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UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Community Advisory Board (CAB) is a diverse and representative group of volunteer advisors who want to improve cancer care and reduce health disparities within their communities throughout North Carolina. The CAB will provide their critical perspective to UNC Lineberger leaders to enhance quality and quantity of accessible patient-centered cancer care.

Group picture of the CAB. Members names are listed in caption
Left to right- Front row: Marian Johnson-Thompson, Cathy Huffman, Molly Robinson, Randi Byrd, Pat Peele, Jim Smith, Brenda Jasso Vazquez; Back row: Mary Anderson, Mike Beaudin, Danny Ellis, Alison Krauss, Eva May; Not Pictured: Darlene Leysath, Qua Lynch Adkins, Ernest Watts.


As well-informed advisors, CAB members are routinely solicited for their views and opinions to influence decisions impacting their communities.

CAB Working Groups
  • Working Group iconClinical Trial Enrollment
  • Community Pilot Funding Program
    • Provided feedback on the development of the program
    • Served as application reviewers
  • Community Health Assets and Needs Assessment
Grants and Requests
  • Review iconDevelopmental Awards Review
    • Reviewed 2 rounds (’20 and ’21), a total of ​14 applications in clinical & translational sciences as well as population sciences
  • Completed researcher requests


  • Icon of person at a podium speakingBiology of Cancer Lecture Series
  • UNC Lineberger Board of Visitors
  • Conference Presentation
Other UNC Lineberger Groups
  • Group iconUNC Lineberger Equity Council
  • Patients and Researchers Together (PART)

Words from a CAB member

Headshot of Dr. Smith Smith with play button overlappedDr. James Smith, CAB member since 2020, discusses his involvement in the UNC Lineberger Community Advisory Board