Our Team

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Jim Coghlin
Founder & Chief Volunteer

Jim Coghlin is a businessperson, philanthropist, community activist and passionate advocate for improving cancer survival rates through early detection. He is a third-generation business owner who has transitioned the business to the fourth generation, allowing him to focus on expanding the reach of DetecTogether in order to enhance and save more lives. Jim has a BSBA from Nichols College and is the recipient of many honors and awards for his business accomplishments, charity and community work.

Through his involvement in fundraising for cancer causes over many years, Jim learned that education was needed to address the issue of delayed diagnosis of cancer. The life-saving benefits of detecting cancer early are so clear, but no organization was teaching people what they needed to know. Jim and his family founded DetecTogether to proactively teach the public and empower them to recognize cancer symptoms and act in a timely way. “I truly believe that health is a gift. Every one of us can help improve cancer survival rates by changing the cancer conversation and empowering earlier detection. If it is to be, it is up to us!”


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Tricia Scannell Laursen
President & Executive Director

Tricia joined the team soon after Jim shared the impact of delayed diagnosis on cancer survival rates with her in 2009. She is a strategic thinker whose career spans 30 years of leadership roles in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Her experience and emphasis on continual improvement to inspire change has played a significant role in the growth of DetecTogether. Tricia has a BS from Bentley and an MBA from Clark University. The impact of delayed diagnosis has cost members of Tricia’s family and friends their lives. “I don’t want anyone else to lose loved ones to a delayed diagnosis. Early cancer detection is a life-saving advantage that all deserve.”


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Susan Cyr

Susan is a seasoned administrator who has worked for engineering and manufacturing companies. Her extensive event planning experience has contributed to fundraising success for DetecTogether, as well as for other organizations for which she volunteers. Susan’s inspiration and dedication to the cause is personal. “I am involved with DetecTogether because I want to honor the memories of dear family members who could have been empowered by 3 Steps Detect education. Having been involved with the organization from the very start, it is rewarding to see the progress we have made toward improving cancer survival rates, with the ultimate goal, of course, of putting ourselves out of business!”


Jillian Andrews
Vice President of Development & Corporate Relations

Jillian served as a key player in fundraising campaigns throughout the Boston and Los Angeles areas. Her creativity and entrepreneurial mindset has earned her much success in the non-profit sector. She’ll leverage these skills to support DetecTogether’s mission and expand relationships with organizational stakeholders. She has a BA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. “Witnessing first-hand the impact cancer has had on my family and friends’ lives reiterates for me the importance of DetecTogether’s mission — early detection works and can impact a cancer diagnosis outcome.”


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Alicia D’Agostino
Educational Trainer & Business Development Associate

Since joining DetecTogether, Alicia has primarily focused on training, curriculum development and instructional design. Very often, Alicia is on the road bringing 3 Steps Detect to firehouses, schools, corporations and community organizations. She has a BS from Southern New Hampshire University. Alicia’s passion for work is personal. “Losing my father to cancer had a strong impact on me as a teenager, and it has been so meaningful to be part of an organization that teaches a proactive approach to the fight against cancer.”


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Jan Fountaine
Donor Services Manager

Jan joined the team in June 2015 bringing both her passion for building customer relationships and her database management skills from her experience in the insurance and medical benefit industry. She has a BA from the University of New Hampshire. Jan says, “We have the power to make a difference and people need to know how! Early detection education is a vital piece of the equation in fighting cancer. Our lives and the lives of our family and friends are too precious not to learn and use 3 Steps Detect.”


Amy Kotsopoulos
Creative Director & Web Designer

Amy brings 30 years of experience in marketing and communications to the DetecTogether team. Working in higher education at the College of the Holy Cross and Boston College, she planned and executed successful integrated marketing campaigns, as well as numerous brand and website re-designs. Amy has a BA from Clark University, a MS from Boston University and graduate certificates in digital multimedia and web design. “Having experienced both sides of the early/late cancer diagnosis coin in my own family, I can attest to the life-saving advantage of early detection.”


Heather Maykel
Director, Partnership &
Program Development

Heather has over 25 years of experience in marketing, product development and training in corporate and nonprofit organizations. She’s worked with DetecTogether team members to enhance the training programs and materials for all audiences. In her current role, Heather creates partnerships to further disseminate 3 Steps Detect in the work place as a wellbeing benefit. She also forms strategic alliances with organizations who can further DetecTogether’s mission to save lives through early cancer detection education. Heather has a BA from Tufts University and an MEd from Boston University. “I believe in the power of early detection. People just need to know how to recognize symptoms and when to seek help. 3 Steps Detect teaches this.”


Kate McCarthy
First Responder Education Program Manager

Kate worked for several years in Worcester-area nonprofit organizations before joining the team at DetecTogether. In her work at DetecTogether, Kate draws on all of those experiences. She has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and teaching from Worcester State University. “Early cancer detection can save lives! Knowing how to pay attention to your health and how to self-advocate are important life skills, and I am proud to be a part of delivering this education. It’s an important mission.”


Nicole Piorkowski

Nicole joined the team in 2022 with more than 15 years of experience in business operations and healthcare administration. Nicole holds a BA in healthcare management and is a licensed realtor. Nicole volunteers for advocacy and mentorship organizations in Massachusetts and beyond. Her passion to help and empower others led her to joining the DetecTogether team. “Having family who have had both early and late diagnoses in cancer, I have seen what a game changer an early cancer diagnosis can be.”


Sara Port
Associate Director, Communications & Engagement

Before joining the DetecTogether team, Sara worked for two decades in higher education where she managed enrollment, alumni events and development marketing efforts. Sara has a BA from the College of the Holy Cross and a MA in Communications from Suffolk University. “As it is for many people, cancer is part of my family’s story. I have seen the life-saving power of early detection first-hand, and I am passionate about empowering others through the incredible work of the DetecTogether team, to take control of their own health.”