Sandra "Sandi" Cassese has been volunteering with the American Cancer Society for more than 25 years. She has been a speaker at Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events and breakfasts, and has served as a trainer for the Triple Touch and Reach to Recovery programs. She previously served as the State Lead Ambassador for New York and participated in the Celebration on The Hill events. She is an active supporter of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events having achieved the designation of Making Strides Pacesetter five times. Ms. Cassese is a 2009 recipient of the National St. George Award, 2011 recipient of The Capitol Dome Award, and 2017 recipient of the Volunteer Award for Excellence in Advocacy from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). She is Vice Chair of the ACS CAN Board of Directors, serves as a National Ambassador and Online Ambassador for ACS CAN, and is a member of the Society’s New York City Area Board. Ms. Cassese was a member of the Society’s former Eastern Division Board of Directors, including service as Chair of the Board in 2015-2016.
In addition to her service to ACS and ACS CAN, in 2008 Ms. Cassese was recognized by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce when she was named an Athena Award Honoree in recognition of excellence in her profession, commitment to her community, and support of other women's leadership goals. In 2012, she was honored by the American Cancer Society's Hudson Valley Region in appreciation for her leadership and dedication to helping create a world with more birthdays through volunteerism. She was also honored by Hospice, Inc. for her dedication to Hospice and to the Mid-Hudson Valley Community. In 2014, Ms. Cassese was recognized for her work to improve mammography screening rates for minority women in Dutchess County.
Ms. Cassese earned her Nursing Diploma from The Charles E. Gregory School of Nursing, a Bachelor's degree in Nursing from The State University of New York at New Paltz, and a Master's degree in Community Health from Sage Graduate School. She is the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties in New York’s Hudson Valley.