Press Release | Aug 30, 2023

Expanding Reach and Strengthening Commitment: the Austin Hatcher Foundation Introduces New Staff

By Austin Hatcher Foundation
By The Austin Hatcher Foundation
Expanding Reach and Strengthening Commitment: the Austin Hatcher Foundation Introduces New Staff

The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer Enhances its Team with 3 New Hires and a Promotion

The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer is thrilled to announce the expansion of its team with the addition of three dynamic professionals, Rocco Mansueto, Megan Smith, and Thailinn Sandoval, alongside the promotion of Rachel Youngblood.

Rocco Mansueto: Guiding Families to Brighter Futures

Rocco Mansueto brings his expertise to AHF as the new Guidance Counselor. With a degree in Psychology from Cleveland State University and additional schooling in School Counseling from John Carroll University, Rocco's background uniquely equips him to address academic, college/career, and social and emotional needs of individuals, small groups, and the entire school community.

"I love how AHF attempts to meet the needs of ALL family members impacted by pediatric cancer,” said Mansueto. “Something about the depth of their services pulled me in."

Megan Smith: Building Community Connections and Sharing Hope

Megan Smith assumes the role of Program + Community Engagement Coordinator. A survivor of childhood cancer herself, she holds a degree in Psychology and Coaching from Limestone College. Smith's experience as a college lacrosse coach at Lee University and her personal connection with AHF's mission will drive her efforts to foster stronger community ties and raise awareness of the Foundation's programs.

"Being a part of the Austin Hatcher Foundation is an honor close to my heart," said Smith. "Through my journey, I've witnessed the Foundation's transformative impact, and now I look forward to sharing my story to empower others."

Thailinn Sandoval: Navigating Towards Hope and Healing

Thirdly, Thailinn Sandoval joins AHF as Patient Navigator, contributing to the Foundation's crucial support network. She extends a warm and comforting welcome to families upon arrival, making sure each family feels supported from the moment they step through AHF's doors. Sandoval is responsible for overseeing the patient intake process, ensuring that the necessary paperwork reaches families, especially when multiple family members are involved. She meticulously records all individual patient and family information, ensures that all documentation is accurately uploaded and organized, and helps with family programs daily.

“I love to see the impact that we as a team make everyday,” said Sandoval. “I love to see our families flourish!”

Rachel Youngblood, LMSW: Empowering Families Through Counseling

In a testament to growth within the organization, former Patient Navigator Rachel Youngblood steps into the role of Licensed Master Social Worker, having received her license in social work in January 2023. This promotion enables her to offer counseling services directly, further enhancing the Foundation's comprehensive support approach.

"At Austin Hatcher, we bridge the gap between empathy and empowerment," said Youngblood. "It's a privilege to work with such an inspiring community of individuals and families who are always finding new and creative ways to support one another. I'm grateful to learn and grow alongside this compassionate team of staff and clinicians who are dedicated to elevating the lives of the people we serve."

The Austin Hatcher Foundation’s mission is to erase the effects of pediatric cancer for entire families by providing essential specialized intervention beginning at the time of a child’s diagnosis and continuing through survivorship of the whole family. Families of the foundation are provided with services such as Mental and Behavioral Health Therapy, Occupational Therapy, NeuroPsych Testing, Grief Counseling, Family Programs and more at absolutely no cost to them.To learn more about the Austin Hatcher Foundation, visit today.