About Us

For more than a 100 years, The American Cancer Society has been leading the fight to end cancer. With your support, we have helped usher in an era where more people survive cancer than ever before. By translating our research findings into action, we’ve seen a 20% decline in US cancer death rates since the early 1990s.

Together with our millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society saves lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back against cancer.

Helping you stay well

We help you take steps to prevent cancer or find it at its earliest, most treatable stage.

Helping you get well

We’re in your corner around the clock to help you through every step of your cancer experience.

Finding cures

We fund and conduct research that helps us better understand, prevent, and find cures for cancer.

Fighting back

We work with lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and rally communities worldwide to join the fight.

Event Committee

Joseph Campanale, PhD

Event Co-Chair


Dr. Joseph Campanale earned dual B.S. degrees in Biology and Microbiology, and a M.S. degree in Biological Sciences from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, before completing his doctoral research as an EPA STAR and NIH Predoctoral Fellow at the University of California San Diego at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Dr. Campanale joined the lab of Dr. Denise Montell at UCSB in 2015 and in 2017 was awarded an ACS Postdoctoral Fellowship. His work seeks to uncover fundamental properties of cells that have molecular and behavioral characteristics similar to those used by carcinomas. As an ACS Scholar, Dr. Campanale uses the fruit fly ovary to identify principles governing collective cell dissemination possibly contributing to metastasis. He is a graduate of the Embryology Course at Marine Biological Laboratories, was named the Young Investigator of Year at the FEBS International Meeting on ABC transporters in 2012 and won the Keith and Marion Moore publication prize in 2015.

Elaine Christ

Event Co-Chair


Director of Manufacturing at Agilent Technologies.

Denise Sanford

Denise Sanford is Vice President and Community Banking Manager for Community West Bank.


In Denise’s position, she is responsible for the management and growth of the Santa Barbara Branch location.  Denise is a longtime Santa Barbara based banker with deep customer and community relationships providing unparalleled customer experience.  She actively promotes and advances the banks’ brand and participates in numerous community events.


As an entrepreneur, Denise helped start and build a local community bank which was merged and eventually bought by a larger institution.


Denise has been very active in the community over a period of 37 years.  She currently serves on the following boards as an active member;  Central Coast Heart & Stroke Association, American Cancer Society, Courthouse Legacy Foundation, Santa Barbara Police Foundation and Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara where she served as La Presidenta for the 2018 Fiesta.  Denise has been instrumental in the fundraising activities and awareness for the organizations she serves.


Denise has been with the American Cancer Society Executive Leadership team for the past 5 years with 2019 being the 4th year she has chaired the annual event.  Denise’s why is for the friends she has lost, for the friends who are fighting, the friends who have survived, for her children and their children and to see a world where more birthdays are celebrated.  For all of us to see a world where the work we are doing today makes an impact for the future.

Jonathan Church

Jonathan Church has been a Board member of the Santa Barbara American Cancer Society Annual Gala/Luncheon for three years. He was the Honorary Survivor at the 2017 Gala. The next year he served at the co-chair of the board and co-Master of Ceremonies the Gala in 2018. He currently resides as the Commander of the Order of World Wars, Col. George C. Woolsey Chapter and has been past Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1649 for four years and served as quartermaster as well.


Jonathan was diagnosed with prostate cancer metastases in 2015. His oncologist is Dr. Daniel Greenwald through the Ridley Tree Cancer Center and Mark Scholz from the Prostate Oncology Specialists. He also is a patient of the West Los Angles Veterans Administration Hospital and participates in experimental treatments and clinical trials.

Wendy Church

Wendy Church has been a board member of the Santa Barbara American Cancer Society Annual Gala/Luncheon for three years.


She was the Honorary Caregiver at the Gala in 2017. She graduated from UCLA in ’82. Wendy raised two children, a son age 32 and a daughter age 29.


In 1991 she moved to Hawaii to own and run a small food business for two years. Mrs. Church returned to Santa Barbara in 1994 and worked at UCSB for 13 years. She worked part-time at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art from 2008 to 2014. Mrs. Church is a Companion in the Military Order of World Wars, Col. George C. Woolsey Chapter.


She met Jonathan Church in 2010 and married in 2012. When Jonathan was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2015, together they began been fighting his cancer and all cancers through the Santa Barbara American Cancer Society.

Lisa Morris

Lisa started working with ACS thru the Relay for Life when she was diagnosed with cancer 21 years ago.  Since then she have been on several Event Leadership Teams for Relay as well as Chair for the Great Gatsby Gala in Ventura in 2019.  In 2021 she will be the event chair for the Ventura/Ojai Relay for Life.

In 2013 Lisa took her hobby of baking and turned it into a business called Li Mor Cakes. Offering freshly baked cookies, cupcakes and cakes as well as gluten free and vegan options.  Unfortunately in 2014 she suffered a traumatic brain injury which rendered her disabled and had to retire from the Ventura County Sheriff Department where she was an intake specialist for 10 years.

In 2018 after a long battle of rehab Lisa reopened he home based bakery and absolutely loves it.  She started working with our local Pediatric Cancer office and offers free end of chemo cakes to all the patients.

Greg Russo

Founder, Experia Creative