Advocate Reviewers

CPRIT includes advocate reviewers as part of its peer review process to ensure the needs of cancer patients remain at the forefront of discussions during the review process. Participation of advocate reviewers in peer review leads to an expanded perspective by scientists and public health expert reviewers as well as the community at large.

Advocate Reviewer Application Form
Frequently Asked Questions

Brian Booher, M.A.
Ann’s Place, Inc. Community Based Cancer Support
Danbury, CT

Nora Carbine
Research Advocate
Georgetown University Breast Cancer Advocates

Sandra Finestone, Psy.D.
Hope Wellness Center
Irvine, CA

Michal-Judith Gillman
President and CEO
Central Coast Survive Oars
Central Coast Dragon Boat Association
Morro Bay, CA

Mara Ginsberg, JD
Founder & President
To Life!

Samantha Guild
AIM at Melanoma
Richmond, CA

Valerie Guild, MBA
AIM at Melanoma Foundation

Stephanie Dunn Haney, M.A.
American Lung Association, National Headquarters
New York, NY

Gwen Harding-Peets, PhD
Regional Coordinator
SHARE: Self-Help for Women with Breast or Ovarian Cancer

Michael Holtz, M.S.
Colon Cancer Alliance
Washington, DC

David Houchens, Ph.D.
Us TOO International, Inc.
Columbus, OH

Vivian Lee
Founder and Managing Director
Aqua Partners LLC

Margerie McNeill Manning, D.D.S.
Department of Development
San Luis Young Survivors
San Luis Obispo, CA

Jose Mendoza-Silveiras, M.D.
National Research Institute
Washington, DC

Robert Mesloh, M.A.
Lymphoma Research Foundation
The Villages, FL

Charlotte Naschinski, M.S.
Ovarian Cancer National Alliance
Darnestown, MD

Jilda Nettleton, Ph.D.
Young Survival Coalition
Pacifica, CA

Curtis Pesmen
Scientist Survivor Program
American Association for Cancer Research
Boulder, CO

Laura Porter, M.D.
Independent Patient Advocate
Cheverly, MD

Bob Riter, M.P.H.
Patient Advocate
Physical Sciences Oncology Center
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

Jane Segelken, M.A., M.S.W.
Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes
Ithaca, NY

Donna Threlkeld, J.D.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Advocates in Science
Indianapolis, IN

Anne Tonachel
Volunteer Services
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, MA

Carol Vallett, Ed.D.
Vermont Cancer Center
Burlington, VT

Meryl Weinreb
President (Somerset)
Chair of Education and Public Policy (Komen)
Somerset Lake Consulting
Susan G. Komen (Philadelphia affiliate)

* Proposed for membership. Appointment will be confirmed at the agency's next scheduled Oversight Committee meeting.


To be eligible for consideration as an advocate reviewer, the applicant must:

  1. Represent an organization or other community of people;
  2. Demonstrate prior community involvement or other work on behalf of cancer patients;
  3. Possess good communication and writing skills, including the ability to analyze information and make judgments with consideration of patient impact;
  4. Express interest in and fundamental knowledge of the medical research process, including basic and translational scientific research and prevention concepts;
  5. Reside outside of the state of Texas;
  6. Have science-based training. This training requirement shall be considered fulfilled if the Patient Advocate has:
    1. Attended a science-based training program from the American Association for Cancer Research Survivor-Scientist Program, American Society of Clinical Oncology Research Review Sessions for Patient Advocates, Research Advocacy Network Advocate Institute or National Breast Cancer Coalition Project LEAD no more than three years prior to appointment to the Institute’s Scientific Research and Prevention Programs Committee; or
    2. Participated in at least one full cycle of grant review conducted by the Institute, National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, Federal Drug Administration or Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute no more than three years prior to appointment to the Institute’s Scientific Research and Prevention Programs Committee.

Application Process

STEP 1: Review advocate reviewer eligibility and FAQs

STEP 2: Complete the application form

STEP 3: Review the final application package to ensure it is complete.

The application package must contain:

  • a completed application form
  • the applicant’s current resumé (volunteer, community, or employment experience) or curriculum vitae
  • a letter of recommendation from a community-based organization and a personal statement on advocacy and education if the applicant has attended training but has not yet served on a peer review panel

STEP 4: Submit the final application package to:

Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas

STEP 5: Applicant will be notified regarding selection to review on a CPRIT panel.