Board of Directors
Roy Williams III
Roy is a lung cancer survivor; he was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2013. Roy has had a 45-year career in the wholesale/retail, real estate, and healthcare industries. He and his wife Mary have six children and four grandchildren.
Maria Quintos Baggstrom MD FACP is board certified in Medical Oncology and Internal Medicine. Dr. Baggstrom is an associate professor of medicine at Washington University in St. Louis and specializes in solid tumors originating from the lung and thorax. Her research/clinical interests are in clinical trial methodology and clinical trials of therapeutic agents in lung cancer. She graduated from medical school at the University of Texas at Houston. She completed her Internal Medicine residency and her Hematology and Medical Oncology fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She joined Washington University in 2005.
Dr. Maria Baggstrom
Gary Gianino is AVP, Business Banking, with Enterprise Bank & Trust. He focuses on providing customized banking solutions for privately held, small- and medium-sized businesses.. With over 30 years of business experience, he has a broad and diverse background, and has held a variety of leadership roles in business development and operations. Prior to joining Enterprise Bank & Trust, he worked for not-for-profit, for profit and joint venture companies in the health care, risk management, and aerospace & defense industries.
He is active in his community, and serves as an Advisory Director on the Nazareth Living Center Foundation Board, and volunteers with Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis. He has also held a number of positions on the Board of Trustees of Nazareth Living Center, the Board of Managers for the South County YMCA, and the Board of Directors of the America-Israel Chamber of Commerce of St. Louis.
Lesa is a Treasury Solutions Analyst with over 25 years of banking experience, presently with Bank of America serving public sector banking clients covering the central region housed in St. Louis, Missouri. Lesa currently serves as Bank of America’s volunteer chairperson for the St. Louis Market, the Network Chair for Domestic Violence Awareness and a steering committee member for Susan G. Komen. Lesa was a Global Volunteer Award winner at Bank of America in 2021 and her passion revolves around Lung Cancer Connection.
After losing her father to lung cancer in 2018 she became a sincere advocate for early detection and prevention around lung cancer. Lesa started volunteering with the LCC in 2019 right before the pandemic but her dedication and devotion to grow the Lung Cancer Connection organization shines through with determination to decrease new lung cancer cases and increase lung cancer survivors.
Lesa was born and raised is St. Louis, currently residing in Imperial, MO and is a mother to three awesome, adult children, Alex, Elizabeth and Hailey Moss. Her husband Tim works for Caleres Inc., formally Brown Shoe. In her spare time, Lesa loves to volunteer, dance, and read; she and her husband love to travel, they love the St. Louis Cardinals and listening to live music!
Bob has been employed in the railroad industry on the supply side in various sales and marketing capacities for over 40 years. He is a native St. Louisan along with his wife Beth, and two daughters, two grandchildren and one expected in October. In September 2012 his wife, Beth, was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic lung cancer. She passed away in September 2013. Since that time Bob became involved with LCC and directs most of his efforts toward fundraising activities.
Cherie Summa, P.E.
As a graduate of the Missouri University of Science and Technology with a degree in Geological Engineering, a Certified General Contractor and a licensed Professional Engineer in four states (including Missouri and Illinois), Cherie brings credentials and skills rarely seen in the radon mitigation industry. Cherie is certified by the National Radon Proficiency Program (NRPP/AARST), a member of the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technicians (AARST) and currently serves as the Vice President of the Heartland Chapter of AARST. Cherie is also a certified radon measurement and mitigation technician in Illinois under the Illinois Emergency Management Association (IEMA).
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Barb has been involved with Lung Cancer Connection since 2008. She previously taught at United Hebrew preschool at the time her husband Bruce was diagnosed with lung cancer. She moved into working with severely
ill patients and has been a Cancer Education Specialist at Missouri Baptist since 2008. She meets with patients at the infusion center, connects them to resources they need, and works with over 40 volunteers. Her sons, Jeff and Todd, have also both been involved with Lung Cancer Connection for many years.
Medical Advisory Board
Dr. Ramaswamy Govindan
Ramaswamy Govindan, MD, is the Anheuser Busch Chair of Medical Oncology and Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM). Dr. Govindan received his medical degree from the University of Madras in India, and undertook internship and residency training in internal medicine at Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago. He completed his fellowship in hematology-oncology at WUSM and joined the faculty in 1998. He is interested in studying genomic alterations in lung cancer and translating these findings in the clinic. He has led several national and international clinical trials in lung cancer. He is the Principal Investigator for the NCI sponsored ALCHEMIST Trial to study the impact of targeted therapy in early stage lung cancer. He is the co-chair of the lung cancer working group for The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) project and the Cancer Driver Discovery Project (CDDP) funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) He is also the Principal Investigator of the NCI sponsored Paul Calabresi K12 Oncology Training Program and the R25 STRENGTH program at WUSM both funded by the NCI.
Dr. Bobby Shah
Dr. Shah is a board-certified pulmonologist with board certifications in critical care medicine and internal medicine. He has been in practice for six years at St. Luke’s Hospital. He is the Director of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He completed his training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago but is a native of St. Louis, MO.