Board of Directors
Jonathan D. Schwartz, Chairman
Jonathan D. Schwartz is the director of operations and business development for Vericom Corporation, a company which offers health care solutions to hospitals, health systems, managed care and physicans for 20 years. At Vericom, Schwartz is responsible for business development and strategy bringing 15 years of experience in customer engagement management, strategy, management consulting, sales and operations management to his company.
Jonathan D. Schwartz is a board member for ZERO — The Project to End Prostate Cancer and is the son of ZERO's former CEO, William A. Schwartz, who died of prostate cancer in 2002.
Mitch Laurance, Vice Chair
ESPN commentator, TV personality and prostate cancer survivor, Mitch Laurance joined ZERO — The Project to End Prostate Cancer in 2008 as he helped forge a partnership between the organization and Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday for raise funds to award research grants to find a better test for the disease. He also serves as a spokesperson for ZERO.
Mr. Laurance has appeared in more than 50 TV shows including Saturday Night Live, Not Necessarily the News, Matlock, and Dawson's Creek and writes for various golf magazines and hosts the TV show, "On the Green Golf Video Showcase" in Myrtle Beach. Mitch is married to Ewa Laurance also known as the Striking Viking, a World, US Open and National 9-Ball Pool Champion Billiards Congress of America Hall Fame inductee.
Mike Smith, Treasurer
A partner with Cornerstone Government Affairs, Mike Smith contributes more than a decade of experience in the development, implementation and management of campaign strategies in the fields of government relations and political affairs. In his current role, he advises a broad array of leading corporate, non-profit and tribal entities on a host of issues before the federal government including health care, energy, transportation, technology, and tax matters. Mike has extensive experience and remains heavily involved in Democratic politics at the local, state and federal levels having served in an appointed role to the Democratic National Committee in 2004 and as the Midwest Political Director for the Gore 2000 and Gore-Lieberman 2000 campaigns.
Mike earned a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1996, after graduating cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in Government & International Relations in 1993.
Director of the Project Management Services group of Studley's Washington, D.C. and suburban Washington offices, Mr. Sparrow competes annually in the One Lap of America car race around the country to raise money for the prostate cancer cause.
Having spent 20 years in the architectural and construction industry, Robin has supervised the construction and tenant fit-outs for more than 4 million square feet of construction. Prior to joining Studley, Sparrow was a Senior Project Manager at WorldCom, Inc. where he managed the design and construction of large build-to-suit commercial projects and data centers totaling more than 2 million square feet.
In 2007, Sparrow joined ZERO — The Project to End Prostate Cancer after his mentor and friend Tom Holcomb passed away from the disease.
Dr. Raoul Concepcion
Dr. Concepcion is a practicing urologist with Urology Associates of Nashville. Growing up in Marion, OH, Dr. Concepcion has been around urology his entire life, as his father was the first Urology resident at the Lahey Clinic in Boston. He was an Honors Scholar at The University of Toledo and received his medical degree from The Medical College of Ohio. In 1984, he matriculated to Vanderbilt University where he completed two years of General Surgery training and four years of Urology residency. During that time frame, he was a research fellow and served as Chief Resident in 1990.
Dr. Concepcion has also served as president of The Large Urology Group Practice Association from 2010 – 2011 and serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, Department of Urology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Sherry S. Galloway, R.N., L.M.T.
Sherry S. Galloway, of Albuquerque, NM, received her B.A. in psychology at UCLA and then pursued her nursing degree at L.A. Harbor College. She worked as an emergency room nurse for almost 30 years and then studied massage therapy at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA, where she became a massage therapist and instructor. She later relocated to Albuquerque and taught medical, sport, pre-natal and geriatric massage at the New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts in Santa Fe.
Mrs. Galloway currently works as a registered nurse at the Central New Mexico City College system, where her work includes informing the student population about various diseases, particularly cancer, and teaching awareness. She directly experienced the impact of prostate cancer as her husband had the disease in his early 50s. Her only son, Jeremy, died at 36 from prostate cancer in 2007, after an 18-month struggle. Mrs. Galloway became involved with ZERO during the period of her son’s illness, when she would contact the organization for information and support. She joined ZERO’s Founders Club and attended ZERO’s annual Summit to End Prostate Cancer in Washington, D.C. in 2008 and 2009. She testified for ZERO at a House Appropriations hearing at the Capitol in May, 2010. She plans to write a book about her son’s story to raise public awareness of prostate cancer and the need for increased research to find a cure.
Two years ago Robert Ginyard’s major battle was raising capital and reviving his tote bag business by relaunching his signature product the Shusokumb (pronounced Shu- Sock’em) Bag, a compartmentalized tote bag designed for the millions of women who wear flat shoes or sneakers to work and later change into heels once they arrive to the office. He never imagined that a year later he would be battling prostate cancer.
Suddenly, the goal of achieving entrepreneurial success with his Shusokumb Bag was not as important as overcoming prostate cancer. A former banker and marketing director, Robert has now taken on a new role in speaking out to promote prostate cancer awareness and overall good health. A portion of the sale of each Shusokumb Bag is donated to support prostate cancer awareness and research.
Prostate cancer survivor and driving force behind the creation of a partnership between ZERO — The Project to End Prostate Cancer and Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday to generate research dollars for a new test for the disease, Tom Quinn joined the ZERO board in 2008.
Mr. Quinn has spent the last 35 years of a distinguished career that has seen him serve in management, marketing, and sales positions of several medium to large companies. These positions have primarily involved property development on a large scale. He was the driving force behind a South Carolina project that involved the development of a complex that encompassed 1,400 acres and included 1,400 private dwellings, 2-18 hole golf courses, shopping centers, a hotel and a recreation center. He has held a real estate broker's license in Virginia, South Carolina and Florida.
Tom has also established himself as an innovator through his translation of the concept of computer time sharing to "Interval Ownership" in the vacation real estate market. This adaptation has led to the creation of a multi-billion dollar business with major players such as Disney and Marriott. He is regarded as an expert in this field, having co-authored a book, Making Time-Sharing Work: A Complete Marketing Guide, on the subject. He was in the forefront of real estate development recognizing the profound salutary impact this system would have on, a then struggling REIT industry.
Mr. Quinn has served as president of Piedmont Cancer Foundation in Middleburg, Va. He has served as Executive Director of the Virginia Horseman's Association, the largest thoroughbred breeding association in the Mid-Atlantic region. He has been married for 28 years and has a 26 year-old daughter.
Dr. Sanford Siegel
Dr. Sanford "Sandy" Siegel of Baltimore, MD, is the President and CEO of Chesapeake Urology Associates, the largest urology practice in Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic Region with 16 urology centers, the Prostate Center, the Incontinence Center and 14 surgical centers throughout the greater Baltimore area. He initiated the Chesapeake Urology Scholarship Program and was a leader in establishing the Chesapeake Urology Scholar through the American Urological Association Foundation.
In 2007, Dr. Siegel led the formation of the "Great Prostate Cancer Challenge" (GPCC) to raise money and awareness for prostate cancer research. GPCC 5K races, in partnership with ZERO's DASH FOR DAD race series, represent the premier men's health race event in the U.S. which is coming to at least 12 cities in 2010 and engaging more than 6,000 runners and 10,000 volunteers, spectators and supporters.
Dr. Siegel graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and received specialty training at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. He has practiced urology in the Baltimore area for more than 20 years and is certified by the American Board of Urology.
Jill O'Donnell Tormey, Ph.D.
The Executive Director of the Cancer Research Institute (CRI), Dr. O'Donnell Tormey has served on ZERO — The Project to End Prostate Cancer / National Prostate Cancer Coalition's Board of Directors since 2001.
With more than $45 million in assets, CRI supports and coordinates laboratory and clinical efforts that will lead to the immunological treatment, control and prevention of cancer.