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Rein in Sarcoma off to big start in 2017

2017 Annual MeetingA day after a highly successful Winter Gathering, the RIS Board met for its annual meeting which closed out a very successful 2016 and initiated major plans for this year.

Tom Dougherty reported that the organization grew by almost 30% in 2016 furthering our mission and allowing us to make significant strategic decisions for 2017. The Board approved $125,000 in new Sarcoma research grants at the University of Minnesota that will soon be made public. Funding of the RIS Sarcoma Scholars at both at the University of Minnesota and Mayo Medical Schools was recommitted for the 2017-2018 academic year. In addition, the Board approved a second 2017 Research Funding grant round for later this year that will focus on additional research institutions.

Dr Kathryn Dusenbery and Dr Denis Clohisy

Dr Katie Dusenbery and Dr Denis Clohisy

The Board thanked Katie Dusenbery, MD for being a charter Board member having served on the Board and providing key leadership since RIS was created in 2001. Five new members joined our Board and two are continuing for an additional three-year term (related article).

Talent and Resources Committee made a recommendation to move ahead with the hiring of a RIS Executive Director, which was approved by the Board and will most likely take place during the second quarter of this year.

Introducing New Board Members

The following new members were elected to the RIS Board of Directors at the January 29 Annual Meeting:

New Board Members- 2017

Ted Erickson, Tom McCarthy, Chelsey Olafson, Denis Clohisy, MD

Chelsey Olafson, is a sarcoma survivor . She helms the RIS Facebook Page and serves on the Patient and Family Support and PR/Marketing Committees. Chelsey will also be chairing the 2017 Party in the Park.

Thomas McCarthy, is a CPA and MBA and a Accounting Policy and Research Consultant at Securian Financial Group. He received his MBA at the Carlson School of Management of the University of Minnesota. He will serve as the organization’s new treasurer.

Dr. Denis Clohisy, is a Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Minnesota and a member of the University of Minnesota Cancer Center. Dr. Clohisy has been a longtime supporter of RIS.

Deb Cossette, Deb’s husband is a sarcoma survivor. Deb serves on the PR Committee as the Website Master, and she has become a Salesforce expert. Recently retired from 3M, Deb is incredibly organized and committed to RIS’ vision and goals. She will serve as Rein in Sarcoma’s Vice-President.

Ted Erickson, is Vice Chair at Holiday Companies and will serve on the RIS Development Committee. He currently is also a board member at PACER and the Minnesota Land Trust.

Renewing their leadership commitment to RIS for a second three-year term are Larry Seymour, MD and sarcoma survivor, Allan Swartz.

Thank you to all the Board members who serve RIS!

Join Us for the 2017 Party in the Park Kickoff Meeting

All who are interested in volunteering are encouraged to attend the 2017 Party in the Park Kickoff meeting and celebration, Tuesday, March 14. For the first time ever, we are holding this meeting at Summit Brewing Company in St. Paul.

PIP Kickoff image


Summit Brewing Company
910 Montreal Circle, St Paul MN

Map and directions

Signature Cafe

Kickoff Schedule:

5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  -  Have dinner at the Kickoff! - Signatures' Cafe "Signature on Wheels" Food Truck with tasty dinner options available.   Check out the menu.  Each attendee is welcome to one free beer or root beer.

6:00 p.m.  to 6:30 p.m. - Complimentary VIP 30 minute brewery tour - limited availability -sign up on the RSVP form.

7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. -  Kickoff Meeting. We will celebrate our accomplishments and reflect on the previous 16 years of success, as well as highlight changes for this year's event.


  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Presentation by U of MN Doctors and Researchers
  • Unveiling of the 2017 Party graphics!
  • Initial committee meetings including: Party Program, Silent Auction, Sarcoma Family Picnic, Logistics

This is the perfect opportunity to meet other volunteers, share your ideas and get involved! Please RSVP by March 12 so we can plan accordingly. However please join us whether or not you are able to RSVP! Bookmark the 2017 Party in the Park page - we will continue to update as plans come into place.

Questions: Call 1-844-727-2662 or email the event chair, [email address="" link_text="Chelsey Olafson"]

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