The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance at mesotheliomago.com is the web's most trusted information resource for individuals who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and their families. Our mission, as a leading authority on this topic, is to continually provide relevant, timely, and factual information about asbestos exposure and its causal links to mesothelioma cancer.
Our editorial team is comprised of a group of dedicated professionals committed to making mesotheliomago.com a comprehensive source of support, educational information and inspiration for those suffering from asbestos-related illness. We are grateful for being able to serve in this way and will continue to honor our commitment to being the web's most trusted asbestos and mesothelioma information resource.
The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Management Team
As Editor in Chief, Linda is responsible for overseeing the development and publication of timely and factual information on the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance at mesotheliomago.com web site. She personally oversees the processes involved in the development and maintenance of the web site's comprehensive repository of information and performs the final review and editing of all material prior to publication. Previously, Linda held Senior Management level positions at both Travelers Insurance Company and General Electric. She is a graduate of the Travelers Financial Management Development Program and GE's Six Sigma Black Belt Program. Linda is a graduate of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY and holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics.
Heather Von St. James was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma at the age of 36. She underwent a relatively new surgical procedure called extrapleural pneumonectomy to treat the disease. Today, she is an eleven year mesothelioma cancer survivor, and provides unending inspiration to mesothelioma victims around the globe. She carries out her mission to be a beacon of hope for those afflicted with mesothelioma by sharing her story of faith, love and courage both as a keynote speaker at conferences and through social media forums.
Beginning in 2012, Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist, Gary Cohn, joined the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Investigations Department. Serving as lead reporter, Gary works on investigative projects aimed at uncovering new information about topics that are of the greatest interest not only to members of our mesothelioma community but to the larger community of individuals whose lives have been affected by cancer in some way.
Raphael Bueno, M.D.
Dr. Bueno currently serves as Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgery and Vice Chair of Surgery for Cancer and Translational Research at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Additionally, Dr. Bueno is the Program and Research Director of the International Mesothelioma Program (IMP) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School—a world renowned program focusing on mesothelioma research initiatives, innovative treatment options, and the care of patients with mesothelioma. As a contributor to the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance blog since 2015, Dr. Bueno shares his insights, research findings, and perspectives on patient care with the mesothelioma community.
Jennifer Lucarelli is a partner at the law firm of Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney and Meisenkothen and specializes in asbestos litigation. Throughout her career, Jennifer has provided legal counsel to over 1,000 Mesothelioma victims and has secured some of the largest financial settlements across the country. She is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Notre Dame School of Law where she earned her Juris Doctorate. Jennifer has a thorough understanding of and appreciation for both the legal and medical aspects of asbestos litigation. She is well-versed in the latest treatment options (chemotherapy, radiation and surgery) and clinical trials as well as the top medical centers and doctors specializing in Mesothelioma treatment. Jennifer is a dedicated mesothelioma lawyer and advocate and fights hard on behalf of her clients and their families to ensure they receive the justice they deserve.
Since joining the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance in 2013, Rick has been providing sharp news and web content to the organization. Rick’s belief that an insatiable curiosity is key to a fulfilling life has led him to write about a variety of topics, including film, television, photography, and the automotive industry. In addition to a background in professional copywriting, Rick also has experience as a staff writer, which afforded him the opportunity to interview multiple Grammy-nominated and -winning musicians.
Kristen provided the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance with a welcome fresh perspective for news and blog content from 2010-2013. Kristen's experience in public relations, media relations, and editorial skills enabled her to provide content on a diverse array of topics. In addition, her state and local government experience gave her a unique first-hand perspective on health, legal, environmental, and policy issues.
Pat Guth provided the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance with insightful news and other web content from 2007-2013. Rooted in a strong research background, Pat's extensive editorial and copywriting experience helped the MCA create the web's most timely and comprehensive mesothelioma content available.
Debra Gordon, M.S.
Debra Gordon is an award-winning medical content writer with more than 25 years of experience in the field. Debra has worked with the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance in developing mesothelioma treatment-related content and authored the MCA’s first e-book release, Mesothelioma- From Discovery to Treatment. Debra’s experience varies from writing for healthcare professionals and businesses to medical journalism. Debra is a graduate of the University of Virginia and holds an Master of Science in Biomedical Writing. In addition to clinical expertise, she has a strong interest in health policy, healthcare reform, and managed care. She is a member of the American Medical Writers Association.
Contributing Writers / Communications Assistants
As a contributing writer for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance at mesotheliomago.com web site, Sarah is responsible for developing informative content for the Mesothelioma Treatment and Asbestos Exposure sections. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Theatre from Smith College and a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago. Sarah's previous experience includes working as a Media Wire Reporter for the Chicago Sun Times and a Freelance Writer for the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago News Cooperative's Early and Often and the Austin Weekly News. She also writes articles and content for Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering.
As a contributing writer for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance at mesotheliomago.com web site, Lauren is responsible for researching and writing new content for the Mesothelioma Treatment section of the web site. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications and English from the University of Connecticut and a Master's degree in Secondary Education from the University of Bridgeport. Lauren brings a depth of research and writing experience to the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance which allows her to develop fresh, accurate and informative content for readers.
Tara Strand is a contributing writer for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance at mesotheliomago.com web site. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Roger Williams University and a Master of Science in Marketing Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Tara's strong background in business, marketing and research makes her a valuable resource for developing fresh and informative content for the Asbestos Exposure section of the web site.
In this communications role, Heather is responsible for the development and integration of relevant web site content and information for readers in a number of sections on the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance at mesotheliomago.com web site. Heather holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing as well as an MBA in Marketing and Advertising from Quinnipiac University. Her extensive background in research, writing and marketing makes her ideally suited for her content development role at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance.
Outreach and Advocacy Coordinators
Annette Charlevois is an Outreach Coordinator and Client Advocate. For over a decade, as a representative of the Law Firm of Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen, Annette has worked with mesothelioma clients across the country. Her high level of concern and compassion coupled with her extensive knowledge about mesothelioma, including where to find the best treatment, have made her an invaluable resource for hundreds of mesothelioma patients and their families.
Joining the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance in 2011, David Haas is a cancer support group and awareness program advocate. In addition to researching the many valuable programs available to our site’s visitors, David often blogs about programs and campaigns underway at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance while creating relationships with similar organizations.
As the Community Outreach Director for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, Emily Walsh dedicates much of her time building cancer awareness through social media and blogging. She is passionate about helping cancer patients discover holistic complementary therapies that address the wellbeing of the mind, body & spirit.
Robert Kovach is the web developer and technical coordinator for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance at mesotheliomago.com web site. Robert holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science and Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. If you encounter any difficulties viewing the information on our Web site or completing any of the forms please contact our technical support staff.
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