Leslie Hammersmith is Assistant Dean for Technology Enhanced Education at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. She has over 18 years of experience in higher education and faculty development in educational technologies. An 8-year breast cancer survivor diagnosed at the age of 36, Leslie is a graduate of several well-known Cancer Research Advocacy programs including Project LEAD, Research Advocacy Network, AACR Scientist Survivor Program, Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups, NCCTG, and DOD Breast Cancer Center of Excellence Research Advocate Mentor Program. She has held patient advocate roles with Carle Cancer Center in Urbana, IL and works closely with Young Survival Coalition on many cancer research projects, such as serving as a steering committee member of the ABOUT Network and participating in the YSC Research Think Tank. In 2009 Leslie co-founded the Champaign-Urbana Affiliate of Young Survival Coalition and continues to be active in YSC Face2Face Networking in her community.