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Board / Staff

Board / Staff

Meet the NCC Board of Directors — committed to reducing
the impact of cancer in Nevada.

  • President

    Melissa Davies, RHU
    Clark & Associates

  • Vice President

    Deborah Harris, MS
    Robinson, Sharp, Sullivan & Brust

  • Secretary

    Annette Piccirilli

  • Treasurer

    Linda Smiley
    The Heath Foundation

  • At-Large Member

    James Cohen, MD
    Renown Institute for Cancer

  • At-Large Member

    Anu Thummala, MD
    Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada
    Vice Chair, Dept. of Medicine, Summerlin Hospital

  • Immediate Past President

    Lisa Dettling
    Nevada Health Centers

  • Director

    Debbie Anderson
    Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital

  • Director

    Stacey Escalante
    Melanoma Survivor, Media/Publicist

  • Director

    Susan Cox, RT (R)(T)(M)
    Renown Institute for Cancer

  • Director

    Tom McCoy, JD
    Long-Time Advocate

  • Director

    Judy Padilla
    ASP Cares

Meet the NCC Staff — working to fulfill our mission every day.


Cari HeringtonExecutive Director – Cari Herington, MBA


Cari joined NCC as its first Executive Director and staff in September 2011. For more than 20 years, she has built and lead organizations and coalitions focused on protecting and improving the health of Nevadans. Cari received her MBA from University of Nevada, Reno. She is an avid runner and marathoner and mom to twin teenage girls.

Phone: (775) 451-1670 ext. 101



Christine ThompsonCancer Prevention Programs Manager – Christine Thompson

Christine joined NCC in April 2016. She brings a wide range of skills and experiences gained throughout many years as a communications professional, including media and community relations, writing and editing, project management, and more. Christine is a Florida Gator but considers Nevada her home. She is also a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, avid hiker, and proud grandmother.

Phone: (775) 451-1670 ext. 103


Cassie Goodman, MSK, CES, EMR

Cancer Early Detection Program Manager - Cassie Goodman, MSK, CES, EMR

Cassie joined NCC in March 2020. She has a Master's in Kinesiology, is a certified Cancer Exercise Specialist, and patient navigator. Born and raised in Texas, Cassie moved to Reno in 2011 and is absolutely loving it! For fun, Cassie enjoys training and competing in triathlons (she completed a full Ironman in 2018 - awesome!), hiking, fishing, and doing agility courses with her dog, Sequoia!  

Phone: (775) 451-1670 ext. 104



Operations Manager – Barbie Csore

Barbie joined NCC's team in September 2018. She brings a wide variety of experience in HR, operations management, data analytics, communication and event planning. Her high energy and bubbly personality makes her a fabulous fit to our team. A transplant from California, Barbie has fallen in love with Reno and exploring all it has to offer. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, hiking, swimming, and hanging out with her cat, Billie. 

Phone: (775) 451-1670 ext. 102




Amy Thompson, RN, OCN, CN-BN

Cancer Survivorship Programs Manager – Amy Thompson, RN, OCN, CN-BN

Amy joined NCC in March 2020. As a proud Native Nevadan, Amy is excited to bring her years of experience as an Oncology Certified Registered Nurse and Certified Breast Nurse Navigator to NCC. Amy is a proud wife and mom to an (almost) high schooler and two fur kids. She loves travel and all things creative! In her spare time, you will find her dancing, reading, writing, and enjoying time with her precious family and friends. 

Phone: (775) 451-1670 ext. 106



Kristen HackbarthCommunications Director – Kristen Hackbarth, MSML

Kristen joined NCC in April 2021, re-assuming the role of Communications Director she held from 2013 to 2018. Kristen has more than two decades of experience in marketing, public relations and communications in northern Nevada. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nevada, Reno and Master of Science in Management and Leadership from Western Govenor's University. In her free time, she is a volunteer backpacking guide along the Tahoe Rim Trail, an avid home cook and baker, cyclist, wife and stepmom.

Phone: (775) 451-1670 ext. 105