Ford-leadershipJames 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.

Foundation Leadership

Micah-leadershipMicah Aberson

President, Edith Sanford Breast Foundation

As president, Aberson oversees the organization’s operations and fund management, and all fundraising efforts across the entire Sanford Health footprint. He is part of the Sanford Health Development and Research structure as well as Sanford’s Executive Leadership Team.

Previously, Aberson served as vice president of client services and business development at Lawrence & Schiller, a Sioux Falls-based advertising and marketing agency. He began his career there in 2003 and, over the years, served as account executive, director of business development and account supervisor.

A Sioux Falls native and graduate of Augustana College, Aberson earned his MBA from the University of Sioux Falls.

Deb-leadershipDeb 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.


Scientific Leadership

Chun-leadershipChun-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.