Board Resolutions

Board Resolutions

The NAACCR Board of Directors greatly appreciates the substantial contributions members give to both NAACCR and the cancer surveillance community. Over the years, certain individuals have been officially recognized by the NAACCR Board of Directors as providing exceptional contributions during their career. This recognition is achieved through the release of an official NAACCR Board Resolution. The individuals listed below have been recognized by the NAACCR Board of Directors and an official document has been sent to each individual for record and future reference.

If you know a person that has made a significant contribution to NAACCR and the cancer surveillance field then let us know. Generally, Board Resolutions are considered when an individual is retiring from the cancer surveillance field and has made an exceptional mark on the NAACCR Community. The NAACCR Board of Directors would like to consider Board Resolution suggestions. Click here to suggest an individual for a Board Resolution.

Click on the name to view the full text of the resolution and significant contribution to NAACCR.

Passed by President Jill MacKinnon, PhD on 6/14/2015


Susan Capron has played a critical role in the cancer registry community for more than 20 years.  Her work developing edits and administering the NAACCR Edits Metafile has contributed significantly to the high quality cancer data available today; and

Susan has achieved great respect and appreciation from all of those who have had the privilege of learning from her and working with her; and

Be it resolved that the Board of Directors of the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries recognizes these achievements with sincere appreciation and gratitude and send Susan our best wishes on her future endeavors.

That a copy of this Resolution shall be transmitted to Susan Capron and that a transcript of this Resolution be incorporated into the official records of the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, Inc.

Passed by President Jill MacKinnon, PhD on 6/14/2015


Dr. Vivien W. Chen has contributed insight and boundless energy to the worlds of cancer epidemiology and surveillance for over thirty years.  She has been active with organizations at the university, city, state, national, and international levels, including a term as NAACCR Board President and Chair of many Standing Committees as well as an IACR Executive Board member, to improve the quality and expand the utilization of cancer registry data; and

Her life-long focus has been on lessening the burden of cancer, especially by analyzing and documenting the disparities in cancer incidence and quality of care; and

Her sense of humor, analytical insight, willingness to listen and console, strong work ethic, vision as a leader, and dedication have guided the cancer surveillance community to continually expand its goals and its efforts to attain them; and

Dr. Chen is the recipient of the 2005 Calum S. Muir Memorial Award, “for her many and varied contributions to the NAACCR membership and as a champion of advancements in cancer surveillance locally, nationally, and internationally,”and the recipient of the 2998 Constance L. Percy Award for Distinguished Service, “for her leadership in issues of data quality and confidentiality and her active participation on the Board of Directors and multiple committees.”

Be it resolved that the NAACCR Board of Directors and the NAACCR community recognize Vivien Chen on this occasion of her retirement for her contributions as an educator, a leader, and a colleague.

That a copy of this Resolution shall be transmitted to Dr. Vivien W. Chen and that a transcript of this Resolution be incorporated into the official records of the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, Inc.

Passed by President Dr. Charles Wiggins, PhD on 1/5/2016


Whereas Ms. Rosemary Dibble has been working with the Utah Cancer Registry for over 46 years, serving as the Director of Operations for more than 28 of these years; and

Rosemary was instrumental in the creation of the Utah Tumor Registrars Association, the National Cancer Registrars Association, and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries and has served in many leadership positions in all of these organizations; and

Rosemary served as a Liaison to the American College of Surgeons and served as a Regional Cancer Program Consultant for the Commission on Cancer, has consulted for the National Cancer Institute, the Rocky Mountain Cancer Data System, and was a member of the American College of Surgeons speakers bureau; and

Rosemary has contributed significantly to the development of quality statewide and national cancer surveillance databases, to the standardization of data, and developing certification for registrars and registries; and

Rosemary was a 2003 recipient of the SEER Program Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2010 Calum Muir Award for Lifetime Achievement from the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries;

Be it resolved that the NAACCR Board of Directors and the NAACCR community recognize Ms. Rosemary Dibble on this occasion of her retirement for her leadership and dedication to furthering cancer surveillance in North America.

That a copy of this Resolution shall be transmitted to Ms. Dibble and that a transcript of this be incorporated into the official records of the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, Inc.

Passed by President Dr. Charles Wiggins, PhD on 12/16/2015


Christie Eheman PhD, has provided vision and leadership for CDC’s National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) over the past 8 years; and

She contributed to the improvement and recognition of cancer surveillance in the United States by ensuring increased use of complete, timely, and accurate cancer data and enhancements in electronic reporting; and

Christie has strongly advocated for the NPCR grantees by garnering support for Comparative Effectiveness Research and Patient Centered Outcomes Research; and by assuming a leadership role in the Collaborative Stage transition; and

She has made substantive contributions to the scientific literature including authoring the Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer.

Be it resolved that the NAACCR Board of Directors and the NAACCR community recognize Dr. Christie Eheman on this occasion of her retirement for her leadership and dedication to furthering cancer surveillance in North America.

That a copy of this Resolution shall be transmitted to Dr. Eheman and that a transcript of this be incorporated into the official records of the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, Inc.

Passed by President Jill MacKinnon, PhD on 6/22/2014


David Forman has served as the Head of the Cancer Information Section of the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France since 2010; and

David Forman has had an outstanding career in cancer surveillance at the Cancer Epidemiology Cancer Epidemiology Unit, Oxford, the University of Leeds, the Northern & Yorkshire Cancer Registry & Information Service, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer; and

David Form has contributed significantly to the field of cancer surveillance as a researcher, educator, director, advisor, and leader; and

David Forman has achieved great respect in the international cancer surveillance community for his work and his dedication to improving cancer surveillance worldwide and subsequently reducing the global burden of cancer.

Be it resolved that the Board of Directors of the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries recognizes these achievements with sincere appreciation and gratitude and send David our best wishes on his future endeavors.

That a copy of this Resolution shall be transmitted to Dr. Formanand that a transcript of this be incorporated into the official records of the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, Inc.

Passed by Charles Wiggins, PhD on 1/24/2017


John P. Fulton PhD, Associate Director of the Rhode Island Cancer Registry and Clinical Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University began working in the cancer surveillance community in 1977 and has provided vision and leadership to the NAACCR community since its inception; and

He served on the NAACCR IRB for 15 years, most currently as the Chair; and

He made major contributions to the work of NAACCR in the early years including, but not limited to, early Cancer in North America (CiNA) Monographs, seminal work on national level assessments of cancer burden by level of urbanization, and evaluation of the use of incidence-mortality ratio to estimate completeness which is currently used for NAACCR certification; and

He has made substantive contributions to the scientific literature using cancer surveillance data including, but not limited to, articles using international data (like CONCORD), articles focused on improving cancer surveillance (like quality of race/ethnicity data and completeness of melanoma reporting), and patterns of care articles.

Be it resolved that the NAACCR Board of Directors and the NAACCR community recognize Dr. John Fulton on this occasion of his

That a copy of this Resolution shall be transmitted to Dr. Fulton and that a transcript of this be incorporated into the official records of the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, Inc.

Passed by President Maureen MacIntyre, MHSA on 3/14/2012


In honor and recognition of her significant and lasting contributions to cancer surveillance through a long and meaningful career.  We especially acknowledge her leadership and dedication to the education of hundreds of cancer registrars and her contributions of service and leadership to the NAACCR community. We love you Kay!

Passed by President Jill MacKinnon, PhD on 6/22/2014


Joanne Harris, Chief of Cancer Surveillance, at the SEER Metropolitan Detroit Cancer Surveillance System retired on October 3, 2013; and

She contributed 50 years of dedicated service to cancer registration in Detroit and nationally; and

She began her cancer registration career in 1962 as a medical secretary in the local cancer registry program; and

She retired as SEER Chief of Cancer Surveillance, Metropolitan Detroit Cancer Surveillance System; and

Be it resolved that the NAACCR Board of Directors and the NAACCR community recognize Joanne Harris for her outstanding leadership as a cancer surveillance professional and her dedication to furthering cancer surveillance in North America.

That a copy of this Resolution shall be transmitted to Ms. Harris and that a transcript of this be incorporated into the official records of the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, Inc.

Passed by President Jill MacKinnon, PhD on 4/16/2014


Tom Kean provided visionary guidance during the establishment of the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries as a non-profit association dedicated to reducing the burden of cancer in North America and this guidance continues to represent the core values of our governance principles.

Tom Kean has earned the respect and trust of cancer control and public health professionals throughout North America for his clarity of thought, focus on the objectives, and tireless leadership.

Tom Kean has demonstrated unyielding passion and dedication to conquering cancer throughout his extensive career.

Be it resolved that the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries express their deepest gratitude for his selfless contributions to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.

That a copy of this Resolution shall be transmitted to Mr. Kean and that a transcript of this be incorporated into the official records of the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, Inc.

Passed by President Maureen MacIntyre, MHSA on 6/9/2013


Herman R. Menck recognized the need for education and training specific to central cancer registry directors and realized the wealth of knowledge in NAACCR members who could serve as mentors; and

Herman R. Menck recognized the need for education and training specific to central cancer registry directors and realized the wealth of knowledge in NAACCR members who could serve as mentors; and

He conceived of a unique and concentrated educational opportunity affectionately known as the NAACCR Short Course; and

This Short Course has been given for nearly 25 years and trained hundreds of leaders in cancer registration and cancer surveillance from the United States, Canada, and around the world; and

This has truly been a labor of love; and

Be it resolved that the NAACCR Board of Directors and the NAACCR community recognize Herman Menck for his outstanding leadership as an educator and his dedication to furthering cancer surveillance in North America.

That a copy of this Resolution shall be transmitted to Herman R. Menck and that a transcript of this Resolution be incorporated into the official records of the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, Inc.

Passed by President Jill MacKinnon, PhD on 6/14/2015


Robin Otto has contributed her registry operations expertise to the cancer surveillance community for over 30 years; and

Robin volunteered her time, expertise, and wisdom to NAACCR in many ways including serving on NAACCR’s Board of Directors, co-chairing the Registry Operations Committee and serving on the Registry Operations Advisory Group, and Cancer Registration Steering Committee; and

Robin authored two major NAACCR publications on death clearance which have substantively improved cancer surveillance in North America; and

She earned the Constance Percy Award for distinguished service on two separate occasions; and

Robin’s commitment, organizational skills, and dedication to cancer surveillance have been an incredible asset to NAACCR and the entire cancer surveillance community.

Be it resolved that the NAACCR Board of Directors and the NAACCR community recognize Robin Otto on this occasion of her retirement, for her excellent leadership and dedication to cancer surveillance in North America.

That a copy of this Resolution shall be transmitted to Robin Otto and that a transcript of this Resolution be incorporated into the official records of the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, Inc.

Passed by President Jill MacKinnon, PhD on 6/22/2014


Isabelle Savage has supported the International Association of Cancer Registries at the International Association for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France since 2006; and

Isabelle has faithfully provided technical and administrative support to the Executive Secretary of the International Association of Cancer Registries (IACR) and provided technical and administrative support to the publication of Cancer in Five Continents; and

Isabelle Savage has organized successful and memorable IACR Annual Meetings on every continent including Goiana Brazil, Ljbuljana Slovenia, New Orleans Louisiana, Yokohama Japan, The Republic of Mauritius, Cork Ireland, and Ottawa Canada; and

Isabelle Savage has contributed her kindness, energy, and enthusiasm to ensure that all delegates feel welcome and appreciated;

Be it resolved that the Board of Directors of the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries recognizes these achievements with sincere appreciation and gratitude and send Isabelle our best wishes on her future endeavors.

That a copy of this Resolution shall be transmitted to Ms. Savage and that a transcript of this be incorporated into the official records of the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, Inc.

Passed by President Maureen MacIntyre, MHSA on 6/9/2013


Nancy C. Schlag has dedicated her entire career to the cancer registry community through her exemplary service as a cancer registrar, manager and volunteer, who clearly recognized the fundamental need for data standards and quality management principles in cancer registration practices; and

She has contributed to the growth of the cancer registrar profession for over thirty years; mentoring and training colleagues, proudly maintaining her Certified Tumor Registrar credentials for that entire period and actively participated in state and national associations; and

Her participation in the NAACCR organization as an active volunteer has continued since 1997, including committee assignments with uniform data standards, stage data collection and registry operations, and most recently the NAAACR Board; and

Her quiet, thoughtful and respectful presence will be missed; and

Be it resolved that the NAACCR Board of Directors and the NAACCR community recognize Nancy Schlag on this occasion of her retirement, for her enduring commitment to ensuring high quality cancer registry data collection during her career; and

That a copy of this Resolution shall be transmitted to Ms. Schlag and that a transcript of this be incorporated into the official records of the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, Inc.

Passed by President Jill MacKinnon, PhD on 6/14/2015


Shannon has been a leader in the central cancer registry community since the early 1990’s. Early in her career she recognized the need for education and training among cancer registrars in order to maintain the high data standards that she championed; and

Shannon has authored an enormous library of training materials and presented countless webinars.  She is a sought after speaker and has presented at numerous state and national events.  Her outspoken, sophisticated, and welcoming presence will be missed; and

Be it resolved that the NAACCR Board of Directors and NAACCR community recognize Shannon Vann on this occasion of her retirement, for her enduring commitment to ensuring high quality cancer registry data collection during her career.

That a copy of this Resolution shall be transmitted to Shannon Vann and that a transcript of this be incorporated into the official records of the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, Inc.

Passed by President Jill MacKinnon, PhD on 6/14/2015


Dee W. West, PhD, Executive Director and Principal Investigator (PI) at the Cancer Registry of Greater California (CRGC) a SEER registry, which includes 48 of California’s 58 counties and approximately 20 million residents; and

He began his involvement wiht the SEER program in 1979, and has served the last 4 years at CRGC.  After having spent over 36 years in cancer registration, surveillance and research, Dee will retire at the end of June 2015; and

Dee has also served as the Principal Investigator on SEER registries in the San Francisco Bay area and Utah; and

He has also held academic positions at the University of Utah and the Stanford University School of Medicine where he is an Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology, and

He served as NAACCR President, from 1995 – 1997, and on the Executive Board of the International Association of Cancer Registries; He serves as Chair of the National Coordination Council for Cancer Surveillance and is the Recipient of the 1998 Calum S. Muir Memorial Award, “in tribute to a career of substantive and outstanding contributions in the field of cancer registration.”

Be it resolved that the NAACCR Board of Directors and the NAACCR community recognize Dr. Dee West for his outstanding leadership as a visionary, educator, and his dedication to furthering cancer surveillance in North America;

That a copy of this Resolution shall be transmitted to Dr. West and that a transcript of this be incorporated into the official records of the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, Inc.

Passed by President Maureen MacIntyre, MHSA on 6/9/2013


Dr. John Young recognized the need for a coordinated population-based cancer surveillance strategy in the early 1970’s sufficient to address research questions at a population level; and

He directed the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Program to develop and implement these strategies; and

He dedicated his professional career to the education of cancer surveillance professionals; and

He was one of the founding members of what is now called the North American Association of Central Caner Registries; and

He has been a mentor to most of the cancer surveillance professionals in the United States and around the world;

Be it resolved that the NAACCR Board of Directors and the NAACCR community recognize Dr. John Young for his outstanding leadership as a visionary, an educator and his dedication to furthering cancer surveillance in North America.

That a copy of this Resolution shall be transmitted to Dr. Young and that a transcript of this be incorporated into the official records of the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, Inc.

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