CHARLENE MCMANN-SEAMAN is a Member of the National Board of Selectors of the Jefferson Awards for Public Service and is involved in launching a landmark national program to promote health, physical activity, and well-being in students.
Charlene is a co-founder and past president of the Chicago Chapter of the Lymphoma Research Foundation, which was the first chapter formed by the organization.The Chicago Chapter has raised over $3 million and served as a blueprint for twenty four chapters across the country. Charlene co - chaired dinners/galas, helped organized educational seminars with Chicago University hospitals and prominent Dr's. Charlene spear headed the Lymphomathon 5K walk and run which began in Chicago (raising over $2 million in Chicago in the first six years) and has become an annual event at numerous cities across the country.
Charlene is a tireless advocate for cancer patients and has helped many patients and family members through her amazing referral network that includes the numerous charitable organizations she works with, doctors and health care providers, web sites and blogs, and people she has helped in the past.She is active in public policy advocacy on health and cancer issues. She has lobbied Congress for more funding for cancer.
As NBC 5 Chicago noted: Charlene's activities and efforts in organizing charitable organizations, educational events, and fund raisers have had a tremendous impact of the lives of countless patients and families living with cancer in the Chicago land area and on a national basis.Charlene is a Jefferson Award Recipient and a Chicago Woman of the Year first place winner.
Charlene is a former corporate executive who served as President and Chief Executive Officer of a consulting firm and Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of a financial services industry company.She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a 3.8 GPA.Charlene has brought her leadership skills along with her knowledge and passion to the front lines in the battle against cancer. She has made her life's work by volunteering, and working in shelters for abused women and children, and being a court appointed advocate for children in abused homes.
Charlene is the Cloud Kids Founder and is a advocate for children and their rights, designing and writing the initial The Clouds Kids book in the early 1980's. She realizes that, now more than ever, parents and children need to be educated and armed with the information and tools to enjoy life and the magic of childhood - - not merely be alarmed by potential dangers. The book was written to teach children the potential danger of child molestation, abduction, being abused and what to do if they are lost or in any danger. What better way than to be informed and entertained by lively, amusing, captivating friends known as The Cloud Kids. She is presently updating and re-writing her book to reflect all the latest technology and dangers on the Internet.
Groups and Associations:
The Jefferson Awards for Public Service, The Lance Armstrong Foundation, Y-Me Breast Cancer, Amnesty International, CASA Organization, American Red Cross, The Lymphoma Research Foundation, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, American Cancer Society, Amnesty International, The Cloud Kids (Child Safety)
Koi Hobbyist, gardening, volunteering, lobby Congress for cancer funding and research, organizational development, strategic planning, fund raising, child advocate, women right's
Honors and Awards:
Jefferson Awards recipient 2008 - Nobel Prize for Public Service
Tribute Award recipient 2007 - The Lymphoma Research Foundation
Chicago Woman of the year 2008, nominated for charitable cancer work, one of the ten finalists