NCCS Executive Staff
Shelley Fuld Nasso
As Chief Executive Officer, Shelley has responsibility for managing all facets of NCCS, including planning and executing the public policy activities of the organization at a time of rapid and fundamental health care system change. Shelley joined NCCS in December 2012 as a consultant and in March 2013 as Senior Director of Policy before her appointment as CEO in October 2013.
Prior to joining NCCS, Shelley served in leadership roles at Susan G. Komen, where she leveraged the strength of Komen’s grassroots network to strengthen the organization’s reputation and visibility in Washington, D.C., and in state capitals. There she built productive relationships with key policymakers, agencies, coalitions and partner organizations and led a team of advocacy and volunteer leaders to influence state budgets and legislation. Under her leadership, Komen successfully secured $80 million in state funding for cancer screening and treatment for uninsured and under-insured women. She and her team also expanded the Komen grassroots advocacy program expanded from a pilot of seven affiliates to more than 100 affiliates across the country engaged in federal and state advocacy efforts.
Shelley has also served as Director of Community Philanthropy at The Dallas Foundation and held management positions at communications and technology enterprises. She is a graduate of Rice University and holds a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Shelley’s commitment to the work of NCCS is strongly tied to the experiences in the cancer care system of her dear friend, Dr. Brent Whitworth, a beloved physician diagnosed with stage IV cancer days before his 42nd birthday. Through Brent’s battle, Shelley witnessed the strengths and flaws of the cancer care system and embraces the notion that policy change can directly benefit patients and caregivers going through this journey.
Shelley and her husband Michael are parents of three young boys, and her work at NCCS is her legacy for them and for Brent.
Ellen L. Stovall is a 42-year survivor of three bouts with cancer and has been advocating for more than 30 years to improve cancer care in America. Ms. Stovall is the Senior Health Policy Advisor at the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship and was a founding member of the Institute of Medicine’s National Cancer Policy Board and its successor, the National Cancer Policy Forum. The Forum allows government, industry, academic and survivor advocacy representatives to meet and privately discuss public policy issues that arise in the prevention, control, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
Prior to the establishment of the Forum, Stovall was vice-chair of the National Cancer Policy Board and co-chaired its Committee on Cancer Survivorship. In that capacity, she co-edited the Institute of Medicine’s report “From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor: Lost in Transition,” which addressed the issues adult cancer survivors face.
Ms. Stovall served as vice-chair of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s National Advisory Committee to Promote Excellence in Care at the End of Life, and as the vice-chair of the Foundation’s National Advisory Committee for Pursuing Perfection: Raising the Bar for Health Care Performance.
Ms. Stovall served on the Boards of Directors of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and The Leapfrog Group, and she served on a committee of the National Quality Forum (NQF) to establish consensus around cancer care quality measures. In 2010, Ms. Stovall co-chaired with Dr. George Isham, an NQF Committee convened for the purpose of creating a Measure Development and Endorsement Agenda for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as well as serving on an IOM Committee charged with recommending Standards for Developing Trustworthy Clinical Practice Guidelines.
Ms. Stovall has served on several advisory panels, working groups and committees of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO. Ms. Stovall also served a six-year term on the National Cancer Institute’s National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB), an appointment she received in 1992 from President Bill Clinton.
Nina Wendling joined NCCS in 2006. After serving as NCCS’ Executive Director from September of 2012 to October 2013, she continues to guide NCCS in a leadership role as Chief Operating Officer. Nina has filled several roles within the organization, including the Senior Director of Operations and Communications and Senior Director of Development, where she provided leadership and oversight for the organization’s day-to-day operations and management.
Having served for more than two years as a primary caregiver to a friend who lost her life to breast cancer, Nina’s experience with cancer is deeply personal. Nina witnessed the complexities of surgery and treatment and the realities of a fragmented health care system as she cared for her dying friend and helped her through her treatment decision-making, clinical trials and end-of-life decisions and care. This experience with care planning and palliative care fuels her work furthering NCCS’ policy priorities.
Prior to coming to NCCS, Nina worked as the strategic planning director at Education Access Strategies, Inc., and as the assistant to the president at the National Park Trust. Nina received her B.S. from the University of Maryland, and also has a background in criminal justice.
Nina and her husband Dan have two adult daughters. She is an avid endurance athlete and has participated in many competitions, including numerous Ironman triathlons.