Cancer Can Rock Board of Directors


Jim Ebert


Jim has been in the Recording world for 35 years. He has worked with a wide range of musicians, from Meredith Brooks; Madonna, Butch Walker, All Time Low to George Benson.

In 2001, Jim was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. After surviving the diagnosis, Jim started Cancer Can Rock to try and give a bit of hope and enjoyment to musicians fighting Cancer.

Now going on 18 years of survival, jim is firmly dedicated to Cancer Can Rock’s mission and results.


Rich Forsen


Rich came to Cancer Can Rock first as a consumer of great music at a benefit concert, then as a corporate sponsor through his company, Network Depot.

His sister, Rachel, succumbed to a long and courageous bout with cancer at age 38, and he had been looking for a way to combat cancer in a meaningful fashion.

Cancer Can Rock provides that avenue for application of business experience, devotion and love of music.


Amber Pannocchia


Amber has served DC-area musicians for nearly a decade as a music educator, arts administrator, and non-profit advocate. Amber’s diverse background in classical music, as well as a behind-the-scenes view of the studio recording process, provided her a unique perspective on the financial burden that pursuing a life in music can create.  At Cancer Can Rock, Amber has found a way to provide an honest and joyful experience for musicians and a way for them to leave music as a legacy to their loved ones at no cost to them.Cancer Can Rock’s mission hits especially close to home for Amber whose husband was diagnosed in 2019 with thyroid cancer.  She believes that even a temporary reprieve from the doctors’ appointments, treatments and uncertainty that surround a cancer diagnosis is something all musicians and their families deserve.


Jeff Brasfield


Having spent his formative years as a touring singer, guitarist and songwriter, Jeff Brasfield grew up with music in his soul. In a burgeoning music scene, Jim Ebert produced his first CD and provided a mentor/stabilizing role in Jeff’s development as a recording artist.

After spending two decades as an accountant, Jeff started his own small bookkeeping company and wanted an chance to “give back” to the musical community that had given him so much inspiration as a young adult. Noting that “There are so many great organizations that allocate resources towards cancer research, and so few that give cancer victims and survivors a legacy to remember” Jeff welcomed the opportunity to become Treasurer of Cancer Can Rock, an organization that he had followed and supported for years.
Jeff brings 25 years of tax, audit and accounting experience to Cancer Can Rock, with a focus on budgeting, planning and financial guidance for the organization.

Honorary Board Members


Mary-Louise Parker

Honorary Board Member

Mary-Louise Parker is an American actress. Best known for her lead role on Showtime’s television series Weeds portraying Nancy Botwin, she received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in 2006. Parker has appeared in films and series such as RED, RED 2, Fried Green Tomatoes, Boys on the Side, The West Wing, and Angels in America, for which she received a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Parker is also the recipient of the 2001 Tony Award for Best Actress for her performance in the Broadway play Proof.

Butch Walker

Honorary Board Member

Butch Walker is an American songwriter, performer and producer in Los Angeles, California. Along with having a successful solo career he has written and produced songs for artist such as Katy Perry, Pink, Avril Levine, Keith Urban, Taylor Swift, Weezer, Panic! At The Disco and Gavin DeGraw as well as many other notable artists. Before going out on his own, Butch was the lead vocalist and guitarist for the band Marvelous 3 and penned the hit single “Freak Of The Week.”

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