About the Founder

Barbara Baroff Kavanagh, MSW, LCSW

Barbara Kavanagh Headshot_2016Barbara B. Kavanagh, is the Founder and CEO of Arizona Myeloma Network (AzMN). She is a published author and has served as faculty for several universities including Boston University, Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, and Arizona State University. She holds a master’s degree in Social Work from Boston University and a bachelor’s from Duke University. Her first business, People to People Associates Inc., a counseling, consulting and training company, operated for fifteen years in Lexington, Mass.

AzMN is 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization started in 2004 by Barbara and her husband Jack who is a 26 year survivor of multiple myeloma. One year before their 501c3 cancer charity was founded, Barbara and Jack moved to Arizona to be closer to the Mayo Clinic for his ongoing treatments. In 2005, Barbara created the first Living with Myeloma Roundtable and Conference in Scottsdale, AZ, that now attracts more than 350 attendees annually. All AzMN programs are free and open to patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals, researchers, and anyone interested in the treatments and advancements of care for myeloma patients.

The Office of the Governor of Arizona recognizes Barbara Kavanagh’s work with a proclamation designating a week in March as “Arizona Myeloma Awareness Week.” Great Nonprofits has identified AzMN as a “Top-Rated Nonprofit” for several years now. Barbara, herself, continues to receive accolades and awards for her work. She is the recipient of the prestigious Hon Kachina Outstanding Volunteerism Award, The Phoenix Business Journal’s Healthcare Hero Award, the Arizona Rural Healthcare Association Volunteer of the Year award and the 2014 Arizona Business Magazine’s Healthcare Leadership Award for Community Outreach. She has been featured on radio, television, and in publications. More recently, she was profiled as a Woman of Distinction in the 2016 edition of WOD Magazine.

During the past 10 years, Barbara and her staff have developed and delivered over 75 cancer caregiver seminars throughout the State and have additional Cancer Caregiver Education Programs, CCEP©, scheduled in 2017. The seminars, offered at no cost to the public, provide caregivers of cancer patients and the patient’s team, the practical knowledge, skills, and strategies necessary for effectively caring for their loved ones, as well as themselves. CCEP© is now available as a customized program for companies and healthcare organizations who want to present the event for their employees, customers, clients, or patients.
She is currently working on her next book for Cancer caregivers, healthcare professionals, and the medical community:”Caring for the Cancer Caregiver”. This book will help others navigate the complex world of cancer. And, will share her own journey and those of the brave and dedicated caregivers she has met and learned from others over the years. Her books on volunteerism and patient advocacy include The New Volunteerism, A Community Connection; The New Partnership: Human Services, Business and Industry; and Training Volunteers in the New Millennium: An International Connection reflect a life dedicated to teaching and mentoring others to achieve their goals and transform their own lives and those they touch.


View Barbara’s article in the March issue of Women of Distinction Magazine by clicking here.