About The Consortium

Our Mission:

The purpose of the Consortium is to reduce the human and economic burden of cancer on Missourians through the promotion of collaborative, innovative, and effective programs and policies.

Our Leaders:

Lindsey Haslag, RN, BSN

Chair, Missouri Cancer Consortium

Population Health Director

Missouri Primary Care Association

eMail: lhaslag@mo-pca.org

Sarah Van Vickle-Chaves

Chair Elect, Missouri Cancer Consortium

Senior Scientist, Washington School of Medicine

eMail: sarahv@wustl.edu

Hope Krebill, MSW, BSN, RN

Immediate Past Chair, Missouri Cancer Consortium

Executive Director, Masonic Cancer Alliance

eMail: hkrebill@kumc.edu

Key Messages:

1. The MCC provides information on cancer prevention, early detection, 

rehabilitation, and palliation of cancer to reduce the incidence, morbidity, and 

mortality of cancer in Missouri.

2. The MCC works to reduce the human and economic burden of cancer on 

Missourians through promotion of collaborative, innovative, and effective 

program and policies.

3. The MCC promotes public awareness of cancer issues, assist health 

professionals in enhancing their cancer knowledge, enhance funding sources, 

and encourages provision of services to underserved populations. 

4. The MCC partners share their expertise, resources, and experiences together 

members committed to planning, implementation, and evaluation can better 

address comprehensive cancer in Missouri.

5. Becoming a member of the MCC increases awareness of the scope of the 

problem of cancer in Missouri and what is being done to address the problem.


What we do:
Utilize cancer control data and best practices to identify and prioritize statewide needs for cancer prevention and control, identify evidence-based interventions, and resources to meet those needs.
Provide a neutral forum for cancer control partners to network, coordinate and collaborate.
Communicate identified needs, interventions and resources across groups and regions acting as a neutral clearinghouse of information.
Increase efficiency and reduce duplication of effort by coordinating activities with major partners in cancer prevention and control.
Maintain and update The Burden of Cancer in Missouri Plan priority goals, objectives and strategies to address cancer prevention and control gaps.
Conduct systematic evaluation of the cancer control prioritization and implementation process.
Support efforts to reduce the burden of cancer inequities faced by underserved populations.
Participate in influencing policy development and educating policy makers.
Ultimately, MCC members do more together than they ever could by working on their own.

Our Members:

Katie Manga, Chief Executive Officer of Gateway to Hope

Katie Manga is the Chief Executive Officer of Gateway to Hope, a St. Louis-based 501c3 nonprofit organization that removes barriers to affordable, timely and quality breast healthcare in Missouri. Katie leads the dedicated staff and strategy focused on growing the organization’s reach, partnerships, and impact in service to the organization’s mission. Since joining Gateway to Hope in 2018, Katie has focused on grounding the organization in its mission and rich history, while innovating its programs to be of better service to the needs of community today. Katie is a forward-thinking executive leader, who provides steady, transformative leadership to her organization. With experience at the helm of large, diverse teams in government, Corporate America, and in the nonprofit world, she is passionate about the power of multi-sector approaches to complex social challenges – like healthcare. Katie is the proud mom of Addie and Ethan, ages 4 and 7, spouse to Ben, and avid marathon runner.

Xarria Lewis, MPH, Comprehensive Cancer Program Specialist, Bureau of Cancer and Chronic Disease Control, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Xarria Lewis is the Missouri (MO) Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (MCCCP) Assistant in the Bureau of Cancer and Chronic Disease Prevention at the MO Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS). Xarria previously worked as a Graduate Assistant at Eastern Michigan University where she co-led the University’s Office of Health Promotion. While in her role, she created and implemented a successful sexual health and education campaign as well as other programs centered on student issues such as housing security, mental health, physical health, financial literacy, food insecurity, childcare etc. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Health Science in 2019 (University of Missouri) and her Master’s degree in Public Health in 2021 (Eastern Michigan University).  

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Misty Phillips, MBA, MSW, Comprehensive Cancer Program Manager, Bureau of Cancer and Chronic Disease Prevention, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Misty Phillips is the Missouri (MO) Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (MCCCP) Manager in the Bureau of Cancer and Chronic Disease Prevention at the MO Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS). Misty has more than 20 years of experience in public program administration, compliance management, community engagement, and coalition-building. Previously she served as the Program Coordinator in the Bureau of Environmental Epidemiology at DHSS. While in that role she successfully launched a new federal drinking water program and the “Choose Safe Places” (environmentally safe from toxins) pilot program to protect the health and well-being of children in daycare, pre-school, and elementary school settings across Missouri.

In her current role as MCCCP Manager, Misty collaborates with key stakeholders across the state to support cancer prevention, screening and detection, and the wellbeing of survivorship. She also has a special interest in promoting health equity and this position will provide her a platform to encourage that. As a servant leader, she has been a “Relay for Life” volunteer for over 10 years in addition to being very involved in her local community. Misty is a 2017 Graduate of the Missouri Leadership Challenge Program for Women which selects women nominated through a competitive process. The leadership program provides education in leadership development, information and major discussion of state policy issues, and exposure to the philosophies and thoughts of the state’s business, cultural, educational and political leaders. It provides new channels of communication to broaden the participation of women working to address the critical issues facing Missouri, our workforce, and our communities. She holds dual Bachelor’s and dual Master’s degree in Social Work –Clinical Track (University of Missouri-Columbia) and Business Administration (William Woods University) in addition to serving on several state, regional, and national boards/committees.

Jean Wang, MD, PhD – Professor of Medicine, Siteman Cancer Center and Washington University

Jean Wang is a gastroenterology physician at Siteman Cancer Center, Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.  She completed her college and medical school education at Brown University, her internal medicine residency and gastroenterology fellowship training at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and was on the faculty at Johns Hopkins Hospital for 5 years before coming to Washington University in 2009.  Since 2017, she has served on the national American College of Gastroenterology Patient Care Committee.  Since 2018, she has served as Co-Chair and Chair of the Missouri Colorectal Cancer Roundtable.  She provides colonoscopy screenings as part of her clinical practice and is active in community outreach to increase colorectal cancer screening rates.


Jean S. Wang, MD PhD

Professor of Medicine

Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine

660 S. Euclid Avenue, Campus Box 8124

Saint Louis, MO 63110

Phone 314-362-5952 | Fax 314-747-1277 | jeanwang@wustl.edu

Sarah Chavez, PhD – Senior Scientist, Siteman Cancer Center and Washington University School of Medicine

Sarah Chavez is the Senior Scientist with Community Outreach and Engagement, which is part of the Program to Eliminate Cancer Disparities (PECaD) at Siteman Cancer Center. She works with the data team at Washington University Division of Public Health to monitor the cancer burden in Missouri and Illinois, and is also active in clinical trials monitoring within Siteman Cancer Center. Sarah received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry from University of Missouri-Columbia in 2001, and her PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology in 2007.  Her background includes basic science research in heart disease, virology, and breast cancer, as well as teaching Biology, Global Health, Genetics, and Cancer Biology in the Pre-Medicine Post-Baccalaureate Program at Washington University.  


Sarah Chavez, PhD  

Chair-Elect, Missouri Cancer Consortium  

Senior Scientist | Community Outreach and Engagement | Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center  

Division of Public Health Sciences | Washington University School of Medicine  

600 S. Taylor Ave. Campus Box 8100 | Saint Louis, MO 63110  

tel. 314-807-7870 | sarahv@wustl.edu  



Julie Augustine, R.N., Nurse Clinical Account Consultant

Julie Augustine, RN, MSN, is the clinical consultant for Anthem BCBS Missouri. Her duties include total population health management strategies with our clients, cost of care initiatives, and member education to help achieve the clients’ health and wellness goals. Additional areas of focus include health claim analysis, innovative solutions for healthier members, and worksite wellness strategic planning to increase engagement.

Julie has a master's degree in nursing education and extensive hospital and clinical experience as a registered nurse. She has more than 15 years of worksite population health management experience. Julie is also a certified health coach and managed care nurse.  Julie is active on the American Cancer Society Corporate Wellness Council, Siteman Patient and Family Advisory Council, and Wellness Council of America.

At Anthem, we know that better health often starts in the workplace. We believe through health promotion and clinical management, we can help our clients engage and empower employees to positively impact medical outcomes.

As an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys live music, Julie brings an energetic and creative approach to her position. She prides herself in working one-on-one with clients to develop successful strategies to meet their needs and those of their employees. As a result, Julie was named to the Wellness Council of America’s Top 100 Health Professionals in 2015.

Clara Anderson Sainte, LCSW, LMSW is the Program Director with Gilda's Club Kansas City (GCKC)

GCKC offers a FREE Cancer Support Program for anyone impacted by any type of cancer throughout the entire experience. Clara previously worked for NorthCare Hospice as a social worker and bereavement specialist. Currently, Clara is the Vice Chair of Mental Health America of the Heartland and previously served on the advisory board for University of Kansas Camp Kesem. She is trained as a Grief Recovery Specialist and Open to Options Specialist.  







Rudy Bess, Founding Director - The Hope Light Foundation

Rudy Bess is the Founding Director of The Hope Light Foundation that is a nonprofit public charity dedicated to communicating awareness to help people detect cancer early.  He attended Draughons Business College, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, has a certificate in Evidence-Based Public Health from St. Louis University and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Science from Tarkio College.  


Rudy served in the United States Air Force and retired from McDonnell Douglas Corporation/The Boeing Company after 36 years.  For the past 10 years, he has been leading The Hope Light Foundation in researching and analyzing cancer related health data to determine target communities for focusing the Foundation’s efforts in outreach activities and communicating cancer awareness on it’s website and establishing Hope Light Cancer Corners.  Rudy is active in promoting early cancer detection through The Hope Light Foundation’s website, by working with state cancer consortiums and community health organizations and by submitting media press releases.   


Rudy is Co-Chairman of the Illinois Cancer Partnership and a member of state cancer consortiums in Kentucky and Missouri.  He is on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST) Foundation, Co-Chairman of the Hazelwood, Missouri Board of Adjustment, member of the Hazelwood Board of Architectural Review and past chairman of the Hazelwood Board of Appeals.  







Hope Krebill, RN, BSN, MSW

Executive Director, Midwest Cancer Alliance

The University of Kansas Cancer Center

4350 Shawnee Mission Parkway Suite 1100

Fairway, KS 66205

Phone: 913.588.3739

Fax: 913.945.6644



Hope Krebill, RN, BSN, MSW, is the Executive Director of the Midwest Cancer Alliance, located at The University of Kansas Cancer Center, serving Kansas and western Missouri. Hope has over 20 years of combined experience in cancer control, research, program management, and evaluation of programs in populations that are underserved. She has extensive experience in collaborating with community partners to develop and deliver evidence-based public health interventions that address regional cancer health disparities. For the last 18 years, she has provided research support and collaboration to multiple NIH funded research projects. Hope recently served on a National Cancer Institute advisory group to develop strategies to assist cancer control professionals translate research into practice. She also served as a mentor for the NCI Research to Reality program to help build the capacity of cancer control practitioners to utilize evidence-based decision making.








Lindsey Haslag, RN, BSN - Chronic Pain and Performance Improvement Program Manager - Missouri Primary Care Association

Lindsey Haslag RN, BSN is a member of the Missouri Center for Healthcare Quality Team at the Missouri Primary Care Association where she is a program manager, focusing on Chronic Pain programs.  She received her Associates Degree in Nursing in 2006 and Bachelors of Nursing Degree in 2010.  Her background includes outpatient/clinic services, wellness, and healthcare and quality management at a Federally Qualified Health Center. 


Lindsey Haslag, RN, BSN

VP Population Health

Missouri Primary Care Association

3325 Emerald Lane

Jefferson City, MO 65109

Main: 573-636-4222

Direct: 573-636-2236 ext. 226

Fax: 573-636-4585

E-mail: lhaslag@mo-pca.org


Steve Hentzen, Chairman and co-founder, Prostate Network

Steve has a special knack for guiding the Prostate Network onto a trajectory of outreach through his networking skills both on a personal level and on a social media level.  Anyone who has met Steve know how enthusiastic and passionate he is a bout spreading the word about Prostate Cancer Awareness. 

Steve stays active by working out daily by running, cycling, and doing Cross Fit training.  He is widowed and has an 18-year old son.

He has worked as an application developer most recently, as part of a 27-year career in Information Technology, with roles in architecture, development, and identity management.  It’s no wonder that Steve has the skills to make social media a cornerstone of our outreach program.  The computer science department at the University of Kansas prepared Steve well for his journey in Information Technology.

Steve is the Survivorship Co-Chair of the Kansas Cancer Partnership


Steve leads the prostate team on the Missouri Cancer Consortium.

Steve is also a member of the Patient Advisory Board at the University of Kansas Cancer Center where he volunteers his time and capabilities.

He is a nine-year prostate cancer survivor who had a radical prostatectomy at age 46 followed by radiation a year later.




Mandy Schick M.Ed. Outreach and Events Coordinator for Susan G. Komen Missouri

Mandy Schick M.Ed. is the Outreach and Events Coordinator for Susan G. Komen Missouri.  She received her Master’s Degree in 2006 and is currently seeking her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Missouri. Prior to her current role, Mandy owned her own health and fitness business for over 10 years. Her background includes community and individual health and wellness planning. She also serves a member of the Columbia Metro Rotary Club. 

601 Business Loop 70 W, Set 125 | Columbia, MO 65203

office: 573.445.1905


Mindy Ulstad, Aging Program Specialist II

Department of Health and Senior Services

Division of Senior and Disability Services

Bureau of Senior Programs

912 Wildwood Drive, P.O. Box 570

Jefferson City, MO 65109

Phone: (573) 526-8534



Mindy Ulstad is an Aging Program Specialist with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.  She is the Older Adult Health Liaison for the Division of Senior and Disability Services and sits on many statewide advisory boards and councils for health and mental health related topics. She oversees the spending of federal Older Americans Act (OAA) Title III D funds which are distributed to the ten Missouri Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) to provide disease prevention and health promotion programs to seniors and adults with disables throughout the state.  She also oversees the OAA Title III B funds which are also distributed to the AAAs to provide information and assistance to seniors and adults with disabilities to help them access available services and resources in their area.  In addition to the OAA funding Mindy is the Assistant State Director for the Missouri Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) which provides employment training through community service positions to adults age 55 or older who are unemployed and have a family income of no more than 125% of the federal poverty level.






Judy Waechter RN, CRRN, BCPA

Executive Committee Co Chair, Palliative and End of Life Committee, Missouri Cancer Consortium

Judy's focus is on building lasting partnerships with healthcare providers and the community they serve to provide holistic care focused on meeting the needs of those living with serious illness. Through education and coordination of care, she bridges the professional healthcare providers and family and friend caregivers to ensure the most appropriate level of services and support is provided to those we share the care of to maximize quality of life.   She is a current member of the American Cancer Society Chairman’s Circle,  Kansas Cancer Plan, and liaison for The Conversation Project and National Healthcare Decisions Day. She is board certified in both Patient Advocacy and Rehabilitation as well as a certified End of Life Nursing Education Consortium trainer.

(913) 706-0813


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