Mary Beth Wilwerding, Executive Director

Hello, I am Mary Beth Wilwerding, RN, and I am the Executive Director here at Cancer Alliance of Nebraska. I am a graduate of the University of Nebraska, and received my nursing degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. My “calling” has always been to work with cancer patients, and my nursing career has always involved providing care and support to people with cancer. Cancer research has always been a focal point of my work, and I have been fortunate enough to have worked with CAN since the beginning in 1993.

We don’t get better at how we care for cancer patients if we don’t conduct research to find better ways to treat and ultimately cure cancer. I have been fortunate to have been involved in many clinical trials that have led to some of the cancer treatments we are currently using today. I trust that my experience in oncology nursing and as a research nurse compliment the organization mission and enhance cancer clinical trial participation in the communities we serve.


Erin Smith, Associate Director

Hi my name is Erin Smith and I am the Associate Program Director at Cancer Alliance of Nebraska. I have worked in clinical research since 2003 and began working with CAN in 2007. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management from Bellevue University. Prior to coming to CAN, I worked at Creighton University where I gained a wide array of clinical trial experience including pediatric infectious disease, pulmonary, cardiothoracic, and oncology.  It’s incredibly gratifying to work in a field where we know the work we do improves the quality of healthcare and benefits patients all over the world.


Khaliq Nasrati, Data Coordinator

I am Khaliq Nasrati. I was born in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. I completed my education up to college level in both Jalalabad and Kabul, Afghanistan. I came to the United States in 1991 and received my Master of Science degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1993.  I started in clinical research with UNMC in 1993, and began working with CAN in 2004.



Kim Wilwerding, Administrative Assistant

I am Kim Wilwerding, and I am the part-time Administrative Assistant here at Cancer Alliance of Nebraska. I have been with CAN since 2014, working in both regulatory and data management projects as well as filling in with support wherever I am needed. I have learned that research work is extremely detail-oriented, and I learn new information every day! I am here to help, so please feel free to reach out anytime.

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