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Our Board Members

The tremendous individuals behind Lending Hearts are making a difference in the lives of those living with cancer.

Board of Directors

Board of Advisors

Vasso Paliouras

Founder/Executive Director

Corby Larocca




Stephanie Dutton

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

Vice Chairwoman


Alexa Xenakis

Allegheny Technologies



Michael P. Gregory

Highmark Health


James Betler, DO

Allegheny Health Network

Cancer Institute

Mary Jo Capozzoli, RN, BSN

Seattle Genetics

Donna DeMauro, MS, LPC

Center for Pediatric Neuropsychology

Tonya Evangelista, MSN, RN, CPHON, CPN

UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh 

Linda L. Johnson, MBA

UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Heather Kratsas

Highmark Health

Danielle Kruczek


Abbigail Linton, CRNP

Allegheny Health Network


Joseph A. Macerelli, Esq.

Burns White


Nicole J. Rafalko, MSN, RN, CCRN, CPN

UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh


Carley R. Taslov, CPA

Schneider Downs


Beth Vukmir



Elizabeth Wild

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

Michael Callaghan


Thomas Conaboy, CPA


Margaret Diamond


Janelle Hall


Brandi Kennedy


Tyler Kennedy


Danita V. Knight


Charles LaVallee


Stanley Marks, MD


George Omiros


Dr. Louis Rapkin, MD


Jameson Taillon

Upcoming Fundraising Events

  • Lending Hearts Gala
    Thu, Mar 16
    Fairmont Pittsburgh
    Mar 16, 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
    Fairmont Pittsburgh, 510 Market St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, USA
    Join us for the 11th annual Lending Hearts Gala presented by UPMC Hillman Cancer Center as we honor Pittsburgh Steeler, Mr. Cameron Heyward.

Our Valued Partners and Supporters

A.J. & Sigismunda Palumbo Charitable Trust
Allegheny Health Network
Bristol Myers Squibb
Dickerson Creative Communications
Erie Insurance Co.
GBU Life
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
Highmark Foundation
Infinity Custom Homes
Interim HealthCare
Mario Lemieux Foundation
Open Hearts Foundation
Pittsburgh Pirates
PNC Charitable Trust
Snee-Reinhardt Charitable Foundation
UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

Annual Reports