Meet our dedicated team of childhood cancer experts:


Board of Directors

The Board of the Children’s Cause for Cancer Advocacy is a group of committed volunteers who lend their extraordinary skills and experience to implement its mission and to work toward lightening the burden of childhood cancer for all.


Lynn Bayard, JD
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP

Wylie Chen

Larry Hausner, MBA
Board Vice Chair

LeAnn Jackson, Board Chair

Michael Link, MD
Stanford University School of Medicine

Mary McCabe

Lauren Neff

Jennifer Niedermeyer

Lori Salley Ring

Adam Rosen, JD, Board Treasurer

Susan Scherr, Board Secretary

Beth Silber

Steve Shak, MD
Genomic Health, INC.

John Stewart, PHD

Daniel S. Wechsler, MD, PHD
Emory University School of Medicine

Business affiliations of Board Members are listed for biographical purpose only.


George Dahlman, CEO

Contact George:


As the Chief Executive Officer of Children’s Cancer Cause, George is responsible for the strategic management and operations of the nation’s preeminent childhood cancer policy organization.  

George identifies and advances issues that will improve the treatment and lives of childhood cancer patients and their families with Congress, the Administration, federal agencies and state governments.  He is also responsible for ensuring that families have the opportunity to participate as advocates in the policy process.

Prior to joining Children’s Cancer Cause, George was Executive Vice President for Federal Affairs & Operations for the National Patient Advocate Foundation and from 2000 to 2012 was Senior Vice President of Public Policy for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, where he was responsible for composing, representing and directing the Society's federal and state public policy positions and for building and managing a nationwide advocacy network.

George can be contacted on any questions concerning organizational management, public policy positioning or program development.





Charlcie is responsible for managing all aspects of Children’s Cancer Cause’s fundraising and development campaigns, from planning and design through execution.  This includes managing and growing Children’s Cancer Cause online fundraising and engagement program, designing and implementing e-marketing and social network fundraising activity as well as development planning, foundation sponsorship, grants, events, and donor stewardship.

Charlcie is the parent of three adult children and works full-time out of the Washington, DC, office. She lives in Maryland with her husband and enjoys Washington Nationals baseball.

Before joining Children’s Cancer Cause, Charlcie was Associate Director for Digital Marketing & Development for the Paralyzed Veteran of America where she managed electronic marketing and communications programs. Charlcie brings an expertise in childhood cancer, managing communications and social media for CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation, and as Educational Programs Administrator for the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Contact Charlcie regarding online marketing campaigns, foundation and corporate support opportunities, donor solicitations and fund-raising events  :



As Director of Communications, Jess is responsible for managing all aspects of our communications outreach with advocates, families, caregivers and community partners.  With more than 12 years of experience at Children’s Cancer Cause, Jess manages the brand, including policy communications and grassroots alerts to childhood cancer advocates, organizational messaging, web site content, social media campaigns, webinar, blog and newsletter production, volunteer engagement and graphic design.  Jess also serves on the Board of the Coalition Against Childhood Cancer, a community of family foundations dedicated to collaborative programs on childhood cancer.

Jess works part-time out of her home office in Maquoketa, Iowa, where she serves as City Councilwoman while raising her two small children.

Contact Jess on grassroots communications, messaging, media opportunities, social media posts, guest blog opportunities, and any other communications-related requests  :



An integral part of the Children’s Cancer Cause team, Julie Taylor of T-K Consulting provides project support for our programs and initiatives, including coordination of professional conferences, institutional relationship management, organizational administration and Board support.

Julie brings a breadth of experience from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, where she worked for many years in cancer research policy and clinical practice issues, most recently as Director of Cancer Policy. Julie also provides project management support for numerous clients in the cancer community.

Contact Julie regarding CCCA projects, events and executive administration  :



As Policy Counsel to Children’s Cancer Cause, Sue Emmer provides strategic advice and support on federal cancer policy, representing us to Congress and administrative agencies, including the National Cancer Institute, Food and Drug Administration and health policy institutions.

With over thirty years of expertise in national health policy, including stints working on Capitol Hill and for the Department of Health and Human Services, Sue offers guidance in the development of the Children’s Cancer Cause policy agenda, works with Congressional staff to implement the agenda, and coordinates strategic communications with policy-makers, health care coalitions and professional associations.  Sue has operated her health policy practice for twenty years; for the past 7 years she has partnered with her husband in building a larger policy shop. 

Contact Sue regarding our policy agenda and coalition coordination :