Our Mission and Team


The National Canine Cancer Foundation funds are used for eliminating cancer as a major health problem in dogs through education, outreach and research. They also help save lives through prevention, finding cures, better treatments, more accurate cost effective diagnostic methods in dealing with cancer and diminishing dogs suffering from cancer.


One out of every three dogs will get cancer.  To help educate and raise awareness for every pet owner we have created one of the most comprehensive canine cancer libraries including the ten early warning signs of cancer in your pet.


Every event that the National Canine Cancer Foundation puts on, every page of our website and every product and email we send out is done to raise awareness of canine cancer.  The National Canine Cancer Foundations goal is to save dogs lives, educate and reach all dog owners, find new treatment and a cure for canine cancer.


The National Canine Cancer Foundation helps fund universities who are performing cutting edge research toward prevention, finding cures, better treatments, more accurate cost effective diagnostic methods in dealing with cancer and diminishing dogs suffering from cancer.

Organizational Staff

Gary D. Nice – Founder, Director, President and Chief Executive Officer

It was on January 14th, that I lost my beautiful Bailey, a loving Golden Retriever. It was three days after Bailey’s 8th birthday. I had to put Bailey to sleep because of an advanced case of cancer that caused him to go from a strong, active loving dog to a dog who looked at me with such eyes that said, please help me it is my time. I did not know there was anything wrong with him. He didn’t act any different until one day, his cornea was red and we found out he was hemorrhaging in his eye because his blood pressure was 238. A dog with a blood pressure of 200 is hemorrhaging. He could not see out of that eye and on days when the hemorrhaging was bad, he was completely blind in both eyes.

After several weeks of tests and medicine, an X-ray of Bailey lungs showed the cancer had metastasized. His X-Ray looked like a snowstorm. If I only had known of this earlier we may have been able to do something. So for the next month or so, we gave him as much love as possible and practically anything else he wanted. It was a time of spoiling him, loving him and crying, lots of crying. Anyone who knows me was aware of how special Bailey was to me. He was my heart dog. We did so much together and he gave everything he could to loving me and being my friend. I am still hurting from his loss. I don’t know if I will ever forget that moment when we put him to sleep, and I was holding onto him at the Vet’s, loving him, kissing him and telling him I am so sorry and then I felt him go limp in my arms.

When I found out that Bailey had cancer, I was devastated. I began trying to find somewhere or somehow to save him, even though they said it was at a very advanced stage and there was no hope. He was only 8 years old; he had so much of his life ahead. I found out how much work needed to be done to fight cancer in dogs and how many dogs were dying every day, many prematurely, to cancer. It was at this point that I swore to myself that I would dedicate the rest of my life, and resources, to finding a cure to these cancers that are killing our dogs. Since then we have lost two more of our goldens. Our sweet Ashby who I swear was more human than dog. You could just seem him thinking. He was only 9 years old. And our sweet, gentle Duncan who had the greatest face. When he looked at you, it always made you smile. We found out after he was gone how much of our lives and our other dogs lives were manage by him. He was our clock always telling us at 8am and 5 pm that it was time to eat. He was only 6 years old. We miss them all so much.

This is for you Bailey, Ashby, Duncan, Casey, Wrigley, Armani. Five dogs lost to Cancer in six years. Click here for Bailey’s Story.

Board of Directors

Gary D. Nice

See Organization Staff above

Sara Nice

Sara Nice is a member of the board of directors and one of the founders of the National Canine Cancer Foundation. Her qualifications include graduating with a BS degree in Radio/TV/Film from Texas Christian University. In 1996 she went to work for ERN Radio Network as a board operator and within two years was Director of Production, working with all the networks clients and stations. She moved on to work for Talk ONE as Director of Operations, her responsibilities included managing the network employees and working toward client satisfaction as well as production of the programming. In 2003, the marketing and promotion department was also put under her management. During this time, she has created marketing and promotion campaigns for several of Talk ONE’s clients ranging from health, finances to sports.

Bruce Schultz

Bruce has been showing dogs since 1971 and has been a professional dog handler since 1975. He is a member of the Professional Handlers Association since 1985, and a Board member since 1996. He is also a member and registered handler of the American Kennel Club, Handlers Association since 2002. He was awarded Top Male Dog Handler in 1990 and was nominated in 1987,1988,1989,1990. He has been featured on television on both ESPN and 60 Minutes.

Bruce has developed a renowned reputation as a Professional Handler, showing literally hundreds of dogs over a career spanning for more than 35 years, including 200 + Best In Show awards and a number of Group 1’s and group placements in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, televised each year.

A sample of career highlights:

German Shorthair owned by Dr Gary Stone and Carol Chadwick 1986-1988; the top winning German Shorthair of all time.

  • 150 Group 1’s and 49 BIS, National BISS
  • Two Time Group winner at Westminster Kennel Club

He has also worked judging at dog shows including:

  • Santa Barbara K.C. Match 2003,2004,20005
  • German Shorthair Pointer Club of America Top Twenty event 2003
  • Golden Retriever Review Futurity Stake, 2000
  • Southern California Beagle Club Sweepstakes 2000
  • Scottish Deerhound Club of America Western Regional Specialty Sweepstakes 1999
  • Federation Conofila Mexicana Show, Tournament of Champions, Mexico City, 1992
  • Kennel Club of Brazil, 1999


Elicia Calhoun

Elicia is a world renowned competitor and agility dog training who travels throughout the US, Japan, Europe and Australia hold seminars. Elicia personally started and funded the National Canine Cancer Foundations’ Suni Fund.  The Fund is named after her dog Suni, who was the reigning 2006 AKC 16″ National Champion who died of Hermangiosarcoma.

Elicia has also started and has maintained a chapter of the NCCF’s Suni Fund in Japan, Australia and Germany.

Keith Cameron

Keith has more than 18 years of business and marketing experience.  He has owned his own marketing and promotions business for the last 15 years, specializing in marketing, advertising, personal business consulting, and public relations.  He has developed marketing and advertising campaigns in numerous fields, ranging from the restaurant business to political campaigns to joint ventures with a wide variety of businesses. In addition, he has also created and run various sports promotions and charity events.

Keith teaches individual businesses how to generate additional income for their business by forming strategic alliances with other businesses in or out of their field.  He has also been a speaker at marketing seminars teaching business owners and individuals the art of joint venturing.

Mr. Cameron has also been an active board member of The South Bay Sensation, a Non- Profit organization, for over 10 years.  The South Bay Sensation allows for young athletes to compete in sports and helps them in their quest to receive collegiate scholarships.  Over 35 athletes have gone on to play collegiate ball on scholarship after participating in the The South Bay Sensation sports program. He has also coached high school sports for over 16 years.

Dottie Simmons Parham

Dottie has almost 35 years of direct marketing fundraising experience.  After seven years at Craver, Mathews, Smith and Company, where she spent the early years of her career learning and honing her fundraising and analytical skills, she moved to Arizona where she founded WFC Direct, the direct marketing arm of one of the Southwest’s leading advertising agencies.  She continued to raise money for local and national political and non-profit clients including Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Morris K. Udall and Scottsdale Center for the Arts.  She also expanded her resume to include commercial accounts such as Southwest Savings, Baker University, Blue Chip Computers and Trillium Telephone Systems.

Moving back to the East Coast in 1988, she worked as an independent consultant and also for several large fundraising agencies including OMP, where she progressed from Senior Analyst to Director of Integrated Marketing to Vice President.  She joined CELCO in 2001 as Vice President and is co-owner with Barbara Sims, President.

Given a background that includes both the “science” and the “creative” of non-profit fundraising, public relations and advertising, Dottie offers a mature numbers and marketing approach to meeting and exceeding our clients’ goals and challenges.  In recent and previous years, her disciplined and aggressive approach to new member acquisition helped her clients such as the American Civil Liberties Union, Oxfam America , Natural Resources Defense Council, Greenpeace USA and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF significantly grow their membership, while improving their net income and strengthening their long-term fundraising and communications strategies.

Dottie attended Elon University 1972-1974, located in Elon, North Carolina.  She lives with her husband, Alan, and Gracie and Lucy, the Labrador Retrievers.  Dottie works full time for CELCO from her future “mountain/retirement” home in Asheville, NC or her current home in Homewood, Alabama.  In her spare time, she is happiest just about any place outdoors with her two beloved pups or cheering on the Redskins from Fed Exp field.

Scientific Advisory Board

The Scientific Advisory Board is made up of individuals holding a D.V.M, M.D., or Ph.D. They are all successful and highly regarded researchers in a variety of disciplines including, but not limite,d to veterinary researchers, geneticists, and molecular and other biological scientists.

Jaime F. Modiano, V.M.D., Ph.D.
Perlman Professor of Oncology/Comparative Medicine
University of Minnesota
College of Veterinary Medicine and Masonic Cancer Center

Dr. Jaime F. Modiano is from from Mexico City, where he graduated from the baccalaureate program at Colegio Columbia. He did undergraduate work in Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX for three years before moving on to veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his veterinary training and PhD in Immunology at Penn, followed by a residency in Veterinary Clinical Pathology at Colorado State University, and a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine. He was appointed to the faculty in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology at Texas A&M University as Assistant Professor between 1995 and 1999. Dr. Modiano returned to Denver, CO in 1999 where he remains as a Senior Scientist at the AMC Cancer Center, Associate Professor of Immunology, and Full Member of the Cancer Center at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. His research program is supported through federal and private sources. Dr. Modiano has co-authored more than 40 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, and over 80 abstracts, presentations, and book chapters focused on various aspects of immunology, cancer cell biology, the genetic basis of cancer and applications of gene therapy

Board Member
Dr Michael S. Kent
Assistant Professor 
Center for Companion Animal Health (CCAH)
Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of California, Davis

Dr. Michael S. Kent graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. He then went on to do a small animal internship at the University of Pennsylvania, where his interest in oncology developed. After working for a year in private practice in Pennsylvania he went on to do residencies in both Medical and Radiation Oncology at the University of California at Davis. Dr. Kent was then hired as an Assistant Professor at the same university. Dr. Kent is board certified diplomate in Medical and Radiation Oncology. To receive further training he enrolled in an NIH sponsored two year Mentored Clinical Research Training Program. He is currently director of the Medical Oncology Residency program at the school. His current research interests include the modulation of the radiosensitivity of melanoma, and innovative therapeutics for lymphoma and Osteaosarcoma.

Board Member
Dr. Kim Selting
Assistant Teaching Professor
Veterinary Oncology
University of Missouri

A native of Colorado, Dr. Kim Selting completed her undergraduate and veterinary studies at Colorado State University.  Following a one year rotating small animal internship in medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center, she then moved to St. Louis.  There Dr. Selting spent one year in emergency work and 3 years in small animal private practice.  She then returned to the Colorado State University Animal Cancer Center to pursue a residency in medical oncology.  At the completion of this training, Dr. Selting had earned a Master’s degree and was board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in the specialty of Oncology.  Dr. Selting then joined the faculty at the University of Missouri and has remained there since 2002.  Professional clinical and research interests include biomarkers of cancer and chemotherapy toxicity, novel chemotherapy drugs and treatments, and more recently inhalant chemotherapy and exhaled breath condensate evaluate in the monitoring and treatment of primary and metastatic lung cancer.  Past professional roles include President of the Veterinary Cooperative Oncology Group, member-at-large for the Veterinary Cancer Society, and Chair of the Oncology Certifying Examination Committee.  She is currently pursuing specialty certification in Radiation Oncology.

Board Member
Dr. Nicola Mason
Assistant Professor of Medicine & Pathobiology 
University of Pennsylvania

Nicola Mason graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 1992 and spent a year in private small animal practice. She performed a small animal internship at the University of Bristol and then an internal medicine residency at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine.  She became a member of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1998.  She earned her PhD in Immunology from the University of Pennsylvania and spent several years as a post doctoral research fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Carl June at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine. She joined the faculty of the Veterinary School at the University of Pennsylvania in 2006. Her research focuses on understanding the pathophysiological mechanisms involved in canine lymphoma and identification of tumor associated antigens that may be targeted by the immune system. She holds the Pamela Cole Chair in Companion Animal Medicine, is an Associate Director of the Mari Lowe Center for Comparative Oncology and is the Director of the PennVet Tumor Tissue Bank.