Advisory and Oversight Council (AOC)

Katrina Studvent, M.S.W. 

Katrina Studvent is the Chief Development Officer at Karmanos Cancer Institute.  She was formally the Chair of Komen Detroit Race for the Cure and is Director of Breast Cancer Special Programs at Karmanos Cancer Institute.  Ms. Studvent, a young African American breast cancer survivor, was diagnosed at age 30 with Stage III Invasive Ductal Carcinoma.  She facilitates two community support groups as a trained social worker 1) Glida’s Club of Metro Detroit Women of Color Group and 2) Young Survival Coalition Face 2 Face Networking group for young survivors.  She also participates in the Living Beyond Breast Cancer Young Advocate Program and Susan G. Komen Advocates in Science.

Myron Frasier

Mr. Frasier is a cancer caregiver, engaged community member, and local politician, serving on the Southfield (MI) City Council for 18 years.  he is also a member of the Karmanos Cancer Institute Board of Directors.

Carol Christner, M.S.A.

Carol Christner serves as the executive director for the Michigan Society of Hematology and Oncology (MSHO), responsible for oversight of the society’s governance, operations, advocacy and educational needs. MSHOs membership includes medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and hematologists from private practice, community hospitals, and academic medical centers. Prior to joining MSHO in October of 2014, Carol served for eight years as the director of government relations for the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute (KCI) in Detroit, MI. where she oversaw all state and federal legislative initiatives. Carol earned her Master’s Degree from Central Michigan University and her Bachelor’s Degree from Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration.

Marjorie Mitchell

Marjorie Mitchell is the Executive Director of MICHUCAN (Michigan Universal Healthcare Access Network). Ms. Mitchell has been a strong advocate for disability rights and universal health care for the past three decades. She became the organization’s Executive Director in 1992 and has worked tirelessly on increasing access to health insurance for Michigan families. Ms. Mitchell received her B.A. from Oberlin College and her Masters in Special Education from the University of Michigan. She spent 30 years as an educator and advocate for persons with developmental disabilities and their families at both the local and state levels. Her employment has included: Director of the Western Wayne Association for Retarded Citizens, Supervisor of Special Education for theWayne-Westland Schools, Consultant for the Michigan Department of Special Education, and Executive Director of The ARC Michigan.  Ms. Mitchell serves on a number of local, state and national groups addressing health care issues: Universal Health Care Action Network (UHCAN) Board; Greater Detroit Area Health Council (GDAHC), Consumer Engagement Council; Michigan Consumers for Healthcare (MCH), Steering Committee; Michigan Health Insurance Access, Advisory Council; Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA), Patient Safety/ Keystone Board; Medicare Rights Center, Consumer Action Board; Michigan Voice, Leadership Committee.

Bruce Rapkin, Ph.D.

Dr Rapkin is professor in the division of community collaboration and implementation science in the department of epidemiology and population health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and director of cancer prevention and control research at the Albert Einstein Cancer Center. He received his doctorate in community and clinical psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Dr. Rapkin’s research focuses on access to care and quality of life for diverse, medically-underserved patients, families and communities. His primary emphasis is on the development of community-academic partnerships to reduce barriers and improve standard of care. He has led several projects to develop strategies to promote evidence-based practice through collaborative research. Dr. Rapkin’s collaborative research with community organizations, public health systems and health providers has led to the development of new research designs and assessment methodology to promote evidenced-based interventions in public health. In particular, he has been working on participatory approaches that use both process and outcomes data to support community-based interventions. Dr. Rapkin is a member of the Response Shift Special Interest Group of the International Society for Quality of Life Research, the NIMH Consortium on HIV/AIDS and the Family, and serves on the American Cancer Society’s National Council for Extramural Research.

Kristi Graves, Ph.D.

Dr. Graves received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and completed post-doctoral training at the University of Kentucky. She is a tenured Associate Professor of Oncology and in the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University. Dr. Graves is leading a research project funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to help Latina breast cancer patients and their caregivers improve their quality of life. This project is in collaboration with four community-based organizations, two of which are led by Latina cancer survivors. Dr. Graves also conducts research in the area of communicating genetic / genomic risk information about cancer risk and work focused on patient-reported outcomes.

Tamara Michel, M.P.H.

Tamara Michel serves as Queens Library’s Community Health Coordinator, overseeing all health-related initiatives at the 63 public libraries throughout Queens, NY.  She began her work at Queens Library in 2007 as a HealthLink Specialist with Queens Library HealthLink, a community-based participatory research program where public libraries served as bases for community organizing, education, data gathering and dissemination in twenty medically underserved neighborhoods in Queens.  Under her leadership, Queens Library HealthLink was named one of the Urban Libraries Council’s Innovation Initiatives of 2010, a WHO Study of Note, and was awarded the Marshall Cavendish Award for Excellence in Library Programming by the American Library Association.  Tamara received her Master of Public Health Degree in Sociomedical Sciences with a focus in Urbanism and the Built Environment from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and her Baccalaureate Degree in Psychosocial and Physiological Studies from the University of Connecticut.

Claude Dickerson

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Hiam Hamade, B.S.N., M.A., M.P.H.

Hiam Hamade is the Cancer Programs Manager at ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services).  

George Westerman

George Westerman is Associate Director of Individual and Estate Giving at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, a nonprofit organization that seeks to support projects that better the health and well-being of children and their families.  George undertook this fundraising role following a successful 25-year career with IBM, focused on large-systems implementation and consulting services that included business continuity and infrastructure management.  George considers community service to be an important part of his life.  He has supported, in a volunteer capacity, the LGBT community through board service at two organizations:  Affirmations LGBT Community Center, in Ferndale Michigan, and CenterLink, a national community of LGBT centers.  During his volunteer time at Affirmations, George led a successful $5.5 million capital and endowment campaign so build a new home for the Center, and to secure its future through an endowment fund.  George has been active in cancer-related awareness and education projects through the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life events in Ferndale Michigan, where he has served in a leadership role on the event committee as well as an active fundraiser.  George lives in Ferndale, Michigan, with his partner of 26 years and husband of one year, Cliff Lemon.