Denise Brock, Operations Director

Denise has over 30 years of varying experience in and out of the healthcare arena.  In August 2009 she joined The Global Resource for Advancing Cancer Education as one of its first employees.  She has grown with the organization and now oversees the operational movement of programs, efficiency and effectiveness within the organization, as well as the daily processes and functions.  

Laya Dogmetchi, Board Member

Laya Dogmetchi is a 1993 graduate of the University of California at Irvine and earned her Juris Doctorate from Vermont Law School in 1996. She then attended the University of Washington School of Law, where she earned an LL.M. in “Marine Law and Affairs” in 1997. Laya has been practicing law in Southern California since 1997, and presently is a of counsel at the Law Firm of Zfaty Burns in Newport Beach, California.

Sara Whitlock, Live Forum Moderator, Patient Advocate

Sara was diagnosed with stage IV RET+ lung cancer in 2010. Traditional chemo and radiation followed with great success. In the years since Sara has been on and off treatment several times. She is currently taking nivolumab and doing very well. Sara lives in Dayton, OH with her husband, JD, and two daughters Katie and Elena. Katie just headed off to college at Washington University in St. Louis while Elena is in the 10th grade.

Vamsidhar Velcheti, MD, GRACE Faculty

Vamsidhar Velcheti, MD, is a staff Physician of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and staff physician in the Department of Hematology and Oncology at Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute. His specialty areas include lung cancer, mesothelioma, and thymic tumors and the use of novel immunotherapies for the treatment of lung cancer. Dr.

Kathryn Sefcek, MHA, GRACE Forum Presenter

Kathryn Sefcek, MHA has been at the Cleveland Clinic for 6 years and currently serves as a 4th Angel Program Coordinator at the Taussig Cancer Institute managing the day-to-day operations of the 4th Angel Mentoring Program, a patient/survivor, and caregiver support program. Kathryn possesses over 15 years of experience in healthcare coupled with a Master’s Degree in Health Administration from Ohio University and Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Akron. Ms.


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