Meet the Team

These are the dedicated people behind the scenes.

Jim Coghlin  Founder & Chief Volunteer

When I learned that cancer survival rates for 15 to 40 year olds had barely improved since 1975, I could not believe it. Later learning that delayed diagnosis played a critical role in this statistic was equally shocking. These are facts my family and I could not ignore. I truly believe that your health is a gift. It is part of everything you do. It is why founding and being a part of 15-40 Connection is one of the most important things I have ever done. Every one of us can help improve cancer survival rates by changing the cancer conversation and empowering earlier detection. If it is to be, it is up to us!

Tricia Scannell Laursen  President & Executive Director

Let’s face it, cancer is a scary word. Being told “you have cancer” turns your world upside down. Learning “you have cancer, but we caught it early” is still scary, but it also gives you real hope. Earlier cancer detection saves lives. Talking about cancer symptoms and your role in your health care is a new conversation and one I wish we had started long ago. Giving hope and minimizing the impact cancer has on patients and their families is why I am so passionate about 15-40 Connection.

Susan Cyr  Administrator & Director of the 15-40 Connection Gala, Auction & Golf Tournament

I am involved with 15-40 Connection because I want to honor the memories of dear family members who could have been empowered by 15-40 Connection education. Having been involved from the very start, it is rewarding to see the progress we have made toward improving cancer survival rates, with the ultimate goal, of course, of putting ourselves out of business!

Alec Elbert  Vice President, Development

Being in tune with our own health and acting when symptoms present themselves is the single most important controllable factor that can help every individual in the global battle against cancer. Like most everyone I’ve met, I’ve been personally impacted by cancer through family and friends, and early detection is the key to ensure that everyone facing this fight has the best chance of beating it. I hope that my kids grow up in a culture where people who detect cancer early aren’t “lucky”, they are informed and empowered to prioritize the most important gift we are all given: our health.

Jan Fountaine  Donor Services Manager

Our lives and those of our family and friends are too precious not to take part in the 15-40 Connection conversation. Awareness of cancer symptoms and advocating for yourself are key skills to possess. Knowledge has the power to save lives. I don’t want anyone to have to say. “I wish I had known that”, after receiving a cancer diagnosis.

Alicia D’Agostino Education Program Manager

Cancer is something that affects the majority of people in one way or another – whether through personal experience, friends or family being diagnosed, or moving survival stories. 15-40 Connection has a unique viewpoint in starting a New Cancer Conversation to promote early detection and help save lives. Losing my father to cancer had a strong impact on me as a teenager, and inspired me to contribute to the fight against cancer. I am excited to be part of an organization that empowers people to give themselves the life-saving advantage of early detection, and a fighting chance against cancer.

Ann Zelesky  Outreach & Education Specialist

I have worked with students on the high school and college level throughout my career and I am also a breast cancer survivor. Joining 15-40 Connection at this stage in my life affords me the opportunity to continue to work with this age group in order to empower and educate them about the importance of early detection. As a survivor, I know that cancer can be treatable and beatable when found at its earliest stages. I am looking forward to spreading this message and making a difference in the fight against cancer.

Carl Setterlund Digital Communications & Media Relations Manager

The 15-40 Connection is in a unique position to teach people, especially those who don’t believe they’re at risk, how to identify cancer signals in the early stages and improve their odds of living a long, full and happy life. I’ve lost relatives to cancer, including two cousins that were only in their 30s. So what can we collectively do to fight back? By teaching people how to detect cancer early we can improve survival rates and quality of life.


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