Alan W. Boal


Idea Transfer, Founder & President

As a management consultant, Alan believes everyone can become conversationally competent and civil. Working in business, government and and non-profits, they value his unique ideation and facilitation skills to deliver more effective, efficient and ethicial results.  

Early in his career, he worked to establish a public health department, directed a Child Abuse Prevention Center, and was the Assistant to the President of the Medical College of Ohio with a focus on governance, and health care education and prevention.

Alan has BA in Speech from California Lutheran University and an MPA from the University of Toledo. With only one kidney, he is committed to raise more friends and funds to end kidney related diseases in our lifetime.     


Mark Vieth

CRD Associates, Senior Vice President

Mark currently serves as the coordinator for several national coalitions, including those devoted to transportation research, medical research at the Department of Defense, and social and behavioral science research. He has specialized in bringing diverse associations, foundations, institutions of higher education and other stakeholders together to advocate for common objectives. He has helped clients secure federal funding, build new partnerships with federal agencies and mobilize grassroots to advocate for legislation pending in Congress. He also has developed a niche in helping clients who have never interacted with Congress or federal agencies launch sophisticated and focused federal government relations strategies.


Glenn Hoskin

Ernst & Young, North America Partner/Principal leading efforts of Strategic Sourcing and Category Management. Glenn also leads the Central Region Advisory Services for Energy Market, Oil & Gas, Utilities, Diversified Industrial, Consumer Products and Chemicals Clients. Prior to EY, Glenn was a Managing Director, Global Supply Chain Practice at Accenture where he worked for over a decade. Glenn has degrees from Gordon College and an MBA from Indiana University, Bloomington.


Stephen Zeiger

Steven  advises both domestic and international families on the efficient use of private placement life insurance to help enhance after tax yields on their investments. His leadership and dedication to help improve performance and results is well known in the advisor community. Steven educates his clients and the financial services and advisory community. He has been published in and cited in Trust & Estates Magazine. He has addressed the ABA. As a member of the National Association of Estate Planning Speakers Bureau, he has addressed over fifteen Estate Planning Councils. Steven, guided by the book “Blue Ocean Strategies”, (Harvard Business Press) helps advisors create market niches for their new business development plans. Steven and his family live in Chappaqua NY. Steven enjoys playing tennis, skiing, and ping pong with his family and is currently training for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute Pan Mass Challenge and Cycle For Survival.


Dena Battle


KCCure, President

Dena Battle is the co-founder and President of KCCure, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing research for kidney cancer. She began her career in Washington, DC, as a congressional aide, and spent nearly two decades working in the areas of tax and health care policy. She has policy expertise in health care reimbursement, tax treatment of benefit plans, the orphan-drug tax credit and corporate research and development policy.

In 2009, at the age of 40, Dena’s husband, Chris Battle was diagnosed with metastatic kidney cancer. Together, they began a quest for the best care possible to combat the disease. Chris was treated at four different comprehensive cancer centers, participated in multiple clinical trials, and endured nine different therapies, including off-label treatment. They co-authored the blog Kidney Cancer Chronicles, which was widely read by patients from around the world. After Chris’s death in 2013, Dena remained active in the advocacy space. 

In July of 2016, she joined with renal cell specialist Dr. Hans Hammers to form the Kidney Cancer Research Alliance (KCCure), a national non-profit organization dedicated to increasing research funding for renal cell cancer. In addition to running KCCure, she continues to provide advocacy services for clients related to tax policy.

She lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her two daughters.


Bryan Lewis


KCAN, Founder

In recent years, Bryan Lewis has led the advocacy efforts for KCAN – (the Kidney Cancer Action Network) He has been an active legislative advocate and spokesman for the kidney cancer community in Washington, DC. Most recently, he was successful in spearheading the efforts to obtain $10 million for an inaugural kidney cancer program pursuant to the Congressionally Directed Medical Research program ( Bryan also manages a boutique consulting practice, Veritas, LLC. Previously, he held the position of Vice President, Operations for Brand USA. Prior to joining Brand USA, Bryan served as Chief of Staff & General Counsel for the U.S. Travel Association, a Washington, D.C.-based trade association.

Earlier in his career, Bryan managed two start-up travel companies in Chicago, Illinois and Boston, Massachusetts. Bryan is a multi-year kidney cancer survivor. He and his family reside in Philadelphia, PA.

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Nick Nicholson,

Founder, Judy Nicholson Foundation

Nick Nicholson, with thirty one years experience in the commercial and residential real estate industry, is the Founder, Coldwell Banker Commercial Benchmark. Throughout this phase of his career, Mr. Nicholson developed a reputation for innovation and dynamic, professional growth. Starting from a spare bedroom in 1989, Mr. Nicholson launched Nicholson Properties Inc., a commercial real estate company located in the Beaches of Jacksonville. He grew that company to a total of 12 agents plus a support staff in ten years.

In May 1999, he merged this company with another, forming what is known today as Coldwell Banker Commercial Benchmark. Currently, Mr. Nicholson is also Chairman of, Century 21 First Coast, Jacksonville, FL.

Mr. Nicholson was married for 47 years to Judy N. Nicholson, is the father of two children, the proud grandfather of ten grandchildren, and now resides in Jacksonville, FL.  Judy succumbed to kidney cancer in October 2008 after a valiant seven month battle.

Following Judy’s death in 2008 Mr. Nicholson established the Judy Nicholson Foundation, Inc. (Judy Nicholson Kidney Cancer Foundation), an IRS 501c3 entity focusing on Patient Support and Research for Early Detection for Kidney Cancer.