Community Advisory Board

The University of Illinois Cancer Center Community Advisory Board (CAB) is a collaborative group of individuals dedicated to supporting our mission of reducing the cancer burden and improving outcomes for the people we serve.

The CAB integrates outreach and engagement in all Cancer Center endeavors — ranging from strategic planning to research to fundraising — through meaningful partnerships across Chicago communities and beyond.

Aims for Members as Thought Leaders:

  • Support the Cancer Center to reduce the burden of cancer in our catchment area
  • Assist with dissemination of evidence-based findings to communities
  • Participate in development and execution of Cancer Center strategic plans
  • Advise on priorities for clinical support, research directions, and community needs

The Community Advisory Board represents the voices of our community. It serves as an essential connection between the Cancer Center and the community, promoting an equitable and consistent exchange of information and ideas to address the cancer burden faced by our community.

The CAB is comprised of cancer survivors, state representatives, federally qualified health center leaders, NCI-designated health center leaders, minority group representatives, community-based organization members, and faith leaders.

Community Advisory Board Members

Candace Henley, Co-Chair of CAB

Joanne Glenn, RN MBA, Co-Chair of CAB

Charles Walton, MBA

Gina Curry, MPH, MBA

Jacqueline Soto-Herrera

Dr. Josef Ben Levi, EdD

Judes Fleurimont

Judith Guitelman

Kathleen Goss, PhD

Paul Luu

Representative Marcus Evans

Russell Hopkins

Community Advisory Board Scientist Liaisons

The research liaisons program intends to create a robust partnership between scientists and stakeholders, reinforcing the Cancer Center’s community-informed model for research.

There are designated liaisons from each of the Cancer Center’s three scientific programs – Cancer Biology, Translational Oncology, and Cancer Prevention and Control. The research liaisons will function as active brokers who connect the interests of their research programs, the Community Outreach and Engagement (COE) Office, and the 14-member Community Advisory Board.

Saria Lofton, PhD

Assistant Professor, Population Health Nursing Science – Cancer Prevention and Control

Irum Khan, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine – Translational Oncology

Jonathan Coloff, PhD

Assistant Professor, Physiology and Biophysics – Cancer Biology

Community Advisory Board Administration

Jan Kitajewski photo on a blue background
Jan Kitajewski, PhD

Director of the University of Illinois Cancer Center

photo of Yamile Molina
Yamile Molina, PhD

Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement

Nasima Mannan
Nasima Mannan, MPH

Senior Research Specialist

Learn more about the Community Advisory Board

If you’re interested in joining or learning more about the Cancer Center Community Advisory Board, please contact Nasima Mannan, MPH, Senior Research Specialist.

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