ACS CAN has volunteer action teams in over 400 communities across the nation. And they are filled with people just like you - ordinary Americans who are ready to dedicate a little bit of their time to fight against cancer.
Our highly organized volunteer program provides you access to trainings, tools and resources to amplify your voice and your impact. And, you get to do it with other volunteer advocates in your community who care just as much as you do.
In Rhode Island, our volunteer program is led by four passionate volunteers that care deeply about reducing the burden of cancer in the Ocean State.
Ryan Strik, State Lead Ambassador
Our State Lead Ambassador is the lead volunteer in the state. This volunteer plays a large role in the outreach to federal and state elected officials, recruiting and cultivating new volunteers, managing and mentoring the ACT Leads and serving as a spokesperson for ACS CAN.
Ryan Strik is a Junior at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island studying Politics & Law, Communications and Business Administration. After he graduates, Ryan hopes to use his degree to work in the government or nonprofit sectors. In addition to working at Button Hole, a non profit golf course and instructional facility in Providence, Ryan is a former intern of the Rhode Island State Government, and the Office of U.S. Senator Jack Reed. In February of 2017, Ryan attended his first volunteer meeting with ACSCAN RI and became deeply interested in the work being done. Not long after, he became a Legislative Ambassador, a position he would hold until moving to the Vice-State Lead Ambassador position this past March. His interest include general politics, policy and writing.
Joyce Dolbec, Ambassador Training Program Lead
The Ambassador Training Program Lead is responsible for assisting in training the new ambassadors that join the Rhode Island volunteer program.
Joyce Dolbec has been a volunteer for the American Cancer Society since 1982. She served as our first State Lead Ambassador when the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network was eastablished in 2005, and has played a vibrant and critical role in the Rhode Island team ever since. Joyce has received too many awards to list along her journey, most notably the American Cancer Society St. George National Award, the Society's most prestigious volunteer honor. She plays an active role in the health community in Rhode Island, and brings with her to the organization an extensive knowledge of cancer control and health issues. Joyce now serves as the Ambassador Training Program Lead for Rhode Island, helping to guide the newcomers to the team with all of the advocacy knowledge that she has gained over the years.
Ambassador Constituent Team Leads
The Ambassador Constituent Team (ACT!) Leads are the key volunteer contacts for the member of Congress in their district, working with their SLA to recruit volunteers and manage and mentor their team. They also serve as the spokeperson for ACS CAN in their district in conjunction with the State Lead Ambassador.
Robert Bailey V, District 1 ACT! Lead
Robert was diagnosed with cancer in June of 2015, and as a recent survivor he now serves as the District 1 Ambassador Constituent Team lead. He has been a lifelong resident of Providence, RI and is a loving husband and father of two. Robert is a seasoned volunteer in the Providence community with experience at the YMCA, Mt.Hope Neighborhood Association and the Paul Cuffee School.
Karen McCahey, District 2 ACT! Lead
Karen is a loving wife and mother of two children. She became involved with ACS CAN after she was diagnosed with Stage 2 Invasive Lobular Breast Cancer in February of 2016. As a survivor, she has been taking steps to, in her words, "reclaim her life" and find what she calls her "new normal." We are lucky that one of the steps she has taken is to play a very active role in the Rhode Island ACS CAN volunteer team. Her work as the District 2 Ambassador Constituent Team Lead at ACS CAN has become a huge part of this "new normal."