Cancer Hope Network’s executive director to step down

Cancer Hope Network announced Thursday Wanda Diak, its executive director, is stepping down after 22 years.

Under her leadership, the Chester-based network said, Cancer Hope Network has evolved to a patient-focused team of more than 400 volunteers and staff that serves clients throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Diak joined Cancer Hope in 1997 as part of a Loaned Executive program through AT&T. She turned a two-year volunteer project into a second career, the network said.

“Cancer Hope Network has been an opportunity to fulfill a promise I made to myself during a particularly dark time of treatment,” Diak said. “I swore that if I had a good outcome to my treatment, I would help others who are facing a similar diagnosis. As a support volunteer, I’ve been able to help nearly 300 clients. As executive director, I’ve been able to lead the team that’s facilitated more than 33,000 matches between cancer survivors, patients and caregivers.”

“Wanda has served with distinction and compassion,” Adam Weissenberg, board president, said. “For more than two decades, her leadership has helped Cancer Hope Network grow by leaps and bounds, building partnerships across the nation and developing innovative programs like TACT (Talking About Clinical Trials). She leaves big shoes to fill, but has positioned CHN to continue creating hope and connection for cancer patients and their loved ones.”

Diak will step down in December, the network said.