An inspirational event dedicated to addressing the disparities in diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer in African-American women and how we can connect community to action.
CBS2’s on-air personalities will be joined by an exciting panel of special guests for inspirational conversations and real talk about the importance of understanding how inequities in the health care system can affect your care, knowing your family health history, following breast cancer screening guidelines and taking charge of your own health.
Special guests include:
Elise Finch is an Emmy Award winning meteorologist who joined the WCBS weather team in April 2007. Ms. Finch came to CBS from NBC where she served as a meteorologist for the “Early Today Show,” MSNBC, and NBC Weather Plus.
Prior to NBC, Ms. Finch was the weekend weather anchor at the CBS affiliate in Phoenix, Arizona. Before that, she was an anchor and reporter at the CBS and FOX affiliates in Youngstown, Ohio and the ABC affiliate in Austin, Minnesota. Finch started her career in television behind the scenes at E! Entertainment Television, where she served as a production coordinator for special projects and live events.
Finch was raised in Mount Vernon, New York and graduated from Mount Vernon High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University where she received one of the prestigious President’s Awards. She went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University. Ms. Finch completed the Broadcast Meteorology Program at Mississippi State University and holds the seal of approval from the American Meteorological Society.
Finch enjoys taking part in community events. She has emceed events for the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater New Jersey, the Westchester Library System, the Mount Vernon High School Hall of Fame and also JDRF Walk for a Cure. Ms. Finch is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the American Meteorological Society. She currently lives in Westchester County.
Dr. Donna-Marie Manasseh is the Director of Breast Surgery at the Maimonides Breast Cancer Center in Brooklyn, NY. Prior to joining the Maimonides team, Dr. Manasseh was the Co-Director of the Women’s Breast Center and the Chief of Breast Surgery at Stamford Hospital. Under her leadership, the Women’s Breast Center at Stamford Hospital became the first center to be accredited by the American College of Surgeon’s National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. Dr. Manasseh completed her general surgery residency at NY Presbyterian and her breast surgical oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Dr. Manasseh is a strong advocate of empowering women by educating them about breast health and disease, in the hopes that this education will lead to earlier detection of breast disease and a better chance of being cured. She has published several chapters on breast disease and has co-authored a textbook relating to breast disease and evaluation. She is also a member of several societies which promote breast health, including the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Breast Surgeons, the National Consortium of Breast Centers and the American Society of Breast Disease, and remains a surveyor for the American College of Surgeons National Accreditation Program for Breast Cancers, whose goal is to evaluate breast centers across the country to ensure they are providing quality care to women in their communities.
Dr. Manasseh has participated in many conferences and speaking engagements to promote breast health and help women make the right health decisions. She has been the recipient of several awards, most notably the Magida Award from the Fairfield County Medical Association and the Rosenthal Family Foundation, given to a physician who has shown a notable capacity for patient treatment and care and a special sensitivity to patient-physician relationships. She was also recognized by the American Cancer Society and was awarded the Star of Hope Award, as well as the American Red Cross Hero Award in Medicine. Dr. Manasseh is included in the Castle-Connolly Guide to Top Doctors New York Metro Region.
Aundrea Cline-Thomas is a multiple Emmy award winning journalist. She joined CBS2 News as a general assignment reporter in October 2018.
Before moving to New York, Aundrea spent three years reporting at NBC Philadelphia. She covered national stories including the Democratic National Convention, Southwest Airlines Flight 1380’s emergency landing and the Starbucks arrests. She also wrote profile pieces about women in business for the Know Your Value women’s empowerment digital platform.
In 2017 she won a MidAtlantic Regional Emmy award for her contribution to team coverage of the fatal Delaware prison standoff. That same year she was named Broadcast Journalist of the Year by the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists.
Aundrea got her first on air reporting job at WMGT-TV in Georgia. She then moved to what’s now known as Spectrum News in Charlotte, N.C. She won her first regional Emmy award during her time at WTVF-TV, the CBS affiliate in Nashville, Tennessee.
Aundrea received her Bachelors degree in Communications with a minor in Black Studies from Boston College and a Master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Raised in a Maryland suburb of Washington D.C., Aundrea is the youngest of three children. Both of her parents are from Sierra Leone, West Africa.
Dr. Lisa Newman is a surgical oncologist and with a clinical and research practice dedicated to breast cancer management. In August 2018 she was appointed Chief of the Section of Breast Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medicine. In addition, at the NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center, Dr. Newman leads the multidisciplinary breast oncology programs which provides the finest, most compassionate care to women and men affected by breast cancer.
In this role, Dr. Newman leads a team of breast surgeons that uses state-of-the-art screening and imaging technologies, innovative surgical and reconstruction techniques, and radiation therapies to provide patients with comprehensive breast cancer care. As Chief of the Breast Surgical Oncology Program, she also extends this multidisciplinary approach — to NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Queens.
Previously, she worked at the Henry Ford Health System, where she served as director of the breast program covering multiple hospitals throughout Michigan since 2015. She is also the Founding Medical Director for the International Center for the Study of Breast Cancer Subtypes, which became headquartered at Weill Cornell Medicine with Dr. Newman’s recruitment. Dr. Newman was Professor of Surgery and Director of the Breast Care Center for the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she also served as Program Director for the Breast Fellowship from 2002 to 2015. Dr. Newman holds a Masters Degree in Public Health from Harvard University, and she also obtained her undergraduate education at Harvard University with a major in chemistry. She attended medical school and completed her general surgery residency training at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. Dr. Newman was recruited to remain at Downstate following completion of her postgraduate training, and served as an Assistant Professor of Surgery with this program for several years. She pursued fellowship training in surgical oncology at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center 1997-99, followed by joining the faculty as an Assistant Professor; she continues to hold an Adjunct Professorship with M.D. Anderson. After leaving the University of Michigan she was appointed Adjunct Professor in the UM Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She also served previously as Associate Director for the Walt Breast Center at Wayne State University/Karmanos Cancer Institute for two years.
Dr. Newman’s primary research has focused on ethnicity-related variation in breast cancer risk and outcome, the evaluation and management of high-risk patients; broadened applications for neoadjuvant chemotherapy, and special surgical techniques such as the skin-sparing mastectomy and lymphatic mapping/sentinel lymph node biopsy. Her extensive research related to disparities in breast cancer risk and outcome has been published in numerous peer-reviewed medical journals and was featured in CNN’s documentary “Black in America 2”. She has also been the featured breast cancer medical expert for NBC’s “Today Show” twice (2014 and 2017) as well on CBS Nightly News (2015). She maintains a very active community service record, and currently serves as Chief National Medical Advisor for the Sisters Network, Inc., a national African American breast cancer survivors support organization.
She oversees an international breast cancer research and training program involving a network of physicians and facilities in Ghana, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Uganda, Haiti, Barbados, and Canada. This program has focused in the study of triple negative breast cancer in women with African ancestry. Her work has been acknowledged via several awards, such as “Top Blacks in Health Care 2018”; Phenomenal African American Women of 2018”; “Esteemed Women of Michigan 2018”; Crain’s “Health Care Hero” in 2017; 2012 Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation Hero Award; and the 2010 National Medical Association Woman in Medicine Award. She was named “Michiganders of the Year” in 2011; and an “Oprah’s Angels” for breast cancer work by Oprah magazine in 2012. She has received the University of Michigan 2012 Community Service Award; the 2013 Sarah Goddard Power Award for Advancement of Women in Academic Medicine; and the 2015 Harold Johnson Diversity Award. She has been named one of Detroit’s “Top Docs” and “Top Doctors of America” for several years. Dr. Newman has also been awarded the coveted title of Komen Scholar, and was appointed to the Komen Scientific Advisory Board.
Dr. Newman has been appointed to multiple national and regional leadership positions, including the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women (including chaired for its work-group on breast health messages for the general population); the NIH’s Clinical Trials Advisory Committee; the Advisory Council to the National Institute of Minority Health and Disparities; chairperson for the Breast Committee of the Michigan Cancer Consortium (MCC). She has held leadership positions in the most prominent of oncologic academic and advocacy organizations: Society of Surgical Oncology (Executive Council; Disparities Committee chairperson); American Society of Clinical Oncology (Health Disparities Advisory Group chair; Health Services Committee chair); American Cancer Society (National Assembly; Board of Directors for the Great Lakes Division); American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (Executive Council; Special Populations Committee chair). Dr. Newman’s editorial board service includes: Annals of Surgical Oncology (Breast Section Editor); Cancer (Disparities Section Editor); Journal of Clinical Oncology (Breast Section editorial board member) and she is currently of the editorial board for JAMA Surgery.
Shavon Norris is an Artist. Educator. Facilitator. She uses movement along with text and sound and imagery to reveal and highlight the stories living in our bodies. Her work explores our relationship to our identities, our experiences, and to others. An examination and celebration of what we feel, think, and believe. As an artist her work has been presented at venues including the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, PIFA, Temple University, the National Constitutional Center, Art Sanctuary, and at Joyce Soho. As a performer Shavon has worked with Silvana Cardell, Leah Stein, Merian Soto, Jumatatu Poe and Pig Iron Theatre Company. As an educator Shavon has taught over 5,000 students. She has worked locally and nationally with adults and children trained and untrained in performance. As a facilitator, Shavon focuses on creating a container that encourages individuals and the collective to examine their learning and experience. For Shavon, all of the work is about finding ways to light us up, lift us up and shift what needs transforming. She loves all of what she does.
Orisel Bejaran is a hospital industry veteran and breast cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with Stage 2 HER2+ breast cancer in 2018 at the age of 31, and decided to tackle it head-on by immediately going to NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center to meet with Drs. Lisa Weichmann and Melissa Accordino. One of her greatest joys is being able to share her story and continue to bring awareness about a disease that clearly doesn’t discriminate and inspire women to be proactive in their medical care. Unfortunately, Ori is not the first member of her family to battle cancer, as her mom and three of her aunts are also survivors. Ori beat her cancer 6 months after being diagnosed and hopes that while she’s the not the first in her family to suffer from this disease, that she’ll be the last.
Dr. Winkfield is a Radiation Oncologist specializing in the management of cancers of the breast
and blood who has written several articles and book chapters focused on treatment-related
toxicities in cancer survivorship. Her basic/translational research explores methods of reducing
late toxicities of radiation therapy, with a particular interest in reducing injury to the heart and
skin in patients who receive radiation as part of cancer treatment. She currently has funding to
study radiation injury in black and brown skin, which has led to the development of a clinical
scale that can adequately describe changes seen in patients from diverse backgrounds.
Dr. Winkfield is also an implementation scientist focused on improving cancer outcomes for
underserved populations through community-engaged research. She engages with communities
to develop interactive programming and educational tools to provide timely and accurate
information regarding health, cancer screening, and cancer treatments in a culturally sensitive
manner. As the Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement and Director of
the Office of Cancer Health Equity at the Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center,
she has the unique charge to help structure programming and build collaborations that will help
ensure equitable access to care along the entire cancer continuum, from prevention through
survivorship, for all patients regardless of race/ethnicity, geographic location, or socioeconomic
status. She is a nationally recognized leader in health disparities, is a former Chair of the
American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Health Equity Committee, and was appointed by NC
Gov. Roy Cooper to lead the behavior risk subcommittee of the NC Advisory Committee on
Cancer Coordination and Control.