The UCAN Executive Committee oversees coalition efforts around the State Cancer Plan, community engagement, strategic planning, data and evaluation, and member support. Want to join our team or share a question, comment, or concern? Let us know!
Melissa Hall (co-chair)
Senior Community Engagement Researcher
Melissa Hall, PhD (she/her) leads the community engagement efforts in the Center for Health Outcomes and Population Equity (HOPE) at the University of Utah and Huntsman Cancer Institute. Her teaching and research focuses on community engagement, asset mapping, nonprofit organizations, anchor institution and place-based collaborations, and social impact. She recently co-edited an edition of Metropolitan Universities Journal focused on Community Engagement at Academic Health Centers. She has been a member of UCAN since 2018.
Shireen Ghorbani (co-chair)
Director of Community Health
Shireen Ghorbani (she/her) leads efforts to increase access to health care and coverage as a director of community health for Intermountain Healthcare. From Peace Corps to public office to work in community health, service is an important through line for Shireen. In her professional role, she focuses on reducing Utah’s uninsured rate, community centered nutrition security collaborations, health policy, and expanding breast and colorectal cancer screening. Along with serving as the co-chair of UCAN, she currently serves as a board member for the YWCA, the Utah AIDS Foundation, and the Salt Lake Valley Coalition to End Homelessness.
Health Program Manager
Brad Belnap, MPP (he/him) manages the Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, Cancer Genomics Program, and Community Food Security Program at the Utah Department of Health and Human Services. There, he strives to build successful policy, systems, and environmental change approaches to reduce the burden of chronic disease in Utah. Brad believes that poor health is the result of social determinants and can be solved through effective public policy. Brad’s education and experience bring this unique perspective to the public health world. Brad has a Masters in Public Policy with an emphasis in environmental health and food policy and has focused his career on community health and justice. He believes that there is a direct connection between our health, the environment, and the policies that influence both. Brad has been a member of UCAN since 2012.
Chronic Disease Management Integrated Care Coordinator
McKenzie Dangerfield, MHA is the Chronic Disease Management Integrated Care Coordinator of AUCH, which is the Primary Care Association (PCA) in the state of Utah. As the PCA of Utah, AUCH provides over 15,000 hours of training and technical assistance to 13 Health Centers as well as its affiliate members each year. McKenzie is involved in the development, coordination, and implementation of quality improvement training and technical assistance for chronic disease work processes within the health centers. McKenzie was a former quality improvement intern for Comagine Health where she worked on developing the Medication-Assisted Treatment ECHO program. Prior to this, she was a Medical Assistant for 8 years with both Intermountain Healthcare and the University of Utah Health System. McKenzie holds a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from the University of Utah, along with a Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion and Education with an emphasis on Emergency Medical Services from the University of Utah.
Kim Herget (she/her) is a biostatistician with the Utah Cancer Registry. She works to disseminate cancer data for the state of Utah so researchers, community organizers, and policy makers have an accurate understanding of how cancer impacts Utahns and make data driven decisions. She works with researchers from around the world to help them utilize the Utah cancer data in their research projects. Her research interests include understanding trends in cancer diagnoses, cancer survival, and the impact of socioeconomic status and other demographics on both screening utilization and cancer diagnoses in our state. Kim has a master’s of statistics in sociology from the University of Utah and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania. She has been a member of UCAN since 2009.
Health Program Coordinator
Robert Korycinski, MPH (he/him) works with the Comprehensive Cancer Control Program at the Utah Department of Health and Human Services. He oversees the development, implementation, and evaluation of the 2021-2025 Utah Comprehensive Cancer Prevention and Control Plan and builds partnerships between chronic disease programs and community-based organizations to address the social and structural drivers of health. Robert prioritizes policy, systems, and environmental reforms to reduce cancer-related inequities, and approaches his work with a drive and tenacity honed from years of training as an elite figure skater. Robert has been a member of UCAN since 2020.
Cancer Support Strategic Partnerships Manager
Morgan Marietti, MS, currently serves as the Cancer Support Strategic Partnerships Manager for the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) North Region Patient Support Team. The goal of the American Cancer Society is to improve the lives of cancer patients and their families. As a survivor herself, Morgan’s passion, experience, and professionalism radiate through her work and relationships which span across the state and beyond. Through her role on the Executive Committee, Morgan proudly represents the ACS and ACS CAN (Cancer Action Network). In her spare time, Morgan greatly values time with her family and those she loves most including her Bernedoodle bestie named Whitney. Nature brings her the most peace and she enjoys spending time recreating, relaxing, and exploring all that Mother Nature has to offer no matter the season. She is passionate about creating equitable opportunities for all and roots community into all that she is and does. In addition to regularly volunteering to serve others, she proudly serves as a member of the Junior League of Salt Lake City, the Vice President of the Korth Rebels Foundation, and as the Director of Female Athlete Development for the Weber County Youth Hockey League.
Health Program Manager
Marie Nagata (she/her) is the Program Manager for the Breast & Cervical Cancer Screening Program at the Department of Health and Human Services. Marie has spent her entire career serving those who are less fortunate. She tirelessly works to ensure all women have an opportunity to receive cancer screening services, despite their circumstances. She works daily to address barriers to services by identifying and building partnerships in health care and community organizations. She has been a member of UCAN since 2018.