Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition Staff

Erin Hernandez

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President/CEO

Erin Hernandez serves as President/CEO of the Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition. She brings over 20 years of experience in health education, cancer control research, grant management, and community health program development.  In her role as president/CEO, she is responsible for local, state, and national government relations, program and fund development, planning and marketing, and overall strategic direction of the organization.  Erin holds a Bachelor of Science in Education (Health Education) from the University of Georgia and a Master of Public Administration from Troy University.

Allison Agnew

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Program Coordinator

Allison Agnew serves as the Breast and Cervical Program Coordinator of the Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition. She began working with the coalition in 2015 as an Affordable Care Program Navigator and Outreach Specialist.  In her current role, she works throughout the region to provide education in the areas of breast and cervical cancer prevention and screening, and HPV vaccine education and promotion. She is currently pursuing an Associates Degree in Business Healthcare Technology from Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

Lauren McClendon

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Program Coordinator

Lauren McClendon serves as the Tobacco Education Coordinator for the Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition. In her role, Lauren travels to regional schools to educate students on the dangers of tobacco and e-cigarette use, as well as coordinates cessation classes and quit resources for adults.  Additionally, she leads the coalition's efforts in community awareness and education regarding the dangers of second-hand smoke and vapor. Lauren holds both a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Jacksonville State University.

Kaneisha Smith

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Screening Coordinator

Kaneisha Smith serves as the Screening Coordinator for the Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition. She began working with the coalition in 2022, and brings experience helping low income and uninsured patients access medical treatment and needed resources. In her current role, she partners with area healthcare providers to provide free or low-cost cancer screenings in an effort to increase cancer screening rates throughout the region. Additionally, she supports patients by scheduling screening appointments and providing educational materials about the prevalence of cancer as well as the importance of screening as a tool to detect cancer. Kaneisha holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Georgia and a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Capella University.

Ernie Elemento
Hamilton Medical Center

Lanell Jacobs
AdventHealth Gordon

Board Members

Stephanie Jones
AdventHealth Redmond

Janice Hopkins
Harbin Clinic

Aimee Griffin
Atrium Floyd