Mallory Casperson - Chief Executive Officer

Mallory is the Founder + CEO at Lacuna Loft. She has an MS degree and half a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During her Master’s and PhD, she worked with the Air Force Research Lab as well as NASA on high-temperature metal fatigue experiments and simulations. Leaving graduate school in August 2013, Mallory worked for a year to launch Lacuna Loft in April 2015. Applying her love for engineering and technology to a nonprofit endeavor, she manages operations, strategy, and development at Lacuna Loft where online support programs and resources are provided to young adult cancer survivors and caregivers in the comfort of their own homes. She is passionate about young adult cancer survivorship and the importance of the patient voice in healthcare. Lacuna Loft is the first nonprofit moving survivorship care for AYA cancer survivors into the realm of digital health, making survivorship care accessible as never before.

Aerial Donovan - Chief Program Officer

Aerial is excited to join the Lacuna Loft staff. She has spent the last couple of years as the VP of Programs at GRYT Health where she dedicated her time to helping the cancer community learn about resources, education about patient rights, and encouraging engagement among peers.  Aerial has experience coordinating educational, psychosocial, and community programs.  She has a science background with specialized interests in sports medicine and medicine.  Aerial is passionate about ensuring not only patients get the support system they need, but caregivers, advocates, and others affected by cancer as well.  After caregiving for her dad, she is determined to continue that support on through the end of treatment.  She has experience volunteering with several cancer organizations including Imerman’s Angels, Stupid Cancer, and previously with Lacuna Loft.

Guest Faculty

Jean Rowe, LCSW, OSW-C, CJT

Jean is guest faculty of several programs for Lacuna Loft. Her background includes 15 years in the oncology space primarily working with young adults affected by breast cancer. Jean’s original programs include themes around reclaiming intimacy after cancer, addressing burnout and compassion fatigue, journal drop-ins to temper the triggers of everyday life and coping through the holidays. Grounded in all of them is the importance of self-care. She is honored to work with Lacuna Loft and all whom they serve. You can connect with Jean here or at