Kyleigh LiPira, MBA
Chief Executive Officer
Kyleigh LiPira is the MRF’s Chief Executive Officer. In her previous role of Chief Development Officer, she worked with donors and their families to make charitable donations to significantly impact melanoma research, education and advocacy and oversaw the MRF’s fundraising program.Kyleigh has extensive fundraising experience, coming to the MRF from Johns Hopkins Medicine where for four and half years she raised funds for melanoma and other cancers at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. Later, she became the Director of Development for the Johns Hopkins Department of Dermatology. During her tenure with the Department of Dermatology she raised significant funds for melanoma clinical trials, engaged former trainees and grateful patients in philanthropy, and supported the educational program for current residents and fellows.
Kyleigh graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada with a degree in Mass Communication and English. She obtained her MBA from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. She lives in Maryland with her husband Jeff and adorable daughter Luci.
Ivis Alfaro joined the Melanoma Research Foundation in May 2014. Ivis oversees the day-to-day operations of the MRF, provides support to the Board of Directors and CEO, and works with several organizations and patient advocates around the world through the Global Coalition for Melanoma Patient Advocacy. Prior to joining the MRF, Ivis worked at the National Public Education Support Fund as the Office Coordinator, supporting the day-to-day activities of the President and Executive Director.
Ivis grew up in the DC area and is a graduate of Frostburg State University in Maryland. In her free time, she enjoys maintaining a very social life, taking a variety of workout and dance classes, as well as making functional pottery.
Director of Corporate Relations
Advocacy and Volunteer Officer
Cassie joined the Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) in 2014. As Advocacy Officer, Cassie leads the organizations advocacy efforts to mobilize advances in policy and federal funding while representing and engaging the interest of the melanoma community. Cassie also focuses on partnering with industry seeking to amplify the voice of the melanoma community. She is a member of and serves on the steering committee for the National Council of Skin Cancer Prevention (NCSCP), and is a member of the Public Access to Sunscreen (PASS) Coalition.
Having had three cancers – stage IIIB melanoma, acute lymphoblastic leukemia and squamous cell carcinoma, Cassie brings with her an incredible passion to work towards better outcomes and quality of life for patients, caregivers and their loved ones.
In her free time, she enjoys scaling rock walls, whitewater kayaking, hiking, camping, music, tending to every whimsical need of her pampered cat Lizzie and trying to keep up with the evolving DC food scene.
Leanna joined the Melanoma Research Foundation in April 2019 in the role of Events Manager. She supports many programs at the MRF including the Miles for Melanoma 5k walk/run series, the Gala program, Educational Symposia and the Advocacy Summit. Prior to joining the MRF, Leanna worked as an Events Coordinator for a non-profit membership association in the international development sector. She planned their educational trainings and conferences both domestic and international. Leanna’s love for non-profit organizations started at her internship with Friends of the National Zoo, where she assisted in coordinating the National Zoo’s signature fundraising events and their corporate events. She graduated from James Madison University with a major in Hospitality Management, with a minor in Business.
In her free time, she enjoys traveling, running and spending time outdoors.
Robyn Burns, PhD
Program Manager, MRFBC; Science Officer, MRF
Andrew Edwards joined the MRF in March 2018 as the Development Officer leading the Wings of Hope for Melanoma gala program. Prior to joining the organization, Andrew drove fundraising efforts and managed marquee events at the National MS Society and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He started his career in non-profit organizations as a student at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill working as a camp counselor for chronically ill children and leading operations for UNC Dance Marathon, a student-run campaign that supports the UNC Children’s Hospital.
Andrew lives in Washington, DC and enjoys running, traveling and cooking in his spare time.
Lauren Johnston, MSW
Program Officer, Rare Melanoma Subtypes
Development and Marketing Associate
Anna joined the MRF in September 2018 as the Development and Marketing Associate. Anna manages the CommUNITY Fundraising and Cause Marketing programs, as well as assists with communications for events and fundraising campaigns. Prior to joining the MRF, Anna worked as a Development Associate at Jeremiah Program in Minneapolis, Minnesota planning fundraising events, overseeing third-party fundraisers and managing the organization’s communications and social media. She worked as a Development Administrative Assistant for four years at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities while attending school. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a double major in Nutrition Studies and Kinesiology.
In her free time, she enjoys running, backpacking and camping, spending time with her dog, Yogi, cheering on the Green Bay Packers and is a beginner fly fisher.
Lorrie-Beth Miley joined the Melanoma Research Foundation team in December 2018 in the role of Development Officer leading the organization’s Miles for Melanoma program. Prior to joining the MRF, Lorrie oversaw the community fundraising, regional Walk For Wishes events and public relations departments for five years as the Director of Community Engagement at Make-A-Wish Philadelphia. Lorrie has always enjoyed working in the nonprofit sector and having the opportunity to interact with the community. In her early career, she coordinated the American Diabetes Association’s Step Out Walk for Diabetes and Tour de Cure bike race in the southeastern and Central Pennsylvania regions and conducted marketing and outreach initiatives at the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO).
Lorrie is a graduate of Penn State University (we are!) and resides in DC with her adorable brown tabby, Chloe. In her spare time, she enjoys joining a variety of workout classes, keeping up with the latest political news, entertaining and visiting with friends and going to her other home, Philadelphia, to visit with her family.
Shelby Moneer, MS, CHES
Director of Education
Sri joined the MRF team in July 2018 as the Accountant and was promoted to Senior Accountant in May 2019. She is responsible for budgeting, general ledger, financial statements, payroll, bank reconciliations, and day-to-day accounting operations. Sri has over 15 years of non-profit accounting experience. Prior to joining the organization, Sri held the position of Senior Accountant at the American Farm Bureau Federation. In her long career in the non-profit sector, she has held various accounting positions at the German Marshall Fund, the United Negro College Fund, and Reda International.
Sri has a Bachelors Degree in Business and Accounting. She lives in Fairfax, VA and enjoys traveling, cooking, and listening to music.
Sara Selig, MD, MPH
Director of CURE OM
Dr. Sara Selig joined the MRF team in the fall of 2011. She is Co-Founder and Director of the MRF’s initiative focused specifically on ocular melanoma—CURE OM (Community United for Research and Education in Ocular Melanoma). Sara initially became involved with the ocular melanoma (OM) community when her husband, Gregg, was diagnosed with the disease in 2006, at the age of 34, when Sara was a fourth year medical student. At the time of Gregg’s diagnosis, Gregg and Sara became fierce advocates for Gregg’s care and the entire OM community as well. Sara continues to be a passionate advocate for the ocular melanoma field—working to accelerate research, promote collaboration, and support patients and caregivers through her leadership of the CURE OM initiative.
Sara received her MD from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and her MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed the Doris and Howard Hiatt Residency in Global Health Equity and Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She is currently Associate Physician in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Sara cherishes time with family and friends, and, in particular, with her and Gregg’s young daughter.
Alejandra “Allie” Vignoli
Alejandra joined the MRF in May 2019 as the Database Assistant. She assists with the MRF’s offline and online databases and works closely with the MRF’s development and finance teams in tracking, coding and analyzing donor data. She has over 5 years of extensive nonprofit database knowledge. In the past, Allie has worked at ABA as Registration Coordinator.
Allie is a graduate of George Mason University, Farifax, VA with a degree in Communications. Allie lives in Alexandria, VA and in her free time she enjoys traveling, Zumba, hiking, karaoke and listening to music.