Sky Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit in Bloomfield Hills that aims to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer and find an early detection method, announced the foundation’s governing board elected Shannon Crone as its new president in a unanimous vote.
Crone lost her husband, Mike, an executive vice president with McCann in Detroit, to pancreatic cancer in 2019. She discovered the organization after he was diagnosed and reached out its founder, Sheila Sky Kasselman.
“Sheila was immediately supportive, and I have seen firsthand the incredible work of Sky Foundation in driving awareness of this disease, educating the community on early detection, and patient advocacy,” says Crone. “I am truly humbled by this appointment and will do everything I can to advance its mission.”
The board also added Edna Jackson Gray, Leigh Settlemoir Dzwik, and Niki Gallaudet to its roster.
Gray is a 13.5-year survivor of pancreatic cancer and has worked with the foundation as a volunteer and leader.
Dzwik is assistant dean at the School of Education and Human Services for Oakland University and serves as the liaison between Sky’s scientific advisory committee and the governing board.
Gallaudet is a returning board member and active community volunteer who has been involved with the foundation since its inception in 2008.