National Brain Tumor Society’s Community Chat is a series of open, online discussions where you will be able to ask questions of experts and thought leaders within the brain tumor community.
The community chat is a live video discussion focused on a different area or topic of interest to the community. All community chats are moderated to facilitate an open dialogue and participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and interact with others through our text-based chat room.
May 22, 2014: Frankly Speaking About Brain Tumors 2:30 – 3:30 PM EST
Lisa McDermott, RN, is a brain tumor survivor of 2 and a half years. She is also a nurse with over 25 years of experience. Currently, Lisa is the Maryland State Lead Advocate for the National Brain Tumor Society. Because of her passion and dedication to making a difference in the fight against brain tumors, Lisa is very involved in various fundraising activities such as the Race for Hope in Washington, DC, and has started an annual golf tournament, Tee Up for Tumors, to support brain tumor research.
Lisa is also an inspirational speaker. She hopes to provide comfort, support, and inspiration to others by sharing her journey.
Allison Harvey, MPH, is the Senior Director of Education & Outreach at the Cancer Support Community (CSC). In this position, Allison oversees the development and implementation of CSC's nationally recognized education program Frankly Speaking About Cancer. Allison has over nine years of professional work experience, with a focus on human services, education, and health. Allison received her Master's in Public Health from George Washington University and is a Certified Health Education Specialist.
Lainey Titus Samant, MPA, is the Associate Director of Public Policy for the National Brain Tumor Society. Lainey spent much of her career in Massachusetts government, first as a Chief of Staff to a State Representative and later in legislative affairs for the Massachusetts Nurses Association. Prior to becoming an employee of the National Brain Tumor Society, Lainey served as a Team Captain for our Boston Brain Tumor Walk for a number of years in honor of her father, who passed away from a brain tumor in 2009.
Dr. Terri S. Armstrong, PhD, ANP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, is a Professor in the Department of Family Health at the UT Health School of Nursing and holds the school’s prestigious Dunn Distinguished Professorship in Oncology Nursing. She also is an Advanced Practice Nurse in the Department of Neuro-Oncology at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. She has worked in the field of Neuro-Oncology since 1992, and is currently in a research faculty position with a focus on assessment and management of symptoms and treatment-associated toxicity in patients with primary brain tumors. Dr. Armstrong is involved in understanding the impact of treatment and disease on patients with brain tumors and their families through her research and work with the Collaborative Ependymoma Research Foundation (CERN Foundation), Head for the Cure Foundation (HFTC), and the NRG and Alliance Oncology Cooperative Groups.