For more than 35 years, the Oncology Nursing Foundation has been devoted to supporting cancer nursing excellence. To steward those efforts in the years to come, the Foundation welcomes Anizia Karmazyn as its new executive director. Karmazyn will work with Foundation Board of Trustees, Linda Worrall, RN, MSN, the Foundation’s director of grants and program, and other Foundation staff to Increase support for oncology nursing education, research, and leadership development.

“I’m very excited to serve the field of oncology nursing, patients with cancer, and the families who are touched by experts in the nursing care they receive,” Karmazyn said. “The Oncology Nursing Foundation has a tremendous opportunity to build greater awareness and support for oncology nurses and all they do to advance nursing excellence, scientific research, and innovation in health care.”

Karmazyn’s career in philanthropic program management and development has spanned over 20 years.  Prior to joining the Foundation, she was the senior director of philanthropy and corporate partnerships at the American Association for Cancer Research Foundation in Philadelphia, PA.  She has also served University Hospitals Health System in Cleveland, OH, as director of major gifts and corporate and foundation relations, and the Cleveland Orchestra as director of development for institutional relations in major campaign contexts.  Karmazyn has also held appointments as district director of grants and gifts for the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation, and director of foundation and government grants for the Western Reserve Historical Society, also in Cleveland. Prior to her fundraising career, Karmazyn worked as a curator and researcher in museums engaging audiences in history, including the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, PA.  She holds a bachelor of fine arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a master of arts from the University of Chicago.

“I am pleased to welcome Anizia to our leadership team and the Oncology Nursing Foundation. She brings a diverse and sustained career in philanthropy and has a good understanding of the cancer care environment,” ONS Chief Executive Officer Brenda Nevidjon, MSN, RN, FAAN, said. 

Since 1981, the Oncology Nursing Foundation has raised more than $27 million in funding to support oncology nursing awards, grants, scholarships, and educational initiatives. As the face of patient-centered care, oncology nurses are key to the successful treatment of patients with cancer. Through ongoing education, nurse-led research grants, and leadership opportunities, the Foundation helps nurses change the face of cancer care and improve the quality of life for patients and their family members. Donations to the Oncology Nursing Foundation provide support for nursing-focused initiatives, research, and career development efforts. Learn more at onfgiveback.org.

ONS is a professional association of more than 35,000 members committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing and the transformation of cancer care. Since 1975, ONS has provided a professional community for oncology nurses, developed evidence-based education programs and treatment information, and advocated for patient care, all in an effort to improve quality of life and outcomes for patients with cancer and their families. Learn more at www.ons.org.