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Staff

Joanna Morales

Joanna Fawzy Morales, Esq.
Chief Executive Officer

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

Ms. Morales has spent nearly thirty 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. She has also taught a Community Advocacy Clinic, as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Wayne State University Law School.

Ms. Morales co-authored the book, Cancer Rights Law, for the American Bar Association – the first and only book of its kind. In 2020, she wrote a chapter Cancer-Related Legal Issues, for the Oncology Nursing Society’s book, Oncology Nurse Navigation: Delivering Patient-Centered Care Across the Continuum. In 2017, she wrote Preventing or Minimizing Financial Toxicity Across the Continuum of Cancer Care, a chapter 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, her work has appeared in a variety of other publications, such as Psycho-Oncology, Heal, Cure, Coping with Cancer, Women, and Ability Magazine.

Ms. Morales has presented nearly one thousand educational seminars on employment, insurance, health care, and advocacy issues throughout the country for individuals diagnosed with cancer, caregivers, health care professionals, advocates, lawyers, employers, and the general public.

In addition, she 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.

Ms. Morales has received several awards and recognition for her service to the cancer community and her work in the area of legislative advocacy, including 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 recognized by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of the Top 20 Attorneys in California Under the Age of 40.

Ms. Morales earned a Bachelor of Arts 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.

Monica Bryant

Monica Fawzy Bryant, Esq.
Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Bryant is a cancer rights attorney, speaker, and author, dedicated to improving access to quality information on healthcare-related issues. She 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.

Ms. Bryant is co-author of the first and only book on Cancer Rights Law, published by the American Bar Association (ABA) in 2018. In 2019, she received a 40 Under 40 in Cancer Award, and in 2015, was awarded the Legacy Advocate Award by a leading young adult cancer organization. She is an Adjunct Law Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Law, teaching a class on Cancer Rights. Throughout her career, she has provided more than one thousand educational seminars for individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer, their caregivers, lawyers, advocates, health care professionals, elected officials, and the general public.

She regularly shares her expertise through written book chapters, articles, and blogs, and appears on television, radio, and podcast shows. In 2020, she co-wrote a chapter on Cancer Related Legal Issues for the Oncology Nursing Society’s book Oncology Nurse Navigation: Delivering Patient-Centered Care Across the Continuum. Ms. Bryant provides expert review for a variety of national cancer organizations, including the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Cancer Support Community, Cancer and Careers, National Brain Tumor Foundation, and LIVESTRONG. She is the resident legal expert for the Patients Rising Podcast.

Previously, Ms. Bryant was Midwest Regional Director for a national cancer rights organization where she forged relationships with cancer organizations, hospitals, law firms, members of underserved communities, and other community partners, to introduce them to the field of Cancer Rights Law. Prior to relocating to Chicago, she served as Legislative Counsel for U.S. Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez and Law Clerk for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. During her time in Congress, she worked on health, justice, civil rights, and women's issues.

Ms. Bryant is a member of the American Bar Association’s Cancer Legal Advocacy Task Force and Affordable Care Act Task Force, the Coalition to Protect Parenthood After Cancer, the National Cancer Legal Services Network, and many other legal and cancer community initiatives.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in law & society, with an emphasis in criminal justice, and psychology, from the University of California Santa Barbara and her law degree from The George Washington University Law School. She is a member of both the California and Illinois State Bars.

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Kaylee Place
Communications Director

Kaylee Place has more than a decade of experience in communications, community organizing, community outreach, event planning and politics.

Prior to joining Triage Cancer, she worked at Wayne State University Law School in Detroit for nearly seven years – and for more than four years as director of marketing and communications. Prior to that, she was the assistant director of community outreach. Her favorite part of communications and marketing is editing and creating content that’s accessible to all people. 

Drawing inspiration from the director of the Law School’s Legal Advocacy for People with Cancer Clinic and her mother, a longtime oncology social worker, Place is now pursuing an M.S.S.W. and certificate in veterinary social work through the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. 

She graduated from Northern Michigan University with a bachelor’s in political science and a minor in gender studies. That same year, she received a statewide award in Michigan for her work in politics.

Place has a strong commitment to animal rescue, and most of her free time is spent training and entertaining her rescued golden retrievers, Josie and Mandy.

Claire Agosti

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.

Nicole Jolicoeur

Nicole Jolicoeur, Esq.
Staff Attorney

Prior to joining Triage Cancer, Nicole was an Excelsior Fellow at the New York State Office of Mental Health in Counsel’s Office. After leaving OMH, Nicole worked as a staff attorney at a nonprofit representing incarcerated individuals’ civil and human rights on a variety of matters, including access to medical and mental health care.

While in law school, Nicole’s father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and the BRCA genetic mutation. While this was not the first family member to be diagnosed with cancer, it became a firsthand experience of the many legal difficulties that cancer patients, and their families, face during their battle with cancer. This experience, along with the social injustices she has seen throughout her work, has instilled Nicole with a passion for assisting those diagnosed with cancer. She appreciates and shares Triage Cancer’s mission to provide education on the practical and legal issues that those diagnosed with cancer may experience.

Nicole earned a Juris Doctor from New York Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminology from Hofstra University. She is a member of the New York bar.

Amanda Goodstadt

Amanda Goodstadt, Esq.
Staff Attorney

Prior to joining Triage Cancer, Amanda spent 12 years counseling seniors and caregivers about Medicare and related benefits through the Westchester (NY) Library System. She most recently served as a Program Coordinator for the WLS Senior Benefits Individual Counseling program. In addition, Amanda has been a Caregiver Coach at the Ken Hamilton Caregivers Center at Northern Westchester Hospital. She has a lengthy history of volunteer work with nonprofits, including service on multiple boards of directors in her community.

Amanda is an attorney and previously served as a Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for a division of News Corp. She began her legal career as a corporate associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.

Amanda earned a B.A. in Government from Cornell University and a J.D., cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. She is a member of the New York and New Jersey bars.

Madison McMahon Ward

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.

Danielle Pardue

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.

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Caitlin Kierum
PILI Fellow

Caitlin is the 2022 Public Interest Law Initiative fellow for Triage Cancer. She is excited to join the team to provide support to those diagnosed with or caring for loved ones with a cancer diagnosis.

Previously, Caitlin has worked as a student attorney in the University of Michigan’s Pediatric Advocacy Clinic, a medical-legal partnership helping low-income children and their families by integrating legal advocacy into health care settings, and has interned at various health care organizations including a hospital-health system and a life alert company.

Caitlin earned a Bachelor of Music in Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Arizona State University and will graduate with her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in May 2022.