NCCS Executive Staff
Shelley Fuld Nasso
Chief Executive Officer
As Chief Executive Officer, Shelley Fuld Nasso leads the the public policy activities of NCCS at a time of rapid and fundamental health care system change. Shelley joined NCCS in December 2012 and was named CEO in October 2013.
Prior to joining NCCS, Shelley served in leadership roles at Susan G. Komen, where she leveraged Komen’s grassroots network in Washington, D.C., and in state capitals. There she built relationships with policymakers and partner organizations and led a team of staff 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 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 who was diagnosed with stage IV cancer days before his 42nd birthday and who passed away 19 months later. Through Brent’s experiences, Shelley witnessed the strengths and flaws of the cancer care system and embraces the notion that policy change can make cancer care better for patients and caregivers.
Shelley and her husband Michael live in Maryland and are the parents of three young boys.
Senior Director of Finance and Operations
Woulita Seyoum joined NCCS in 2007 and serves as Senior Director of Finance and Operations.
Prior to joining NCCS, Woulita served as Director of Finance at Point-Of-Purchase Advertising International (POPAI), a trade association for the point of purchase advertising industry. She too has a very personal connection to cancer with her father’s diagnosis, treatment, and end-of-life journey. Woulita is a graduate of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and lives with her husband and two teenagers in Maryland.
Vice President, External Relations
Elena Jeannotte joined NCCS in the summer of 2015 and currently serves as the Vice President of External Relations. She is responsible for developing and guiding the overall strategy and implementation of development, communications, and marketing for the organization. Elena has nearly 20 years of experience in fundraising, constituent engagement, program building, and partnerships in the health care field. Prior to joining NCCS, she worked for Georgetown University Medical Center as Senior Director of Constituent Relations and Events and was responsible for a fundraising and engagement program for Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Elena also founded and served as president of a small non-profit organization focused on supporting esophageal cancer research at Johns Hopkins.
Elena’s passion for working in the field of cancer research and advocacy stems from serving as a caregiver to her parents, both of whom battled cancer. Their experiences as patients inspired Elena to start her career in the cancer field. She considers her role at NCCS, and her drive to support cancer survivors, as a way to keep the memory of her parents alive each and every day.
NCCS Board of Directors
Samira K. Beckwith, Acting Board Chair
Samira K. Beckwith, a two-time cancer survivor, has over 30 years experience in professional healthcare and social services. She has served as President and CEO of Hope HealthCare Services, based in Fort Myers, Florida, since 1991.
Under her leadership, Hope has created a unique array of services for the frail elderly and children and today serves nearly 3,000 people and their families in a 10,000 square-mile area throughout southwest and mid-Florida.
In 2010, Samira was appointed as a Team Leader on Florida Governor-elect Rick Scott’s Health and Human Services Transition Team. Former Governor Jeb Bush described her as a visionary who provides leadership on a local and national level – “passionate about ensuring the highest quality” of service in her role as President of Hope. With that in mind, he appointed Samira to the state’s Long-Term Care Policy Council, focused on providing the most cost-effective, community-based services for Florida’s elderly. She has testified before a US House Judiciary subcommittee on the need for legislation to enable better care and comfort for those at the end of life.
Samira currently maintains leadership roles in multiple national, state, and community organizations, including the Board of Directors of the Hospice Action Network and Florida Hospices and Palliative Care Association. She served previously on the Board of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Ohio State University Alumni Association. Samira is the Founding President of the Florida PACE Association – the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly.
Awards and honors bestowed upon Samira include the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor, presented to distinguished Americans who “represent the very essence of the American way of life.” She has twice been honored by the National Association of Social Workers, as a Community Action Hero and a Social Work Pioneer. She has received the Ohio State University Alumni Association’s Medalist Award, and has been inducted into the Ohio State University College of Social Work Hall of Fame.
Taylor Ferrell joined the NCCS Board of Directors in 2019. He is an environmental attorney with the Department of Justice. He formerly worked in the Pentagon and in the White House under President Obama. A cancer survivor, he lives in Washington D.C. with his wife and daughter.
Ben Fishman joined the board of NCCS in 2017. He is a foreign policy and national security specialist who served at the White House from 2009-2013.
Laurie Isenberg joined the NCCS Board in 2016. As a two-time breast cancer survivor, Laurie was inspired by Ellen Stovall, her husband’s cousin, to work as a patient advocate. She has worked with the UCSF Center of Excellence for Breast Cancer Care, where she served in a marketing advisory capacity at BreastCancerTrials.org, a matching clinical trial service for anyone touched by breast cancer. She is currently working with a team at the UCSF Cancer Center who are building integrated survivorship care resources across various cancer programs.
Laurie is a strategic marketing and branding consultant helping both social enterprises and for-profit companies with their launch, branding and repositioning plans. She began her career in acquisitions and strategy for the Dun & Bradstreet Corporation in NYC and was the Director of Strategic Planning for D&B’s subsidiary, ACNielsen Worldwide. She subsequently co-founded SPINS, a marketing research firm for the natural consumer products industry. Laurie has worked with Prophet Brand Strategy and other consulting firms; her work includes developing a brand strategy for Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (formally The Breast Cancer Fund), a research and policy organization that works to remove cancer-correlated toxics from consumer products.
Laurie earned her B.A. in Economics at the University of Colorado and her M.B.A. at The Wharton School of Business.
Michael L. Kappel
Michael L. Kappel served NCCS as the acting President & CEO and continues to serve the organization as a board member, representing NCCS at conferences and other meetings ensuring the voice of the survivor remains at the center of health policy reform and quality improvement. He retired in 2011 as the Senior Vice President, Government & Industry Relations for McKesson Technology Solutions. He served as an advocate for healthcare policies that enable improved care through the use of information technology. He was responsible for developing McKesson Technology Solutions’ responses to emerging legislation and regulatory initiatives. He previously served as Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning where he was responsible for product direction and long-range strategic planning.
Kappel is active in a number of the healthcare industry’s information technology organizations. He was elected a Commissioner for the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology where he previously served as co-chair of the Network Certification Workgroup, the Certification Process Workgroup and the Advisory panel. He is past chair of the Policy Committee of the National Alliance for Healthcare Information Technology and currently serves as a member of the Leadership Council of the eHealth Initiative and the steering committee of Connecting for Health. He currently is a member of HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association which he helped to found in 2004 and where he has served as a past member of the Executive Committee.
Kappel brings to this position more than thirty years of experience in healthcare information technology development, strategic planning and business development. During his career, Kappel has served in numerous positions in private industry. Prior to rejoining McKesson in 2002, he was executive vice-president of ProVation Medical Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota. Prior to joining ProVation Medical Inc., Kappel was chief executive officer of MedSpecialists, Inc., a start-up company that was acquired by ProVation in 2001. Kappel also held numerous leadership positions over 16 years with McKessonHBOC and HBO & Company.
Kappel earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the College of William and Mary and a master of business administration degree in finance and healthcare administration from Cornell University.
Lisa D. T. Rice, S.M.
Lisa D. T. Rice is an influential advocate for multiple causes—including quality cancer care, women’s health and empowerment, and palliative and hospice care. She is a political strategist and social media activist, driven by the principles of accountability, transparency, and ethical behavior.
Lisa first connected with Shelley and NCCS in 2015, the year after two dear friends died of metastatic cancer. Those tragic, premature deaths drove Lisa’s search for a meaningful policy role in the cancer advocacy community. Due to her mother’s advanced Alzheimer’s, Lisa was already responsible for all medical decisions when, in 2014, her mother received a cancer diagnosis – her second in 31 years. With Shelley’s encouragement, Lisa wrote her first post for the Cancer Policy Matters blog in 2016. Read about the very tough decisions faced and bold actions taken on her mother’s behalf here. Later that year, Lisa wrote a second post for the NCCS blog, her tribute to a childhood friend killed by metastatic breast cancer.
A sought-after communications expert and recent cancer survivor, Lisa has represented the caregiver’s perspective on Cancer Care Planning (2018 NCCS CPAT symposium) and Overtreatment & Overdiagnosis (2018 NCCS Cancer Policy Roundtable) panels. Lisa supports other survivors and advocates with one-on-one coaching, teaching them how to deliver succinct, compelling stories to policymakers about cancer’s personal impact. She also accompanies survivors on constituent visits to their members of Congress. She has actively advocated for NCCS policy efforts on Capitol Hill in both the U.S. House and Senate since 2016.
Lisa serves on the boards of directors of Unite America (investing in the infrastructure of political reform) and the Newcomb Alumnae Association. A fourth-generation quilter, she is dedicated to preserving this art form and teaching the next generation of makers.
Lisa holds a B.A. degree in American Studies from Newcomb College of Tulane University and an M.S. degree in Management from the MIT Sloan School. A native Washingtonian, Lisa lives in the District with her husband, Tom Thompson.
Julia Rowland, PhD
Dr. Rowland is a long-time clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of psychosocial aspects of cancer. She has worked with and conducted competitively funded research among both pediatric and adult cancer survivors, and published broadly in psycho-oncology, including co-editing with the late Dr. Jimmie Holland the ground-breaking text, Handbook of Psychooncology.
Dr. Rowland received her PhD in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in psychosocial oncology. While at MSKCC, where she held joint appointments in pediatrics and neurology, Dr. Rowland helped to develop and was the first Director of the Post-Treatment Resource Program, an innovative resource designed to provide a full range of non-medical services to patients and their families after the end of treatment. In 1990 Dr. Rowland moved to Washington, DC to become founding Director of the Psycho-Oncology Program at Georgetown University and the Lombardi Cancer Center.
Nine years later, in September of 1999, at the urging of Ellen Stovall, she was recruited to the National Cancer Institute to become the first, full-time Director of the Office of Cancer Survivorship (OCS). As OCS Director Dr. Rowland helped build the visibility of the Office and created numerous governmental and non-profit partnerships to advance public awareness about and funding for research addressing the health care and quality of life needs of the growing population of cancer survivors of all ages, and their families. After 18 years in this role, Dr. Rowland retired from service at the NCI in September 2017 and assumed the role of Senior Strategic Advisor at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, a small non-profit organization that has been providing integrative support services to cancer patients and their families in the heart of Washington, DC, for over twenty years.
Eleanor Winter has been a part of the cable television industry for twenty five years. She presently serves as Senior Vice President at the National Cable and Telecommunications Association. Prior to joining NCTA, Eleanor worked for two United States Senators, Senator John Stennis from Mississippi and Senator Paul Simon, from Illinois. She then moved into the public relations world at the firm, Cribben, Miller and Moses.
In 2015, she was inducted into the Cable Television Hall of Fame. She currently serves on the Board of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship and the Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation. She also serves as a mentor for young men and women in the cable industry through the WICT mentorship program.
Eleanor was born and raised in Mississippi and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ole Miss.