We believe that developing the best ways to serve our patients requires the cooperation of like-minded individuals wanting to achieve a common goal. To do so, we have a assembled a team of survivors, community leaders, and innovators.
Kim Franklin is the CEO of Maxian & Franklin Family Enterprises which offers innovative and creative approach to mission-based program building and strategic planning in both academic and student affairs. Kim comes to the ACS Board as graduate of Sisters of Charity Leadership Institute and a drive to make a difference in the cancer world.
Co-Creator and Past Chair
Sherry Norris serves as Past Chair for the Alala Cancer Society and is a skin cancer survivor. She brings to the organization a deep conviction to serve. Her experience with female issues made her realize that there was a lack of support for women with the same issues. She advocates for our patients, and is very passionate about small town living along with farming and showing others they can do it too!
Dianne Odom, CPA
Dianne, owner of Odom and Scruggs CPA firm, joined the Alala Cancer Society as Treasurer. As the Alala Cancer Society started its quest for registration as a 501(c)(3) with the Internal Revenue Service, Dianne's conviction to help in the cancer survivor arena, coupled with her financial and accounting expertise, expedited the state and federal approval and registrations.
Michael Norris is a graduate of the University of South Carolina's Darla Moore School of Business. He currently works in the logistics and transportation industry. Michael has two Children Miles (6) and Baker (3). Baker was diagnosed with Brain Cancer in January of 2021 and is now in remission. This drives his passion for not only helping our cancer warriors but their families as well.
Blakely Cahoon, JD, LL.M
Blakely C. Cahoon has practiced law in South Carolina since 2000. She focuses her practice on
estate planning, probate and family law matters. Mrs. Cahoon is married to Frank E. Cahoon,
III. They have two children Frank IV and Grace. Mrs. Cahoon graduated from Wofford College
and the USC School of Law.
Lorne Grant has over 30 years of combined radio and television broadcasting experience. He is a former radio personality for WFMV 96.1 during the afternoon drive hours. He brings to this organization an eagerness to help us plan and promote our events. Lorne is a family man, loves God and his grandchildren.
Janie Herrera is a Public Health major with a minor in Medical Humanities and Culture at the University of South Carolina. She hopes to one day work in hospital administration. During her time working with us, she hopes to gain knowledge and skills that will help her in her future endeavors.
Bettie Fletcher is a six year breast cancer survivor. She found Alala through her physical therapist. She is an avid volunteer and loves helping others. She is also a member of the Camden Breast Cancer support group. Bettie is retired military and very active in her local church. She helps us ensure that the Alala Cancer Society has an ongoing presence in the community.
Agata Chydzinski is a strategic change leader with over 17 years of leadership experience in operations, finance, and strategic go-to-market planning. Agata is passionate about value-based leadership, funding equality for women-owned businesses, and women empowerment. Most importantly, she is an implementor who loves to get in the trenches with her clients.
Kara Diaz is a Biology major with a double minor in Spanish and Medical Humanities at the University of South Carolina. She is an Honors College student with aspirations of one day becoming a radiologist. While working with us, she hopes to continue her passion for broadening her medical knowledge and making a difference in people's lives.