Skip Navigation

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for Dana-Farber patients & families Learn more

Executive Council

  • Executive Council Women's Leadership Breakfast banner
  • Upcoming Event: Executive Council Women's Leadership Breakfast

    Advancing Equity in Breast and Gynecologic Cancer Care

    May 11, 2023 | 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. | The Westin Boston Seaport District

    Join us for a morning of education and advocacy, featuring experts from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and leaders from the Massachusetts legislature, to learn how you can help make this vision a reality. Our program will include a panel discussion on the progress Dana-Farber is making to address inequities in cancer care and research. You will also learn about the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Equity and Early Detection Bill, and how you can help advocate for change. And your contribution will help raise lifesaving dollars for the Susan F. Smith Center to improve outcomes and extend the quality of life for all.

    Program Agenda and Speakers

    Register Now

    Our Mission

    The Executive Council of the Susan F. Smith Center for Women's Cancers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a dedicated group of women devoted to Defying Cancer. Established in 2002, the Executive Council dared to believe that through education, advocacy, and fundraising, they could change the trajectory of women's cancers. The diverse and accomplished members understand that cancer is a disease that impacts women like themselves — and are challenging the status quo.


  • Sarah M. Tolaney, MD, MPH

    Sarah M. Tolaney, MD, MPH, Chief, Division of Breast Oncology, Susan F. Smith Center for Women's Cancers

  • The Executive Council shares information on the latest research and treatment of women's cancers through a variety of programs including fundraising events, lecture series and on-line forums. Through programming, these women educate thousands who in turn share their knowledge with thousands more.


  • take action placard

    The Executive Council advocates for cancer patients of the Susan F. Smith Center and their families. Together with the Dana-Farber Legislative Action Network (LAN), the Council advocates for cancer-related issues such as cancer prevention and early detection, strengthening funding for cancer research, improving access to cancer therapies, eliminating disparities in cancer care and clinical trials, and finding equity-focused solutions to address social determinants of health.

    Learn more about the Dana-Farber LAN



  • Laurie Glimcher, MD

    Laurie Glimcher, MD, President and CEO of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, with attendees of the 2019 Susan F. Smith Center Executive Council Breakfast.


    The Executive Council is an essential philanthropy network for the Susan F. Smith Center. Since 2002, more than $19 million has been raised for the Center. The Council raises funds for groundbreaking research and new forms of treatments for women's cancers. We invite individuals and companies to sponsor the educational fund-raising events and help improve outcomes for women with breast and gynecologic cancers. These funds have given physician-scientists at the Susan F. Smith Center the support they need to make new discoveries that are extending and improving the quality of women's lives.

    Join Us

    The Executive Council embraces every opportunity to encourage like-minded individuals to Defy Cancer by joining the Council in their mission of education, advocacy, and fundraising. For more information about joining the Council, please email Raquel Morales at

  • Susan F. Smith Center for Women's Cancers Executive Council

    Honorary Chair

    Susan F. Smith∞

    Founding Co-Chairs

    Tracey E. Flaherty
    Jane P. Jamieson*
    Beth F. Terrana*

    Executive Council

    Kimberly Amsden
    Amy Smith Berylson
    Randi Cutler
    Diane Davidson
    Deirdre Dunn
    Hazel Durand
    Deborah S. First*
    Susan James Geremia
    Alicia Grasfeder
    Mary Kralis Hoppe
    Matina Horner
    Deborah Smith Knez
    Jessica Knez
    Bette Ann Libby
    Pamela Martin
    Barbara Marx
    Susan Loconto Penta
    Terrie Perella
    Jennifer Potter-Brotman
    Dana Smith
    Jill Stansky
    Kathleen Stansky
    Meredith Beaton Starr
    Ann Turley
    Laura Van Zandt
    Barbara Freedman Wand
    Kathleen Whelan

    *Dana-Farber Trustee
    ∞In Memoriam