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Nationwide Relay Leadership Team (NRLT)

The Nationwide Relay Leadership Team is a group of leadership volunteers who work alongside American Cancer Society staff to develop strategy to and directly support Relay For Life events across the country.

The NRLT is part of the larger Relay For Life National Volunteer Team, which also includes Relay leadership teams at the regional and area level. Region Leads work to represent the needs of their region, including the area teams in their region. The NRLT is also a part of the larger Nationwide Community Fundraising Leadership Team, which is made up of volunteers representing all Community Fundraising events and initiatives at the American Cancer Society.

Current members of the NRLT are listed below:

Regional Relay For Life Leads

  • North Region: Sara Potter
  • North Central Region: Josh Richey
  • Northeast Region: Zach Dane
  • South Region: Debbie McDonald & Shirley Bailey
  • Southeast Region: Katie Casamassina
  • West Region: Jolene Wegsteen
  • Unified Event Support: Heidi Varner
  • Campus: Megan Palestro

Strategy Leads

  • Shelley Sprouffske (Top Performers)
  • Jason Masony & Theresa Miller (Voices of Hope)
  • Keisha McKinney (Digital Marketing)
  • Adam Bloom & Jenna Capuzzo (Fundraising)
  • Kaitlyn Valeri & Shelly Miller (Recognition)
  • Becky Kinman & Cynthia Dickson (Survivor & Caregiver)
  • Nan Jenkins (Mission)

Community Fundraising Region Leads 

  • Shelle Arnold (North Lead)
  • Jillene McMichael (North Central Co-Lead)
  • Chris Doe (North Central Co-Lead)
  • Sara Liporace (Northeast Co-Lead)
  • Rachael Paradise (Northeast Co-Lead)
  • Melissa McLain (South Co-Lead)
  • Marc Koll (South Co-Lead)
  • Sharon Chicano (Southeast Co-Lead)
  • Yamile Rivera (Southeast Co-Lead)
  • Ruth Fitzsimmons (West Co-Lead)
  • Martel Marshall (West Co-Lead)
  • Salena Harrington-Passafiume (Unified Event Support Co-Lead)
  • Heidi Varner (Unified Event Support Co-Lead)
Community Fundraising Nationwide Co-Leads
  • Bryan Sherwood & Cameron Graber
National Campus and Youth Engagement Team Co-Leads
  • Cameron Coates & Caitlyn Risley


Saralyn Lash
Saralyn is a 27 year cancer survivor who began Relaying in 1996 in Wooster, Ohio.

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