The WYCC Steering Committee is responsible for making key operational decisions in conjunction with the coalition to guide cancer prevention and control efforts and accomplish the mission set forth in the Wyoming Cancer Control Plan. They focus efforts on developing priorities and increasing the visibility of the coalition and monitoring and evaluating the plan for progress on outcomes. They support the implementation of practices to help sustain WYCC efforts and monitor the progress of the WYCC, ensuring timely action on issues raised during meetings. The committee is also responsible for attending steering committee meetings as well as coalition meetings, recruit new members and organizations, appoint committees, as necessary, and communicate the mission and vision of the coalition.
Steering committee members meet at least quarterly, with two face-to-face meetings held in conjunction with the bi-annual WYCC meetings and two conference calls. Additional meetings or calls may be scheduled based on work projects. Members are also asked to serve a two-year term, which may be renewed.
WYCC Steering Committee Members
Co-Founder, Volunteer President/CEO
Jason’s Friends Foundation
Lisa Eades is a co-founder and volunteer President/CEO of Jason’s Friends Foundation – a non-profit that provides financial resources for Wyoming families who have children suffering from life-threatening brain or spinal tumors and other childhood cancers. Jason’s Friends was established in 1996.
In addition to her work with Jason’s Friends Foundation, Lisa co-chairs the Wyoming Cancer Coalition. She has a passion for cancer prevention and control, especially childhood cancers. Lisa helped establish Camp Courage Wyoming in 2012 – Wyoming’s only childhood cancer camp. She serves on the Wyoming Department of Health’s Institutional Review Board. Lisa also serves on the Wyoming Palliative Care Advisory Council, appointed by Governor Mead.
Lisa is part of the Wyoming Cancer Coalition’s Childhood Cancer workgroup. Five year goals are to expand resources for patients and families, including palliative care and end of life care and to provide hands on training for healthcare providers related to childhood cancer and post survivorship needs.
Lisa and her husband Rocky are Jason’s parents as well. Tragically, Jason lost his battle with a brain tumor at the age of nine, in 1995. Jason’s Friends Foundation was created in Jason’s name to help Wyoming families who have children with cancer. Jason’s Friends currently has 145 families enrolled and has provided nearly $6 million in financial assistance.
Joe Grandpre, Phd, MPH
Chronic Disease and Maternal Child Health Epidemiology
Wyoming Department of Health
Joe became interested in cancer prevention and control because cancer is the second leading cause of death in Wyoming and because it sucks. He joined the WYCC because Chris Thomas asked him to join in 2002. Joe would tell individuals interested in joining the WYCC that while there have been many strides in treating cancer in the last decades we still need to work on prevention. We will never prevent all cancers but delaying cancer as long as possible is a worthwhile and noble goal for all of us.