American Cancer Society Pennsylvania and Ohio Divisions Merge into East Central Division

Hershey, PA -- The American Cancer Society Pennsylvania Division, incorporated in 1944, will merge with its western neighbor, the Ohio Division on September 1, 2010. The move will allow the two divisions to blend the best of both former entities to create a stronger, more efficient Division with greater resources to fight cancer.
The merger, approved by the volunteer boards of directors of both divisions, creates the new East Central Division. Current Pennsylvania Division CEO Garry Pincock will serve as CEO of the new entity.
“The timing was right for this merger,” said Pincock. “With the retirement of Ohio’s CEO last year, it made sense to take this opportunity to bring the two divisions together, allowing us to blend staff strengths and knowledge, and to share best practices that support our mission.”
Separately, Pennsylvania and Ohio were the smallest divisions in the country, and two of only five divisions that were made up of single states. The combined East Central Division will serve a population of nearly 24 million, making it the seventh largest of the American Cancer Society’s 12 divisions. The merger enhances the Society’s ability to save lives and create a world with more birthdays.
“This will make us a stronger, more effective organization,” said Pincock. “It will also ensure that every dollar donated makes the largest impact in the fight against cancer.”
The new East Central Division Board of Directors will be made up of volunteers from both states. Recently elected board officers are:
M. Joyce Dienger, PhD, RN
Cincinnati, OH  
Gary Olson
Stroudsburg, PA  
Vice President
Chand Rohatgi, M.D.
Nazareth, PA
Vice Chairman
Kathleen M. Bond
Shaker Heights, OH
Derek Backa, CPA, CVA
Pittsburgh, PA  
Maxine Thomas, JD
Dayton, OH  
Robert T. Brodell, MD
Warren, OH  

Pincock is in the process of selecting a team of senior staff who will work to complete the transition into a new division. He said, “Above all else, we expect that the communities we serve will soon realize the benefits of this merger – especially access to more resources and training.”

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