Board, Staff & Committees

Our 2023 Board

CACV is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the membership.

Chair: Kelly Fitzgerald, Vice President, Grassroots Development, Alliance Group

Vice Chair: John Deeken, MD, President, Inova Schar Cancer Institute

Treasurer: Deborah Clarkston, MSN, RN, Nursing Program Coordinator, Mountain Empire Community College

Secretary: Tiffany Gowen, MHA, CPXP, Program Manager, Patient & Family Care, Lung Cancer Screening, American College of Radiology

Parliamentarian: Amy Godkin, Executive Director, ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation

VDH Representative: Vicki Zwicker, Comprehensive Cancer Control Coordinator, Virginia Department of Health

Member-at-Large: Amanda Baig, Cancer Support Strategic Partnerships Manager, American Cancer Society

Member-at-Large: Debbie Chatman Bryant, DNP, Executive Director, Community Outreach & Engagement, VCU Massey Cancer Center

Member-at-Large: Claudette Grant, Community Outreach and Engagement Specialist, UVA Comprehensive Cancer Center

Member-at-Large: Riguey King, Vice President, Community Impact, American Cancer Society, Southeast Region

Member-at-Large: Donna Wilson, High Risk Breast Nurse Navigator, HCA Healthcare & Chair, VaCPNN

Executive Director: Jessica Deering


Our committees are important leadership groups tasked with various key functions of the organization.

Advocacy/Policy Committee
The committee provides direction, planning, and general oversight to policy issues that relate to reducing the burden of cancer in Virginia.

Conference Planning Committee
The committee manages the planning of the Virginia Cancer Conference including program content, sponsorships, marketing, and logistics.

Evaluation Committee
The committee monitors the progress of the Virginia Cancer Plan implementation; gathers appropriate data; and prepares and distributes regular reports on the plan outcomes.

Membership Committee
The committee works to recruit, retain, and engage the Virginia cancer community to implement the Virginia Cancer Plan and become active members of CACV.

Program Committee

The committee develops the agenda and program content for quarterly meetings and other CACV events.

If you are interested in volunteering on a committee or joining our board, please contact us at