National Spokesperson, Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation
Mary Hart, former host of Entertainment Tonight, is our national spokesperson. Mary’s grandmother, a former nurse in the Sioux Valley system, the predecessor to Sanford Health’s Sioux Falls hospital, died from breast cancer, and Mary’s mother is a breast cancer survivor.
“I’ve chosen to be the spokesperson for the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation because it is completely revolutionary,” Mary says. “Its focus is on a bold approach to personalize treatment and advancing genetic and genomic research to a new level. It’s a hub for the most brilliant scientific minds of our time to use the most innovative technology and infrastructure in the country. It’s on a mission to decode genetic make-up, to identify cancer risks and to end cancer. It’s all of these things … it’s so much more…”
James Ford, MD
National Genomic Oncology Advisor, Edith Sanford Breast Cancer
Dr. Ford advises Edith Sanford on clinical research and personalized treatments for breast cancer. He is currently an associate professor of medicine (oncology) and genetics and director of the Stanford Cancer Genetics Clinic and the Cancer Genomics Program at Stanford University Medical Center.
Dr. Ford graduated from Yale University in 1984 and received his medical degree from the Yale School of Medicine in 1989. The recipient of numerous national awards, Dr. Ford is also an editor for Cancer Research, PLoS Genetics and DNA Repair and serves on the scientific review committee for the V Foundation for Cancer Research.
Chris Dockter, CFRE
Chief Development Officer, Edith Sanford Breast Foundation
Chris’ 25-plus years of donor-centered leadership include growing and managing cross functional teams inside of complex organizations, where her strength of building consensus and aligning mission objectives has resulted in award-winning teams and joyful donors.
Most recently she served as the chief executive officer of the Oregon and SW Washington affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, where she was one of the leading representatives of Komen’s national affiliate network. Her affiliate hosted two Race for the Cure® events in two different media markets with more than 50,000 participants each year. She also transformed the events-driven organization into a comprehensive development operation that included annual, major and planned giving programs.
Prior to joining Komen, Chris held various leadership development positions with institutions of higher education in Oregon and California.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Irvine.
Deb Koski, CFRE
Chief Operating Officer, Sanford Health Foundation
Deb is responsible for guiding the philanthropic practices that support Sanford Health, as well as the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer initiative. She oversees all operations and supervises staff responsible for finance, data management, donor stewardship, communications and grant disbursement.
In addition to having more than fifteen years of professional fundraising experience, Deb is also an active community volunteer with a background in technical writing and project management. She is a member of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Deb received her bachelor’s degree in mass communication from the University of South Dakota and holds certification in health care fundraising management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business.
Eugene Hoyme, MD
President, Sanford Research;
Chief Academic Officer, Sanford Health
Dr. Hoyme is responsible for Sanford Research activities throughout the system. He has an extensive background as a pediatric geneticist, clinical and academic leader, and international researcher.
Dr. Hoyme served as chief medical officer for Sanford Children’s Hospital, senior vice president for Children’s Services for Sanford Health, and chair of the Department of Pediatrics, Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota.
Prior to his work at Sanford Health, Dr. Hoyme held previous leadership appointments at Stanford and the Universities of Arizona and Vermont. He has also held numerous leadership roles within regional and national clinical and research organizations in pediatrics and medical genetics. His research focuses on the delineation of genetic and malformation syndromes, with a speciﬁc emphasis on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
Dr. Hoyme has authored more than 300 original articles, monographs, book chapters and research abstracts.
David Pearce, PhD
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Sanford Research
Dr. Pearce provides leadership and administrative oversight of all Sanford Research endeavors, including Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Research.
He is also the director of the Sanford Children’s Health and Research Center, and is one of the world’s leading researchers of juvenile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (Batten disease). Dr. Pearce also leads the Pearce Lab for Genetically Inherited Diseases of Children at Sanford Research.
He completed his Bachelor of Science Degree with Honors in Biological Sciences at Wolverhampton Polytechnic in 1986. He gained his PhD in 1990 at the University of Bath, UK, and did postdoctoral training at the University of Rochester, and Oxford University, UK.
Chun-Hung Chan, PhD
Director, Edith Sanford Biobank at Sanford Health
Dr. Chan oversees the Edith Sanford biobank at Sanford Health, a cornerstone of the Foundation’s genomics research program. The biobank is an extensive repository of critical blood and tissue samples from volunteers of all ages and backgrounds, including those with no personal or family history of breast cancer.
Dr. Chan received a PhD in developmental neurobiology at University College London and his Bachelor of Science in biochemistry at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom. His postdoctoral fellowship was completed at the University of Rochester School of Medicine.
Megan Landsverk, PhD
Director, Molecular Genetics Division of the Sanford Clinical Medical Genetics Laboratory
Prior to joining Sanford Health, Dr. Landsverk served as an assistant professor in the genetics department and assistant director of the Baylor Medical Genetics Laboratory.
She received her Bachelor of Science degrees in both biology and chemistry from the University of North Dakota. She then went on to earn her PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from Baylor College of Medicine, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in the Genetic Medicine Division of the Pediatric Department at the University of Washington.
Dr. Landsverk is board certified in molecular genetics, and a fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics.