PCa Blue Board of Directors
John Lupton, IV
John Lupton represents individual and corporate clients in connection with investigations and enforcement actions by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Department of Justice (DOJ), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), state attorneys general and state regulatory agencies. A member of the Securities & Derivatives Enforcement and Regulatory, and White Collar: Government Litigation & Investigations practices, John has handled matters involving, among other things, alleged securities fraud; the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (FIRREA); the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA); investment adviser misconduct and broker-dealer misconduct.
In addition to his work on regulatory enforcement matters, John has significant experience conducting internal investigations. He also has experience counseling clients on a wide range of FCPA and anti-corruption compliance issues and has helped design and implement global compliance programs.
Recent representations include:
- Representation of an individual in SEC and FINRA enforcement actions concerning Puerto Rico closed-end funds.
- Representation of a wholesale broker-dealer and its employee in fraud investigations by the SEC, FINRA and a state securities agency.
- Representation of a major investment bank, as well as certain current and former employees, in RMBS-related investigations by the SEC, state attorneys general and the DOJ, Civil Division.
- Representation of a registered investment adviser in an SEC investigation of alleged violations of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.
Mark Williams, Treasurer
Mark Williams brings 32 years of experience to the Board of PCa Blue in international and commercial banking as well as real estate construction and development. Mr. Williams is actively involved in bringing photonic businesses to market and identifying prospective strategic purchasers for a boutique investment banking firm. He has provided management consulting services to various industries including manufacturing, bio-pharma and IT services.
Mr. Williams is an avid golfer and a member of Baltusrol Golf Club in New Jersey and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews. He received a BA from Franklin and Marshall College. Married to the former Dana Dowd, the Williamses live in new Jersey.
Ivy Ahmed, Secretary
Having been personally impacted by cancer in her family, Ivy Ahmed is proud to be an advocate for early detection, research, education and demystifying cancer care. Ms. Ahmed is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist and has worked in the cancer community for more than fifteen years. Her focus has always been leveraging health education as a tool for the improvement of the patient experience. The majority of her work has centered on developing and delivering educational and supportive programs throughout the oncology community
Currently, Ms. Ahmed is the CEO of PCa Blue, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending prostate cancer through education and awareness. She leads all aspects of the organization and works with the organization’s national spokesman, GRAMMY® Award-Winning Buddy Guy to connect the dots between prostate cancer and blues music. She is working to utilize best practices in public health and cancer advocacy to deliver valuable and life-saving messages in a way that creates lasting and impactful changes.
As Director of Patient Support Programs for ZERO-The End of Prostate Cancer she led all aspects of the organization’s patient education programming, patient support through case management and co-pay assistance. In this role, she developed the organization’s first full suite of educational materials which included print, online and live programs for men at risk of and diagnosed with prostate cancer. She oversaw the development and launch of ZERO 360, a case management program developed specifically for men with prostate cancer in partnership with the Patient Advocate Foundation and managed the co-pay assistance program which provided more than $183 million to 48,000 men living with advanced prostate cancer.
Previously, Ms. Ahmed led the patient education and cancer survivorship programs at the Cancer Support Community. While there she built the highly acclaimed Frankly Speaking About Cancer education materials and managed the impactful post-treatment survivorship program, Cancer Transitions. Before CSC, she worked as a health educator and case manager for the DC Department of Health’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (DC BCCEDP). The six years she spent in the DC Department of Health’s breast and cervical cancer screening program gave her first-hand community experience demonstrating early detection saves lives.
Ms. Ahmed completed both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Ms. Ahmed is passionate about health education as a vehicle for not only the dissemination of valuable and fair balanced clinical information but as the impetus for patient empowerment and engagement. With the appropriate educational tools, a person diagnosed with an illness can overcome barriers and be transformed from patient to active participant in their own health care discussions and take part in shared decision making with their healthcare team.
John M. Lupton founded PCa Blue and was the organization’s first CEO. He brought extensive experience in marketing, advertising and promotions as well as a life-long participation in politics to the formation of PCa Blue. John was a prostate cancer survivor and lost his battle to cancer to a sarcoma in his lungs March 30, 2017.
Prior to the formation of PCa Blue, Mr. Lupton co-founded the National Prostate Cancer Awareness Foundation, was Director of Development and Fundraising at Us TOO International, the oldest and largest prostate cancer education and support network in the world, and Executive Director of Ed Randall’s Fans for the Cure. Through his experiences in the prostate cancer field, John learned the importance of increasing the education and awareness about the risks and dangers of prostate cancer to men and their loved ones, even before they might be diagnosed.