Audra Moran, President & CEO
As President & CEO of Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (formerly OCRF), Audra heads the largest global charity for ovarian cancer research and advocacy. She directs overall strategy, operations and fundraising to promote progress and awareness, while hastening breakthroughs in diagnostics and treatments with the ultimate goal of finding a cure for ovarian cancer.
Under Audra’s leadership, OCRFA has awarded the most research funding in its history, and has passed the $100 million mark in funds raised. She has extended the organization’s national reach by engaging grassroots supporters around the country, and integrated another nonprofit, Ovarian Cycle, into OCRFA, expanding its indoor cycling events to more than 23 locations nationwide.
She developed the national expansion of a support program for women undergoing treatment for gynecologic cancers, Woman to Woman, and secured a $1 million corporate sponsorship to ensure its success. Woman to Woman is now at 35 hospitals around the country, expanding to at least 18 additional sites within the next three years, and serves as the perfect complement to OCRFA’s robust research and advocacy work.
In 2015, Audra oversaw the merger of Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) with another national nonprofit, Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA), with OCRFA launching in January, 2016. She continues to lead the now expanded organization, with offices in New York City and Washington, DC.
Bibi Ali, Vice President, Finance
Bibi Ali joined OCRFA in 2009. As a member of senior management, Bibi works closely with the President and CEO, to manage the accounting & finances of the organization, including budgeting and expense management. She manages all financial reports and analysis, and oversees the internal audit conducted by an independent audit firm, while also working closely with the board Audit Committee to review and approve the final IRS form 990, financial statements and audit. She works closely with the board Treasurer and Investment Committee to manage OCRFA’s banking relationships and investment activity.
Bibi ensures that OCRFA adheres to charity best practices from a fiscal and financial governance standpoint. Under her tenure, OCRF has consistently received top ratings from charity watchdog organizations, such as Charity Navigator, Better Business Bureau, and Charity Watch.
Before joining OCRFA, Bibi spent six years managing the finances and operations of a brokerage firm and two years as a technical trainer for an investment bank. Bibi graduated with Honors from the Baruch College Zicklin School of Business, with a Masters in Business Administration and a Bachelors in Business Administration.
Leslie Almiron, Finance Assistant
Leslie Almiron joined OCRFA in November 2017 as the Finance Assistant. She works closely with the Finance Manager to ensure the books are kept as accurate and up to date as possible. She joined OCRFA after her own cancer diagnosis made her want to leave the corporate world for more meaningful work.
Before joining OCRFA, Leslie spent three years as a Staff Accountant in Midtown Manhattan specializing in taxation and bookkeeping. Leslie graduated from CUNY Queens College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.
David Carroll, Database Manager
Dave joined Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance in early 2017. As Database Manager, Dave protects the integrity of OCRFA's donor listings. He works closely with the development team to increase the scope and efficiency of OCRFA’s fundraising endeavors by mapping donor data. Before joining OCRFA, Dave worked with other non-profits and businesses to ensure their data integrity and map their data to better target their clientele.
Peter Chang, Finance Manager
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Vanessa Cramer, Associate Director, Policy
Vanessa Cramer joined OCRFA in 2017. She assists in developing OCRFA’s policy agenda and steering advocacy strategy at federal and state levels, and helps track legislative and regulatory developments of interest.
Prior to joining OCRFA, Vanessa worked on Capitol Hill for Congressman Gary Ackerman and most recently, as Democratic staff for the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Select Investigative Panel. She also worked in the Government Relations Department at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and in the private sector lobbying and consulting for a range of health care clients. Having worked in the government as well as private and non-profit sectors, she has experience in multiple aspects of policymaking.
Vanessa graduated from the University of Washington Honors College with a degree in Sociology. She completed her undergraduate honors thesis on the impact of state laws criminalizing HIV/AIDS exposure.
Sarah DeFeo, Vice President, Scientific Affairs & Programs
Sarah DeFeo joined OCRF in November 2008 and oversees OCRFA’s grantmaking, programmatic, and educational initiatives. Working closely with the Scientific Advisory Committee, Sarah manages OCRFA’s annual grant solicitation and review process, and under her direction applications to OCRFA’s three research grant programs have quadrupled. She also directs OCRFA’s rapidly expanding patient support program, Woman to Woman, our Survivors Teaching Student program, and all live and web-based patient education initiatives, including the Ovarian Cancer National Conference. Sarah supports the development and communications teams, providing content and ensuring the visibility of OCRFA’s research and programmatic activities across all media platforms.
Before joining OCRFA, Sarah was the Director of the Physician Advocacy Fellowship at Columbia University, which trained doctors in social justice and health policy work. She also served as the Project Officer at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s Center to Advance Palliative Care, and in various positions at the Social Science Research Council.
Sarah graduated with honors from Vassar College with a degree in American History and earned her Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from Columbia University. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two daughters.
Catie Dugan Vargas, Associate Director, Events & Partnerships
Catie joined OCRFA prior to the January 2016 merger in 2014 as part of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. In her various roles, Catie works closely with all levels of the OCRFA development team on our signature events, such as the Ovarian Cancer National Conference and managing The Turn Up the Heat Gala. Catie manages the support and partnerships of our Pharmaceutical and Industry Partners to support OCRFA events, programs and policy work. Additionally, Catie provides support in all areas of development and manages the third party fundraising program, enabling it to grow to new heights.
Catie has worked in development and fundraising at various non-profits in the DC area for 5 years prior to joining the team here. Catie has completed both her M.A. in International Commerce and Policy and her B.A. Integrated Studies with a minor Leadership Studies from George Mason University.
Robbie Franklin, Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Robbie Franklin joined OCRFA in January 2016 as Vice President, Marketing and Communications. She is responsible for strategy, planning and implementation of OCRFA’s internal and external marketing and communications, along with initiatives to increase public awareness of and support for the organization’s mission and goals. Robbie serves as the chief strategist and brand steward and oversees the Corporate Partnership area.
Robbie has 20+ years branding and communications experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Her experience spans the philanthropic and corporate worlds and the intersection of the two. With strategic insight and a deep grasp and understanding of motivating and success factors, she built and managed a successful and impactful multimillion dollar corporate partnership program for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation as well as directed BCRF’s marketing and communications area. Before joining OCRFA she led the Corporate Partnership efforts at North Shore Animal League America. She is a strategic thinker with lots of creative and entrepreneurial energy.
She has a M.A. in Mass Communications from NYU and earned a B.A. in Government from Simmons College. Robbie lives in Manhattan with her husband and her four legged son, Sparky.
Candice Harrison, Development Associate
Candice joined OCRFA in January 2017. She is responsible for processing all of OCRFA’s donations and assisting with special events. Prior to joining OCRFA, Candice has held several positions in the Customer Service and Retail sectors. And in addition to her professional experience, she has volunteered with non-profit organizations throughout New York City for over 10 years.
Emily Hickey, Manager, Grants & Programs
Emily joined OCRF in March of 2015. She helps in the daily maintenance of the Woman to Woman program, OCRFA’s patient support program, and all three research grants. She assists in the organization, communication, and database management of all current and future grantees.
Emily received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Syracuse University and her Master of Arts in Health Advocacy from Sarah Lawrence College.
Jason Lalonde, Manager, Development & Events
Jason joined OCRFA in August of 2016. As Manager, Development and Events, Jason assists in the development and implementation of OCRFA’s Ovarian Cycle events in addition to other events and fundraising programs throughout the year.
Jason has over 20 years customer service experience in the retail and hotel industries and more recently has worked in the non-profit sector at UJA Federation of New York, the Anne Frank Center USA, and the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance. Jason has a BA in Global Studies from Ryerson University in Toronto and has studied Holocaust Education at Yad Vashem's International School for Holocaust Studies in Jerusalem.
Kim Liao, Operations Assistant
Kim Liao joined OCRFA in February 2018 as the Operations Assistant. Before joining OCRFA, Kim spent four years as an Administrative Assistant and Front Desk Assistant. She brings successful administrative and customer service experiences which will be valuable to us. She lives in Queens, with her four legged son named, Jake. Kim received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Hunter College.
Dana McCaw-Lane, Director, Donor Relations
Dana McCaw-Lane joined OCRFA in March 2017 as the Director of Donor Relations. A longtime fundraising generalist, Dana has experience in all aspects of nonprofit development, including individual and institutional donor relations, corporate support and cause-related marketing, special events, major giving and overall fundraising strategy. As the Director of Donor Relations, Dana is responsible for OCRFA’s fundraising systems, fundraising strategies and donor relationship management.
A former professional ballet dancer, Dana transitioned to her nonprofit development career in 2006 with arts-related organizations, working closely with many of New York City’s prominent arts patrons and philanthropists. She moved on to healthcare-related fundraising in 2009 and spent seven years as the deputy head of development for Young Survival Coalition, the leading patient support, advocacy and education organization for young women affected by breast cancer.
Dana graduated from Hunter College with a degree in Art History. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and daughter.
Chad Ramsey, Vice President, Policy
Chad Ramsey joined OCRFA in 2015 to oversee the organization’s public policy including the development and implementation of a national agenda for ovarian cancer. Chad works with policymakers on Capitol Hill and organizational allies to implement the policy agenda and achieve OCRFA priorities. He also serves as a staff liaison to the the Congressional Ovarian Cancer Caucus and monitors efforts within federal agencies, including the CDC, FDA, NIH and CMS as they relate to the OCRFA’s policy agenda.
Prior to joining OCRFA, Chad was Director of Legislative Relations for the National Marrow Donor Program where he worked to ensure that patients in need of a bone marrow donor were able to fund a suitable match. Chad also served as Director of Federal Legislation for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and has more than 18 years of experience in public policy and advocacy in the non-profit sector.
Chad graduated with honors from Hobart College with a degree in English and earned his Master’s Degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
Lynn Sexton, Manager, Communications & Digital
Lynn joined OCRFA in February 2017 as Manager, Communications and Digital. Prior to joining OCRFA, Lynn was with UNCTAD at the United Nations in New York, and has previously worked at a STEM-focused nonprofit, as well as a paralegal and freelance writer.
She received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Oakland University, and Master of Public Affairs in Public Policy and Nonprofit Management from Indiana University.
Claudia Shapiro, Director, Community Events
Claudia Shapiro is responsible for implementing best practice strategies to support the development and growth of OCRFA’s national Ovarian Cycle and third party fundraising programs, in addition to the Ovarian Cancer National Conference. She has 20 years of professional experience in the nonprofit sector.
Prior to joining OCRFA, Claudia held the post of Senior Development Executive at UJA-Federation of New York in Women’s Philanthropy for 10 years. In addition to her vast experience at UJA, Claudia was Associate Development Director for City of Hope Cancer Research Hospital in New York and served as Director of Development while sitting on the board of Gilda’s Club NY. Before moving to NYC from Los Angeles 20 years ago Claudia produced numerous national television commercials over a period of 10 years. Claudia began her journey relating to cancer after graduating from nursing school and working in Oncology at Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach, California.
Nikki Wargo, Director, Corporate Partnerships & Signature Events
Nikki Wargo joined the OCRFA team in February 2016 as Director of Corporate Partnerships and Signature Events. She is responsible for the coordination and execution of several signature fundraisers ensuring that each event meets or exceeds its financial goals. Additionally, she works closely with national cause marketing and brand partnerships to increase revenue and awareness for OCRFA.
Prior to joining OCRFA, Nikki spent over 6 years as the Director of Special Projects and Partnerships at Win (formerly Women In Need) working with the board to build awareness and significant funding from programs including the annual Way to Win gala, Impact Party and Team Win, Win’s first NYC Marathon team. She also worked for Saks Fifth Avenue in the Public Relations department, focusing on NY and National press outreach, and in the Public Affairs office directing three national charitable initiatives for the flagship and 60+ stores throughout the country.
Nikki graduated from the University of Kentucky with a BA in Telecommunications.
Lindsey Weeks, Director, Digital Communications
Lindsey Weeks joined the OCRF team in June 2008 and is responsible for effectively conveying and furthering OCRFA’s mission through promotion of partnerships, cause marketing, and key messaging via external facing communications including the website, social media, and all electronic formats.
Engaging in extensive interaction with all members of the OCRFA constituency, she serves as a critical point person in expanding OCRFA’s social reach, setting the tone for all methods of communication with the community through writing, editing and designing the print newsletter, bi-weekly e-newsletter, e-blasts, custom event pages, and other organizational publications.
Lindsey earned a BA in Creative Writing from Grand Valley State University and, prior to joining OCRFA, dedicated her career to serving nonprofit organizations in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Jon Zeidman, Vice President, Development
Jon Zeidman is responsible for the design, implementation and oversight of OCRFA’s fundraising programs including annual giving, major gifts, direct mail, corporate partnerships, foundation relations and special events. He has more than 13 years of experience in the nonprofit sector.
Jon joined OCRF in 2010 as the first Director of Development in the organization’s history and has built a fundraising program that has exhibited consistent growth and increased revenue in support of OCRFA’s rapid national expansion.
Prior to joining OCRF, Jon served five years as Director of Development for NARSAD, The Brain and Behavior Research Fund where he directed the organization’s $20 million annual campaign. He earned a B.S. in Communications from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and worked as a location manager for 10 years for both film and television before entering the field of non-profit fundraising.
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