Rein in Sarcoma Annual Meeting

The Rein in Sarcoma Board of Directors reviewed the progress and impact of the organization during 2019 and approved several key items, and elected new board members and officers during the Annual meeting on January 27, 2020. Treasurer, Tom McCarthy, reported that the organization had significant growth in donor support and has maintained excellent financial health. Rein in Sarcoma is able to expand the impact of its three pronged mission of education, patient and family support, and funding sarcoma cancer research after a very successful year of donor support. More details to come soon with the 2019 Annual Report.

The Board approved $150,000 in new Sarcoma research grants at the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center. The approved 2020 budget also includes funding RIS Sarcoma Scholars at both at the University of Minnesota and Mayo Medical Schools, and a significant increase in education program spending, involving the Hallie Anne Brown Educational initiative (Natural Language Programming), expanded presentations to medical professionals, and a full-time Education Programs and Communications Manager position.

The Board thanked Debra Cossette, Dr. Larry Seymour and Allan Swartz as retiring board members. Our Nominating Committee presented three excellent candidates for board membership who were elected during the meeting.

Elected board officers:

President: Blake Hastings
Vice-President: Eric Lien
Secretary: Mitch Atherton
Treasurer: Tom McCarthy

Newly elected board members:

Linda Andrean

Linda Andrean retired from the University of Minnesota after 30 years as a department administrator, mostly in the academic Health Center. In 1995, she was hired as the manager of the Cancer Protocol Review Committee as the Center was seeking the NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center designation.

Hearing about Rein in Sarcoma, she stopped by the 2019 Winter Gathering to find out more about the organization. In talking with members, she decided it would be an organization she would be interested in pursuing. The Education Committee was of particular interest and she has been volunteering with the committee and is now a co-chair.

Brendan Dillon

Brendan Dillon is a Vice President of Global Inventory Management for Target Corporation and previously held various leadership positions at Target. Brendan is motivated to leverage his professional experience to help expand Rein in Sarcoma's impact for sarcoma cancer patients, after seeing his neighbor Blake Hastings and family deal with Blake's sarcoma cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Michelle Kolling

Michelle Kolling is returning to serve on Rein in Sarcoma's board. After a career as a commercial real estate broker, she recently completed training to be an end of life doula. Michelle, who lost her husband Brett Dale to sarcoma cancer in 2011, has volunteered not only as a RIS board member, but as past Red Flags Education Committee Co-Chair, and as a member of the original strategic planning committee. Most recently, Michelle has focused her RIS volunteer time on patient and family support.