The William Guy Forbeck Research Foundation was launched with the help of dedicated people who cared for the Forbeck family and shared George and Jennifer’s vision.  WGFRF has been blessed to have some of the original founding Directors and their children still active as well as new volunteers.  Many individuals have volunteered their expertise and efforts to significantly benefit the foundation.  

The Board is always seeking new energy and ideas.  Please contact a board member or to discuss opportunities to join the Forbeck Foundation.

The Board of Directors works with the Scientific Advisory Board to ensure WGFRF’s mission is being pursued effectively.  The Board remains active throughout the year by meeting in-person during the Annual Forum as well as hosting conference calls throughout the year.

Charles H. Jesser, CPA

Vice President
Ronald Miller

Maureen J. Wheeler

Matthew Gerdes

Jamie F. Collins
Galen Eckland
Hon. William Herbkersman
Aaron H. Jesser
Ann Lehman
William O. Kasten
John O'Neill

Scientific Advisory Board Chairman
John T. Kemshead, Ph.D., FRCPath

Emeritus Members
Joseph W. Black, MD
David R. Barry Jr.
Hon. Sol Blatt Jr.
James A. Buchanan
Charles H. Drawdy
Edward R. Frick
Jennifer K. Forbeck
Thomas A. Geldermann
Hon. Ernest F. Hollings
Terence J. Irmen
T.L. Sam Irmen
Ann Huber Kasten
Montague T. Laffitte
Joseph Laver, MD
Hayden Leason
Michael Leason
William Terlato
Nancy K. Wellard

Scientific Advisory Board

From the outset, the William Guy Forbeck Research Foundation recognized the importance of having professional advisors to guide research programs and activities. WGFRF therefore established early on a Scientific Advisory Board to advise the Board of Directors on the scientific activities of the Foundation, the first and enduring commitment being the selection of topics and attendees for the Forbeck Forum.

The WGFRF Scientific Advisory Board is a small rotating committee of individuals representing very senior and well respected physicians and scientists from the arenas of cancer biology and clinical care, drug development, and from broader areas of science that may help drive the mission of the Foundation.  The Scientific Advisory Board meets twice a year, at the time of the Annual Forum and mid-year.

Garret M. Brodeur, M.D.
Webster K. Cavenee, Ph.D.
Bruce A. Chabner, M.D.
Alan D’Andrea, M.D.
Isaiah Fidler, DVM, Ph.D.
David E. Fisher, M.D., Ph.D.
Arnold Freeman, M.D.
Ed Harlow, Ph.D.
Michael C. Jensen, M.D.
Michael B. Kastan, M.D., Ph.D.
Anthony Letai, M.D., Ph.D.
John D. Minna, M.D.
Philip A. Pizzo, M.D.
Jean Wang, Ph.D.

John Kemshead, PhD, FRCPath

Vice Chairman:
Sara Courtneidge, Ph.D. 
Oregon Health & Sciences University

James Amatruda, M.D., Ph.D. 
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Clark Chen, MD, PhD
University of Minnesota

Kristina Cole, M.D., Ph.D.
Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania

Lucy A. Godley, MD, PhD
University of Chicago

Jan Karlseder, Ph.D. 
The Salk Institute

Katherine K. Matthay, M.D.
University of California San Francisco

The Forbeck Scholar Review Committee

With an increase in the Forbeck Foundations programs, the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) needs assistance with the work required to advance the Foundations mission.  The SAB has selected alumni Scholars to assist with the work load.  To launch this program, alumni scholars with a diverse and comprehensive set of interests were selected to help review the 2018 Forbeck Scholars applications.  As the Scholar Program grows so will the Review committee and its duties.  

The Foundation is honored to have the support of its past Scholars and will continue to refine and elevate this program.  

Kimryn Rathmell, MD, PhD
Vanderbilt University

Kristopher Sarosiek, PhD
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Louise Van der Weyden, PhD
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Kathryn Wellen, PhD
University of Pennsylvania

Oren Becher, MD
Northwestern University

Clark Chen, MD, PhD
University of Minnesota

W. Clay Gustafson, MD
University of California San Francisco

Kimberly Kelly, PhD
University of Virginia

Julie-Aurore Losman, MD, PhD
Dana Farber Cancer Institute