Some of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Service Areas

The founder and chief executive officer of DMJ Consulting, Dawn Johnson of San Antonio has previous experience with USAA Marketing. Previously involved with the San Antonio-based charity Haven for Hope, Dawn Johnson currently serves on the board of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).

The world’s largest nonprofit health organization, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has been dedicated to curing leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma since 1949. Committed to educating and helping patients afflicted with blood cancers and their families, the organization divides its efforts into several focus areas: research, public policy, and patient services, among others.

Through therapy acceleration programs and the continued financing of academic research, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has expanded the realm of blood cancer research to include venture capitalists and pharmaceutical companies in addition to traditional academic collaborations and biotech partnerships. LLS also works to discover and increase outside funding for blood cancer research. For patients undergoing therapy, LLS strives to ensure they receive high-quality, well-coordinated treatments that are covered by insurance. The organization’s patient services are similarly designed to improve patient access to up-to-date therapies and trials.

LLS serves as a central resource for cancer information and services and is able to address the varied support needs of patients and their families. To date, it has invested over $1 billion in blood cancer research.

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The San Antonio Clubhouse – Helping Members Gain Independence

Currently the chief executive officer of the San Antonio-based executive-level business strategy firm DMJ Consulting, Dawn Johnson was previously with USAA Marketing. Involved in a number of charitable activities in and around the city, Dawn Johnson is a board member of the San Antonio Clubhouse and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Accredited by Clubhouse International, the San Antonio Clubhouse was founded in 2003 to serve as a supportive community for men and women diagnosed with mental illnesses. Through the community environment and the organization’s programs, members safely find independence, health, and wellness.

A key component of the San Antonio Clubhouse, the Center for Housing, Employment, and Education (CHEE) is both a resource for members seeking its services and a place of employment. Not only do members manage the inventory and the reception area, but they also clean the building, water plants, and collect clubhouse statistics. For job seekers, CHEE provides help in achieving employment goals.

Most members go through a three-step process to obtain independent employment. Beginning with highly structured transitional employment, members graduate to supported employment, which involves a more traditional interview and hiring process and less input from clubhouse staff. Independent employment may still involve clubhouse input, but members at that stage largely go through the process on their own.