bg-photoPresident & CEO

Barbara Goodman leads Cures Within Reach and its mission of driving more treatments to more patients more quickly through medical repurposing.  She joined in 2017 to help expand the reach and influence of CWR in both the philanthropic and commercial spaces, as well as to foster organizational growth and financial sustainability. Barbara is helping the organization develop new partnerships and expand current relationships with donors, sponsors, partners, industry, government, Board members and other volunteer leaders, to further our mission of driving more treatments to more patients more quickly through repurposing research.

Barbara nearly 25 years of international business and healthcare / biomedical / life sciences sector business experience, focused on planning and implementation of strategic growth initiatives at both for-profit and not-for-profit corporations. She joined CWR after leading iBIO Institute’s PROPEL Center for nearly 10 years, where she led programs to increase the number and success rate of early-stage life sciences companies in Illinois, and supported iBIO’s international activities.

Clare-Thibodeaux-head-shotDirector of Scientific Affairs

Clare Thibodeaux, PhD joined the Cures Within Reach team in November 2015 with over 10 years of experience in cancer research and cancer philanthropic issues. Clare is responsible for managing Cures Within Reach’s scientific grant outreach and review process, building partnerships with academic institutions, foundations and nonprofits, managing the Science Advisory Board and implementing new scientific initiatives at Cures Within Reach. Clare is also significantly involved with organizing and planning Cures Within Reach meetings and fundraising events. Clare has conducted original scientific research, advocated with state and federal elected officials concerning cancer related issues, and engaged the general public through community outreach. She also has led various committees and boards through her volunteer work with the American Cancer Society.

Arun Pookote, Administration

ArunPookote Arun joined the Cures Within Reach team in September 2019. He likes working for nonprofits that make real impact.  Arun supports Cures Within Reach with several important behind-the-scene activities. Arun is a graduate of Lake Forest College where he studied political science and theater and volunteers with local organizations.  


Phil Dodson, CPA, Accounting

PhilDodson FacePhil Dodson is a self employed CPA, providing financial and tax services to small business entrepreneurs since 1991.   Phil was the initial CPA advisor for both the private foundation Goldman Philanthropic Partners and its public charity spin off Cures Within Reach.  He received his Bachelor of Arts in economics in 1975 and an MBA in 1976, both from Northwestern University.  He was awarded his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certificate in 1977.  He currently serves on three other nonprofit organizations' boards and provides fee based services ranging from accounting and tax return services to Board advisor and permanent part time CFO management to 6 other nonprofit organizations.  Phil and wife Nancy, reside in Chicago, IL and have three adult children.  He is a multiple cancer survivor and a passionate competitive swimmer having earned numerous national and world rankings as a Masters Swimmer.


Jessica WayneJessica Wayne, Community Development

Jessica Wayne helps steer and grow the
organization's sponsorship efforts. She comes on board as an experienced
development professional, with a strong background in corporate and
foundation fundraising.

In 2006, she formed the development consulting firm Jessica Wayne
Consulting, Inc., focused largely on corporate and foundation fundraising,
and has since worked with health organizations such as the American College of Surgeons Foundation, The Rosecrance Foundation and World Continence Week-USA.

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