Reina Honts named chair, Scott Morris joins foundation’s board
NEW YORK, NY (September 7, 2021) – The Lung Cancer Research Foundation (LCRF) is pleased to announce its newest board chair, Reina Honts, and welcome Scott Morris to its Board of Directors. Dr. Brendon Stiles, who had served as the board’s chair since 2017, has graciously agreed to take on the role of board vice chair and continue in his role as vice chair of LCRF’s Scientific Advisory Board.
Reina Honts joined the LCRF Board of Directors in November 2018 and served as its secretary prior to being named chair.
Due to her own mother’s death to lung cancer at the relatively young age of 53, she requested a baseline CT scan when she turned 50 in the spring of 2018. Since she had no symptoms and did not smoke, she was surprised when the CT scan revealed a tumor in her lung. She underwent a lobectomy and is now cancer free. It’s likely that early detection changed the outcome of her lung diagnosis, and Ms. Honts shares her experience to help others.
Ms. Honts is a fashion industry executive with 29 years’ experience overseeing design, merchandising and production teams for fashion companies, such as Gap, Cole Haan, Ann Taylor and Bergdorf Goodman.
She is also actively involved in several charitable organizations and is a founding member of The Scarlett Fund, which raises awareness and funds for pediatric research at Memorial Sloan Kettering.
Ms. Honts is a graduate from Bryant University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business.
“We have great confidence in Reina’s leadership and vision as we embark on LCRF’s next chapter,” said Dr. Brendon Stiles, current vice chair and former chair of LCRF’s Board of Directors. “She has the energy and passion necessary to help LCRF achieve its ambitious goals for the next several years. As a lung cancer survivor, her empathetic point of view and drive to improve the lives of lung cancer patients are evident in her commitment to LCRF and the people it serves.”
Scott Morris joined the LCRF Board of Directors on September 2, 2021.
Along with his immediate family, Mr. Morris is the caregiver to his mother who is living with lung cancer and is EGFR positive. He discovered LCRF when his mother was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2015 and a former colleague, who was 44 years old, died from lung cancer around that same time.
His support of LCRF includes helping LCRF acquire celebrity talent for its gala event, fundraising for the 2019 New York Free to Breathe Walk, and funding an LCRF grant related to the EGFR mutation research.
Mr. Morris is a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, TN with a BBA degree in Music Business and is currently an agent for Creative Artists Agency (CAA), which he joined in 2012.
Mr. Morris brings the perspective of a caregiver, a passion for research, corporate and entertainment connections, fundraising prowess, and his own philanthropy to the LCRF Board of Directors.
“LCRF is delighted to have Scott on its board,” said Reina Honts, chair of LCRF’s Board of Directors. “His dedication to funding research and his caregiver’s perspective are exactly what is needed to help LCRF in meeting its commitments and mission.”
To learn more about LCRF and its Board of Directors, visit LCRF.org.
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