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Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance Appoints New Executive Director

January 13, 2020

Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance Appoints New Executive Director

The board of directors at the Ann Arbor-based, non-profit Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance (“MIOCA”) appointed Mary Lynn Faunda Donovan as its new full-time executive director. She succeeds Amy Milanovich who stepped down after serving in a part-time capacity in 2019.

Established in 2011, MIOCA is a statewide organization that strives to save women's lives by promoting the early detection of ovarian cancer and improved treatment outcomes. MIOCA raises awareness of ovarian cancer, provides resources and support to survivors and their families, advocates both locally and federally, educates Michigan communities, and funds innovative ovarian cancer research. “

I’m honored to be the next Executive Director of this important organization,” Donovan said. “Raising awareness and research funding for ovarian cancer is critical to achieving better patient outcomes. For too long, we have waited for a diagnostic test or effective treatment for most women with ovarian cancer. I am thrilled to be working with such a passionate board, staff and volunteers to expand MIOCA’s role in providing critical support to ovarian cancer survivors around the state to ensure they receive the care they deserve.”

Board President and Founder, Pam Dahlmann, is “thrilled to welcome Mary Lynn as part of the board’s strategy to continue its evolution from a volunteer to staff-run organization. Dahlmann states, “This transition is critical to securing more philanthropic support to fund Michigan-based ovarian cancer research, provide survivor services, educate healthcare providers, raise community awareness and advance legislative initiatives.” Dahlmann is also “thankful for the services of past Executive Director Amy Milanovich for playing an important role in this evolution.”

Executive Director's Background Previously Donovan served for 10 years as the Executive Director of VOYCE serving 21 counties in Greater St. Louis and Northeastern Missouri. VOYCE advocacy provides services to 29,000 individuals in 360 long-term care communities. With a staff of eleven and 60 Ombudsman, she oversaw the region’s premiere advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring the treatment and care of those who reside in long-term care communities and advising individuals and families on the maze of long-term care options. While in this role, Mary Lynn successfully redefined the organization’s mission and strategic priorities. She led the rebranding of the organization and diversified funding sources and implemented growth strategies which doubled the size of the organization.

Prior to VOYCE, Mary Lynn was the Executive Director of the South Carolina Mountains to Midlands Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which served 22 counties in the western half of South Carolina. Her leadership resulted in annual Affiliate revenues quadrupling and $3.8M in grants being awarded for breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment. Under her leadership, the Affiliate was awarded numerous local and national awards.

In addition to Mary Lynn’s 15+ years of progressive experience in the non-profit arena, she has held the position of Managing Director, Investment Banking, at Interstate Johnson Lane, a predecessor to Wells Fargo Advisors, and Vice President, Corporate Finance, at Prudential Capital. Mary Lynn graduated from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with a MBA and received her BA in Political Science from Northwestern University. She also is a Certified Financial Analyst.

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