About Us


Founder, Beth Mancini, is a melanoma survivor.  She was diagnosed in February of 2003 when she was pregnant with her daughter, Amelia.  She feels extremely fortunate that the nurse practitioner at the OB's office noticed she has a lot of moles.  When the CNP looked at her back, she said these simple words, "Do yourself a favor and get that one checked."  Had that CNP not been aware, Beth's kids could be without a mom.

Since Beth's diagnosis, she has dedicated herself to educating the community about the dangers of melanoma.  Melanoma is curable if caught early and steps can be taken to reduce the risk, but very few people are educated about it.  She has created Melanoma Education Initiative to provide education to the public so that more lives are saved.   

Elizabeth Mancini

Executive Director/Founder


Phone: (330) 322-7533

Our Projects


We help raise awareness in our community about the dangers of melanoma by:

  • Visiting middle schools with an eye-catching presentation that ends with an interactive game to test their knowledge and encourage participation.
  • Visiting high schools and colleges with a powerful and honest presentation which includes several videos most of which have first-hand accounts from survivors and families of deceased loved ones.
  • Attending local health fairs and other community events to distribute materials and teach the public about melanoma.
  • Participating in Health and wellness events to share our educational presentation and distribute educational materials.


We currently teach in a number of area schools and we are always looking to add more.  If you don't see your school listed, email us and tell us with whom we should speak to get a date scheduled!!


Schools Where We Currently Teach:


Northeast Ohio:

  • Barberton High School
  • Bolich Middle School
  • Center Middle School
  • Copley Fairlawn High School
  • Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy
  • Hudson High School
  • Hyre Middle School
  • Kimpton Middle School
  • Nordonia High School
  • Nordonia Middle School
  • Roberts Middle School
  • Saint Barnabas Catholic School
  • Solon High School
  • Stanton Middle School
  • Stow Munroe Falls High School
  • Strongsville High School
  • Theodore Roosevelt High School
  • Twinsburg High School
  • Westlake High School
  • Woodridge Middle School
  • Woodridge High School

Central North Carolina:

  • Heritage High School
  • Wakefield High School
  • Wake Forest High School

Our Board of Directors

Scott Mancini, Vice Chairman

Scott experienced first hand the trauma of a melanoma diagnosis when his wife, MEI Founder Elizabeth Mancini, was diagnosed in 2003.  Scott is the Benefits Director at a leading supplier of aggregates and heavy building materials He holds a BS in marketing from The Pennsylvania State University, an MBA in finance from Baylor University and several professional designations (CEBS, SPHR and ISCEBS Fellow).  He is father to two children, Amelia and Ethan and in his free time Scott likes to hike, kayak and spend time in the outdoors.

Peter Waitneight, Treasurer

Peter Waitneight is a two time melanoma survivor and father of three grown children and six grandchildren.  He is a retired financial executive who was Vice President and Treasurer of Sunoco Inc.  He has also been active in the nonprofit world, serving for nine years as Treasurer and member of the Board of Historic Sugartown Inc. a restored 19th century village in Malvern, Pennsylvania.  He earned a BA in economics at Princeton University and an MBA, finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Rebecca Soder, Secretary

Rebecca Soder lives in Hudson, Ohio with her husband, Matthew and daughters, Madelyn and Brooke.  Rebecca graduated from the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and is currently a pharmacist for Walgreens.  Although Rebecca does not have personal experience with melanoma, she was inspired by Elizabeth Mancini's enthusiasm for the cause and joined the Melanoma Education Initiative Board of Directors in 2011.  Rebecca also enjoys volunteering in Girl Scouts and is the leader of both her daughters' troops.

Jaclyn Goldberg Effron

Jaclyn Goldberg, CNP, is a board certified nurse practitioner with specialty training in dermatology. She became involved with Melanoma Education Initiative as a volunteer in 2011 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2013. In her daily practice at a specialized dermatology and skin surgery center, Jaclyn is committed to educating all of her patients about the importance of sun protection and performing monthly skin self-exams.  With her additional background in pediatric and adolescent medicine, Jaclyn is particularly dedicated to MEI's mission of educating youth about prevention and early detection of melanoma.

Carrie Young

Carrie is an eight year melanoma survivor and avid sunscreen wearer.  She has a decade of experience in television and is currently a producer at WJW-TV, the Fox affiliate in Cleveland.  Carrie graduated cum laude from Kent State University with a degree in broadcast journalism and a minor in writing.  While in college, she served as news director of the campus television station, TV-2.  Carrie now lives in Westlake with her two dogs, Elmo and Wrigley.  Besides raising awareness about the dangers of tanning, Carrie is also passionate about animals rights and serves on the Board of the Citizens Committee for the Lakewood Animal Shelter.

Angela Cogan

Angela was diagnosed with Stage I melanoma in August 2012 after having an assymetrical mole removed from her leg.  She feels strongly that her diagnosis is attributed to many trips to tanning beds and several blistering sunburns throughout her life.  The phone call from her dermatologist with a potentially deadly diagnosis was Angela's wake up call.  She is now able to educate her young son and husband about the importance of wearing sunscreen, sun protective clothing and knowing your skin.  Angela graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Communication Studies and now runs her own real estate appraisal company.  In her spare time she enjoys playing tennis, walking her dog and watching her son play ice hockey. 

Our Board of Directors October 2014: L to R, Peter Waitneight, Beth Mancini, Jaclyn Effron, Carrie Young, Scott Mancini and Rebecca Soder.
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