Melissa Lundquist2015 Rising Alumni

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Missy Lundquist has helped strengthen thousands of families by teaching them to face their cancer experience as a united front. As the co-director of the Angel Foundation’s family based programs, she leads the organization’s many programs for caregivers, cancer patients, and their family members. Additionally, Missy is the co-director and state representative for Minnesota’s chapter of the Association of Oncology Social Workers (AOSW), a national professional organization for the field. In this role, she brings together oncology social workers in Minnesota to collaborate and support each other in their organizations and professional connections.


Facing Cancer Together Program Co-Director
Angel Foundation

CEHD Degree

Ph.D., School of Social Work

Who has inspired you the most during your career?

I am continually inspired by the families I serve. Their fortitude in the face of this devious disease is truly remarkable. Additionally, I draw inspiration from the colleagues with whom I work, especially my co-director, Janice Haines. Each person at Angel Foundation is so passionate in their work and very committed to easing the burden of cancer on Minnesota families.

What's a good book you'd recommend to others?

I recommend Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee.

What skills are important to succeed as an emerging professional today?

There are three skills I find to be essential: the ability to be flexible, the ability to communicate effectively yet respectfully, and the ability to think critically about each aspect of your work.

What's your favorite memory from the University of Minnesota?

The faculty and staff at the School of Social Work were incredibly supportive. And I will always be extremely grateful for all the laughter I shared with the amazing women in my cohort.