We are so thrilled to welcome Michelle Mason and Lisa Poulin as the two newest members to our Board of Directors. Lisa is a Principal at Deloitte CRG in Transactions and Business Analytics and Michelle is the President and CEO of the Association Forum of Chicagoland. We sat down with them to find out what the lung cancer movement means to them and how they hope to make a difference.
Why did you decide to join LCA’s Board of Directors?
MICHELLE: LCA gives a voice to those who are impacted by the silent disease – lung cancer. Their empathic and personalized approach provides access to research, resources and a community of support in a dignified manner. LCA’s broad reach and accomplishments are changing the lung cancer dialogue and delivering results. It is because of this level of commitment that I choose to serve on the Board.
LISA: It is an opportunity to give back. Working on the board of an organization that helps people meet the challenges of serious health issues is meaningful work. I am part of something bigger than I am and that makes a difference.
What is your connection to lung cancer?
MICHELLE: I know several who have passed away from the disease.
LISA: Both of my aunts on my mother’s side of the family died of lung cancer and my grandfather suffered a long time with emphysema. Clearly it’s an illness that has impacted my family.
What would you like to achieve through your work with LCA? Is there a particular aspect of the cause you are most interested in (e.g., stigma, screening, support, etc.)?
MICHELLE: I simply want to help LCA accomplish its mission – saving lives and advancing research by empowering those living with or at risk for lung cancer. I believe all aspect are equally important.
LISA: I just joined so I am trying to figure out where I can make an impact. Not clear yet as all aspects are important. I did not join with a selected purpose in mind and am developing a focus the more I learn.
What has been your favorite part of joining the team thus far?
MICHELLE: Joining a community of people committed to helping and supporting those impacted by the disease.
LISA: Getting to know the board members and the organization’s accomplishments. So exciting to be part of such a solid and positive organization. Love the energy and passion of all the board and staff.