THE PCSN BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Phoenix Cancer Support Network is led by a team of seven, each bringing a unique skill set and background to the table.
This tightly integrated team meets monthly to review company progress, client satisfaction, and to set direction for the future. The team maintains an in-depth set of performance indicators covering all aspects of the business.
Jenny Martin, Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Throughout Jenny’s 15 plus years of experience working in the healthcare industry, she has become particularly passionate about cancer treatment and patient care. In 2005, Jenny’s younger sister Annie lost her battle to Cancer at the age of 24. To honor her sister’s memory, Jenny is determined to leverage her knowledge and expertise in healthcare administration to make a difference in the lives of Cancer patients and their families.
Jenny earned her Bachelors of Science in Communications and Speech from Emerson College in Boston, MA. She is currently working towards her MBA in Health care administration.
Jenny lives in Phoenix, AZ with her husband, Sam and their 3 children, Ari, Elliott and Gia.
Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS, FSSO, Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Wascher is a fellowship-trained surgical oncologist, board certified in Surgery, with more than 25 years of experience in comprehensively managing cancer patients. Dr. Wascher has served in numerous leadership positions at both military and civilian institutions, and at both community and academic medical centers throughout his career. He has focused on providing competent, compassionate and evidence-based care to his patients with cancer for almost 3 decades.
Dr. Wascher graduated magna cum laude from the Creighton University School of Medicine, and completed an internship in Surgery at Letterman Army Medical Center. He them completed a residency in General Surgery at Tripler Army Medical Center. Dr. Wascher went on to complete a three-year clinical and research fellowship in Surgical Oncology at the John Wayne Cancer Institute. In addition to his practice, Dr. Wascher is a Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Arizona college of Medicine in Phoenix, AZ.
Dr. Wascher lives in the Phoenix area with his wife, Dominique, and their two children, Alexis and Aaron.
Dominique Nguyen, PHD, Chief Scientific Officer
Dominique has 15 years of experience in basic and applied research and development, including biotech and academia where she was involved in cancer research. She became passionate about helping cancer patients after witnessing firsthand the struggles her close friends faced while fighting cancer.
Dominique earned her Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree from the University of Melbourne. She also holds a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Southern California.
In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her husband and children.
Frederick Dias, Chief Legal Officer
Fred was first touched by cancer as a teenager when his mother was diagnosed and lost her valiant three-year battle. As a result, he wishes to assist patients and loved ones navigate the often-overwhelming landscape and their successful battle against this disease. Prior to serving on the board of the Phoenix Cancer Support Network he served as the Managing Partner of Jerold Kaplan Law Office PC the largest Arizona based Creditors Rights law firm. He received his undergraduate degree from Arizona State University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Arizona.
Fred resides in Phoenix with his wife, son and dogs.
Jeffrey M. Weber, MD, Medical Director
Dr. Jeffrey Weber earned a medical degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature. Following medical school, Dr. Weber completed both an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the Georgetown Division of the District of Columbia General Hospital in Washington, D.C. He then moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin and completed a fellowship in gastroenterology at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
A Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Gastroenterology, Dr. Weber has expertise in colonoscopy, gastroscopy, ERCP, inflammatory bowel diseases, peptic ulcer and gastroesophageal reflux disease, and liver diseases.
Prior to joining PCSN, Dr. Weber spent 30 years as a gastroenterologist in private practice in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. During this time, he also served as the Medical Director of both the Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center Comprehensive Obesity Treatment Program and the West Allis Memorial Hospital Weight Loss Program.
Dr. Weber has participated in numerous research studies throughout his career. In 2001, he was named Best Doctor in Milwaukee by Shepard Publications. He is also a 2003 recipient of the America’s Top Physicians Award through the Community Research Council of America. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.
In 2005, Dr. Weber became intensely involved in sarcoma cancer fundraising and awareness after the loss of his 24-year-old daughter, Annie. To honor his late daughter, Dr. Weber helped form Annie’s Connection SC, a member-directed support group serving those who have lost young adults.
A year later, he co-founded Annie’s Night, which benefits the MACC (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer) Fund, an organization dedicated to finding effective treatments and cures for pediatric cancers and other blood-related disorders. “Working with cancer patients is a natural progression in my career,” he says. Of his goal for patients, Dr. Weber says, “I hope that through an encounter with a patient and their caregivers, I am able to provide them with some sense of peace, lessen their fear and diminish their suffering."
Dr. Weber is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Gastroenterology Association, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the Maricopa County Medical Society and the Sarcoma Foundation of America.
Andrea Dias, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Andrea, a University of Massachusetts Alum who is fluent in Spanish, became interested in the cancer treatment field after losing several family members to the disease.
Andrea brings 20 years of considerable event and entertainment public relations experience. During her career, she worked with The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The LA Times and USA Today; and entertainment industry publications such as Billboard Magazine, Hits Magazine, Brand Week, Promo, The Hollywood Reporter and Daily Variety.
Over the last nine years, she has worked independently as a publicist and toured the world for many high-profile artists and events. She has also served extensively as a direct media liaison coordinating and managing media teams at both the time of scheduled events as well serving as a trouble shooter during negative media events. She has both national and international relationships and has maintained business and personal relationships with the industry’s leading entertainment writers.
Andrea lives in Arizona and enjoys spending time with her husband her ten-year-old son and too many pets.
Nancy N. Weber, Director of Community Outreach
Nancy earned her Bachelor of Science degree at Boston University in Boston Massachusetts. After graduation, she had a longstanding and successful career as an elementary school teacher and private tutor in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, while raising three children. She later attained a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from National-Louis University in Evanston, Illinois. She went on to teach a Master’s course at National-Louis for two years before the loss of her daughter, Annie Weber, after a courageous battle with Ewing’s sarcoma in 2005, at the age of 24. As a result of this experience, Nancy and her husband became quite involved in childhood and young adult cancer advocacy, leading to the formation of Annie’s Connection SC, a support group for parents of young adults with cancer. They also co-founded Annie’s Night, an annual fundraiser designed to support sarcoma research. She is involved as an advocate and fundraiser for the Sarcoma Foundation of America
Nancy currently volunteers in her grandchildrens’ classroom, and has volunteered at the Gateway Academy for the autistic spectrum of children, in Phoenix, Arizona. She is active as a volunteer for both The Friendship Circle, promoting and advocating for children with special needs, and Smile on Seniors, a group that educates, supports and entertains seniors in the Phoenix community.