SGO HEADQUARTERS OFFICE
230 W. Monroe St., Ste. 710 | Chicago, IL 60606-4703 | Phone: 312-235-4060 | FAX: 312-235-4059
Chief Financial Officer
Prior to starting his own business—Burger Financial Services, Inc.—Steve spent four years as Senior Director of Financial Management at SmithBucklin, the world’s largest association management company. In 2007, he became CFO of SGO. As CFO, Steve manages the finance committee; compiles and manages budgets, forecasting, cash management, financial modeling and pricing; and performs any needed financial analysis. Steve is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago.
Senior Coordinator of ASO Meetings
Sohana Cantwell was hired by SGO as the Senior Coordinator of ASO Meetings. In this role Sohana coordinates meetings for the following Association Services Organization (ASO) groups: American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society, Council of University Chairs of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Western Association of Gynecologic Oncologists and Infectious Diseases Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has previously worked for an offsite catering company, the Congress Plaza Hotel and McCormick Place Convention Center. Sohana has a degree from Indiana University.
Foundation for Women’s Cancer
After graduating from Illinois State University in 1988, Karen was hired by SGO as an Administrative Coordinator and in 1993 she was named Executive Director of the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation, which later became the Foundation for Women’s Cancer. As Executive Director of the FWC, Karen oversees all aspects of the Foundation research grants and prizes made available to SGO members as well as programs offered to FWC’s patient and public audiences.
Senior Membership Coordinator
Amy joined SGO in June 2014 to oversee the SGO Clinical Outcomes Registry and is now the Senior Membership Coordinator. Her previous work with medical associations includes employment at the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, National Council of State Boards of Nursing, and American Heart Association of Metropolitan Chicago. Amy has an associate’s degree in Organizational Management from Purdue University, a bachelor’s degree in Public Affairs and Health Services Administration from Indiana University, and a master’s level certificate in Biomedical Ethics as well as a Project Management Certificate from Loyola University Chicago.
Chief Executive Officer
Society of Gynecologic Oncology Foundation for Women’s Cancer
Pierre Désy has been CEO of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology and Foundation for Women’s Cancer since April 2016. Pierre’s goal is to work with the Society’s and the Foundation’s boards of directors, executive committee, staff, members and stakeholders to advance the organizations’ missions. Pierre has worked at the senior executive level in the field of association management since 2000. He has held the positions of Director of the ENA Injury Prevention Institute as well as Chief Development Officer at the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA). Prior to coming to SGO, he served as Executive Director at the International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (IAOMS). Pierre has degrees from Université de Montréal, Loyola University Chicago, and University of Illinois at Chicago.
Coordinator of Professional Education
West began with the SGO Education team in 2017. As the Professional Education Coordinator, West supports all SGO constituents to succeed in their continuing education and ensure they are as informed as possible in their pursuits of eradicating women’s cancers. West has worked for a variety of non-profits and media outlets focused on social justice and LGBTQ issues for 10 years, both serving as a Communications professional and educator addressing intersectional issues affecting marginalized communities. West holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Evergreen State College and a master’s degree in Women’s and Gender Studies from DePaul University.
Elizabeth Edwards joined the SGO Communications team in June 2016, and as Communications Coordinator she handles communications for the Foundation for Women’s Cancer audience including patients, caregivers, advocates and friends. This includes writing and editing FWC newsletters, email blasts, social media and managing the FWC website, as well as media outreach for SGO. Prior to coming to SGO, Liz worked at Eastern Illinois University as a publicity/promotion specialist. She has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Eastern Illinois University.
Development and Grants Coordinator
Damen joined the Foundation for Women’s cancer in June 2017 and is currently the Development and Grants Coordinator. In that role, Damen assists in the preparation of grant proposal tracking and monitoring, as well as prospect research, and providing support to identify and manage new strategic partnerships. Prior to working for FWC and SGO, Damen has worked in both the non-profit and for-profit arenas, with time spent at Get Covered Illinois’ Outreach and Education team, McMaster Carr’s product information department, and the Bureau of Land Management in WY. Damen has a Bachelor of Arts from The Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO.
Eva joined SGO’s staff in October 2014 as Senior Membership Coordinator and is now Membership Manager. Before coming to SGO, Eva worked at various companies and associations, including American Society for Clinical Pathology, TEI Analytical, and the Institute of Food Technologists. Eva studied business administration at Richard M. Daley College in Chicago.
FWC Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Terri joined the Foundation for Women’s Cancer in June 2011 and is currently the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations. In that role, Terri manages corporate relations to help meet the programmatic and operating needs of FWC’s and SGO’s mission-based programs. Prior to working for FWC and SGO, Terri was employed by the Angelman Syndrome Foundation, Rush-Copley Medical Center, Central DuPage Hospital (now Northwestern Healthcare), Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of DuPage and University of Illinois-Chicago National Research and Training Center. Terri has a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Social Work from Aurora University in Aurora, IL.
Amber joined the SGO Meetings team as the Meetings Coordinator in October 2017. Amber coordinates various logistical aspects of SGO meetings and events, including the SGO Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer, the SGO Winter Meeting, and the Gynecologic Cancer Survivors Courses hosted by the Foundation for Women’s Cancer. Amber graduated from Illinois State University with a bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation Administration.
Chief Meetings and Education Officer
As SGO’s Chief Meetings and Education Officer, Teri oversees all education and live meeting experiences, focusing on exhibits, sponsorship and other industry relations. She also manages the Survivor Course program for the Foundation for Women’s Cancer. An SGO staff member since August 2014, Teri’s career began in hotel operations, including front office, convention services and catering. Her previous association experience includes the American Nuclear Society, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Association Forum of Chicago and the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Teri is a graduate of Ball State University in Muncie, IN.
Senior Communications Manager
Robyn joined the SGO Communications team in August 2012. In her role as Senior Communications Manager, Robyn is the editor of SGO Issues and the Annual Meeting Final Program, website manager for sgo.org, and oversees video production for various SGO/FWC projects. Robyn’s career in communications includes writing and video production for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Abbott Laboratories, Diocese of Orlando, and numerous freelance clients. Robyn has a bachelor’s degree in American Studies/Spanish from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
ASO Executive Director/Manager of Governance
As Executive Director of SGO’s Association Services Organization (ASO), Jennifer delivers association management, education and meeting planning services to four small associations within the OB/GYN and gynecologic oncology subspecialties, with almost 1,000 members combined. As Manager of Governance, she provides assistance to committee members and leadership, which includes board elections, bylaws amendments, and committee/board appointments. Jennifer served as Administrative Director for the Association for Child Development before joining SGO’s staff in October 2014. Jennifer has a bachelor’s degree in Applied Science with a concentration in Computer Networking, and a master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration on Nonprofit Management from Roosevelt University.
Director of Practice, Quality and Outcomes
Jessica joined SGO in September 2008 as a Communications Coordinator, and held staff positions in education and clinical practice before being named Director of Practice, Quality and Outcomes in January 2017. In her current position, Jessica manages and oversees all initiatives for the Clinical Practice Committee, Wellness Taskforce, Program Directors Network, and the Clinical Outcomes Registry (COR). Prior to working for SGO, Jessica has been employed at Weber Shandwick, Oakton Community College, and the Equis and Dickinson Group. She has a bachelor’s in Public Relations from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL.
Director of Government Relations
Jill is a Managing Partner at Galileo Consulting Group, Inc., in Arlington, VA.
Manager of Meetings
Working for SGO Meetings was Tori’s first job after college graduation, and she has been a member of the SGO staff since September 2014. Tori serves SGO as the Manager of Meetings, performing meeting and event planning duties for live educational SGO meetings. Additionally she handles logistics for the patient-centered Foundation for Women’s Cancer Survivor Courses. Tori has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Clinical Practice Coordinator
Traci joined SGO in August 2017 as the Clinical Practice Coordinator, and she is responsible for deadline management and execution of practice initiatives within the clinical practice, program directors and wellness committees. Her previous meetings and events experience includes various positions within the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association and Arkadin (formerly ConferencePlus). Traci has an associate’s degree in business administration from Colorado Technical University.
Office and CEO Administrative Assistant
Megan Stankewicz joined SGO in August 2017 as the Office and CEO Administrative Assistant. In May 2017 Megan graduated from Loyola University in Chicago, where she double majored in Political Science and International Studies. Growing up in a military family, she has lived in various locations throughout the United States and around the world.
Director of Education
Nancy joined SGO as Interim Director of Education in August 2017. In this role, Nancy works collaboratively with the membership to create and maintain education programs to help practitioners improve patient outcomes and patients achieve their desired outcomes. Nancy has worked at two Level I trauma centers and several nonprofit health care associations, including the Emergency Nurses Association, National Association of Neonatal Nurses, Society of Critical Care and American Association of Diabetes Educators. She has a diploma in Nursing from Lutheran General and Deaconess School of Nursing, bachelor’s of science in Nursing from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a master’s in jurisprudence in Health Law at Loyola University Law School.
Chief Communications and Advocacy Officer
As the Chief Communications and Advocacy Officer, Ellen Sullivan oversees the development and implementation of communication strategies for the Society and Foundation to reach members, the media, funders, policymakers, advocacy organizations, patients, caregivers, survivors and the public. An SGO staff member since April 2012, Ellen has also worked at the American Society for Clinical Pathology, Institute of Food Technologists, Youngstown State University, and as a daily newspaper reporter for The Vindicator in Youngstown, OH. She has a bachelor’s degree in economics and German from Washington University in St. Louis, a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University, and a master’s degree in exercise science from Northeastern Illinois University.
As the SGO Education Manager, Haley Swilling plans live education and e-learning programs for SGO members. This includes handling postgraduate education for the SGO Annual Meeting, managing education for the SGO Winter Meeting and Allied Workshop, and maintaining content—such as webinars and videos--on the SGO Connect Ed education portal. An SGO staff member since October 2014, Haley previously worked for the American Bar Association and Booz Allen. She is a graduate of the State University of New York (SUNY) Albany.
Senior Graphic Designer
Kelsey joined SGO in October 2014. As the Senior Graphic Designer, Kelsey oversees graphic design, branding, art direction and strategy for both SGO/FWC for print, web and video. This includes creating logos, booklets/brochures, websites, social media/web graphics and email templates. Previously, Kelsey has been employed in design/marketing positions for Jones Lang LaSalle, Michigan State University Alumni Association and the MSU College of Engineering, as well as working as a freelance designer. Kelsey graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art with specializations in Graphic Design and Photography and a minor in Art History.
Director of Finance
Mike Vogl has worked for SGO since October 2011. As Director of Finance, Mike is responsible for reporting and providing support to the SGO and FWC Treasurer, who oversees and monitors the financial strategies of the organizations. He has worked as a Controller for the National Association of Bond Lawyers, for a media support services company and public accounting firms. Prior to his accounting career, Mike worked as an on-air radio personality in downstate Illinois. He has a communications degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an accounting degree from Northern Illinois University.
Director of Meetings
As Director of Meetings, Kayla is a Certified Meeting Professional who coordinates all aspects of various SGO and FWC events. Her primary focus is on planning the SGO educational courses, including the Allied Health Professionals Workshop, the Early Career Summit, the SGO Winter Meeting, and the Annual Meeting. An SGO staff member since August 2016, Kayla has previously worked for the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. She is a graduate of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI.
FWC Development and Administrative Manager
Paige became a full time member of the FWC staff in February 2017. As the Development and Administrative Manager for the Foundation, Paige provides administrative support for Survivors Courses, and manages the distribution of educational materials as well as memorial and tribute funds. Paige also assists with larger development campaigns, and handles donor relations such as gift processing and managing the donor database. She is also the primary coordinator of the FWC research and awards program. Paige received her bachelor’s degree from New York University, and her master’s degree from the University of Oxford.
Junior Graphic Designer
Jennifer Zoleta began interning for SGO communications in May 2016 and officially joined the staff in January 2018. Ensuring that a strong visual identity is present and applied across all visual materials, Jennifer creates graphics and typeset materials such as brochures, banners, ads, email graphics, and social media. Her other duties include video editing, short animations, and illustration. Previously Jennifer worked as a graphic aide at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), a design intern for Studio/lab, and freelancer for ThinkCERCA. She received a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and a minor in Studio Art from UIC.