John Antonishak has served as the National Council’s executive director since 2008. The National Council is the nation’s unified membership-based organization with the mission of preventing skin cancer through education, advocacy and raising awareness.
Mr. Antonishak is also an international organizational and professional development consultant working with federal and state agencies, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and businesses. He provides expertise in leadership and organizational development; systemic innovations and educational reform; executive coaching and effective facilitation.
Prior to becoming a consultant, Mr. Antonishak built an accomplished career with Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland. During his tenure, he succeeded as a classroom teacher, curriculum specialist, and district administrator for professional development and instructional technology.
As the director of professional development and instructional technology for MCPS, his responsibilities included providing leadership for the school system’s instructional technology and professional development programs to meet the needs of the 140,000 MCPS students and the 20,000 staff members. Under his leadership, his staff continuously designed and delivered innovative, creative, and effective professional development and practices with a focus on improving teaching and learning.
Mr. Antonishak received his undergraduate degree in education from the University of Maryland and his master’s degree certification in professional development and educational technology from Johns Hopkins University.
He is a member and past officer of several professional associations. He is a United States Navy veteran and served his country during the Vietnam Era.
Dr. Lichtenfeld currently serves as Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the American Cancer Society in the Society’s Office of the Chief Medical Officer located at the Society’s Corporate Center in Atlanta.
He joined the Society in 2001 as a medical editor, and in 2002 assumed responsibility for managing the Society’s newly created Cancer Control Science Department.
In 2014, Dr. Lichtenfeld assumed his current role in the Office of the Chief Medical Officer where he provides extensive support to a number of Society activities. A frequent spokesperson in the media on behalf of the American Cancer Society, Dr. Lichtenfeld has also since 2005 written a widely read blog focused on topics related to cancer.
He is board certified in medical oncology and internal medicine and practiced for over 19 years. He has also been engaged in health care policy on a local, state, and national level for most of his professional career.
Dr. Lichtenfeld is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann Medical College (now Drexel University College of Medicine) in Philadelphia and completed his postgraduate training at Temple University Hospital, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the National Cancer Institute.
He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the national honor medical society and has received several awards including designation as a Master in the American College of Physicians in recognition of his professional accomplishments.
Dr. Lichtenfeld currently resides with his wife Atlanta, GA.
Shelby Moneer is a health and wellness education professional with experience ranging from social marketing to exercise physiology. Ms. Moneer is currently the Director of Education for the Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF), where she is responsible for all development, implementation and assessment of the education program. This includes primary and secondary prevention efforts to the general public, continued medical education hours for healthcare providers and patient and caregiver education through print materials, awareness campaigns, website content and over-the-phone patient navigation. These programs range from in-person and virtual events, all of which are free to the public.
For the past six years, Ms. Moneer has been involved with NCSCP and is a member of the NCSCP steering committee serving as a MRF core member representative.
Prior to joining the MRF, Ms. Moneer served as a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist with West Florida Area Health Education Center (WFAHEC), teaching adult health and tobacco cessation courses in under-insured and underserved populations throughout the Florida Panhandle. Before joining WFAHEC, she served as an exercise physiologist on Hurlburt Field Air Force Base, helping active duty and retired military members meet their health, wellness and fitness goals.
Ms. Moneer holds a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Truman State University and a master’s degree in Health Education from the University of West Florida. She was a collegiate volleyball and softball player, began pursuing competitive beach volleyball after college and continues playing volleyball whenever she can.
As warm weather approaches and millions of Americans prepare to enjoy the great outdoors, the risk for ultraviolet (UV) damage of the skin increases. Skin cancer is on the rise in the United States, and the American Cancer Society estimates that one American dies every hour from skin cancer. This year alone, the American Cancer Society estimates there will be more than 73,870 new cases of malignant melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, and more than two million new cases of basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers in the U.S.
Most skin cancers are caused by overexposure to UV radiation. Individuals with lighter-toned skin are more susceptible to UV damage, although people of all races and ethnicities can be at risk for skin cancer. Those who have a family history of skin cancer, plenty of moles or freckles, or a history of severe sunburns early in life are at a higher risk of skin cancer as well. To minimize the harmful effects of excessive and unprotected sun exposure, protection from intense UV radiation should be a life-long practice for everyone.
This category is open to Federal and state governmental agencies and organizations with special expertise and/or interest in skin cancer prevention and which endorse the National Council’s vision, mission, and goals. Advisory members and Federal Liaison members are not able to contribute financial support due to government regulations. Advisory members vote and serve as Co-Chairpersons and Committee Chairs.
This category is open to organizations outside of the U.S. with an expertise or interest in skin cancer prevention and who endorse the vision, mission, and goals of the National Council. International Members commit financial support in the amount of $150.00 U.S. dollars annually. These funds will be designated for the National Council operating expenses based on annual budgetary projection. International Members do not vote, nor can they serve as a Co-Chairperson or Committee Chairs.
This membership category is open to organizations with an interest in skin cancer prevention and who endorse the vision, mission and goals of the National Council. General members commit financial support in the amount of $150.00 annually. These funds will be designated for the National Council operating expenses based on annual budgetary projection. General members vote and can serve as a Co-Chairperson and Committee Chairs.
Core members are national nonprofit organizations with major ongoing efforts in skin cancer prevention. Core members commit financial support in the amount of at least $15,000 annually for a minimum of three years. These funds are designated for the National Council operating expenses based on annual budgetary projection. Core members manage expenditures of National Council funds. Representatives from core organizations participate in the Steering Committee with the National Council Co-Chairpersons and Executive Director to oversee implementation of the deliverables of Council initiatives and programs. Core members vote and serve as Co-Chairperson and Committee Chairs.