After social entrepreneur Charlie Coltman lost his best friend to pancreatic cancer in 2013, he realized that helping cancer patients and survivors was his calling. From what he witnessed, there was a huge problem in how patients and caregivers communicated with family, friends and their care teams. He was committed to creating a solution.
Five years of exhaustive research... Meetings with hundreds of cancer thought leaders... Three rounds of major technology development revealed a link between these cancer communication gaps and quality of life issues. Just as important, Charlie and team discovered there was a huge missing component of cancer care: the voice of patients, survivors and caregivers.
Enter the CancerLife App. The first cancer care platform designed to improve Quality of Life. Our platform is now under clinical trial with John Wayne Cancer Institute.
Charlie's vision is getting closer to becoming reality. Someday soon, CancerLife will be the largest, unified cancer platform for patients, survivors and caregivers around the world: The wisdom of the cancer crowd will change lives in ways never imagined before.
Rick Lee- Executive Chairman
Rick Lee has been leading and innovating in the healthcare space for more than 30 years. Rick started Quality Oncology in the early 90's making dramatic improvement in outcomes for patients facing cancer for the first time. His deep understanding of the Employer and Payer market has helped CancerLife.com pivot to this key stakeholder to bring value to payer members and their families. Recently, Rick led Healthrageous, one of the first digital health companies, to its eventual sale to Humana in 2013 and is also a partner in private equity fund, Hickory Capital. Rick is now CEO of MeYou Health an social digital health platform helping payers and employers engage their members with 50 unique online healthcare cost management programs.
Charles Coltman - Founder / CEO
After Charlie lost his best friend to pancreatic cancer in 2013, he set out to create a single mobile based support platform for cancer families who had trouble communicating and staying in touch. With over 20 years in Enterprise Software Sales experience, he understood the power of technology that was migrating to the iPhone. Charlie has worked at some of the largest software companies in the world such as SAP and Ariba as well at some of the most innovative Saas companies in the world. He spends his free time outside so long as the temperature is above freezing: golfing, biking, running and hiking.
Tim Ross - Chief Technology Officer
Tim has more than 15 years of professional experience as a technologist building highly scalable web and mobile infrastructures. Currently his new focus is Big Data and work has begun developing solutions using IBM’s Watson technology within the Bluemix cloud. Finally, Tim is an IT security fanatic with over 10 years of experience running PCI compliant financial systems. He is well aware of CancerLife’s HIPAA compliance requirements and has ensured all critical patient information is “locked in the vault”. Tim has had many friends and family that have gone through cancer and improving a patient's quality of life is important to him. He is an avid golfer and father of 2 year old boy with a new daughter on the way.
Thomas Oliver - Chief Medical Officer - Resident Main Line Health
Thomas Oliver is a licensed physician in PA and internal medicine resident at Main Line Health in Philadelphia, PA. Thomas’s unique experience bridges the gap between the two worlds of oncology. That of a doctor and as a patient. In 2012, on the day he was to leave for medical school Thomas was diagnosed with Melanoma. It was this experience that had driven him into the world of oncology. He feels passionate that new technologies must be utilized to improve care for patients who need more support as they go through treatment. Thomas is originally from Nottingham, England. He is an avid golfer and played professionally before attending medical school.
Mark Schneider - Director of Marketing
Mark also experienced the pain of losing a loved one when his mother passed away after 10 months of battling pancreatic cancer. He and his siblings fought constantly trying to figure out “what was best for mom”, while living thousands of miles apart from each other. Mark has launched two national communications divisions and developed campaigns for over one-third of the Fortune 1000. Until CancerLife, Mark did not have a legacy to stand on. His desire to make a significant contribution to the greater good with CancerLife drives him to accomplish the extraordinary, every single day.
Ondreah Johnson, RN - Chief Cultural Officer
Ondreah Johnson has been a nurse for over 30 years and a recent breast cancer survivor. She has been an active CancerLife user and believes in its magic and power to help patients through the cancer journey. She is a trained energy healer and passionate about how cancer care needs to incorporate the spiritual aspect to their programs. She has become CancerLife Community Leader helping advise patients and caregivers inside our private Facebook support group.
Scientific Advisory Board
Paul Zak PhD - Scientist. Author. Speaker.
Paul is the founding Director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies and Professor of Economics, Psychology and Management at Claremont Graduate University. He has degrees in mathematics and economics from San Diego State University, a Ph.D. in economics from University of Pennsylvania, and post-doctoral training in neuro-imaging from Harvard.
Paul’s research on oxytocin and relationships has earned him the nickname "Dr. Love." His 2012 book, The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity, recounted his unlikely discovery of the neurochemical oxytocin as the key driver of trust, love, and morality. As a member of CancerLife’s Scientific Advisory Board, Paul’s expertise on oxytocin-driven relationships is used to empower patients, survivors and doctors to develop more meaningful relationships. It’s also helping CancerLife deliver “online social therapy” to cancer communities; empowering members to be happier and healthier and enjoy better quality of life. Having lost his mother to Leukemia, he understands the emotional challenges that patients and families face in the battle of their lives.
Marlon Saria, PhD, RN
Marlon is a nurse scientist with over seventeen years of experience in oncology, serving in multiple roles ranging from direct clinical care to program development and management. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Translational Neurosciences and Neurotherapeutics and Director of the Center for Quality Outcomes and Research at Pacific Neuroscience Institute and John Wayne Cancer Institute. His research focus is on providing a comprehensive approach to patient and family care in the oncology setting.
Ellen Stovall - In Memoriam
Ellen was a three time cancer survivor and a leader in the cancer policy space for more than 40 years. As a national policy expert, she brought together all stakeholders to ensure consistent and patient centered care was delivered in the ever-changing world of healthcare. She worked tirelessly at the National Coalition of Cancer Survivorship and was an early supporter of CancerLife providing critical feedback to is design and development. She will be greatly missed.