Advisory Board

Jonathan Friedlaender, PhD
Secretary, Board of Directors

Jonathan first contracted melanoma in 1996, and is a stage 4 survivor active in the patient community. He has become active as a patient advocate through the MIF forum, and with the Food and Drug Administration. He is Emeritus Professor of Biological Anthropology at Temple University, and previously taught at Wisconsin and Harvard. He was also Director of the Physical Anthropology Program at the National Science Foundation, and served on the Advisory Board of the Wenner-Gren foundation.
Arlene HoldenArlene Houldin, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, ACHPN

Dr. Houldin is the Executive Director and Founder of HEAL (Holistic Enrichment of Adult Living), a non-profit home care agency committed to providing high quality care delivered with compassion. She a doctorally prepared nurse with over 40 years of nursing experience. Dr. Houldin’s passion and commitment to provide personalized, holistic care came from her experiences with the obstacles that both her patients and family members faced in finding high quality, coordinated, compassionate health care. Dr. Houldin is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania (BSN, MSN) and Temple University (PhD.In her most recent position, Dr. Houldin was the Nursing Director of Palliative Care Services at Philadelphia VA Medical Center. For the past 20 years, she was a member of the Standing Faculty, Clinician-Educator, at University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing. While at Penn, Dr. Houldin directed the Adult Oncology Nurse Practitioner Program and served as Psycho-oncology Consultant to the Abramson Cancer Center. Currently, Dr Houldin is an Associate Professor Emerita of Psychosocial Oncology Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing. She holds National Board Certifications as an Advanced Certified Hospice- Palliative Care Nurse and as an Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. Dr. Houldin is a member of NAPGCM (National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers). NAPGCM is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance professional geriatric care management and maintain high quality standards for excellence in practice. Dr. Houldin is an Associate Geriatric Care Manager. A Geriatric Care Manager is a health and human services specialist who acts as a guide, advocate, and resource for families caring for older relatives and persons with disabilities.
Mike Malloy, Esquire

Mike is the General Counsel and oversees all legal matters for The Hankin Group. The Hankin Group is a large real estate development, construction and management company in the Exton, PA area. Mike is a graduate of Temple Law School and a champion forensics (speech) contestant.
Jen MellorJennifer Mellor, RN, MSN

Jennifer is a staff nurse in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. In this position,she cares for and educates patients and family members that are facing bone marrow transplants. In addition, Jennifer is a Clinical Adjunct Faculty Member at Jefferson, educating and supervising student nurses in the physical, biological and and psychological subjects related to nursing. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and from University of Scranton and Master of Science in Nursing from Thomas Jefferson University. Jennifer was nominated for a mentoring award from Nurses Week in both 2007 and 2008 and she received the Melanoma International Foundation’s Courage Award in 2012. She is a member of the the Oncology Nurses’ Society and the American Nurses’ Association.
Peter RasmussenPeter Rasmussen
Treasurer, Board of Directors

Peter is the former Tacoma Deputy Mayor and City Councilman, and is deeply involved in civic activities. He is a member emeritus and past chairman of the Tacoma-Pierce County Economic Development Board, past chairman of the Tacoma Civic Arts Commission, and past chairman of the Tacoma Planning Commission. He has served on the Pierce County Historic Preservation Commission and is a past board member of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce. He was selected to participate in the American Leadership Forum and is a Senior Fellow. He was appointed to a six-year term on the state Architects Registration Board by Governor Mike Lowry and was re-appointed to another six-year term by Governor Gary Locke. Currently he serves as the elected Secretary on the Executive Board of the National Council of Architects Registration Board. Peter was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. In recognition of Peter’s civic dedication, he was honored with the 2005 Charles T. Pearson Community Service Award by the Southwest Washington Chapter of the AIA. Peter lost his daughter Shelley to melanoma, who was 34 when she passed away September, 2002.
Patricia Garcia-Prieto Chevalier, PhD

Prof. Garcia-Prieto was the Chair in Organisational Behaviour at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium. She held a PhD in Psychology from the University of Geneva. She was diagnosed with melanoma on European Melanoma Day in 2008, when her sons were 3 and 8. She was stage IV since November 2009. She fought for access to clinical trials. After a long struggle, she obtained the E112 form to allow her to participate in one of the first BRAF inhibitor trials in Paris. She was assigned to the chemotherapy ‘arm’ of the phase-III randomized non-blind trial, but given low disease burden was allowed to leave the study. She had also been blocked from a cancer vaccine study in the UK for not being a UK citizen. After this she decided to found the Melanoma Independent Community Advisory Board (M-ICAB) in Brussels to establish a political voice for all EU melanoma patients.

UPDATED: September 1, 2018