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Joanna Fawzy Morales, Esq., Chief Executive Officer

Joanna is a cancer rights attorney, author, speaker, and CEO of Triage Cancer, a national, nonprofit organization providing education on practical and legal issues that may impact individuals coping with cancer and their caregivers, through events, materials, and resources.

Mrs. Morales has spent more than twenty-five years working on behalf of individuals with cancer, including five as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, teaching a seminar in Cancer Rights Law, and eight at the John Wayne Cancer Institute’s Psychosocial Care Program and Positive Appearance Center.

Mrs. Morales has presented hundreds of educational seminars on employment, insurance, health care, and advocacy issues throughout the country for patients, survivors, caregivers, health care professionals, advocates, lawyers, employers, and the general public.

In addition, Mrs. Morales has served on numerous cancer community committees and boards, including as Chair of the Board of Directors for the California Division of the American Cancer Society, ZERO Prostate Cancer’s Medical Advisory Board, the National Advisory Board of CancerForward, the Stupid Cancer Survivorship Advisory Council, and the Executive Committee of the American Bar Association’s Breast Cancer Task Force.

She co-authored a book on Cancer Rights Law for the American Bar Association. In 2017, she wrote a book chapter, “Preventing or Minimizing Financial Toxicity Across the Continuum of Cancer Care,” for the Oncology Nursing Society’s book, “Cancer Survivorship: Transdisciplinary, Patient-Centered Approaches to the Season of Survival.” In 2009, she also contributed to a book entitled, “Work and Cancer Survivors.” And, she has been published in a variety of other publications, such as Psycho-Oncology, Coping with Cancer, Women, and Ability Magazine.

Mrs. Morales has received numerous awards and recognition for her service to the cancer community and her work in the area of legislative advocacy, such as the 2009 Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Public Policy Advocate of the Year and the 2015 Legacy Advocate Award from Stupid Cancer. In 2010, she was also recognized by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of the Top 20 Attorneys in California Under the Age of 40.

Mrs. Morales received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations from the University of California Los Angeles and a Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School Los Angeles.

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Monica Bryant, Esq., Chief Operating Officer

Monica is a cancer rights attorney, speaker, and author. She has spent her career working to improve the lives of others. Monica is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer for Triage Cancer, a national non-profit organization that provides education on the practical and legal issues that may impact individuals diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers.

Previously, Monica was Midwest Regional Director for a national cancer rights organization she forged relationships with cancer organizations, hospitals, law firms, other community partners, and members of underserved communities. Prior to relocating to Chicago, Ms. Bryant served as Legislative Counsel for U.S. Congresswoman Linda T. Sanchez and Law Clerk for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. During her time in Congress, Ms. Bryant focused on health, justice, civil rights, and women's issues. She was also involved in the nomination hearings for United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito.

Throughout her career, Monica has provided hundreds of educational seminars, written articles and blogs, and appeared on television and radio shows discussing healthcare-related legal issues. In 2018, she co-authored a book Cancer Rights Law: An Interdisciplinary Approach.

Additionally, Monica is an Adjunct Law Professor at John Marshall School of Law in Chicago, teaching a class on Cancer Rights. Monica sits on the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Cancer Legal Advocacy Interest Group, the ABA’s Affordable Care Act Task Force, and the Coalition to Protect Parenthood After Cancer. She was awarded the Legacy Advocate Award in 2015 by a leading young adult cancer organization and the 40 Under 40 in Cancer Award in 2019.

Monica received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Law & Society, with an emphasis in criminal justice, and Psychology from the University of California Santa Barbara and a Juris Doctor from The George Washington University Law School.  She is a member of both the California and Illinois State Bars.

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Steve Knox, Esq., Staff Attorney

Steve is a staff attorney with Triage Cancer. Prior to joining Triage Cancer, Steve worked with a nonprofit legal services agency in Detroit defending tenants in eviction proceedings. He gained valuable experience collaborating with colleagues providing wraparound services to tenants. Steve performed community outreach to educate tenants about housing rights and trained and mentored students from several law schools. He brings to Triage Cancer an informed passion for providing empowerment through education to people in crisis.

Steve was drawn to this work through a law school medical-legal partnership program that met the legal needs of people receiving cancer treatment. He was an Equal Justice Works Summer Corp member and twice awarded a Public Interest Law Fellowship. He has written about the negative health impacts of the Defense of Marriage Act pre-legalization of same sex marriage, lead poisoning in children, and the ability of immigration courts to protect defendants lacking capacity. Steve’s published work explores the use of legal tools to end concentrated poverty.

Additionally, Steve has participated in service trips to New Orleans to rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, and rural Kenya to partner with a resilient tribe as it expands access to water, education, and medicine for its members. He is a past board member of the Interfaith Center for Racial Justice in metro Detroit.

Steve earned a Juris Doctor from Wayne State University Law School in Detroit and a Bachelor of Social Work from Oakland University. He is a member of both the Michigan and Arizona bars.

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Madison McMahon Ward, MPH, Program Manager

Madison is the Program Manager for Triage Cancer, providing event and communications management, partnership relations management, and programmatic support.

Previously, Madison interned at various public health nonprofit organizations in Chicago, such as Deborah’s Place and Respiratory Health Association. During her time at Deborah’s Place, she hosted weekly health education sessions for individuals experiencing homelessness to empower them to achieve their health-related goals. She gained practical experience with public health issues and health education. At Respiratory Health Association, she created public health educational resources on climate change mitigation strategies and environmental justice.

Madison earned a Masters of Public Health and a BS in Environmental Science from Loyola University Chicago.  She has a passion for working towards social justice to eliminate health disparities and the opportunity to help others is a great motivator in her life.

She believes strongly in Triage Cancer’s mission to address cancer-related health disparities through the delivery of cancer-related education and collaborative efforts.

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Hope Medina, Outreach Coordinator

Hope is the Outreach Coordinator for Triage Cancer, supporting program development by conducting community outreach, research on substantive topics, and drafting educational materials, blog posts, and communications.

 

Before joining the Triage Cancer team, Hope interned at the Children’s Defense Fund New York as the Law and Public Policy Health Intern. In addition to helping lobby policy-makers and maintain social media profiles, she researched and disseminated information related to critical legislative issues such as healthcare for all. Hope’s time with the Children’s Defense Fund introduced her to relevant policy and ignited her interest in healthcare advocacy, leading her to apply for an internship with Triage Cancer in 2019.

 

From the summer of 2020 until February of 2021, Hope assisted principal investigator Professor Mahala Stewart with her study, “Unintentional Homeschoolers: Navigating At-Home Learning and Care During a Global Pandemic.” By interviewing parents of third, fourth, and fifth-graders in upstate New York, the research team hopes to better understand how parents manage paid work, house work, and children’s care and schooling during COVID-19. As a research assistant, Hope recruits participants, conducts interviews, evaluates data, and produces written works summarizing and analyzing findings.

 

Hope studies sociology and history at Hamilton College, and will achieve her Bachelor of the Arts in Sociology in May of 2021. Passionate about reducing social inequalities through health care equity, Hope deeply supports Triage Cancer’s mission of connecting individuals to life-changing information and resources.

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Claire Agosti, Creative Director
Claire is the Creative Director for Triage Cancer, providing comprehensive visual communication by ensuring high quality design and animation.

Claire studied pre-medicine at Lewis & Clark College, while exploring science illustration and mastering the Spanish language. Before transitioning to a career as a creative, she gained experience in medicine by volunteering in a mobile  surgical unit in Ecuador and working as a medical scribe in the ER.

Since, Claire has worked as a designer, web developer and project manager. She is passionate about enhancing science communication through visuals and shares Triage Cancer's vision to create a world where everyone has access to information and resources needed to live their best lives.

Tylor Goodrich, Marketing Assistant
As a communications and media specialist with 10 years of experience, Taylor Goodrich excels at social media management and digital marketing.

Having worked in both the non-profit and business sectors, Taylor is a seasoned problem-solver who excels at bringing blended solutions to complex problems, identifying the best resources and emerging strategies to support a clients' needs and goals.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Texas.

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Danielle Starling Pardue, Esq., Legal Fellow

Danielle is the legal fellow for Triage Cancer, a national, nonprofit organization with the goal of connecting patients, caregivers and health professionals to the resources to navigate cancer survivorship.

Danielle is an attorney, actor, cancer patient advocate, and healthcare social media consultant. Most importantly, she is the primary caregiver for her parents. Danielle’s mother was diagnosed with Stage IV non-small-cell lung cancer in 2015. Danielle is a full-time advocate for her mother, as well as for her father, who has several chronic illnesses. In addition to her work for Triage Cancer, Danielle serves as a Social Media Ambassador, support group co-moderator, caregiver mentor, event committee member, and blogger for the LUNGevity Foundation. She is also the Social Media Coordinator for Upstage Lung Cancer. Danielle sits on the Community Advisory Board for the Recruitment Innovation Center based at Vanderbilt University and focused on the joint NIH-NCATS goal of improving the enrollment and retention of underserved populations in clinical trials. She has served on several panels and advisory boards on caregiving and patient advocacy issues for many constituents, including nonprofits and the pharmaceutical industry.

Danielle hopes to help connect cancer survivors and their care partners with concretely useful resources, and to increase awareness around cancer survivorship by engaging with as many patients and families as possible.

She is honored to serve as the Triage Cancer Legal Fellow, and to support the organization’s unique mission and objectives.

Danielle earned a Juris Doctor from Campbell University in Raleigh, NC, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre with a focus in directing from the Boston University School of Theatre. She is a member of both the North Carolina and New York bars.