Who is the MBC Alliance?

Our Vision

Transform and improve the lives of people living with metastatic breast cancer.

Our Mission

Unify the efforts of MBC Alliance members to improve the lives of, and outcomes for, those living with metastatic breast cancer and their families through increasing awareness and education about the disease and advancing policy and strategic coordination of research funding – specifically focused on metastasis – that has the potential to extend life, enhance quality of life and ultimately… to cure.

Our Goals

Increasing Knowledge

Ensuring all metastatic breast cancer patients and their caregivers know how and are able to access the care and services they need from a responsive and well-informed healthcare system

Building Understanding

Building understanding of metastatic breast cancer and how it differs from early stage breast cancer among those diagnosed, as well as their families, health care providers, researchers, health policy influencers and makers

Progressing Research

Advocating for progress in research focusing on extending life, enhancing quality of life and ultimately ending death from the disease


We are led by patient advocates including people diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, and their caregivers. All Alliance members have an equal “seat at the table” and each contribute at least one staff member to our work. More than 50 experts from our members participate in either a Task Force or our Executive Group.

Executive Group

Shirley Mertz, Metastatic Breast Cancer Network, Chair
Christine Benjamin, SHARE Cancer Support, Vice-Chair
Marc Hurlbert, Melanoma Research Alliance, Past-Chair

Task Force Co-Chairs
Janine Guglielmino, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, Information Task Force
Andrea Hutton, Patient Advisor, Information Task Force

Katherine O’Brien, Metastatic Breast Cancer Network, Awareness Task Force
Catherine Ormerod, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, Awareness Task Force
Teri Pollastro, Patient Advisor, Research Task Force
Stephanie Reffey, Susan G. Komen, Research Task Force

Industry Representatives
Beth Burnett, Pfizer
Susan Gorky, Celgene

Members-At-Large
Deborah Collyar, Independent Advocate
Margaret Flowers, Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Stacy Lewis, Young Survival Coalition
Joshua Newby, Theresa’s Research Foundation

Kimberly Sabelko, Susan G. Komen
Lynda Weatherby, Patient Advisor
Hope Wohl, BreastCancer.org

MBC Alliance Staff
Laurie A. Campbell, Executive Director
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Dana Mooney, Membership and Administration Coordinator
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as of 12 December 2018