Foundation Staff


Valerie Vance – Executive Director


In her role, Valerie oversees all aspects of the FCS Foundation, including overall strategy and operations, staff supervision, program development and execution of the Foundation’s mission, vision and goals. Val first came to the Foundation as a volunteer and in December of 2014, was named Volunteer Program Manager. During this time, she worked diligently to develop, launch, implement and manage the Volunteer Program at 10 Florida Cancer Specialists’ locations, training over 45 volunteers, who logged over 2350 volunteer hours in the first six months of the program. In June 2015, she was named Acting Foundation Manager and was promoted to Executive Director of the Foundation in July 2015. After 25 years of experience in corporate sales and management with S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., in Grand Rapids, MI., Val began her career in the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining FCS, she was the Financial Development Coordinator at Prader-Willi Syndrome Association national headquarters in Sarasota, FL. In addition, she has served as a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters, American Red Cross, Alzheimer’s Association and American Cancer Society. In her leisure time, Valerie loves biking, kayaking, boating, and sailing, as well as traveling, reading and spending time with her family and friends.

Terri Gagliardi – Development & Event Manager

Terri-GagliardiAs Development and Event Manager, Terri Gagliardi manages the execution of world-class events for Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation. Her focus is on developing a sustainable strategy to communicate the Foundation’s needs and increase community awareness of the Foundation’s mission. She is also responsible for the implementation and oversight of our online donor tracking and event database. Since joining the Foundation, Terri has worked on grant applications and managed events, including, but not limited to, 50 Shades of Pink (nominated as one of the Top 5 Events in Tampa for 2015), Time to Remember, Wine Women & Shoes Lake Mary, Party Under the Stars, Hale Irwin Golf Tournaments in Orlando, FL and the Jingle 5K Run in Lakewood Ranch, FL. Before joining the Foundation, Terri was Communications Specialist at Cat Depot in Sarasota, FL where she raised funding for the organization through online marketing campaigns, social media strategies, events and grant research and writing. With over twenty-five years of experience in marketing communications and event planning, Terri has worked in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. In her leisure time, Terri enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with family, friends and her rescue cat and cheering on her favorite team, the New England Patriots.

Lynn Rasys – Volunteer Program Manager

Lynn Rasys Cat DepotAs Volunteer Program Manager, Lynn Rasys is responsible for recruiting, training and placing volunteers at facilities currently participating in the FCS Volunteer Patient Support Program, as well as developing and identifying additional Florida Cancer Specialists’ facility opportunities throughout the state. Lynn also coordinates and oversees the volunteers at the Foundation office in Sarasota and at Foundation events. A graduate of Salter College in Worcester, MA, Lynn has over 25 years’ experience in corporate and nonprofit management. Before joining the Foundation, Lynn was Director of Communications and Development at Cat Depot, and responsible for media, public relations, advertising, fundraising, donor development and human resources. In addition, Lynn developed and supervised their volunteer program prior to her promotion to Director of Communications. Lynn became the Executive Director for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Florida Suncoast Chapter, in 2004, where she was responsible for the overall operation of the six-county affiliate. She also volunteers for the Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s scholarship committee, the Life of Riley Foundation, Take Stock in Children, Girls Inc., and the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. In her leisure time, Lynn enjoys reading and spending time with her family and four rescue cats. Both Lynn and her husband are from New England, and enjoy vacationing in Maine.

Client Services

Our Client Services Department is involved in all aspects of the patient application process – from awarding funding to qualified patients, providing oversight and guidance to the office volunteers and maintaining ongoing financial statistics for patient grants. Client Services develops and maintains solid working relationships between the Foundation and all FCS clinics, with a specific focus on Financial Counselors in each clinic, who act as patient advocates and are a great resource for the Foundation.

Karen Wain – Client Services Manager

Terri-GagliardiKaren received her Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Non-Profit from Troy University, her Bachelor’s in Computer Science from the University of Saint Leo and her Associates Degree in Biology from the University of South Florida. She has a diverse background that includes working as a Civilian Detective for the Police Department, co-owning a private investigation company, spearheading the volunteer program for nonprofit and corporate organizations and serving as budget analyst in charge of grant funding for nonprofit organizations. In her free time, Karen loves to spend time with her husband and her 3 children (2 girls and 1 boy), and enjoys traveling, theater and Zumba.

Jessica McIntyre – Client Services Coordinator

Terri-GagliardiPrior to joining the Foundation, Jess worked in home health care as a client services manager, where she effectively on-boarded and managed clinical staff, handled billing and scheduling for services provided in home, and maintained relationships with all clients served. In her free time, Jess enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 young boys, and enjoys being outside as much as possible.