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Executive Director

Alyssa O'Driscoll

Alyssa serves at the helm of the Alliance with 15+ years in philanhtropy and a family history of sarcoma. She works to keep patient programs, fundraising, and communications focused and strategic. Her experience includes leadership at healthcare nonprofits such as Harvard teaching hospital Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Intermountain Healthcare.

A philanthropy professional with more than 15 years of experience, Alyssa has served at the helm of the Sarcoma Alliance since 2017. She has a family history of sarcoma and knows the important role patient advocacy has when facing a difficult diagnosis. Alyssa works to keep patient programs, fundraising, and communications focused and strategic. Her experience includes leadership at healthcare nonprofits such as Harvard teaching hospital Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Intermountain Healthcare.

She received her undergraduate degree from University of Kentucky and holds both her MBA and MPA. Recently in May 2021, she completed her Nonprofit Management Certificate from Harvard University Extension School.

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Office Manager

Pam Cresta

Pam brings to the Alliance a strong background in health delivery and office management. Prior to joining the Alliance she was a staff nurse, utilization review coordinator and an office manager for a busy medical practice.

Pam joined the Alliance in June 2006 as its Office Manager. She brings to the Alliance a strong background in health delivery and office management. Prior to joining the Alliance she was a staff nurse, utilization review coordinator and an office manager for a busy medical practice. She enjoys working for the Alliance where she has an opportunity a give so much to the sarcoma community.
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Associate Director

Kalyse Engebretson

Leveraging her prior nonprofit work experiences, Kalyse primarily focuses on supporting the organization’s communications and development efforts.

Kalyse has been active with the Sarcoma Alliance since she joined as an intern in 2019. Leveraging her prior nonprofit work experiences, Kalyse primarily focuses on supporting the organization’s communications and development efforts. She enjoys working for the Alliance because she is continually learning and has the opportunity to engage with a wide range of individuals in the sarcoma community.

Ambassadors

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Ambassador

Brandi Benson

In 2009, after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Ewing Sarcoma, Brandi fought to overcome her diagnosis, heal after her treatments, and reclaimed her life through therapy, physical activities, and other healthy-living practices.

A former US Army Soldier who is now the author of the acclaimed book “The Enemy Inside Me” and has been featured on radio, tv, magazines and international media platforms including ABC, NBC, CNN, Fox, CW, New York Journal, and more.

In 2009, after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Ewing Sarcoma, Brandi fought to overcome her diagnosis, heal after her treatments, and reclaimed her life through therapy, physical activities, and other healthy-living practices.

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