Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of our Foundation is made up of patients, caregivers and/or professionals who have worked in various media. We will always have the patient as a focus of what we do and how we go about handling the affairs of ECEF. The mission of our Board is to oversee the activities of ECEF. It has developed our mission statement and goals and it will review all we do with that direction in mind.
I retired from the Vice Chairman and CEO position of Chiltington International a worldwide insurance and reinsurance consulting firm on December 31,2007. This culminated 46 years of service in the Insurance and Reinsurance Industry. I was told in December of 1999 that I had a stage III esophageal cancer tumor and proceeded to have Chemotherapy Radiation therapy and Surgery and since then I have been without evidence of this disease. As President of the Esophageal Cancer Education Foundation my goal is to achieve ECEF’S Mission Statement.
I have been married to Bart since October of 1963 and we have two daughters and seven grandchildren. We have taken on the challenge of this dreaded disease and as a team we have worked together to get through this disease. Being a caregiver is a challenge unto itself and we have journeyed through the years of recovery from Bart’s initial diagnosis in December of 1999
Our goal is to help make the public become aware of this disease. In addition we have been available to respond to questions that patients pose as quality of life issues as their journey continues through this disease. I have co chaired our fund raising event Day at the Races. It has been the backbone of our fund raising efforts since our first event in 2003.
Annbeth Katz EMERITUS
Born and grew up in Brooklyn, New York, Annbeth raised her family in Northern New Jersey, and now calls New York City and Stockbridge, Massachusetts home. A graduate of Hunter College (BA) and Pace University (MBA) she spent most of her professional career working as a Human Resource executive for a number of major corporations. In May 2003, her husband Gerry was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer of the GE Junction (Esophages/Stomach). Knowing little about the disease, the family began the task of educating themselves, trying to understand why a supposedly healthy 65 year old man could suddenly have terminal cancer. The more they learned, the more they realized that Gerry, like so many others, had ignored for years many of the symptoms of this dreaded disease. Hoping to somehow do good from such a tragic loss, the family had raised money for research during Gerry’s illness. Gerry passed away in July 2004, at which time Annbeth and her family became convinced that the most important thing they could do moving forward was to educate and raise the awareness of the public and the professionals to the warning signs of esophageal cancer . Having been introduced to Bart and Ginny in 2006, it was immediately obvious to everyone that we held similar goals and commitment to fighting this disease. Joining forces with ECEF, it is our sincere hope that we can truly make a difference, and bring us one step closer to a cure. “When God gives you lemons, make lemonade!”.
Scudder Fowler is Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Liminal Group. Earlier he led new business development initiatives at Semaphore Partners, the marketing technology arm of $4.5B advertising and communications holding firm, Publicis. Before Semaphore, he managed the New York sales division of a world-leading executive conference company. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University.
Phil Alongi is a multiple Emmy Award-winning media executive with over 30 years of network television experience, last serving as Executive Producer of Specials and Politics for NBC News’ highly successful ‘Decision 2008’ coverage. In this capacity, Mr. Alongi oversaw breaking news and political coverage for the NBC network, MSNBC, CNBC, Telemundo, MSNBC.com, and NBC News Channel.