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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
Apr 18, 2019

Castle Biosciences, Inc. and the American Cancer Society's newly formed philanthropic fund, BrightEdge, today announced that the fund's participation in a convertible note financing of Castle...

Apr 17, 2019

A new study reports that a type of cervical cancer that is less amenable to Pap testing is increasing in several subpopulations of women, pointing to the growing importance of human papillomavirus...

Apr 15, 2019

Some patients who died within one month of being newly diagnosed with metastatic cancer in the United States received ineffective surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and hormonal therapy according...

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