The PMP PALS Leadership Team is comprised of PMP survivors and caregivers committed to offering support, access to information, and hope to people affected by PMP and related cancers. The team ensures patients and caregivers have access to current and relevant information, including a global, curated, global database of surgeons who treat the disease.
The Leadership Team coordinates programming, including weekly HOPE ZOOM’s, direct support initiatives, and monitors daily communication from patients and caregivers through email and social media.
Chris Piekarski has been a PMP survivor since 2004 and the President of PMP Pals since 2015. Chris underwent successful CRS, HIPEC and chemotherapy treatment with Dr. Sardi in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland. Chris also has a 20-year career in healthcare working for global leaders like Johnson & Johnson and oncology leader Varian Medical Systems. Chris is currently working for an FDA regulated startup in San Francisco from his home in San Diego, where he enjoys spending time with his two daughters.
Adele Jasion has been a PMP survivor since 2011 and is the current Vice-President of PMP Pals. Adele underwent successful CRS and HIPEC treatment at UPMC in September 2011. She is a CPA and founding partner of one of the largest public accounting firms in Northwest Ohio. Adele’s friendly demeanor greets you when you email firstname.lastname@example.org. Adele was honored and humbled to be a recipient of the Gabriella Graham Patient Advocacy Award in 2018.
Charmaine is a retired attorney living in Austin, Texas with her husband and Jack Russell-chihuahua mix. In 2009, Dr. Sugarbaker performed her cytoreduction surgery with HIPEC. Gabriella Graham was instrumental in guiding her to life-saving treatment, thus inspiring Charmaine to volunteer with PMP Pals to help others.
Libby McMahon is a nonprofit executive who lives in Carmel, CA. She began her Pals board service in 2015 as Secretary, building our board, obtaining our federal and state nonprofit status and submitting our regular filings. She now serves as Treasurer, maintaining our financial records and helping with fundraising. In 2003 Libby was caregiver for her husband, veteran Pal and Board Member Mark McMahon.
Mark McMahon has been a PMP survivor since 2003 and has been a Board Member since 2015. Mark is a scientific instrument salesman for Thermo-Fisher Scientific, and many will remember Mark as the friendly photographer at our annual conferences.