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Zackary Berger, an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, is an internal medicine physician and primary care doctor. He obtained his MD and PhD from New York University and trained in the primary care - internal medicine residency program at NYU/Bellevue, coming to Hopkins for a faculty position in 2009. In addition to his active adult medicine practice and role as a preceptor (instructor) in the resident clinic, he conducts research on doctor-patient communication and the role of the primary care doctor in cancer treatment. He is particularly interested in measuring and improving safety and quality in the outpatient setting. His publications can be viewed on Pubmed, Google Scholar. Berger's writing has appeared in scholarly journals and many venues for the broader public both on-line and in print. In a parallel life, he is a poet and translator in Yiddish and English.

 
 
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Kelly Flynn started her running career after college and has been involved in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training (TNT) program for over 13 years. She has run in many events including notable races such as the Boston, Maine and Dublin marathons. Kelly loves coaching for TNT and she first signed up to honor a friend who had lost his battle with cancer. Initially she didn’t know if she could accomplish the task. She had the motivation but not a clue on how to run – much less train for long distance running. When Kelly crossed the finish line she felt such a sense of accomplishment and was thrilled to have completed the run in honor of her late friend. Since that first marathon, she signed up to volunteer, mentor other participants and eventually ran other marathons for TNT. In 2005, Kelly was asked to coach one of the TNT teams and she’s been involved since then.

 
 
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Allison Cardona is the director of the organization’s Cruelty Intervention Advocacy (CIA) program. The CIA program addresses situations where, without intervention, companion animals in New York City are in danger of becoming cruelty victims. To date through this initiative, thousands of animals have been saved that would likely have otherwise become victims of neglect. Cardona has been deployed across the country to respond to cruelty cases and natural disasters. She is trained in technical and large animal rescue, swift water rescue, CPR, first aid, and incident command systems. She is also a member of NYC’s Animal Planning Task Force, a coalition of animal welfare and emergency management agencies that work together to plan and respond to animal issues during disasters. Cardona has a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Affairs from Empire State College and lives in Brooklyn with her pit bull, Turkey, and rescued cat, Rita.