Our Mission

Reducing barriers to screening, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer

The mission of Kentucky CancerLink is to reduce barriers to screening, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. We strive to be a link to hope for Kentuckians and make a meaningful impact on cancer incidence and mortality. Our current programs are designated for Kentucky residents ages 18 and older.

Our Mission

Reducing barriers to screening, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer

The mission of Kentucky CancerLink is to reduce barriers to screening, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. We strive to be a link to hope for Kentuckians and make a meaningful impact on cancer incidence and mortality. Our current programs are designated for Kentucky residents ages 18 and older.

Since 2008

Our History

Vicki Blevins-Booth founded Kentucky CancerLink, formerly Kentucky Pink Connection, in 2008 after being inspired by Dr. Harold P. Freeman, who is widely considered to be the pioneer of patient navigation. His vision for incorporating patient navigation in oncology has been known to address disparities in access to timely screening, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer.

Kentucky CancerLink’s initial funding was provided to exclusively support breast cancer patients but in 2014, Kentucky CancerLink board members voted to expand the mission to all cancer types.  

Since 2008

Our History

Vicki Blevins-Booth founded Kentucky CancerLink, formerly Kentucky Pink Connection, in 2008 after being inspired Dr. Harold P. Freeman, who is widely considered to be the pioneer of patient navigation. His vision for incorporating patient navigation in oncology has been known to address disparities in access to timely screening, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer.

Kentucky CancerLink’s initial funding was provided to exclusively support breast cancer patients but in 2014, Kentucky CancerLink board members voted to expand the mission to all cancer types.  

Our Staff

Our incredible staff works tirelessly to help be a link of hope for those impacted by cancer.
Many of our staff are Certified Patient Navigators and/or Certified Community Health Workers.

Melissa Karrer

Executive Director
Certified Patient Navigator
Certified Community Health Worker
1

Melanie Hunter

Director of Community Outreach
Certified Patient Navigator
Certified Community Health Worker

Syrena Sharlow

Program Assistant
Certified Patient Navigator
Certified Community Health Worker

April Meneese

Office Manager

Ashley Nichols

Certified Patient Navigator
Certified Community Health Worker

Gabby Meis

Certified Bilingual Patient Navigator
Certified Community Health Worker

Carla Washnock

Certified Patient Navigator
Certified Community Health Worker

Kathleen Palomo

Bilingual Patient Navigator

Maria Jury

Bilingual Patient Navigator
2023 - 2024

Board of Directors

Bryan Willett

Chief Information Security Officer
Lexmark International
Board Chair

Peggy Henderson

Retired
Principal/Educator
Secretary

Drew Perry

Chief Information Security Officer
Serta Simmons
Treasurer

Neill Kahle

Deputy General Counsel
Lexmark International

Dr. Dan Kenady

Surgical Oncology
Co-Chair of the Kentucky Cancer Consortium

Peggy Lacy Moore

Former Executive Director
Kentucky Board of Respiratory Care

Susan Gordon

OTR/L, CLT
Baptist Health Lexington

Carol Simpson

Survivor
UK College of Nursing

Bridget Murphy

Retired Educator

Acacia Dyer

Branch Manager
Forcht Bank