Leighanne came to West Cancer Center in 2012 to launch a philanthropic program. Prior to West, she was with the American Cancer Society. While with the ACS, she successfully directed a $9m capital campaign to build the Harrahs’ Hope Lodge in Memphis.
While working for the ACS, she met Dr. Lee Schwartzberg and saw first-hand the incredible work being done for adult cancer patients in Memphis. The rest is somewhat historical and the result is the West Cancer Foundation.
Losing her father to cancer in 2018 made the fight against and the drive to raise funds for cancer research and support a personal mission for Leighanne.
She earned her BA in Communications at The University of Alabama-Huntsville and MA in Communications from The University of Arkansas. She is a former President of Rotary Club of Memphis East, a Paul Harris Fellow and received an award from the American Cancer Society for the largest single gift for the Memphis area.
She is married to Jack Soden and resides in Germantown.
Manager, Operations & Donor Relations
Keri Burnette is the manager of operations and donor relations for West Cancer Foundation. In addition to handling day to day operations and working with donors, Keri also works with the Ride 2 Rosemary team of riders to assist with their fundraising efforts as well as other DIY fundraising events.
Keri is originally from Minnesota but has made Memphis her home. Graduates of the University of Memphis, she and her husband Michael are long time season ticket holders for Tiger football. As a breast cancer survivor Keri is very passionate about the work we do here at West Cancer Foundation knowing what a difference it can make in one’s life.
Manager, Development & Marketing
Jordan Walker is manager of development and marketing for West Cancer Foundation. In addition to responsibilities leading marketing and communications efforts, Jordan coordinates West Cancer Foundation’s signature fundraising events as well as other fundraising campaigns and initiatives.
Jordan is a native of Texas with a BS in Political Science from the University of Central Arkansas and has proudly called Memphis home since 2014. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Memphis and is an active volunteer for the Junior League of Memphis, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority.