Board of Directors
Meet Our Board of Directors
Pat has been involved in cancer research in various capacity for over 30 years. He currently serves as the Executive Director of Strategic Alliances at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania. Previously he was Senior Director of Scientific Review and Grants Administration at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), where he oversaw the selection, administration, and oversight of a large scientific portfolio.
In 1998, Pat joined the NIH to head a research laboratory focused on ovarian cancer. He also held an Assistant Professor position at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Pathology, from 1998 until 2012. Pat has served on numerous grant study sections for both national and international organizations. He has given many lectures as an invited speaker, and has chaired several scientific symposia.
Pat holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in biophysics from the University of Quebec, Canada and obtained his Ph.D. in molecular biology from Boston University. He conducted his postdoctoral training at the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center in the laboratory of Dr. Bert Vogelstein, where he studied the molecular genetics of colorectal cancer.
Olivia is the Founder & CEO of international nonprofit Cancer Kids First. Besides Olivia's passion for bettering the lives of kids with cancer, she is also eager to help her community through her role as SGA President at her school. Olivia also loves learning about business and economics, pursuing her interests in that field through her position on her school's Financial Lit & Business club and DECA. She enjoys traveling, painting, writing, and spending time outdoors with her friends. Olivia also enjoys reading leadership books and participating in workshops to grow her skillsets.
Lilliam Rosario was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She grew up in the sunshine visiting grandparents every Sunday and playing in the fields with cousins. She graduated with a chemistry degree from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. She moved to the United Stated in 1990 to pursue her doctorate in Neuroscience. She earned her PhD from Rutgers University’ Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience in 1997 and completed postdoctoral work at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. Dr Rosario joined the Food and Drug Administration in 2000 as a regulatory review for new oncology drug products. Dr Rosario has served in the Agency for the last 21 years and is currently the Director of the Office of Computational Science in the Center for a Drug Evaluation and Research. Dr. Rosario is actively supporting humanitarian causes and most recently deployed with the HHS Unaccompanied Children’s Mission to the southwest border. She also serves as a board member to The Hope Company and Cancer Kids First. Most importantly, she is the mother to 3 amazing children ages 14,17, and 21 and deeply grateful to her husband’s love and support.