The Foundation Board of Directors is responsible for implementation of the mission, vision, and strategic direction of the organization. The mission and vision, approved by the Board of Directors, is clearly stated and manifested in all of the programs created and supported by the organization and is responsive to the constituency of vulnerable children diagnosed with cancer in developing countries each year.
The Board of Directors is comprised of:
Tanya Trippett, MD
Founding Member, Chief Executive Officer and Treasurer
Linda Hanna, Director
Linda Hanna is the Development Director for The Sean Hanna Foundation, where she manages fundraising events, donor relations and patient support. She is an outreach advocate for MSKCC providing comprehensive peer support to newly bereaved parents of pediatric cancer patients on the Parent Advisory panel as well as founding donor for POETIC.
Linda is a philanthropist and an avid runner who has participated in five NYC Marathons to garner support for MSKCC’s Fred’s Team campaign, as well as LLS’s Team in training and the Achilles Club. She is a recipient of the MSKCC Citation of Merit Award 2008-2014 and POETIC’s Partner of Distinction Award 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and management with a concentration in non-profit.
Linda is a married mother of four. Her Son Sean battled pediatric cancer from 1993-2007. Her personal experience, understanding and insight have proven to be invaluable not only in addressing the needs of the pediatric cancer community but in addressing how best to serve them.
Brian Smith is an editorial intern for ComicsVerse and a bookseller at Barnes and Noble. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Brown University.
Brian has five years of experience as a writer and editor. He worked as a Writer, Editor, and Executive Editor for the Critical Review, a publication dedicated to informing students about the various courses available at Brown. As an intern for Citelighter, he wrote well-sourced synopses of historical events for college students to use as a basis for information and research. He has also worked with children before, having taught young children how to play sports as a coach for the Cornell PAA Sports Camp. Mr. Smith is proud to bring his editorial skills to bear helping the Foundation fight cancer in developing countries.
Janet Checkman is Director of Business Development & Marketing for Jeffrey Berman Architect. She has 30 years of experience in communications, business development and marketing for design, healthcare, finance and entertainment organizations. She earned her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and her M.A. from Columbia University.
Ms. Checkman has worked for a diverse list of clients that includes NYU Langone Medical Center, Filmways, Inc. and the Charles Eames Office and has developed business with most of the major hospitals in the New York City area.
Ms. Checkman has worked with Jeffrey Berman Architect for the last 8 years. She has been affiliated with the Association of Real Estate Women, Health Leaders of New York/ACHE, the Society for Design Administration and the Society for Marketing Professionals Services.