Mallory Casperson

CEO + Founder at Cactus Cancer Society

I’m the CEO of Cactus Cancer Society (formerly Lacuna Loft). I have an MS degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During my Master’s and PhD, I worked with the Air Force Research Lab as well as NASA on high-temperature metal fatigue experiments and simulations. I left graduate school in August 2013 and launched a nonprofit, Lacuna Loft, in April 2015. Applying my love for engineering and technology to my nonprofit endeavor, I manage operations, programs, and development at Cactus Cancer Society where online support programs and resources are provided to young adult cancer survivors and caregivers in the comfort of their own homes. I am passionate about young adult cancer survivorship and the importance of the patient voice in healthcare. Cactus Cancer Society is the first nonprofit moving survivorship care for AYA cancer survivors into the realm of digital health making survivorship care accessible as never before.

I am an avid lover of animals, running, swimming, hiking, biking, being outside, reading, making things, and TV or movie marathons.

My nonprofit experience includes digital health strategy and implementation, strategic planning, program development and logistics, volunteer management, fundraising, creating unique solutions within the young adult cancer movement, and more.