Admin Core

The Admin Core supports ChicagoCHEC’s research, education, and outreach via overall leadership, administrative management, and program coordination.

The Admin Core supports ChicagoCHEC’s research, education, and outreach via overall leadership, administrative management, and program coordination. We work collaboratively with faculty, staff, students, core-leaders, and our National Cancer Institute sponsors to build the necessary infrastructure for ChicagoCHEC projects and initiatives to succeed.


Admin Core Leadership

  • Melissa Simon (NU)
  • Christina Ciecierski (NEIU)
  • Moira Stuart (NEIU)
  • Rob Winn (UIC)
  • Marian Fitzgibbon (UIC)

Admin Program Management

  • Jackie Kanoon (UIC)
  • Billie Kersh (NEIU)
  • Jen Cooper (NU)
  • Shaneah Taylor (NU)
  • Chris Gay (UIC)
  • Elena Navas (NEIU)

Grants Management

  • Alden Chang (Lurie Cancer Center)

Contact us to learn more or get involved.


Related Pages


Research Incubator »

Incubator and catalyst funding for partnership building, research proposal development, pilot projects, and research projects.


Community Engagement Core »

Enhancing community engagement, cancer education, survivorship support, and community capacity building.


Research Education Core »

We leverage the strengths of ChicagoCHEC institutions and partners to support students, trainees, and faculty.


Planning and Evaluation Core »

We initiate new projects and continuously evaluate ChicagoCHEC’s impact and progress toward its mission to advance cancer health equity via scientific discovery, education, training, and community engagement.


Choose to Change Research Project »

Reducing Tobacco Use Disparities Among Adults in Safety Net Community Health Centers (The Choose to Change Study)


WeCanConnect Pilot Project »

WeCanConnect: Using mHealth to Connect Physically Disabled Cancer Patients with Matched Disabled Survivors


Mi Guia (My Guide) pilot study »

An e-Health Intervention to Improve Symptom Burden and Health-Related Quality of Life among Hispanic Women Completing Active Treatment for Breast Cancer


Latino Obesity Project »

Community-engaged obesity intervention development for Puerto Rican and Mexican men


Prostate Cancer Disparity Project »

Prostate cancer disparity in Chicago-area African American men: patient-derived models and biomarkers of cancer risk


Reducing Colorectal Cancer Disparities »

Reducing colorectal cancer disparities on the South Side of Chicago through cross-Institutional collaborations


Citizen Scientists »

Despite overall declines in rates of aggressive prostate cancer (PCa) in the U.S., racial disparity persists, with African American (AA) men experiencing rates greater than 2X those for European American (EA) men. While prostate specific antigen (PSA) screening has made a major contribution to the mortality decline, new screening strategies are needed to identify potentially […]

Breast Cancer Disparities in Chicago: Biological Factors »

The goal of this research proposal is to address the biological underpinnings of breast cancer mortality disparities in Chicago. African American (AA) women in the city have a 4-5 fold greater risk of death from hormone-dependent breast cancer compared to white women, even after controlling for stage at diagnosis, treatment, and other known prognostic factors. […]