July 13, 2011 12:57 ET

LIVESTRONG® Announces Staff Appointments and Applauds Team Members' Achievements

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - Jul 13, 2011) - Today, LIVESTRONG® announced the appointment of two major gift officers, Mindy Boyum and Ryan O'Donoghue, as well as an array of staff achievements including a national designation as an advanced health education practitioner for Andy Miller, executive vice president, and two staff selected as American Express NGen Fellows, Claire Neal and Dr. Ruth Rechis.

Boyum and O'Donoghue are working to identify, cultivate and solicit prospects and donors on behalf of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, created in 1997 by the cancer survivor and champion cyclist to serve people affected by cancer and empower communities to take action. The foundation is now known publicly by its powerful brand -- LIVESTRONG -- and is a leader in the global movement on behalf of 28 million people around the world living with cancer today.

"We are pleased to welcome Mindy Boyum and Ryan O'Donoghue to the LIVESTRONG team," said LIVESTRONG president and CEO Doug Ulman. "They both have strong personal experiences with cancer that make them especially effective stewards on a professional level."

Boyum is a successful major gift fundraiser and 23-year cancer survivor. Diagnosed at age 13 with stage 4 bone cancer, her personal experience with the disease has led to a lifetime of helping others. Boyum actively supports cancer survivors through her role as a mentor angel with Imerman Angels and has served as a peer counselor to both cancer and amputation patients. Her career history includes more than a decade of development work for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. and Jacksonville, Fla., where she oversaw the stewardship of top-level benefactors and served as a major gift officer on the team that raised $1.35 billion during the clinic's fundraising campaign. Boyum's additional accomplishments include climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2010 and skydiving in 2011.

O'Donoghue has a unique blend of for-profit, non-profit and direct experience with the cancer community. He is the founder and chairman of Rise Above It (RAI), a non-profit that provides financial assistance and clinical trial information to adolescent and young adult cancer survivors and is a charter member of the LIVESTRONG Young Adult Alliance. RAI was founded after O'Donoghue's brother Colin was diagnosed with a rare form of head and neck cancer in 2004. Seeking a way to offer support, O'Donoghue's friends and family raised more than $30,000 at the first Rise Above It event and their support of young adult cancer survivors continues today. Prior to joining LIVESTRONG, O'Donoghue led a high-performing consulting team at Accenture. He is a graduate of Georgetown University, where he was captain of the football team and a Division I All American in 2000.

"We also want to recognize and applaud the ongoing pursuit of excellence by our team and the recent accomplishments of Andy Miller, Claire Neal and Dr. Ruth Rechis," said Ulman. "The LIVESTRONG team members are brilliant, dedicated, hard-working professionals who have devoted their careers to serving people affected by cancer and these achievements reflect that commitment."

Miller has earned the Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) certification from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC), the credentialing body for health education professionals. While Miller obtained CHES certification in 2007, this new national designation denotes him as an advanced-level individual health education practitioner.

Neal, senior director of mission for LIVESTRONG, has been selected as one of 12 non-profit leaders to participate in the 2011 American Express NGen Fellows Program. This fellowship program joins leaders under the age of 40 for a collaborative project, created to expand leadership skills and practices within the non-profit sector. Neal's role at LIVESTRONG oversees the foundation's health policy, patient navigation services, research and evaluation, and programs and partnerships. Neal holds degrees in public health and human development from Duke University (BA) and Tulane's School of Public Health (MPH) and completed international study of primary health care management at the ASEAN Institute of Health and Development in Thailand and service work as a member of the Peace Corps in Mali.

Dr. Rechis, director of research and evaluation for LIVESTRONG, has completed the 2010 American Express NGen Fellows Program. Rechis's fellowship group finalized and released a report: Changing the Status Quo: Intentional Succession Planning Through Leadership Development, which addresses how non-profit organizations can make comprehensive leadership development at all levels an intentional part of their ability to advance today's society for the common good. Rechis holds a BA and PhD from the University of Texas at Austin and a MS from Texas A&M at Corpus Christi.

About LIVESTRONG/Lance Armstrong Foundation
LIVESTRONG serves people affected by cancer and empowers them to take action against the world's leading cause of death. Created as the Lance Armstrong Foundation in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, the organization is now known publicly by its powerful brand -- LIVESTRONG -- and is a leader in the global movement on behalf of 28 million people around the world living with cancer today. Known for its iconic yellow wristband, LIVESTRONG has become a symbol of hope and inspiration to people affected by cancer around the world. Since its inception, the organization has raised more than $400 million for the fight against cancer. For more information, visit

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