Audra Moran, President & CEO
Audra Moran assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer at Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (formerly OCRF) in March 2010. As President & CEO, she heads the largest global charity supporting ovarian cancer research and advocacy. She directs overall strategy, operations and fundraising to promote progress, increase awareness and hasten 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 in its history, website traffic is up more than 300%, and grant applications have more than tripled. She has extended the organization’s national reach by expanding grassroots supporters around the country, and integrated another nonprofit, Ovarian Cycle, into OCRFA, expanding its indoor cycling events to more than 22 locations nationwide. Her board development has resulted in nineteen new Directors, as well as increased enthusiasm and participation overall.
She developed the national expansion of a support program for women undergoing treatment for gynecologic cancers, Woman to Woman, and secured corporate sponsorship to ensure its success. Woman to Woman is now at 22 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.
Audra oversaw the merger of Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) and the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA) and announced the new resulting organization, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA) in January, 2016. She continues to oversee the now expanded new organization, with offices in New York City and Washington, DC.
Bibi Ali, Vice President, Finance
Bibi Ali joined OCRF 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 prepares 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 OCRF’s banking relationships and investment activity.
Bibi ensures that OCRF 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 OCRF, 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.
Melissa Chemick, Director, Data Management and Donor Relations
Melissa Chemick joined the OCRF team in July 2010. She is responsible for managing the overall integrity and accuracy of OCRFA’s donor database. As part of the development team, Melissa oversees OCRFA’s national 3rd party event program, Team Hope, which is responsible for generating over a half a million dollars annually. She also acts as the liaison to OCRFA’s Junior Board, a group of young individuals passionate about the cause helping to raise funds and develop relationships for the present and future success of the organization.
Prior to joining OCRFA, Melissa worked as a Development Manager at the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, (formerly NARSAD), the world’s leading charity dedicated to mental health research. At BBRF, she successfully transformed and managed the organization’s donor database and assisted in the planning and execution of fundraising events and awareness activities.
Melissa earned a B.A. in Public Relations and Speech Communication from Hofstra University and multiple Raiser’s Edge certifications from Blackbaud University.
Sarah DeFeo, Vice President, Scientific Affairs
Sarah DeFeo joined OCRF in November 2008 and oversees OCRFA’s scientific 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, as well as all live and web-based patient education initiatives. Sarah also supports the development and communications teams, providing content and ensuring the visibility of OCRFA’s research 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, where she coordinated a fellowship program for graduate students studying in the developing world.
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 daughters.
Britt Dorfman joined OCRFA in October 2016 as the Office Administrator/Program Coordinator. Prior to joining OCRFA, Britt worked with the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health, where she coordinated continuing education programs and was exposed to all aspects of women’s health, including gynecologic cancers. Britt has previously worked for the Women’s Information Network (WIN), a women’s networking organization in DC. She continues to volunteer all her spare time to WIN by working on their strategic planning, signature events, and fundraising initiatives. She is incredibly passionate about women’s health issues and policies.
Britt earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Government with a minor in International Affairs from Skidmore College.
Catie Dugan, Manager, Development and Events
Catie Dugan joined the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance in May 2014 as Development Associate. In this role, Catie assisted with signature events, such as the Ovarian Cancer National Conference and the Turn Up the Heat Gala. Additionally, Catie provided support in all areas of development and managed 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 prior to joining the team here. Catie received her Bachelor’s Degree in 2011 with honors from George Mason University, majoring in Integrated Studies with minors in Global Affairs and Leadership Studies. In 2014, Catie completed her M.A. in International Commerce and Policy, also 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.
Leena A. Hakkinen, Database Manager
Bio coming soon.
Emily Hickey, Manager, Grants and 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 and 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.
Lisa Mauti, Director, Brand and Digital
Lisa Mauti joined OCNA in June 2013 as the Vice President of Cause Marketing. Under her leadership, OCNA went through a brand update in 2014 including a new logo, brand voice, and identity. Under OCRFA, Lisa will be responsible for guiding OCRFA’s brand throughout all internal and external communications, focusing on digital communications within the ovarian cancer community.
Before joining OCNA, Lisa was the Vice President of Communications for the Arthritis Foundation, Mid Atlantic Region, where she oversaw the internal and external communications strategy for merging five chapters into one Region of the Arthritis Foundation.
Lisa graduated with honors from Penn State Harrisburg with a degree in Communications and Graphic Design. She earned her MA in Political Communication with honors from American University in May 2013. She focused her master’s thesis on the impact of social media, Congressional language, and print media, researching who impacts whom on health rhetoric and policy in the United States.
Chad Ramsey, Vice President of 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.
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, Associate Director, Digital Strategy
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.