Advisory Board

Danhauer, Suzanne 1113_printSuzanne Danhauer
Associate Professor, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Suzanne Danhauer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Sciences & Health Policy in the Division of Public Health Sciences, and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Internal Medicine, Section on Hematology and Oncology in the Wake Forest School of Medicine.

She is a clinical health psychologist whose research has investigated: (1) potential benefits of behavioral and integrative medicine modalities (with an emphasis on symptom management) for cancer patients and post-treatment survivors; (2) psychological adaptation to cancer, specifically how many survivors report a variety of positive changes in their lives following cancer.

Her current work, funded by the National Cancer Institute, examines a device-guided breathing intervention in early-stage post-treatment lung cancer survivors, work ability and related issues in young adult cancer survivors, and a stepped-care telehealth intervention for depression and anxiety post-treatment, of rural cancer survivors.

As an educator, Dr. Danhauer has taught medical students in the doctor-patient relationship course for a number of years, and more recently her teaching with undergraduate students, medical students, and academic medicine faculty members has incorporated “positive psychology” concepts such as happiness, positive emotions, and gratitude – and why they matter.

At her institution, she serves as a Vice Chair in the Department of Social Sciences & Health Policy, on a number of institutional committees, and as a mentor to junior faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and students. She is also a member of Symptom Management & Health-Related Quality of Life Steering Committee at the National Cancer Institute.


Joan Lowell
Non Profit Leadership

Joan Lowell has held leadership positions in the non profit sector for over 25 years. She served as Executive Director of Hospice of the Valley from 1983 to 1994, followed by two years in the Peace Corps, Kazakhstan, where she served as counselor in business and NGO development. She has continued this work to date in Arizona, Russia, Ukraine, Thailand, Malawi, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

Upon her return from Peace Corps, Joan served as Vice President/Senior Advancement Officer for Donor Services for the Arizona Community Foundation until 2007. She has written a series of articles for the Arizona Business Journal, the Prescott courier and most recently the AZ Daily Sun. She has also been published in Newsweek. She currently is a board member of five family foundations and two non profit organizations and consults to non profit organizations in Arizona. She serves as an Academic Associate at ASU.

Joan holds a BA from Queens College, N.Y., an M.S. from Adelphi University, N.Y. and an M.P.A from ASU.


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Certified Financial Planner™

Brent leads a team in Phoenix, Arizona, that designs, implements and monitors financial solutions and comprehensive advanced plans for family held businesses and C-level executives.

He is also a consultant for The Refinery – a Montreal based technology incubator. In his role as Finance Strategist, Brent works with partners to formulate financial roadmaps to optimize their business operations through the venture-building program.

From 1996 until 2006, New York City was home where he was a Member of the New York Stock Exchange as a Specialist Trader.

Brent holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado Boulder, with a specialization in Finance, as well an MBA from New York University – Leonard N. Stern School of Business, with a specialization in Finance and International Business. He is currently working towards a certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Stanford University.


JAN-283-webJan Ping
Emmy Award Winner, Public Speaker

With over thirty years of experience in show business, Emmy Award winning makeup artist Jan Ping has worked on some of the most famous faces in Hollywood. The most memorable?

“That’s tough,” Jan says. “Sean Connery, Howard Stern, Betty White…,” just to name a few. But Jan, a former actress and print model, says it took breast cancer for her to deeply understand the true meaning of beauty. That experience, which she describes as “endlessly profound,” has changed her life forever.

Since her diagnosis, Jan has been involved in many different organizations, helping to support women affected by breast cancer. She will be participating in the Tenth Annual Thrivers Cruise where she will do makeovers on ten deserving survivors. She currently works on Hallmark Channel’s The Home and Family Show, continuing to add to her long list of experiences in television. In addition to working full-time, Jan juggles writing, volunteering, and keynote speaking, discussing the emotional effects cancer treatment can have on self-image as well as the power of a positive perspective.


Tanya PriceTanya Price

Tanya Price’s oncology expertise ranges from prevention to survivorship, with advanced knowledge in hematology, medical oncology, bone marrow transplant, and surgical oncology.

With more than 20 years of specialized work in hospital settings, outpatient cancer centers, and home hospice, Tanya is a highly skilled nursing professional. She has implemented programs, policies, and served as a change agent for accreditations and program development.

As an oncology nurse navigator at the Los Angeles Keck Medical Center Department of Surgery’s Cancer Program, Tanya implemented new standards for navigation, distress screening, and survivorship for the Multidisciplinary Liver Cancer Clinic and the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

Tanya is an alumna of Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles, CA, where she received her bachelor and master of science in nursing, and LA County USC School of Nursing in Los Angeles, CA, where she received her diploma in nursing. She is a member of the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society and the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International.

Tanya has been present in many roles of cancer. She has experienced the words “you have cancer” and is a survivor of thyroid cancer. She also was the primary caregiver for her mother who lost her battle with multiple myeloma many years ago.


Lisa SchmittLisa Schmitt
Executive Director, New Song Center

Lisa began her career as a flight attendant, back in the days when it was fun to fly! She discovered she had a talent for sales and marketing and used those skills in business development as the marketing director for a regional medical center in Colorado. After moving to Arizona, Lisa settled into a fun career in advertising that included radio, ad agency work, and Cox Communications.

Her career path took a right turn when she joined the New Song Center staff in 2001, after serving as vice president for three years on the board of directors. “What if?” and “What’s next?” are her favorite questions to pose to her colleagues as they continually strive to meet the needs of grieving children and families in the community. In 2009, New Song merged to become a program of Hospice of the Valley, and is the oldest and largest family grief support program in Arizona.

When not at work, Lisa loves designing and sewing classical ballet costumes, hiking the mountain trails around Phoenix, playing with her two dogs, and cooking gourmet meals that she likes to refer to as “adventures in eating!” She has been married to hubby Gus for nearly 39 years. They have one daughter who is married and living in Austin,Texas.