Board of Directors

The Board of Directors functions to advise, assist and aid in our efforts to support breast cancer education and outreach programs. Board meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at Noon at the affiliate office (1909 27th Avenue South, Birmingham AL 35209). For meeting dates and times, please see our calendar or contact us at 205.263.1700. Board meetings are open to the public.

Board Members

Rebecca DiPiazza, President

Mrs. DiPiazza is a Sr. Tax Manager at Di Piazza, LaRocca, Heeter & Co, LLC and is a 10 year breast cancer survivor. She currently serves on the board of directors as a member at large and has served as Board President, Public Policy Chair and Race for the Cure Chair. DiPiazza has also served as a patient advocate, community partner and policy advocate. She was a recipient of the American Cancer Society Life Inspiration Award (2010) and Honorary Member of Team New Balance (2007) for the North Central Alabama Race for the Cure.

Thelma Perry Brown   

Ms. Brown is a survivor, co-survivor and advocate as her mother and four sisters have also battled breast cancer.  Thelma is an active volunteer and member of the Board of Directors, leads the Affiliate Speaker’s Bureau and Education Committee, is a member of the Race for the Cure Planning Committee Committee, serves as a patient advocate for the UAB Breast SPORE, Translational Breast Cancer Research Consortium (TBCRC) and is active in the affiliate Advocates in Science Program. In 2009 she received the American Cancer Society-Life Inspiration Award and 2011 she was awarded the Honorary Team New Balance awarded for her survivorship and devotion to the Race for the Cure. Thelma lives in Birmingham with her husband William, has two adult sons and a vast extended family.

Joe O’Donnell

Mr. O’Donnell is the Publisher of B-Metro Magazine, a monthly magazine focused on life in Birmingham, Alabama. A long-time supporter of Susan G. Komen and sponsor of the Race for the Cure, Joe’s role as board member is to manage and guide of the activities and affairs of the Komen North Central Alabama Affiliate, including the strategic direction of the organization, financial management, community relations and organizational operations.

JoAnn Oliver

Dr. Oliver is an Associate Professor at the University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing where she teaches in the graduate program and conducts health disparities research. Dr. Oliver is an active member of Sigma Theta Tau (Nursing Honor Society) and holds a dual membership in the Epsilon Omega and Epsilon Alpha Chapters. She is certified from ANCC as an Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP-BC) and from NLN as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE).

Veronica L. Wehby-Upchurch

Ms. Wehby-Upchurch, Residential Property Manager at J.H. Berry & Gilbert Multi-Family, Inc. is a co-survivor and dedicated advocate.  Her involvement with the affiliate began more than seven years ago when her friend, Rebecca, was diagnosed with breast cancer while both were in their twenties.  Veronica has served in a broad range of volunteer leadership roles with the affiliate, from Advocacy/Vote for the Cure, Sisters’ Luncheon Chair, Race Co-Chair to her current roles as Board Member and Race Chair.

Jessica Butler

Mrs. Butler serves as Marketing Director for Highlands Medical Center and is a member of the Scottsboro City Council.  Before becoming Marketing Director, Mrs. Butler worked for several years as a Mammography Technologist and saw a need to help breast cancer patients. Jessica also serves on the board for the Beauty and the Beast of Jackson County and serves as an Ambassador for Susan G. Komen in north Alabama.

Duke Hinds

Doug Hurst

Dr. Hurst is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has been a long-standing volunteer for many Susan G. Komen events prior to serving as a board member. He has a keen interest in metastatic breast cancer and his research has been focused on identifying the molecular mechanisms that specifically regulate the process of metastasis. His studies have been extramurally funded by the American Cancer Society, METAvivor Research and Support, and the Elsa U. Pardee Foundation.