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Consumer Advocacy Committee

The Consumer Advocacy Committee provides valuable patient and donor perspectives for the development of the CIBMTR research agenda.


  • Provide a consumer perspective on the CIBMTR research agenda through participation in Working Committees and RCI BMT
  • Provide input to CIBMTR on adapting hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) research publications for use by the general public
  • Promote awareness among patients regarding research opportunities
  • Advise the CIBMTR on ways to increase patient participation in research
  • May submit research ideas to appropriate Working Committees


Members are appointed by the Advisory Committee, based on recommendations from a CIBMTR application review panel, and include:

  • Nine voting members who serve for up to two consecutive three-year terms. These members are involved with HCT either as a patient, caregiver, family member, donor or staff person / volunteer with an agency that interacts with HCT patients or donors
  • Ex-officio members from CIBMTR, the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP)/Be The Match® and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

In addition, committee membership strives to represent a diversity of backgrounds, including persons who:

  • Understand adult and / or pediatric HCT issues
  • Are familiar with cord blood transplantation
  • Have been or understand the needs of a related and / or unrelated donors
  • Understand issues that affect access to or outcomes of HCT secondary to demographics and diversity
  • Do not have access to the Internet, or are aware of how people without access to the Internet get their information
  • Are actively involved in HCT-related research
  • Have marketing, communications or professional writing experience


  • The Consumer Advocacy Committee meets annually at the Tandem Meetings of ASTCT & CIBMTR and periodically via conference calls
  • Works on CAC projects, beyond teleconferences, as needed
Bryce Waldman
Chicago, IL
Brandon Nuechterlein
​University of Colorado, Aurora, CO


​Nicole Adams
​San Angelo, TX
​​Jonathan (Reid) Besch
​​Franklin, TN
​​​Rebecca Higgins
​Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee, WI
​Sonya Holley
​Dunedin, FL
​​Robert Lisac
​​Jacksonville, FL
​​Dimas Padilla
​​Winter Garden, FL
​Meryl Selig
​Woodside, CA

Scientific Director
J. Douglas Rizzo, MD, MS CIBMTR MCW, Milwaukee, WI

Carol Doleysh, BS (CIBMTR liaison) CIBMTR MCW, Milwaukee, WI
Jackie Foster, MPH, RN, OCN
(NMDP liaison) NMDP/Be The Match, Minneapolis, MN
Mary Hengen, MBA
CIBMTR NMDP, Minneapolis, MN
​Jennifer Motl​CIBMTR MCW, Milwaukee, WI
​Meggan McCann, MPH
​CIBMTR NMDP, Minneapolis, MN
​Mary Senneka
​NMDP/Be The Match, Minneapolis, MN
Marilyn Levi, MD​Health Resources and Services Administration, Rockville, MD
Bronwen Shaw, MD, PhD ​CIBMTR MCW, Milwaukee, WI
​Nawraz Shawir, MBBSHealth Resources and Services Administration, Rockville, MD
Patricia Steinert, PhD, MBA ​CIBMTR MCW, Milwaukee, WI

Last Updated: 4/28/2022 3:05 PM