Chief Operating Officer – Darcy Cunningham, LICSW
Ms. Cunningham is a clinician-researcher and is responsible for the oversight of all internal functions at CAN. She also serves as Co-Principal Investigator on all CAN research studies. Ms. Cunningham is a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, and serious illness-related mental health issues for children, adolescents, and adults. Ms. Cunningham has worked in both outpatient mental health clinics and in residential facilities. She is a speaker and blogger on topics related to serious illness, mental health, and caregiving. She is especially passionate about the development of disease-specific mental health interventions, as she is the partner of an adult with cystic fibrosis.
Chief Scientific Advisor – Virginia O’Hayer, PhD
Dr. O’Hayer is a clinician-researcher and is responsible for the design, implementation and oversight of CAN’s research and evaluation programming. She serves as Principal Investigator on all CAN research studies. Dr. O’Hayer is a Clinical Psychologist with expertise in adaptation of third wave interventions, including ACT, to chronic illness populations. Since 2012, Dr. O’Hayer has served on the faculty of two Philadelphia medical centers, Drexel University College of Medicine and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. She is extensively trained in ACT, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy, which all include effective interventions for anxiety and acceptance. She is also the developer of the ACT with CF manual for adults with CF, and principal investigator on a 3-year multi-site nationwide study assessing the effectiveness of ACT compared to traditional talk therapy for adults with CF.
Chief Development Officer – Christina Rancke
Christina J. Rancke is a business development executive and is responsible for developing and implementing engagement and fundraising strategies to enhance and grow CAN. She has worked in the marketing, communications, and donor relations sectors of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, District 1, and Project Rebirth. Ms. Rancke gained national attention as an 11-year old following the tragic loss of her father in the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center in New York City, and has been speaking on resilience and overcoming loss to various audiences since adolescence. She is a member of the Junior Board of Directors for Tuesday’s Children and the co-founder for the District Realty Team in New York City.