National Coalition of 100 Black Women Greater Cleveland Chapter]
    • Angela Kaloush [American Cancer Society]
    • Nancy Kurfess Johnson [Community Ambassador, Cancer Survivor]
    • Ron Lloyd [Neighborhood Family Practice]
    • Marvin McMickle [Community Ambassador, Cancer Survivor]
    • Frances Mills [Cleveland Department of Public Health]
    • Juan Molina Crespo [Community Ambassador]
    • Yvonne Oliver [UHCan Ohio, Cancer Survivor]
    • Petrina Patterson [University Hospitals]
    • Veronica Rice [Community Ambassador, Cancer Survivor]
    • Rosiland Robinson [Community Ambassador, Cancer Survivor]
    • Eileen Saffran [Community Ambassador, MTN Strategies]
    • Kimberly Sanders [Cleveland Clinic]
    • Michele Seyranian [The Gathering Place]
    • Elaine Tso [Asian Services in Action]
    • Valerie Vinson [University Hospitals]
    • Bonnie West [Community Ambassador]
    • Lisa Wheeler-Cooper [Care Alliance]
    • Sherrie White [My Sister's Keeper, Cancer Survivor]
    • Waverly Willis [Urban Kutz, Cancer Survivor]

    CAB Staff

    • Erika Trapl [Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, Case Western Reserve University]
    • Kristina Austin [Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, Case Western Reserve University]