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

Thelma Perry Brown, Race Chair    

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.


Duke Hinds, Treasurer

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.

Shonda Miller

JoAnn Oliver, Board President

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).

Michelle Williams