Stanford Cancer Institute Staff

Program Managers

Pamela A. Ratliff, M.P.A.

Ms. Ratliff’s professional experience and background in the field of cancer and public health spans several decades and includes the areas of program administration and management; cultural competency; clinical/patient care services; research (human resource management, mental health, cancer control, and CBPR); cancer information services; clinical trials education; and community outreach, education, and training. Her goal is to integrate issues of diversity, education, equity, and access into multi-level health care practice. Ms. Ratliff has been instrumental in the facilitation of several key partnerships between local community groups and organizations and SCI-CPP. She is actively involved in various coalitions addressing health disparities in the Greater Bay Area and is a founding member of the Bay Area Disparities Coalition (BAD-Co) where she serves as Co-Chair of its Steering Committee, as well as Chair of the group's Program Design and Outreach Operations Committee.  More Ms. Ratliff has received numerous special honors and awards in research, education, and community service, including being recognized by the California State Legislature for her exemplary work along with being a recipient of the 2014 Ladies in Red Women on Fire Award and one of only five health care professionals to receive the 2014 Excellence in Healthcare Award presented by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Pamela Ratliff holds a Masters in Public Administration degree with a concentration in Health Care Administration and Management from Louisiana State University and received her Bachelor's degree from the University of New Orleans. Following completion of her masters, Ms. Ratliff also studied Nursing at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Maryland. 


Rachel J. Mesia, M.P.H.

Ms. Mesia has been a staff member of the Stanford Cancer Institute since 2005, initiating her career in cancer control under the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Cancer Information Service (CIS). Her scope of work is shaped by the NCI's Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) 5 focus areas, with particular attention around health equity, community health, and social research. She provides leadership for the Cancer Clinical Trials Outreach and Patient Recruitment services, projects and activities. As Community Engagement Manager, she is also responsible for collaborations and capacity-building with community and research partnerships as well as the Stanford Health Care cancer grants program. Prior to Stanford, Ms. Mesia worked at the Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum’s HIV Capacity-Building Assistance Program. She was also a Health Educator, HIV Testing Counselor and Health Promotions Consultant for college student health centers. During her term on the California Family Health Council, Inc. Board of Directors, she brought attention to family planning and reproductive health concerns regarding young women of color.