Michelle Johnson - 3/29/2017

Michelle JohnsonMichelle Johnson is the Executive Director of the Cancer Support Community (CSC) of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Before assuming her role at CSC Michelle served as Executive Director of A Kid Again – Southwest Chapter, a non-profit whose mission is to foster hope, happiness and healing to families raising kids with life-threatening illnesses.  Prior to leading A Kid Again, Michelle spent seven years with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network as a financial representative and director of selection and recruiting.

When asked why she joined CSC Michelle will tell you:  “Unfortunately, cancer touches many of us in different ways.  It is an honor to serve men, women and youth of all ages and their families and friends with emotional, educational and social support.” Explained Mrs. Johnson.   “We are happy to offer a free comprehensive menu of programs (over 250) monthly and make an impact on the lives of those touched by cancer.  Despite health reform efforts to provide more comprehensive care solutions to patients, patients and families continue to experience challenges leading to additional stress, disruption to life and work and more.  Medical treatment advances however, patients often  experiencing treatment delays and increased out of pocket costs, often related to cost containment strategies they do not understand well.  CSC provides hope, education, resources, support, healthy living classes for pain reduction and fatigue management along with nutrition events and cooking classes.  Our mission is vitally important as cancer diagnosis continues to rise in our community”.   

Michelle was born in Ireland and immigrated to Cincinnati from Dublin with her family at the age of ten.  She currently resides in Blue Ash with her husband, Matt, and two daughters, Kate & Ava.  She enjoys spending time with family and friends, the outdoors, road cycling and running.  Over the years, Michelle involvement includes board membership with Blue Ash YMCA, A Kid Again and the Sycamore Athletic Boosters.  Current member of the Planned Giving Council of Greater Cincinnati & Biz Women Cabinet.  Former member of the West Chester Rotary & West Chester & Liberty Chamber of Commerce. 

Volunteerism with American Heritage Girls, Blue Ash Elementary, Sycamore Junior High and SHS. 

 Michelle has also received the following recognition:  Volunteer of the Year award with A Kid Again, Greater Cincinnati Chapter 2009, Forty Under 40 award winner, 2011 and Venue Magazine Women of Influence Award, 2013.

Talking points:

Redefining the Cancer Experience:  the importance of innovation, patient voice and research through and beyond cancer.  Help men understand more about the importance of treatment options and choices.