John Wayne Cancer Foundation Announces Appointment Of New President, Catherine A. Brown

Brown To Lead Strategic National And International Expansion

May 19, 2015, 12:00 ET from John Wayne Cancer Foundation (JWCF)

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., May 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- John Wayne Cancer Foundation (JWCF), whose mission is to bring courage, strength and grit to the fight against cancer, is pleased to announce the appointment of Catherine A. Brown, FASAE, CAE as President effective May 18, 2015.  A new position for the foundation, Brown will implement key strategies to increase JWCF's presence both nationally and internationally.

"When my dad passed away from cancer in 1979, he asked our family to help the good doctors fight the fight against cancer," says Ethan Wayne, Director of John Wayne Cancer Foundation. "We accepted that responsibility and through our efforts, the John Wayne Cancer Foundation was established in his name. We continue the fight and are pleased to bring Catherine onboard to help us with the next phase of the foundation's growth."

"I am thrilled to be chosen as John Wayne Cancer Foundation's new President," Brown said. "JWCF is at the forefront of innovative programs in research, education and support. I am excited to expand upon their accomplishments and further expand their presence."

Brown brings more than 25 years of experience in strategic governance, organizational development and outcomes management to the role. She most recently served as Vice President of the Pacific West Region for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Before that she held many prestigious titles including Executive Vice President of ConferenceDirect, President of the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation, Vice President of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses as well as Vice President at Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. She graduated from Hunter College, City University of New York with a BS in nursing and also holds a MSN from the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School of Business.  Catherine served on the Advisory Board of the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation from 2013-2015.

About John Wayne Cancer Foundation

Founded in 1985, the John Wayne Cancer Foundation was created in honor of John Wayne after his family promised to use his name to continue his fight against cancer. The John Wayne Cancer Foundation's mission is to bring courage, strength and grit to the fight against cancer.  By funding novel and innovative programs, aligned with the priorities of research, education, awareness and support, JWCF improves cancer patient outcomes and achieves its mission.  Fight cancer with GRIT at

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