2016 Breast Health Quality Symposium Featured Guests

Keynote Speaker

Harold P. Freeman, MD

Plenary Speakers

Natalie S. Burke
Bonita Pennino, MS

Concurrent Session Speakers and Presenters

Kim Oanh Cook, MSW, LICSW
Barbara Eldridge, MBA, PA-C
Regina M. Hampton, MD, FACS
Susan Harvey, MD
Wendy Hernandez
Elizabeth Franklin Hoffler, MSW, ACSW
Mary Jane Joseph, RN, BC, CPHQ
Nneka J. Madu, MPH
Marie Teresa Ofong, MA
Lily O. Otolorin, MD, MBA, HMDBC, FACP
Sarah Raskin, PhD, MPH

Breast Health Quality Consortium Honorees

Award for Excellence in Community Leadership: Regina M. Hampton, MD, FACS
Award for Excellence in Community Collaboration: Community Radiology Associates
Breast Health Quality Consortium Award Presenter: Andrea Roane


Keynote Speaker

Harold P. Freeman
CEO, President and Founder, Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute
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ounder, past President and Chairman Emeritus of the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention

headshot_harold-freemanHarold P. Freeman, M.D., is CEO, President and Founder of the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute in New York, New York. Dr. Freeman is Emeritus Professor of Surgery Columbia University. For twenty five years (1974–1999), Dr. Freeman was Director of Surgery at Harlem Hospital in New York. During that time he held the position of Professor of Clinical Surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Freeman is Founder, past President and Chairman Emeritus of the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention. Dr. Freeman was Founding Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities for a five year period ending in 2005. During that time period, he served as Associate Director of the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Freeman is a diplomat of the American Board of Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Freeman is the Founder and Medical Director of the Breast Examination Center of Harlem, a program of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, since 1979.

Dr. Freeman was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1997. Dr. Freeman served as national president of the American Cancer Society from 1988-1989. He was the chief Architect of the American Cancer Society’s initiative on Cancer in the Poor and is a leading authority on the interrelationships between race, poverty, and cancer. The Society established the “Harold P. Freeman Award” in 1990 to recognize his work in this area. This award is presented annually by American Cancer Society divisions throughout the U.S. to individuals and organizations which have made outstanding contributions to the fight against cancer in the poor.

Dr. Freeman pioneered the Patient Navigation concept and model which addresses disparities in access to treatment, particularly among poor and uninsured people. This program is designed to assist medically underserved patients in navigating their way through a complex health system by overcoming barriers to timely diagnosis and treatment of cancer and other diseases. The success of Dr. Freeman’s “Patient Navigation Program” has led hundreds of other health care organizations to develop patient navigation programs. Based on this model the Patient Navigator and Chronic Disease Prevention Act was signed into law by President Bush in June 2005. In 2012 the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer made patient navigation a required standard of care for cancer center approval.

Dr. Freeman is past chairman of the President’s Cancer Panel, to which he was appointed for four consecutive three-year terms, first by President Bush in 1991 and subsequently by President Clinton in 1994, 1997 and 2000.

As a graduate of Catholic University of America, Dr. Freeman received the Harris Award for “Outstanding Scholar, Gentleman, and Athlete.” He was inducted into the Athlete’s Hall of Fame of the University. Honorary Doctor of Science degrees have been awarded to Dr. Freeman from Albany Medical College, Niagara University, Adelphi University, and Catholic University of America. He was also awarded the University of California at San Francisco Medal. Dr. Freeman is a Lasker Laureate, having received the Lasker Award for Public Service “for enlightening scientists and the public about the relationships between race, poverty and cancer.”

Other selected awards include: the American Cancer Society’s Medal of Honor; the Centers for Disease Control Foundation’s Champion of Prevention Award; the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Special Recognition Award; the Avon Breast Cancer National Leadership Award; the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer National Foundation’s Betty Ford Award; Dorothy Height Life Time Achievement Award; the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) “Public Service Award” at the Centennial Meeting of the AACR in 2007; the American Psychosocial Society Distinguished Public Service Award; the National Institutes of Health Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Contributions as Chairman of the President’s Cancer Panel (1991-2002); Giant in Cancer Care Award 2015, recognizing individuals who have achieved landmark success within the field of oncology, presented by the Intellisphere Oncology Specialty Group; and the Lifetime Achievement Award 2016, presented by the American Foundation of the University of the West Indies.

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Plenary Speakers

Natalie S. Burke
President and CEO, CommonHealth ACTION

Natalie Burke provides leadership for all aspects of CommonHealth ACTION. A relationship specialist and expert facilitator, she builds and sustains successful, long-term interactions with leaders and innovators across many sectors.  Her public health and health care experience includes technical assistance and capacity building for national entities including Kaiser Permanente and Cummins, Inc.—as well as federal, state, and local governments. Prior to co-founding CommonHealth ACTION in 2004, Ms. Burke was in executive leadership at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) in Washington, DC where she managed the National Turning Point Initiative.

A graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in Government and Politics, Ms. Burke conducted federal health policy analysis at the National Health Policy Forum and was on staff at the National Institutes of Health. She has been selected for numerous national fellowships including the Emerging Leaders in Public Health Fellowship (jointly hosted by the University of North Carolina’s Schools of Business and Public Health) and New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service Lead the Way Fellowship for visionary and entrepreneurial leaders in the nonprofit sector.

Committed to the health and well-being of all people, Ms. Burke views health as the product of complex interactions amongst systems and factors such as education, employment, environmental conditions, access to technology, housing, transportation, and health care.  Throughout her career, she has sought to understand the root causes of ill-health including the delicate balance amongst genetics, personal health behaviors, and the systems and institutions that provide the contexts within which we live our lives and make our decisions.  That understanding guides her work with corporate and community leaders whose decisions produce health through will-building and perspective transformation.

Currently, Ms. Burke serves as co-Director of the Multisector Leaders for Health National Program Center, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; she is a member of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Equity Advisory Group; she serves on the Ventures Advisory Group for ReThink Health; and Ms. Burke is a member of the NationSwell Council.

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Bonita Pennino, MS
Government Relations Director for the District of Columbia and Maryland, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

headshot_bonita-penninoBonita Pennino is currently the Government Relations Director for the District of Columbia and Maryland, for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.  She has been employed with the American Cancer Society (ACS) since 1997.  During her tenure with the ACS she has held positions as the Maryland Government Relations Manager, Public Education Manager for the Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, Coordinator for the Cancer Prevention Study II LifeLink Research Project, and Cancer Control Specialist.

Before joining ACS, Ms. Pennino worked for Fairfax County as a Management Analyst, and served as the Legislative Liaison for the Department for Rights of Virginia with Disabilities.  Ms. Pennino is a graduate of the Medical College of Virginia where she earned a master’s degree in counseling. She earned her undergraduate degree at Virginia Commonwealth University. Ms. Pennino is a cancer survivor, and was diagnosed with breast cancer October 2006.

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Concurrent Session Speakers

Kim Oanh Cook, MSW, LICSW
Founder and Executive Director, Vietnamese Resettlement Association

headshot_kim-cookKim Oanh Cook is the founder and Executive Director of the Vietnamese Resettlement Association which was incorporated in 1987 and has helped 2,000 low income clients per year with health (including free mammogram and cervical cancer screening and follow-up), mental health, housing and social services in Northern Virginia.  She also has a private practice as a psychotherapist, specializing in cross cultural therapy, and serves as a court appointed interpreter and marriage celebrant.  Mrs. Cook is an avid advocate for equality and access to government services for low income immigrants and refugees, while supporting steps to self-sufficiency through education, jobs, strengthened families and a strong community. She was educated at the University of Tennessee and Catholic University, and is fluent in English, Vietnamese, Thai, Lao, French and Spanish.

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Barbara Eldridge, MBA, PA-C
Manager of Quality Improvement and Outcomes, Primary Care Coalition

headshot_barbara-eldridgeBarbara Eldridge joined the Primary Care Coalition (PCC) in 2008. As a nationally certified Physician Assistant and professional manager, Ms. Eldridge brings a wealth of clinical and administrative expertise, including oversight of quality improvement and quality assurance activities.  Prior to joining the PCC, Ms. Eldridge worked as a Physician Assistant in adult medicine, a medical center and multi-center area administrator with Kaiser Permanente in the Mid-Atlantic States Region, a project director for clinical quality and measurement with the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare in Washington, DC, and a division director with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in Baltimore, Maryland.  She has consulted on measures development, process improvement, and team development, and served as an adjunct professor at the graduate level with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s School of Professional Studies in Business and Education.  Ms. Eldridge currently serves as project manager for PCC’s patient-centered medical homes project funding by CareFirst. She leads the Quality Health Improvement and Medical Directors Committees, the annual Montgomery Cares quality assurance site reviews, and other quality initiatives.

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Regina M. Hampton, MD, FACS
Medical Director and Founder, Breast Care Center at Doctors Community Hospital
Medical Director and Co-Founder, Breast Care for Washington

headshot_regina-hamptonRegina Hampton is the Medical Director and Founder of the comprehensive Breast Care Center at Doctors Community Hospital, the first breast center in Prince Georges County.  This area has the unfortunate distinction of having one of the highest breast cancer mortality rates in the State of Maryland.  She is a board certified general surgeon who has focused her practice on breast health and breast cancer.  Her private practice, Signature Breast Care, was the first breast surgery practice in the County.

Additionally, Dr. Hampton is the Medical Director and co-founder of Breast Care for Washington, a nonprofit dedicated to providing access to screening mammography, regardless of the ability to pay.  The facility opened in May 2014 and is the only 3D mammography facility east of the Anacostia in Ward 8, which has the highest mortality rate of breast cancer in the District of Columbia.  This facility has the distinction of being located within a Federally Qualified Health Center so patients can get comprehensive care in one location.

She plays an active role at Doctors Community Hospital.  She served as Treasurer of the Medical Staff and Vice-Chair of the surgery department, member of the Operating Room Committee, EHR Physician Advisory Committee and the Gala Committee.  She co-founded and chairs the weekly Breast Cancer Case Conference.  This meeting brings together key disciplines in breast cancer to develop treatment plans for patients.  Dr. Hampton is the Project Director for a Susan G. Komen $1 million 4-year grant that provides breast screening for uninsured women in Prince Georges County.

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Susan Harvey, MD
Director, Johns Hopkins Breast Imaging Section
Assistant Professor of Radiology and Radiological Science, Johns Hopkins

headshot_susan-harveySusan C. Harvey is the director of breast imaging at Johns Hopkins. She is board certified in diagnostic radiology and is affiliated with Sibley Memorial Hospital, Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. She practices out of locations around Washington, D.C. and Maryland.

Dr. Harvey has a wide range of expertise in the field of breast imaging, including breast biopsies, breast cancer, diagnostic radiology, mammography, stereotactic biopsy, tomosynthesis, and ultrasound.

Dr. Harvey earned her undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and her medical degree from University of Vermont. She completed an internship in internal medicine and a residency in diagnostic radiology at Yale New Haven Hospital, followed by a fellowship in oncoradiology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a fellowship in breast imaging and the treatment of breast diseases at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Harvey joined Johns Hopkins in 2005 and she began serving as the director of breast imaging at Johns Hopkins Imaging site in Green Spring Station in 2008. Dr. Harvey is a member of the American College of Radiology, the American Roentgen Ray Society and the Society of Breast Imaging.

Dr. Harvey has a clinical interest in breast imaging in the developing world. She has traveled to Haiti for this purpose and is working to have Johns Hopkins Breast Imaging play a role in breast cancer detection and treatment programs in Uganda through collaboration with Imaging the World. In addition, Dr. Harvey has received grant funding to conduct international work in South Africa. Dr. Harvey has contributed to numerous publications and presentations, as well as clinical trials.

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Wendy Hernandez
Outreach and Screening Patient Navigator, Nueva Vida

headshot_wendy-hernandezWendy Hernandez is the Outreach and Screening Patient Navigator at Nueva Vida. In this role, Ms. Hernandez coordinates outreach activities to raise awareness about the importance of cancer screening. Additionally, Ms. Hernandez facilitates the cancer screening appointments as well as makes connections between Nueva Vida clients and health care providers. Prior to working at Nueva Vida Ms. Hernandez worked at a faith-based organization organizing workshops and in sales, both of which help her in encouraging and working with Nueva Vida’s clients.

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Elizabeth Franklin Hoffler, MSW, ACSW
Director of Policy and Engagement, George Washington University Cancer Center

headshot_elizabeth-franklin-hofflerElizabeth Franklin Hoffler is Director of Policy and Engagement within the George Washington University Cancer Center where she oversees a team dedicated to ensuring that the patient voice is included in the center’s policy and advocacy efforts. Ms. Hoffler was previously Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy with the Prevent Cancer Foundation where she engaged lawmakers, policymakers, key opinion leaders, and grassroots advocates in support of cancer prevention and early detection through the promotion of issues such as research funding, patient access, and healthcare equity. Ms. Hoffler was also Special Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer and Senior Policy Analyst at the National Association of Social Workers. Currently a doctoral student at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, Ms. Hoffler is focusing her studies on underserved and vulnerable populations, and finding innovative, policy-oriented solutions to healthcare challenges.

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Mary Jane Joseph, RN, BC, CPHQ
Project Manager, Primary Care Coalition

headshot_mary-josephMary Joseph is a Project Manager at the Primary Care Coalition. In her current position, Ms. Joseph is responsible for multiple projects working to improve the health of those served by the safety-net clinics by providing process improvement training in the areas of preventative health, diabetes and behavioral health. Additionally she is responsible for the development and implementation of patient navigation/care coordination services for the Montgomery County’s Montgomery Cares program serving 27,000 low-income, uninsured adults.  As part of the patient navigation services Ms. Joseph developed care management software to assist the clinics in tracking patients needing a specialized level of care.

As the Sr. Director of Behavioral Health for United Health Care and Director of Nurses at Potomac Ridge Hospital, Ms. Joseph worked in program development, management and administration.  She is the current board chair for Mansfield Kaseman Clinic and a past board member of The Case Management Society of America and Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health Board of Governors.

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Nneka J. Madu, MPH
Program Manager, Primary Care Coalition

headshot_nneka-maduNneka Madu manages the National Capital Area Breast Health Quality Consortium (BHQC), a five year project led by the Primary Care Coalition (PCC) designed to improve the quality of breast health care throughout the National Capital Region by identifying and reducing disparities in service delivery. She manages the production and dissemination of quality improvement resources to our BHQC partners, including PCC’s Guide for Quality Improvement in a Safety-Net Setting, and the coordination of the 2016 Breast Health Quality Symposium.

Ms. Madu has a background in program planning, monitoring, and evaluation. Prior to PCC, Ms. Madu developed the DC Health Link Assister Program performance monitoring and evaluation protocol and evaluated program outcomes for community health worker programs in DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from Emory University and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from The Ohio State University.

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Marie Teresa Ofong, MA
Director of Patient Navigation, African Women’s Cancer Awareness Association

Marie Teresa Ofong is a founding member of the African Women’s Cancer Awareness Association (AWCAA). She is the Director of the Patient Navigation Program and a native of Sierra Leone. She received a bachelor’s degree in ministry and master’s degree in theological studies from National Bible College & Seminary, Fort Washington, MD. She is responsible for navigating patients, specifically addressing disparities in awareness, prevention and access to healthcare for women who face cancer or living with cancer. She acts as a support line for all aspects of patients’ movement through the health care system and promotes smooth and timely continuity of care up to resolution. Mrs. Ofong is well known for her involvement in issues pertaining to women and children. She is currently working with several non-profit organizations both in the U.S. and Sierra Leone, promoting healthcare issues. Mrs. Ofong is an ordained Minister who provides pastoral services to AWCAA patients and their families.

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Lily O. Otolorin, MD, MBA, HMDBC, FACP
President, Cornerstone Palliative Care Services
Medical Director and Palliative Care Consultant, Inova Alexandria and Inova Mount Vernon Hospitals

headshot_lily-otolorinLily Otolorin is a graduate of the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She trained in internal medicine at Harlem Hospital Center, in affiliation with College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University, and in palliative and hospice care at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, D.C. She earned her physician executive MBA from the University of Tennessee and completed the Intensive Bioethics Course at The Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University. Dr. Otolorin is also a John C. Maxwell certified Speaker, Trainer and Coach with emphasis on leadership development and training for health care workers. She is a board certified Internist and Hospice Medical Director.

Dr. Otolorin has been practicing medicine for the last 13 years. She worked as a hospitalist and currently practices as an Inpatient Palliative Care Consultant and Medical Director of two Palliative Care programs within the Inova Healthcare system in Northern Virginia. She is passionate about helping hospitals build strong palliative care programs to ensure compassionate and competent care for patients and families dealing with serious illness. Her interests outside work include running marathons, triathlons, reading, international short-term medical missions, travelling, meeting and learning about people from other cultures.

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Sarah Raskin, PhD, MPH
Research Scientist, George Washington University Cancer Center

headshot_sarah-raskinSarah Raskin is a Research Scientist within the George Washington University Cancer Center, where she directs a portfolio of oncology patient navigation and cancer survivorship Patient Centered Outcomes Research projects. She completed her PhD in medical anthropology at University of Arizona. Her dissertation research on oral health disparities and dental services in central Appalachia won the Rudolf Virchow award from the Society for Medical Anthropology. Previously, Ms. Raskin completed her MPH at Emory University, where she won the Eugene J. Gangarosa, MD student award for Excellence in International Health. Her interests include using ethnographic methods in health services research, with an emphasis on implementation and health care equity. Ms. Raskin volunteers with Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), a white affinity group committed to supporting the Movement for Black Lives.

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Breast Health Quality Consortium Honorees

Award for Excellence in Community Leadership: Regina M. Hampton, MD
Medical Director and Founder, Breast Care Center at Doctors Community Hospital
Medical Director and Co-Founder, Breast Care for Washington

headshot_regina-hamptonDr. Regina Hampton has been an essential member of the National Capital Area Breast Health Quality Consortium since the inception five years ago. In Prince George’s County she championed partnerships with community organizations and local government that serve the most vulnerable. Additionally, Dr. Hampton’s Breast Care for Washington Practice co-located with a safety-net clinic in one of the most underserved areas in the District, providing greater access to culturally competent care. Her peers recognize her as a regional leader with a deep commitment to health equity.

Dr. Hampton attended the Medical College of Pennsylvania (now Drexel University) in Philadelphia.  She returned to the D.C. Metro area to complete a general surgery residency at Howard University Hospital.  Dr. Hampton completed a two-year research oncology fellowship, researching colon cancer at the Georgetown University Lombardi Cancer Center.  This body of work, published in Oncogene, established a patented method of detecting CEA blood levels using real-time PCR.  Dr. Hampton has presented the results of her research before medical assemblies both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Hampton was featured in the Washington Post in March 2012 regarding black women and breast cancer.  She has been featured in Essence magazine.  She has appeared on National Public Radio (NPR), The Russ Parr Morning Show, The Daily Drum on WHUR, Buddy Check 9 with Andrea Roane, and WYCB with Winston Chaney.  She served as a panelist at the Susan G. Komen Leadership conference in Dallas, TX in 2013.  She is recognized as a Top Doctor in Washingtonian Magazine for 2015.

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Award for Excellence in Community Collaboration: Community Radiology Associates

cra-logoCommunity Radiology Associates (CRA) has been engaged in an effective private-public partnership with the National Capital Area Breast Health Quality Consortium since the beginning. CRA has participated in meetings to improve processes for mammogram referral in clinics and has provided support for educating patients. CRA was also the first radiology organization in Montgomery County to agree to provide mammograms to the BHQC at rates that matched Medicaid. Dr. Parambo, a radiologist at CRA, provided valuable insight and knowledge by presenting on breast health to BHQC members.

CRA is one of the largest imaging providers in the National Capital Area, offering a complete range of imaging services including MRI, CT, digital & 3D mammography, ultrasound, PET-CT, nuclear medicine, fluoroscopy, X-Ray, DEXA for bone density measurement, and more. CRA has 18 outpatient locations throughout Montgomery, Frederick, Prince George’s and Carroll counties. CRA also provides consultation services to MedStar Montgomery Medical Center.

CRA is committed to providing the best patient care possible. The organization has worked to develop strong working relationships with physicians in the community and to promote early and accurate diagnosis. The organization prides itself on its customer service, offering a variety of appointment options to suit virtually any schedule. CRA also offers foreign language interpretation services.

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Breast Health Quality Consortium Award Presenter: Andrea Roane
News Anchor and Medical Reporter, WUSA9

headshot_andrea-roaneAndrea Roane has been with W*USA 9 since 1981, and has anchored every news shift from morning to afternoon and late night. She currently anchors WUSA at Noon and is WUSA9’s Health reporter.  A multi-EMMY and GRACIE Award winner, Ms. Roane has covered a wealth of hard news stories, from politics, the arts, education and sports to women’s health and women’s empowerment issues. She has interviewed newsmakers, entertainers, politicians, plus your neighbors, friends, and colleagues all over the DMV. Ms. Roane is best known to viewers for her passionate reporting on breast health issues and promoting the importance of early detection in the fight against breast cancer.

Ms. Roane’s commitment to women’s health and community service has been recognized with countless national and local awards. For her outstanding work as a journalist and for her community service, Ms. Roane was awarded the 2015 Board of Governors Award by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter. In 2014, Ms. Roane was inducted into the DC Hall of Fame. Ms. Roane received the 2012 “Faith Does Justice Award” from Catholic Charities of the Washington Archdiocese. Ms. Roane was named a 2010 Rebecca Lipkin Honoree for Media Distinction at the first annual Susan G. Komen For the Cure’s “Honoring the Promise Gala.” Ms. Roane has also been honored by the Sibley Memorial Hospital Foundation with its Community Service Award in 2009 for being a passionate breast cancer advocate. In 2006, she was named one of Washingtonian Magazine’s “Washingtonians Of The Year” for her continued work on breast cancer awareness through her Buddy Check 9 initiative.

Among her many community affiliations, Ms. Roane is a member of the Capital Beast Care Center Community Advisory Council, co-chair of the Kennedy Center’s Community & Friends Board; a Trustee Emeritus of the Catholic University of America; a Dame of the Order of Malta; a Sustaining Director of the Prevent Cancer Foundation; a member of the National Museum of Women in the Arts Board; a lifetime member of the NAACP; a member the International Women’s Forum, DC; and a member of the Metropolitan (DC) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated.

Andrea and husband, Michael Skehan, live in Washington, DC. They have two children.

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