Board of Directors

Guided by experts

Meet the people who continue to generously give their time to advance our mission to destroy pancreatic cancer.

Howard Young, Chairman

In addition to being a dear friend of John Couvillon, Destroy Pancreatic Cancer’s founder, Howard is a long-time advocate and financial supporter for pancreatic cancer research. He has battled the disease three times himself and now is a 15-year survivor. Howard serves as president of General Wholesale Beer Company in Atlanta, GA, and draws on his astute strategic growth skills to help Destroy Pancreatic Cancer advance its mission to fund research and clinical trials so that all patients have “Hope and a Plan.”

Michael P. Broxterman, Vice Chairman

Mike was more than John Couvillon’s business partner; they were dear friends and fully supported one another. Their successful partnership spanned more than 20 years, during which they have grown Pinnacle Health Group to become a leading national physician search firm. Mike now leads the company as President and CEO and brings a practical and strategic approach to organizational growth and sustainability.

Douglas B. Evans, MD, Scientific Medical Advisor

Douglas B. Evans, MD, is arguably one of the foremost authorities in pancreatic cancer research and care. A doctor’s doctor, he is the Donald C. Ausman Family Foundation Professor of Surgery and Chair of the Department of Surgery at The Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Evans’ research interests focus on translational laboratory research in the biology of pancreatic cancer and in clinical trial development for patients with localized disease.

He has authored or co-authored 262 journal articles and has edited seven books. He has delivered more than 70 invited lectureships nationally and internationally.

Teona Ducre
Teona Ducre is a two and a half year pancreatic cancer survivor, single mother and an educator at Tapestry Public Charter. A native of El Paso, Texas, Teona moved to the Atlanta metro area six years ago and now proudly calls East Roswell home.
Teona was diagnosed with locally advanced Adenocarcinoma of the pancreas on April Fool’s Day 2016. Since that day she has become a fierce advocate for improving outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients through educatiom and outreach efforts with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network as Missions Chair and now as a board member of DPC.
Teona is passionate about serving her community as a parent volunteer at her children’s high school, loves to write, travel internationally and is an avid sports fan. Her favorite teams are the New Orleans Saints, UNC Tarheels basketball team and her beloved Centennial High School Knights. Teona’s mantra “cancer can’t steal my joy,” continues to inspire many and help her remain optimistic as she advocates to end pancreatic cancer. 
Jeremy Ellis
Jeremy is an advocate and financial supporter for pancreatic cancer research. His wife, Mary Kent, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on Good Friday in 2018. 
Jeremy is a Managing Director at Genesis Capital. For over 20 years, he has served as a trusted adviser to Board of Directors, CEOs and CFOs on mergers & acquisitions, raising growth capital, exit strategies and other strategic alternatives.


Our mission is simple—To destroy pancreatic cancer.
Our promise is guaranteed—To fund and advance research that leads to earlier detection and improved treatment options.
Our goal is within reach—To establish Hope and a Plan for all pancreatic cancer patients. The hope comes from the research and clinical trials performed under a true collaborative model. The plan supports today's patients in quickly developing a strategy to win the battle against pancreatic cancer.


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