USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

An NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center

Advisory Boards

Community Advisory Board (CAB)​​

With the support of USC Norris, the CAB was established to advise USC Norris and the Community Outreach and Engagement (COE) leadership on catchment area needs and to foster bi-directional communication with community leaders. The CAB includes the following individuals:

Freddie Muse Jr.

Chair of CAB & CEO of The Men's Cancer Network

Carolina Cruz

Latinx Community Patient Advocate

Kenny Chu

AYA Cancer Survivor & Advocate

Aurora Flores

Latinx Community Patient Advocate

Phuong Gallagher

Asian Community Patient Advocate & Cancer Survivor

Daniel Dougherty

AYA Cancer Survivor & Patient Advocate

Stori Nagel

CEO House of Volta & Cancer Survivor

Koy Parada

Azusa Pacific University API Community Patient Advocate

Pastor Rhonda Holbert

CEO of Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry & Cancer Survivor

Graciela Santillan

Cancer Survivor

Erin Miller

Development Manager, Lazarex Cancer Foundation

Lavern Yazzie Simon

American Indian Patient Advocate

Trudy Garcia

American Indian Patient Advocate

Cancer Disparities Internal Advisory Committee

The Cancer Disparities Internal Advisory Committee, led by Mariana Stern, PhD, provides guidance and advise to COE, periodically evaluates catchment area cancer burden and priorities, oversees and advises on strategic plan cancer disparity efforts (e.g. development of a disparity index), and serves as a channel of communication with all USC Norris research programs. The committee includes the following individuals: 

Mariana Stern, PhD

Martin Kast, PhD

Crystal Marconette, PhD

John Carpten, PhD

Claradina Soto, PhD

Juan Pablo Lewinger, PhD

Kayla de la Haye, PhD

Dennis Deapen, PhD

Lihua Liu, PhD

Kimberly Miller, PhD

Albert Farias, PhD

Reginal Tucker-Seeley, PhD

USC Cancer Survivorship Advisory Council

The mission of the USC Norris Cancer Survivorship Advisory Council is to facilitate the journey from diagnosis to survivorship for cancer patients and their caregivers through advocacy, education, and support for the advancement of cancer research. 

Members include recently diagnosed cancer patients, longtime survivors, and family members who have cared for loved ones with cancer. Their common ground is the desire to use their experiences to make a positive difference in the lives of others facing cancer and to improve patient care and the treatment of cancer for future generations.

Council members advise clinicians and researchers at the Keck School of Medicine at USC on issues bearing on the quality of patient care and actively support clinical trials and other research efforts at USC Norris and in the surrounding community. This council gives a face to cancer survivorship as they serve on committees that direct research, treatment, and education decisions throughout the cancer center, and partner with dedicated USC healthcare professionals to identify and address areas where our unique patient perspective is most needed.

The council is also a project-driven group that develops programs originating from within their council membership. Current projects include the Bereavement Letter Project, the Financial Toxicity Project, and the Puzzle Table, all of which were initiated by council members with the goal of improving the patient and family experience.

Cancer patients, survivors, and the loved ones of cancer patients are invited to join. If you are interested in learning more about this council, please go to: