After a prostatectomy in 2010 at the age of 58, Jim attended the Us TOO Gilda's Club Chicago support group. He's led the group since 2014 and is committed to helping men and their partners with the physical and emotional problems resulting from prostate cancer treatment. A partner at Chicago law firm Scott & Kraus, Jim has been practicing law for 35 years with a focus on commercial real estate and secured lending, and experience that includes legislative advocacy as general counsel to the Illinois Development Finance Authority. He holds a BS in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana and a JD from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
Gerald E. Deans is a prostate cancer survivor who is active in the Us Too Richmond Support Group, and serves as a consumer reviewer for the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs for Prostate Cancer. In 2008, he retired as assistant commissioner of facility management with the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Disability Services. Jerry’s career experience also includes CEO of Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute in Marion, VA, and warden of Marion Correctional Treatment Center (the acute care psychiatric hospital for the Virginia Department of Corrections). Jerry served as an officer in the U.S. Army, holds a masters degree in social work, and a bachelor of science in psychology. He and his wife lead support groups and retreats to help those struggling with trauma, grief and loss.
Alan is currently the Chief Financial Officer for Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP, a law firm in Chicago. He has held several other financial leadership positions over the past 30 years for other law firms and real estate development firms. Alan also currently serves as the Finance Director for the Greater Chicago Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators and is responsible for educational programming for its members. He received his Bachelors in Accounting from Northern Illinois University. Diagnosed in 2008 with prostate cancer, Alan had a radical prostatectomy and has been cancer free since his surgery. Alan is married, lives in downtown Chicago and has two children.
Marty Chakoian retired as Director of the Seattle Department of Information Technology in 2002. After a brief period of travel and relaxation, Marty started a small Seattle-based consulting company, providing business management expertise to state and local governments and utilities in the Pacific Northwest and assisting US AID in promoting citizen access to information in the Russian Far East. Marty has served as President of the Board of Directors of EarthCorps, an international environmental education and service organization, and is currently Treasurer of the PNA, a Seattle non-profit helping seniors, children, the homeless, and others throughout the northern part of the city. Marty was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2004; he leads the Us TOO Seattle support group and serves on two committees of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He has two adult sons living in the Seattle area whom he reminds to get tested on a regular basis.
As CEO of Us TOO International, Chuck leads initiatives to provide educational resources, support services and personal connections to the prostate cancer community at no charge. In response to unmet or underserved needs of patients, caregivers, and support group leaders, recent content developed includes Us TOO educational events, webcasts, topic-specific web pages, and expanded support services. He leverages his marketing agency experience in rare disease/disorder therapies and pro bono nonprofit work to repurpose FDA-approved drugs as off-label treatments. He also brings experience in consumer relationship marketing through agency account management with Edelman Worldwide and Frankel/Publicis for clients including Apple, Kraft Foods, General Motors and Bayer Healthcare. Chuck began his work with Us TOO International as a volunteer in 2010.
Elected to the Us TOO International Board of Directors in the spring of 2013, Todd provides leadership expertise with a unique perspective through his background in healthcare management in governance development, medical staff relations, physician alignment, strategic planning, and joint venture business structures with hands-on experience in operations, capital, facility and financial planning. In his position as President and CEO of Hannibal Regional Healthcare System, Todd has played a pivotal role in revising corporate bylaws for the System and all corporate subsidiaries.
Jeffrey Albaugh is a funded researcher and a board certified Advanced Practice Urology Clinical Nurse Specialist who is the Director of Sexual Health at NorthShore University HealthSystem and at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. He is also a board certified Sexuality Counselor. In addition to his many publications in peer reviewed journals and chapters in books on sexual dysfunction, Jeffrey published his book “Reclaiming Sex and Intimacy after Prostate Cancer Treatment.” Jeffrey has been quoted in media and publications as an expert in the treatment of sexual dysfunction, including: Martha Stewart’s Whole Living, WGN News, CBS 2 News, the New York Times, The Chicago Tribune and The Red Eye. He has spoken on many topics throughout the United States and all over the world. Jeffrey has been acknowledged with multiple awards including: two nursing excellence and the patient’s first award from Northwestern Memorial Hospital, multiple lectureship and literary awards and the Society of Urologic Nurses & Associates President’s Award for Contributions to Urologic Nursing. He is the recipient of the Edward C. Kaps Hope Award from Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Organization for his volunteer work with support, education and advocacy for men with prostate cancer and their partners.
Peter is a prostate cancer survivor and a Managing Director with Berkeley Research Group (BRG), a global advisory and expert firm. He is also a producer with NFP Insurance Solutions, a national insurance and employee benefits company, where he focuses his energies on helping individuals and organizations preserve, protect, and grow their most valuable assets. He works closely with senior management teams of healthcare related organizations, not-for-profits, and closely held businesses to develop and implement innovative strategies to control healthcare costs and develop customized employee benefit solutions, including non-qualified deferred compensation, which can enhance employee recruitment, retention and productivity. His background also includes substantial experience as a C-suite executive with major hospitals/health systems, last as Executive Vice President/COO of NorthShore University HealthSystem Highland Park (IL) Hospital. He earned a BA in English from Northwestern University and an MS in Health Administration from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.
Stuart Gellman is a prostate cancer survivor who is active in the Us TOO support group in Buffalo, New York. As an attorney who has been in practice for over 50 years, he specializes in the areas of estate and income tax, as well as all financial aspects of matrimonial law, and has provided expert testimony in that regard in all judicial departments in New York State. Stuart was the first financial expert in the United States to be admitted into the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University at Buffalo School of Law for 12 years, from where he holds a Juris Doctor law degree. He received his undergraduate degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and has been a frequent writer and lecturer before many state and national bar associations. Stuart hopes that his financial background will enable Us TOO to be able to provide even more extensive programs for those afflicted with and recovering from prostate cancer.
In addition to serving as a consumer reviewer for the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs for Prostate Cancer, Keith Hoffman is active in the Us TOO Austin - Mike Jones Memorial Chapter as a survivor advocate and joint chapter leader. He’s working to establish a new presence for the group in Austin, which includes collaborating with the LIVESTRONG Foundation Navigation and Guidance Center to assist with questions/inquiries specific to prostate cancer. As vice president of disability at National Financial Partners Corp., Keith helps to set the trends in the executive benefits industry. He holds a BS in Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master's in business and communications from Florida State University.
James K. Naddeo is a retired U.S. Treasury Department hearing examiner and a retired U.S. Army judge advocate. He underwent a radical prostatectomy after being diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2012. Jim holds a bachelor’s, a master’s, and a juris doctorate degree. He served as chairperson for the Center for Civil Justice providing legal expertise to monitor and improve access to government programs and services for Michigan citizens, was an instructor for the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, and a faculty member at the Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education. He is actively involved in healthcare advocacy through his work with several organizations to help patients deal with difficult diagnoses.
Jon Poindexter is the Visionary Director and General Manger for Solutions for Optimal Health, a provider of complete health care alternatives. As a graduate of Atlantis Medical College and The Norwegian School of Traditional Acupuncture in Oslo, Norway, Jon spent several years in private practice as an Acupuncturist and Life Coach. His Spirit, Mind, Body Therapy served many clients in Oslo, where he still maintains clients. He completed his MA degree in Clinical Professional Psychology at Roosevelt University in Chicago and his undergraduate degrees at the University of Southern California. Jon spent a year at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England and was a Congress Bundestag Scholar in Rottwiel, Germany. He is a Master Teacher of Reiki Seichim and he teaches yoga for all physical and developmental abilities. Jon has several relatives who are prostate cancer survivors. He has championed the cause by leading “Team Poindexter” at the SEA Blue Chicago Prostate Cancer Walk and Run for the past 10 years.
William is a retired business executive and business owner now extensively involved in volunteer activities. Since 2008 William has been a facilitator of two Us TOO support groups in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He brings to the Us TOO Board skill sets gained as a prostate cancer patient, vice president of a Fortune 500 company, and leader in community and volunteer activities.
John served his country before and throughout World War II in both European and Philippines theaters as a Major in the combat engineers. After leaving Commonwealth Edison Company in Chicago in 1955, John was self employed as the owner of a variety of businesses, including home decorating, private scavenging, dry cleaning and shirt laundry, and mobile home parks. Retired from the business world in 1976, John volunteered to serve in ministry in The Institute in Basic Youth Conflicts. He became its Executive Vice President in 1980, and retired in 1986. In May 1988, John had a radical prostatectomy and with the purpose of serving his fellow man, became one of the co-founders of Us TOO in 1990. John lives in Elmhurst, Illinois, and participates in the Us TOO Elmhurst Support Group Chapter.
Jim was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1989 at age 50. He had surgery and radiation which did not eliminate the cancer. Jim retired in 2001 as a school district superintendent having spent 41 years in education serving as a math/science teacher, University professor and public school administrator. Kiefert was a Fulbright Scholar who studied at the American University in Cairo, Egypt and served as Executive Secretary of the Washington Educational Research Association for 19 years.
Kiefert credits his prostate cancer diagnosis with changing his life - sparking changes in diet, exercise, stress reduction, spirituality, and focused on the appreciation of the most important things in life. Jim and his wife Maureen have eight children, 14 grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. Kiefert and his wife received ACS M2M facilitator training and are now facilitator trainers. They formed and facilitate support groups in The Dalles, OR and Olympia, WA. Jim says, "Living with prostate cancer makes you realize that every day is a gift, to be spent wisely."
Ed was born, raised and educated in Illinois. He served in the United States Navy as an aviation radioman from 1943-1946. He worked for General Motors for 42 years as an industrial relations director, retiring in 1988. Ed was involved in many organizations over the years, including President/Secretary of a bowling league, President of a Little/Pony Baseball League, Executive Director of the Illinois Manufacturers Association, Trustee of his church, and a member of the Board of Directors of a retirement home. Ed was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1978, and became one of the co-founders of Us TOO in 1990. He was a Director and Trustee of the American Foundation of Urological Disease (AFUD), and in 2008 started the Edward C. Kaps Hope Awards, which are given to “an outstanding leader in an Us TOO support group who has shown unselfish, dedicated service to prostate cancer survivors and their families." Ed lived in the Chicagoland area and in Arizona. He personally made a positive impact on so many; and through his work was the impetus for reaching thousands of people in the prostate cancer community with a message of hope that was grounded in the empowerment of knowledge.