MCW Cancer Center Administration Team Update

Andrea Brown, MBA, Associate Director of Administration for the MCW Cancer Center

Pictured below, the Cancer Center administrative team at the May 3rd Scientific Retreat.  Left to right: Sheri Sasaki, Betty Oleson, Michele Ward, Kathleen Schilz, Mike Anello, Andrea Brown, Anne Quimby Mathias, Katie Glisch, and Chelsea VonRuden. Not pictured, Brenda Brito.  

Sheri Sasaki, Betty Oleson, Michele Ward, Kathleen Schilz, Mike Anello, Andrea Brown, Anne Quimby Mathias, Katie Glisch, and Chelsea VonRudenOver the past eighteen months, there has been significant growth and many changes to the Cancer Center administration team, including new hires, promotions, and changes to roles and responsibilities.

Sheri Sasaki, who joined the Cancer Center in 2010, was promoted to the role of Program Coordinator, assuming responsibility for membership, programmatic activities, seminars and meetings, faculty recruiting and visits, and many other responsibilities that directly support the Cancer Center's six major research programs. Sheri's work encompasses almost every aspect of Cancer Center research and administrative operations, and she played a key role in many significant accomplishments this year, including the development of the Cancer Center database, accurately tracking and reporting on all cancer-related funding and publications, building regular program meetings and seminars, and preparing program materials for the External Scientific Advisory Board (ESAB) review.

Sheri’s previous role was as administrative support to the Associate Director of Administration, Andrea Brown, MBA.  After an exhaustive search, this position was capably filled by Michele Ward, who started in September 2012. Michele joined MCW after 15 years at Foley and Lardner, where she provided executive support, managed special projects and organized major national and international events.  Michele's considerable skill and experience in event planning and management resulted in glowing comments from those who attended our 2-day ESAB review, who recognized her organization, thoughtful attention to detail, and logistics management.  At the first of the year, Michele’s role expanded, and she now provides administrative support for Cancer Center Director Dr. Ming You.

Mike Anello, now in his third year with the Cancer Center, was promoted to the role of Research Grants Coordinator. Mike provides support, content, and process management for internal and extra-mural grant submissions, identifies and distributes new funding opportunities, drives the Cancer Center seed grant submission process, and manages the grant submission and reporting cycle for several key investigators, including Drs. Ming You and Gary Stoner.  Mike's service and expertise has contributed to the award and renewal of many cancer-related grants.

Kathleen Schilz joined the MCW Cancer Center in June of 2011 as administrative assistant to Director Dr. Ming You, and has recently assumed much of Mike Anello’s former administrative support responsibilities. Kathleen is now point person for issues concerning the Cancer Center space on the 3rd and 4th floor of the TBRC and the 6th floor at the MFRC, and is already resolving issues and making improvements. Kathleen also provides support to the labs of Drs. Ming You, Gary Stoner, and Marshall Anderson.  She continues the coordination of the Cancer Center Seminar Series, helping identify and schedule nationally-recognized leaders in cancer research, and organizing these monthly events.

Katie Glisch also joined the team in 2012.  Betty Oleson, Clinical Trials Office (CTO) Administrative Director, calls Katie her “right hand” and doesn’t know how she would manage without her help.  So it’s no surprise that Katie quickly became the go-to person for all aspects of CTO operational support and a sought-after resource for all kinds of projects. Katie was instrumental in preparing the CTO’s U10 grant.  She skillfully coordinated the efforts of a huge team of faculty and staff from across the campus, collected and managed hundreds of pages of content and kept the months-long process moving forward.

Hired in July 2012 for a newly-created communications coordinator position, Anne Quimby Mathias is responsible for content development, project management, building and maintaining the Cancer Center website, writing and producing the Director’s Update newsletter, developing presentations and publications, and supporting the NCI-designation process. Before joining the Cancer Center, Anne was a freelance communications consultant for over 10 years. Her clients included the BloodCenter of Wisconsin, Johnson Controls, and 3M.

In September of 2012, financial assistant Chelsea VonRuden joined the Cancer Center, supporting Brenda Brito, the Cancer Center's Business Manager, with financial and operational management, including that of the Clinical Trials Office.  Chelsea impresses everyone with her enthusiasm, and her ability to hit the ground running - she was processing purchase orders on her very first day on the job!  She is willing to take on any type of task and a pleasure to have on the team.