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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 |    

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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.



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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.

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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


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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

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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. 


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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.


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