The Team


The Team

The study team includes researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Medical College of Wisconsin, Michigan State University, University of Southern California, Wayne State University/Karmanos Cancer Institute and Westat, a research firm. An advisory committee including breast cancer advocates, as well as scientific advisers from the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society and Boston University ahave guided the study.

Leading the Study

Ellen Velie, MPH, PhD

Lead Study Researcher Epidemiologist
Professor Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Joan A. Van Deuren Professor in Breast Cancer Research Professor of Medicine and Pathology
Medical College of Wisconsin

1240 N. 10th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413

Dorothy Pathak, MS, PhD
Lead Researcher for Michigan State University

Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

909 Fee Rd., Room B601
East Lansing, MI 48824

Ann Hamilton, PhD
Lead Researcher for Los Angeles County Epidemiologist
Associate Professor of Research
Department of Preventive Medicine
Keck School of Medicine Health Sciences Campus
University of Southern California

SSB 318E M/C 9239
Los Angeles, CA, 90089

Kendra L. Schwartz, MD, MSPH
Lead Researcher for Metropolitan Detroit

Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences
Wayne State University and Karmanos Cancer Institute

87 E. Canfield
Detroit, MI 48201


Paul Auer, PhD Biostatistician
Assistant Professor, Biostatistics
Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
Nicole Carnegie, PhD Biostatistician
Assistant Professor, Statistics
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
Howard T. Chang, MD PhD Pathologist
Associate Professor, Department of Neurology & Ophthalmology
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Dennis M. Deapen, DPH Epidemiologist
Professor, Division of Epidemiology
Keck School of Medicine
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Richard T. Houang, PhD Social Science Biostatistician 
Associate Professor, Dean’s Office
College of Education
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Karl Olson, PhD Physiologist 
Associate Professor, Department of Physiology
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Cheng Zheng, PhD Biostatistician
Associate Professor, Biostatistics
College of Public Health
University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE


Christine Erdmann, MPH, PhD Epidemiologist
Health Scientist
Armed Forces Medical Examiner System
Department of Defense, Annapolis, MD
Karen D. Lincoln, PhD, MSW, MA Social Worker
Associate Professor
School of Social Work
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Lorraine Halinka Malcoe, PhD Epidemiologist
Associate Professor
Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
Amani Nuru-Jeter, MPH, PhD Epidemiologist
Assistant Professor
Community Health & Human Development and Epidemiology
University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Data Collection Team


Pictured: Westat Team


Rockville, MD

Jeanne Rosenthal Vice President
Ralph DiGaetano Senior Statistician
Ron Klinger Senior Study Director
Giannella De Rienzo Field Director
Bibi Gollapudi Survey Operations

Metropolitan Detroit – Wayne State University

Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Gwendolyn Norman, RN, MPH, PhD Project Coordinator
Mary Beth Kolbicz Interviewer/Phlebotomist
Verona Ivory Interviewer
Arkeshia Barnes Phlebotomist
Terry Smith Research Assistant

Los Angeles County – University of Southern California

Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA

Denise Modjeski, MS Project Coordinator and Interviewer
Priscilla Gardner Interviewer
Ellesa Maxie Phlebotomist

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Study Coordinating Center

Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health, Milwaukee, WI

Darek Lucas, MPH Data Analyst
Lydia Marcus, PhD Candidate Research Assistant

Special thanks for the contributions and input from previous Data Analyst Brian Thayer, Information Technologist Steven Larmore, as well as Undergraduate Research Assistants: Marielle Gagnier, James Dodge, Andrew Jessmore, Olga Prushinskaya, Theresa Kowalaski, Kevin Petersen, Stephen Diljak, Hannah Selig, and Graduate Research Assistants: Jenn Woo, Bethany Canales, Cory Steinmetz, David Strong, Sofia Haile, and James Groh.

Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center Data Coordinating Center

Cancer Research Informatics Core University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Reed Comire Director

Community Advisory Team

Twyla Griffin Breast Cancer Advocate
Detroit, MI
Kommah (Koko) McDowell Breast Cancer Advocate
Founder/Executive Director
Kommah Seray Inflammatory Breast Cancer Foundation
Pomona, CA
Special thanks for the contributions and input from our Metropolitan Detroit community panel members: Hope Bradford, Katie Clark, Diana Dyer, Brenda Krentler, Karen Owens, Vernessa Patrick, Karry Samulski, and Lori Wesby and Hanna Weber.

Scientific Advisory Team

Otis Brawley, MD Clinician/Epidemiologist 
Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President
Research and Cancer Control Science
American Cancer Society
Atlanta, GA
Larry Kushi, ScD Epidemiologist 
Associate Director for Etiology and Prevention Research
Division of Research
Kaiser Permanente
Oakland, CA
Julie Palmer, ScD Epidemiologist 
Professor of Epidemiology
Co-PI Black Women’s Health Study
Slone Epidemiology Center
Boston University
Boston, MA
Camara Jones, MD, MPH, Ph.D. Epidemiologist 
Research Director on Social Determinants of Health and Equity
Division of Adult and Community Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, GA
Lawrence Brody, Ph.D. Geneticist 
Senior Investigator
Genome Technology Branch
Molecular Pathogenesis Section
National Human Genome Research Institute
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD
Anne E. Sumner, MD Clinical Investigator 
Senior Clinical Investigator
Clinical Endocrinology Branch
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD
Mark E. Sherman, MD Breast Pathologist 
Senior Clinician Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics
National Cancer Institute
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD