Ina holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Florida and is a Certified Internal Auditor. She spent the majority of her career in telecommunications, supporting internal and external clients in diverse areas including regulatory and legislative support, vendor contract management, operations support, process improvement and internal audit. In her role at CLF, Ina is responsible for donor management and communication, grant writing support and related administration.
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Storyteller Misty Jackson-Miller is based in Plano, Texas. A frequent contributor to Dallas Doing Good, she earned her M.A. in English from Washington University in St. Louis. Originally from Oklahoma City, she and her family have called North Texas their home since 2008.
Co-Founder: Carson Leslie Foundation (CLF)
Chief Mission Officer (Ex. Officio)
Successfully secured/leveraged/directed millions of dollars into childhood cancer/brain cancer research.
Annette has served on the $6B Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) Advisory Council for Childhood Cancers (ACCC) since 2010. She worked closely with CPRIT’s 1st Chief Scientific Officer, Nobel Laureate, Dr. Alfred Gilman to secure “Carson Leslie Research Grants for Pediatric Brain Cancers”, a $3.2M CPRIT/CLF collaboration. Recognized as leading influencer for CPRIT to make childhood cancer research an institutional priority increasing their investments from barely 3 percent to a whopping 12 percent invested into childhood cancer research; proportionately three times more than the national rate.
As a leading TX childhood cancer Foundation, Leslie fully embraces the differentiated value working with the CPRIT, the 2nd largest funder of cancer research outside the Federal government. With CLF #cureMEdullo focus on childhood brain cancer research, in partnership with CPRIT, we launched Reserchers RoundUp and gathered Texas’ brightest childhood brain cancer investigators facilitating innovative discussions about the problem of childhood brain cancer, the deadliest disease of our nation’s children. New collaborations were initiated and a TX Childhood Brain Cancer Coalition is being formalized.
After reading Cason’s book Carry Me in 2010, Congressman Michael McCaul, Founder of the Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus (CCCC), invited Annette to speak at the inaugural CCC in his Washington, DC in he and Mrs. Linda’s McCaul’s private home. Since that gathering, under the relentless leadership of Congressman Michael McCaul, members of the Senate and the unyielding childhood cancer community, together we have built an Unstoppable, Bipartisan, Global, Childhood, Cancer, Movement. Together we have passed 4 laws benefiting the overall state of childhood cancer.
Annette Leslie founded and is Chairman of the Golden Toast (GT) in Washington, DC. The Golden Toast is an annual celebration of the accomplishments of the CCCC, the Senate, and the unyielding childhood cancer community for successfully building a SOAPBOX in the most powerful Nation in the world and placing upon that SOAPBOX, the smallest and most innocent cancer patients among us.
CLF built CARSON’S CORNER (CC), a comprehensive teen cancer patient program at Children’s Health-Dallas. The program attracted a valued partnership with the Jordan Spieth Family Foundation which has allowed CC to expand to all the major institutions in Texas who care for teen cancer patients.
Elizabeth Anderson CPA
East Coast Director of Charitable Giving