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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 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 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. She has also taught a Community Advocacy Clinic, as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Wayne State Law School.  

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, Ms. 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.

Ms. Morales co-authored the book, Cancer Rights Law, for the American Bar Association. In 2020, she wrote a book 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 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, Heal, Cure, 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, dedicated to improving access to, and availability of, quality information on healthcare-related issues. Monica is the co-founder, and Chief Operating Officer, for Triage Cancer, a national non-profit organization that provides free education on the practical and legal issues that may impact individuals diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers, through events, materials, and resources.

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. Sánchez and Law Clerk for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. During her time in Congress, Ms. Bryant focused on health, justice, immigration, civil rights, and women's issues.

Throughout her career, Monica has provided over one thousand educational seminars, written articles and blogs, appeared on television and radio shows and podcasts discussing healthcare-related legal issues. In 2018, she co-authored a book Cancer Rights Law: An Interdisciplinary Approach, published by the American Bar Association. 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 participates in 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. Additionally, Monica has served as an Adjunct Law Professor at John Marshall School of Law in Chicago, teaching a class on Cancer Rights. 

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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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 and Advocacy Coordinator

Hope is the Outreach and Advocacy 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.

Hope's background in qualitative sociological research also informs her work with Triage Cancer. 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 hoped to better understand how parents managed paid work, house work, and children’s care and schooling during COVID-19. As a research assistant, Hope recruited participants, conducted interviews, evaluated data, and produced multiple written works summarizing and analyzing findings.

Hope studied sociology and history at Hamilton College, and achieved 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.

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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.

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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.