Our Board

Board of Directors

Next Board of Directors meeting: Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at 5 p.m. 

 

Rod Geer

Rod Geer

Chairperson

Rod joined the board in spring 2017, not quite a year after his prostatectomy at the University of New Mexico Cancer Center. By the time he was in his mid-60s, Rod had been charting annual PSA readings; however, he now wishes he’d known about the significance of what such a collection of slightly increasing readings can mean. Upon his diagnosis, a relative urged him to go to PCSANM’s office, get to know people, and start becoming educated. He did.

Rod worked at Sandia National Labs for about 35 years in the public relations area. Rod continues to enjoy running events of various distances (maybe not marathons any longer), swimming (although he’s awful at it), and biking. There is also family of various generations and locations. A former college DJ and newspaper record review columnist, he’s got loads of music; he’d be happy to discuss with you.

David Turner

David Turner

Treasurer

David was diagnosed with Diabetes Mellitus type II in April of 2018 and in October was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Both conditions are presumptive of Agent Orange exposure which occurred in 1969-1970 while serving as an Infantry officer in Viet Nam. As his Gleason score was low, he opted to start with active surveillance. David is currently continuing on active surveillance.

David ran his own business for a good number of years. Corporate changes dictated a new career so he returned to school receiving his RN and Masters of Science in Nursing. He worked in Iowa, North Carolina and South Carolina before coming to Albuquerque to marry his childhood sweetheart. He worked at University of New Mexico Hospital in Nursing IT before retiring. David become associated with PCSANM by joining one of the bi-monthly meetings at Bear Canyon Senior Center. At the second meeting he attended, he asked then-Chairman of the Board Steve Denning: “What could I help with?” You would think you would learn to never volunteer after being in the military.

David considers it a privilege to work with men, their wives, partners and families to provide support. He enjoys providing detailed information on the many types of treatments available. He supports the association’s goal of enabling men and their families to work with their providers, obtaining the best treatment and care for their particular type of cancer.

Kat Lopez

Kat Lopez

Board Member

Kat joined the board in June 2020. She was introduced to the PCSANM in 2018 at a Family Retreat of Cancer Services of New Mexico. That November she served as a panelist for the organization’s annual Fall Conference. In 2015, Kat created the Cancer Awareness Resources & Education Guide (C.A.R.E. Guide), with the Santa Fe New Mexican, in honor of her father, Ted Lopez, who was diagnosed with Stage IV prostate cancer in June of 2013. She wrote, managed, and oversaw all production of the magazine from 2014-2018.

Lopez is from Santa Fe, NM, and attended New Mexico State University where she received her B.A. in Journalism/Mass Communications with minors in Management, Marketing, and Hospitality. She later received her M.S. in Journalism/Mass Communications from Kansas State University. Kat is currently based out of Santa Fe and travels as a National Communications & Marketing Trainer while serving as the Digital Marketing Manager for a local museum. Her interest in cancer awareness began in college as a member of Zeta Tau Alpha and she has served on American Cancer Society’s local Making Strides Against Breast Cancer committee for the past five years.

Kat’s experience as her father’s caregiver amplified her desire to support families affected by cancer and she hopes to help those caring for their loved ones feel understood. “Choosing to navigate cancer with my dad was the best decision of my life,” said Lopez.  Her passion and efforts for the cause now are all dedicated to his memory.

Michael Weinberg

Secretary

Gene Brooks

Meetings Moderator

Larry Benson

Board Member

Tim Tokarski

Board Member

 

Advisory Board:

Michael Davis, MD, Urologist, University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center

Advisory Board Member

Gregg Franklin, MD, Radiation Oncologist, New Mexico Cancer Center

Advisory Board Member

Thomas Schroeder, MD, Radiation Oncologist, University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center

Advisory Board Member

Satyan Shah, MD, Urologist, University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center

Advisory Board Member