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2014 Us TOO International Board of Directors
L to R - Standing: Fred Allen, Tom Cvikota, Jerry Deans, Bill Seidel, C. Todd Ahrens, Jeff Mills, Dexter C. Rumsey III, Jim Hammack, Keith Hoffman
L to R – Seated: Tom Kirk, Jim Rieder, Jerry Hardy, David Lubaroff, Jim Naddeo
James L. Rieder has 40 years` executive leadership experience in seven, diverse, for-profit, not-for-profit community and teaching hospitals, hospitals affiliated with large national systems, a vertically integrated multi-hospital system and a statewide non-profit foundation.
He has an MBA from Cornell University, Johnson School of Management, Ithaca, New York, with a concentration in Hospital and Health Services Administration, and a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Rieder most recently served as the Executive Director of the Ohio Quality Cardiac Care Foundation in Columbus, Ohio, retiring in 2001. Mr. Rieder has strong experience in finance, marketing, human relations, strategic planning, negotiations, board relations, and State Legislative/Executive Branch lobbying and collaboration. He is an active professional and community leader, and lives with wife Mary in Powell, Ohio. They have four children and eleven grandchildren.
Jim was diagnosed 8 years ago with prostate cancer, underwent a radical prostatectomy and has been cancer free since. He has been very active with the James Cancer Hospital support group, an affiliated chapter of Us TOO International.
Jeff Mills is the Vice President of Finance of Enterprise Holdings in Atlanta. Enterprise Holdings is the parent company to Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental, and Alamo Rent-A-Car. As Vice President of Finance of Enterprise Holdings in Atlanta, Jeff oversees the fiduciary responsibilities of the airport operations as well as the 118+ home city rental locations, Truck Rental, Car Sales, Leasing, and the Regional Office Headquarters. In addition, Jeff oversees Legislative Affairs for Georgia.
Jeff’s father and former Us TOO Chairman of the Board, Fred Mills,was diagnosed with Prostate cancer in 1997. Jeff became keenly interested in understanding the disease and specifically what different treatments were available. He wanted to know what he could do to change his lifestyle to reduce his risk in the future. Jeff has been able to pass his knowledge on to several friends that have either been diagnosed or had a family member diagnosed.
Over the past few years in Atlanta, Jeff has been very active serving the Georgia Chamber of Commerce as a member of the Board. He also has been involved in numerous charitable organizations throughout Atlanta including the United Way as a Tocqueville Society member, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk, and the Susan
G. Komen, Breast Cancer Event.
Jeff lives in Marietta, GA with his wife Nicole and their three children, Lauren – 17, Riley – 15, and Joshua 9.
Elected to the Us TOO International Board of Directors in the spring of 2013, Todd provides leadership expertise with a unique perspective through his background in healthcare management in governance development, medical staff relations, physician alignment, strategic planning, and joint venture business structures with hands-on experience in operations, capital, facility and financial planning. In his position as President and CEO of Hannibal Regional Healthcare System, Todd has played a pivotal role in revising corporate bylaws for the System and all corporate subsidiaries.
William is a retired business executive and business owner now extensively involved in volunteer activities. Since 2008 William has been a facilitator of two Us TOO support groups in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He brings to the Us TOO Board skill sets gained as a prostate cancer patient, vice president of a Fortune 500 company, and leader in community and volunteer activities.
Tom joined Us TOO in November 2004 and brings over 30 years of experience as a family service leader. He has worked in the area of Alzheimer’s disease for nearly 20 years, having served 13 years with the National Alzheimer’s Association staff where he worked to establish and develop chapters, developed new education programs and services for patients and families and served on the Senior Management Team. Tom also worked for over a decade in a Family Service Association in NE Wisconsin where he developed and managed services such as an outpatient Mental Health Program, a 24-hour Crisis Intervention Center and an Outreach Program for Vietnam Veterans and their families. In addition, he has worked as a direct services provider, Director and Vice President in long term care and social service settings. Tom holds a Masters Degree in Planning and Administration from the University of Wisconsin Madison’s School of Social Work.
Fred Allen is a prostate cancer survivor and a former state representative for Arkansas District 33 who focused on issues relating to health, education, welfare and economics. He was instrumental in passing legislation requiring health benefit plans to provide prostate cancer screening for men beginning at the age of 40. He has served as vice chairman on several legislative committees and subcommittees. Prior career experience includes senior executive assistant to the Governor of Arkansas, administrative aide to U.S. Senator David Pryor, and drug sales rep for Abbott Laboratories. He holds a degree in business administration from Middle Tennessee State University and has served on the university’s alumni board.
An entrepreneur and owner of ETC Industries – C. Editions since 1991, Tom Cvikota leverages more than 40 years of experience in contemporary art as a consultant leading projects focusing on publishing books and creating films for nonprofit and artist-driven organizations and enterprises. In addition to working with Us TOO International as a development committee member and a board member since 2012, Tom has served as a board member with several other nonprofit organizations in New York City and San Francisco. He holds a BSA in Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Gerald E. Deans is a prostate cancer survivor who is active in the Us Too Richmond Support Group, and serves as a consumer reviewer for the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs for Prostate Cancer. In 2008, he retired as assistant commissioner of facility management with the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Disability Services. Jerry’s career experience also includes CEO of Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute in Marion, VA, and warden of Marion Correctional Treatment Center (the acute care psychiatric hospital for the Virginia Department of Corrections). Jerry served as an officer in the U.S. Army, holds a masters degree in social work, and a bachelor of science in psychology. He and his wife lead support groups and retreats to help those struggling with trauma, grief and loss.
Jim is a general dentist in practice over 40 years in Oklahoma City. A graduate of Oklahoma State University, Jim received his Doctorate of Dental Science from Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas. Jim was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 62 in 2006 and elected to have a da Vinci robotic prostatectomy in December 2006. This was followed by forty-four Tomo radiation treatments in 2008. He has been cancer free since treatment.
Jim and his wife, Beth, have been leaders in the central Oklahoma Us TOO Chapter since his diagnosis. As a cancer survivor, Jim has been an avid proactive speaker and participant in many prostate cancer screenings. They have three married children and four grandsons. He has been a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry and served as president of the Oklahoma County Dental Society.
Jerry Hardy is a prostate cancer survivor, counselor, speaker, and advocate. He is a member of the Us TOO Livonia, Michigan Chapter, a peer reviewer for National Cancer Institute, and with wife (and retiring Board member) Jo Ann Hardy, shared their personal prostate cancer story in The Circles of Love Collection, published by Us TOO International. He has recently retired from 35 years with the United States Postal Service, serving as a National Association of Letter Carriers union steward and USPS supervisor. Jerry is a pianist and choir director, and is on the Board of Deacons at Trinity Baptist Church in Detroit.
In addition to serving as a consumer reviewer for the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs for Prostate Cancer, Keith Hoffman is active in the Us TOO Austin - Mike Jones Memorial Chapter as a survivor advocate and joint chapter leader. He’s working to establish a new presence for the group in Austin, which includes collaborating with the LIVESTRONG Foundation Navigation and Guidance Center to assist with questions/inquiries specific to prostate cancer. As vice president of disability at National Financial Partners Corp., Keith helps to set the trends in the executive benefits industry. He holds a BS in Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master's in business and communications from Florida State University.
David M. Lubaroff, PhD, is a Professor in the Departments of Urology and Microbiology and in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Immunology as well as Associate Director in the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, all at the University of Iowa. His research is centered on immunologic aspects of prostate cancer, in particular immunotherapy for the disease. Currently, David is the Principal Investigator in a Phase II clinical trial of a vaccine for the treatment of recurrent prostate cancer.
James K. Naddeo is a retired U.S. Treasury Department hearing examiner and a retired U.S. Army judge advocate. He underwent a radical prostatectomy after being diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2012. Jim holds a bachelor’s, a master’s, and a juris doctorate degree. He served as chairperson for the Center for Civil Justice providing legal expertise to monitor and improve access to government programs and services for Michigan citizens, was an instructor for the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, and a faculty member at the Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education. He is actively involved in healthcare advocacy through his work with several organizations to help patients deal with difficult diagnoses.
Dexter C. Rumsey, III, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in July 2007 and had a radical prostatectomy. After a recurrence in 2009, he has been managing the disease with radiation and hormone therapy.
In addition to being an estate planner, estate tax attorney, and founding partner of law firm Rumsey & Bugg, Mr. Rumsey has served as president of two charitable organizations. His leadership experience includes membership on the board of directors for numerous professional and civic organizations. After graduating from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with a degree in Political Science, he served state-side and in Vietnam with the United States Marine Corps, attaining the rank of captain. While serving in Vietnam he was exposed to Agent Orange, proven to be a contributing factor in the development of prostate cancer.
In 1971 he earned his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. From 1978 to 1982 he a member and chairman of Board of Governors, Virginia State Bar Trusts and Estates Section, and received the Walker Award for Exemplary Service from the Virginia Bar Association in 2002.
Mr. Rumsey is an avid off-shore sailor and sailed across the Atlantic in the summer of 2004. He also enjoys hunting duck and quail. He resides in Irvington, Virginia, with his wife Bonnie. They have two children and five grandchildren.
John served his country before and throughout World War II in both European and Philippines theaters as a Major in the combat engineers. After leaving Commonwealth Edison Company in Chicago in 1955, John was self employed as the owner of a variety of businesses, including home decorating, private scavenging, dry cleaning and shirt laundry, and mobile home parks. Retired from the business world in 1976, John volunteered to serve in ministry in The Institute in Basic Youth Conflicts. He became its Executive Vice President in 1980, and retired in 1986. In May 1988, John had a radical prostatectomy and with the purpose of serving his fellow man, became one of the co-founders of Us TOO in 1990. John lives in Elmhurst, Illinois, and participates in the Us TOO Elmhurst Support Group Chapter.
Ed was born, raised and educated in Illinois. He served in the United States Navy as an aviation radioman from 1943-1946. He worked for General Motors for 42 years as an industrial relations director, retiring in 1988. Ed has been involved in many organizations over the years, including President/Secretary of a bowling league, President of a Little/Pony Baseball League, Executive Director of the Illinois Manufacturers Association, Trustee of his church, and a member of the Board of Directors of a retirement home. Ed has been a prostate cancer survivor since 1978, and became one of the co-founders of Us TOO in 1990. He was a Director and Trustee of the American Foundation of Urological Disease (AFUD), and in 2008 started the Edward C. Kaps Hope Awards given to “An outstanding Leader in an Us TOO Support Group who has shown unselfish, dedicated service to prostate cancer survivors and their families." Ed currently lives in the Chicagoland area and in Arizona.
Jim was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1989 at age
50. He had surgery and radiation which did not eliminate the cancer. Jim retired in 2001
as a school district superintendent having spent 41 years in education serving as a
math/science teacher, University professor and public school administrator. Kiefert was
a Fulbright Scholar who studied at the American University in Cairo, Egypt and served
as Executive Secretary of the Washington Educational Research Association for 19
Kiefert credits his prostate cancer diagnosis with changing his life - sparking
changes in diet, exercise, stress reduction, spirituality, and focused on the appreciation
of the most important things in life. Jim and his wife Maureen have eight children, 14
grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. Kiefert and his wife received ACS M2M
facilitator training and are now facilitator trainers. They formed and facilitate support
groups in The Dalles, OR and Olympia, WA. Jim says, "Living with prostate cancer
makes you realize that every day is a gift, to be spent wisely."