Howard Brown

Howard Brown

Board Chair, President

Howard Brown is an Internet/software entrepreneur, and a two time cancer survivor. His areas of expertise include new game strategic consulting, digital platforms (mobile, audio, video, broadcast / cable, cloud computing, social media, online communities and smart enterprises (data collection, analysis, intelligence, insights and reporting. He is the founder of Advocasee, and was the CEO and Cofounder of CircleBuilder Software LLC, a provider of private online community software. He has twice served as the President of the Babson College Alumni Association Board of Directors, and has served on a number of other nonprofit and private sector boards and committees.

Sam Dharia

Sam Dharia

Treasurer
Sam is a Strategy and Operations Lead at Google, focusing on finance and long-term strategic planning. He also serves as the CFO of the surgical device start-up Radioclash, which is building a device to enable a new class of minimally invasive procedures that aims to replace more costly and risky large surgeries.
He has previously worked as a consultant for major pharmaceutical and technology firms at Deloitte Consulting LLP, supporting Mergers and Acquisition integrations and organizational design.
Sam has a BS from Cornell University and an MBA and MS in Design Innovation from Northwestern University.
Dr. Leslie Cloud

Dr. Leslie Cloud

Director and Member, Medical/Scientific Advisory Board

I am a practicing physician and a proud volunteer in COLONTOWN.  I am a member of PALTOWN’s Board of Directors and its Medical and Scientific Advisory Board.

COLONTOWN is a resource unlike any other that I have encountered in my professional career or personal life.  COLONTOWN is not just another support group—it is a transformational online community that educates and empowers its members with accurate, up to date, evidence-based information about the management of all forms of CRC.  With input from leading CRC experts around the country and constant oversight from its cabinet and community leaders, COLONTOWN is a one-stop shop for education, information, emotional support, and camaraderie for the newly diagnosed, seasoned CRC veterans, and caregivers.

Patricia Gellasch

Patricia Gellasch

Director

Patricia Gellasch is a consultant with expertise in research, grant development and execution, and continuing medical education. Her scholarship focuses on improving the lives of women and children and has been presented at national and international conferences. She is a board-certified family nurse practitioner with clinical experience in primary care. She previously worked as a registered nurse in the neonatal ICU. Patricia is also adjunct faculty in the Department of Nursing at The College of New Jersey. She is a stage III CRC survivor.

Mary Hannon

Mary Hannon

Director

Mary Hannon is a Marketing and Communications professional with over 20 years in her field.

In the non-profit sector, Mary has served on the Board of Directors, Marketing Advisory Council, and Community Impact Team for the Heart of Michigan United Way.  As a recent colorectal cancer survivor, Mary is also an active member of COLONTOWN.  She is passionate about giving back to both her cancer and local communities with her time and marketing communications skillset.

Mary holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.  She lives in Grand Rapids, MI with her husband, two little boys, and German Shorthaired Pointer. Together, they enjoy all the outdoor activities Michigan has to offer.

Susan Pfau

Susan Pfau

Director

Susan Pfau, LMFT, RPT is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a registered play therapist. She is currently completing a 1-year behavioral health predoctoral internship at the University of MN St. John’s Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program (2022-23).  She has a private practice, teaches Medical Family at St. Mary’s University of MN master’s level, and facilitates young adults living with cancer support groups for Gilda’s Clubhouse Twin Cities (cancer community support. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in Medical Family Therapy at Northcentral University.

Susan specializes in the diagnosis, management of mental health and therapy in the following: ages early childhood (0-5), children, adults, and couples. She has extensive training in DC: 0-5-a diagnostic classification of mental health and development disorders of infancy and early childhood. She is trained in Experiential Play Therapy, Theraplay (attachment-based intervention for caregivers and their children), Sand Tray Therapy and EMDR Therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).

Susan changed careers after losing her son (28) to colon cancer. She realized how important mental health support was during those times. Her passion is to walk alongside families experiencing a terminal or serious illness.

Evelyn Post

Evelyn Post

Director

Evelyn Post is the CEO of a large nonprofit serving the elderly and disabled, providing a variety of in-home support services for those who desire to “age in place” at home. She has degrees in English and Business Education and is a former teacher and licensed social worker. Evelyn found her niche early in life, however, as an advocate for the senior population. Her advocacy for more and better programs for frail seniors, the terminally ill and the disabled population has resulted in many invitations to serve on boards and committees throughout the state of WV.
As an elected County Commissioner (6 years) and Board of Education member (22 years), she has been instrumental in numerous infrastructure projects in her home county. She also established the Evelyn Post Scholarship in 2003, which has awarded nearly $200,000 in scholarships to deserving students.
Evelyn was recently honored by her alma mater, Glenville State University, with the Distinguished Community Achievement Award.
Life hasn’t always been easy, however, for Evelyn; she comes to PALTOWN’S Board of Directors having lost her daughter Pam to colorectal cancer in 2018 and her spouse in 2017 to cancer. Her daughter Betsy is very active in COLONTOWN’s groups for colorectal cancer patients and caregivers.

Deneen Richmond

Deneen Richmond

Director

Deneen Richmond is the president at Luminis Health Doctors Community Medical Center in Lanham, Maryland, and serves as the Chief Quality, Equity & Population Health Officer for Luminis Health.
Deneen is a recent survivor of colorectal cancer. She has shared her personal journey in many forums, and is dedicated to being a patient advocate, erasing the stigma and educating others about colorectal cancer. Deneen is passionate about improving the health of our communities, promoting health equity and eradicating health disparities.
Deneen has more than 30 years of healthcare leadership experience, including senior leadership roles at Anne Arundel Health System, Inova Health System, Holy Cross Hospital, the Delmarva Foundation, and the National Committee for Quality Assurance.
Deneen serves as adjunct faculty at the George Washington University, Milken School of Public Health in the executive master’s in health administration program.

Ms. Richmond holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of the District of Columbia and a master’s degree in health care administration from The George Washington University.

Julie Wrigley

Julie Wrigley

Director

Julie Wrigley is an Assistant Professor of Management in the College of Business and Public Policy at the University of Alaska Anchorage. After many years as an attorney in private practice in Alaska, she discovered her love of lawyering was really a deep affinity of teaching others to understand the legal aspects of our world. In addition to teaching real estate and business related classes, she also teaches negotiation and conflict resolution.

Julie has worked with many nonprofit organizations in various board member roles and as legal council. A colorectal cancer diagnosis for her 40th birthday turned her attention to cancer related advocacy projects and cancer centered nonprofits. Outside of work, she spends time with her husband and children skiing, floating and fishing rivers and exploring trails all over Alaska. She is currently working on obtaining her pilot’s license.