Women’s Board

Established in 1947, the Women’s Board has allocated over $20 million in funding to launch some of the Comprehensive Cancer Center’s most inventive and successful cancer research programs. The board funds innovative experimentation, enabling UChicago scientists to pursue promising avenues of investigation that would otherwise remain unexplored.

Its hallmark event, an annual gala, began in 1966 and quickly became one of the Chicago philanthropic scene’s must-attend events. Today, the Breakthrough Ball draws more than 500 civic and philanthropic leaders who share a commitment to advancing cancer prevention, care, and treatment, and enriching human life.

Executive Committee

Linda Burns Coleman
President

Annette Carroll
First Vice President

Jennifer Kasten
Wells Ryan
Second Vice Presidents

Kristi Nuelle
Treasurer

Diane H. Reilly
Nominating Chair

Nancy Gupta
Program Chair

Karen Slimmon
Long Range Planning Chair

Eileen Murphy
Marketing & Communications Chair

Jean Atchison
Board of Trustees Liaison

Meredith Parrish
Barbara Sessions
Appeal Chairs

Pim Alley
Whitley Bouma Herbert
Benefit Chairs

Jennifer Rhind
Internal Relations Chair

Karen Riley McEniry
External Events Chair

Members at Large of the Executive Committee

Terry Brumfield
Mary Conrad
Elizabeth Eugenio
Robin Josephs
Elizabeth Luttig
Laura Werner

Members

Liz Adams
Karen Anagnost
Margaret Benjamin
Marta Bonner
Terri Brady
Cindy Chereskin
Wendy Chronister Rogers
Felicia Chun
Annemette Clausen
Ruth Colby
Cheryl Coleman
Anne Cox
Tricia Cox
Nancy Crane
Joan Crouch
Rebecca Cumbee
Diana Da Miano
Rebecca Davidson
Lidia Devonshire
Patsy Dickerson
Marie Dzanis
Linda Finkel
Alexandra Fox
Lena Helms
Anne Hokin
Blaine Kinney Johnson
Kathy Kompare
Jody Krug-Schulte
Astrid McKinnon
Leslie McLean
Carla Miller
Elissa Morgante
Yoko Mosher
Hilary Oran
Jody Oshita-Bajor
Bliss Packer
Karen Pearson
Katie Peck
Jill Pollock
Laura Neiman Rifkin
Anne Rockey
Liz Ryan
Joanne Schell
April Schink
Mary Skoning
Cia Souleles
Diane Thomas
Nancy Voss
Tina Wardrop
Alice Williams-Verhoeven

Sustaining

Allison Bacon
Laurie Bay
Dr. Geraldine Balut Coleman
Missy Derse
Julie Diermeier
Laura Gillette
Stephanie Harrold
Carol Horschke
Linda Kimball
Elaine Levinson
Ruth Ann McGuinnis
Suzanne Pierce
Sandy Reese
Jennifer Kamp Tretheway

Honorary

Patricia Auch
Wendy Becker-Payton
Beverly Bell
Sharon Brix McMahan
Merle Goldblatt Cohen
Mary Ellen Connellan
Cynthia Reusché
Kathy Walgreen

Grand Total of approximately $19,722,070


  • 2019

    $150,000 Ben May Department for Cancer Research
    $100,000 Human Tissue Resource Center
    $80,000 The Committee on Cancer Biology
    $50,000 Funding Support for “Near the Payline” NCI Grant Application
    $70,000 Personalized Cancer Treatments
    $50,000 Women’s Board Senior Scholar
    $100,000 Spotlight: Risk Assessment and Prevention Imaging technologies for early detection
    $100,000 Spotlight: Tumor Biology and Innovative Treatment Molecular drivers of tumor behavior
    $100,000 Translational research and precision genomics trials
    $100,000 Image guided therapy for cancer
    $100,000 Spotlight: Survivorship Value of Cancer Care: Lowering drug cost and side effects through reduced dosing approaches
    $30,000 High-Priority Collaborative Initiatives

    2019 Total: $1,030,000



    • 2018

      $150,000 Team Science
      $150,000 Janet D. Rowley Discovery Fund
      $150,000 Ben May Department for Cancer Research
      $100,000 Spotlight: Survivorship in AYA Patients
      $100,000 Spotlight: Cancer Risk Reduction
      $100,000 Innovation in Breast Cancer Screening & Diagnosis
      $100,000 Human Tissue Resource Center
      $80,000 The Committee on Cancer Biology
      $70,000 Personalized Cancer Treatments
      $50,000 Women’s Board Senior Scholar
      $50,000 Radiotracers for Cancer Detection & Monitoring Treatment
      $50,000 Near the Payline Grant Applications

      2018 Total: $1,150,000


    • 2017

      $350,000 The Microbiome and Cancer
      $350,000 The Cancer Epitranscriptome Ben May Department for Cancer Research
      $150,000 Team Science
      $150,000 Ben May Department for Cancer Research
      $150,000 Janet D. Rowley Discovery Fund
      $100,000 Spotlight: Prostate Cancer
      $100,000 Spotlight: Women’s Cancer
      $100,000 Spotlight: Pediatric Cancer
      $100,000 Human Tissue Resource Center
      $80,000 Committee on Cancer Biology
      $70,000 Personalized Cancer Treatments

      2017 Total: $1,700,000


    • 2016

      $150,000 Team Science
      $150,000 Ben May Department for Cancer Research
      $150,000 Janet D. Rowley Discovery Fund
      $100,000 Human Tissue Resource Center
      $100,000 Oral Microbiome and Cancer Risk
      $80,000 Committee on Cancer Biology
      $70,000 Personalized Cancer Treatments
      $50,000 Genetics of Chemotherapy-induced Side Effects Project
      $50,000 Novel Cyclotron-Based Radiotracers for Cancer Research

      2016 Total: 900,000


    • 2015

      $280,000 Team Science
      $150,000 Ben May Department for Cancer Research
      $145,000 Janet D. Rowley Discovery Fund
      $100,000 Human Tissue Resource Center
      $90,000 Precision Oncology- Immunotherapy
      $80,000 Committee on Cancer Biology
      $70,000 Chicago Multiethnic Prevention & Surveillance Study (COMPASS)
      $50,000 Personalized Cancer Care Consortium
      $35,000 Innovative Early Phase Clinical Research by UCCCC Investigators


    • 2014

      $280,000 Team Science
      $150,000 Ben May Department for Cancer Research
      $100,000 Human Tissue Resource Center Chicago
      $85,000 Multiethnic Cohort
      $80,000 Committee on Cancer Biology
      $50,000 Personalized Cancer Care Consortium
      $30,000 Translational and Personalized Precision Oncology
      $25,000 Human Imaging Research Office (HIRO)
      $25,000 Continuing Umbrella of Research Experience (CURE)


    • 2013

      $150,000 Ben May Department for Cancer Research
      $150,000 Team Science
      $100,000 Human Tissue Resource Center
      $80,000 Committee on Cancer Biology
      $50,000 Chicago Multiethnic Cohort
      $50,000 Personalized Cancer Care Consortium
      $35,000 Translational and Personalized Precision Oncology
      $10,000 Program in Cancer Economics


    • 2012

      $200,000 to the Ben May Department of Cancer Research
      $100,000 to the Human Tissue Resource Center
      $80,000 to Committee on Cancer Biology
      $50,000 to the Cancer Economics Program
      $50,000 to the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Research Center (MRIRC)
      $50,000 to the Chicago Multiethnic Cohort
      $50,000 to the Personalized Cancer Care Consortium
      $20,000 to Informatics for Neuroblastoma Research


    • 2011

      $100,000 to the Human Tissue Resource Center
      $80,000 to Committee on Cancer Biology
      $75,000 to the Cancer Economics Program
      $75,000 to BMDCR
      $70,000 to Bioinformatics/Biostatistics in Basic Science
      $50,000 to Clinical Trials Operational Efficiency via Computer-aided Knowledge (CLOCK)
      $40,000 to Prostate Cancer SPORE: Gene Expression Analysis
      $40,000 to the Committee on Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacogenomics
      $10,000 to Pediatric Cancer: New Therapies for Neuroblastoma


    • 2006-2011

      $1,500,000 Women’s Board Drug Discovery Lab (capital campaign)


    • 2010

      $200,000 to BMDCR
      $120,000 to Committee on Cancer Biology
      $75,000 to Basic Science Informatics
      $60,000 to the Human Tissue Resource Center
      $40,000 to Committee on Clinical Pharmacology
      $25,000 to Information Technology to Accelerate Translational Research
      $15,000 to Chemical library and pilot screen for soft tissue sarcoma
      $50,000 to Study of malignant cancer stem cells to identify new therapies for prostate cancer
      $25,000 to Immunology research in acute myeloid leukemia


    • 2009

      $200,000 to BMDCR
      $120,000 to Committee on Cancer Biology
      $60,000 to the Human Tissue Resource Center
      $50,000 to basic Science Informatics
      $10,000 to Drug Discovery and Advanced Instrumentation
      $150,000 to Interdisciplinary Cancer Research


    • 2008

      $200,000 to BMDCR
      $120,000 to the Committee on Cancer Biology
      $120,000 to Bio- and Clinical Informatics
      $60,000 to the Human Tissue Resource Center
      $40,000 to Epidemiology and Research Recruitment Core (ERRC)
      $40,000 to the Pediatric Survivorship Clinic
      $20,000 to Drug Discovery and Advanced Instrumentation


    • 2007

      $200,000 to BMDCR
      $133,000 to Bio-clinical informatics
      $117,000 to the Committee on Cancer Biology
      $90,000 to Drug Discovery, Drug Development, and Advanced Instrumentation
      $60,000 to Human Tissue Resource Core


    • 2006

      $200,000 to BMICR
      $150,000 to Drug Discovery, Drug Development, and Advanced Instrumentation
      $110,000 to the Committee on Cancer Biology
      $60,000 to Biomedical informatics
      $50,000 to Clinical Informatics
      $30,000 to Human Tissue Procurement Facility


    • 2005

      $150,000 to BMICR
      $108,000 to the Committee on Cancer Biology
      $30,000 to Human Tissue Procurement Facility
      $70,000 to cGMP Facility
      $120,000 to Drug Discovery, Drug Development, and Advanced Instrumentation
      $75,000 to Bioinformatics
      $79,000 to Clinical Informatics
      $3,000 to Small Animal Imaging


    • 2004

      $272,000 to the Genetics-Proteomics-Drug Discovery Continuum
      $150,000 to the Ben May Institute for Cancer Research
      $100,000 to the Committee on Cancer Biology
      $63,000 to the cGMP Facility
      $40,000 to UCCRC AdvanceLink


    • 2003

      $225,000 to the Genetics-Proteomics-Drug Discovery Continuum
      $120,000 to the Ben May Institute for Cancer Research
      $100,000 to the Committee on Cancer Biology
      $30,000 to UCCRC AdvanceLink
      $30,000 to Population Science and Genetics
      $18,500 to Functional Genomics
      $14,000 to Magnetic Resonance Imaging Spectroscopy
      $7,000 to Laser Capture Microdissection


    • 2002

      $200,000 to the Genetics-Proteomics-Drug Discovery Continuum
      $120,000 to the Ben May Institute for Cancer Research
      $100,000 to the Committee on Cancer Biology
      $45,000 to Breast Cancer Research
      $40,000 to Human Cellular Transplant and Gene Therapy Facility
      $40,000 to Population Science and Genetics
      $5,000 to the Tumor Immunology Program


    • 2001

      $200,000 to the Genetics-Proteomics-Drug Discovery Continuum
      $120,000 to the Ben May Institute for Cancer Research
      $95,000 to the Committee on Cancer Biology
      $73,600 to Cancer Resource Center and Breast Cancer research
      $52,100 for Genetic Microchips


    • 2000

      $200,000 to Peer Reviewed Research funds relating specifically to Gene Array Technology
      $120,000 to the Ben May Institute for Cancer Research
      $100,000 to Committee on Cancer Biology
      $60,000 to Laser Capture Microdissection
      $20,000 to Development of Human Cellular Transplant & Gene Therapy Facility


    • 1999

      $120,000 to the Ben May Institute for Cancer Research
      $100,000 to Committee on Cancer Biology
      $80,000 to Immunology research in Critical Pathways of Cell Growth
      $50,000 to Cancer Prevention and Control
      $25,000 to Embryonic Stem Cell Facility
      $25,000 to Phosphor Imager


    • 1998

      $120,000 to the Ben May Institute for Cancer Research
      $100,000 to Committee on Cancer Biology
      $80,000 to Digital Light Microscopy
      $50,000 to Cancer Prevention and Control
      $50,000 to Embryonic Stem Cell Facility


    • 1997

      $120,000 to the Ben May Institute for Cancer Research
      $100,000 to Committee on Cancer Biology
      $50,000 to Embryonic Stem Cell Facility
      $30,000 to Biomedical Research Awards


    • 1996

      $120,000 to the Ben May Institute for Cancer Research
      $50,000 to Committee on Cancer Biology
      $35,000 to Monoclonal Antibody Facility


    • 1995

      $100,000 to the Ben May Institute for Cancer Research
      $55,000 to Monoclonal Antibody Facility
      $25,000 for Fellowship to Scott Holley


    • 1994

      $120,000 to the Ben May Institute for Cancer Research
      $35,000 to Monoclonal Antibody Facility


    • 1993

      $168,870 to the Ben May Institute for Cancer Research


    • 1992

      $173,000 to the Ben May Institute for Cancer Research
      $5,000 to Dr. Monica Morrow


    • 1947-1991

      Approximately $2.5 million in funds to the Ben May Institute for Cancer Research


    EVENTS

    Women's Board's Breakthrough Ball

    November 14, 2020

    This hallmark event began in 1966 and quickly became one of the Chicago philanthropic scene’s must-attend events. Today, it draws more than 500 civic and philanthropic leaders who share a commitment to advancing cancer prevention, care, and treatment. The 2020 event chairs are Pim Alley and Whitley Herbert.

    Women's Board's May Dinner

    Spring 2020

    The Women’s Board’s May Dinner is an invitation only event for board members. If you are interested in learning more about the board’s fundraising efforts and how you can get involved, please click the link below to contact us.

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