Board of Directors

The Cancer Support Now Board of Directors meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month from 1:00 to 3:15 pm, with occasional deviations due to holidays, conferences, or travel. If you have items of business or discussion you would like to present to or ask of the board, you may call or email any Board member, or you may attend any meeting. Locations and times are listed below the Board of Directors listing. 

Board Members

Anjanette Cureton, Co-President 

Dr. Cureton is the clinical psychologist at the University of New Mexico Cancer Center. A brain cancer survivor, Dr. Cureton is a peer support group facilitator for Cancer Support Now.

Brittany Karnezis, Co-President 

Brittany Karnezis has been with Cancer Support since 2017 and believes strongly in its mission and the ways it connects cancer survivors. She has had multiple people in her family who have received cancer diagnoses, which has impacted her connection to caregivers and their roles in survivorship. Brittany works for Central New Mexico Community College and has previously been involved in New Mexico's healthcare and advocacy nonprofit circles.

Pamela Engel, Vice President

Pamela Engel is a 3 time cancer survivor with the BRCA1 genetic mutation. She's had breast cancer, ovarian cancer and metastatic ovarian cancer. She specializes in on-on-one support and is a co-facilitator of our 'Ovarian Open Arms' support group. 

Mark Rupert, M.S., Treasurer

Mark Rupert is a cancer survivor of a non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in sinus area (2013); treated with chemotherapy and radiation and attends a CSN support group. Administration for Albuquerque Dukes 1981- 1993 and Brain Fitness Instructor at Fairwinds Rio Rancho (2007-2011).

 

Carmelita Agodon, M.D. 

Dr. Agodon, an anesthesiologist, a bilateral breast cancer survivor and a trained support facilitator. Prior to her own cancer experience, she was a caregiver to her grandmother with lung cancer, uncle with colon cancer and an aunt with breast cancer.

Russell Janis, Finance Committee

Advisory Committee

Tricia Monaghan, JD, Legal Advisor

A former Cancer Support Now board member (2012-2017), Tricia Monaghan is a dynamic lawyer with more than twenty years broad based experience in civil and commercial law and nonprofit organizations.  Preceded by a career in banking including organizational management and commercial lending.  Strong experience in forming and working with nonprofit corporations. 

Eleanor Schick, Helpline Coordinator

Eleanor Schick answers the Cancer Support Now, Inc. Helpline providing support to callers and information on resources. She is a breast cancer survivor and a support group facilitator. Eleanor serves as the Community Cancer Navigator for CSN.

 

Patricia Torn, MPA, Peer Support Facilitator Trainer/DOH Contract Administrator.

Four time cancer caregiver for loved ones, Patricia retired from the City of Albuquerque in 2000. Working in cancer support related positions since then, she offers the following trainings: One-On-One Cancer Peer Support and/or Group Cancer Peer Support Facilitator Training;  Cancer: Thriving and Surviving and/or Pain Management Workshop Leader Training; and One-On-One Smoking Cessation Facilitator Training.

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