The Board of Directors for the Cancer Support Foundation and Donald W. Reynolds Cancer Support House is pleased to announce Melissa Shaw Sikes as the new Executive Director.
Sikes earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and Master of Public Administration, Executive Healthcare Administration from the University of Texas at Tyler.  She previously worked as Program Director for Healogics, Inc. at Baptist Health Wound Center and has non-profit leadership and fundraising experience with the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Sikes said “My career in healthcare, including non-profit organizations, has been very rewarding.  My experience in leadership at multiple non-profit organizations has taught me the importance of patient support organizations and the necessity for community philanthropy.
Sikes is a Fort Smith native and graduate of Southside High School, finding her way back home 3 years ago.   “It’s been a wonderful homecoming.  I am delighted to be back home with family and friends,” Sikes said. She is a member of the Fort Smith Museum of History, P.E.O. Chapter BD, Hardscrabble Garden Club and St. John’s Episcopal Church.

The Cancer Support Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1978 and funds the Donald W. Reynolds Cancer Support House whose mission is to provide cost-free programs and services to cancer patients in the river valley and to provide cancer awareness education programs to the community.