George Larry Maxwell
George Maxwell is the founder of Globe-athon, chairs Globe-athon’s board, and is a board-certified Gynecologic Oncologist and Obstetrician and Gynecologist. He had a distinguished career as Colonel in the U.S. Army from 1991 to 2011. Following his retirement from the U.S. Army in 2011, he joined Inova Fairfax Hospital as Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In this role he oversees over 200 OB-GYN and subspecialty groups, manages six hospital-owned community practices, and serves as the senior medical officer for the Inova Women’s Hospital. Since 2011, Dr. Maxwell has served as the co-Director of the Department of Defense (DOD) Gynecologic Cancer Translation Research Center of Excellence, a consortium of multiple investigative teams working to identify molecular alterations associated with gynecologic cancer and facilitating the development of novel early detection, prevention, and treatment strategies for the management of these diseases. Since 2013 Dr. Maxwell has served as Executive Director for Women’s Services at Inova Medical Group and since 2015, has served as Assistant Director of Translational Science at the Inova Schar Cancer Institute. Dr. Maxwell has authored over 130 publications and received numerous national research awards by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as well as the Society of Gynecologic Oncology. Dr. Maxwell has also demonstrated a passion for cancer advocacy and is one of the founding members of the Foundation for Women’s Cancer National Race to End Women’s Cancer, where he serves as member of the Foundation for Women’s Cancer Board of Directors.
Dr. Maxwell explains that “Globe-athon is an effort to End Women’s Cancers, we’re not exclusive of breast cancer organizations we have an emphasis on gynecologic malignancies. Cancers below the belt have not had a lot of discussion and we want to change that dynamic. We’ve recognized that working independently we can achieve a lot but working together, we can empower ourselves not only to better serve our patients but to better communicate these issues to our governments and policy makers”. When asked if ending women’s cancers is possible and what the steps are, he noted that the “steps are educating the public, getting them to embrace preventative measures, particularly with cervix cancer is educating people to receive the vaccine. Even in the U.S. where you have the vaccine available to most everyone only about 35 percent of the population has been vaccinated at young ages. It’s not just having the resources, it’s having the program, the leadership in the country at the physician level, at the advocacy level, the public health level to make that opportunity a success”. His message is “listen to your body and act on anything that’s abnormal”.
Dr. Maxwell received his B.A. in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 1987 and his M.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1991.
Jennifer Ashton is a board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist, author, and TV medical correspondent. She began her television career in 2006 as a Fox News Channel medical contributor. She regularly appeared on The Learning Channel’s (TLC) A Baby Story, on PBS and in 2009 was a medical corresponded for CBS news where she regularly appeared on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric and The Early Show. In 2012 she joined ABC news as Senior Medical Contributor where she appeared in Good Morning America and in 2015 was named Chief Women’s Health Correspondent for ABC News. In 2013, she was named co-host of The Doctors show and in 2016, she joined the Dr. Oz Show as the first-ever Chief Women’s Health Contributor.
Dr. Ashton also practices as a board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist in Hygeia Gynecology in New Jersey, her private practice which she founded in 2008. She is drawn to primary care issues affecting women and explains, “I feel like being a female OB/GYN is like being captain of a great sisterhood team! There is so much that a woman goes through that I can say, “I know exactly how you feel.” Her career in medical media has allowed her the unique opportunity to spotlight Women’s Health issues in a way that brings attention to both the field of medicine and her specialty, in a significant and powerful manner.
Dr. Ashton received her B.A. in Art History from Columbia College in 1991, her M.D. from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2000, and her M.S. in Nutrition from Columbia University in 2013.
Curtis Coy is the Vice Chair of Globe-athon. He had a distinguished career as a Surface Warfare and Supply Corps Officer for the U.S. Navy, from 1971-1994. He then joined Pricewaterhouse Coopers as a senior Managing Consultant from 1994-2000. For the next 11 years he was a senior executive at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) where he held key senior leaderships roles; from 2000 to 2002, he was Director of the Programs Support Center – a $500 million fee-for-service organization; from 2002 to 2009, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Administration for Children and Families; in 2010, hew was Deputy Director in the Office of Acquisition and Grants Management for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; and in 2011 he was Deputy Commissioner for the FDA. In 2011, he was appointed as Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In this role, he oversees programs that work collectively to assist Veterans in achieving personal and economic success, including education benefits (GI bill), vocational rehabilitation and employment for wounded warriors and disabled veterans, loan guaranty service (VA Home Loans), Veterans transition and employment programs, and VBA collaboration with Department of Defense programs. His late wife passed away from ovarian cancer that led his involvement with Globe-athon.
Curtis Coy received his B.S. in Management from the United States Naval Academy in 1975, and his M.S. in Acquisition and M.S. in Logistics from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. in 1984.
Michael C. Wholley
General Michael C. Wholley is secretarial treasurer of Globe-athon. He had a distinguished career of public service as United States Marine Corps Brigadier from 1966 to 1996. After retiring from the military, he served as Executive Director of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, a non-profit charity providing college scholarships to children whose parents were killed or wounded on active duty. As a former scholarship recipient, he believed in the foundation’s support to advance youth’s education and from 1996-2003 was dedicated to fundraising for the foundation instead of practicing law. In 2004, he joined NASA as General Counsel.
General Michael C. Wholley received his B.A. Degree in History and Literature from Harvard University in 1966 and J.D. degree from the University of Virginia Law School in 1977.