The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) team includes distinguished physicians, leading scientists and clinicians, innovative business executives, thought leaders and Lung Cancer survivors all dedicated to our mission. Our team is diverse, international, intrepid and committed.

Our affiliates and independent fundraisers are also an important part of our team. To learn more about them or for more information about becoming a ALCF affiliate or independent fundraiser, click the links below.
Independent Fundraisers


  • Bonnie J. Addario
  • Founder & Chair
  • Scott Santarella
  • President & CEO
  • Daniella Gasparini
  • EVP of Strategic Initiatives & Philanthropy
  • Danielle Hicks
  • Director of Patient Services & Programs
  • Andrea Parks
  • Director of Event Strategy & Marketing
  • Guneet Walia, PhD
  • Director of Research & Medical Affairs
  • Guneet Walia, PhD, Director of Research & Medical Affairs, joins us to oversee ALCF research programs. She comes to us with a distinguished career as a multi-disciplinary research scientist with expertise in oncology and infectious disease biology and nine years of experience in the laboratory working in the fields of molecular biophysics, biochemistry and drug development. Most recently she worked at the Prostate Cancer Foundation as Manager, Scientific Programs, where she managed PCF’s medical affairs, the global Knowledge Exchange Enterprise and grants portfolio of over $500 million. Her knowledge and experience in scientific alliance management, program management, science policy and biomedical research are all critical skills that she will use at ALCF as our first Director of Research & Medical Affairs. Guneet has published numerous scientific papers and is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Global Health Award and the Intel Science Talent Discovery Award for the North Zone of the Pan-Country Competition. She holds a PhD in molecular biophysics and M.S. in Biological Sciences from the Indian Institute of Science, and a B.S. with Honors in Microbiology from the University of Delhi. When Guneet is not in the lab, looking through a microscope or reading a scientific journal, she enjoys traveling and exploring new cultures and cuisines. She calls herself an internet-addict and a technology enthusiast.


  • Debi Beltramo
  • Director of Finance
  • Jennifer Hughes
  • Manager of National Events
  • Amelia Lewis
  • Endurance Events Coordinator
  • Gianna Nannini
  • Social Media Coordinator & Team Administrator
  • Gianna Nannini, Social Media Coordinator & Team Administrator, is the woman who keeps ALCF tweeting, facebooking, and at the center of social media! She also keeps our entire staff coordinated. (Remember the lady in the front office at your school who knew how everything worked? That’s Gianna at ALCF!) Gianna graduated from The University of Arizona in December 2013 with a degree in Communications. When not coordinating our growing staff and driving all-things social media, she likes to spend time with her family and friends, attend sporting events (Go Giants and 49ers!) and soak up the warm sunshine!

  • Samantha Powell
  • Event Coordinator & Website Coordinator
  • Melisse Skelton
  • Regional Events Manager
  • Melisse Skelton, Regional Events Manager, is looking forward to traveling in the coming months to attend ALCF’s many national events, including Your Next Step is the Cure 5K Walk/Runs. Building relationships and cultivating sponsorships with new and existing partners in pharma and the bio-tech industry, along with growing team membership at all events, will be Melisse’s primary focus. She will work closely with Andrea Parks, Director of Event Strategy & Marketing, in planning ALCF’s annual gala, golf tournament and other signature events. Melisse’s passion for ALCF’s mission comes from her personal experience. Sadly, her father passed away from lung cancer three years ago. Melisse is a graduate of UC Davis with a background in non-profit campaign management. She has several years of experience in fundraising and events. Most recently she worked as Senior Campaign Manager, School & Youth, at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. When not on the road for ALCF, she loves to explore new locales with her family, go to brunch with friends, and spend lots of time reading on her kindle.

  • Emily Bennett Taylor
  • Spokesperson/Patient Advocate
  • Emily Bennett Taylor, Spokesperson/Patient Advocate, knows first-hand what it means to have lung cancer, having been diagnosed with Stage IV in 2012 at age 28. After undergoing chemo, radiation and surgery to remove her right lung, Emily is now thrilled to have NED (no evidence of disease) in her life. Emily has been connected to ALCF’s resources since she was first diagnosed. We are honored to welcome Emily to our staff as the powerful spokesperson for our ground-breaking Genomics of Young Lung Study. As a young, healthy athlete and never smoker, there is no one better person to put a face to the fact that ANYONE CAN GET LUNG CANCER. Emily will be sharing her story at lung cancer conferences around the world and with young people on college campuses, helping to raise awareness about ALCF’s incredible efforts in lung cancer, and continuing to tell her story through videos and her blog (, which Healthline ( voted one of the 15 best lung cancer blogs on the web in both 2013 and 2014.

  • Michele Zeh
  • Patient Navigation and Services Coordinator
  • Michele Zeh, Patient Navigation & Services Coordinator, joins ALCF with a passion to change outcomes for patients everywhere. Her personal family experience of losing both her mother and mother-in-law to lung cancer drives her commitment to fighting the disease. Michele will work closely with Danielle Hicks, Director of Patient Services & Programs, to provide one-on-one support to guide patients through the cancer care continuum. Her first project is to collect patient stories to share on our website. Hearing the voices of others will both educate and inspire patients and families with similar experiences and challenges. If you would like to share your story, please contact Michele. Michele is the busy mom of three active boys and a former K-8 substitute teacher for the Redwood City School District. She enjoys running/obstacle course races, traveling and watching hockey.



  • Bonnie J. Addario
  • Denise Brown, MD
  • Carole Carney
  • Trina Dean
  • Shane P. Dormady, MD, PhD
  • Joe Gaeta
  • Jamie Gorenberg
  • Jack Hanson
  • Julie B. Harkins
  • David Jablons, MD
  • Kelli Kellerman
  • Steven R. Lloyd
  • Silvia Novello, MD, PhD
  • Alissa Robinow
  • Whitney Spagnola
  • Debbie Tully


  • Ross Camidge, MD, PhD
  • Roland Greenberg
  • Daniel F. Hoth, MD
  • Philip Mack, PhD
  • Anthony Maida III, PhD
  • James L. Mulshine, MD
  • Nathan Pennell, MD, PhD
  • Heather Wakelee, MD
  • Howard (Jack) West, MD
  • Duncan Whitney, ScD
  • Wells Whitney, ScD, Chair
  • Zhidong Xu, MD, PhD


  • Lisa Boohar, MD
  • David Gandara, MD
  • R. Ronald Hare, MD
  • Pasi A Janne, MD, PhD
  • Thierry Jahan, MD
  • Melissa Lim, MD
  • Mary Maish, MD
  • Rafael Rosell, MD
  • Paul Scheinberg, MD
  • Pierre Theodore, MD
  • Katherine Tully, RN