Community Advisory Council

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The UC Brain Tumor Center is fortunate to have strong support from a diverse group of community leaders, business people, and Brain Tumor Center leadership. Members of the Community Advisory Council meet quarterly. Led by Chair Kathy Beechem, the council works closely with the Center’s physician leadership and is dedicated to supporting the overall efforts of the Brain Tumor Center in the following ways:

  • Raise the stature of the center in the community through presentations, events and publicity
  • Help recruit other community leaders with special talents
  • Identify opportunities in the city that could benefit the center
  • Participate in the development of new programs
  • Participate in the recruitment of physicians and scientists

To accomplish this, the Community Advisory Council has established four primary committees:

  1. Patient Advocacy (Chair, Amy Diamond)
  2. Recruitment (Chair, Kathy Beechem)
  3. Development (Chair, David Cook)
  4. Marketing (Chair, Chris Knueven)

Council members have developed and implemented successful fundraising events, such as a wine tasting, chaired by Rich Seal, and the 5K Walk Ahead for a Brain Tumor Cure. Rick June has also led a brand equity project for the marketing committee, and Eric Becker has led board involvement in the annual patient symposium, which is now in its third year. Amy Diamond is also involved in that project, as well as other patient advocacy activities.

Council Members

Kathy Beechem, Chair » Eric Becker John Breneman, MD »
David Cook Amy Diamond Jeff Eggleston
L. Thomas Hiltz Sandy Hempel, M.Ed Rick June
Chris Knueven Wally Pagan Thomas Rosenberger, APR
Anya Sanchez, MD, MBA Richard Seal John M. Tew, Jr., MD
Ronald E. Warnick, MD » Gina Weitzel Brian Wiles
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