The leadership of the Prostate Cancer Foundation includes accomplished business leaders, successful entrepreneurs, acclaimed scientists and dedicated philanthropists. Our Leadership Team includes people who have founded and led successful healthcare companies, developed major marketing programs, managed clinical research organizations and raised millions of dollars for philanthropies. Our Board of Directors includes some of the most accomplished CEOs in the country, leaders in entertainment and marketing, outstanding financiers and distinguished academic medical researchers.
Founder and Chairman
Mike Milken established the Prostate Cancer Foundation in 1993 as a continuation of his medical-research initiatives that started in the 1970s. In 1982, he formalized his philanthropic activities by co-founding the Milken Family Foundation, which has been one of America's leading supporters of cancer research, prevention and treatment. He also serves as Chairman of the Milken Institute, a nonprofit economic think tank and its Washington, D.C.-based FasterCures - The Center for Accelerating Medical Solutions. He joined with leading physicians in launching the Melanoma Research Alliance to advance progress against fatal skin cancers. As a financier, Milken is often said to have revolutionized modern capital markets. The thousands of companies that he financed created millions of jobs. He graduated with highest distinction from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa; and he earned his MBA at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He and his wife of more than 40 years, Lori, have three children and eight grandchildren. More details are at http://www.mikemilken.com.
Jonathan W. Simons, MD, is an internationally recognized physician-scientist, oncologist and acclaimed investigator in translational prostate cancer research. Prior to joining PCF in 2007, he was Distinguished Service Professor of Hematology and Oncology at the Emory University School of Medicine and Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Materials Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Simons is the Founding Director of the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University in Atlanta and Co-Director of the National Cancer Institute Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence at Emory and Georgia Tech.
Dr. Simons received a BA from Princeton University and an MD from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Before entering medical school he was a Rotary International Postgraduate Fellow in the Humanities at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England, and a Nuffield Foundation Fellow in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge. Dr. Simons completed his residency in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital at Harvard Medical School and his fellowship in medical oncology at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Simons has been a funded physician-scientist in prostate cancer by the National Cancer Institute, Department of Defense, PCF and other agencies since 1990. He is also board-certified in internal medicine and medical oncology. He is married to Plum Simons, a breast cancer survivor, and has two sons.
Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary
Ralph Finerman is a certified public accountant and attorney and serves as president of RFG Financial Group, Inc., a financial consulting firm that specializes in helping clients structure, execute, manage and account for investments in a wide variety of industries. Mr. Finerman received a BS from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an LLB from Columbia Law School and an LLM in Taxation from New York University School of Law. Mr. Finerman has been Treasurer and Secretary of the Foundation since its creation in 1993.
STUART HOLDEN, MD
A urological oncologist practicing at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Dr. Holden has been actively engaged in the field of cancer research and treatment for more than 25 years. Dr. Holden directs the medical and scientific strategy of PCF, overseeing its grant award programs, consortia activities and scientific meetings. Dr. Holden has held staff positions at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and Georgetown's Lombardi Cancer Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Holden has been the PCF Medical Director since the inception of the Foundation in 1993.
HOWARD R. SOULE, PhD
Executive Vice President
Chief Science Officer
Howard R. Soule, PhD, coordinates global academic, government and biopharmaceutical sector research activity and is responsible for the implementation of PCF's global research strategies. From 1997 to 2004, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Science Officer of PCF. He is also a member of the Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program Integration Panel. Most recently, he was Managing Director of Knowledge Universe Health and Wellness Group, a private investment firm focused on companies in the general areas of disease prevention and treatment. Dr. Soule has been with the Foundation for 11 years.
Prior to joining PCF in 1997, Dr. Soule was a senior R&D executive for nine years at Corvas International, Inc., a public biotechnology company. He was responsible for the discovery and development of innovative products for the treatment of life-threatening cardiovascular diseases. Dr. Soule has considerable experience in medical diagnostic and device industries as well.
Dr. Soule received a PhD from Baylor College of Medicine in Virology and Epidemiology and was a Post Doctoral Fellow in Immunology and Vascular Biology at the Scripps Research Institute.
Executive Vice President of Development
Gary Dicovitsky is a twenty-six year veteran in philanthropic fundraising. He has led successful campaigns at some of the nation’s leading organizations including Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the California Institute of Technology and Pomona College. He has also managed fundraising efforts at Princeton University, University of Virginia and Dartmouth College. Gary holds a BA from Dartmouth College and a Master of Education degree from Loyola College.
Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration
Prior to joining PCF, Ms. Hsieh was the Director of Financial Planning for Vivendi Universal Net USA (an entity created to oversee the U.S. Internet-related companies owned by Vivendi Universal), where she managed the operating plan and monthly forecasts for multiple business units. Prior to the formation of VUNet USA, Ms. Hsieh was the Director of Finance for MP3.com, which was one of the early digital music providers on the Internet. Before that, Ms. Hsieh was the Manager of International Finance for The Walt Disney Company. She holds an MBA from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a BA in Economics from the University of California, San Diego.
Vice President, Events & Donor Relations
Ms. Haber has been with PCF since 1999 and brings over 20 years of event and financial management experience to the organization. Prior to joining PCF, Ms. Haber was the administrator for a private equity investment fund, handling daily security and institutional trading as well as all investor relations. Before that, Ms. Haber spent several years at Pacific Holding Company and Dole Food Company, handling security trading for both privately held and publicly held entities, research and analyses of acquisition candidates, real estate development projects and planning and execution of special events, including political fundraising dinners, golf events and annual shareholder meetings. Ms. Haber received her BA in both Anthropology and Business from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Vice President, Movember Initiatives
Prior to joining PCF, Jan Wolterstorff was Director of Special Projects and the Educational Outreach Coordinator for the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (joint powers agency of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy). Jan developed and implemented many projects including an educational outreach program for children with disabilities, and a joint project with the National Park Service, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, and California State Parks. She also served as an Events Coordinator working with State and local level elected officials and the global scientific community for the Natural Resources and Planning Department. Jan also brings 15 years experience in the educational field serving as coordinator of the first national K-12 charter school district, communication consultant, and co-founder and board chair of several nonprofits serving over eight thousand students.
PHILIP KANTOFF, MD
Chair, PCF Global Research Council
Philip Kantoff, MD received his undergraduate degree and medical degree from Brown University, and was chief resident in Internal Medicine at New York University Hospital/Bellevue Hospital. He spent four years at the National Institutes of Health conducting research in retroviral mediated gene transfer and gene therapy. He completed his medical oncology fellowship training at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) in 1987. Dr. Kantoff is the Jerome and Nancy Kohlberg Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. At the DFCI and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, he serves as the Chairman of the Executive Committee for Clinical Research, Director of The Lank Center for Genitourinary Oncology, Vice Chair of Medical Oncology and Chief of the Division of Solid Tumor Oncology. He is the Director of the Prostate Cancer Program and National Cancer Institute sponsored SPORE in Prostate Cancer at Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. Dr. Kantoff focuses his clinical activities in caring for patients with prostate and testicular cancers. His research is both clinical and translational. His clinical research involves developing improved treatments for patients with genitourinary cancers. His laboratory efforts involve understanding the molecular basis of prostate cancer including mechanisms of resistance to hormonal therapy and genetic determinants of aggressive disease. As Chairman of the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s (PCF) Global Research Council (GRC), Dr. Kantoff advises the leadership of PCF on a wide variety of matters concerning scientific program policy and progress and future direction of the PCF’s research programs and research enterprise in the areas of basic, translational, clinical science and epidemiology. As Chairman of the GRC, Dr. Kantoff leads the GRC members in generating its independent advice to PCF.