Our Team

Meet the passionate individuals behind The Charlie Landers Foundation that are working to support Ewing’s patients.

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Our Executive Team

Our dedicated team leading the charge against Ewing Sarcoma.


Lisa Landers

Mom to Honorary CEO and Ewing’s Warrior Charlie and amazing daughter Annie. Wife to Mark and 100% dedicated to furthering Charlie’s Mission and supporting those with Ewing’s. Relentlessly hopeful for a cure. 

Vice President

Alison Curcura

Neighbor and family friend. On a mission to spread Charlie’s joy through comfort kits, balloons and all things happy


Amanda Lobosco

Chief Logistics Officer and Momager to Lila, Sadie and Jack, one of Charlie’s BFF’s and Ewing’s supporter. Friend like family to the Landers.


Derek Eglinton-Manner

Charlie’s friend. Committed to the cause.

Social Media Manager

Annie Landers

Charlie’s sister, Goalie, Runner, Eternal Optimist.

Web Programmer

Owen Fall

Photographer, Cyclist, Percussion Musician.

Honorary CEO

Charlie Landers

Baseball Pitcher, Inspirer for GOOD. Changemaker. The GOAT.

At Large

Mark Landers

Husband to Lisa, Charlie and Annie’s Dad and two loveable dogs Gracie and Treble. Determined to help others going through what Charlie did.

At Large

Louis D’Avanzo

Dad of one of Charlie's best friends (Jack) and friends of Lisa, Mark & Annie. Driven by love for, and great memories of Charlie to see the mission of CL7 be successful.

At Large

Kevin Amerio

Mark’s friend since kindergarten. Admirer of Lisa’s grace and determination. Honored Godfather of Annie. Love Ron Jon’s as much as Charlie but my smile doesn’t even come close. Proud husband and father of two boys - all who love the Landers like family and are spreading Charlie’s legacy of joy. All in for a cure!!!

At Large

Frank Bivona

Former Mayor of Franklin Lakes for 12 years. He and his wife Maureen and their children Christina and Charlie have resided in Franklin Lakes for 30 years. The Landers family has been an inspiration for us to help the fight for a cure and to keep Charlie's legacy strong.

Board of Directors

Meet our compassionate and committed board members.

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Carrie Eglinton-Manner

Healthcare industry leader & mom of Charlie’s and Annie’s friends.

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Christine Messina

Mom of two amazing boys Blaise and Augie and wife of Travis. Passionately mission focused, philanthropist. Friend and great supporter of the Landers family.

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Christian Wall

Along with wife Maggie has 4 wonderful children; friend of Charlie, Annie, Mark and Lisa. Mediocre golfer, would be ski bum, amateur Buddhist and passionate supporter of all things that help fight cancer.

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Alyssa Gillen​

Super Aunt and supporter of Charlie and Annie and proud mama to rising college Freshman Chloe and Eamon. LA Realtor, Yogi, sailor.

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Helen Landers

Retired Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Grandma to four beautiful babies. Blessed to be Aunt to Lisa and Mark and great Aunt to Charlie and Annie. 

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Lynn Chwatsky

Friend and consigliere to Charlie’s Mom. Charlie’s friend. Pediatric Cancer mission driver.

Medical Advisory Board

Bringing together expertise and experience for better patient outcomes.

Paul Meyers, MD

Paul Meyers is a pediatric oncologist focusing his career on studying and treating pediatric and adolescent patients with various sarcomas. He currently is the chief of the pediatric sarcoma clinic and vice chairman of clinical affairs at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He has authored and co-authored over 200 publications about sarcomas, served as president of the Connective Tissue Oncology Society and is an active member of the National Cancer Institute’s Physician Data Query Pediatric Board.

In addition he is the founding medical director for Happiness Is Camping, a summer camp for children with Cancer. Dr. Meyers has been listed in New York Magazine’s Top Doctors from (2002-2018). He received his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

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Michael Kinnaman, MD

Michael Kinnaman earned his MD from Stony Brook University School of Medicine and completed his pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. He furthered his specialization with a fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology through the collaborative program between Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSKCC) and Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Previously, he was an integral part of the Pediatric Sarcoma Service at MSKCC, dedicating his efforts to treating children, adolescents, and young adults with pediatric sarcomas. His research, particularly with the Iacobuzio-Donahue Lab Group, aimed at unraveling the clonal evolution of cancer cells in pediatric sarcomas, marking significant contributions to the field.

During his tenure at MSKCC, Dr. Kinnaman was honored with several young investigator awards, receiving generous support from Hyundai Hope on Wheels, the Rally Foundation, the ASCO/Conquer Cancer Foundation, and the QuadW Foundation. Additionally, he was a recipient of the prestigious NIH/MSKCC K12 Paul Calabresi Career Development Award for Clinical Oncology, further cementing his reputation in clinical research.

In 2023, Dr. Kinnaman transitioned to Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, assuming the role of Medical Director within their Clinical Sciences/Oncology group. At Regeneron, he applies his vast experience in academic research and clinical trials to spearhead the development and oversight of clinical studies focused on novel therapeutic agents. His dedication to advancing patient care and his enthusiasm for innovative drug development underscore his commitment to impacting patient outcomes on a global level in his new capacity.

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Damon Reed, MD

Damon Reed, MD has joined Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) as the inaugural Head of the Division of Pediatric Solid Tumors and as Chief of the Pediatric Sarcoma Service. Dr. Reed is a distinguished oncologist who has dedicated his career to cancer care for children, adolescents, and young adults. A gifted clinician-investigator, he is known for his work in advancing sarcoma clinical research.

Dr. Reed comes to MSK from Moffitt Cancer Center, where he previously served as the Chair of the Department of Individualized Cancer Management and the Director of the Adolescent and Young Adult Program. He also held an appointment as a senior member at the center and was in the Sarcoma Department and Cancer Biology and Evolution Program. Dr. Reed will hold joint appointments and will see patients in MSK Kids and the institution’s Department of Medicine.

Dr. Reed’s research is focused on characterizing the mechanisms of therapeutic resistance. His work drives the development of therapies with better capacities to overcome resistance and reduce disease relapse. Currently, Dr. Reed is studying optimal approaches to therapeutic combination and sequencing. This effort could introduce more dynamic strategies to pediatric sarcoma and solid tumor care. His other areas of focus include biomarker establishment and testing for targeted therapies. He also is exploring the use of predictive testing to support personalized medicine in sarcoma and other rare cancers.

Dr. Reed founded the Sunshine Project, the Pediatric Cancer Foundation’s pediatric phase 1 clinical trial consortium. This collaborative venture unites the nation’s top doctors and researchers to find a faster cure for pediatric cancer.  In addition, he holds leadership roles in multiple collaborative groups, including Vice Chair of the Bone Tumor Committee for the Children’s Oncology Group and Vice President of the Connective Tissue Oncology Society. In 2024, he will assume the position of President for the latter organization.

Dr. Reed received his MD from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. He completed a combined pediatric residency program at Boston Children’s Hospital-Harvard Medical School and Boston Medical Center-Boston University School of Medicine. This training was followed by a fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Patrick Grohar, MD, PhD

Dr. Grohar received his BS in chemistry at Villanova University. He subsequently earned both a PhD in chemistry and a MD at Wayne State University. He completed residency training in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University and fellowship training in pediatric hematology-oncology in the joint program of Johns Hopkins and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), where he was chief fellow.  

He joined the faculty at Vanderbilt University as an assistant professor of pediatrics before being recruited to the Van Andel Research Institute as an associate professor. He was subsequently recruited to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as the Director of Translational Research in the Center for Childhood Cancer Research.

He holds the Kelly and Chad Punchard Endowed Chair for Translational Sarcoma Research. Dr. Grohar is internationally recognized for his work on Ewing sarcoma. His lab has primarily focused on the therapeutic targeting of the EWS-FLI1 transcription factor for Ewing sarcoma. His work is truly bench to bedside and he is currently the PI of a clinical trial targeting EWS-FLI1 that is open and recruiting patients. He has received numerous grant awards including federal and foundation support. In addition, he has been generously supported by philanthropy.

He holds national leadership positions in the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), specifically as the vice-chair for biology for bone tumors, chair of the Ewing sarcoma biology committee and co-chair of combined sarcoma biology. He serves on a number of advisory boards and is an ad hoc reviewer for numerous journals and funding agencies. Dr. Grohar has had the honor of being invited to give lectures across the United States and in Europe.

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Ian Davis, MD, PHD

Dr. Ian Davis, MD, PhD, is the G. Denman Hammond Professor of Childhood Cancer and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at UNC-Chapel Hill.Following undergraduate studies in biochemistry and molecular biology atNorthwestern University, Dr. Davis received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago and MD from Northwestern University Medical School. He then completed pediatric residency and chief residency at Boston Children’s Hospital and pediatric hematology oncology training at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Boston Childrens. Dr. Davis’s lab has had a primary focus on Ewing sarcoma and other solid tumors employing cutting-edge genomic and proteomic techniques in human and animal models. He had had a longstanding interest in the biological mechanisms that underlie the central oncogene of Ewing sarcoma, EWSR1-FLI1.

In addition to his role as a leading researcher, Dr. Davis is the Co-leader of theCancer Genetics Program at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and is the UNC director for the Unified Program for Therapeutic Discovery in Children fellow training program. His work has earned him recognition, including the Dick Vitale Pediatric Cancer Research Fund All-Start award from The V Foundation in2023, the Martin D. Abeloff V Scholar Award, and the Rita Allen Foundation Scholar award. Dr. Davis's dedication and groundbreaking contributions to childhood cancer research and patient care exemplify his commitment to improving the lives of young patients and their families.

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Jessie Hennessy, CPNP, MSN, RN

Jessie Hennessy is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner who received her bachelors degree in arts from University of Wisconsin – Madison.

She went on to receive a bachelors of science in nursing and masters of science in nursing at New York University, focusing her studies on pediatrics. She began work in 2014 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center on the Pediatric Sarcoma Service where she continues to work today.

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Explore Ways To Get Involved

Join us in the fight against Ewing’s Sarcoma by exploring the many ways you can get involved and make a difference. Whether you donate, sponsor a comfort kit, or participate in an event, your support helps us improve the lives of those affected by this rare and devastating pediatric cancer.

Donate To The Charlie Landers Foundation

Our success is ultimately measured by our ability to empower patients to strike out Ewing’s Sarcoma. In our first year we allocated over $350k to four high impact grants in the ongoing search of a cure. Our next fundraising target is to raise $400,000 for our 2024 grant cycle.

Join us in our mission to raise awareness, provide critical support to pediatric and young adult patients, and fund research to find a cure for this devastating disease by making a donation today.

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