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Daniel P. Heist, CPA, is the director of the internal audit at Pennsylvania State University with 30 years of accounting, auditing, and management experience. As a key administrator member, Dan transitioned Penn state’s internal audit function towards a risk-based audit approach using enterprise-wide risk assessment and a consultative, customer service focus.

Dan has volunteered with the American Cancer Society since 1988 and has held leadership positions at every level of the organization, including service on the former East Central Division Board. Dan presently serves as chair of the American Cancer Society Board of Directors, having served as a member of the Board since 2009.

As a Board member, Dan has served on several committees including Audit, Compensation, Finance, Governance, Nominating, and Revenue and Marketing. He has also served on the Investment Sub-committee, the IT Audit Subgroup, and the Enterprise Risk Management Task Force.

Dan also served as a Director-at-Large for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Board of Directors and as a member of the Audit and Finance Committee from 2014-2017.

In honor of his dedication to our mission, Dan received the American Cancer Society St. George National Award in 2013.

Dan received his bachelors of science degree in accounting from Pennsylvania State University.

Most Recent Releases
Oct 17, 2019

A new American Cancer Society study links health insurance literacy with medical financial hardship as well as non-medical financial sacrifices among adult cancer survivors in the United States....

Oct 16, 2019

The Cancer Atlas, 3rd edition, a comprehensive global overview of cancer around the globe, concludes that progress in the fight against cancer is not only possible, but achievable. The report was...

Oct 10, 2019

The American Cancer Society (ACS) and Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) have selected two new promising projects to fund under a second partnership between ACS & MRA. The first grants funded...

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