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CTF DNA: Our Core Values

At the Children's Tumor Foundation, we live and breathe our core values. They are our DNA, guiding our behavior and actions as we work with each other, our partners, and the NF community.

   

Never Forget What and Who We Work For
We passionately pursue and take pride in our mission to “Drive Research, Expand Knowledge, and Advance Care for the NF Community”. This passion and pride are our strength. Those living with NF and their families are our inspiration and help guide everything we do. We seek to always stay aware of and be empathetic to their many challenges. Most importantly, we always remember we do what we do for them.

   

Our Bar is Set High
We work hard.  We work smart.  We have a bias for action.  The product of our work is a result of high intention, sincere effort and skillful execution. It is only through raising expectations and striving for the highest quality work product that we can reach our full potential and achieve our mission.  Each of us is empowered to take ownership to get things done and make a difference.  We approach all challenges and opportunities with a pro-active and positive attitude.  

   

There are No Traffic Jams Along the Extra Mile
We are obsessed with maintaining a culture of great service.  We continually seek to understand the needs of all of our partners from the NF community, academia, the business world, and government.   We aim to surpass their expectations and amaze in every interaction. We respect, care about and advocate for each of our constituents and seek and listen to their feedback recognizing that their perception is our reality.  Service is not a department – it is an attitude and everybody’s job.  And we adhere to a “Yes Before No” service mindset and reluctantly say no only after exhausting all possibilities of yes.

   

In Dreams Begin Responsibilities
We work in pursuit of such an important mission and understand that many people are counting on us.  We accept responsibility for our actions, hold ourselves accountable for our results, and take ownership of our mistakes. Each of us understands how our individual job responsibilities, actions and behavior contribute to our overall collective success. When things go wrong, we make them right without pointing a finger or blaming others. We operate on a foundation of integrity and trust with each other and our constituents, and we own and live up to the commitments we make.  

   

Smarter, Better, Faster
We drive and embrace innovation and change.  From how we engage with patients and donors to how we change the game to accelerate research and development, we are constantly looking for ways that we can take the traditional model and make it better. The status quo is our nemesis. Innovation requires creativity, a broad understanding of our systems and teams, and a commitment to fostering a learning environment.  We look ahead to anticipate change, strive to think outside the box, and have confidence in knowing that just because we do things a certain way now doesn’t mean we can’t find a better way. 

   

More We and Less Me
We are a united and collaborative team. We are supportive of each other’s efforts, loyal to one another and care for and respect each other both personally and professionally. Teamwork comes easy to us because of our passion and dedication to do the absolute best we can to fight our one common enemy.  We view our volunteers, donors, researchers, and especially our patients and their families as important team members.  “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much ….”

   

Come On Get Happy 
We know achieving our mission requires a very serious focus and commitment.  Still, we don’t take ourselves overly seriously.  We have fun, smile and laugh as much as possible, and celebrate our successes.  We don’t believe this takes away from productivity—we believe it increases it.  When you enjoy the people you work with and the environment you work in, it’s much easier to focus your passion toward achieving your goals. 

Employment Opportunities

Our organization is committed to equal employment opportunity. We will not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally recognized basis including, but not limited to: veteran status, uniform service member status, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information or any other protected class under federal, state, or local law.

Our organization is also committed to providing equal employment opportunities to qualified individuals with disabilities. This may include providing reasonable accommodation where appropriate in order for an otherwise qualified individual to perform the essential functions of the job.

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Annette Bakker, PhD

President and Chief Scientific Officer

Annette Bakker, the Children's Tumor Foundation's President and Chief Scientific Officer, holds a PhD in cell biology from the University of Antwerp. Her past experience includes serving as Oncology Group Leader at Janssen Pharmaceutica, and postdoctoral fellowships at Yale University and La Salpetriere, Paris.

Before joining the Children’s Tumor Foundation, Dr. Bakker served as head of the Oncology R&D department for a biotech company in Siena, Tuscany. While there, she designed and created a neuro-oncology department from the ground up, and managed large oncology research initiatives both nationally (Italian networks) and internationally (European and Asian networks).

Dr. Bakker's research has been internationally recognized by more than 30 peer-reviewed papers, patents, and awards, and she has extensive experience liaising and negotiating with biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.

In her role at the Children's Tumor Foundation, Annette and her team will continue to build a strong NF community, design and execute innovative business models to accelerate the path from basic discovery to clinical benefit for NF patients, develop partnerships with pharmaceutical and biotech industries, and attract new scientists and funders to the NF field.

Annette is originally from Belgium, and speaks four languages (English, French, Dutch, and Italian). She lives happily in Westchester, NY with her family.

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Reid Horovitz

COO and CFO
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Simon Vukelj

VP, Marketing and Communications
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Salvo La Rosa

VP, Research and Development
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Melissa Sosa-Longo

Vice President, Major Gifts
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Patrice Pancza

Research Program Director
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Catherine Blessing

Director of Human Resources
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Annette Bakker, PhD

President and Chief Scientific Officer

Annette Bakker, the Children's Tumor Foundation's President and Chief Scientific Officer, holds a PhD in cell biology from the University of Antwerp. Her past experience includes serving as Oncology Group Leader at Janssen Pharmaceutica, and postdoctoral fellowships at Yale University and La Salpetriere, Paris.

Before joining the Children’s Tumor Foundation, Dr. Bakker served as head of the Oncology R&D department for a biotech company in Siena, Tuscany. While there, she designed and created a neuro-oncology department from the ground up, and managed large oncology research initiatives both nationally (Italian networks) and internationally (European and Asian networks).

Dr. Bakker's research has been internationally recognized by more than 30 peer-reviewed papers, patents, and awards, and she has extensive experience liaising and negotiating with biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.

In her role at the Children's Tumor Foundation, Annette and her team will continue to build a strong NF community, design and execute innovative business models to accelerate the path from basic discovery to clinical benefit for NF patients, develop partnerships with pharmaceutical and biotech industries, and attract new scientists and funders to the NF field.

Annette is originally from Belgium, and speaks four languages (English, French, Dutch, and Italian). She lives happily in Westchester, NY with her family.

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Salvo La Rosa

VP, Research and Development
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Maria Carela

Grant Manager
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Vidya Browder

Basic Science Manager
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Kate Kelts

Patient Support Coordinator (Part-time)
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Pamela Knight

Director, Clinical Program
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Patrice Pancza

Research Program Director
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Heather Radtke

Clinic & Symposium Coordinator (Part-time)
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Traceann Rose

Director, Patient Engagement
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Sarah Rosenberg

Senior Executive Assistant to the President
Manager of Special Projects and Board Affairs
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Simon Vukelj

VP, Marketing and Communications
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Rebecca Harris

Public Relations Manager
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Alissa Marks

Marketing Senior Manager (Part-time)
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Susanne Preinfalk

Designer
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Vanessa Younger

Communications Senior Manager
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Allison Cote

Regional Development Manager
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Emily Crabtree

Director, Development Operations
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Angela Dumadag

Regional Development Manager
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Angela Earle

Director, Development Innovations and Kids Program
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Channell Hogan

Regional Development Manager
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Lolita Jerido

Regional Development Manager
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Kelly Mills

Regional Development Manager
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Julie Pantoliano

Regional Development Manager
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Kristine Poirier

Senior Director, Development
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Kim Robinson

Regional Development Manager
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Melissa Sosa-Longo

Vice President, Major Gifts
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Katie Bloom

Director, Major Gifts
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Mary Vetting

Stewardship Manager
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Reid Horovitz

COO and CFO
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Catherine Blessing

Director of Human Resources
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Monique Boucher

Gift Processing Manager
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Sarah Bourne

Director, Finance
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Albert Diaz

Director of IT and Salesforce Administration
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Maggie Flaccamio

Fulfillment Coordinator
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Keena Hutchinson

Gift Processing Coordinator
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Morgan Kellogg

Gift Processing Coordinator
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Latisha Maxwell

Gift Processing Coordinator
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Danielle Meyer

Technical Support, National Programs
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Carey Milligan

Accountant
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Rosa A. Perez

Project Administrator
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David Riordan

Senior Director, Data & Strategy
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Connie Sorman

Senior Manager, Volunteer Engagement