Tanya Trippett, MD

Dr. Tanya Trippett is the President of the Eugène Gasana Jr. Foundation. She completed her medical and specialty training in Pediatrics at Duke University School Medical Center. She completed her Fellowship in Pediatric Hematology Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She served in the US Air Force as Head of the Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology. She is a Board Certified Pediatric Hematologist Oncologist practicing at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Her areas of subspecialty expertise include the care of children with lymphoma as well as children with cancers that have returned despite prior treatment. She is a clinical researcher who specializes in the design and assessment of investigational therapies — particularly antibodies and new targeted agents that take aim at the molecular signaling pathways that drive cancer growth — for children with all types of cancer.

She is the Director and Co-Founder of POETIC (Pediatric Oncology Experimental Therapeutics Investigator Consortium), a collaboration between multiple academic centers in North America specializing in cancer care whose mission is the development of biologically targeted treatment approaches for children with cancer that has recurred after standard therapy. She started POETIC in February 2003 to increase access for children in North America to promising new agents in clinical trials.

Ambassador Eugène-Richard Gasana

His Excellency, Ambassador Eugène-Richard Gasana, former Permanent Representative of the Republic of Rwanda to the United Nations, is a Rwandan career diplomat with 20 years of diplomatic experience in various capacities.

His diplomatic feats have ranged from posts in Germany and Switzerland to New York. He has represented Rwanda in the United Nations Office in Geneva and in other international organizations such as the World Trade Organization, World Health Organization, World Intellectual Property Organization, and International Telecommunication Union. He has also served as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, as well as Chair of the Group of African Ambassadors that led the World Summit against racism in South Africa in 2001. In 2011, he headed the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission. Recently, Ambassador Gasana was appointed as a Cabinet Member and Minister of State in Charge of Cooperation in Rwanda while concurrently spearheading Rwanda’s membership on the United Nations Security Council. Ambassador Gasana is fluent in Kinyarwanda, German, French, English, and Swahili.

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

Eugene Gasana
Founding Member

Agnes Gasana
Founding Member

Linda Hanna

Jeffrey Berman

Cynthia Peacock

Brian Smith

Maria Angeles

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.


Cynthia Peacock

Brian Smith

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.

Adjaye Associates

Adjaye Associates was established in June 2000 by founder and principal architect, David Adjaye OBE. Receiving ever-increasing worldwide attention, projects range in scale from private houses, exhibitions and temporary pavilions to major arts centres, civic buildings and masterplans in Europe, North America, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Renowned for an eclectic material and colour palette and a capacity to unfold cinematically, the buildings differ in form and style, yet are unified by their ability to challenge typologies and to generate a dynamic cultural discourse.

Completed works include: the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. (2016); the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO in Moscow (2010); The Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo (2005); The Bernie Grant Arts Centre in London (2007); Rivington Place in London (2007); and the Idea Stores on Chrisp Street (2004) and Whitechapel (2005) – two pioneering new libraries in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. The former was nominated for the Stirling Prize in 2006, received a RIBA Building Award in 2005 and has been exhibited at the VIII Venice Biennale of Architecture (2002 and 2005) and the Sao Paulo Biennial (2003).

To learn more about Adjaye Associates please visit their website at www.adjaye.com

 Vista of the Museum from Constitution Avenue, looking across the north lawn to the Washington Monument. Photo credit: Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC

Vista of the Museum from Constitution Avenue, looking across the north lawn to the Washington Monument. Photo credit: Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC

Sir David Adjaye

Sir David Adjaye OBE is recognized as a leading architect of his generation. Adjaye was born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents and his influences range from contemporary art, music and science to African art forms and the civic life of cities. In 1994 he set up his first office, where his ingenious use of materials and his sculptural ability established him as an architect with an artist’s sensibility and vision.

He reformed his studio as Adjaye Associates in 2000 and immediately won several prestigious commissions. In Oslo he designed the Nobel Peace Centre in the shell of a disused railway station (completed in 2005). In London his design for the Whitechapel Idea Store pioneered a new approach to the provision of information services (2005). Later projects in London included the Stephen Lawrence Centre, with teaching and community spaces (2007), Rivington Place, an exhibition venue and resource centre (2007), and the Bernie Grant Centre for the performing arts (2007). He is currently working on a pair of major redevelopment projects in the city - One Berkeley (ongoing), a £600 million scheme in the prestigious Piccadilly area; and 5 Strand (ongoing), a mixed-use residential scheme adjacent to the iconic Trafalgar Square.

Adjaye Associates now has offices in London, New York and Accra, with projects throughout the world. In the United States, Adjaye is recognized as the lead designer for the $540 million Smithsonian Institute National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened in fall 2016 on the National Mall in Washington DC. He has also designed the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver (2007), two public libraries in Washington DC (2012), and a mixed-use social housing, museum and child education scheme in New York’s Sugar Hill (2015). Adjaye’s US office is currently working on the new home for The Studio Museum in Harlem (ongoing), the Ruby City building for the Linda Pace Foundation, and a luxury residential tower in lower Manhattan (ongoing)

God's Love We Deliver

God’s Love We Deliver is the New York City metropolitan area’s leading provider of nutritious, individually-tailored meals to people who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves.

Founded in 1985 when one woman began delivering food on her bicycle to a man dying from AIDS, God’s Love now cooks 5,500 meals each weekday, delivering them to clients living with life-altering illnesses in all five boroughs of New York City, Westchester and Nassau Counties, and Newark and Hudson County, New Jersey. All of our services are provided free of charge to our clients, their children and to the senior caregivers of our senior clients, without regard to income, and we have never maintained a waiting list. Because we believe the combination of hunger and serious illness is a crisis, we deliver food within 24 – 48 hours of first being contacted.

God’s Love We Deliver is a non-sectarian organization, providing meals with the strong belief of “food as medicine.” To that end, we employ a team of registered dietitians who individually tailor meals to each client’s specific medical requirements. God’s Love provides all services by employing a small but dedicated professional staff and with the critical assistance of 8,000 volunteers annually.

To learn more about God’s Love We Deliver please visit their website at www.glwd.org

Jeffrey Berman Architect

Jeffrey Berman Architect specializes in process design for healthcare: the planning, programming and design of healthcare and research facilities requiring technologically advanced systems and equipment, including state-of–the-art medical diagnostic imaging and treatment centers and operating suites. Since its founding in 1988, Jeffrey Berman Architect has been on the leading edge of healthcare architecture. The firm has designed facilities for the major healthcare institutions throughout the New York area, including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, and NYU Langone Medical Center.

To learn more about Jeffrey Berman Architect please visit their website at JBarch.com

Bryan R. Adams

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Bryan R. Adams is co-founder and Chief Media Strategist at FAB Communications. He brings 26 years of experience in media relations and publicity.  He began his career at Tommy Boy Music, assisting in and/or developing campaigns for top recording artists.  He was responsible for placing Grammy Award-winning artist, Coolio on his first national magazine cover in 1994. Two years later, Bryan co-founded FAB Communications, and has presided over the publicity department.  He has been implementing media strategies for companies and individuals in the genres of film, comedy, publishing, entrepreneurial, financial, and non-profit.  Since 2007, he has served as an Instructor for the Support Center for Non-Profit Management. Bryan lectures on new media strategies at NYC area colleges & universities and small business workshops. He has also co-founded several networking organizations such as SuperNodes (an international wine networking group) and Assist (a retired pro athlete and local business networking/mentoring group). He currently serves on the Board of Directors, LIU Post Alumni Association. 

Joan Werner

Joan Werner is an accomplished financial and marketing executive who has had a career spanning 25 years on Wall Street. She is currently the Head of Client Services for NYL Investors. She was formerly the Director of Marketing and Client Services at Ramius/ A Cowen Group Company, an independent alternative investments firm. Prior to joining Ramius, she served as the Director of Marketing for CSFB Volaris Advisors (formerly Volaris Advisors), an independent investment advisory firm specializing in volatility management. Joan was also Director of Alternative Investments Marketing (Hedge Funds, Private Equity, Managed Futures & Exchange Funds) at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (formerly Merrill Lynch Investment Managers) responsible for marketing communications, research, new product development and educational programs for Financial Advisors. She has previously held positions at Bear Stearns Asset Management and at Prudential Financial in the investment management, private placement and insurance areas.

Joan holds several degrees from prestigious institutions - MBA from Columbia Business School, Masters of Public Health from the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University and a BBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She currently serves as the Treasurer of 100 Women in Hedge Funds and The POETIC Foundation and is a Founding Board Member for the Professional Association for Investment Communications Resources (PAICR). She has also been an Adjunct Professor in Marketing at The College of New Jersey.