Board of Directors

The V Foundation Board of Directors is entrusted with, and accountable for, the strategic leadership and governance of the organization. The Board is comprised of prominent business leaders, award-winning athletes and coaches, distinguished physicians and world-renowned entertainers. Their governance is integral to the sustainability and long-term effectiveness of the V Foundation in ways that are consistent with our core values and principles. See a comprehensive list of the V Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Robert C. Bast Jr., M.D.
Vice President for Translational Research
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
George Bodenheimer
Retired Executive Chairman
ESPN, Inc.
Steven M. Bornstein
Board Chair, The V Foundation for Cancer Research
Retired President and Chief Executive Officer, NFL Network
Tom Cabaniss
Senior Partner
McGuire Woods LLP
Julie Chase
President and CEO
ChasePR, LLC
Nancy E. Davidson, M.D.
Senior Vice President, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; President & Executive Director, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance; Head, Department of Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology, University of Washington
University of Washington
George W. Dennis III
Retired Senior Partner
Teague Campbell Dennis & Gorham, LLP
Evan Goldberg
Founder, Chief Technology Officer
Chairman of the Board, NetSuite, Inc.
Michael Kastan, M.D., Ph.D.
Executive Director, Duke Cancer Institute; William and Jane Shingleton Professor, Pharmacology and Cancer Biology; Professor of Pediatrics
Duke University
Mark King 
Executive Emeritus
adidas Group North America
Mike W. Krzyzewski
Head Coach, Men’s Basketball
Duke University
Carl C. Liebert
President and Chief Operating Officer
AutoNation
Joe Loughrey
Retired President and Vice Chairman
Cummins, Inc.
Michael C. MacDonald
Executive Chairman of the Board
Medifast, Inc.
Julie Maples
Founder & General Partner
Fyrfly Venture Partners
Geoffrey S. Mason 
CEO/Executive Producer
Mainstay Communications, Inc.
Joseph O. Moore, M.D.
Professor of Medicine, Duke University; Former Medical Director, Duke Raleigh Cancer Center
Duke University
Robert C. Nakasone
Retired Chief Executive Officer
Toys “R” Us
William G. Nelson, M.D., Ph.D.
Chair of the V Foundation's Scientific Advisory Committee; Marion I. Knott Professor of Oncology and Director of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Donna Orender
Chief Executive Officer
Orender Unlimited, LLC
James Pitaro
ESPN President
Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks
Kevin Plank
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board
Under Armour, Inc.
Lawrence F. Probst III
Chairman of the Board, Electronic Arts
Chairman of the Board, United States Olympic Committee
Harry E. Rhoads, Jr.
Co-Founder
Washington Speakers Bureau
Robin Roberts
Anchor
ABC’s “Good Morning America”
David Robinson
NBA Hall of Famer
Co-Founder, Admiral Capital Group
Constance Skidmore
Retired Managing Partner, Board Member
PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP
Stuart A. Taylor II
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
The Taylor Group
John Thiel
Vice Chairman of Global Wealth Management
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Nicholas P. Valvano
President Emeritus and former V Foundation CEO
The V Foundation for Cancer Research
Robert Valvano
College Basketball Analyst
Host of “The V Show” ESPN, Inc.
Pamela Valvano Strasser
Chairwoman
The V Foundation for Cancer Research
Lesley Visser
Sports Commentator
CBS Broadcasting, Inc. and HBO
Dick Vitale
Sports Commentator
ESPN, Inc. and ABC Sports
Dereck Whittenburg
Associate Athletic Director for Community Relations and Student Support
NC State University
David W. Williams
Retired Senior Vice President
Whirlpool Corporation
Norby Williamson
Executive Vice President, Production
ESPN, Inc.
Larry Woodard
President and Chief Executive Officer
Graham Stanley Advertising

Scientific Advisory Committee

The V Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Committee is responsible for reviewing grant applications and recommending awards. It is comprised of some of the nation’s leading physicians and research scientists from prominent universities and cancer centers.

The Committee does not take this responsibility lightly. They ensure proposals meet the highest standards of scientific merit and that funding is properly allocated to grant recipients. The Committee is dedicated to the mission of the V Foundation, and it believes supporting and investing in young investigators and breakthrough research is one of the strongest ways to achieve Victory Over Cancer®.

Robert C. Bast Jr., M.D.
Vice President for Translational Research
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Lisa Coussens, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Cell, Developmental & Cancer Biology. Hildegard Lamfrom Endowed Chair in Basic Science. Associate Director for Basic Research, Knight Cancer Institute
Oregon Health and Science University
Nancy E. Davidson, M.D.
Senior Vice President, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; President & Executive Director, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance; Head, Department of Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology, University of Washington
University of Washington
H. Shelton “Shelley” Earp, M.D.
Director, UNC Cancer Care; Director, Lineberger Cancer Center; Lineberger Professor of Cancer Research; Professor of Medicine & Pharmacology, UNC School of Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Olivera (Olja) J. Finn, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Immunology and Surgery and Founding Chair of the Department of Immunology
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Richard Fisher, M.D.
Director, President and Chief Executive Officer; Robert C. Young, M.D. Chair in Cancer Research, Fox Chase Cancer Center; Senior Associate Dean, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University
Fox Chase Cancer Center; Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University
James M. Ford, M.D
Professor of Medicine (Oncology) and Genetics; Director of the Stanford Cancer Genetics Clinic and the Stanford Clinical Cancer Genomics Program
Stanford University Medical Center
Levi Garraway M.D., Ph.D.
Senior Vice President, Global Development & Medical Affairs, Lilly Oncology
Eli Lilly and Company
Susan G. Hilsenbeck, Ph.D.
Professor, Smith Breast Center, Baylor College of Medicine; Director, Biostatistics and Informatics Shared Resource, Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center; Faculty Senator, Baylor College of Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine; Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center
Michael Kastan, M.D., Ph.D.
Executive Director, Duke Cancer Institute; William and Jane Shingleton Professor, Pharmacology and Cancer Biology; Professor of Pediatrics
Duke University
Theodore S. Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D.
Isadore Lampe Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
John D. Minna, M.D.
Director, Nancy B. and Jake L. Hamon Center for Therapeutic Oncology Research; Professor, Internal Medicine and Pharmacology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Joseph O. Moore, M.D.
Professor of Medicine, Duke University; Former Medical Director, Duke Raleigh Cancer Center
Duke University
William G. Nelson, M.D., Ph.D.
Chair of the V Foundation's Scientific Advisory Committee; Marion I. Knott Professor of Oncology and Director of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Brian Patrick O’Neill, M.D.
Professor of Neurology, Mayo Medical School; Director, Mayo SPORE in Brain Cancer; Principal Co-Leader, Neuro-Oncology Program
Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
Olufunmilayo I. Olopade, M.D.
Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Human Genetics; Associate Dean, Global Health; Director, Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics & Global Health
University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center
David Piwnica-Worms, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Cancer Systems Imaging; Deputy Head, Diagnostic Imaging
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Helen Piwnica-Worms, Ph.D.
Vice Provost of Science; Professor of Experimental Radiation Oncology
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Jonathan W. Simons, M.D. 
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Prostate Cancer Foundation
Margaret Tempero, M.D.
Director, UCSF Pancreas Center; Leader, UCSF Pancreas Cancer Program; Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology and Oncology, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of California, San Francisco