West Cancer Foundation Staff

Leighanne Soden

Executive Director

Leighanne came to West Cancer Center in 2012 to launch a philanthropic program. Prior to West, she was with the American Cancer Society. While with the ACS, she successfully directed a $9m capital campaign to build the Harrahs’ Hope Lodge in Memphis.

While working for the ACS, she met Dr. Lee Schwartzberg and saw first-hand the incredible work being done for adult cancer patients in Memphis. The rest is somewhat historical and the result is the West Cancer Foundation.

Losing her father to cancer in 2018 made the fight against and the drive to raise funds for cancer research and support a personal mission for Leighanne.

She earned her BA in Communications at The University of Alabama-Huntsville and MA in Communications from The University of Arkansas. She is a former President of Rotary Club of Memphis East, a Paul Harris Fellow and received an award from the American Cancer Society for the largest single gift for the Memphis area.

She is married to Jack Soden and resides in Germantown.

Keri Burnette

Manager, Operations & Donor Relations

Keri Burnette is the manager of operations and donor relations for West Cancer Foundation. In addition to handling day to day operations and working with donors, Keri also works with the Ride 2 Rosemary team of riders to assist with their fundraising efforts as well as other DIY fundraising events.​

Keri is originally from Minnesota but has made Memphis her home. Graduates of the University of Memphis, she and her husband Michael are long time season ticket holders for Tiger football. As a breast cancer survivor Keri is very passionate about the work we do here at West Cancer Foundation knowing what a difference it can make in one’s life.

Vivian Tyler

Coordinator, Community Outreach & Engagement

Vivian Tyler is the community outreach and engagement coordinator for West Cancer Foundation. She manages all of the organization’s outreach efforts and patient programs. ​

Vivian is originally from Arkansas but has made Memphis home for the past 20 years. Vivian earned her Bachelors Degree in Health Care Administration and Management from University of Phoenix. As an analytical and creative professional with over ten years of management and administrative experience and five years of hands-on healthcare and nonprofit experience, Vivian has dedicated herself to serving her community through outreach and engagement initiatives. Outside of work, Vivian enjoys reading and long walks with friends and family.


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