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Board Members

Executive Committee

Rogsbert F. Phillips-Reed, MD, FACS
Founder

James B. Benton, MD
Chairman

Yara Robertson, MD
Vice-Chairman

William J. Bennett, MD, PhD
Nominating

Naomi Kirkman-Bey, MD, FACEP
Secretary

Maria Smith
Treasurer

Jocelyn Dorsey
Nominating

Advisors

Cathy Evans

Glenda Hatchett, JD

Ingrid Saunders Jones

Albert Losken, MD

William Lovett

Melinda Jolley Mortin

David Walker, Esq.

Cynthia Warwick, PhD

Karen Webster-Parks

Sandra White

Andrew J. Young

 

Board Members

Lisa Aman

William Bennett, MD, PhD

James B. Benton, MD

Lynda Mosley

Camille Davis-Williams, MD

Lisa DiFrancesco, MD

Jocelyn Dorsey

Karen Godette, MD

Naomi Kirkman-Bey, MD

Brenda Lowery

Celia Mamby, MD

Cassandra Moore, MS

Gabriela Oprea-Ilies, MD

Karen Pope, MBA

Yara V. Robertson, MD, FACS

Maria Smith

Lourdes M. Summers

Jeong-Hwa Lee Towery, JD

Board Members’ Profiles

 

Brenda Lowery

Member, Board of Directors

Dr. Brenda Lowery

Brenda, a native Georgian, brings over 25 years of proven success in the areas of sales, marketing and management. She is experienced in selling radio in multiple formats, R&B, Hip Hop, Gospel, News Talks, Adult Contemporary, Classic Rock, Hispanic, and Sports. She has 6 years in the Automotive Industry and over 10 years in the banking industry.

Brenda joined Radio One Atlanta in 2008 as a Media Specialist. Her creative mind, strong work ethic and full commitment enabled her to achieve high levels of success within a short period of time. She is passionate about achieving success for her clients. She thrives on understanding her client’s needs and helping develops plans to achieve them. Brenda’s experience in sales, marketing and management has given her the ability to be a problem solver. She understands the overall goals of her clients and is able to create successful targeted integrated marketing solutions.

Brenda believes that “By thought, the thing you want is brought to you, by action you receive it”

Cassandra Moore, MBA

Lead Pathology Assistant, Grady Health Systems
Member, Board of Directors

Cassandra Moore, MBA, Member, Board of Directors

Cassandra Moore is a native of Alabama and a graduate of Tuskegee University. Cassandra is employed at Grady Health System. She has been employed with the health system for 26 years. During her tenure at Grady she has worked in all divisions of pathology. Currently, she is the Lead Pathologist Assistant (PA) in the surgical pathology department. In her role as a PA she works closely with pathologists from Emory University and physicians from both Emory and Morehouse School of Medicine. Cassandra is responsible for assist in the training of Residents and Chief Residents in Pathology. As an 11-year breast cancer survivor, Cassandra is a strong breast cancer awareness advocate.

Celia Mamby

Medical Oncologist
Member, Board of Directors

Dr. Celia Mamby

Dr. Celia Mamby is a medical oncologist with Georgia Cancer Specialist. She is board certified in Medical Oncology, Internal Medicine, Hospice, and Palliative Medicine. She received her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin, and completed her residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI. She then completed her fellowship in hematology and oncology at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. Her special interests are breast cancer and breast cancer in minorities. Dr. Mamby has been awarded the Minority Clinical Associate Physician Award and has twice been awarded the Minority Biomedical Program Travel Award.

Gabriela M. Oprea-Ilies, MD

Assistant Professor, Pathology/Cytopathology, Emory University
Member, Board of Directors

Gabriela M. Oprea-Ilies, MD, Member, Board of Directors

Dr. Oprea-Ilies is an Assistant Professor and Breast Pathologist with Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. A native of Romania, Dr. Oprea-Ilies graduated with her medical degree from Tirgu-Mures Medical School in Romania in 1978. She completed her rotational internship and residency in General Practice at the Regional Hospital Brasov in Romania. Dr. Oprea-Ilies also completed a residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Bucharest Affiliated Hospitals; She was a special fellow in Gastrointestinal and Hepatic Pathology in the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, D.C.; Visiting Resident in Renal Pathology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota; Residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Regions Hospital in St. Paul Minnesota; Residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis; and a Cytopathology Fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Oprea-Ilies is the recipient of multiple grants awarded to Winship Cancer Institute. Dr. Oprea-Ilies prides herself on being an expert on Triple negative breast cancer and is the author of dozens of publications related an array of oncologic diseases.

James B. Benton, MD

Chairman

President, Radiotherapy Clinic of Georgia (RCOG)
Member, Board of Directors

James B. Benton, MD, Member, Board of Directors

Dr. Benton is the oldest of seven children, and was born and raised by his grandmother, Ms. Lilar Benton, in Savannah, Georgia. A graduate of Armstrong State College, Dr. Benton majored in Chemistry and Mathematics where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1983 with a B.S. Degree in both Chemistry and Mathematics. Dr. Benton enrolled in Morehouse School of Medicine in 1983, where he was President of the freshman and sophomore classes. Dr. Benton subsequently finished first in his medical school class, and did a residency in Internal Medicine at the Medical College of Virginia. While in medical school, Dr. Benton married a high school friend, Eleanor, and they subsequently had three wonderful children (Loron, James II, and Leah) during his residency. After completing his residency in Medicine, he went into private practice as an Internist in Savannah, Georgia.

Jocelyn Dorsey

Public Relations

Director of Editorials/Public Affairs, WSB-TV Channel 2
Member, Board of Directors

Jocelyn Dorsey, Nominating

Ms. Dorsey has been with WSB-TV for 39 years. She has been Director of Editorials and Public Affairs at Channel 2 since 1983. From 1973-1983, Ms. Dorsey was the first African-American anchor of Channel 2 newscasts and the first African American news anchor in the Atlanta market. Ms. Dorsey is the Executive Producer and Host of People 2 People, a weekly half-hour public affairs program which is broadcast at 6:30 a.m. Sunday mornings on Channel 2.

Karen Godette, MD

Radiation Oncologist, Emory University
Member, Board of Directors

Karen Godette, MD, Member, Board of Directors

Dr. Godette is a board-certified radiation oncologist and an Associate Professor in Emory University School of Medicine and clinical member of the Winship Cancer Institute. She is the Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at Emory University Hospital Midtown. Dr. Godette is a member of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Connective Tissue Oncology Society, the American Board of Radiology, and the National Medical Association, where she served as Chair of the radiology section from 2005 – 2007. Dr. Godette was presented with the Woodruff Fund Clinical Teaching Support Award in Radiation Oncology in 2002 for her commitment to teaching. She is a manuscript reviewer for The International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics, and the Journal of Surgical Oncology. Dr. Godette is originally from Guyana, South America. She received her Masters and Medical Degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. Her residency in radiation oncology was completed at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York.

Karen Pope, MBA

Consultant, Pope Consulting, Inc.
Member, Board of Directors

Karen Pope, MBA, Member, Board of Directors

In 2003 Karen started her own firm, Pope Consulting, as a contract lobbyist and has created an impressive list of clients. Prior to that in 2000, she served as senior governmental affairs representative for Georgia EMC and its family of companies, representing the businesses before the General Assembly. From 1991 to 1999, Karen Pope worked for BFI Waste Systems. Karen’s community involvement includes extensive work with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. She chaired the Economic Development, Taxes and Tourism Committee of the Chamber’s Government Affairs Council for four years. She co-chaired the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House’s Annual Fundraiser, which supports the entire operating budget of the two Atlanta-area houses. Karen received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the University of Georgia where she helped restart the student government association and was elected campus-wide. She received the prestigious Malanos Award in her Masters of Business Administration from Georgia State University.

Lisa DiFrancesco, MD

Plastic Surgeon
Member, Board of Directors

Lisa DiFrancesco, MD, Member, Board of Directors

Dr. DiFrancesco is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery and maintains an active membership in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons as well as the International Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. A native of New York, she graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Albany Medical College. After completing Plastic Surgical training in New York, Dr. DiFrancesco participated in a highly specialized oculoplastic surgery fellowship with Clinton D. McCord, MD of Atlanta. There she pioneered research investigating eyelid innervation to avoid complication after eyelid surgery. Additionally, Dr. DiFrancesco completed the prestigious Aesthetic and Breast Surgery fellowship at Paces Plastic Surgery in Atlanta, GA. Dr. DiFrancesco is a candidate for 2102 Woman of the Year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for her efforts in helping raise money for groups and affiliates associated with the work of finding a cure for Leukemia and Lymphoma.

Lourdes Mavel Summers

CEO/Owner, Madrid Group, Inc., Developer of Pollo Campero Restaurants
Member, Board of Directors

Lourdes Mavel Summers, Member, Board of Directors

Mrs. Lourdes Mavel Summers is a native of the Republic of Honduras. She received her degree from the National University of Honduras (UNAH) in Industrial Engineering in 1990. Mrs. Summers was appointed by President Maduro as Concielar to Honduras Consulate in Atlanta, GA in 2001, and by President Mel Zelaya as Honorary Consul to Atlanta GA as Diplomat credentialed by the U.S. State Department in 2007. Mrs. Summers years of experience in industrial engineering includes diagnostics skills in distribution of processes of production, time and movements; Engineering of methods – a study of quality systems and improvement; Organizational diagnostics and improvement of a preventive maintenance of industries; and evaluation of investments projects in areas of marketing, production and finance. Currently, Mrs. Summers serves as Honorary Consul-Republic of Honduras to Atlanta, GA and is the CEO/Owner of the Madrid Group, Inc.

Lynda G. Meadows-Mosley

Consultant, Pope Consulting, Inc.
Member, Board of Directors

Lynda G. Meadows-Mosley

Lynda Mosley is an Instructional Coach for the Professional Learning Department in Rockdale County Public Schools, Conyers, Georgia. During the course of her 20 year career in education, she has also served as a classroom teacher, math specialist, STEM Director and Assistant Principal. In 2005, she received Teacher of the Year for Atherton Elementary School in DeKalb County.
Lynda received her bachelor’s degree in Technology Management from Southern College of Technology in Marietta, Georgia. She earned her master’s degree in Middle Grades Education from Mercer University, her Leadership in Education certificate from University of West Georgia, and her specialist degree from Nova Southeastern University.

Over the past five years, Lynda has served as the Volunteer Chairperson of Sister’s By Choice, Inc.’s Annual 5K Pink Ribbon Walk. During her tenor, she has secured and managed hundreds of volunteers.

Lynda is married to Roderick Mosley and is the proud mother of Roderick, Lynda and Robert.

Maria Smith

Treasurer

Business Banker II, Vice President, PNC Bank
Member, Board of Directors

Maria Smith, Member, Board of Directors

Born and reared on the island of Hawaii, Maria has called metro Atlanta home since 1992. She currently resides in Gwinnett County with her husband and 3 1/2 year old son. Maria has over 19 years of banking and leadership experience. Maria started her banking career with SouthTrust Bank and currently holds the position of Vice President, Business Banker with PNC Bank. As a business banker, Maria works with companies with revenues up to $10 million, helping them with their overall financial goals. Currently Maria is learning and appreciating the game of golf and is a HUGE Atlanta Falcons fan!

Naomi Kirkman-Bey, MD, FACEP

Secretary

Associate Professor, Mercer University
Member, Board of Directors

Naomi Kirkman-Bey, MD, FACEP , Secretary

Dr. Kirkman-Bey is board certified and trained in Emergency Medicine. She practices in Atlanta, Macon, and Fitzgerald. She is a graduate of Finch University of Health Sciences, Chicago Medical School, North Chicago. Dr. Kirkman-Bey completed her residency at Henry Ford in Emergency Medicine. Among her many ventures, Dr. Kirkman-Bey is a founding member of MyEcon, Inc., marketing company and serves as an Associate Professor at Mercer University.

Rogsbert F. Phillips-Reed, MD, FACEP

Founder

CEO, Metro Surgical Associates, Inc.
Member, Board of Directors

Rogsbert F. Phillips-Reed, MD, Founder

Native Georgian and Founder of SBC, Dr. Phillips-Reed received her medical degree from Columbia University School of Physicians and Surgeons in New York in 1977 and completed the Emory University Hospitals General Surgery Program in 1982. She has since practiced in metropolitan Atlanta specializing in Breast Disease. Dr. Phillips-Reed heads Metro Surgical Associates Inc., an organization which is at the forefront of breast cancer treatment and breast cancer research. She is a board-certified surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeon. Other affiliations include the American College of Surgeons, American Society of Women Surgeons, Surgical Oncology Society, Georgia Surgical Society, Medical Association of Atlanta, Atlanta Medical Association, and the American Medical Association.

William J. Bennett, MD, PhD.

Assoc. Medical Director, Covance, Inc.
Member, Board of Directors

William J. Bennett, PhD, MSHS

William Bennett is clinical and pharmaceutical business professional. He works with industry professionals to advance the key objectives in all phases of clinical trials towards the development of novel therapies, medical devices and new interventions to reduce health disparities. Dr. Bennett currently serves as a Reviewer on the Institutional Review Board at Piedmont Healthcare, and maintains active membership with the American Society of Minority Transplant Health Related Professionals (ASMTHP), the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientist (AAPS), the International Society of Biological Environmental Repository (ISBER) and the American Association of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). A native of the West Indies, he obtained his degrees from Florida A&M University, George Washington University, Walden University, and Ross University School of Medicine. Dr. Bennett shares a passion for his work in clinical development, business development and cancer research. He is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., where he volunteers with at risk communities, including the homeless and poor, and also mentors young men who are on the verge of entering high school and college.

Yara V. Robertson, MD

Breast Surgical Oncologist, Metro Surgical Associates
Member, Board of Directors

Yara V. Robertson, MD, Member, Board of Directors

Dr. Yara V. Robertson is a fellowship trained Breast Surgical Oncologist and is board certified in General Surgery by the American College of Surgeons. She is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Robertson is initially a native of Memphis, Tennessee. She earned her undergraduate degree from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and her medical degree from Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University. She completed a residency in General Surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, AR. Dr. Robertson completed her fellowship in Breast Surgical Oncology at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in June 2011. She relocated to Atlanta in August of 2011 to join Dr. Rogsbert F. Philips-Reed at Metro Surgical Associates, Inc. Dr. Robertson is a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncology, the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), and the Association of Women Surgeons. She believes that everyone, including the uninsured and the underinsured should be given quality breast healthcare and is passionate about eliminating disparities in breast cancer treatment, especially in the African American community. She participates in a number of health fairs providing free clinical breast exams and lectures on breast health

 

Our Goals

  • The Sisters By Choice Mobile Breast Clinic will continue to provide breast services to uninsured women in Metro Atlanta areas with goals to extend services to rural areas in Georgia.
  • Grow the Annual Pink Ribbon Walk.
  • Support the Annual Three Day Breast Cancer Awareness Weekend.
  • Commit to growing SBC Homeless Project.
  • Develop SBC Breast Cancer Disparity Program.
  • Develop Program for metastatic Breast Cancer.
  • Sponsorship and participation in Community Health Fairs.
  • Develop SBC Chapters nationally.
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