About The Lewin Fund

The Lewin Fund to Fight Women's Cancers® is dedicated to combating the serious challenges facing one in three women and their families. 
Help us impact lives and effect cures.  Inspired by the vision of a courageous woman who battled gynecologic cancer, our fund is a leading nationally‑recognized public charity for ALL women with cancer.

Founded in 2014 by Dr. Sharyn N. Lewin, a renowned gynecologic oncologist and surgeon, the Lewin Fund strategically partners with innovative organizations and esteemed researchers from the global community.

Sharyn N. Lewin, MD

President and Executive Director

Sharyn N. Lewin, MD, FACS, is Founder and Executive Director of The Lewin Fund, responsible for the organization's operations and for setting its strategic vision. She is also the organization's chief ambassador, responsible for advancing The Lewin Fund's mission to invest in grassroots initiatives and research that directly support women who are afflicted with cancer and their families. She is a long-time advocate for women and women's health and brings more than 19 years of medical, research and community outreach experience to her role... More.

Board Of Directors

  • Andrew R. Ben-Ami

    Andrew R. Ben-Ami

    Assistant Secretary

    Andrew R. Ben-Ami is an attorney who has practiced for 32 years in the area of taxation. He has specialized in advising tax-exempt organizations, and written articles and spoken at conferences on issues for exempt organizations.

  • Ellen Kapito

    Ellen Kapito


    Ellen Kapito graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing. She has worked as an oncology nurse for numerous years in a variety of health care settings. Her expertise includes chemotherapy administration as well as medical and surgical oncology and clinical research. She was the Program Coordinator for the Woman to Woman Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Woman to Woman is a program that pairs gynecological cancer patients with trained volunteer survivors who provide peer-to-peer support and mentoring. Woman to Woman also promotes education and self advocacy for women.

  • William D. Levy

    William D. Levy


  • Phyllis G. Lewin

    Phyllis G. Lewin


    Phyllis G. Lewin received her Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Counseling from the University of Kansas in 1980. She has over 30 years experience in counseling. Her expertise includes counseling children and teens with cancer as well as other varied social, emotional, and physical disorders. Awards received include the 1997 Kansas Department of Education Distinguished Educator Award and the 2006 Rotary Educator of the Year for Lawrence, Kansas. She chaired several committees within the Lawrence Public Schools. She served as a board member for the Strategic Learning Center in Lawrence, Kansas.

  • Thomas J. Lewin

    Thomas J. Lewin


    Thomas J. Lewin received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University and served on the faculty at the University of Kansas from 1975 until retiring in 2015. He taught courses in qualitative research, interviewing, business history, and technological innovation in the public and private sectors. An instructional specialty centers on the evolution of multinational corporations, the management of their global technology, and the intricacies of privately-owned multigenerational family businesses.

  • Scott J. Mermel

    Scott J. Mermel


    Scott J. Mermel is a retired information technology and financial professional having worked most of his career marketing, selling and implementing business-to-business information technology software systems and related services. He earned his Bachelor and Master's degrees from MIT’s Alfred P. Sloan School of Management. He has worked with and for a number of companies implementing internal financial reporting and management systems and outward facing Internet, social media and marketing systems and programs. He has served on a number of non-profit organizations and corporate boards of directors, including a publicly traded corporation. Scott brings this expertise to the Foundation and will work with the Board to develop marketing awareness programs and technological oversight to substantially broaden the Fund's base of supporters and donors and increase its outreach.

  • Jack Newhouse

    Jack Newhouse


    Jack Newhouse received his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Duke University in 2001. He was Captain of the Duke University Swim Team. He is presently a Partner of Gator Trading Partners, LLC, where he has worked for the past decade. Gator Trading is a proprietary trading firm at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, whose focus is on trading metals, grains, and energy products.

  • John Newhouse

    John Newhouse


    John Newhouse received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Indiana University in 1968. He is presently the Chairman of Gator Trading Partners, LLC. Gator Trading is a proprietary trading firm at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange that focuses on trading metals, grains, and energy products. He was a Director of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange for 16 years. Prior to his financial career, he served in the United States Marine Corps from 1968 until 1972, obtaining the rank of Captain.