About Us

Twist Out Cancer provides psychosocial support to cancer survivors and their loved ones through creative arts programming. We are a global community that enables anyone touched by cancer to connect, create, support and inspire.

Why Twist?

Twist Out Cancer (TOC) was built on the belief that when you share, the world opens up. At the age of 29, Jenna Benn Shersher was diagnosed with grey zone lymphoma—a rare form of cancer which affects less than 300 people in the United States.

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Our Community

Our community is comprised of survivors, previvors, caregivers and artists who have been touched by cancer.

Survivors are individuals that have heard the three words “you have cancer.” For many, a cancer journey does not start and end with diagnosis and cure. We believe that anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer has survived a life-changing experience.

Previvors are individuals who are genetically predisposed to cancer.

Caregivers are individuals who love and care for an individual diagnosed with cancer or previvor.

Our Informational Brochure and Annual Report

Please check out our informational brochure and Annual Report.

Twist Out Cancer Informational Brochure

TOC Annual Report 2020 

Annual Report  2019

Twist Out Cancer is a registered (501-c-3) non profit and our community relies on philanthropic support to deliver our transformative programs.

Jenna Benn Shersher
Founder and CEO

Jenna Benn Shersher is a 39-year-old civil rights advocate, world traveler and tiny twister who dreams big. Founder and CEO of Twist Out Cancer, and the President of the Board.

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Our Board Members
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Jenna Benn Shersher
Founder and CEO and Board President
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
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Andrew Edelston
National Board Chair, Executive Board Member, Financial Advisor at Lakefront Group at Morgan Stanley
Glencoe, Illinois
Lakefront Group at Morgan Stanley
Emma Peck Block
Executive Board Member, Secretary,Clinical Social Worker at Formative Psychological Services
Chicago, Illinois
Formative Psychological Services
Sharon Arffa
Dr. Sharon Arffa
Executive Board Member, Neuropsychologist
Austin, Texas
Cynthia Beck
Cynthia Beck
Executive Board Member
Chicago, Illinois
Tom Croce
Tom Croce
Executive Board Member,TD Bank Analyst for Asset Based Lending
Princeton, New Jersey
Danny Glick
Danny Glick
Executive Board Member, Real Estate Broker
Chicago, Illinois
The Danny Glick Group
Dr. Gena Khodos-Battle
Executive Board Member, Treasurer
Highland Park, Illinois
Josh Taustein
Executive Board Member, Director of Marketing and Communications at Twist Out Cancer
Deerfield, Illinois
Twist Out Cancer
Jon Goldberg
Executive Board Member, President of Padcaster
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Padcaster
Dr. Christian Squillante
Executive Board Member, MD is a medical oncologist and internal medicine specialist at Virginia Piper Cancer Institute – Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Allinea Health
Stephanie Plein
Executive Board Member,Clinical Connections Day School - Speech Therapist
Deerfield, Illinois
August Spree
Executive Board Member and Brushes with Cancer Detroit Chair. Event Coordinator at Greater Metropolitan Association of REALTORS®
Detroit, Michigan
Erin Johnson
Executive Board Member, Searl Lamaster Howe Architects - Office Manager
Chicago, Illinois
Iris Marreck, Twist Out Cancer Board Member
Iris Marreck
Executive Board Member, Owner of Iris B. Branding & Communications
Chicago, Illinois
Iris B. Branding and Communications
Howard Aaron
Executive Board Member, Personal Trainer and Health Motivator
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Howard Aaron Fitness Coach
Joelle Goldman Bilow, Twist Out Cancer Board Member
Joelle Goldman Bilow
Executive Board Member
Glencoe, Illinois
Arlene Bonnet
Executive Board Member, Head of ABL Operations for TD Bank
Cherry Hill, New Jersey, TD Bank
Jenn Katz Margolis
Executive Board Member,Global Coverage Officer, Private Equity ADP
Washington, District of Columbia
Mardi Kaplan
Advisory Board Member,Toyota Financial Services - Communications Consultant
Chicago, Illinois
Gudrun Wu Snyder
Advisory Board Member, Doctor of Acupuncture and Owner of Moon Rabbit Acupuncture
Chicago, Illinois
Moon Rabbit Accupuncture
Jeff Guerrero
Advisory Board Member, Lead, UI/UX and Creative at [email protected]
Chicago, Illinois
Jacqueline Carmody
Jacqueline Carmody
Advisory Board Member, Licensed Clinical Art Therapist
Chicago, Illinois
Integrative Psychotherapy Associates
Anna Feneis
Anna Feneis
Advisory Board, Fine Artist
Denver, Colorado
Kimberly Kass
Advisory Board, Director of Business Development, Agilify Automation (part of Ascension)
Austin, Texas
Ella Hawk
Advisory Board, Nurse Practioner at Cooper University Health Systems
Swedesboro, New Jersey
Martin Hogan
Advisory Board, DDS
Glencoe, Illinois
Dan Hadad
Canadian Board Co-Chair, Innovation atSinai Health Foundation
Toronto, Ontario
Sharon Marcushamer
Canadian Board Co-Chair
Toronto, Ontario
April Gibson
Canadian Board, Senior Manager, Partner Services and Stewardship, Habitat for Humanity Canada
Toronto, Ontario
Tim Richardson
Canadian Board Member,Manager, Standards Program at Imagine Canada
Toronto, Ontario
Suzanne Cronin
Canadian Board Member,Executive Director Clusier
Montreal, Quebec
Our Staff
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Jenna Benn Shersher
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, MSW
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Amelia Hanrahan
Chicago, Illinois
Chief Operating Officer
Joshua Taustein
Deerfield, Illinois
Director of Marketing and Communication
August Spree
Detroit, Michigan
Director of Programs
Dr. Lauren Rynar
Chicago, Illinois
Clinical Director, Ph.D
Rush University Faculty
Jacqueline Carmody
Chicago, Illinois
Clinical Art Therapist, LCPC, ATR-BC
Private Practice
Lindsay Patton
Lindsay Patton
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Director of Digital Strategy
Ellie Monieson
Ellie Monieson
New Orleans, Louisiana
Social Media Manager
Andrew Zahn
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Web Development
Vast Development
Jenna Koch
Potomac, Maryland
Intern, Programs and Communications
Vast Development
When you share -
the world opens up”

Jenna Benn Shersher, Founder of Twist Out Cancer