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American Cancer Society Names New Board of Advisor Members for the Capital Region

Loudonville, NY (April 7, 2011) - The American Cancer Society, the nation’s leading voluntary health organization, announced the appointment of seven new members to its Capital Region Board of Advisors. Three of the seven members served as Directors of the former Gilda’s Club Capital Region, which merged with the American Cancer Society in September to form the nation’s first-ever HopeClub.

The Capital Region Board of Advisors exists to support mission-related activities of the American Cancer Society within a 13-county region in Northeastern New York. The Board is committed to the mission of reducing the incidence of and eventually eliminating cancer.

“We are very fortunate that these outstanding individuals have chosen to contribute their time and talents to the American Cancer Society and we look forward to working with them,” said Dr. Louis Snitkoff, who chairs the Board of Advisors. 

New members include:

Bishop Dr. Guy A. Cox is the founder and Senior Pastor/Teacher of Strength & Honor Ministries, Inc. Bishop Cox created a television show that airs on Schenectady Access Channel 17. He has developed a strong relational community tie across racial, cultural and denominational lines. As a cancer survivor, he knows the impact that this disease has on families and friends.

M. Rose Fonseca, FLMI is a Multicultural Markets Specialist at State Farm Insurance. She graduated with an A.A. in Associate in Arts from Columbia College and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Missouri at Columbia. Ms. Fonseca has extensive professional and personal network within the Latino community both within the Capital District and beyond.

Sheila Hogarty Fontenot is Vice President of Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar, Inc. Ms. Fontenot serves on the Institutional Advancement Committee at The Academy of the Holy Names. She has served on the Boards of The Children’s Museum of Science and Technology, The Arts Center of the Capital Region, The Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company and the former Gilda’s Club of the Capital Region.

Ann Marie Lizzi is the Production Manager at Time Warner Cable Media. Ms. Lizzi has won numerous local, regional, and national awards for her commercial and long-form work as a Producer, Director and Editor. She was named a Top 40 Under 40 in 2009 by the Capital District Business Review and is a 2010 Graduate of the Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute. She served on the Board of Directors of the former Gilda’s Club of the Capital Region.

Barbara J. MacDowell, RN, OCN is a Research Coordinator for the Department of Interventional Radiology, Community Care Physicians, at Albany Medical Center. A graduate of Maria College. Ms. MacDowell serves on a variety of Boards and Support Groups throughout the Capital Region.

Richard Martin is a Senior Director at the New York State Bar Association. Mr. Martin graduated from SUNY Albany with a BA in English/History Education and an MBA from Sage College. As a cancer survivor, Mr. Martin has firsthand knowledge of the impact that this disease can have on individuals and their families. He served on the Board of Directors of the former Gilda’s Club of the Capital Region.

Marjie Rekoon Burgasser is the Manager of Training and Documentation for Stellar Technology Solutions, a software company specializing in the business management of donor advised funds, endowments and planned giving for non profit organizations. Ms. Burgasser maintains MCRB Consulting, initiated in 1998, and offers consulting services in community relations, event planning, fundraising, cause related marketing, branding, training and strategic planning. 

Additional Resources:
American Cancer Society HopeClub in Latham
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Watch our Campaign Video on the HopeClub


About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit

About the American Cancer Society HopeClub
The American Cancer Society HopeClub is a support community for anyone whose life has been touched by cancer. HopeClub offers professionally led support groups, the full range of the American Cancer Society programs, and social gatherings designed to maintain and foster a unique sense of community. There is no cost to become a member and all services and programs are free. HopeClub is located at 1 Penny Lane, Latham, NY. For 24-hour cancer information, the public can call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit